Dear Friend and Patient,
Hey if you haven’t noticed, I’m changing the format on the newsletter a little bit every month, as it’s now 2014 and it’s time I did some updating.
February means Valentine’s Day and I’m not one to forget it. Now don’t get me wrong. I don’t know a lot about Valentines Day, but I do know that women in particular like it, and I want to share what I found out about it.
In 496 A.D., February 14, was declared in the name of St. Valentine by Pope Gelasius. It remained a Church holiday until 1969, when Pope Paul VI took it from the calendar. On February 14, the ancient Romans celebrated the Feast of Lupercalia in honor of Juno, the queen of the Roman gods and goddesses. Juno was also the goddess of women and marriage so honoring her was thought to be a fertility rite.
~Here’s What I Found Interesting~
At the feast held the next day, the women would write love letters and stick them in a large urn. The men would “pick a letter” from the urn and for the next year, pursue the woman who wrote the chosen letter. This custom lasted until the 1700s when people decided their beloveds should be chosen by sight, not luck. If you have any thoughts on that after reading this newsletter, don’t hesitate in sharing those with me.
Do Women Want Flowers?
45% Men say Yes – 4% of Women say Yes
Do Women Want Jewelry?
27% Men say Yes – 36% of Women say Yes
Do Men Want Sports Tickets?
20% of Men say Yes – 29% of Women say Yes
Are Your Tea Bags Toxic?
Perhaps you wouldn’t dream of microwaving plastic food containers, because you know that heating plastic can allow toxins to leach into your food. But you probably don’t think twice before dunking your fancy mesh tea bag into boiling-hot water. Those pyramid-shaped mesh sachets, filled with pretty multi-hued leaves, lend sophistication to your daily tea-drinking ritual. But: Even though they’re often called “silky,” those bags aren’t made from silk. Most are actually made from plastic, either polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polylactic acid (PLA, or “corn plastic”) or food-grade nylon (indeed, nylon is a plastic).
PET, PLA and nylon are widely used for food packaging, and their safety as packaging materials has been tested. “However, when you subject plastics to stressors such as heat, the molecules begin to break down and they can leach—no matter whether it’s a microwave oven or a cup of hot water that is warming the contents. Stick with a metal tea ball and avoid paper bags as well, which can also contain toxins such as bleaches.
A Valentine Story
John stood up from the bench, straightened his Army uniform, and studied the crowd of people making their way through Grand Central Station. He looked for the girl whose heart he knew, but whose face he didn’t, the girl with the rose.
His interest in her had begun thirteen months before in a California library. Taking a book off the shelf he found himself intrigued, not with the words of the book, but with the notes penciled in the margin.
The soft handwriting reflected a thoughtful soul and insightful mind. In the front of the book, he discovered the previous owner’s name, Miss Linda Hall.
With time and effort he located her address. She lived in San Francisco. He wrote her a letter introducing himself, and inviting her to correspond. The next day he was shipped overseas for service in World War II. During the next year and one month the two grew to know each other through the mail. Each letter was a seed falling on a fertile heart. A romance was budding. He was lonely so he wrote Linda and requested a photograph, but she refused. She felt that if he really cared, it wouldn’t matter what she looked like. When the day finally came for him to return from Europe, they scheduled their first meeting – 7:00 PM at the airport in San Diego. “You’ll recognize me,” she wrote, “by the red rose I’ll be wearing on my lapel.”
So at 7:00 he was in the airport looking for a girl whose heart he loved, but whose face he’d never seen. I’ll let John tell you what happened:
“A young woman was coming toward me, her figure long and slim. Her blonde hair lay back in curls from her delicate ears; her eyes were blue as flowers. Her lips and chin had a gentle firmness, and in her pale green suit she was like springtime come alive. I started toward her, entirely forgetting to notice that she was NOT wearing a rose. As I moved, a small provocative smile curved her lips. “Going my way, sailor?” she murmured. Almost uncontrollably I made one step closer to her, and then I saw Linda Hall. She was standing almost directly behind the girl. A woman well past 40, she had graying hair tucked under a worn hat. She was more than plump, her thick-ankled feet thrust into low-heeled shoes. The girl in the green suit was walking quickly away. I felt as though I was split in two, so keen was my desire to follow her, and yet so deep was my longing for the woman whose spirit had truly companioned me and upheld my own.
And there she stood. Her pale, plump face was gentle and sensible; her gray eyes had a warm and kindly twinkle. I did not hesitate. My fingers gripped the small worn blue leather copy of the book that was to identify me to her. This would not be love, but it would be something precious, something perhaps even better than love, a friendship for which I had been and must ever be grateful.
I squared my shoulders and saluted and held out the book to the woman, even though while I spoke I felt choked by the bitterness of my disappointment. “I’m John Blanchard, and you must be Miss Hall. I am so glad you could meet me; may I take you to dinner?”
The woman’s face broadened into a tolerant smile. “I don’t know what this is about, son,” she answered, “but the young lady in the green suit who just went by, she begged me to wear this rose on my coat. And she said if you were to ask me out to dinner, I should go and tell you that she is waiting for you in the big restaurant across the street. She said it was some kind of test!” It’s not difficult to understand and admire Miss Hall’s wisdom. The true nature of a heart is seen in its response to the unattractive. “Tell me whom you love,” Houssaye wrote, “And I will tell you who you are.” ~Happy Valentine’s Day
- Men spend almost TWICE as much on Valentine’s Day as women do. This year, the average man will spend $156, while the average woman will only spend $85.
- More than one-third of men would prefer NOT receiving a gift. Less than 20 percent of women feel the same way.
- Around this season, a dozen long-stemmed roses can cost an average of $75, or about 30% MORE – than the NORMAL price of $58.
- More than nine million pet owners are expected to buy gifts for their pets – this Valentine’s Day.
- 15 percent of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.
“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
“True love is when you put someone on a pedestal, and they fall – but you are there to catch them.” ~Author Unknown
- VALENTINE ROSES
I just did this little word search myself, and it didn’t turn out as good as I’d hope, but see if you can find all of the words listed above.
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