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2/14/2013
Formula? Bah

It’s Valentine’s Day — in America, that’s a day especially celebrated by those in love. Many a question (will you marry me?) has been popped on this day; many a vow has been exchanged.

And many a tip for successful marriage has been mined from talking to those who appear to have accomplished that daunting task. (Several hints from those long married are seen on Page 9, gathered by The Associated Press.)

A variety of tips can be found and, not surprisingly, many are contradictory: Do things together; be sure you have alone time. Compromise; don’t be afraid to air your differences. Marry someone like you; opposites attract. Always put the beloved first; don’t give up your individuality.

What really works?

The secret of a loving, lasting relationship might be this: There is no formula. Whatever works for you is what works. Don’t worry about The Secret.

Enjoy this day. Tell someone you love them.

Oh, yes — it doesn’t have to be romantic love, you know. If that isn’t in the cards this particular Valentine’s Day, tell someone you love them, anyway. They will glow, and you will, too. It is good to love and be loved. Wasn’t that the only commandment, and doesn’t it apply to everyone?

Marvel at the magic; love is in the air. That can only be good.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Dear Reader. We love you.