Love Is In the Air

Everyone seems to be writing about love this month. I guess, because Valentine’s Day falls right in the middle of the month, and Valentine’s Day is the holiday of romance — or at least what the sellers of cards, flowers, candy, and jewelry would like you to think — a number of bloggers are writing about or expressing interests in our thoughts of love.

Rory, A Guy Called Bloke, is no exception, and he has posed six “love” questions for us to consider. So consider them I shall.

However, before I do, let me offer this caveat. Each of Rory’s questions ask “what do you think?” or “what are your views?” My views on love are that it’s highly personal and, when it comes to others, my views or what I think doesn’t matter. When it comes to love, my philosophy, as in most other things in life, is “Whatever floats your boat.”

That said…

1. Do you think that ‘background checks’ should be more commonplace between couples who are dating and or those looking to marry or live with each other?

Background checks? Seriously? How about having potential lovers give you their resumes? Sheesh. Well, I was raised in an era before you could key someone’s name into Facebook or Instagram or Twitter and get the lowdown on them before asking them out (or accepting an offer) for a date. And, personally, while I’m no longer playing the dating game, I think the thrill and mystery of learning about someone new as you get to know them beats the hell out of scrutinizing their social media sites.

2. Do you think love alone is enough to see people through everything?

Not by a long shot. It helps, but there are more practical and pragmatic considerations at play in life than just love.

3. What are your views on people getting married/living together too young – are you in total favor of that or not?

What is “too young?” I guess I’d say that if you’re old enough to vote and to drink alcohol, you’re old enough to live together if you choose to do so. Marriage, which in my opinion is optional, can wait until you’re older and more mature.

4. What do you think about people not getting to know their partners well enough – is it something that should be looked at more closely while you live apart or something that can be worked on when you are under the same roof together?

I think that it’s up to the couple involved, but I personally believe it’s important to live together under the same roof for at least a year, maybe two, before getting married.

5. What are your views on couples who are teenage sweethearts and simply wish to get married and yet they have never sampled anything else of life, they have never had other partners and the list goes on … but they are willing to sacrifice their life for living with one person only believing they are the right person for them?

First of all, I am not sure I’d say that teenage sweethearts who get married without having sampled anything else of life or having had other partners are “sacrificing their lives.” I know it wouldn’t have worked for me, but I didn’t meet my wife until I was 30 and we lived together for two years before we got married. Bottom line, I think it all depends on the individuals involved.

6. Finally, which is the best love? The one we think is right, the love that finds you by chance, or the love we source out with intention?

The “best love” is the one that is right for you when you are ready to give and receive it, regardless of how it comes about. In other words, the best love is the one that comes along at the right time.

A Month of Love #10

Paula Light says, “Let’s celebrate the month of lurve (aka love) by posting one thing we love every day throughout February.

Now the truth is that I’m not really a romantic guy, so I might be hard pressed to come up with 28 objects of love, but I think I should be able to come up with 28 things I like a lot.I love Stephen Colbert — the comedian, not the the ice cream, although I am a huge fan of Ben & Jerry’s Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream ice cream, too. I first discovered Stephen Colbert when he was the host of The Colbert Report on Comedy Central, where for nine years he played the role of a conservative pundit. His half-hour nightly show followed another comedy hero of mine, Jon Stewart, when he hosted The Daily Show. These two comedians formed a comedic dynamic duo of political satire.

Colbert left The Colbert Report in 2015 to replace David Letterman, who had retired as host of The Late Show. And I’ve continued to be a fan of Colbert throughout. I never miss his biting, hilarious nightly monologue.

So Stephen Colbert, I love you, man!

One-Liner Wednesday — Hashtag

“The last time internet regulations were passed, a hashtag was that button you never pressed on a telephone.”

This quote showed up in a full page newspaper ad last week. The rest of the ad read…

It’s been 25 years since comprehensive internet regulations were passed. It’s time for an update.

We support updated internet regulations to set clear guidelines for addressing today’s challenges.

Do you know who ran this ad?

Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #108

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

Valentine’s Day is just four days from today. This coming Sunday is a day that people in love all around the globe — well, okay, in the United States, for sure — celebrate love and romance. So my perhaps not so provocative question this week is all about Valentine’s Day, how you feel about it and how you plan to celebrate the day.

Here’s my question….

How do you feel about Valentine’s Day? Do you consider it to be a special day, one where you express your deep love and appreciation for your significant other? Or is it just a commercialized “Hallmark Holiday” where you feel pressured to spend money on cards, flowers, candy, jewelry, and/or expensive dinners in order to stay on the good side of the one you love? Either way, what, if anything, are your plans for Valentine’s Day this year?

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.

FOWC with Fandango — Planet


FOWCWelcome to February 10, 2021 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “planet.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.