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“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelo

The library wasn’t yet open Friday after I mailed Valentines to my Rightstein family at the post office. With the book I was reading, Eve Ensler’s IN THE BODY OF THE WORLD, (I’m seeing the show next week), I stopped at Dunkin Donuts for the $2.00 breakfast special.

My father smiled from his Bridge table in heaven.

A book and a bargain. I got it, Dad. The other stuff, too. Family. Love. Family. Engaging work. Family. Laughter. Family. Happy Valentine’s Day to Mom and you.

IN THE BODY OF THE WORLD is not a vagina monologue. It’s Eve’s cancer story. Now cancer-free and performing, she writes her “second wind” is “not about having or getting or buying or acquisition…You worry about germs and stockpile your herbs, but they will not save you, nor will your fancy house or gated villages. The only salvation is kindness. The only way out is care.”

Eve, Valentines to you.

At the library, I picked up the picture book I’d reserved, DEAR GIRL. Being oneself, spirit, chutzpah, and saying “no” are written about with simplicity. Heart.

The quote on the library chalkboard: “Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight: always to try to be a little kinder than is necessary?” J.M. Barrie, from THE LITTLE WHITE BIRD (1902).

Valentines to Barrie and to DEAR GIRL authors Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal.

Valentines and love to YOU. Thank you for reading my blog, posting comments, and letting me know how you are. I truly appreciate your showing up.

Now a contest for you: In 25 words or less (no more) write a Valentine in the ‘Comment’ section to a love in your life. Past. Present. Living. Deceased. If not to a person, to a place. A passion. A thing. Someone or something you love.

Two impartial judges will pick a winner. I’ll send a prize. If you are not someone I know, please email me your email address through the ‘Contact’ section here on my website:

You can enter more than once. The deadline is: February 25. The winner will be posted here the first week in March.

Happy Valentine’s Day and my heartfelt gratitude to you!

Love ‘n Stuff,



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