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February 14 - National Condom Day * St. Valentine's Day /Lupercalia Day, Old Roman festival dedicated to God-Goddess as Faunus-Fauna, celebrating love - heterosexual and homosexual; merged with the Christian feast of St. Valentine (US). The Mystic's Wheel of the Year. Say "I love you" in your significant other's language of their heritage.* Valentines for Vets Week - America's National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Feb 14-20 * St. Valentine's Day Massacre. Al Capone's gang is suspected of gunning down 7 members of "Bugs" Moran's gang in Chicago on this date in 1929. * The first electronic digital Eniac Computer introduced (1946). It occupied a room the size of a gymnasium and contained nearly 18,000 vacuum tubes. * President James Polk became the first US president to be photographed while in office (1849). * Salman Rushdie's Death Sentence (1989). On the following day, Ayatollah Khomeini offered a $1 million reward for execution of his sentence. * The robot spacecraft Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous finished circling the asteroid Eros (2000) Eros is called a near-Earth asteroid because its orbit crosses that of Earth and poses a potential collision danger. * SMM (US) unmanned Delta rocket, a Solar Maximum Mission Observatory, launched on this date (1980) to study solar flares. * Birthdays: Jack Benny, Gregory Hines, Skeezix Wallet, Carl Bernstein, Drew Bledsoe, Enrico Colantoni, Hugh Downs, Zach Galligan, Andrew Prine, and Teller.
Love/Forgiveness. Love means not ever having to say you're sorry. - Erich Segal, Love Story. I like to think of love as one giant eraser, rubbing out all the suffering, sorrow and ugliness between people. When you love someone you see their scars as stars and rub until the beautiful surface that lies beneath the emotional scribbling of pain, shame and blame shines through and you can see your own reflection. Like a weathered barn, a smooth piece of driftwood, a kitchen counter with perfect ring-shaped coffee stains, love makes everything seem beautiful. I tried to explain this to my roommate last month when my rent check bounced, but unfortunately, to her, love is an indelible marker, you know, the kind that not even all-temperature Cheer or a nuclear holocaust can wipe out, so my love eraser didn't stand much of a chance. I stood my ground. I told her that someone who really loved we would accept me for who I am, rubber checks and all. They would accept my inner child, my innocence and my bad credit rating, but all she would accept was my key and a promise to have my things out by Monday. I forgive myself for my past. I'm sure others will forgive me, too, and if they don't, I can move cross country, grow a bear, and get an unlisted phone number. Meditations for Men Who Do Next to Nothing: and would like to do even less
The Language of Gloves: In the days of chaperones, young women relied on glove-speak: Dropping both gloves (I love you); Turning the glove inside out (I hate you), Holding the tips down (I wish to meet you); Striking the gloves on chin (I love another); Biting the tips (I wish to be rid of you). The Old Farmer's Almanac
When I have an orgasm, the man tries to make it longer or more intense. It always has the opposite result. Just stop for a minute. - Kelly, 34 The Best of 1001 Sex Secrets Every Man & Woman Should Know
Adolescence for the Vietnam Generation (born 1946-55) "evolved into a cult, to be prolonged, enjoyed, and commercially catered to as never before" wrote adolescent experts Grace and Fred M. Hechinger. These adolescents achieved dominion over the music and movie industries for the first time in history. They soon expressed their collective personality: idealistic, narcissistic, antiestablishment, hairy, horny and preferably high. New Passages
Robert Weaver is sworn in as administrator of the Housing and Home Finance Agency on this day in 1961, becoming the highest-ranking African American in the federal government. African American History
Parent and Spouse. Being a parent doesn't have to mean sacrificing your marriage. For most of us, taking care of a new baby is a 24-hour-a-day job, with a few catnaps thrown in for survival. Forget candlelight dinners or long conversations at the end of the day - you're either exhausted or changing diapers. But while being immersed in the baby's needs is natural and essential for the first nine months or so, by about nine months, the baby can withstand a little frustration and parents don't always need to jump at the first whimper. That's when most couples start moving back toward each other. Balancing the kids' needs with your own can keep you or get you back on track with your spouse. State your feelings and needs in clear, direct ways. An carve out time to be together, focusing on your "coupleness." Parents Tips & Tricks
Things to Be Happy About: Chocolate-covered strawberries. A handmade Valentine card. Thinking good thoughts. 14,000 Things to Be Happy About
Love comes from the being and is a oneness with all humankind. It makes life worth living and people worth relating to in your life. Loving the lovable is easy; it's embracing the unlovable that is a challenge. If Life is a Game, These are the Rules
"Love cures people - both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it." Dr. Karl Menninger. Do yourself some good and give some love away today. Stress Busters
Talk with your kids today about "love", the non-sexual kind. Do they have friends that they "love"? Suggest that they made a card for those friends. Glue a stick of gum onto a heart cut from red or pink paper. Under the gum write "I chews you, Valentine." Make one for your spouse or lover while you're at it. To Do Today
If you shoot for the stars and hit the moon, it's okay. But you've got to shoot for something. - Robert Townsend. Win the Day!
Remember that love changes everything. Life's Little Instruction Calendar
If love is the answer, could you please rephrase the question? - Lily Tomlin. Anyone who's a great kisser, I'm always interested in. - Cher The Old Farmer's Almanac
Layout tools are used to make cutting and assembly lines, working from accurate measurements. Squares help you check and mark 90- and 45-degree angles. Bevels can be set at any angle. Levels tell whether work is truly horizontal (level) or vertical (plumb). A chalkline marks long, straight lines, and a plumb bob indicates a point that is directly below another point. These tools are as important as a tape and folding rule. Stanley do-it-yourself Handyman Hints
Happy Valentine's Day. Valentine's Day can be very commercial and materialistic. It can feel like a day of obligation rather than celebration. So make sure you personalize how the two of you will thank Cupid for bringing your together. Celebrating your love doesn't even need to cost you much. You can get some three-by-five cards and some of those stickers (with hearts, roses and anything else that's meaningful) at the stationery store and then create several different cards that you can leave around the house in special places to be discovered throughout the day. You can make her favorite dessert and decorate it with white, rd and pink - whipped cream, roses and little heart candies. Whatever you do, make sure you are honoring the two of you, and your very specific relationship. Don't just go but flowers and candy. Put your heart and soul and creativity into it - that's what makes it fun for you both. Happy Valentine's Day! "On Valentine's Day, my son and his friends prepared dinner for their girlfriends. The women were overwhelmed by their actions. Each one had a rose on her plate and a heart balloon tied to the back of her chair." Karla Kelly Opening to Love 365 Days a Year
El Cupido (kooPEEdoh) Cupid. La flecha de Cupido ya pego. Cupid's arrow strikes again. Living Language
And to close the thoughts for today, we leave you with Sigmund Freud's writings in The Sexual Aberrations: "One special form of contact, which consists of mutual approximation of the mucous membranes of the lips in a kiss, has received a sexual value among the civilized nations, though the parts of the body do not belong to the sexual apparatus and merely form the entrance to the digestive tract."
The first part of this is a reprint from our February 1 Daily Thoughts. The second part is an emergency list if you haven't done anything and feel you should.
You are "expected" to do something romantic on that one day of the year, like that will make-up for doing nothing on most of the other 364 days. It's like Going to church on Easter because it's expected. Or working in a soup kitchen over the holidays. "I did my bit in the holiday spirit." You're expected to be in the holiday spirit then. but those people still need to eat the other 364 days a year. Were you really thinking of them and wanting to feel good yourself? Do what isn't expected, it may mean a lot more to others.
One of the things a great little book called Romantic Mischief talks about is to look at Valentine's Day a bit differently and we quote: "Instead of actually being romantic on Valentine's Day, why don't you use the day as a chance to rededicate yourself to the ideals of love? Make a Valentine's Day Resolution. You could resolve to call more often. Be more considerate. Listen better. Give more of your time. Stop making excuses. Reserve weekends for each other."
If you must do the expect and be "romantic" on Valentine's day, here are some other suggestions from Romantic Mischief.
"Give your lover one card every hour."
"Send a dozen roses. Make sure there are eleven red roses and one white rose. Here's the note: "'In every bunch there's one who stands out. And you are that one."
"Buy piles of those little candy conversation hearts. Fill the sink with them. Fill your lover's purse or briefcase. Fill their favorite cereal box with them."
"Call your lover every hour on the hour...all day long!...just to say 'I love you!.'" (Casio makes a watch that you can set to go off every hour. - Editor)
"Learn to say 'I love you' in Japanese ("Ai shite imasu"); in Russian ("Ya lyublyu tyebya"); in Eskimo ("Nagligivaget".)" (If you know your lover's heritage, learn how to say it in their ancestral language. - Editor)
"Some romantic inscriptions for notes and gifts:
A.A.F. (Always And Forever)
G.M.F.L. (Geese Mate For Life)
A.T.S.B.O. (And They Shall Be One)
T.L.Y.T.I.E.T.T.L.Y.M. (Ask a Beatles fan. Hint: From Abbey Road)."
Here's to doing the unexpected. Imagine how your life might be different if, everyday, romance was part of it.
By the way, if you forgot today was Valentine's Day, and it matters, it might not be too late. Check out some of these sites:
Valentines for Vets Week - America's
National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Feb 14-20
Hey Man: Did you make a difference yesterday? Let us know at Contact Us. Be sure to have fun with your loved ones today! What Every Man Needs to Know Want to make a difference but you don't know where to start?
In Defense of Food: An eater's manifesto by Pollan, Michael Pollan. Because in the so-called Western diet, food has been replaced by nutrients, and common sense by confusion - most of what we're consuming today is no longer the product of nature but of food science. The result is what the author calls the American Paradox: The more we worry about nutrition, the less healthy we seem to become. With this book, the author proposes a new (and very old) answer to the question of what we should eat that comes down to seven simple but liberating words: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. His bracing and eloquent manifesto shows us how we can start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives, enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy, and bring pleasure back to eating. Penguin, www.penguin.com, 2009 ISBN 978-0-14-311496-3
February is Heart Disease Prevention (Healthy Heart), National Children's Dental Health, Ethnic Equality and *National African-American History Month - a time to honor all peoples and their positive traditions; time to meditate on the equality of all peoples, on the respect due to them and God-Goddess manifesting as African, Asian, European, Latin, Middle Eastern, Native American and Oceanic. The Mystic's Wheel of the Year 2000, AMD/Low Vision Awareness; *American Heart; A Day of Hearts: Child Awareness; International Boost Self-Esteem; International Expect Success; Library Lovers', Marfan Syndrome Awareness; National Children's Dental Health; National Sign Up for Summer Camp; National Weddings; National Wild Bird Feeding; and Plant the Seeds of Greatness Month.
Jan 29-Feb 4: *National Consumer Protection Week. Jan 30-Feb 3: Mid-Winter/Candlemas. Feb 2-9: I Hate Financial Planning Awareness Week. Feb 3-9: Cardiac Rehabilitation Week. Feb 4-10: International Personal and Business Coaching: National School Counseling Week. Feb 6-13: Art of Communication Week. Feb 10-16: Celebration of Love; Enabled Entrepreneurs; Freelance Writers Appreciation; Heart Failure Awareness; Home for Birds; Materials Testing; National Child Passenger Safety Awareness; National Family, Career and Community Leaders of America; National Resurrect Romance Week. Feb 1-17: International Flirting Week. Feb 12-19: National Condom Week. Feb 16-23: National FFA Week. Feb 17-23: International Friendship Week. Feb 18-22: Brotherhood-Sisterhood Week. Feb 19-26: Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Feb 22-24: Second Honeymoon Weekend. Feb 25-Mar 1: Read Me Week. Feb 25-Mar 3: Telecommuter Appreciation Week. Feb 1: Candlemas; Ground Hog Day. Feb 2: National Men's Grooming Day. Feb 3: Torture Abolition Day. Feb 4: Weathermen's Day. Feb. 5: Dump Your "Significant Jerk"; Pay-a-Compliment Day. Feb 6: National Girls and Women in Sports; Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbors Day. Feb 7: Laugh and Grow Rich Day. Feb 8: National "DAV" Day. Feb 10: Be Electrific; Motivation; Satisfied Staying Single Day. Feb 11: Lost Penny Day. Feb 12: Black Love; Get a Different Name Day. Feb 13: Race Relations; Read to Your Child Day. Feb 14: Congenital Heart Defect Awareness; National Have-A-Heart; Heart 2 Heart; St.Valentine's Day. Feb 15: Remember the Maine Day. Feb 16: Who Shall I Be Day. Feb 17: National PTA Founders' Day.. Feb 18: President's Day. Feb 19: Student Volunteer Day. Feb 24: Children's Day. Feb 25: For Pete's Sake Day. Feb 27: Spay USA; Paczki Day. Feb 29: Bachelors' Day
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