Dear Friends: If you are like me, you have a soft spot in your heart for Valentine’s Day. I consider chocolate an essential food group, and I love the smell of freshly cut carnations. I also love doing things on this day that let people (besides my dearly beloved husband, Horemheb, and my son, the Young Prince) know they are special to me.
I am taking this opportunity to ask readers to consider their blogging habits, and perhaps send a Valentine’s gift to “Super Bloggers” — writers who spend serious time on their Internet sites providing news links, updated information, and savvy opinions that many of us use on our own pages or in forums while chatting to friends.
I look at it this way: I am willing to spend 10-20$ on a good non-fiction or historical fiction book. Therefore, if I read a blogger often, I am probably reading a book’s worth of wisdom. They truly deserve a little compensation for their efforts!
Apparently, we are going to be getting $13/week back as part of Obama’s Grand Stimulus Package. How do you stimulate the economy with this? By donating it to bloggers who are trying to defend capitalism and promote tax relief for everyone. So, why not spend the first week’s worth of stimulus on a blogger whose work you admire? I consider it a sweet gesture and an investment in the future.
Since I adore ancient history, this is a good time to take a moment and look at the history of Valentine’s Day. Apparently, it has its origins in Roman rituals:
Valentine’s Day started in the time of the Roman Empire. In ancient Rome, February 14th was a holiday to honour Juno. Juno was the Queen of the Roman Gods and Goddesses. The Romans also knew her as the Goddess of women and marriage. The following day, February 15th, began the Feast of Lupercalia.
As with any super-fun pagan holiday, the early Christians manage to “pious” is up a bit:
There are varying opinions as to the origin of Valentine’s Day. Some experts state that it originated from St. Valentine, a Roman who was martyred for refusing to give up Christianity. He died on February 14, 269 A.D., the same day that had been devoted to love lotteries. Legend also says that St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer’s daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it “From Your Valentine”. Other aspects of the story say that Saint Valentine served as a priest at the temple during the reign of Emperor Claudius. Claudius then had Valentine jailed for defying him. In 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius set aside February 14 to honour St. Valentine.
Have a happy Valentine’s Day!