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Valentine’s Day Isn’t For Everyone

Valentine’s Day might be my least favorite holiday in the entire year. I hate that I can’t go out to dinner with friends, wear red or pink (unless I want people to think that I dressed for the day), or pick up a prescription without being bombarded by those disgusting-tasting conversation hearts at the drugstore. But I’m not allowed to say that because people will think I’m sad and bitter about being single. I’m neither of those, but I am beginning to think that the way I feel on Valentine’s Day might be the way Jewish people feel on Christmas. But at least there are lists like these to make me feel solidarity with others who aren’t so hot on the holiday. [Times Online]
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Love and War: A Story That Will Melt Your Heart

Warning: this story is so sweet, it’ll give you a Valentine’s candy toothache, but it’s worth it!
When six-year-old Jannah Lynn Medvec was given a homework assignment to write a soldier in Iraq, her recently divorced mother, Carol, took her to church to get the pen pal’s name off a list of military men. The little girl began writing Army Reserve Sgt. Jim Schulz in 2006, and soon he began corresponding with her three other siblings too, acting as a father figure. Divorced with grown children, Schulz was lonely and found the dating scene difficult since his idea of fun was curling up with his cat in front of the television — which he had done night after night back in his small hometown of 2500 people, just one mile from the Medvecs. When Sgt. Schulz returned for a second tour of duty in Iraq, his job was to repair vehicles that had been attacked — an extremely demanding task on its own. Additionally, he had been in six roadside bomb accidents and had won a Bronze star for bravery after rescuing two other soldiers from a burning vehicle. Keep reading »

Time Out Time Out!

There’s only one thing I hate about being single: the constant stream of relationship advice I didn’t even ask for. I have a degree, plenty of relationship experience, a body that just won’t quit, and a tube of red lipstick — I am well equipped to survive in the wilderness that is the dating scene. Yet everyone wants to jump in on the action, from my married friends who mean well to magazine relationship experts. And, by the way, the advice is always the same: “Empower yourself so you can attract a man to latch onto.” The latest to dispense this advice is Time Out New York and their resident dating “expert” Julia Allison (you non-New Yorkers may recognize her as a talking head on CNN and Fox News). The magazine’s “Singles Issue” promises that if you let someone Photoshop and style you, you can attract a mate someday — all aspects of Allison’s marketing (yourself) plan. Other nuggets of advice after the jump. Keep reading »

Caught On Tape: Engagements


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My friends Josh and Cori recently got engaged and the moment was caught on video — Josh took Cori to an 80′s prom-themed party and asked her to marry him in front of everyone. Her parents were even hiding out backstage so they could celebrate with them afterwards. How adorable is that?! (Also, how shiny is Cori’s hair??) Have any of your proposals (or other significant romantic moments) ever been caught on tape? Keep reading »

A Love Story Like Titanic

Love stories about old people make us happy — why do you think Titanic and The Notebook did so well? — and a story in the Guardian this week could easily become Gena Rowlands’ next movie. Almost 70 years ago, a woman and her fiancé got into a huge fight just months before their wedding date. Violet Booth was so upset that she threw her diamond ring away, but she and her fiancé, Samuel, made up almost immediately and tried desperately to find the ring, to no avail. Fast forward seven decades. Violet’s grandson, whose hobby is metal detecting, searched the area and found the ring in just two hours. “I went round to my Nan’s with some maps and she managed to pinpoint the field. Then I got permission from the landowner and headed out. It was buried three to four inches down, and it wasn’t even damaged. I just had to give it a wipe,” the grandson said. And the discovery brought Violet, who has been a widow 15 years, to tears: “I was in such a state when we couldn’t find it. Samuel didn’t tell me off — he wasn’t like that. We got a new one, but it’s not the same, is it?” [Guardian U.K.] Keep reading »

Love On A Park Bench

A plane flying over a stadium with a banner flapping behind it reading “Will you marry me?” is not our idea of romance – does everything have to be so public? However, the benches in Central Park are another story. There are more than 9,000 benches in the park, and you can adopt one for $7,500 and pick what you want the plaque to say. Yes, there are a couple marriage proposals, but they seem sweet since the bench will remain there as long as the park does. [Central Park Conservancy via Gothamist] Keep reading »

Love Heats Up The Ice

Not just sequins and spandex, this time love was also in the air at the 2008 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Olympic skating stars John Baldwin and Rena Inoue both had successful singles careers. Inoue, originally skated for Japan, but fell for blond Baldwin and switched teams (not in the gay way). They skated together for the U.S. in the 2006 Winter Olympics and are the first duo to successfully land a triple axel. You know with moves like that, the sex must be pretty crazy! After their most recent program at the national competition, John surprised Rena when he got down on bended knee in the middle of the ice and proposed. Aw, man. It was so cute, we began to feel guilty for staring at his butt. Luckily, we’ve still got single skating hotties Ryan Bradley and Brian Joubert to melt our ice. So, congratulations to the happy couple on both their silver medal and their engagement! [You Tube] Keep reading »

Communication Breakdown: Mercury Is In Retrograde

From now through February 19th, Mercury turns retrograde because of Aquarius, aka your life is going to get seriously messed up. Watch your mouth and back up your computer files because for the next three weeks communication will get more damaged than Britney’s kids. But don’t freak out, because now is the perfect time for introspection. You should be chock full of ideas, focus, and independence. Just don’t let all that personal empowerment make you so stubborn you screw up your plans with other people. Namely, your boyfriend. Now is the perfect time for a huge, dish-throwing, drag-out fight. [Blog Her]

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OMG! My BF Is Totally Going To Be My MOH, But What Will My FSIL Thing?

In a list of things that make me want to barf about weddings, web-style acronyms for wedding terminology is high on the list. Lucky for me, Real Simple went and published the list online so that if I ever decided to go bulimic, I will have plenty of inspiration for gagging. [Real Simple] Keep reading »

A Real-Life Lesbian Love Crime Story

Hold on tight because Twisted Triangle, a new in depth, tell-all, true story, about a lesbian FBI agent is set to hit the shelves. Crime writer Patricia Cornwell, best known for her character Dr. Kay Scarpetta, seduced the blonde-haired blue-eyed bureau agent, Margo Bennett, while researching a novel back in the 90’s. What started as an innocent slip of a heel up Margo’s leg at work led to torrid affair. Their sexy secret love was made into a public scandal when Margo’s FBI agent husband, in a fit of passion, tried to kill her in church. But who cares about him?! Between the sheets, the suits, the secrets, and the guns, there’s sure to be plenty of hot girl-on-girl action. [Page Six] Keep reading »

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