In their new book, Waking Up Together: Intimate Partnership on the Spiritual PathEllen and Charles Birx (Radford University) explore how Zen practice can enhance intimacy and partnership. As they say in the first chapter: “In one sense we journey alone, but in another we wake up together.”

Also : Brian Geiger (The College of William & Mary) recounts the history of Valentine’s Day cards in antebellum New England. Geiger says the rituals of writing romantic notes helped guide them through the perils of courtship.

And, the barbershop quartet, The Blue Ridge Connection, regales us with a singing Valentine.

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