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Outlander Star Sam Heughan’s Workout Ethics Lands Him on Men’s Health Mag Cover

Outlander star Sam Heughan was recently featured in the South African edition of Men’s Health magazine.

Sam is an avid workout enthusiast who prides himself on getting up at the crack of dawn to get his reps in.

When Outlander filming took them to South Africa for season 3 filming of course Sam had to find a favorite spot to keep his yummy muscles tone so he spent his workout time in Roark gyms and this is where the Men’s Health magazine also did their photo shoot featuring Sam.

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Today was the culmination of countless hours of hard work as @samheughan had his @menshealthza shoot. —————————- Sam truly is one of the most genuine, down to earth and hard working people you could wish to meet. His work ethic is unmatched, and he deserves every success in the world. It’s been a privilege to work with someone so dedicated to his craft. —————————- People see the suits and the red carpets. They see the hit TV shows and the fame. They don’t see the 3am pick ups for set or the thousands of meters rowed. They don’t see the painful dieting or the calloused hands from hundreds of reps with a barbell. If you want success – if you genuinely and truly desire to be better – you need to work. Hard. That’s the secret. —————————- #roarkgyms #buildingbetterhumans

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ON SALE TOMORROW! August issue coming in HOT 👊🏽 Our cover guy @samheughan shares the training plan that got him in TOP shape for his role in @outlander_starz – and chats about his awesome philanthropy work with @mypeakchallenge 💪🏽 Keep an eye on our Facebook page later this week for a BRUTAL workout video series we shot with Sam and his trainer @roarkjames_ from @roarkgyms 👊🏽👊🏽👊🏽 FYI: if you live outside South Africa and you want to get your hands on the mag, you can buy a digital copy at OR for a print copy, email your contact details and address to and we’ll send you courier info! #fitness #muscle #mondaymotivation #fitspo #outlander #samheughan

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Outlander Cast Have Historic Twitter Feud

Recently Sophie Skelton who plays Brianna Randall Fraser in the Starz hit show Outlander. Posted the following to her Instagram account and what happened afterwords with her co-star , Richard Rankin was nothing short of “historic”.

Rik Rankin who is cast as Roger Wakefield MacKenzie, Sophie’s soon to be on screen lover, replied with this tweet.

Sophie being the determined woman that she is set out to prove Rik wrong about his grammar when he used “a historian” rather than “an historian”.




Oops 😳

Ouch! 😖


I think Sophie is Bree because she’s not backing down no way no how.


Rik finally concedes like a good hubby should 😂

Now who’s dropping the mic


I’m not grammar queen so don’t judge me on this blog post  😂

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‘Outlander’ Sex Scenes Aim for Realism, Says Showrunner

A candle sputters. A curtain sways. A woman arches her back, her limbs bathed in a golden light. The angles, the body parts, the visuals are all familiar.

That’s because viewers of TV and film have been subjected to this kind of rote sex scene innumerable times. There are variations, but the outlines are generally the same: A compliant woman’s body is displayed in soft focus as a curtain sways and a triumphant man makes her writhe in grateful ecstasy.

“The curtain drives me berserk,” sighs Ronald D. Moore, executive producer of Starz’s “Outlander.” “Why is there a candle in the foreground? Why is the curtain [moving]? Where’s that wind coming from? Why is she always on top of him like that?”

These are only a few of Moore’s complaints about how sex scenes are typically shot and edited, and he has a point. Looking across the landscape of television, no matter what kind of show is under discussion — a premium cable drama, a broadcast network potboiler, a basic cable thriller — sexually charged scenes between characters too often follow a numbingly familiar script.

There are exceptions, of course, and many of them (“Master of None,” “Catastrophe,” “Transparent,” “Orange Is the New Black”) have one or both feet in the comedy realm; the hybrids are often far more comfortable with the idea of subverting or ignoring conventions. There are dramas that occasionally use sex as a perceptive storytelling device, among them “The Americans,” “Billions” and “Mr. Robot.” But all too often, supposedly adult dramas resort to banal cliches borrowed from porn or feature sensationalist moments that bear little relation to the sex lives of most human beings.

When he set out to adapt Diana Gabaldon’s series of “Outlander” novels, Moore says, he told the show’s directors, “‘We’re not doing TV sex. TV sex is not real sex. No one has sex like that.’ And they would all laugh and say, ‘Yeah, that’s true. So what do you want to do?’ I said, ‘Just do it like the real deal.’ ”

For “Outlander,” pursuing a more realistic approach starts with the storytelling. Moore and his writers don’t necessarily mine every sex scene in the novels for the TV show: Every moment of intimacy between characters needs to be vital to the narrative.

Why are we going to do this? What’s the story reason? What’s the character reason?” Moore says. “It’s not just about getting to see them naked again, because we’ve seen them naked, and they’re hot. We get it.”

The stars of “Outlander” are indeed mighty attractive, but what has won over many fans is the complex mixture of vulnerability and volcanic attraction that fuels the evolving bond between Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) and Claire Randall Fraser (Caitriona Balfe). The couple’s wedding has been the apex of the “Outlander” saga thus far, in large part because the sexual moments in that episode functioned like the songs in a classic musical: They told us important things about the characters and moved the story along.

Sexual acts on “Outlander” — including the damaging ones between Jamie and his tormentor, Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies) — represent important milestones for the two characters involved. They’re not there as decorations, to be easily forgotten.

Moore made sure that a woman, executive producer Anne Kenney, wrote the wedding episode, and another woman, Anna Foerster, directed it.

I just felt, for whatever reason, a woman would approach the scene differently emotionally and intuitively, and probably differently visually,” Moore said. “It would be more about the meeting of these two people than it would be about eroticism or trying to make it look ‘sexy.’”

When sex scenes are on the schedule, the production endeavors to give the actors a “little space to actually experiment and play around and find the natural chemistry between the two [characters], as opposed to what you could script or talk about in prep,” Moore says. That helps the scenes appear natural and lived-in. As Moore puts it, the feeling that the characters are “in the moment” makes the encounters work.

Things have changed for Jamie and Claire this season; their intimacy is strained, in part because Jamie is still recovering from sexual assaults by Randall last season. But the fact that “Outlander” is taking a man’s recovery from rape seriously is just another thing that sets it apart. The series also has shown full-frontal male nudity, something most programs still shy away from, even in the supposedly adventurous realms of premium TV.

Moore says he’s heartened that his show has been praised for its sensitive — and, ultimately, sensual — approach to sex, but adds that it’s all just a byproduct of trying to be realistic about what adults want and need from each other in intimate moments.

The showrunner maintains that the reason “Outlander” is getting so much credit for prioritizing a woman’s point of view is because that POV has been so marginalized. “When you actually restore it, people go, ‘Whoa, this is a radical thing you’re doing! You’re blazing new ground!’ Where I’m not really trying to blaze new ground. I’m just trying to tell the truth and be honest about how these characters relate.”

Part one of my “Outlander” conversation with Moore is here. The full text of part two of that interview, which is condensed above, is below.

I don’t think this is one of those journeys where it’s like, “Which man will the lady choose?” That’s not what defines her.

Yeah, it really doesn’t define her. It’s not the dominant theme. One of the things I did respond to in the books is their marriage. Now that they’re married, it’s not about breaking them apart, putting them back together, and [they’re tempted by others] or there are those kinds of misunderstandings. It’s a very solid marriage. It has its problems, it has its issues. But there’s never really a doubt in your mind that these two are together, and they’re not going to just get thrown apart for the convenience of the plot or just to give us some juice in the romance. The romantic tale between them is a love, is a soulful one. It’s unusual because that’s not generally where those stories go.

One other show that did that was “Friday Night Lights,” where Jason Katims said, “We’re not going to break up the Taylors.” And I think a relationship’s evolution is just as interesting, if not more interesting, than the whole idea of, “Are they going to break up?” A show gets to do that once, maybe twice. And then I don’t care.

And people tend to [play] that card very early. You just met them and then they’re the Bickersons and then they’re splitting up and he’s moved out.

Suddenly he’s got eyes for someone else. What?

It just happens, always. It’s the easiest card to play. It’s nervousness. I think people get afraid and lose faith in what it is that attracted themselves to tell that story.

Critics have written about how “Outlander” is actually really transgressive and form-breaking in terms of how it treats women and how it treats sex on TV. Like with sex, I just don’t understand — why is it shot the same way on so many other shows? Why is there always a curtain in the background?

Why is there a candle in the foreground? Why is the curtain [moving]? Where’s that wind coming from?

Why is there wind?

Why is there wind coming in here. Why is it cold?

Somebody close the door.

Why is she always on top of him like that? Why is she always arching her back?


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What “Outlander” Gets Right About Relationships | (The) Absolute

There are a lot of reasons to enjoy the popular Outlander series, whether it’s in book form or the STARZ television adaption. The popular series, which follows a 1945 World War II nurse who gets swept back in time to eighteenth-century Scotland and falls in love with a dashing young Scottish Highlander, is the perfect mixture of historical fiction, sci-fi, and romance. However, Gabaldon’s series isn’t just a bodice-ripper, it’s actually quite forward-thinking. And one of the reasons is Jamie and Claire’s healthy and surprisingly modernist relationship.

Claire Randall is a progressive woman who revels in her sexuality, doesn’t allow societal mores to make her act like a damsel in distress, and has agency. She’s also a skilled physician and often fights for her right to help heal the sick despite her husband Jamie worrying that she’ll get sick.


To begin, they respect one another. In a time where women were treated as property and were usually not allowed to speak their minds, Jamie finds Claire’s independence refreshing. Unlike most husbands in 1743-era Scotland, Jamie appreciates Claire’s talents for healing and her sharp tongue.

Gabaldon makes a point to show that unlike his superstitious peers at Castle Leoch, Jamie does not fear Claire’s knowledge of herbal remedies and does not think she is a witch. Once Jamie finds out that his wife is a time traveler, he often consults with Claire in order to navigate the future. For example, thanks to Claire’s knowledge, he was able to remove his men from Culloden in Outlander, and he knew when the American Revolution would begin in Drums Of Autumn.

Jamie is also considerate of Claire’s feelings. Even though the two were forced into marriage during Outlander, he insisted that the ceremony take place inside a church. The Scotsman also forced his uncle Dougal to find a wedding dress for Claire so that she wouldn’t have to get married in her dirty dress.

However, their relationship isn’t perfect, and that too is realistic. Normal couples are supportive of one another, but they do argue from time to time. Since both characters are so hotheaded, they often argue with one another. During the first novel, Claire fights Jamie tooth and nail when he wants to spank her for almost getting the clansmen killed. After the argument, Jamie apologizes to her and swears an oath to never lay a hand upon her again.


The two also violently clash when Claire returns to Scotland in Voyagerand finds out that Jamie married her longtime enemy Laoghaire. Although the two were separated, Claire jumps to conclusions and attacks her husband be

fore fleeing off into the forest. She does wind up returning to save Jamie’s life after Laoghaire shot him and the two ultimately reconcile after he’s separated from his second wife.

Later on in the series, Jamie also forgives her for marrying his friend Lord John Grey after she mistakenly thinks he’s dead during Written In My Own Heart’s Blood.

As you can see from the many examples, Claire and Jamie are more than just supportive of each other, they are each other’s rock.

After Jamie is brutally assaulted physically and emotionally by Black Jack Randall in Outlander, Claire fights to save him from depression and is understanding of the resulting Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. There’s also a heartfelt scene in the first novel where Claire finally gathers the courage to tell Jamie the truth about how she really came to Scotland. Instead of dismissing Claire for being delusional or killing her for being a witch, Jamie reassures his wife that he does not think she is mad. In fact, Jamie loves hearing what the 1940s are like and is fascinated by Claire’s description of objects such as airplanes or automobiles.

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A Wee Bit Disappointed

So Barnes & Nobles announced they were having an Outlander chat and giveaway at their stores today, Sunday, July 5th at 2pm.

Screen Shot 2015-07-05 at 3.44.23 PMSo I decided I might go just to see what it was all about and possibly meet some other Outlander fangirls.

When I arrived I found the “Flat Jamie”  where they had a little tiny table with some handouts which consisted of a recipe from Diana Gabaldon, a transcript of a Q & A with Diana, a timeline of Outlander events & an astrological sign paper for Jamie & Claire.  Not sure what that was all about but I put in my goodie bag anyway.  They also had a box where you could put your name in for a drawing for prizes.

The young lady doing the event had not even read the 1st book let alone all 8 in the series which was a REAL let down in it’s self.  I don’t really blame her she was all of 20 years old by the looks of her and we fans worked our charms on her to convince her to read them.

Then she gave us a trivia paper to do which had all the answers on the back, not that any of the 8 people that showed up needed.

When it was time for the giveaways she only drew one name and gave all the gifts (Outlander DVD, Outlandish Companion book and an Outlander poster) to that one person 🙁    They could have made 3 people happy by spreading the giveaways out but I guess she just wanted to be done with it at one go.

All in all it took me more time to drive to Barnes & Nobles than it did for the event to be over.  Less than 15 minutes and we were out the door.

flat jamieThe best thing that happened was I got to meet some fellow Outlander fangirls and my picture taken with “Flat Jamie”

I guess you have to go to San Diego or NY for a good Outlander event 🙁





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On a Personal Note…

home4saleI haven’t done a personal blog in quite a while mostly because my life is pretty boring.  Which is not a bad thing most days.  At least you know what to expect…hehehe

Well, recently the moving bug has hit me. My hubby and I are in our 50’s and I’ve been wanting to move for a while now. The home we’ve lived in the last 17 plus years was the 1st home we’d ever owned and it’s time for a change, level ground and upgrades.

So I’ve been watching the local home listings online at Zillow and other realtor sites for a few months now. A nice little property came up and I decided I would run on my lunch hour and look at it.  Well, I feel in love with it.  It’s really close to my office only about 2 minutes drive.  You can’t get better than that.

So I got excited about it talked to my loving husband and he says sure go for it hon.  I have the best hubby 🙂 He didn’t even wanna go look at it <insert rolling eyes here> He told me that as long as I go with the house he would be happy.  Doesn’t that just make your heart melt.  He is my “Jamie”. Outlander fans will get that reference 😉  By the way, he did go look at it.

Buying and selling a home can be really stressful especially when you haven’t done it in such a long time. Plus I’ve never sold a home.  It’s too much paperwork! LOL

So we’ve put our home on the market and are in the process of putting an offer in on a home.

Wish us luck!


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Wentworth is Coming

Today Huffington Post writer Maureen Ryan tweeted the following out today.

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This make me verra leary at what’s to come.  Yes, I’ve read the books several times over and listen to them on audio also.  I have to say that  reading and listening might not be quite the same as seeing these scenes played out right before my eyes.   As Jamie said  “And to know something like that is no the same as seein’ it wi’ your own eyes.”

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen my fair share of gore over the years on TV and movies. I’m not one that cries or “swoons” easily either.  I work in blood just about every darn day too.  It’s just that, I like millions of other Outlander fans have come to love these characters as if they were part of the family and seeing your family brutalized right before your eyes would not be something I’d ever want to do.

I know for some this sounds silly.  My mother certainly doesn’t understand my fascination with the series but I love and that’s all there is about it.  Everyone has to have an escape and for this Sassenach it’s  Outlander.

Now  where did I put my  box of tissues and pillow to hide behind.

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It was a good one…

Screen Shot 2014-12-31 at 11.21.50 AM2014 in Review

This year is swiftly coming to a close.  I have to say it’s been a fairly good year all things considered.  No year is totally without its sad events but overall most experiences have been on the positive side, in my life anyway. 

January 2014’s big thing was my 54th birthday. Yes, I’m 54 and not afraid to tell people either.  I don’t know what’s up with some people who are not proud of their age.  I mean you earned every wrinkle, sag & bag you have on your face so you might as well own it.  Hey, at least you’re alive to tell about what caused those facial lines. 

Usually the first 6 months of the year of my life are just going to work and coming home with a few small things sprinkled it.  It’s all good though you can’t be running all the time no matter how much you’d like to.  That would get old fast too.

February, hmmm for some reason I just can’t remember too much about that month other than I believe we had a pretty cold winter with some snow days but I think that was the end of January.  Then Valentines day and our 17th wedding anniversary which was a good day.  My hubby is my best buddy and friend, wouldn’t trade him for anything 🙂

Now let’s see what went on in March I just remember it being a pretty cold beginning to the year oh and my G’ma turned 95.  That was March pretty much …hehehe Then April…. well at least it’s was starting to warm up but then and I made my annual pilgrimage to the Nashville area for our state dental hygiene meeting. Oh and we had some pretty bad storms but nothing like previous years thank goodness.

May… one more month and we’re off to Scotland! Woohoo  So I’m prepping for this trip buy new clothes and things. Why is it when you’re planning a trip we women want a new wardrobe.  It’s not like the people who see us on these vacation know what’s in our closets or that we’ve worn these clothes before but still we go out and buy new stuff.

Glencoe Scotland

Anyways June comes and we’re up, up and way to Scotland. Why Scotland you ask…well DUH because of Outlander, Jamie, Claire and daggumit Diana Gabaldon. I have to say that it was one of the most beautiful countries that I’ve ever been.  The sun hitting the mountains is just freaking gorgeous and my pictures just don’t do it justice so I found I good one to show you.  This is NOT my personal picture although I do have some of mine posted on my Scotland page.

July..nutting just work and anticipating the start of Outlander series on Starz I’ve been waiting years for them to turn this book series into a TV show and now it’s finally happening

August 9th use to be my least favorite day of the year but that’s another story, now it’s my favorite day well at least in 2014 because that was the day the first episode of Outlander was aired. I also took a business trip to Chicago in August to the RDH Under One Roof convention. This is a great convention for dental hygienists and I got to see a lot of my old friends from all over the country. Always nice to see old friends and meet new ones and try to learn a little bit of new information while you’re at it.

New England0949September was sad because it was the end of the first half of Outlander and Starz is making us wait all the way to freaking April 2015 to see the other 8 episodes.  I think it’s cruel and unusual punishment!

October I began preparing for my next trip which was a New England tour with my mom.  I try to set a little time aside for her and I to get away together.  My mom has the pleasure of taking care of my 95 year old grandmother and I think she deserves a little time away, don’t you.  We had a great time although the fall colors were not what we hoped.  I think we got there a bit too late, the 3rd week of October, but it’s all good because at least we were gone 🙂  This photo I did take while were were staying at the Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport. I took a good many photos here because it was so pretty looking out over the waters.

November & December are usually not my favorite months.  Not a true fan of the holidays since we have no small xmas giftschildren. I usually get those winter blues but this year thank goodness they haven’t hit me and I’m praying they don’t  We had our usual Thanksgiving fare at my mom’s house with just the 6 of us. Small and peaceful. I did have a great Christmas. My hubby is awesome and it was an Outlander themed affair for me. He got me an autographed picture of Sam Heughan in his highland regalia, a Sassenach mug, a hedgehog (you have to read the books to get that one) & a snow globe with Jamie in it and a thistle charm that says “Sassenach” on it.  So I loved all my Outlander gifts.

Now we’re to the end of the year and I look back and think WOW what a great and wonderfully blessed life I have.  I hope your year has been as full of wonderful and peaceful events as mine has been.  I wish all of you a wonderful and prosperous 2015

Most of all keep smiling


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Ahhh the holidays…

merry_christmas_ya_filthy_animal____by_1rockgirl121-d6grf6sWell, it’s over.  Once again we made it through another Christmas season.    I must say that my families celebrations have changed quite a bit over the last 50+ years since I was a kid.  Oh how I loved Christmas time then but now, well, I just don’t know.  They sure aren’t as fun. When I was a child we use to go to each others homes, aunts , uncles and my grandparents to open gifts on Christmas Eve night.  It was so much fun and at least you knew who the gifts were from.  Then when we got done with all the relatives we’d go home and get to open our gifts there.  At least that’s how I remember the early years.

Then it got hard for my grandparents to go from house to house so we started just all gathering up at my maternal grandparents home and we’d exchange gifts there.  There would be tons of gift wrap everywhere by the time the whole brood of us were done seeing that they had 6 children with spouses and 8 grandchildren back then.   It was great fun back then when I was a kid.

tumblr_mfine1zvgj1s0hfrto1_250But oh how time changes things. The grandchildren have grandchildren themselves except for me. Everyone has scattered over the years although there are a fair amount of us around where I live, we don’t do the big gift exchange like we use to. Who could afford it for one thing.

But here is the whole problem with Christmas now,  not that I don’t love my aunts, uncles and cousins but it sure would be nice to have just one Christmas with just my husband, mother, niece and sister in law without all the others horning in on our Christmas Eve gift giving.   We know that the family will inadvertently end up at my mother’s house because they all want to see my 95 year old grandmother and I don’t begrudge them that.  So we set a time for us early in the evening this year it was 5pm and my mom tells the rest of the family 6:30pm.  That will give us enough time to have a quick supper of my homemade chicken and dumplings and exchange gifts.

festivusBut EVERY freaking year my one aunt, uncle and their great granddaughter manage to come right at the time we are trying to have our little private get together.  And right after they arrive then the rest of their family, which I might add is fairly large start to drift in and it’s just chaos from then on out.

The noise level is so high you can’t hear anything, there are people running from room to room there is no where for anyone to squeeze in my mom’s small home. It’s just maddening.  I told my hubby that next year I was sending out an information sheet that no one other than those listed on the sheet could come any earlier than 7pm.  I’m just want a little time with my immediate family before the hoards come barreling in on us.
bah humbugLike I said, I don’t mind them coming over but just PLEASE for gosh sake come when you’re told to come. And for another thing, why can’t you have Christmas Eve at your own home instead of MY mothers!

Ok…Rant over.

Happy Holidays to you and yours,

Keep Smiling 🙂


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