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  11. Dream April 11 2023 Stargazer

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  14. "On The Road" 50 years later

  15. St. Valentine's Day

  16. Stargazer January 6 Dream 2023

  17. Stuck in the Middle....


  19. Dreams : Stargazer Dec 8 2022

  20. Dead Drunk Poets

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  22. "The Train"

  23. The Death of Vladimir Mayakovski

  24. Charles the Third: What’s in a name?

  25. Stargazer August 17 2022

  26. My Fellow Democrats

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  28. Some notes about The Battle of Gettysburg:

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  30. A Short History of Race in the Americas: Part two

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  32. Dream : Stargazer May 22 2022

  33. Ethics

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  35. Dream : Stargazer April 11 2022

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  37. The faith of an ancient pagan

  38. Gawain and the Green Knight

  39. Auden In Love

St. Valentine's Day

It seems like everybody celebrates St. Valentine’s Day. From whence did it come? Like most Christian Holidays, it has pagan roots. In ancient Rome, Lupercalia was celebrated on February 15th, A fertility ritual where nearly naked young men would run through the streets while eligible young woman would cheer them on. It was quite a spectacle and needless to say, very popular. In the 496 CE, the Pope declared February 14th the Feast Day of two Christian Martyrs named Valentinus to compete with the old pagan festival. During the days of the persecutions in the 2nd and 3rd Century, one of the emperors had declared that legionnaires could not marry because married men did not make good soldiers. Young legionnaires and their ladies who wanted to tie the knot would seek out Christian priests to take their vows in secret. You could recognize the priests by their ring which had a small angel called a cherub engraved on it. We still use those little naked angels. In medieval France and England, it was believed that birds mated on February 14th. The love birds. Love sick knights would give their ladies tokens of their love (chocolate.) By the 18th century it was common for friends and lovers to exchange letters and little homemade cards. The invention of the printing press turned that into Hallmark Cards. Happy Valentine’s Day.

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