It's February 14, a great holiday!

It's about kissing and caring and making love.

Exciting stuff!

It's about connecting with people you care about in a positive way.

If you're lucky enough to have a wife or a girlfriend, a husband or boyfriend, a son or daughter, mother or father, sister or brother, niece or nephew, a best friend of any gender, today is a very good day to tell them that you love them.

It's important to actually say the words, in a personal way. Don't assume they already know. Symbols are important too. They don't have to be expensive symbols, they just have to show thought and care and most important, be an expression of love.

This is the best holiday, right up there with Thanksgiving. It's not a religious thing, it's a celebration of our best, what we do best as human beings -- loving and caring for each other.

And there's no shame in being a valentine for yourself on Valentine's Day. Put a smile on your face, buy some flowers and candy, sing a song, let it go, and have fun!

So have a happy Valentine's Day, all you lovers out there in InternetLand!

Dave Winer

From Toasters, 2/14/97.