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More than 100 Million roses are typically sold for Valentine's Day, which falls in the middle of winter. Growers in Ecuador and Colombia work very hard after their Christmas cuttings to produce a crop for Valentine's Day. Just one long stem rose means sacrificing many, many other blooms. Plus labor forces grow exponentially at every level of the supply chain. Heating costs, transportation costs and even storage for all those roses contribute to the proportionate cost of flowers at Valentines. Be kind, enjoy the beauty!

An inauspicious beginning! Valentines Day

Saint Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14, but why? The story goes that in Rome around 269 AD, Saint Valentine was performing weddings for soldiers. Saint Valentine was arrested and imprisoned. While imprisoned he fell in love with a jailer’s daughter. Before his execution on February 14, 269 AD, he wrote her a letter [...]

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Careful how you choose

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own [...]

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Don't give up

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms -- to [...]

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The Longest Day of the Year!

Fathers Day, June 21st 2015. I have been somewhat, tongue in cheek, spewing hatred about June 21st for years. After that date, it's all down hill to shorter days. Give me a moment to tell you why, I love June 21st. June 21st, 1995 was in fact the LOOOOONGEST day of the year. False labors, lots of [...]

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Cherish

. “All of us must care for life, cherish life, with tenderness, warmth…to give life is to open (our) heart, and to care for life is to (give oneself) in tenderness and warmth for others, to have concern in my heart for others.Caring for life from the beginning to the end. What a simple thing, what [...]

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A very Blessed Easter!

The legend is told that when Mary's tomb was visited three days after her burial, it was found empty save for bunches of majestic white lilies. Early writers and artists made the lily the emblem of the Annunciation, the Resurrection of the Virgin: the pure white petals signifying her spotless body and the golden anthers [...]

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How do others celebrate the "Day of Love" around the world?

It's the day after our floral "Superbowl". We worked our tails off trying to ensure that those that are capable, were able to tell someone else of their love. I spent some time winding down last night catching up on the news, I had missed, and hoping to see others who had experienced the day [...]

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The importance of legends.

Defining legend, Kimball Young has called it "a form of social myth based, in part on historical fact, dealing chiefly with heroes and events related to the successes and failures of a group of society." In this way, legends are connected with events and heroes. And these heroes, in the majority of cases, are religious [...]

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Hail Boreas

Never in my wildest dreams, when the love of my life and I attended a St. Paul Winter Carnival for the first time many, many years ago, did I ever expect to become part of such a fantastic rich tradition! .https://www.wintercarnival.com/legend/ I am so blessed and honored to be named to the Order of The [...]

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