What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Edith here!

Such a momentous week!  A new president!  Inaugural balls and parades and heart lifting speeches.  The operative word is HOPE – and dedication.

We are urged to do something for our country.

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When I think of helping my country, some immediate pictures spring to mind.  Photos I've seen in old newsreels:  Factory workers assembling things on assembly lines.  Farmers plowing, harvesting, sowing in  fields. 

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 Miners with sooty faces.  Steel workers amidst blazing furnaces.  

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Teachers in their classrooms.  Houses being built.  Rosie the Riveter riveting.  

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I can't do any of those things.  What I do is write.  And mostly I write about Romance.  For the first time in a long time, that made me feel inadequate.  Usually that can only be done by impossibly rude pseudo intellectuals at cocktail parties.  (Raised eyebrow: "Oh.  You write Romance?"  Cue snickering)
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And then I got to thinking about it.  
What the world needs now is love.  And what I write about is love.  Oh, sure there's sex in it, because love leads to many things, including sex.  But I don't write  just about sex.  For me, that would be like writing about exercise.   It would be boring,or clinical, and that's not Romance.
I may throw in mystery, or suspense, politics and history, but my books are about love.  
I write happy endings and about love that conquers all.  But there wasn't a speech that mentioned those things.  I suddenly felt useless, wondering what I was doing for my country.

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I hoped I was encouraging readers to dream, to seek, to hope itself.

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That's when I realized what love's got to do with it.  Love is what we need now to see us through tough times ahead.

And although no one said it, I think that's what all those heart-lifting speeches were about.  

What the world needs now is love.  All kinds of love: from carnal to white weddings.  From high romance to the love for a neighbor or a coworker.  And, of course, to love of country.

And Love opens your heart and mind.  Love leads to more love.

What do you think?

65 thoughts on “What’s Love Got To Do With It?”

  1. Edith
    I totally agree with you the world really needs love and lots of it.
    When things get me down I love loosing myself in a romance book usually a historical romance and I love it.
    Thank you to all of the romance authors for the love they give.
    Have Fun
    Helen

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  2. Edith
    I totally agree with you the world really needs love and lots of it.
    When things get me down I love loosing myself in a romance book usually a historical romance and I love it.
    Thank you to all of the romance authors for the love they give.
    Have Fun
    Helen

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  3. Edith
    I totally agree with you the world really needs love and lots of it.
    When things get me down I love loosing myself in a romance book usually a historical romance and I love it.
    Thank you to all of the romance authors for the love they give.
    Have Fun
    Helen

    Reply
  4. Edith
    I totally agree with you the world really needs love and lots of it.
    When things get me down I love loosing myself in a romance book usually a historical romance and I love it.
    Thank you to all of the romance authors for the love they give.
    Have Fun
    Helen

    Reply
  5. Edith
    I totally agree with you the world really needs love and lots of it.
    When things get me down I love loosing myself in a romance book usually a historical romance and I love it.
    Thank you to all of the romance authors for the love they give.
    Have Fun
    Helen

    Reply
  6. The poem that Elizabeth Alexander wrote for, and read at, the inauguration, included the words
    Some live by love thy neighbor as thyself,
    others by first do no harm or take no more
    than you need. What if the mightiest word is love?
    Love beyond marital, filial, national,
    love that casts a widening pool of light,
    love with no need to pre-empt grievance.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/20/us/politics/20text-poem.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1232708503-Gpl5Hdy6vYjbOilYvbIb5A
    Romances may start with the central couple, but they also very often show the effects of that love “cast[ing] a widening pool of light.”

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  7. The poem that Elizabeth Alexander wrote for, and read at, the inauguration, included the words
    Some live by love thy neighbor as thyself,
    others by first do no harm or take no more
    than you need. What if the mightiest word is love?
    Love beyond marital, filial, national,
    love that casts a widening pool of light,
    love with no need to pre-empt grievance.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/20/us/politics/20text-poem.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1232708503-Gpl5Hdy6vYjbOilYvbIb5A
    Romances may start with the central couple, but they also very often show the effects of that love “cast[ing] a widening pool of light.”

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  8. The poem that Elizabeth Alexander wrote for, and read at, the inauguration, included the words
    Some live by love thy neighbor as thyself,
    others by first do no harm or take no more
    than you need. What if the mightiest word is love?
    Love beyond marital, filial, national,
    love that casts a widening pool of light,
    love with no need to pre-empt grievance.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/20/us/politics/20text-poem.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1232708503-Gpl5Hdy6vYjbOilYvbIb5A
    Romances may start with the central couple, but they also very often show the effects of that love “cast[ing] a widening pool of light.”

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  9. The poem that Elizabeth Alexander wrote for, and read at, the inauguration, included the words
    Some live by love thy neighbor as thyself,
    others by first do no harm or take no more
    than you need. What if the mightiest word is love?
    Love beyond marital, filial, national,
    love that casts a widening pool of light,
    love with no need to pre-empt grievance.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/20/us/politics/20text-poem.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1232708503-Gpl5Hdy6vYjbOilYvbIb5A
    Romances may start with the central couple, but they also very often show the effects of that love “cast[ing] a widening pool of light.”

    Reply
  10. The poem that Elizabeth Alexander wrote for, and read at, the inauguration, included the words
    Some live by love thy neighbor as thyself,
    others by first do no harm or take no more
    than you need. What if the mightiest word is love?
    Love beyond marital, filial, national,
    love that casts a widening pool of light,
    love with no need to pre-empt grievance.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/20/us/politics/20text-poem.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1232708503-Gpl5Hdy6vYjbOilYvbIb5A
    Romances may start with the central couple, but they also very often show the effects of that love “cast[ing] a widening pool of light.”

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  11. When I think of love I think of the Hanukkah candles. Each night we light an additional candle from the central one, but the light from that lead candle does not diminish, in fact, the light gets brighter. I think of love in the same way, as expanding and becoming more powerful as we let it into our lives.
    In fact, that’s one reason I don’t mind good first marriages and second chance at love stories — they seem so hopeful and imply a Fate (or whatever) that wants us to be happy even if we’ve experienced tragedy and loss in the past. Perhaps the same could be said for countries that may have lost their way and now struggle back with hope in our hearts.

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  12. When I think of love I think of the Hanukkah candles. Each night we light an additional candle from the central one, but the light from that lead candle does not diminish, in fact, the light gets brighter. I think of love in the same way, as expanding and becoming more powerful as we let it into our lives.
    In fact, that’s one reason I don’t mind good first marriages and second chance at love stories — they seem so hopeful and imply a Fate (or whatever) that wants us to be happy even if we’ve experienced tragedy and loss in the past. Perhaps the same could be said for countries that may have lost their way and now struggle back with hope in our hearts.

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  13. When I think of love I think of the Hanukkah candles. Each night we light an additional candle from the central one, but the light from that lead candle does not diminish, in fact, the light gets brighter. I think of love in the same way, as expanding and becoming more powerful as we let it into our lives.
    In fact, that’s one reason I don’t mind good first marriages and second chance at love stories — they seem so hopeful and imply a Fate (or whatever) that wants us to be happy even if we’ve experienced tragedy and loss in the past. Perhaps the same could be said for countries that may have lost their way and now struggle back with hope in our hearts.

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  14. When I think of love I think of the Hanukkah candles. Each night we light an additional candle from the central one, but the light from that lead candle does not diminish, in fact, the light gets brighter. I think of love in the same way, as expanding and becoming more powerful as we let it into our lives.
    In fact, that’s one reason I don’t mind good first marriages and second chance at love stories — they seem so hopeful and imply a Fate (or whatever) that wants us to be happy even if we’ve experienced tragedy and loss in the past. Perhaps the same could be said for countries that may have lost their way and now struggle back with hope in our hearts.

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  15. When I think of love I think of the Hanukkah candles. Each night we light an additional candle from the central one, but the light from that lead candle does not diminish, in fact, the light gets brighter. I think of love in the same way, as expanding and becoming more powerful as we let it into our lives.
    In fact, that’s one reason I don’t mind good first marriages and second chance at love stories — they seem so hopeful and imply a Fate (or whatever) that wants us to be happy even if we’ve experienced tragedy and loss in the past. Perhaps the same could be said for countries that may have lost their way and now struggle back with hope in our hearts.

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  16. Edith, I’m reminded of the keynote speech Lisa Kleypas gave in Dallas two years ago. She talked about the terrible disaster that struck her home, where everything in it was destroyed by floods. One of her and her mom’s first purchases the day after the tragedy were food and a romance novel each. HOPE to me is what our stories stand for. Without hope, there’s no meaning to life.

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  17. Edith, I’m reminded of the keynote speech Lisa Kleypas gave in Dallas two years ago. She talked about the terrible disaster that struck her home, where everything in it was destroyed by floods. One of her and her mom’s first purchases the day after the tragedy were food and a romance novel each. HOPE to me is what our stories stand for. Without hope, there’s no meaning to life.

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  18. Edith, I’m reminded of the keynote speech Lisa Kleypas gave in Dallas two years ago. She talked about the terrible disaster that struck her home, where everything in it was destroyed by floods. One of her and her mom’s first purchases the day after the tragedy were food and a romance novel each. HOPE to me is what our stories stand for. Without hope, there’s no meaning to life.

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  19. Edith, I’m reminded of the keynote speech Lisa Kleypas gave in Dallas two years ago. She talked about the terrible disaster that struck her home, where everything in it was destroyed by floods. One of her and her mom’s first purchases the day after the tragedy were food and a romance novel each. HOPE to me is what our stories stand for. Without hope, there’s no meaning to life.

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  20. Edith, I’m reminded of the keynote speech Lisa Kleypas gave in Dallas two years ago. She talked about the terrible disaster that struck her home, where everything in it was destroyed by floods. One of her and her mom’s first purchases the day after the tragedy were food and a romance novel each. HOPE to me is what our stories stand for. Without hope, there’s no meaning to life.

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  21. When’s the last time you’ve saw a mean-spirited political figure who was also in love? They’re the ones who are always dumping their first wives when they get sick. And then look at the affectionate Obamas.
    Being in love makes people kinder and more compassionate. My husband and I are supposed to be getting less liberal as we get older, but it hasn’t happened yet and maybe it’s because we’re still in love. Or vice versa. 🙂

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  22. When’s the last time you’ve saw a mean-spirited political figure who was also in love? They’re the ones who are always dumping their first wives when they get sick. And then look at the affectionate Obamas.
    Being in love makes people kinder and more compassionate. My husband and I are supposed to be getting less liberal as we get older, but it hasn’t happened yet and maybe it’s because we’re still in love. Or vice versa. 🙂

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  23. When’s the last time you’ve saw a mean-spirited political figure who was also in love? They’re the ones who are always dumping their first wives when they get sick. And then look at the affectionate Obamas.
    Being in love makes people kinder and more compassionate. My husband and I are supposed to be getting less liberal as we get older, but it hasn’t happened yet and maybe it’s because we’re still in love. Or vice versa. 🙂

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  24. When’s the last time you’ve saw a mean-spirited political figure who was also in love? They’re the ones who are always dumping their first wives when they get sick. And then look at the affectionate Obamas.
    Being in love makes people kinder and more compassionate. My husband and I are supposed to be getting less liberal as we get older, but it hasn’t happened yet and maybe it’s because we’re still in love. Or vice versa. 🙂

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  25. When’s the last time you’ve saw a mean-spirited political figure who was also in love? They’re the ones who are always dumping their first wives when they get sick. And then look at the affectionate Obamas.
    Being in love makes people kinder and more compassionate. My husband and I are supposed to be getting less liberal as we get older, but it hasn’t happened yet and maybe it’s because we’re still in love. Or vice versa. 🙂

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  26. Sherrie, here. Many eons ago there was a Twilight Zone episode where a painter sold his soul to the devil, and in exchange, he had to paint a picture of the person whose soul the devil would take instead.
    The painter is married to an unhappy shrew of a wife, and decides to paint her for the devil. She is flattered that he wants to paint her, and over the course of days she transform into a beautiful woman because she thinks her husband loves her again. What starts out as an ugly painting turns into a beautiful portrait as the artist falls in love with his wife all over again.
    And then comes the day Satan returns to claim his picture and the soul of the person in the picture. But the painter has repainted the canvas, and when the devil removes the drape from the picture, he sees … a picture of himself. Thwarted, he departs in a rage, leaving behind the newly-in-love couple.
    Like begets like. Spread love and kindness and it self-perpetuates.

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  27. Sherrie, here. Many eons ago there was a Twilight Zone episode where a painter sold his soul to the devil, and in exchange, he had to paint a picture of the person whose soul the devil would take instead.
    The painter is married to an unhappy shrew of a wife, and decides to paint her for the devil. She is flattered that he wants to paint her, and over the course of days she transform into a beautiful woman because she thinks her husband loves her again. What starts out as an ugly painting turns into a beautiful portrait as the artist falls in love with his wife all over again.
    And then comes the day Satan returns to claim his picture and the soul of the person in the picture. But the painter has repainted the canvas, and when the devil removes the drape from the picture, he sees … a picture of himself. Thwarted, he departs in a rage, leaving behind the newly-in-love couple.
    Like begets like. Spread love and kindness and it self-perpetuates.

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  28. Sherrie, here. Many eons ago there was a Twilight Zone episode where a painter sold his soul to the devil, and in exchange, he had to paint a picture of the person whose soul the devil would take instead.
    The painter is married to an unhappy shrew of a wife, and decides to paint her for the devil. She is flattered that he wants to paint her, and over the course of days she transform into a beautiful woman because she thinks her husband loves her again. What starts out as an ugly painting turns into a beautiful portrait as the artist falls in love with his wife all over again.
    And then comes the day Satan returns to claim his picture and the soul of the person in the picture. But the painter has repainted the canvas, and when the devil removes the drape from the picture, he sees … a picture of himself. Thwarted, he departs in a rage, leaving behind the newly-in-love couple.
    Like begets like. Spread love and kindness and it self-perpetuates.

    Reply
  29. Sherrie, here. Many eons ago there was a Twilight Zone episode where a painter sold his soul to the devil, and in exchange, he had to paint a picture of the person whose soul the devil would take instead.
    The painter is married to an unhappy shrew of a wife, and decides to paint her for the devil. She is flattered that he wants to paint her, and over the course of days she transform into a beautiful woman because she thinks her husband loves her again. What starts out as an ugly painting turns into a beautiful portrait as the artist falls in love with his wife all over again.
    And then comes the day Satan returns to claim his picture and the soul of the person in the picture. But the painter has repainted the canvas, and when the devil removes the drape from the picture, he sees … a picture of himself. Thwarted, he departs in a rage, leaving behind the newly-in-love couple.
    Like begets like. Spread love and kindness and it self-perpetuates.

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  30. Sherrie, here. Many eons ago there was a Twilight Zone episode where a painter sold his soul to the devil, and in exchange, he had to paint a picture of the person whose soul the devil would take instead.
    The painter is married to an unhappy shrew of a wife, and decides to paint her for the devil. She is flattered that he wants to paint her, and over the course of days she transform into a beautiful woman because she thinks her husband loves her again. What starts out as an ugly painting turns into a beautiful portrait as the artist falls in love with his wife all over again.
    And then comes the day Satan returns to claim his picture and the soul of the person in the picture. But the painter has repainted the canvas, and when the devil removes the drape from the picture, he sees … a picture of himself. Thwarted, he departs in a rage, leaving behind the newly-in-love couple.
    Like begets like. Spread love and kindness and it self-perpetuates.

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  31. I’m sure I read recently that in the hard times more people buy and read romance. So, Edith, you are definitely doing something for your nation. You are feeding weary souls and giving them the will and strength to keep moving forward to better times with the positive message of love and the promise of something better to come in a happy ending.
    BTW I have just discovered another purpose for husbands. Mine is away and I have been sitting at my computer busily writing away only to realise at 10 pm that I haven’t had dinner, which would never have happened i tghere was a man about. So as I write this I am eating fresh blueberries, rhubarb and vanilla yoghurt for my dinner, which would also never pass muster if there was a man about. *g*

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  32. I’m sure I read recently that in the hard times more people buy and read romance. So, Edith, you are definitely doing something for your nation. You are feeding weary souls and giving them the will and strength to keep moving forward to better times with the positive message of love and the promise of something better to come in a happy ending.
    BTW I have just discovered another purpose for husbands. Mine is away and I have been sitting at my computer busily writing away only to realise at 10 pm that I haven’t had dinner, which would never have happened i tghere was a man about. So as I write this I am eating fresh blueberries, rhubarb and vanilla yoghurt for my dinner, which would also never pass muster if there was a man about. *g*

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  33. I’m sure I read recently that in the hard times more people buy and read romance. So, Edith, you are definitely doing something for your nation. You are feeding weary souls and giving them the will and strength to keep moving forward to better times with the positive message of love and the promise of something better to come in a happy ending.
    BTW I have just discovered another purpose for husbands. Mine is away and I have been sitting at my computer busily writing away only to realise at 10 pm that I haven’t had dinner, which would never have happened i tghere was a man about. So as I write this I am eating fresh blueberries, rhubarb and vanilla yoghurt for my dinner, which would also never pass muster if there was a man about. *g*

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  34. I’m sure I read recently that in the hard times more people buy and read romance. So, Edith, you are definitely doing something for your nation. You are feeding weary souls and giving them the will and strength to keep moving forward to better times with the positive message of love and the promise of something better to come in a happy ending.
    BTW I have just discovered another purpose for husbands. Mine is away and I have been sitting at my computer busily writing away only to realise at 10 pm that I haven’t had dinner, which would never have happened i tghere was a man about. So as I write this I am eating fresh blueberries, rhubarb and vanilla yoghurt for my dinner, which would also never pass muster if there was a man about. *g*

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  35. I’m sure I read recently that in the hard times more people buy and read romance. So, Edith, you are definitely doing something for your nation. You are feeding weary souls and giving them the will and strength to keep moving forward to better times with the positive message of love and the promise of something better to come in a happy ending.
    BTW I have just discovered another purpose for husbands. Mine is away and I have been sitting at my computer busily writing away only to realise at 10 pm that I haven’t had dinner, which would never have happened i tghere was a man about. So as I write this I am eating fresh blueberries, rhubarb and vanilla yoghurt for my dinner, which would also never pass muster if there was a man about. *g*

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  36. One of the most appealing things about romances is the optimistic view of life. Oftentimes, the protagonist finds his or herself up against a wall, figurtively, and the plot reveals the resolution. I find this uplifting, encouraging, and fun.
    Who cares what drunk people at cocktail parties think, anyway?
    I think that you and the other word wenches provide wonderful, articulate novels that soothe the nation’s souls.

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  37. One of the most appealing things about romances is the optimistic view of life. Oftentimes, the protagonist finds his or herself up against a wall, figurtively, and the plot reveals the resolution. I find this uplifting, encouraging, and fun.
    Who cares what drunk people at cocktail parties think, anyway?
    I think that you and the other word wenches provide wonderful, articulate novels that soothe the nation’s souls.

    Reply
  38. One of the most appealing things about romances is the optimistic view of life. Oftentimes, the protagonist finds his or herself up against a wall, figurtively, and the plot reveals the resolution. I find this uplifting, encouraging, and fun.
    Who cares what drunk people at cocktail parties think, anyway?
    I think that you and the other word wenches provide wonderful, articulate novels that soothe the nation’s souls.

    Reply
  39. One of the most appealing things about romances is the optimistic view of life. Oftentimes, the protagonist finds his or herself up against a wall, figurtively, and the plot reveals the resolution. I find this uplifting, encouraging, and fun.
    Who cares what drunk people at cocktail parties think, anyway?
    I think that you and the other word wenches provide wonderful, articulate novels that soothe the nation’s souls.

    Reply
  40. One of the most appealing things about romances is the optimistic view of life. Oftentimes, the protagonist finds his or herself up against a wall, figurtively, and the plot reveals the resolution. I find this uplifting, encouraging, and fun.
    Who cares what drunk people at cocktail parties think, anyway?
    I think that you and the other word wenches provide wonderful, articulate novels that soothe the nation’s souls.

    Reply
  41. I am a middle school teacher. Bubble baths and romance novels keep me sane. Thank you, a heartfelt thank you to all wenches.

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  42. I am a middle school teacher. Bubble baths and romance novels keep me sane. Thank you, a heartfelt thank you to all wenches.

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  43. I am a middle school teacher. Bubble baths and romance novels keep me sane. Thank you, a heartfelt thank you to all wenches.

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  44. I am a middle school teacher. Bubble baths and romance novels keep me sane. Thank you, a heartfelt thank you to all wenches.

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  45. I am a middle school teacher. Bubble baths and romance novels keep me sane. Thank you, a heartfelt thank you to all wenches.

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