Even Or Perhaps Especially On Valentine’s Day, Sometimes I Think It’s Best To Be Alone

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Olya Bereza – European Editor

A Facebook Post:  Sometimes I think it's best to be alone!

A Facebook Post: Sometimes I think it’s best to be alone!

Even Or Perhaps Especially On Valentine’s Day, Sometimes I Think It’s Best To Be Alone

Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea.  Tomorrow, Sunday, February 14, much of the world observes a holiday with rather modest Christian beginnings.  St. Valentine’s Day has grown down the centuries and now rather than saintly love, it celebrates romantic love all over the planet.

Paradoxically, February 14, with its considerable build up and relatively swift let-down can also be a very rough period for some.  It is a tough time not to be with someone, even more difficult if one has lost the “someone” they wish they were with.

There is another kind of loneliness which we tend not to see even when it is dramatically pointed out to us.  It is the loneliness of what I call “being special.”  It means being “loved” not for whom one is but for what one is.

As I look at especially the Valentine’s Day fashion photography industry, it is very easy to understand this other loneliness and a model’s need to be alone with it.  Glamour is transient and often requires ~ even demands ~ cosmetic enhancement and being someone the model is not.

How incredibly lonely it must be to be adored by so many for the wrong reasons. How easy it seems to be for millions of us to forget that these beautiful women and men are also someone’s child, sibling, parent and friend.  Photos and posts like this one on Facebook should serve to remind us.

Have a great week, gang.



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Hi Rusty:

For me the most important event this week was the meeting of East and West Christianity Leaders: “Pope And Patriarch Make History With First Meeting In 1,000 Years”

The origin of controversy lies deep in history and mentality of West and East and parts of the Roman Empire that were separated for nearly 400 years.  Modern Catholicism, laws and western way of life was born in Rome and remained in that tradition.

The Orthodox Church, on the other hand, was established in Byzantine Empire or so called Eastern Roman Empire, with its capital in  Constantinople. Here, the doctrine was mostly affected by the Greek ancestry of these lands.

In Kiev, Christianity came from the Byzantine Empire in 988.  And after fall of Constantinople (now Istanbul) in 1453,  this part of the land remained the heiress of the Orthodox Church.

I did not tell you this before but my second life began on Easter 2011 when Orthodox and Catholic celebrations coincided and for me it is very symbolic.  I still remember a magic feeling of having a green leaf in my hand after weeks in hospital.

Love does not have boundaries. And His religion is love

That’s it for this week.  Stay warm, my cousin Mishka.

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