valentine’s day

From a letter by Mark Twain to Clara Spaulding, August 20, 1880:

There isn’t time, so brief is life, for bickerings, apologies, heartburnings, callings to account; there is only time for loving, and but an instant, so to speak, for that.

He gave me a yummy sandwich from the Walpole Grocery and these beautiful tulips that are sure to bloom and brighten our home over the coming days.


I gave him brownies, and these cute little brownie bites that I discovered on Pinterest.


Despite its commercial nature, it isn’t an entirely bad thing to have a whole day devoted to love. If there’s something we need more of in this world, I can’t think of anything we need more of than love.

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Kelli Ann Wilson

Kelli lives in rural New Hampshire with her husband Damian and their two children. She works as a writer, and in her free time enjoys reading, gardening, taking pictures, walking in the woods, and celebrating the seasons of nature and the feasts, festivals, and holy days of the Christian year.

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  1. Wendy H
    February 15, 2013 / 5:10 pm

    I agree with your final point, definitely. And what a beautiful sentiment by Twain that you quoted as well.

  2. Wendy H
    February 15, 2013 / 7:59 pm

    I liked the Mark Twain quote so much, I wrote a blog post about it. 🙂 Thanks!

  3. February 15, 2013 / 11:30 pm

    I loved your post, Wendy! I’m glad you enjoyed the quote.

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