Happiness Thieves

It happens every holiday. The holiday thieves come out of the woodwork to steal your happiness and enlighten you as to why you need to be as “woke” (meaning enlightened, mentally and spiritually evolved) as they are. If you celebrate a religious holiday like Christmas or Easter, you are labeled as “sheeple,” and pretty much called stupid for daring to celebrate these religious traditions for various reasons that they have spent countless hours researching. It’s a little worse when days like Valentine’s Day or Sweetest Day roll around. The “too woke” crew starts barking about how it’s just a holiday created by the candy industry to take your money, and how you shouldn’t need a holiday to remind you to tell someone you love them. If you really love a person you should give them flowers every day! Say, “I love you,” everyday. (How many times have you seen one of these “too woke” people holding a bouquet of roses and professing their love to anyone on a non-holiday? Yeah…my point exactly!!!)

It’s sad, because these “Too Woke” folk come off as angry and unhappy. (I’m sure they have a few good days, here and there.) They are always finding fault with everyone else’s joy. So what if I spend MY hard earned dollars on some cheap chocolate and flowers on a designated day of the year? The problem is, you’re TOO WOKE! Lack of sleep makes you cranky (and quite annoying to the rest of us well rested folk)! So, to all of you “Too woke” people that may read this, I encourage you to look at this Valentine’s Day as a day of rest. Take a chill pill. Meditate on happy things (please). Read a book and continue your course on February 15 when the celebration of love is over. Buy some discount candy on the 15th and experience some of the love you’ve been missing. Share some of your discounted candy haul with your significant other and see what happens.

And for all my “sheeple” out there, I wish you much love!




If You Love Me


Say it to my soul, if you really mean it. Don’t just let the words carelessly pass over your lips. Let those words bubble up, and flow, and cascade, like water over the falls. Don’t hold back…

Source: If You Love Me


I give you my heart willingly.

Once you accept it,

You own it.

Take it.

Keep it.

Care for it like it’s your own.

Don’t break it.

Don’t abandon it.

Don’t forget its value.

Don’t forget to keep it alive.

Protect it.

Give me yours, willingly,

And I will do the same.

I won’t break it.

I’ll cherish it,

Carry it with me wherever I go.

I won’t let anyone steal it.

I won’t forget it

And replace it with another.

I’ll own it

And care for it like it’s my own,

Because once you entrust it to me, it is.

Man and Woman

Photo credit: Leslie Jane Moran

My Valentine

If you know about me, you know that (like many women) I lust after Idris Elba. Me and my cyber girlfriends fight over him like a bunch of schoolgirls all the time. (Seriously, he doesn’t even know we exist. We’re not even friend-zoned. We’re fan-zoned!!) The competition to be his imaginary boo has been increased by his latest promotion to win a date with him. (It’s a great cause – raising funds to help educate girls in Africa. Contribute if you can!)

I reposted a video of my future-baby-daddy consulting the experts on how to make our date special, and one of my girlfriends asked if I’d put my name in for consideration. I just tossed my name in the ring (but could still use a few sponsors). But her question inspired me to write a poem about what a date with Idris would be like. Fellow writer Elisabeth Velasquez inspired the cinquain format. (Check her out!! She’s AWESOME!)

My Valentine

Yam Smash
Criss-cross dancing
On fluffy clouds of joy
My Valentine’s Day date and I.
Oh yes!

Just look at him…so sexy..not too long! Look away!

Photo credit: Tina Franklin

Sonnet 116

Because it is Valentine’s Day and William Shakespeare defined love so beautifully in this piece…Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!


Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no; it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests, and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,

If You Love Me

Abstract Embrace in Red, Allposters.com (Artist unknown)
Abstract Embrace in Red, Allposters.com (Artist unknown)


Say it to my soul,
if you really mean it.
Don’t just let the words
carelessly pass over your lips.
Let those words
bubble up, and flow,
and cascade, like water over the falls.
Don’t hold back!
Don’t resist!

Say it to my soul,
if your heart is true.
In the worst of times,
say it!
Love is not always
a comfortable experience.
Don’t be afraid
to be bare before me.

Say it.

Say it to every part of me.

Say it to my soul.
I want to hear it.
I want to know
and be without doubt.
I’m willing to endure
the keen blade of truth,
if you offer it to me.

So, say it,
if you love me,
Say it to my soul.

Valentine’s Day….for Men

I had lunch with my daughter today and the topic turned to what we were getting our respective Boos for Valentine’s Day. Oddly enough, we both came up with the same gift idea. But then I wondered, “What would he really like to receive?” I’ve always had a hard time shopping for the men in my life. They either research and purchase what they want, or they respond, “I just want peace and quiet,” or “You don’t have to buy me anything,” when I ask them for specifics. Not helpful at all. So my daughter and I created a list of Great Guy Gifts for Valentine’s Day.

Now, I did run this list by my older brother and he added a few suggestions as well, so I feel like this is a pretty balanced list for all levels of romantic relationships.

Great Guy Gifts for Valentine’s Day

1. Music – Create a Youtube playlist of his favorite songs and email it to him.

2. Team Jersey – Purchase his favorite team jersey, or create a team jersey’s with YOUR names on it. 🙂

3. Write a song and serenade him – Ok, this one is a little risky. Now, it requires your willingness to make a fool of yourself if your singing skills are left wanting, and your mate’s sense of humor or appreciation of your skill or lack thereof. Be sure to think this one through, sister!

4. Plan a cooking date – Yes, you two. In the kitchen. Cooking! 😉

5. Plan an indoor picnic – Get a sitter, pack a picnic basket with fruit, veggies and other finger foods, spread a blanket in the living room and feed each other!

6. Men like chocolate too! – Everybody like’s chocolate! Choose a brand that describes your affection for him and pair it up with a homemade card: You’re worth 100 Grand; Giving you Hugs and Kisses; My love for you is wider than the Milky Way; You are my Mr. Goodbar; Oh Henry! You get the idea!

7. Couples yoga -This is not for the sedentary! But if you are of reasonably good fitness, this is a great way to connect with each other.

8. He saw that chick flick you wanted to see. Reciprocate in kind sister! Go see that adventure/action/sci-fi political drama he’s been talking about!

9. Wash his car – By hand, if you live in a warmer climate. If you live in a colder region, I’m sure he’ll appreciate you taking the car to the car wash for him.

10. Re-enact that scene from True Lies – This is for grown folk only! If you’ve seen the movie, you know what I’m talking about!

11. Love coupons – Create a Valentine’s booklet with coupons to be redeemed whenever your love is the mood for romance and fun!

If you have additional ideas, add them in the comments section!