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Round-Up on Romance; Next-Up Trust; Publishing in TPYL!
Friday Round-Up on Romance!
That Place You Love’s weekly posts are 3-minute “flash” essays on a theme followed by a prompt to write & share. There’s no pay or pledge wall. No crosstalk or analysis. It’s easy to go back and read, reflect & respond on earlier posts. Scroll down for the recap of this week’s theme: ROMANCE.
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TPYL had a heartfelt turnout for the sixth Episode: Romance
I wrote about ROMANCING the everyday and how a melancholy song can be beautiful without also being a curse. And my love of toast!
Shirlé wrote about the daily Valentine rituals that keep a 30-year marriage romantic. Special shout out to Post-It notes!
Carole D wrote about the unambiguousness of later-in-life romance, sealed with a diamond ring and power washer.
Melissa shared how clearing out someone else’s treasures led to the velvet dress that took her twenty-year relationship to the next, not-so-make-believe, stage.
Intact Animal wrote about an elaborate birthday surprise concocted by his Love, proving that Love is the Law.
Julia shared the thoughtful things her Ex did/does, realizing we may be wired to notice the awful more than the good.
Zig contrasted two romances: one where the need to acknowledge the symbolism of a sunset fell flat, and the other where an unfortunate case of the shits in a foreign land gave a partner the chance to show love.
Amelia wrote about a New Year’s Eve romance rooted in the simplest, most direct statement of the ages, “I just want someone to love.”
Contributor Wynn Tu shared a post in last week’s Accolades about the need to move fast and run everywhere as a child, and her mother’s homemade blue ribbon award for her efforts.
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Next Up: Trust
With President’s Day on the holiday calendar, I would like to consider the value and meaning of TRUST. On Monday, I’ll write about Trust through the lens of truth and see what I come up with as a prompt. I tend to find Trust most tenuous, most vital, when given to a stranger under extreme (extraordinary) circumstances.
When has Trust played a part in a critical decision of yours? A stranger’s trust in you or vice versa. What was the outcome? Why was it dependent on the validity of trustworthiness?
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