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Love you like a love song  💘

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Love you like a love song  💘

Hi Jack,

It's the season of loveeee! Valentine's Day is my 3rd favorite holiday of the year (Right behind #1 Halloween and #2 New Years). I know that I don't always take the time to send love to the people I care about, particularly when they live further away from me. This is why I am glad to have a day designated to sending (and receiving) love, cards, and animals to (and from) my friends, family, and myself. 

In spirit of the season, I'd like to leave you with a link to to the nicest love story I've written to date.

Read here: Ms. Tabitha by Nina Brav

Also, shout out to the lovely artist, Katherine Yao who turned my words in this story into visual art for the Poética Postcard Series. Check out this card and others on my site if you're looking for a way to send some love to your far away bae.
 
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The Somewhat Disturbing History of Valentine's Day

Given that it's my favorite holiday, I thought it might be interesting to look into the origin of Valentine's Day. As it turns out, Valentine's day was not invented by the candy companies. 

The celebration originated from an ancient Roman fertility festival called Lupercalia. The festival itself sounds kind of sickly - men sacrificed dogs and goats and would whip the women with the animal hides. It was believed this made the women fertile. Then couples would pair off and fornicate in the moonlight. 
 
Then around 3AD, the Romans outlawed marriage. There were apparently more than one Christian cleric named Valentine who were sentenced to death for performing secret marriages.

In the 5th century, Pope Gelasius I decided to honor their sacrifice, (and get rid of the pagan fertility ceremony once and for all) by declaring February 14th Saint Valentine's Day. 

Over the years Valentine's day became more popularized, particularly in the 13th century thanks to writers like Shakespeare and Chaucer who romanticised the day in their works. In the 15th century we see the first official Valentine's day greetings being exchanged and in the 18th century, the first mass produced Valentine's day cards hit the US market.

Now, Valentine's Day represents a billion dollar industry in the US, with 2017 sales expected to reach $19.7B. Will you be part of the 54.8% of Americans participating this year? I already ordered myself a Valentine's gift so... I guess that answers itself. 

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What I'm Reading

Truth be told, this month has been chaotic. I have two books that I've started and have still not finished. That being said, given some of my writing goals and the political landscape, there are a few books I've added to the docket (aka Amazon Prime cart).
The 1001 Arabian Nights

I am in the process of writing my next book, (my first being book of poetry, Love and Other Monsters, which can be purchased from my website or Amazon). This book will be written in a style similar to The Arabian Nights - stories within a story. As such, it's only right that I reread the classic.

The Arabian Nights is a collection of tales from the Islamic Golden Age, compiled by various authors over many hundreds of years. Though each collection features different stories, they are all centered around the frame story of the Sulan Shahrayar who decided to marry a woman each night before killing her the following morning, and one woman's plan to stay alive.

1984

In 1984 Winston Smith wrestles with oppression in Oceania, a place where the Party scrutinizes human actions with ever-watchful "Big Brother." After defying the ban on individuality and being labeled a criminal, Winston into brought into the eye of the opposition, who then must try to reform the nonconformist.

Political Corner


It's hard to address the month of January without addressing the political changes that came with it. There are a number of disappointing executive orders that President Trump made within days of entering office. The one that was most disturbing to watch was the executive order that banned US entry to immigrants and refugees (including people with green cards and visa issued by our government).

That being said, it has been great to see the outpouring of support from Americans and immigrants who took to the streets / airports to protest this unprecedented order. I'm especially grateful that the ACLU was able to step in and get a small victory for the folks being detained in airports and being sent away, but there is still more work to be done. If you want to help but aren't necessarily the "picket and protest" type, here is how you can donate to the ACLU.

If you're looking for a solid news source to get your information, I recommend NPR. Whatever side of the fence you lean on, it never hurts you to stay informed.
 

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What are you reading? Do you have any Feburary goals for the month? Wondering how to mail me some flowers?

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