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EDITORIAL: Love In All Its Splendor

We are going to go out on a limb and publicly acclaim the greatest and most powerful "FALL" any one of us can ever experience.

We've all felt it at some point or another in our lives (or perhaps, much of the time for those Don Juan, hopelessly romantic, hyper-lover-types out there).

We are going to assume and hope (or not --- as the case may be...) that we have all felt the insatiable flame that perpetuates the 'falling' in love with another.

It's like diving into an oblivion of renewable energy; a truly revolutionary act, really. We throw away restrictions and embrace the rawness of loving in all its inscrutability. Boredom lifts and passion replaces it. A compulsive need to act runs through a former highway of complacency. A sense of emptiness or incompleteness is now bounding with meaning and vision.

Love cannot be contained or regulated; it is a wild flower that appears only when and where it is least expected.

One thing becomes eminently clear; life for the lover is a precious gift; a seemingly endless tunnel of adventure. Moments become memorable as though caught on your heart strings to forever remind you of the heartbreaking nature of love in all of its fleeting perfection.

Okay, okay. So love has it's thorns, too. So does life...and anything really worth while. When we put ourselves on the line to fumble and crash and burn, we inevitably will. That's the thing of it: We knowingly put ourselves in danger to glimpse and partake in the magic of the fall.

Like when you've climbed high into the mountains for hours and hours just to catch a breathtaking view that lasts only minutes... or literally jumped off a cliff (scared to death and feeling insane) into cold, pure, blue waters...all for the sake of feeling the high!

We do crazy things when we are in search of the high that fills our beings when we take a risk and let go of the fear that holds us captive. Love can transform; feelings of disorientation, confusion and alienation are replaced with direction and passion. Regardless of what gets you thrilled and burning with life (be it dancing, a soul-mate, climbing mountains, cooking delicious meals, or painting..surfing..whatever....), there is no denying that passion can and HAS cured the worst cases of despair and resignation.

Imagine if people set down their "responsibilities" and "common sense", and dared to pursue their wildest dreams? If people dared to set the stakes high and live each day as though it might be their last? Imagine if people feared monotony more than they feared taking risks? If the world willingly let themselves fall into love, daring to live life on their own terms? Love cannot be contained or regulated; it is a wild flower that appears only when and where it is least expected. The key, I think, is to embrace the fall....and prepare for the wild flower.

Throw away your cynicism and fall in love today --- with yourself, with music, with a fellow human, with art, with the internet, with a hobby...with life! Whether we like to admit it to ourselves or not we are all running around in silent (or not as the case may be!) search of this intoxicating fall.

Fall away, we say!



Some Fall Thisaway, Some Fall Thataway!


A tough looking group of bikers were riding when they saw a girl about to jump off a bridge so they stopped.

The leader, a big burly man, gets off his bike and says, "What are you doing?"

"I'm going to commit suicide," she says.

While he did not want to appear insensitive, he didn't want to miss an opportunity so he asked...

"Well, before you jump, why don't you give me a kiss?"

So she does... And it was a long, deep lingering kiss.

After she's finished, the biker says, "Wow! That was the best kiss I have ever had. That's a real talent you are wasting. You could be famous.

"Why are you committing suicide?"

"My parents don't like me dressing up like a girl......"

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