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Celebrating romance and marriage on Valentine’s Day

One of my Sunday traditions is reading Parade , a magazine in the newspaper. One of my favorite parts is the “Ask Marilyn” column where Marilyn Vos Savant answers complex questions on a wide range of subjects- math, science, technology, economics , games, sports and just about any topic you can imagine. I have wondered how she does it, imagining it must take hours and hours of research.

Last Sunday’s edition solved the mystery. She has one of the highest IQs in the world.

Instead of her column, Parade published an article about how she met her husband. She is married to none other than Dr. Robert Jarvik, developer of the artificial heart. They met when he called her after seeing  a magazine article about her, and had a long distance courtship lasting one year.

a red heart
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At their wedding, science fiction author Isaac Asimov walked her down the aisle; the best man was the 7th recipient of one of the Jarvik artificial hearts! How’s that for romantic. They have been happily married since 1987.      celebrating romance and marriage

Another couple  featured in the issue, Austin and Jessica were literal childhood sweethearts, having met as toddlers. They and their parents met in a support group- for families of children with Down Syndrome.

With their parents’ support, they have overcome their disability to build a loving , stable marriage- and maybe because he “treats her like a princess.”

Two very different couples who share something special- respect, caring and commitment to the person they love.

As Beatles John and Paul (Lennon and McCartney) told us many years ago,

“All you need is love.”

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It wasn’t Valentine’s Day, but my husband and I shared a romantic dinner in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

man and woman at dinner
Dr. Aletha and Raymond 

 

You may also enjoy the story of my romance at this link-

Two Words That Changed My Life

 

 

 

Books by Marilyn Vos Savant 

The Power of Logical Thinking 

Growing Up: A Classic American Childhood

 

The Beatles 1 music CD

Isaac Asimov: The Complete Stories, Vol. 1

 

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Meeting Mother Teresa -Tuesday Travels

I made a business trip to Peoria Illinois, a place I had never been before.   To pass some time while waiting for my flight ,I drove around the city and  discovered this magnificent church near downtown. I wasn’t expecting to find anything like this.

This is the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, built in 1889.  The Peoria Public library tells the story of the church at this link.

statue of Mother Teresa in the church yard
statue of Mother Teresa in the church yard

Baptized on August 27, 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia, Mother Teresa took her final vows as a nun in 1937 , taught in India for 17 years before her 1946 “call within a call” to devote herself to caring for the sick and poor.

Her order established a hospice; centers for the blind, aged, and disabled; and a leper colony.

In 1979 she received the Nobel Peace Prize for her humanitarian work. She died in September 1997 and was beatified in October 2003. In December 2015, Pope Francis recognized a second miracle attributed to Mother Teresa, clearing the way for her to be canonized as a saint in 2016. (source biography.com)

doors to the Cathedral of St Mary

 Mother Teresa visited Peoria Illinois in 1960 to speak before a Catholic women’s group.  She told them,

“I am a poor woman that prays.

God has not called us to be successful, but to be helpful.”

 (photographs by Dr. Aletha)

 

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No Greater Love is the essential wisdom of Mother Teresa — the most accessible, intimate, and inspiring book of her teachings. Thematically arranged to present her revolutionary vision of Christianity in its graceful simplicity, the book features her thoughts on love, generosity, forgiveness, prayer, service, and what it means to be a Christian. A passionate testament to deep hope and abiding faith in God, No Greater Love celebrates the life and work of one of the world’s most revered spiritual teachers.”

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