• With Valentine’s Day approaching, love is on the mind and in the air.  According to Wikipedia, the name “Valentine” was derived from Valens meaning worthy, strong, and powerful.  When I think of love these are the words that come to my mind. To have a love that captures these qualities, be it in a family, friendship, or romantic relationship makes that relationship extraordinarily special. To be worthy, one must be willing to consider the needs of another above their own; to be strong one must be willing to be available through all life’s challenges and not waiver in their commitment; to be powerful love must consist of trust, respect, and honesty so that the relationship can continue to flourish.  This makes love anything but easy and sometimes we fall short, but our willingness to admit our shortcomings and work on improving them and our willingness to forgive allows our love relationships to grow in worthiness, strength, and power.


  • It’s February, so that means you’re on the Valentine’s Day clock, fellas.

    While knowledge of your special lady should be what dictates what you get her, come the 14, perhaps this survey from Sears of more than 1,000 adults on their V-Day gift preferences can also help you out.

    The poll found that if women could only receive one gift this Valentine’s, 29 percent would chose jewelry. Flowers or chocolate tied for second place with 20 percent, followed by perfume (nine percent), technology products (eight percent), lingerie (eight percent) and kitchen or household goods (six percent.)

    And whatever you choose, do so carefully. The same survey found that over eight in 10 woman have received a Valentine’s Day gift that they deemed to have no thought put behind it.