The month of “love…….”
The Roman month Februarius was named after the Latin term februum, which means purification, via the purification ritual Februa held on February 15 (full moon) in the old lunar Roman calendar. January and February were the last two months to be added to the Roman calendar since the Romans originally considered winter a monthless period.
Having only 28 days in common years, February is the only month of the year that can pass without a single full moon
- Its birth flower is the violet (Viola) and the common primrose (Primula vulgaris).
- Its birthstone is the amethyst. It symbolizes piety, humility, spiritual wisdom, and sincerity.
Valentine’s Day in February is often called a Hallmark holiday” a term used predominantly in the United States to describe a holiday that is perceived to exist primarily for commercial purposes, rather than to commemorate a traditionally or historically significant event. The name comes from Hallmark Cards, a privately owned American company, that benefits from such manufactured events through sales of greeting cards and other items. Holidays that have been referred to as “Hallmark holidays” include Grandparents Day, Sweetest Day, Boss’s Day, and Secretary’s Day. Some people also consider St. Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day to be such days.
Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine,is an annual holiday celebrated on February 14. It originated as a Western Christian liturgical feast day honoring one or more early saints named Valentinus, and is recognized as a significant cultural and commercial celebration in many regions around the world, although it is not a public holiday in any countrry.
Several martyrdom stories associated with the various Valentines that were connected to February 14 were added to later martyrologies, including a popular hagiographical account of Saint Valentine of Rome which indicated he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire.According to legend, during his imprisonment, Saint Valentine healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius, and before his execution, he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell.
The day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”). In Europe, Saint Valentine’s Keys are given to lovers “as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart”, as well as to children, in order to ward off epilepsy(called Saint Valentine’s Malady). Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.
Men, you have eight-days. If you are in a relationship with a significant other. Valentine’s Day, like her birthday or wedding anniversary is one of those events you don’t want to forget about. There will be enough men sleeping in the doghouse on Feb 15th as it is. Do yourself a favor, buy those cards and flowers today and hide them. If she finds them- she will think that is soooo sweet. You, of course, will know that it was a calculated risk. Good luck.
February has many anniversaries for me, my wife’s birthday, my wedding anniversary, the day I met my wife, all surrounding February 14th, Valentine’s Day.
February finds me continuing to plod along on my books, I have finally got someone to e-read KUN LUN and he reports:
Overall, it is a good read which I have been waiting to enjoy for so long. True devotees to the Hilton novel will be forgiving and enjoy another adventure in the same world. New readers will enjoy it simply for its pace and descriptive prose. It needs a bit of tightening up overall, but I wouldn’t cut, replace or modify the storylines. It is clear your story has been well thought through and developed. It is quite impressive. I am about 20% left to finish but am very impressed with the whole thing. If we were in the same city, it would have been good to spend a few hours discussing and brainstorming and reading some chapter sections. It is well worth the effort to present it for publishing. My hand is up for one of the first copies (signed of course)
I am doing a final edit and rewrite of CURE
In the year 2032: Something strange is happening at Sacred Heart Hospital. A surprising number of sick patients, requiring serious and expensive medical procedures are turning up “cured.” Dr. John Lange is close to the cure of a lifetime which could put the large pharmaceuticals out of business when he is befriended by a street tough ALKN and a pregnant streetwise waitress named Margie. Battling the politics of Obamacare in a profession he has come to loathe and despise, he is betrayed by a vindictive greedy ex-wife. John Lange gets into immediate trouble by caring too much about his patients and not enough about the hospital’s bottom line. CURE is guaranteed to make you paranoid about Obamacare and the medical profession and who isn’t already?
I am sad to report that one of my mentors, Ursula Le Guin has died. American author of novels, children’s books, is seen in a Sept. 9, 2001 photo at home in Portland, Ore. Le Guin, the award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer who explored feminist themes and was best known for her Earthsea books, died peacefully Jan. 22, 2018, in Portland, Oregon, according to a brief family statement posted to her verified Twitter account. She was 88.
Short month – short post.
See you in March.