Everybody Loves Somebody

by Sam Coslow, Ken Lane & Irving Taylor and sung by Dean Martin- click the title to listen <3

"Everybody loves somebody sometime

Everybody falls in love somehow

Something in your kiss just told me

My sometime is now

Everybody finds somebody someplace

There's no telling where love may appear

Something in my heart keeps saying

My someplace is here

If I had in my power

I'd arrange for every girl to have your charms

Then every minute, every hour

Every boy would find what I found in your arms

Everybody loves somebody sometime

And although my dreams were overdue

Your love made it all worth waiting

For someone like you

If I had it in my power

I'd arrange for every girl to have your charms

Then every minute, every hour

Every boy would find what I found in your arms

Everybody loves somebody sometime

And although my dreams were overdue

Your love made it a worth waiting

For someone like you"

February offers the chance of romance. Glitter cards and romantic candlelit dinners. Flowers and candy and fine wine and a great excuse to do something thoughtful for your sweetheart. I've always enjoyed this holiday- even when I was single. I like to rifle through the Papyrus Valentine Cards with rhinestones and satin bows and shop for fancy foiled chocolates at World Market. Wear my Valentine jewelry and watch all the sappy movies. It's a nice festive holiday without a lot of added stress- well at least not anymore- as the days of buying four sets of valentines and helping each of the kids to sign them and attach candy to them are long past. But I miss that. So now I just do my version of it for Hubby and the kids. I never really took the time to ponder the origin of the holiday until this year when I stumbled upon some articles while looking for clip art for this column. Here are some tidbits for your perusal.

Symbols of Valentine's Day

Red Roses
Red roses were said to be the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love. Red is also a color that signifies strong feelings.

Doves
Doves are symbols of loyalty and love because they mate for life and share the care of their babies.

Cupid
In Roman mythology, Cupid is the god of desire, affection and erotic love. Today, Cupid is frequently shown shooting his bow to inspire romantic love.

Valentine Heart
It is unclear where the familiar heart shape originated. One possibility involves the now-extinct North African plant silphium. The city-state of Cyrene had a lucrative trade in the plant, which looks just like the heart shape used today. Though mostly used for seasoning, it was also used for birth control.
Sources: How Valentine's Day Works, HowStuffWorks.com, retrieved Jan. 10, 2011; Wikipedia; Where did the ubiquitous Valentine's symbol come from? from Slate.com

Through a bit of Googling, I learned that it was actually the seedpod of the plant which was supposed to have resembled the heart symbol, but I could not find a decent photo to post! I am so curious now!

And from History.com which I think had the best info:

The Legend of St. Valentine
The history of Valentine's Day--and the story of its patron saint--is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?

The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first "valentine" greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl--possibly his jailor's daughter--who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed "From your Valentine," an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and--most importantly--romantic figure. By the Middle Ages, perhaps thanks to this reputation, Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England and France.

Origins of Valentine's Day: A Pagan Festival in February
While some believe that Valentine's Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine's death or burial--which probably occurred around A.D. 270--others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine's feast day in the middle of February in an effort to "Christianize" the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.

To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at a sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification. They would then strip the goat's hide into strips, dip them into the sacrificial blood and take to the streets, gently slapping both women and crop fields with the goat hide. Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed the touch of the hides because it was believed to make them more fertile in the coming year. Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city's bachelors would each choose a name and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage.

Valentine's Day: A Day of Romance
Lupercalia survived the initial rise of Christianity and but was outlawed—as it was deemed “un-Christian”--at the end of the 5th century, when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine's Day. It was not until much later, however, that the day became definitively associated with love. During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds' mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine's Day should be a day for romance.

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine's didn't begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. (The greeting is now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England.) Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.

And this wouldn't be a complete Valentine column without the fabulous quote from The Wedding Crashers where Owen Wilson states, " True Love is your soul's recognition of its counterpart in another." It resonated with me at the time, but upon considering it now, it seems rather egotistical. Are we really just looking for a counterpart of ourselves? Someone who will agree with us and share our likes and dislikes? Nah. The romantic in me prefers to believe that true love cannot be properly defined. It is just a complex mixture of emotion and biology with a bit of mysticism.

Peace........ Love.... From Jewel.....

Cherry Brownies from: www.applevalleygirl.blogspot.com

Check her site for beautiful Valentine desserts!!!!!

Ingredients:
1.5 cups white sugar
3/4 cup butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1.5 cups flour
1.5 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup chopped red cherries

Favourite frosting, tinted pink if desired.
Melted chocolate for drizzling.
Cherries with stems.

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla.
3. Stir together flour and baking powder. Add into butter & sugar mixture. Mix until blended.
4. Add chopped cherries.
5. Pour into greased 8x8 baking pan.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. {The top of the squares will look very brown when done, but will taste just fine!}
7. Let cool. Then frost with favorite icing tinted pink. Flavour icing with a little cherry juice from the jar of cherries if desired.
8. When icing has set, drizzle melted chocolate on top if desired. Let chocolate set.
9. Cut & remove from pan. Add cherries to slices just before serving

Continued:

Don’t ever change just to impress someone. Change because it makes you a better person and leads you to a better future.

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Give, but don’t allow yourself to be used. Listen to others, but don’t lose your own voice.

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Don’t look for someone who will solve all your problems; look for someone who will face them with you.

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You don’t really need someone to complete you. You only need someone to accept you completely.

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Speak when you are very angry, and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret.

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Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness. Let it go

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As we grow up, we realize it becomes less important to have more friends and more important to have real ones.

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Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

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Respect is earned, honesty is appreciated, trust is gained, and loyalty is returned.

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Never waste a moment, it may be the last with someone you love.

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If you love someone, tell them. Forget about the rules or the fear of looking ridiculous. What is really ridiculous is passing up on an opportunity to tell someone that your heart is invested in them.

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Nobody gets through life without losing someone they love, someone they need, or something they thought was meant to be. But it is these losses that make us stronger and eventually move us toward future opportunities.

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Never stop doing little things for others. Sometimes those little things occupy the biggest part of their hearts.

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The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.

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A real person is not perfect, and a perfect person is not real.

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To the world, you might be just one person. But to one person, you might be the world

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Just because you have a past with someone, doesn’t mean you should have a future with them.

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No relationship is a waste of time. The wrong ones teach you the lessons that prepare you for the right ones.

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The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to move forward is the happiest.

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If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

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Characterize people by their actions and you will never be fooled by their words.

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When the pain of holding on is worse than the pain of letting go, it is time to let go.

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If a friend is in trouble, don’t bother them by asking if there is anything you can do. Think of something appropriate and do it.

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Sometimes it is better to be kind than to be right. We do not always need an intelligent mind that speaks, just a patient heart that listens.

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Be the friend that you want to have.

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There are times when family are like strangers, and strangers are like family. Both sets of people are priceless.

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In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.

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Instead of judging people by their past, stand by them and help repair their future.

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Don’t try to be everything to everyone. Be everything to someone.

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Let us remember that we can’t force anyone to love us. We can’t beg someone to stay when they want to leave and be with someone else. This is what love is all about. However, the end of love is not the end of life. It should be the beginning of understanding that love leaves for a reason, but never leaves without a lesson.

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When things fall apart, consider the possibility that life knocked it down on purpose. Not to bully you, or to punish you, but to prompt you to build something that better suits your personality and your purpose. Sometimes things fall apart so better things can fall together.

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Everyone wants a perfect ending. But over the years I’ve learned that some of the best poems don’t rhyme, and many great stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, or end. Life is about not knowing, embracing change, and taking a moment and making the best of it without knowing what’s going to happen next.

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In human relationships, distance is not measured in miles but in affection. Two people can be right next to each other, yet miles apart. So stay in touch with those who truly matter to you. Not because it’s convenient, but because they’re worth the extra effort.

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Never neglect the people who are most important to you simply because you think they will always be there. Because one morning you might wake up and realize you lost the moon while counting the stars.

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True love isn’t about being inseparable; it’s about two people being true to each other even when they are separated.

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True friendship and true love do sustain the tests of distance and time.

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When someone gives you their time, they are giving you a portion of their life that they will never get back. It’s one of the most precious gifts you can receive. Don’t waste it.

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Good relationships are not just about the good times you share; they’re also about the obstacles you go through together, and the fact that you still say “I love you” in the end.

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Relationship Quotes:

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In life you'll realize there is a purpose for everyone you meet. Some will test you, some will use you, and some will teach you. But most importantly, some will bring out the best in you.

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Keep people in your life who truly love you, motivate you, encourage you, enhance you, and make you happy. If you know people who do none of these things, let them go.

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Love is not about sex, going on fancy dates, or showing off. It’s about being with a person who makes you happy in a way nobody else can.

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Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring – all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

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The most beautiful thing is to see a person you love smiling. And even more beautiful is knowing that you are the reason behind it.

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Choose your relationships wisely. It’s better to be alone than to be in bad company.

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Being alone does not mean you are lonely, and being lonely does not mean you are alone.

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Fall in love when you’re ready, not when you’re lonely.

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Love means giving someone the chance to hurt you, but trusting them not to.

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You know you’ve found true love when you catch yourself falling in love with the same person over and over again.

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Don’t wait for the right person to come into your life. Rather, be the right person to come to someone’s life.

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The one who is meant for you encourages you to be your best, but still loves and accepts you at your worst.

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Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.

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Some relationships are like glass. It’s better to leave it broken, than to hurt yourself more by trying to put it back together.

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Just because one person doesn’t seem to care for you, doesn’t mean you should forget about everyone else who does.

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Someone else doesn’t have to be wrong for you to be right.

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It is okay to be angry. It is never okay to be cruel.

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Never do something permanently foolish just because you are temporarily upset.

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Silence is often the loudest cry. Pay attention to those you care about.

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We don’t always need advice. Sometimes all we need is a hand to hold, an ear to listen, and a heart to understand.

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It’s not so much what you say that counts, it’ how you make people feel.

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A silent hug means a thousand words to the unhappy heart.

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Don’t mess with someone’s feelings just because you’re unsure of yours.

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True happiness comes from within, not from someone else. Don’t make the mistake of waiting on someone or something to come along and make you happy.

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Don’t choose the one who is beautiful to the world, choose the one who makes your world beautiful.

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If you feel like your ship is sinking, it might be a good time to throw out the stuff that’s been weighing it down. Let go of people who bring you down, and surround yourself with those who bring out the best in you.

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Just because it didn’t last forever, doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth your while

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Say what you mean and mean what you say. Don’t expect others to read your mind, and don’t play games with their heads and hearts. Don’t tell half-truths and expect people to trust you when the full truth comes out. Half-truths are no better than lies. And don’t ignore someone you care about, because lack of concern hurts more than angry words.

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Lies help no one in the long run. So… 1) Don’t say “I love you” if you don’t mean it. 2) Don’t say “I understand” if you have no clue. 3) Don’t say “I’m sorry” if you’re not. 4) Be honest with yourself and your loved ones

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Tell the truth, or eventually someone will tell it for you.

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Good relationships don’t just happen; they take time, patience and two people who truly want to work to be together.

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Falling in love is not a choice. To stay in love is.

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Love doesn’t hurt. Lying, cheating and screwing with people’s feelings and emotions hurts.

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When it comes to relationships, remaining faithful is never an option but a priority. Loyalty is everything.

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A great relationship is about two things: First, appreciating the similarities, and second, respecting the differences

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Jealousy is the art of counting someone else blessings instead of your own. Don’t waste your time on jealousy. The only person you’re competing against is yourself.

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Do not become possessive. The purpose of a relationship is to complement each other, grow together, and achieve your common goals as a couple. At the same time, you must each maintain your individual identity as a human being.

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