What is love, if not the single most fulfilling emotion we experience? Whether it’s with our significant other, our children, pets, neighbors, or friends, we naturally thrive when we are immersed in it. When we give and receive it, our lives are enrichened beyond wonder. We have only to look into the eyes of a baby or an animal to see and feel the depths of this phenomenal part of our being.

Love is what poems, stories, movies, and music are written about, what we search for a home in, and what art is created for…we simply live for it.

Love doesn’t just encompass the virtues, it securely stands on its own, in glorious splendor. It is expressed in infinite ways, all the way from a smile to a lifetime spent together. My grandparents were married for 50 and 63 years respectively, and love was what built their histories of romance, family, challenge, and joy.

In Colombia, Love & Friendship Day is celebrated on September 17th, much like our Valentine’s Day. Cards, candy and flowers are exchanged with all whom have a place in your heart, making it an opportunity to share feelings of love and devotion with everyone. It was wonderful to be there and celebrate both holidays with our dear friends, and to show them how we treasure our special day here.

Lovely quotes…

“Where there is love there is life.”  Mahatma Gandhi

“To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.” David Viscott

“Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.” Oliver Wendell Holmes

And in true Peace Corps fashion:

“You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.” Frederick Buechner




When we love each other, we bring the gift of meaning and purpose to ours and the lives of many, and complete ourselves. Thank you all for your loving friendship…it fills me every day.

Happy Valentine’s Day!