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What I’m Loving Wednesday

On this first Wednesday of November, I am sending all my love to my dear, precious friend Minda. She is one of the most thoughtful, generous, brightest souls I know, and I am so blessed to call her friend. It was friendship at first sight from the moment we met, and I have learned so much from our relationship over the years. Most recently, I am humbled by her strength and admire the compassion, sacrifice, and love she has so selflessly poured out over the past several months. As she steps into this new season in her life, I send all my love and support, prayers for comfort and peace, and these words of encouragement:

And really, today, any other items I could say I’m loving – the Tigers’ basketball season getting underway, my new gym, the green dress I’m wearing – all of it pales in comparison, so I’ll just stop here.

Today, all my loving goes out to the one and only Minda Jo, who makes the world a better place and learned how to from the best of them.

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Love is a Mixed Tape

For Valentine’s Day this year, I decided to try my hand at compiling a mixed tape (er…CD) for my sweetheart. After much deliberation and downloading (legally, thankyouverymuch), I produced what some would consider the greatest love mix ever created. And by some, I mean the recipient, and that’s exactly what I was going for. And that, my friends, is the story of how “The Greatest Love Mix That Ever Was” was born. It’s not cheesy, it’s relevant, and it’s perfect for my mister.

The playlist goes something like this:

  1. Jesus, Etc. – Wilco
  2. Crazy Love – Van Morrison
  3. These Arms of Mine – Otis Redding
  4. Say Hey (I Love You) – Michael Franti & Spearhead
  5. Detlef Schrempf – Band of Horses
  6. This Year’s Love – David Gray
  7. Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
  8. Swept Away – The Avett Brothers
  9. Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show
  10. In My Life – The Beatles
  11. We Have All the Time in the World – Louis Armstrong
  12. Anyone Else But You – Michael Cera & Ellen Page
  13. Angel – Dave Matthews Band
  14. Stand By Me – Ben E. King
  15. Hold You in My Arms – Ray LaMontagne
  16. If Love Was a Train – Amy LaVere

For those of you with equally good taste in music, copies available upon request.

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love, love, love, love, crazy love

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I feel that now is an appropriate time to say… I do not give a flip about this holiday. No, I’m not bitter; in fact, I have a sweetheart who makes me swoon. I just think that love is a beautiful thing that should be celebrated continually, not only once a year on the arbitrary day Hallmark has designated. Sure, it’s sweet to be acknowledged on February 14th, but the heart of a relationship is truly revealed during the other 364 days of the year that aren’t dripping with chocolate and rose petals. Teddy bears and jewelry and cards are nice, but when given as obligatory Valentine schwag, much too predictable. A desperately needed hug after a long day, surprise snapdragons, unexpected treats, sincere compliments, and sharing the last piece of cheesecake – these are the things that make a heart double-beat. Your behavior on Valentine’s Day should not be the exception; it should be the norm. So go forth and celebrate your honey this weekend, just don’t drop the passion when February 15th rolls around.

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Did the Beatles say it best?

The love you take is equal to the love you make.

Did the Beatles really say it best 40 years ago with the closing lyrics of Abbey Road? We live in a world that is me-centric. Please me, love me, give me, want me, appease me, humor me, notice me, compliment me, entertain me. But what if we were to pop our bubbles of self-absorption and adopt the mentality that ME is not the center of all things created, and that we have a whole lotta love to share. The more you actively love your environment, your neighbors, your family, your friends, strangers, acquaintances, and anyone else your day places in front of you, the more abundant and blessed your life will ultimately be.  It’s not necessarily the people you are bestowing love on who will reciprocate, but somewhere, someone, or even something, will tickle your heart and remind you of the fulfillment that comes with benevolent, selfless love.  It seems the rocking quartet may have been on to something after all. 

So go spread the love! I suspect it will find its way back to you…

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