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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

VALENTINE'S DAY


I love the history of Valentines Day- the Muse's inspired combo of death and unextinguishable love. Whether the Roman armies' ban on soldiers marrying and the secret ceremonies privided by Monk Valentine, or the myth of his secret love notes for the jailor's blind daughter...it seems a unique reason to celebrate. Pain and risk.
Here is a question: Do you think astronauts in space should be allowed to marry? Each other? Or via satelite, someone on earth? Does this inspire anyone?
My favorite story about the creation, promotion, and perversion of the Valentine's day icon is the story about Massachussetts native, Esther Howland.
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