Hello February

 

Good things come in small packages. My mother used to tell me that whenever I was the shortest and youngest person in my class. Even though I soared to the height of 5 foot 2, I’ve always kept those words of wisdom in my pocket.

The same can be said for the month of February, the shortest month of the calendar with a mere 28 days, or 29 during Leap Year. This year, February will uniquely pass without a single full moon.

Though petite, the month is packed with events including Groundhog Day, Constitution Day, Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year, Presidents’ Day, Mardi Gras and Flag Day. This year, Ash Wednesday falls on Valentine’s Day and Easter is
on April Fools’ Day. So what’s up with that?

February is also Black History Month and American Heart Month.

In this issue, we discuss how the practice of gratitude can improve your emotional and physical heart health.

In Florida, February and
March are usually the
most pleasant outdoor
months and what a better
way to enjoy our mild temperatures
and abundant sunshine than by attending the
Florida Strawberry Festival.

 

The 11-day event celebrates the strawberry harvest of eastern Hillsborough County with
strawberry treats, star-studded entertainment, midway rides, livestock shows and much more. Check out our guide to the
March 1-11 berry bash.

 

England’s King Henry VII officially declared Feb. 14 Valentine’s Day in 1537. It is celebrated with red roses (the beloved flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love), chocolates
(the physicians of the 1800s told their patients to eat chocolates to quiet their desire for lost love) and cards (most are purchased just a few days before the holiday, so if you’re
a procrastinator, rejoice, you are not alone).

We held a First Kiss Contest to celebrate the day of love and received a huge response of well-written entries. The entries of the top six finalists are printed inside. We hope you enjoy the tender-hearted and humorous recollections of the first smooches and trust the musings will rekindle some memories of your own first romantic encounter.

Laugh along with columnists Susan Goldfein and Michael Wright as they share their own amusing looks at the holiday, and plan your special dinner with a recipe by Kathy
Megyeri. Our Emmy award-winning writer, Mark Higley, has a new film review for our movie buffs.

There is much more to read about in our February edition. Some of the stories mentioned above may not appear in every edition so visit our website, lifestylesafter50.com
to access them. And remember good things come inside Lifestyles After 50 Magazine.

Terri Reeves
Editor

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