Red roses stand for love and romance. They also signify a clichéd tradition of surprising a loved one on Valentine's Day. It's a cop-out to rush to the grocery store or neighborhood florist and grab a dozen roses on your way home from work.
"The most erotic thing a man can do for a woman is... the dishes." You've no doubt encountered this oft-repeated claim, or one like it, before. Yet, as always, reality is far more complex than the headlines.
This time of year money can be tight, so finding the right gift for your sweetie can be tough. However, experiences trump material gifts any day! Why not create a great day or weekend where you get to spend time with your Valentine, showing them just how much you love being with them?
There are plenty of important lessons to learn from Valentine's Day. We learn these lessons from the time we are in kindergarten. Some come from heartache, some from parental guidance and others from personal insight.
I've always been told Valentine's Day is a holiday that celebrates love -- a couple's love for each other, not just a man's love for a woman. Or her love of him, for that matter. Yet everything I've learned about how to act on Valentine's day tells me that it's really about his love for her.
Years ago, my parents went to dinner with the parents of my close friend. My mom and dad were of modest means and Close Friend's parents owned Impressionist paintings. At the end of dinner, my father -- ever the gentleman -- offered to pick up the tab for the whole dinner.
Is Woods really back to form? Do improvements in one's personal life equate to good results on the golf course? It would seem to make perfect sense, especially in a game like golf where the mental is often more powerful than the physical.
When we take these steps of interrupting harmful behaviors in our relationship and identifying patterns from our past, we start a journey of self-discovery that can be both deeply painful and richly rewarding.
After about two decades of being a voracious reader, I'm still at a loss as to why so many people have elevated Jane Austen to the level of literary herodom. To put it bluntly, I just don't the seemingly female-gender-wide obsession with Ms. Austen.
I can empathize with the exhaustion of the wedding circuit, schlepping gifts of blenders and karaoke machines hither, thither and yon. But I dont' understand the need among some singles to be cheered on in their singledom like newlyweds dashing toward a shaving cream-streaked car.
Now that 2012 is over, it's always interesting to look back and see what our favorite Hollywood couples have been doing in the romance department and make some predictions of what will happen in the year to come.
"Singlism" is indeed potent and double-edged. Because most people still do opt for marriage, this bias probably hurts more singles overall. But the intolerance that couple people feel is no less real or harmful.