There’s nothing better than Moonstruck on Valentine’s Day.


Do you Love him Loretta? Ah that’s too bad. When ya’ love ’em they make you crazy!”

Moonstruck was released in 1987. It’s an Italian /American rom/com. Che bellissima!



The movie stars Cher, Nicolas Cage, Danny Aiello, Vincent Gardenia, and Olympia Dukakis.


I don’t care that the movie was made almost 30 years ago. I just can’t get enough.

It’s one of my all time ♥favorite♥ films. What’s your Valentine flick pick?

Toni 2/13/16

“Doubt thou the stars are fire, Doubt that the sun doth move. Doubt truth to be a liar, But never doubt I love.” – William Shakespeare. That said, I reissue my own love poem for the guy I’ve lived with for 47+ years.

Like the scientists

who unearthed the richest

deposit of amber


Who found trapped in marbles

of ancient fossilized

tree sap


of tiny bouquets of

miniature flowers

in New Jersey*

no less!

I look at you

and see


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Don’t look so sad. It’s not so bad, you know. It’s just another night. That’s all it is.

Recognize those lyrics?



Of course, it isn’t New Year’s Eve, but it is Valentine’s Eve. This evening, Barry Manilow isn’t speaking, singing, rapping, or partying. Complications from oral surgery put his life on hold.

It’s not the first
It’s not the worst you know
We’ve come through all the rest
We’ll get through this.

He’s had a series of health scares over the years. And he’ll get through this one. Prayers are coming from a fanbase that’s from here to the exosphere.

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I have a simmity for Barry.  Simmity, such an old word. It means a fondness for a person of the opposite sex.  Eons ago, Henri Misson used the word simmity in his memoir, Travels Over England. (Today, it doesn’t even come up in a Google search.)


He tells about how on the eve of the 14th of February, young people in England and Scotland, by a very ancient custom, celebrated in a unique way.

An equal number of ‘maids’ and ‘bachelors’ get together, each writes their name on separate billets which they roll up and draw by way of lots.

(I love old words.  Like billets, those private letters folks used to send, filled with secret words.)


The maids take the mens’ billets, and the men takes the maids’, so that each of the young men “lights upon a girl” that he calls his Valentine, and each of the girls upon a young man which she calls hers.


The Valentines give treats to their maids and wear their billets for several days upon their sleeves.

There’s another custom, too, where the first young man or woman that chance throws in your way in the street or elsewhere on Valentine’s Day will be your true love.


Has chance thrown true love your way?  

Stevie Ray Vaughn (RIP) wants to have a little talk with you.

Toni 2/13/16