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Thursday, February 14, 2008

My Saint Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s Day (February 14) when lovers express their affection with greetings and gifts. Although there were several Christian martyrs named Valentine, the day probably took its name from a priest who was martyred about 270 AD by the emperor Claudius II Gothicus. According to legend, the priest signed a letter to his jailor's daughter, whom he had befriended and with whom he had fallen in love, “from your Valentine.” The holiday also had origins in the Roman festival of Lupercalia, held in mid February. The festival, which celebrated the coming of spring, included fertility rites and the pairing off of women with men by lottery. At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius I replaced Lupercalia with St. Valentine's Day. It came to be celebrated as a day of romance from about the 14th century. ~ From Encyclopedia Britannica

My Valentine’s Day 2008 is my 62nd birthday.

Yesterday, when she came to work, Tasha brought me this huge heart filled with candy!

Alex has celebrated my birthday by thus far not clawing me once!

(Of course, it is only three hours into my birthday).

Give yourself something special today and click over to Enola’s blog to read the beautiful and gripping Valentine’s Day essay she has written (in two parts) about what love is—and what love isn’t.

What is Love Anyway (Part 1 of 2)

What Is Love Anyway (Part 2 of 2)


Song for My Birthday:


59 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday and Happy Valentines Day :) I will forgive you about joining the masses and blogging about V Day since it is also your birthday ... but only this once ok?!

    Have a good un :)

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  2. Happy Birthday Nick. Enjoy the day and tell Alex to be nice to you today. Have fun. Cheers and Best Birthday Wishes!!

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  3. I love that song and what a wonderful slide show to go along with it. Happy Birthday my friend and you and Alex have a nice Valentines Day too.

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  4. In a word there are three things that last forever: faith, hope, and love; but the greatest of them is love.
    - Pauls 1st letter to the Corinthians 13:13

    Happy St. Valentine's Day, Mr. Nick!

    And Birthday Blesings, too!

    Happy Birthday!


    Renie

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  5. A wonderful birthday post, Nick.

    May you have a great birthday.

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  6. Happiest of
    >Happy Birthdays
    kind sir.

    I hope your day is filled with love and good cheer.

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  7. May your next 62 years be even better than your last!

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  8. Hi Nick ~~ Great post and once again Happy Birthday. I hope Alex was kind to you. My son sent me that Wake up video and I had to send it to you.
    Thank you for Valentines Day wishes. Tash is kind ~ enjoy those chocolates. Take care, Regards, Merle.

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  9. Happy Birthday and happy Valentine's Day!

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  10. Happy Birthday!

    I'm chuckling as I realize the Catholic church took over another pagan holiday. This is one I didn't know about. Thanks!

    Looking forward to the next installment of the Muffin saga.

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  11. I HOPE YOU HAVE A NICE DAY NICK!!!! i also wrote abot v'''day in my blog

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  12. I never did care much for valentine's day, but I am glad to know there is something good of it. Happy Birthday, to you.

    And, you have an awfully interesting reading list over there on your sidebar.

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  13. Happy Valentine's Day and Happy Birthday. I LOVE the picture of you as cupid! Thank you so much for including me in your valentine's listings.

    I hope today brings you lots of love and joy. And a break from that rascal Alex clawing your tube - tell him to watch out or another Muffin-type animal might be brought in to curb that enthusiasm!

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  14. Happy Valentine's Day to you & Alex! :)

    <3
    Deb

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  15. Have a very sweet birthday this Valentine's Day! :D

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  16. Happy Burpday to you, Happy Burpday to you, Happy BURPDAY DEAR NICK Happy Burpday to youuuuuuuu.
    Seems like Alex delivers kitty justice without cause.
    Peace

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  17. Happy, Happy Day!

    It truly is a wonderful world!

    Peace, Love, and Chocolates to you!

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  18. I hope that you and Alex have a great day. (Don't share the candy with Alex).

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  19. Happy Birthday, Nick.

    I hope that the weather of recent days in Louisville has not been too much of a challenge to you. It does make us appreciate our sunny, much warmer days in Tucson.

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  20. Happy birthday and Happy Valentine's Day Sweet Nick. May your day be filled with happy thoughts.
    Mama Bear Hugs too :)

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  21. Happy Valentines, Happy Birthday!!!!oxoxox

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  22. St. Nick AND St. Valentine...wow, a double-sainter. ;-)

    HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

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  23. Happy birthday and Happy Valentine's Day!

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  24. St.Valentine and St.Nick, I'd say you are more than sometimes saintly :) Happy Birthday and happy Valentine's Day...and thanks for the kind comments on my post the other day! Much appreciated, come on back by anytime!

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  25. Happy Bothday, Nick. And thanks for being an always welcome guest in my territory...

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  26. Happy Birthday, Reverend Nick. I enjoy reading the Muffin stories.

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  27. Happy birthday, Old Man. (I've been calling you that for more than 40 years and now it is true)

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  28. Happy Birthday Bonne Fête!

    How wonderful!

    My Chicklet was due Valentine's Day, but true to herself.. she was late! LOL

    Thank you for posting Louis... I adore that song.

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  29. Happy, happy Birthday, Nick!!!
    I wish you many blessings and many more years to enjoy them!

    Happy Valentine's Day to you too!

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  30. Happy Valentines Day, Nick! I hope you have had a blessed day and Happy Birthday too.. Bunches of hugs!
    The world is a much nicer place with you in it...

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  31. Happy Birthday, Nick and Happy Valentine's Day!

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  32. Nick, that was beautiful.
    Happy Birthday and many more, Sir!

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  33. Happy birthday dear Nick!!! hope those chocs were delicious!!

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  34. I hope you had a wonderful birthday, Nick, here's to many more to come!

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  35. Sorry it's late

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND MANY HAPPY RETURNS

    I hope you had a wonderful day yesterday Nick. x

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  36. Happy Bday for yesterday your saintship!! Maybe next year it can be renamed as St Saintlys day?

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  37. ((((Saintly)))) HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY WISHES AND HUGS XXXXXX - it wouldnt let me post a comment yesterday :( - I hope you have a lovely day and that Alex behaved LOL....

    much love to you dear man xxx

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  38. Happy Birthday, Nick! Late but very heartfelt. Health and happiness to you.

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  39. Happy Birthday Nick!!!! I hope it was grand!

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  40. Sorry I couldn't wish you this yesterday (it was a little insane on my end), but

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

    HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!!!!

    Hope they were both the best ever.

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  41. HAPPY HAPPY Birthday and Valentines Day!

    Love the cartoon on top...ain't that the truth?? :)

    I have a new feature I am starting over at the nest, please come check it out!

    Bradley
    The Egel Nest

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  42. Happy birthday, Sometimes Saintly Nick.

    This is my first visit and I only read two of the Muffin stories and I am already hooked. Now I am going to download and read the other 7 and hope that number 10 is up soon.

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  43. Nick:

    Just want to wish you a MOST happy birthday, and many more healthy and happy ones to come!!

    God bless you!!

    Linda

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  44. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! Here's to many many more healthy and happy years!

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  45. Happy belated birthday Nick!!! Sorry, i didnt' get over till now, i have been rather self absorbed the last three days!!

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  46. your bday is feb 14. Mine is Feb 28th, 14 days after the 14th :-)

    I always thought that was pretty cool...and I was almost a leap year baby!

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  47. Oh, Nick, I missed your birthday! I'm sorry. Hope it was great and that Alex looked after you well!

    It was also Welshcakes Limoncello's birthday! (Sicily Scene - do you visit her? She's lovely.)

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  48. A belated birthday greeting, Saint Nick!

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