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Jinger's Spot
Monday, February 25, 2008 Been too long gone

That's the title of a song isn't it? I feel as if I'v e been away for ever. I'm struggling right now. I've lost focus and I seem to be floundering.

I've taken a huge bite and I find it too large for me to swallow. If you all missed the announcement, I'm not just Jinger Jackson. I'm also Donica Covey. I was going to keep it a huge secret ya know? But I found it was a pain in the ass to try to be two seperate people.

So this blog, while not being completely deleted, will be posted to only every couple of weeks.

So please check back often for updates.

Thanks and have a great week!
JJ

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Thursday, February 14, 2008
Commercialism and Cupid

Everyone knows about the commercialism of the jolly fat man in the red suit. Face it—who works for free? But have you ever stopped to consider Cupid the Cash Machine?

Take a look at the breakdown:

Roses 1 doz= $20.00
Box of candy = $ 6.00
Cards = $3 – 5
Jewelry= 1 diamond necklace from 99.99 and up
1 diamond tennis bracelet 99.99 and up
1 gemstone and gold ring 99.99 and up.

Okay so how many are going to get everything on the list above? Rest assured not I. But even if your honey goes into the low end your still looking at 375.00 plus tax. (In case your wondering its estimate that there will be a total of over a 1 million spent by lovers everywhere...)

$400 for a single day? That’s romantic? I can think of a whole lot better things to do than sink that much into this day “for lovers”.

The history of Valentine’s Day is actually an ancient one that had pagan beginnings and Christianized by the Catholics…yep—just like Christmas…

So here is the original origin of Valentine’s Day:

As early as the fourth century B.C., the Romans engaged in an annual young man's rite to passage to the God Lupercus. The names of the teenage women were placed in a box and drawn at random by adolescent men; thus, a man was assigned a woman companion for the duration of the year, after which another lottery was staged. After eight hundred years of this cruel practice, the early church fathers sought to end this practice... They found an answer in Valentine, a bishop who had been martyred some two hundred years earlier. I can hear teen-age boys everywhere going HOT DAMN! I want to celebrate THAT way!

According to church tradition St. Valentine was a priest near Rome in about the year 270 A.D. At that time the Roman Emperor Claudius-II who had issued an edict forbidding marriage.
This was around when the heyday of Roman empire had almost come to an end. Lack of quality administrators led to frequent civil strife. Learning declined, taxation increased, and trade slumped to a low, precarious level. And the Gauls, Slavs, Huns, Turks and Mongolians from Northern Europe and Asian increased their pressure on the empire's boundaries. The empire was grown too large to be shielded from external aggression and internal chaos with existing forces. Thus more of capable men were required to be recruited as soldiers and officers. When Claudius became the emperor, he felt that married men were more emotionally attached to their families, and thus, will not make good soldiers. So to assure quality soldiers, he banned marriage.

Valentine, a bishop , seeing the trauma of young lovers, met them in a secret place, and joined them in the sacrament of matrimony. Claudius learned of this "friend of lovers," and had him arrested. The emperor, impressed with the young priest's dignity and conviction, attempted to convert him to the roman gods, to save him from certain execution. Valentine refused to recognize Roman Gods and even attempted to convert the emperor, knowing the consequences fully.

On February 24, 270, Valentine was executed."From your Valentine"While Valentine was in prison awaiting his fate, he came in contact with his jailor, Asterius. The jailor had a blind daughter. Asterius requested him to heal his daughter. Through his faith, he miraculously restored the sight of Asterius' daughter. Just before his execution, he asked for a pen and paper from his jailor, and signed a farewell message to her "From Your Valentine," a phrase that lived ever after.

Valentine thus becomes a Patron Saint, and spiritual overseer of an annual festival. The festival involved young Romans offering women they admired, and wished to court, handwritten greetings of affection on February 14. The greeting cards acquired St.Valentine's name. The Valentine's Day card spread with Christianity, and is now celebrated all over the world. One of the earliest card was sent in 1415 by Charles, duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was a prisoner in the Tower of London. The card is now preserved in the British Museum.

Right. Where is all this leading? Like Christmas, I think the original spirit of the day has been forgotten. The roses are lovely but they wither and fade. Candy—heavenly pieces of chocolate dipped treasures, little heart shaped candies with messages of love—sweet, tantalizing and great for a momentary fix but do you ever feel guilty after? I get that I can’t believe I ate the whole thing feeling.

But JJ, you ask, what about that jewelry? Come on! Everyone loves a little bling. You’re right. I adore that bling. But what I really want? A trip to Hawaii. If my hubby spends all that money on the chocolate, the bling and the flowers, how is he going to afford the dream vacation?

Besides, I’m one of those who loves the little things. (Not that I refuse the other stuff!) But if he scribbles me a note I know he actually put thought into it. Anyone can buy a card. I’d love to come in and find dinner made more than I want that delicious chunk of chocolate guilt. A single rose in the middle of a table set with my best china with taper candles in my silver candlesticks.

This little note was emailed to me today and I have to say this is what I think is missing from the commercialized cupid:

It was a busy morning, about 8:30, when an elderly gentleman in his 80's arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am.

I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would to able to see him. I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound. On exam, it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.

While taking care of his wound, I asked him if he had another doctor's appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry.

The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife. I inquired as to her health.

He told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer's Disease.

As we talked, I asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late.

He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now.

I was surprised, and asked him, 'And you still go every morning, even though she doesn't know who you are?'

He smiled as he patted my hand and said, 'She doesn't know me, but I still know who she is.'

I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm, and thought, 'That is the kind of love I want in my life.'

True love is neither physical, nor romantic. True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.

The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.

'Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.'

Do you want the bling, the box and the bows or do you want to dance in the rain?

JJ

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Thursday, February 7, 2008
My newsletter Edition 1

Care to check it out? You can access my newsletter here I also created a news website that can be found here. You'll find tidbits of information on a page called Just for Fun. There is a newsletter page that will hold any news that may pop up between newsletter editions.
While you're there please stop in the guestbook section and give me a shout out.

Have a great day!
JJ

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Hello there!

I saw last week's T13 generated some comments--Thank you! I don't feel as if I'm only talking to myself! I should do another T13 they're so much fun, but I have such trouble coming up 13 things all the time. So for now I'll just gab about my upcoming projects. From the feedback I've been getting Egyptian Nights has been a hit. I had a lovely note on My Space from OingoWoman (Karen) she said: "Hi! I just finished your book. I enjoyed it very much. I like Egyptain history. I bet it took a lot of research for this book. You should be proud of this book and I hope I get to read more." Thank you for the kind words Karen! I really appreciate them.

My next book release is quite a bit different. It's a romantic thriller. Its classed romantic horror, but I don't find it horifying. I guess because I wrote it LOL I know what's going to happen. The book is called Beyond Death and I'm so excited about it!

Let me see if I can get the vidoeo trailer uploaded.
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Can't wait for it to be released!
I'm working on a newsletter and as soon as I can, I'll get it posted.

See you all soon!
JJ

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