.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Love is in the air, it must be February

-A A +A
By John Pawlak

My love is like an artichoke.  It may sound strange, but true.  I keep the outer leaves for me.  But the heart I give to you.

Ah, love is in the air and men of all ages become poets extraordinaire. I better keep my day job, eh?

Valentine’s Day is marked with candy hearts, freshly cut flowers and nearly a billion cards each year. Will you be my valentine? That question presumes a romantic gesture, but what if your honey is asking you to meet him at one of George “Bugs” Moran’s garages?  History does have a way of repeating, you know.

The holiday dates back to the Middle Ages, with romantic middle-agers giving gifts to prospective lovers. The holiday’s origins vary, but my favorite version is that it evolved from worshipers of the pagan Lupercalia festival. Lupercalia commemorated the beginning of spring, celebrated on the Ides of Februarius (the 15th), and was considered a time for purification.

Dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, it was a fertility festival.

The city would sacrifice a goat. Then two sons of noblemen would be drenched in the blood, they’d wipe most of it off with skins ripped off the dead goats (which would first be ceremonially dipped in goat milk).


If you subscribe to the newspaper, you receive FREE access to all the exclusive content of the web site! Simply register to receive uninterrupted access to our award-winning and in-depth local online content!

Renew Current or Past Subscription / Register for Online Subscription

If you currently subscribe or have subscribed in the past to the Los Alamos Monitor, then simply find your account number on your mailing label and enter it below.

Click the question mark below to see where your account ID appears on your mailing label.

Newspaper Acct. ID:
info
Street Address:
(exactly as it appears on the label)

If you are a subscriber and you do not know your account ID or don't have a copy of your newspaper available that shows the information on the address label you can click continue below to search for your account.

New Subscription/30 Day Free Trial Account

If you are new to the award winning Los Alamos Monitor and wish to get a subscription or simply gain access to our online content then please enter your ZIP code below and continue to setup your account.

ZIP Code:



Create a limited access account.
Register to participate in community forums, post on the community calendar, blog etc. This registration does not give you full access to read our award winning content, etc.

The Los Alamos Monitor | lacirculation@lamonitor.com | 505-662-4185
256 DP Road, Los Alamos, NM 87544
Office Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday