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Well, today I thought we might talk about love — what’s it all about?  At this time of year, with the holidays and all the out-of-mind busy-ness that we seem to get in to — I thought it might be good to take time out and have a look at  a subject that we all…well, that we all love.  Love.

14-smooch1.jpgIt seems to me that there’s all sorts of different kinds of love.  There’s the obvious kind — the kind that we all write about.  The love of a man and a woman, the love of family, the love of children.  May this love always flourish and prosper in our society — I only say that because, it’s become my opinion that the family is really under attack.  But I digress.  Oh, by the way the picture to the left is of myself and my husband and the background is the Grand Canyon.

Okay, so are there other kinds of love?  I think so.



1-LORA-1[1]There’s of course the love between friends?  That’s love, too, isn’t it?  I know you’ll all agree that we would, indeed, be strange beings if we didn’t have a close circle of friends that we love with all our hearts.  But it’s different kind of love, I think.  However, just because it’s the love between friends doesn’t  make it any less a deep and abiding love.10-greiman[1]

There’s also the love for mankind in general — the love of those in other parts of the world that might be having a difficult time.11-thousandoaks[1]  For instance,Untitled-16[1] many of our American Indian people on the reservations.

And how about the love we have for other life forms?  Our pets, for instance.  That’s most definitely love, too.         dogs space 1

 Love.  If I were to define love, I’d take a page from friend and author, L. Ron Hubbard, and say that it seems to me that it is an intense feeling of admiration directed toward someone or something.  It doesn’t ask for anything, it is either freely given or it’s not really love.  It’s not a dominating or controlling force.  Not love.  Not by definition.

It’s more about giving than receiving, sharing instead of using another.

But so far I’m leaving out one of the greatest love stories of all time.  Can you guess what story that is?

Our joy at this time of year is because of this love story.  Even our calendars are a celebration of this love story and of this one man’s life.  It has been said and shown through historical writings that because of this man and because of his teachings of love, that he freed a whole people from bondage, a people who had been utterly enslaved.  It’s said and it’s written that he brought a true civilizing force to the world, and that this force was to love and to treat ones fellow man, even ones own enemies, as one might like to be treated oneself.   It’s said also that he saved mankind itself from doom because of this love story.  One of my prayers at this time of year will be that the world at large learn again this lesson, a lesson given so freely so long ago …

Love…  I’d really like to hear your own love stories, so please do leave a message.  By the way, the picture below is of myself and the one man in my life whom I love with all my heart.  May you all have a very, happy Thanksgiving and a very Merry Christmas!


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KAREN KAY aka GEN BAILEY is the multi-published author of American Indian Historical Romances. She has written for such prestigious publishers as AVON/HarperCollins, Berkley/Penguin/Putnam and Samhain Publishing. KAREN KAY’S great grandmother was Choctaw Indian and Kay is honored to be able to write about the American Indian Culture.
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43 thoughts on “LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE!”

  1. A wonderful post Karen. Even though I am not celebrating Thanksgiving this week, I have already had the holiday in October, I am still very thankful for all the love I get from my family and friends each and every day. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

    • Hi Kathleen!

      So nice to hear from you. Actually, similar to you, we aren’t celebrating Thanksgiving on Thanksgiving day — we’re celebrating it on Saturday instead, so the whole family can be here. : )

  2. It seemed like back in the 80’s world peace would come around. I don’t know what happened, but we are about as far away from that possibility now as we can get.

    I too am blessed to have a wonderful family. My husband and I are approaching 38 years. We are blessed with 4 amazing children and 2 adorable grandchildren. My 90 year mom has some health issues but it’s sure nice to have her near. I’m close to my sister too. I’m lucky to have many friends that I still keep in touch with from HS, college and jobs. I’m also blessed with friendly, helpful neighbors.

    My life shows how one’s heart grows to encompass many!

    Love is treasured gift to share!

  3. Great post! God’s love for me has been a journey of lessons and appreciation. Growing up through an abusive household, I’d pray every day for love in my life that I did not have. Then this young man came into my life who showed me what it was like to be truly loved and appreciated. Because of my past lack of love, I was scared to death of it but with his patience, he showed me I was worthy of his love and I am forever greatful and so in love with him. Now 12 years later, we’ve been married for almost 9 years, with 4 beautiful and healthy children we share our love with and couldn’t be happier, all thanks to God answering my childhood prayers and the love I have for Him, knowing He would one day take care of me. Life is peaceful with love of all kinds. It’s God’s gift to us

  4. Love this! I knew my hubby was the one for me way before he thought he knew. In the end he realized he knew it all along. LOL. Love is a funny thing!

  5. Karen = what a beautiful post. A great way to start my day. I loved looking at your pictures. I have a great love story also, a month from tomorrow my husband and I will be married for 50 years. And they said it wouldn’t last. (Just joking) I met him when he came into my office at the AFB I worked at and it was almost love at first sight. Things have always been pretty smooth till a few years ago. My husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and it has been painful to watch the progression of this disease. But as our marriage vows said: for better or for worse, in sickness and in health. I am now a 24/7 caregiver but I thank God every day that I have my husband. I would recommend to everyone not to put off trips or other things you want to do if at all possible. You never know how much time you have. Happy Thanksgiving.

    • Hi Judy!

      Beautiful story — even though he has Parkinson’s, he has you and your devotion. And that’s what’s beautiful — the love you share.

      I don’t know much about the disease, but you will be in my prayers.

  6. Wonderful post Karen… thank you so much for sharing it and your pics with us! Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season!

  7. When I went from a preachers wife to a missionary’s wife, I learned a whole new kind of love. Never really being challenged before, I found out that I could hug on folks that don’t fit in our normal clean environment. Those that live in black plastic houses, bathe in a river, many times filthy – but accepting of our hugs and love. Stepping out of my comfort zone has taught me that I am just as comfortable with them as anyone else, all because we opened our hearts to love.

  8. It is so very unfortunate that there is so much talk about love, in all its forms, and all too many reports of the truly appalling lack of such love, in almost ANY form!

    • Hmmm. I hear you. Only thing is, there is much love around us … or at least, this is what I’ve found. And sometimes in places one wouldn’t at all expect.

      Happy Thanksgiving!

  9. Thank you for wonderful post! There are so many loves in my life from my family to my friends. One thing that comes into my mind right now as Thanksgiving approaches us. I have a great love for my country. For all the things it offers me from its beauty to its freedom. At times I may not like the things and changes going on around me but I will always love music country.

    • Hi Lisa!

      Yes, even though things aren’t exactly going right with the country at present (in my viewpoint), it still symbolizes freedom. May that and the principles upon which it is founded continue.

  10. With all the craziness in the world we often forget how important love is to keeping a balance in life and relationships. For me respect is an important part of love, whether it be for a spouse, child, friend, or even country. Without that respect, there can be no love and without them, there can be no peace. It isn’t always easy to “love thy neighbor,” but it is necessary for an enjoyable existence. Just think what the world would be like if we gave our neighbors that love and respect, whether they live down the block or on the other side of the world.

  11. Yes, it’s also, my opinion that the family is really under attack. If we don’t learn it at home that leaves the world to teach our children and we can see how that is going…

    • Hi Deanna!

      Oh, my gosh, I couldn’t agree more. What is the world teaching?…looks to me like war and sex…and I don’t think those ever gave anyone true happiness…sex without love is…well that we’re sold on TV and movies today (unfortunately).

  12. Happy Thanksgiving Karen and to your family ! I loved your post on Love in think it is the most important thing to remember about ! Plus act on it ! We should all love one another!
    Darlene Lindstrom

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