How does it begin?

How does it begin?  A smile.  A glance.  
A tilt of the head.  A particular stance.  
And something inside like a resonant string
starts to vibrate in that first moment of recognizing

a soulmate.  A welcoming harbor.  A home.
A shelter to save you from being alone.
And this all occurs within just a few seconds.
How quickly one heart to another one beckons!   

Going about your business, your accustomed routine
as familiar as a pair of broken-in jeans,
the world you were living in...becomes strangely new.  
Has the sky always been that bright shade of blue?

Have the birds always sung with that unrestrained joy?  
How does music now have the power to deploy
your emotions so easily?  The heart is a mystery.
And singers and poets have wrestled throughout history

to examine that moment when the old rules are done,
and you realize that, yes, 1 + 1 = 1.

—William Lindsey Cochran


A selection of Valentine’s Day cards

Roses are red.  
    Violets are blue.
These Valentine’s cards
    I found for you.

Feel free to say, “Aaaaaawwwwww!”   

“It’s not being in love that makes me happy.  It’s being in love with you that makes me happy.”

“I’m much more me when I’m with you.”

“Good thing I brought my library card, because I’m checkin’ you out.”  

(Feel free to groan, too.)  

“If I could rearrange the alphabet, I’d put ‘U’ and ‘I’ together.”

“I like you so much I’d let you see my browser history.”

“You are a beautiful cupcake in a world full of muffins.”

“You’re my everything. Everything else is just…everything else.”

Unrequited Love

In the Peanuts comic strip, Lucy doted on Schroeder.  Sally pined for Linus.  Peppermint Patty had a crush on Charlie Brown.  Marcy was fond of Peppermint Patty.  And Charlie Brown?  He was famous for the way he’d sit on a bench, eating his lunch, longing for the “little red-haired girl.”  

“That little red-haired girl sure is cute.

“I’d give anything in the world to be sitting there next to her eating lunch.

He takes a bite of his sandwich...and then says,
“Bleah!  Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter like unrequited love.”

Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls once told an interviewer that “unrequited love is probably [her] favorite subject matter.”

Amy Ray of Indigo Girls agreed:  “I wrote more unrequited love songs when I was younger because I was more unrequited.  There is a certain charm to being 18 to 22.  All you can think about is wanting to get someone in the back of your car.”


Sting…on tantric sex

Remember Sting and his comments about his seven hour sessions of tantric sex with his wife?  The topic has dogged him ever since.  

Back in 2011, Sting’s wife, Trudie Styler, dismissed his claim about their love life as just a drunken boast.  Sting and Bob Geldof were being interviewed by a rock journalist, and the interview turned into a drinking session.

But in 2014, during an appearance on Inside The Actor's Studio, host James Lipton brought up the topic and asked Sting to explain what he truly was referring to.

“If we had seven hours, I would demonstrate,” Sting responded.  But then he went on to clarify.  

“The idea of tantric sex is a spiritual act.  I don't know any purer and better way of expressing a love for another individual than sharing that wonderful, I call it, ‘sacrament.’  I would stand by it.  Not seven hours, but the idea.”

He then explained, “Seven hours includes movie and dinner.”


A different selection of Valentine’s Day cards

Time for another visit to the greeting card section.  But these are Valentine’s Day cards with a twist.  They’re the irreverent work of Los Angeles artist Emily McDowell.

“Happy Valentine’s Day!  I got you an uncomfortable, emotionally charged conversation about the future of our relationship!  (Just kidding.  Let’s make out.)”

“Thinking about you is like remembering I have ice cream in the freezer.”

“I don’t entirely understand what ‘bae’ means, but I’m pretty sure you’re mine.”

“There’s nobody else I’d rather lie in bed and look at my phone next to.”

And if you’re feeling a little awkward in your pursuit of that special someone, she has Valentine’s Day cards with you in mind, too.

“Well, this just sucks.  I wish I had a better way to say it, but my brain feels totally stuck right now.  But I just want you to know that even though I might not always have exactly the right words, you will always have me.  I’m not going anywhere.  So I hope you’re cool with that.  Because I love you.”