Ah, Memories – It’s Valentine’s Day *Open Thread*


People often don’t remember encounters or events the same way, as we know. It seems to be human nature that two parties remember events or actions a bit differently from each other, or even a LOT differently.

Hey, just ask AG Jeff Sessions how he remembers his relationship with Cory Booker  on the issue of Civil Rights BEFORE Booker decided to make a name for himself off his old friend’s back by stepping on the knife he placed there.

Heck, as a two-fer with Booker, you could ask newly-minted Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, what she remembers of Sen. Booker from a couple of years ago. You know, when he was singing her praises for her views on Education before he decided she was a horrible person not to be trusted on Education.

Or maybe Judge Gorsuch, confirmed back in 2006 as a Judge, might recall Sen. Schumer’s vote a bit differently back in 2006 than Schumer seems to recall now as he tries to grandstand Gorsuch’s possible accession to the Supreme Court bench. Hint, Sen. Schumer: you were for him before you were against him.

Don’t even get me started on “Fauxcahontas” Elizabeth Warren and whatever yarn she’s spinning Elizabeth Warren and whatever yarn she’s spinning to support whatever relationship she thought existed when or where because we KNOW that’s going to be a bunch of hooey. Just ask the Cherokees.

Yeah, I am gonna bet those folks all remember things a bit differently now, but then again, we have video and hard copies of those events, so easier to prove who is telling the truth now. I don’t suppose I need to offer any more hints on who is who in the equations above.

But that’s Politics, so I guess we can expect people to say one thing and another depending on the day, the time, and which way the wind is blowing.

Regular folks don’t have the luxury of our encounters been videotaped or printed up for posterity though, so we have to rely on our memories. And that leads me to a this cute video via HuffPo of couples remembering how they met since this is Valentine’s Day and all. It is pretty funny:

How funny was that? It cracked me up to watch these couples try and recount how they first met. One thing was very clear though: these chance encounters, from a subway ride to a university class, brought love unexpected, and a bit of romance, into their lives.

And it is just those kinds of chance encounters that can bring love into our lives that Reba McEntire sings about in “Somebody”:

You just never know when or how love will show up, do you? But when it does, what a blessing that is. What an opportunity for romance to blossom.

And speaking of romance, also a Glamour video (which is kind of funny – I’m not much of a “Glamour” person) asks people with ages spanning 70 years what is the most romantic thing that has ever happened to them. Many of the answers are heartwarming and touching:

I love the simple ones, like, “she said yes.” People can be so creative in their expressions of love, that’s for sure, but it is ultimately the simplest act coming straight from the heart: yes. Yes to love. What a gift that is.


But what Valentine’s Day would be complete without some music? Let’s start off with a classic, performed by the incomparable, and taken from us way too soon, Eva Cassidy:

They don’t write them like that any more, do they? Such a great song, and it rings up so many great images, doesn’t it? Ah, those were the days, weren’t they? Oh, yeah…

But you know I can’t let a Valentine’s Day go by without having a song by the same name. Here it is, performed by Pentatonix (and you know how much I love them):

Ah, Valentine’s Day – hard not to love this day, isn’t it? I mean, really – it is celebrating love, and often there is CHOCOLATE involved. Bonus!

How about you? Have any romantic moments you wish to share? Things someone did for you that were particularly romantic? Whether it was big or small, or simply saying yes, there is nothing like remembering, celebrating, and embracing love, am I right?

Feel free to share what’s on your minds and hearts, and the love songs you like best.

It’s Valentine”s Day, after all. And this is an Open Thread.


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16 Responses to “Ah, Memories – It’s Valentine’s Day *Open Thread*”

  1. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    The news is flying fast and furious on a host of issues today from Mike Flynn’s resignation, the intelligence leaks around Flynn and the wiretaps; a Russian ship off the coast of Delaware (!!!); the confirmations of McMahon, Mnuchin, and Shulkin; and the whole deportation thing.

    Abt the Deportation thing – turns out Obama actually deported 1 million more people than Bush did. Hypocrite Schumer is decrying what Trump is doing though where was he when Obama was doing the same thing? The Dems continue to demonstrate they only care abt these issues when the other side is doing them. Otherwise, they are just hunky dory, apparently.

    Lots more happening out there today besides it being Valentine’s Day…

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    Nice Valentine’s Day Post Amy!

    When I was young it was all about moonlight and roses and romance.

    My definition of romance has changed since then. As the years passed I came to understand that a relationship is far more than romance.

    I now believe that the warm, loving and dependable man I now am lucky enough to have in my life is my “great” romance. No hearts and flowers, he forgets important dates and loathes Holidays like Valentine’s Day which he says are nothing more than blackmail to get men to spend money.

    He brings me little gifts at unexpected times and that’s wonderful. He buys me flowers when he sees some that he thinks I would like. Anything from spring bouquets with daffodils and daisies to the pink carnations I love. And always a surprise.

    So I think myself a very fortunate woman to love with and love this special man. I had no idea when I wanted romance that I would one day find a love to spend a life with. And that’s the best kind.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks, Marge!

      Absolutely, the steadfast love, having someone on whom you can count no matter what, the thoughtful little surprises, or just being told/shown you are loved over the years is a tremendous gift. It is romance on a deep scale, heartfelt and not fleeting – that is something special indeed.

      How wonderful that you and your Lou found each other!

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    Q: What do squirrels give for Valentine’s Day?
    A: Forget-me-nuts.

    Q: What did the valentine card say to the stamp?
    A: Stick with me and we’ll go places!

    Q: What did the stamp say to the envelope?
    A: I’m stuck on you.

    What would you get it you crossed Odie with the God of love?
    A stupid cupid!

    What did the paper clip say to the magnet?
    “I find you very attractive.”

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    David Harsanyi: Why The Resistance Is The Best Thing That’s Happened To Donald Trump

    By offering a zero-sum choice, Democrats have made defending the president a lot easier.

    Sure, it matters that Donald Trump owns a historically low favorability rating. Then again, disliking the president isn’t exactly a courageous act. Plenty of Americans — many of whom supported the president during the general election — don’t like Donald Trump. They do realize that politics is a tradeoff.

    A more revealing question pollsters might ask people is: But do you “like” any better Chuck Schumer or Elizabeth Warren, pussy-hatted marchers griping about the patriarchy, or the totalitarians blocking Education Secretary Betsy Devos from walking into a public school?

    That’s the choice #TheResistance — whose mantra, let’s face it, has synched with the national Democratic Party — has created for many moderate Republicans, right-leaning independents, and movement conservatives concerned about Trump. Which is to say, they offer no choice whatsoever. They offer plenty of hysteria, hypocrisy, and conflating of conservatism with Trumpism for political gain.


    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Harsanyi is spot on. I never cease to be amazed at the lack of logic displayed in the claims by the DNC.

      I am sure MANY people voted for Trump who don’t LIKE him. But they are probably pretty happy with the actions Trump is taking even if they dislike the man.

      Obama, OTOH, was all abt being LIKED. So yeah, people LIKED him, but they hated his policies, which is why we HAVE a President Trump, a Rep. Senate, and a Rep. House.

  6. kenoshamarge Says:

  7. kenoshamarge Says:

    Here I am on my brand new computer Lou just bought me. No problems thus far. 😉

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, WOW!!! That is fantastic news, Marge! Yay for LOU!!! What a fantastic Valentine’s Day present THAT is!


  8. kenoshamarge Says:

    Here I am with my brand new computer Lou bought me.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I assume you are taking it through its paces? 😀

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        That I am. I seem to have double commented somehow. Right now I’m so confused it’s no wonder. By the time I get everything on this new computer it will be midnight. And I don’t stay up that late.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          LOL – I hear you – that’s how it is with these newfangled machines! I am sure you will figure it all out. Have fun learning the ropes!

  9. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Wow, now it looks like BEN RHODES, failed novelist-turned-Obama’s-National-Security-flack who pushed the Arab Spring on us along with the IRAN DEAL, is behind all of the attacks on Mike Flynn. WTH?? This is huge: http://therightscoop.com/bombshell-flynn-was-targeted-by-obama-loyalists-in-secret-campaign-to-protect-iran-deal

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