Heart Stories

February isn’t over yet and neither is my list of heart stories. This week we look at history, at a true love story, an organization dedicated to helping women make time for and feel the love, and some real heart stories reminding you to take care of your heart health. HEART BALM RACKET From the Smithsonian, we take a look at How the Heart Balm Racket Convinced America Women Were No Good. What do you think? Was the Heart Balm Racket sensationalistic journalism or a real threat? LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT A love at first sight story, also from the Smithsonian. How do you like that Mr. Clemmons deliberately writing passages that his wife would react to? FEEL THE LOVE HeartStories is an organization whose mission is to help women hear Love louder than all the negative noise in your life. Read about them here. http://heartstories.com/about/ If you can’t or don’t want to join that organization, consider doing something for yourself. Make a goal to set aside time to slow down and feel the love around you. REAL HEART STORIES Do yourself a favor and read the Real Heart Stories from The Heart Foundation, then check out the rest of […]

Your Valentine’s Day Survival Guide

Expectations are so high for Valentine’s Day that there are bound to be disappointments. There are also people who are single. And there are people whose significant other is unable to make romantic gestures due to illness or career demands or even death. Perhaps you’re one of the people whose loved one tries but somehow fails to meet your expectations. No matter your situation, here’s your Valentine’s Day survival guide. It’s almost impossible to escape the impending holiday in America. The hype around this day is on television, in movies, on the internet, displayed in store windows and aisles, even the elementary schools get involved. If you are someone whose day doesn’t include Hollywood-style romantic gestures or doesn’t include a significant other for any reason, the hype can lead to a day of depression and disappointment. Make a plan for your Valentine’s Day survival. What Does it Mean? Before we can treat the problem, we must identify the exact problem. Think for a moment. What does Valentine’s Day mean to you? Let me tell you what it doesn’t mean. It doesn’t mean that if you have a date, you’ve got a great romance. Or even that you’re happy. It doesn’t […]

Valentine’s Day: Procrastinator’s Delight

I thought I was the only one who found Valentine’s Day a procrastinator’s delight. There are 141 million Valentine’s Day cards exchanged each year, not including the boxes of cards school-age children exchange.  More than 50% of those cards are bought in the six days immediately preceding Valentine’s Day? That’s a lot of procrastinators! Are you a Valentine’s Day procrastinator desperately needing a gift idea for your sweetie? Have no fear, there are links below to suit anyone’s budget. Want to know dazzle your sweetheart with more facts about Valentine’s Day?  Go to History.com. Try making your own card with one of the sweet love quotes Huffington Post found. Looking for something different?  Here are some ‘non-cheesy’ date ideas on Your Tango. A burlesque show?  If any of you try that one, let me know how it works out. Cosmopolitan has some great gift ideas for guys. It even tells you how much you should spend on a gift based on how long you’ve been dating.  (What?  Married folk don’t count?!) Spare no expense, you say?  Well then, CNN has a slideshow of wildly expensive gifts.  Honey, if you’re reading this, I could really go for the 24-karat gold purse.  […]