How to Write a Love Letter

Nowadays, with email, texts and IM chats, it’s easier than ever to stay connected. But how often do those “connections” go above and beyond a quick message or even no words at all (OMG)?

And on the rare occasion that someone does craft an eloquent email or a touching text—how can you possibly tuck it away in your shoebox of keepsakes?

Isn’t it about time to bring back the love letter? You don’t need to be a poet to pull at someone’s heartstrings. And since seeing something personal among a stack of bills automatically triggers happiness, you’ll have them at hello.  But we can help you do better than that.

Simply think SWEET:  Sit. Write. Emotion. Examples. Time.


Find a quiet place to give full attention to your letter—and your relationship. Think about why you fell in love, what makes this person special, and what you want to say. Then immerse yourself fully in the project. Whether you end up with three paragraphs or three pages, your letter deserves your undivided attention.


There’s nothing like the age-old act of putting ink to paper that better symbolizes “pouring your heart out.” You’re single-handedly creating a cherished keepsake, possibly a piece of family history. Present your words in a classic way—on personalized stationery, or inside a blank card, for shorter sentiments.


Express your feelings! But don’t overdo it. Especially at the beginning of the relationship, keep things subtle and simple. Let your loved one read between the lines. As your feelings intensify, your language will, too. But even then, don’t get too dramatic. Write the way you talk. Your love letter should sound like you, not Shakespeare. Keep it real.


You both know the details of your love story, but you can give mutual experiences a fresh perspective by reminiscing from your point-of-view. Does a special moment stand out in your mind? Why? Be descriptive. A good love letter speaks plainly and illustrates perfectly. “When I saw you that day, I knew. With your gentle kindness, your quiet confidence, your passion for life — I knew I could give you my heart.”


When your letter is finished, put it aside for a day or two and then come back to it. You may be surprised at how different it sounds, and it might need some tweaking. Once you feel like it’s your own personal version of a romantic card, then you know it’s ready to send!




Happy February Birthday to The Dreamers and Humanitarians!

02062013_feb_birthdayRebellious yet empathetic with an unconventional imagination, those born during the month of February not only march to the beat of their own drummer, but set the tempo for those who follow these sensitive souls. Their dream of a brighter future for all of humanity is met with wonder, hope, and an electrifying excitement of all the possibilities!


The Pied Piper of the zodiac, those born under the sign of Aquarius possess a playful spirit that works best in a group that they lead. Communication is their forte, but with an off-beat style. Theirs comes with a magic that charms others without denying followers their individuality. This is what Aquarians prize most—the freedom to be who they are! Always on the cutting edge, these folks will be at the forefront of all the latest breakthroughs, especially with technology. The “boat rockers” of the zodiac, these people will shake up the status quo if it benefits humanity in the long run.


If you’re a dreamy Pisces, you enchant others with your other-worldly imagination. Enrapturing all you meet with a mystical glow, your presence can heal others of whatever ails them. Blessed with a powerful creativity that burrows beneath the surface and touches the soul, still waters do indeed run deeply with you! At home in a world filled with romance and fantasy, you want nothing less than to surround yourself and those you love with a fairy tale existence that tantalizes the senses.

Your February birthstone and flower…

Amethyst, derives its name from the Greek, amethustos,  amethyst frontmeaning “not drunken.” It was believed by the ancient Greeks to preserve sobriety, as wine goblets were carved from this precious gemstone as a way to stave off intoxication.

A gemstone synonymous with serenity, it provides great calm in the midst of any disturbance. It also bears heavenly meaning, with Moses having described it symbolically as the Spirit of God, and Tibetans imparting holiness to it with Buddha. Its spiritual significance, continuing to this day, includes ornamental jewelry, as it has been used in the making of crosses and Papal rings.


The violet, February’s birth flower, has its roots in Greek mythology. Zeus was in love with King Argos’ daughter, Io (the Greek word for violet). To conceal her from his wife, Hera, Zeus transformed Io in a heifer and gave her aromatic flowers to feast upon instead of ordinary grass, which later became known as violets. The symbol of modesty, violets bloom in such colors as blue, yellow, and violet, and have a variety of purposes: medicinally as an expectorant, a diuretic, and an essential oil used in aromatherapy; culinary in vinegars and oils, as well as decorations for cakes and other fine desserts.

Celebrate your birthday this month with these historical figures…

Susan B. Anthony, Charles Dickens, Clark Gable, Michael Jordan, Rosa Parks,
Ronald Reagan, Norman Rockwell, Babe Ruth, John Steinbeck, Elizabeth Taylor

February holidays…

Groundhog Day (2/2), Lincoln’s birthday (2/12), Mardi Gras (2/12/13), Ash Wednesday (2/13/13), Valentine’s Day (2/14), President’s Day (2/18/13), Washington’s birthday (2/18/13), Purim (starts at sunset on 2/23/13)



Most Popular Love Quotes From the Movies


We’ve all heard the phrase, “Words can’t express how much I love you.” But over the  years, writers have melted many a heart with the sweet somethings they’ve had to say. And everyone has their favorite quotes.

So instead of proclaiming to list the most popular love lines of all time, here’s a classic collection of snippets from movies scenes that are bound to pull at your heart strings.

Can you name all the films? The answers are  listed at the bottom. Give it your best shot, Cupid!

Your love quotes…

“No amount of time with you will be enough. But let’s start with forever.”

“I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days.”

“You should be kissed, often, and by someone who knows how.”

“I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling for the rest of my life the way
I do when I’m with you.”

“I looked up and it was the nearest thing to heaven. You were there!”

“You look good wearing my forever.”

“I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”

“I want all of you. Forever. You and me. Every day.”

“But soft; what light through yonder window breaks? It is my lady! O, it is my love. O that she knew she were.”

“I would rather have had one breath of her hair, one kiss from her mouth, one touch of her hand, than eternity without it.”

“Don’t forget, I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.”

“I watch them, wondering how they can watch you bring their food, and clear their tables and never get that they just met the greatest woman alive. And the fact that I get it makes me feel good, about me.”

“Why do you want to marry me anyway?” “So I can kiss you anytime I want!”

“I love you—without knowing how, why, or even from where.”

“This kind of certainty comes but once in a lifetime.”

“I knew it. The very first time I touched her. It was like coming home.”

“You had me at hello.”

Your movie list…

Breaking Dawn, Bull Durham, Gone With the Wind, Dirty Dancing, An Affair to Remember, Some Kind of Wonderful, When Harry Met Sally, The Notebook, Romeo and Juliet, City of Angels, Notting Hill, As Good As It Gets, Sweet Home Alabama, Patch Adams, Bridges of Madison County, Sleepless in Seattle, Jerry McGuire

So now are you tempted to curl up with a pile of tissues and DVDs?

With Valentine’s Day on the way, you can find a wonderful selection of romantic ecards with some of their own wonderful quotes and expressions of love at




We should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in history. What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice.

—Dr. Carter G. Woodson

Two Milestones

Founded in 1924 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson as Negro History and Literature Week before expanding to a month in 1926, Black History Month honors all of the contributions and achievements of African-Americans. Celebrated during the month of February to memorialize the birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass, this year holds special significance as it marks the anniversaries of two milestones with the 2013 theme: At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington.

With the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which took effect January 1, 1863, we commemorate his decree of freeing the slaves in the confederate states. Although it didn’t end slavery altogether, the proclamation signified a turning point in history. Long considered a major step toward bringing about change for equality, it distinguished Abraham Lincoln as a harbinger of freedom for African-Americans and set the tone for future events anchoring their message in this landmark document.

Freedom March 50th Anniversary

This also marks the 50th anniversary of the
Freedom March to the Lincoln Memorial inWashington,D.C., led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on August 28, 1963, one hundred years after the Emancipation Proclamation. With over two-hundred thousand participants, King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the memorial and stirred the nation with his hope of a better world. His inspiring oration defined a new chapter in civil rights, paving the way for future generations as they continue to strive for equality.

Since then, Black History Month has seen its message receive the very esteem it sought so long ago. President Ford delivered the first official presidential address recognizing the importance of its observance. President      Reagan signed and recognized February as Black History Month, with each U.S.president thereafter delivering an official message and proclaiming that year’s theme.

With courageous acts worth emulating and uplifting messages that inspire, Black History Month is truly overflowing with a rich history to explore, honor, and celebrate.

Photo Credit: Bob Gomel, The Historic Washington Mall Freedom March, 1963



Celebrate Groundhog Day–Shadow or Spring?

On February 2, 1886, a hibernating woodchuck crawled out of his burrow near Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, didn’t see his shadow—granting an early Spring—and Groundhog Day was born! A year later Clymer H. Freas, editor of The Punxsutawney Spirit newspaper and member of a group of local hunters and businessmen known as the “Punxsutawney Groundhog Club,” dubbed this furry little fellow “Punxsutawney Phil.” Little did Phil know he would be carrying on a tradition known as Imbolc that was started long ago by ancient Celts in Europe.

Nowadays, locals and visitors still flock to Gobbler’s Knob near Punxsutawney, site of the annual ceremony to catch a glimpse of Phil, the now-famous groundhog to see whether or not he will see his shadow. Attendance at the event skyrocketed after the release of the 1993 film Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray as a TV weatherman assigned to cover the event. As anyone who has seen the film knows, he ends up reliving Groundhog Day over and over and over again.

Groundhog Day film trivia:

  • The film was shot in Woodstock, Illinois, not Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
  • Tom Hanks, Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, and John Travolta were all considered  for the lead before Bill Murray was cast.
  • Bill Murray was bitten twice by the groundhog during filming and needed anti-rabies injections due to the severity of the bites.
  • Director Haroldn Ramis states that Bill Murray’s character, Phil, lives Groundhog Day over and over for approximately 10 years in the film.
  • The American Film Institute ranked it #8 in the 10 Greatest Films of the Fantasy genre.
  • The film received fairly warm critical reception upon release, which only grew over time, with religious groups and others eventually calling it “transcendental.”





What is National Freedom Day?

For most of us, flipping the calendar to February simply means starting another month. But in 1865, February 1was the extraordinary beginning of a whole new era.  That was the day President Lincoln signed the resolution to outlaw slavery.

This resolution became the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  But it wasn’t easy. In fact, it was the first new amendment to be adopted in more than 60 years.

Those of you who saw Stephen Spielberg’s Lincoln might be familiar with the story, but read on to see how National Freedom Day fits in.

“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” 

These were life-changing words for people like Major Richard Robert Wright Sr., a former slave who went on to become a successful businessman and community leader in Philadelphia, and founder of the National Freedom Association. Wright hoped to have a day dedicated to celebrating freedom for all Americans. He gathered local and national leaders to write a bill declaring February 1 as National Freedom Day and in 1948, President Harry Truman made it official.

So, how do people celebrate National Freedom Day?

While it’s not a public holiday (banks and post offices are open), the purpose is to promote good feelings, harmony and equality…and, of course, to appreciate freedom.  Across the nation, there are local celebrations from luncheons to literature meetings. And it’s a beautiful day to see wreath-laying at the Liberty Bell.

If you want to celebrate Hollywood-style, and still haven’t seen Lincoln, now is the time to check it out. Not only is the film Oscar-worthy (nominated for a whopping twelve awards), but it’s also educational. Lincoln showcases the hard-fought struggle over the passing of the 13th Amendment and focuses on this key part of our constitutional history that many of us didn’t learn in school (or can’t remember, because Mr. Spielberg wasn’t our teacher).

So, Happy National Freedom Day…and Happy February! Hopefully, the beginning of this month will always remind you of that bright new beginning back in 1865, when unexpected heroes like Major Wright finally got a taste of the gift that still deserves to be celebrated today: sweet freedom.