Happy Valentine’s Day 2022

a dozen red roses for our 52nd anniversary

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

1 Corinthians 13:4-5:

Today is the day for celebrating love if you can. There are times when we don’t feel very loving and times when it seems all the love has evaporated from our world. Yet, many wise people have believed that love is the only thing that endures. Love is the whole thing, we are only pieces says Rumi. Life seems like a crazy mess sometimes–birth, growing up, enduring sadness, excitement, pleasures, and accomplishments as well as little by little losing all of these. Yet, love endures. I know it when I think about my mother, lost this year; when I remember the many people I have known and loved and lost. The love remains and sustains me. Here are a few more ideas about the power of love.

Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.

Zora Neale Hurston

To love is to recognize yourself in another.

Eckhart Tolle

To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow – this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.

Elizabeth Gilbert

Love is such a powerful force. It’s there for everyone to embrace –that kind of unconditional love for all of humankind. That is the kind of love that impels people to go into the community and try to change conditions for others, to take risks for what they believe in.

Coretta Scott King
valentines cookies by Argy Nestor: my photo

Make this Have a Heart Bread for those you love today

Have a Heart Bread

I made this bread in my catering business as an extra special edible decoration for customers I liked. It is an easy kind of loose white bread smothered with sesame seeds. I always tied a big red ribbon to it and served it on a big round board suitable for cutting. It is also fun to just pull apart and dip in things like herbed oil or melted butter. The recipe is easy and really it is easy to shape too. Just follow the directions, let it rest if it seems too tight to pull into place. There are two hearts, one inside the other and three little pieces of dough that connect the hearts at critical places. The egg yolk wash and covering of seeds will hide a multitude of sins and it will look better coming out of the oven.

Get the recipe here

blizzard warnings: my photo

Published by Jean Anne Feldeisen

I was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey to Mildred Shropshire and Theodore Felsberg Jr. I was raised in Galloway Township and graduated from Oakcrest High School in southern New Jersey in the Sigma 67 Class in 1967. I attended Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA, and graduated from Stockton University in Galloway, NJ, in 1974 with degrees in Philosophy, English Literature, and (almost) music. After that, I taught piano to local children and adults in the 70s and 80s, had a catering business, "Jean's in the Kitchen," from 1980 to 1992, then went to graduate school at Rutgers Camden to obtain my Masters's Degree in Social Work. Since 1996 I have worked as a therapist and counselor, first in New Jersey for five years and then, when our family moved to Maine, in Augusta, Maine, for five years. For the past 17 years, I have had a private psychotherapy practice in Gardiner, Maine, During the pandemic, I packed up and moved my office home to Washington, Maine. On the year of my seventieth birthday, I decided to write and self-publish a memoir about our parents' World War II romance, Dear Milly. I began blogging on Medium in earnest in 2020 and have posted more than 265 stories, including a block of stories about my catering career which I hope to turn into a book in the next year. I have been writing and collecting poetry since childhood but never showed it to anyone. Recently, I learned how valuable it could be to join a group for feedback and support for my writing. I have taken several courses and written many poems, and recently had several poems accepted for publication. Off in a new direction, again.

One thought on “Happy Valentine’s Day 2022

  1. I made this bread today! Thank you for sharing your idea and recipe! For the small heart inside, I cut it into thirds and braided it. Took your advice and tied it with a red ribbon. So pretty. Next year I’ll plan a day in advance to make one for each of my neighbors. But for tonight, hubs and I will break bread together and dip it in some herbed oil. Happy Valentine’s Day.


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