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HV050- Love’s Labors

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Hearing Voices from NPR®
050 Love’s Labors: For Valentine’s Day
Host: Amy Dickinson of Chicago Tribune “Ask Amy”
Airs week of: 2012-02-08 (Originally: 2009-02-11)

Love’s Labors (52:00 mp3):

Affairs of the heart, and the intricacies of intimacy:

Lovelorn letters to an advice columnist, our Host, “Ask Amy.”

A “Valentine” from Kevin Kling (from his Stories from the Shallow End CD).

The Girls Glee Club of New Palestine High School, Indiana singing the theme from “Midnight Cowboy” (off the out-of-print Poly High – School Bands Play The Classics).

Women’s tales of true but tainted love, what Nancy Updike calls “Cringe Love”, from This American Life.

One of the “6 terrific teen-age tunes sung by Barbie and Ken (and you can sing along, too!),” a 45-rpm record from Mattel Toymakers (mp3 at UBU.com’s 365 Days Project- May 31).

Valentine's Day Cards

James Rivieto’s “Wedding”, told by David Greenberger, with music by 3 Leg Torso (off their Whispers, Grins, Bloodloss & Handshakes CD).

“Love & Marriage Atop the Towers,” stories of weddings at the World Trade Center, collected by The Kitchen Sisters for their Sonic Memorial Project.

Host Amy Dickinson and the hundreds of other “Leftover Brides” lined up for mass Moonie marriages. A “Parent and Child” discussion between Jessica and Scott Carrier on what makes a good marriage, from This American Life.

And the Phi Mu Washboard Band sings “Love Hurts” (mp3 at UBU.com’s 365 Days Project- May 24).

Valentine's Day Cards

Amy Dickinson’s lastest book is Mighty Queens of Freeville.

Valentine Cards courtesy/© Collectibles.About.com & Robin Whittle.

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I’m a recovering Catholic/agnostic who has been married to a Hare Krishna for 5 years. The “Cringe Love” story made me laugh so hard, I had to pull off to the side of the road. I, too, have ironed the dhoti and dusted the shrine to Prahpupadha (sp?). Despite not being religious myself, I’m sometimes amused to think that we’re the only house in the neighborhood with a ‘temple room.’

And then, as the story continued, I had to laugh harder to think that one woman’s cringe story is, in part, the love I chose to keep forever. Now it seems so easy, but there was plenty of cringing when we first met and fell in love over 10 years ago. My husband is the sweetest, kindest, funniest, most creative, most charming, and most beautiful man in the universe. But even with all that, it still took months of couples counseling (from a deeply religious Jewish psychologist–go figure) to convince me that such a relationship was possible for the long haul.

Thanks for the great laugh–I can’t wait to share it with my husband.

Comment added by Hilary on 02.15.09

Listen to this when it becomes available. It’s pretty funny

Comment added by Renee on 02.15.09

I’m waiting on the audio becoming available too. I post lots of stories like this one my Facebook page that have an audio component and I wish more people would take the time to listen to the audio.

Comment added by CCharles on 02.16.09

On being with GrandPa as he lay dying:

Pale blue eyes, against the dawn;
Stare down to look upon,
the infant child in his arms.

Her eyes a cobalt blue;
With light of the new,
Life that beats in her blood.

He watches as her body wriggles;
And as her mouth forms mirthgul giggles,
Showing her unconditional love.

His pale blues light the sky;
Of his heart, never do they lie
Of the love he feels for the child in his arms.

No outside sounds can destroy
The child and man’s simple joy,
As they bask in each other’s understanding and love.

From Leanne to Grandpa: Regrets, with love, and heart filled with thanks for your love and guidance in my life.

Comment added by Leanne Smith on 06.01.09



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