For Valentine Lovers Without A Valentine Line

I created this scroll for a post a couple years ago but thought there might be a few who just can’t come up with the right line for their valentine. Here are 50 from the past that you can pick and choose from. Please …don’t confine yourself to only one …wonder awaits!

I hope you enjoy 50 Shades of Love, and Happy Valentine’s Day with love to all.

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50 Shades of Love from Paul Mark Sutherland

  1. Life is the flower for which love is the honey. —Victor Hugo
  2. Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. —Plato
  3. The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. —Nicholas Sparks
  4. If you judge people, you have no time to love them. —Mother Teresa
  5. Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.
    —Zelda Fitzgerald
  6. A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you. —Elbert Hubbard
  7. Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. —Robert A. Heinlein
  8. You don’t love someone because of their looks or their clothes or their car. You love them because they sing a song only your heart can understand. —L.J. Smith
  9. For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul. —Judy Garland
  10. Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. —Lao Tzu
  11. Where there is love there is life. —Mahatma Ghandi
  12. Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality. —Emily Dickinson
  13. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others… —John Lennon
  14. I love you, and it’s getting worse. —Joseph Morris
  15. I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees. —Pablo Neruda
  16. Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. —Aristotle
  17. If you love someone, put their name in a circle not a heart, because a heart can be broken, but a circle goes on forever. —Brian Littrell
  18. If I had a flower for every time I thought of you…I could walk through my garden forever. —Alfred Tennyson
  19. Love is a game that two can play and both win. —Eva Gabor
  20. I have met in the streets a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, the water passed through his shoes and the stars through his soul.
    —Victor Hugo
  21. When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You know that your name is safe in their mouth. —Jess C. Scott
  22. Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new. —Ursula K. LeGuin
  23. There’s this place in me where your fingerprints still rest, your kisses still linger, and your whispers softly echo. It’s the place where a part of you will forever be a part of me. —Gretchen Kemp
  24. Come sleep with me, we won’t make love, love will make us. —Julio Cortázar
  25. Morning without you is a dwindled dawn. —Emily Dickinson
  26. Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.
    —Maya Angelou
  27. The great tragedy of life is not that men perish, but that they cease to love.
    —W. Somerset Maugham
  28. Love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone. —Mitch Albom
  29. Where there is great love, there are always miracles. —Willa Cather
  30. Sometimes it’s a form of love just to talk to somebody that you have nothing in common with and still be fascinated by their presence. —David Byrne
  31. I would like to be the air that inhabits you for a moment only. I would like to be that unnoticed and that necessary. —Margaret Atwood
  32. I want morning and noon and nightfall with you. I want your tears, your smiles, your kisses…the smell of your hair, the taste of your skin, the touch of your breath on my face. I want to see you in the final hour of my life…to lie in your arms as I take my last breath. —Lisa Kleypas
  33. If I know what love is, it is because of you. —Hermann Hesse
  34. One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life. That word is love. —Sophocles
  35. Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth, ‘You owe me.’ Look what happens with a love like that, it lights the whole sky. —Hafiz
  36. Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. —Mother Teresa
  37. Who, being loved, is poor? —Oscar Wilde
  38. Love is always open arms. If you close your arms about love you will find that you are left holding only yourself. —Leo Buscaglia
  39. I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.
    —Paulo Coelho
  40. If you have love, you don’t need to have anything else, and if you don’t have it, it doesn’t matter much what else you have. —James Barrie
  41. Love is the strongest force the world possesses, and yet it is the humblest imaginable. —Mahatma Gandhi
  42. Love is a flower that grows in any soil, works its sweet miracles undaunted by autumn frost or winter snow, blooming fair and fragrant all the year, and blessing those who give and those who receive. —Louisa May Alcott
  43. The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough is love. —Henry Miller
  44. To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three-parts dead.
    —Bertrand Russell
  45. The soul that can speak through the eyes can also kiss with a gaze.
    —Gustavo Adolfo Becquer
  46. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach. —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  47. Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. —Oscar Wilde 
  48. In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities. —Janos Arany
  49. I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.
    —Roy Croft
  50. I will love you always. When this red hair is white, I will still love you. When the smooth softness of youth is replaced by the delicate softness of age, I will still want to touch your skin. When your face is full of the lines of every smile you have ever smiled, of every surprise I have seen flash through your eyes, when every tear you have ever cried has left its mark upon your face, I will treasure you all the more, because I was there to see it all. I will share your life with you …and I will love you until the last breath leaves your body or mine. —Laurell K. Hamilton
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Extend Your Hand, Don’t Point It

ANCHORAGE — Kenyada Waters was driving through town when she noticed a man on the side of the road. He was holding up a cardboard sign that read, “Laid off 2 long. Anything helps.” Waters noticed all of the cars in front of her drove right past him.

Something in her told her to stop and hear his story.

The man introduced himself as Richard and explained his situation. He told her how he’s been a tree-trimmer for nearly 20 years but found himself down on his luck after getting laid off.

Richard said his cellphone was cut off because he ran out of money. Standing on the side of the road with a cardboard sign was his last resort. He told Waters that people would drive by him and yell out, “Get a job you stupid, lazy bum!” Richard told Waters that he had submitted over 20 job applications but since his phone was turned off, he wasn’t able to hear back.

Waters says his story inspired her to help. She decided to pay for two months’ worth of cellphone service for him. “This man cried in AT&T!” Waters said.

As soon as his phone powered back on, there was a job opportunity waiting for him in his text message log.

“It might be you one day!” Waters wrote on a GoFundMe page she has set up for Richard.

“Extend your hand don’t point it!”

Enjoy!

This story originally appeared in USA Today:

Giving Without Cost

Here are six ways we can give ourselves away daily without cost.

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Beautiful words that are often attributed to Francis of Assisi, however the actual author is unknown. They first appeared in print over one hundred years ago as part of a prayer titled Peace Prayer. Our world is still in dire need of each.

Please contribute today. Thank you.

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Random Acts of Kindness Week

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14 Less Traditional Ways To Give Love On Valentine’s Day …or Any Day

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Choose one …or a bunch!

  1. Deliver candy, balloons, or cards to a local disability day care facility.
  2. Give food to a local food pantry — call first to find out what their pressing needs are.
  3. Go to a busy building that doesn’t have automatic doors and be the doorman/woman for 30 minutes. Smile at everyone and wish each a good day. If anyone asks why you’re doing what you’re doing, tell them, with a big smile, because it’s Valentine’s Day.
  4. Deliver one or two dozen heart shaped cookies to an elderly couple or individual living in your neighborhood. Make sure you introduce yourself and get their names if you haven’t already. Also, make sure you leave a couple of really big smiles, and a compliment or two.
  5. Spend 30 minutes visiting someone in a nursing home facility who doesn’t receive regular visitors. Ask the staff, they’ll let you know whom to visit. Don’t go at dinner/supper time.
  6. Create or buy six Valentine cards and deliver them to a local nursing home. Write some fun, funny, or sentimental things inside. Leave them unsealed and unaddressed. Take them to the administration office or nurse station and ask if they would select six individuals and deliver them. They can add the person’s name and seal the envelope. (they’ll need to look inside envelopes from strangers — even nice strangers)
  7. Deliver one or two dozen heart shaped cookies to the staff at a local DMV or post office. (or, make four dozen and combine numbers 4 and 7)
  8. Tell someone that you love them — someone that you love very much, but you haven’t actually told them in quite some time.
  9. Volunteer at a free meal site for a couple of hours. Usually, they can always use additional help.
  10. Donate some of your valued and useful clothes to a local clothing distribution center that serves struggling individuals and families. Current season clothing is always best.
  11. Smile and say hello to every person you make eye contact with for the entire day. Hold the eye contact for at least three seconds.
  12. Help two people who appear to be struggling to accomplish a task (sweep, shovel, load a vehicle, etc., if you looking for the opportunity to help, you’ll find it).
  13. Refrain from saying ANYTHING negative about ANY individual for the entire day — including YOURSELF.
  14. Call an elderly relative or individual who has had a positive impact in your earlier life. Choose someone you haven’t talked with for some time, let them know that you were thinking of them, and are grateful for the influence they had in your life.

Note: If you partake in one or more of these love-filled gifts, they’ll be one additional love recipient …you!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all.

World Cancer Day

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World Cancer Day on Twitter

A huge shout-out to EVERY single cancer survivor throughout the world,
in our quest to kick cancer’s butt for good! #NoMoreCancer

National Bird Day (and Trees)

Today is National Bird Day whose purpose is to emphasize the importance of the protection and survival of birds both captive and wild.

In solidarity, a re-post of one of my favorites.

Enjoy!

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