02/12/2012 Happy Valentine’s Day (on Tuesday 2/14)

Links related to tonight’s topics…  …all about Love

Top 100 Love Quotes

Love  (Wikipedia)

Brotherly Love  (Wikipedia)

Romance  (Wikipedia)

Romanantic Love  (Wikipedia)

 

Tonight’s guests…

Rev Burt McGlawn. 02-12-12 8:pm to 9:pm

Rev. Burt McGlawn is a Presbyterian pastor who has counseled numerous couples before and after marriage. He has been a pastor for over twenty years. Friendship is a must for successful relationships. It’s not just about having things in common. It’s about being willing to accept other’s goals, adapt your own and actually help your loved one succeed.

Questions for guest:

  • Why does God care who we love?
  • What does it matter how we love?
  • Do couples understand true love anymore?
  • Do people get married for the right reasons?
  • What social pressures are there for people to get/be married?
  • Do people really love others selflessly?
  • How does equality / inequality in relationships effect the outcome of love?
  • Why do we care who other people love?
  • Is there really one acceptable way to be a lover? (Traditional relationships)
  • Why is marriage on the decline?
  • Why do men fear commitment more than women?
  • How would the world look if we had brotherly (phillia) love for everyone?
  • Is it possible for humans to have a divine (agape) kind of love towards others?
  • Is love taught or learned?
  • Under what circumstances is erotic love appropriate?
  • Why is there such an apparent high amount of sexual dysfunction (child porn, child molestation, deviant behavior) today?
  • What is the relationship between love and sex (in heterosexuals)?

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Liz Langley          02-12-12 8:00pm to 9:00pm

CRAZY LITTLE THING: Why Love and Sex Drive Us Mad

1. So why do love and sex drive us mad?
2. What would you like people to know most about this book?
3. How did you decide whose stories were compelling enough to be a part of the book?
4. What was the most shocking thing you found during your research?
5. What do you think most people will get out of this book?
6. Who is the person whose story was the most haunting that you interviewed?
7. Usually in books about love we might end up visiting places like a speed dating event, a dating coach or a marriage retreat. What kind of places and events do you talk about in Crazy Little Thing?
8. What is it that stops people from going crazy as opposed to just feeling crazy?
9. Who was the biggest influence on the whole idea for this book?
10. One interviewer asked you about the ‘frustrating’ nature of attraction – what was that about? 11. What do you hope people to get out of this book?
12. Are there any good, happy or successful relationships in this book, forpetessake?
13. So what makes you such an expert in love?
14. So, you’re not the hearts and flowers type?
15. Are you in love now?
16. Would you be vaccinated against love if you could?
17. What advice would you give someone who feels like they’re really in danger of doing some of the things like the people in this book did? Of assault, suicide or even murder?
18. Why is it that people get in and stick to romantic situations that are obviously terrible for them?
19. Who do you think had the strangest story?
20. Who, to you, is the best example of romantic love?

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Dr. Jessie Owen.  02-12-12 8:pm to 9:pm

“Dr. Jesse Owen is a faculty member in the Counseling Psychology Program at the University of Louisville. His research and clinical practice focus on romantic relationships and couple therapy. Recently, Jesse and his colleagues have been examining commitment in couples’ lives.”

Questions for guest:

  • After all of these years, with thousands of studies on what makes relationships work, what do we know about love?
  • We hear a lot about divorce today – what trends are we seeing in divorce rates and factors associated with divorce?
  • How does your work on commitment help us understand love?
  • What can couples do to enhance their devotion to each other?
  • You have been talking about commitment uncertainty – could you say more about this?
  • How does communication relate to love?
  • What should couples look for when it comes to making big steps in relationships?
  • How does acceptance help increase love in relationships?
  • What happens when a partner does not accept an aspect of their partner?
  • V-day is around the corner any advice for couples listening?

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Leon Scott Baxter 02-12-12 9:00

Website:  http://CouplesCommittedToLove.com

Leon Scott Baxter, America’s Romance Guru, is the founder of the relationship website, CouplesCommittedToLove.com. He’s spoken with over 20,000 individuals regarding love, relationships and romance through his talks, seminars, workshops, and telephone coaching. He’s the author of Out of the Doghouse: A Man’s Secret Survival Guide to Romance, A Labor With Love: A Dad’s-to-Be Guide to Romance During Pregnancy, and his latest book, The Finance of Romance: Investing in Your relationship.

Website: http://couplescommittedtolove.com/a/

FaceBook Page: http://www.facebook.com/FinanceOfRomance

Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Finance-Romance-Investing-Relationship-Portfolio/dp/1599559803/ref=sr_1_8?s=books& ie=UTF8&qid=1317345592&sr=1-8

My Book: http://couplescommittedtolove.com/a/books/the-finance-of-romance/

Poster Page: http://financeofromance.com/

Questions for guest:

  • How did you become America’s Romance Guru?
    2. What makes you different than other relationship experts?
    3. Who has influenced you the most?
    4. How did you meet your wife?
    5. How did you become a writer? 6. What inspired you to write The Finance of Romance?
    7. What’s the format of the book? 8. Will men read this relationship book?
    9. What’s the correlation between finances and relationships?
    10. What do you mean by creating a budget in a relationship?
    11. What’s an easy activity couples can do to start investing?
    12. How do you define romance? 13. What’s your definition of love? 14. Tell me about your website, CouplesCommittedToLove.com.
    15. Do you have any events coming up?
    16. How can people contact you for relationship help?

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Dr. Stan wishes everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day

 

Facts About Valentines Day  (U.S. Census Bureau)

Valentine’s Day 2012: Feb. 14

Expressing one’s love to another is a celebrated custom on Valentine’s Day; whereby sweethearts and family members present gifts to one another, such as cards, candy, flowers and other symbols of affection. Opinions differ as to who was the original Valentine, but the most popular theory is that he was a clergyman who was executed for secretly marrying couples in ancient Rome. In A.D. 496, Pope Gelasius I declared Feb. 14 as Valentine Day. Esther Howland, a native of Massachusetts, is given credit for selling the first mass-produced valentine cards in the 1840s. The spirit continues today with even young children exchanging valentine’s cards with their fellow classmates.

Candy

1,177

Number of U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2009, employing 34,252 people. California led the nation in the number of chocolate and cocoa manufacturing establishments, with 135, followed by Pennsylvania, with 111.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, County Business Patterns: 2009, NAICS code (31132) and (31133),
<http://www.census.gov/econ/cbp/>

409

Number of U.S. establishments that manufactured nonchocolate confectionary products in 2009. These establishments employed 16,974 people. California led the nation in this category, with 45 establishments.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, County Business Patterns: 2009, NAICS code (31134)
<http://www.census.gov/econ/cbp/>

$12.6 billion

Total value of shipments in 2009 for firms producing chocolate and cocoa products. Nonchocolate confectionery product manufacturing, meanwhile, was a $7.4 billion industry.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2009 Annual Survey of Manufactures
<http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/IBQTable?_bm=y&-_skip=0&-ds_name=AM0931VS101&-_lang=en>

3,386

Number of confectionery and nut stores in the United States in 2009.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, County Business Patterns, NAICS code (445292),
<http://censtats.census.gov/cgi-bin/cbpnaic/cbpdetl.pl>

24.7 pounds

Per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2010.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Industrial Reports, Confectionery: 2010
<http://www.census.gov/manufacturing/cir/historical_data/ma311d/index.html>

Flowers

$375 million

The combined wholesale value of domestically produced cut flowers in 2010 for all flower-producing operations with $100,000 or more in sales. Among states, California was the leading producer, alone accounting for more than three-quarters of this amount ($286 million).
Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
<http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/MannUsda/viewDocumentInfo.do?documentID=1072>, <http://usda01.library.cornell.edu/usda/current/FlorCrop/FlorCrop-04-21-2011_new_format.pdf>

$17 million

The combined wholesale value of domestically produced cut roses in 2010 for all operations with $100,000 or more in sales.
Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
<http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/MannUsda/viewDocumentInfo.do?documentID=1072>, <http://usda01.library.cornell.edu/usda/current/FlorCrop/FlorCrop-04-21-2011_new_format.pdf>

17,124

The number of florists nationwide in 2009. These businesses employed 75,855 people.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, County Business Patterns, NAICS code (453110)
<http://censtats.census.gov/cgi-bin/cbpnaic/cbpdetl.pl>

Jewelry

24,973

Number of jewelry stores in the United States in 2009. Jewelry stores offer engagement, wedding and other rings to couples of all ages. In February 2011, these stores sold $2.27 billion in merchandise.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, County Business Patterns, NAICS code (448310),
<http://censtats.census.gov/cgi-bin/cbpnaic/cbpdetl.pl> and Monthly Retail Trade and Food Services <http://www.census.gov/retail>

The merchandise at these locations could well have been produced at one of the nation’s 1,547 jewelry manufacturing establishments.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, County Business Patterns, NAICS code (339911), <http://censtats.census.gov/cgi-bin/cbpnaic/cbpdetl.pl>

“Please Be Mine”

2.1 million

The number of marriages that took place in the United States in 2009. That breaks down to nearly 5,800 a day.
Source: National Center for Health Statistics,
<http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/nvsr.htm>, <http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr58/nvsr58_25.htm#tableA>

108,150

The number of marriages performed in Nevada during 2009. So many couples tie the knot in the Silver State that it ranked fifth nationally in marriages, even though its total population that year among states was 35th. (California ranked first in marriages.)
Source: National Center for Health Statistics,
<http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/nvsr.htm>, <http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr58/nvsr58_25.htm#tableA > and population estimates, <http://www.census.gov/popest/>

28.7 and 26.5 years

Median age at first marriage in 2011 for men and women, respectively.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Families and Living Arrangements: 2011, <http://www.census.gov/population/socdemo/hh-fam/ms2.xls>, Table MS-2

53.1%

The overall percentage of adults who reported being married.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Families and Living Arrangements: 2011, <http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/hh-fam/cps2011.html> Table A1

69%

Percentage of people 15 and older in 2011 who had been married at some point in their lives — either currently or formerly.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Families and Living Arrangements: 2011, <http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/hh-fam/cps2011.html> Table A1

74.5%

Among women who married for the first time between 1990 and 1994, the percentage who marked their 10th anniversary. This compares with 83 percent of women who married for the first time between 1960 and 1964.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Number, Timing, and Duration of Marriages and Divorces: 2009, <http://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/p70-125.pdf>, Table 4

6.2%

As of 2009, the percentage of currently married women who had been married for at least 50 years. A little more than half of currently married women had been married for at least 15 years.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Number, Timing, and Duration of Marriages and Divorces: 2009 <http://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/p70-125.pdf>, Table 9

Looking for Love

393

The number of dating service establishments nationwide as of 2007. These establishments, which include Internet dating services, employed 3,125 people and pulled in $928 million in revenue.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2007 Economic Census
<http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/DatasetMainPageServlet?_program=ECN&_submenuId=&_lang=en&_ts=>

Try Looking Here . . .

Romantic-sounding places to spend Valentine’s Day:

Rose City, Texas Rose City, Mich. South Heart, N.D.
Loveland, Colo. Darling, Minn. Loveland, Ohio
Romeo, Colo. Sacred Heart, Minn. Loveland Park, Ohio
Lovejoy, Ga. Heart Butte, Mont. Love County, Okla.
Loves Park, Ill. Valentine, Neb. Loveland, Okla.
Lovington, Ill. Lovelock, Nev. Lovelady, Texas
Romeoville, Ill. Loving, N.M. Loving County, Texas
Rosemont, Ill. Lovington, N.M. Valentine, Texas
Romeo, Mich. Love Valley, N.C. Rose Hill Acres, Texas
Rosemont, Md.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder <http://factfinder2.census.gov>

Giving Love a Second Chance

19%

Percentage of people married twice as of 2010. Five percent have married three or more times. By comparison, 75 percent of people who have ever been married have made only one trip down the aisle.
Source: 2010 American Community Survey
<http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_10_1YR_B12505&prodType=table>

8

Median length, in years, of first marriages that ended in divorce.
Source: Number, Timing, and Duration of Marriages and Divorces: 2009
<http://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/p70-125.pdf>, Table 8

3.8 and 3.7

The median time in years between divorce and a second marriage for men and women, respectively.
Source: Number, Timing, and Duration of Marriages and Divorces: 2009
<http://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/p70-125.pdf>, Table 8

9% and 8%

Among people 15 and older in 2009, the percentage of men and women, respectively, who had married twice and were still married.
Source for the data in this section, unless otherwise noted: Number, Timing, and Duration of Marriages and Divorces: 2009
<http://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/p70-125.pdf>, Table 8

 

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