Happy Valentine's Day and TGIF!
THE STORY OF ST. VALENTINE
Valentine of Rome (d. 269)
A Christian priest in Rome, Valentine was known for assisting Christians persecuted under Claudius II. After being caught marrying Christian -couples and helping Christians escape the persecution, Valentine was arrested and imprisoned. Although Emperor Claudius originally liked Valentine, he was condemned to death when he tried to convert the emperor. Valentine was beaten with stones, clubbed, and, finally, beheaded on February 14, 269. In the year 496, February 14 was named as a day of celebration in Valentine’s honor. He has since become the patron saint of engaged -couples, beekeepers, happy marriages, lovers, travelers, young -people, and greetings.
Today is also International Book Giving Day. The point of the new holiday is to give a book to a child. According to the Web site, "International Book Giving Day is a day dedicated to getting new, used and borrowed books in the hands of as many children as possible." There are three ways to celebrate. The first is to give a children's book to a child who's a friend or relative. The second is to leave a in a place where children are likely to get bored and look for something to read such as the waiting room of a doctor's office or a lobby. The third is to donate a book to a library, second-hand shop, hospital, or homeless shelter or to a charity that sends books to Third World countries.
I'm currently reading on Kindle, WHEN SHADOWS FALL by J T Ellison. This is 3rd of 3 in series featuring Samantha Owens, a medical examiner in Washington DC. Here is a description:
Dear Dr. Owens,
If you are reading this letter, I am dead and I would be most grateful if you could solve my murder…
Forensic pathologist Dr. Samantha Owens thought life was finally returning to normal after she suffered a terrible personal loss. Settling into her new job at Georgetown University, the illusion is shattered when she receives a disturbing letter from a dead man imploring her to solve his murder. There's only one catch. Timothy Savage's death was so obviously the suicide of a demented individual that the case has been closed. When Sam learns Savage left a will requesting she autopsy his body, she feels compelled to look into the case. Sam's own postmortem discovers clear signs that Savage was indeed murdered. And she finds DNA from a kidnapped child whose remains were recovered years earlier. The investigation takes Sam into the shadows of a twenty-year-old mystery that must be solved to determine what really happened to Timothy Savage. Nothing about the case makes sense but it is clear someone is unwilling to let anyone, especially Samantha Owens, discover the truth.
Published this month, it has 416 pages.
Tonight we're getting take out from Cactus Creek - walleye. Num!
PK the Bookeemonster