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February 13, 2015

ICYMI — 24

John headshot Nov 2014It’s Valentine’s Day weekend. It’s Friday the 13th. It’s freezing cold where I live. What an odd combination of factors all leading to one thing: It’s time for me to offer you a list of things I found while looking around the internet this week.

Bob and Kim have been married for 56 years. Hallmark — the people who pretty much invented Valentine’s Day — asked each of them to share what the other meant to them without using the word “love”. What happens next is pretty touching.

Parallax is an organization committed to what they call “mindful relationships” — think ScreamFree with a generous dose of Zen Buddhism. Anyway, a couple of weeks ago they asked their readers to help create a line of Zen-influenced Valentine’s Day cards. The results range from the very differentiated to the highly romantic to a wistful remembrance. There’s even a haiku.

Because I get to travel the world and talk to people about parenting, sometimes folks think I’m some sort of expert or something. Here’s the truth, I have read a lot, and I have studied a lot. But I’m making a lot of this up on as I go. Just. Like. You. Mike Julianelle hits the nail on the head in this article “We’re All in It Together”.

It’s hard to believe Frank Schaeffer is a 62-year-old grandfather now, but he is. I don’t think he’d mind me telling you that the young, hot-headed spokesman for religious and political conservatism has morphed into a flaming liberal as he’s aged. Regardless of what you think of his politics or religion, he’s writing some beautiful stuff about how everything we think really matters — age, gender, philosophy — all seem to fade away when it comes to taking care of the people who matter most…especially our children.

Finally, this fantastic photographer documents just how crazy a day in the life of a mom can be.

Alright, that’s it for this week. Let me know what I missed. If I’m not here, you can find me in the “60% Off Chocolate” aisle starting Sunday at midnight!

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