Here's the thing: I like Valentine's Day. Actually, I love Valentine's Day. And I don't think there's any shame in that. Recently (meaning the past decade or so), I feel like there's been this movement to hate Valentine's Day, hate the commercialism of it all, hate the forced romance, hate pink hearts and red cupids.
Most people think Valentine's Day was invented by Hallmark Cards. It wasn't. Valentine's Day is actually a well-documented, historical phenomenon -- its tangled roots winding their way through centuries worth of Christian liturgy, pagan tradition, myth, and an occasional beheading.
Staying in for Valentine's Day dinner? Don't hang your head in shame! Doing V-Day dinner at home is actually a great opportunity to create a romantic evening tailor made to fit your S.O.'s taste, and a fabulous way to enjoy some quiet time alone.
A flight to Paris is ultra-romantic, but flying first class, or even coach premium if it's not the norm, makes a memorable trip even more so.
I miss Valentine's Day in grade school. What happy work it was sorting through that big box of valentines to find the right one for every kid in class - and just the right one for the teacher.
There are many social situations in which you might find it awkward to have dietary restrictions. But in my experience, feeling awkward has a lot to do with external pressures, or your perception of how you are viewed. And when it comes to being gluten-free, I'm only concerned with my health.
If anyone else is like me, you are still processing this new world we call 2015. Lately it seems that everything that I knew to be firm, secure and true, has been turned on its head.
While the USA has always been a warrior culture, built on a foundation of conquest and exploitation, that's only been part of the picture. Movements of liberation and the expansion of the mantle of humanity have always been a part of the picture as well, but today they seem less so than I can remember. Why?
At a fraction of the cost of shelter or housing subsidies, New York could offer subsidies to families exiting shelters for stable, home-sharing situations with family or friends.
You expect your partner to take you to an overpriced prix fixe dinner in a place that looks like pink and red exploded everywhere and you'll be dreadfully disappointed if this doesn't happen. You don't care what it costs, or even if it's fun; you just want to see some streamers.
You don't want decor from the party store -- you want decorations that will actually mean something. How do you make your Valentine feel special when everyone's using the same 4 letter word? Make your "love" a little more personal, by spelling it in one of these 11 DIY ways.
Both Robin and Joan knew that, in a world of terrorists, trauma, financial hardships and upheaval, humor is an indispensable tonic to our troubles.
A small cove just west of Zicatela where a reef break causes waves break farther out, resulting in few, if any, waves on the shore. This spot is great for swimming and beginner surf lessons.
Our current century has recently celebrated her 15th birthday. In fact, as the year turned 2015, our millennium has turned sweet 15. You may have thought the usual New Year's Eve hoop-la was enough. Nowhere near. It's time for a sacred moment.
Australia is about so much more than its major city centers - from beaches to deserts, it lays claim to some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes on the planet.
Who hasn't wanted to break loose with nothing but a backpack? But what if you can't just quit your job to go and sell coconut jewelry on a beach? Where can you get maximum traveling kudos for minimum outlay of time and energy?