Thank you to everyone who sent us a love poem as part of our First Ever Love Poems Sound Good Contest. We hope to make it an annual tradition, so be sure to keep us in your minds and hearts. Today, on a special Valentine's Day edition of Sounds Good, Tracy Ross and Bec Feldhaus read the ten finalists with much adulation and affection. The top ten poets received a box of chocolates from The Chocolate Factory in downtown Paducah! ...And here they are in their printed glory:
From NPR: Guys, want to impress your valentine? Make her this easy coffee gelato-like dessert or if she’s a salty gal you can go with a fancy version of everyone’s favorite meal, macaroni and cheese. And as a bonus, you can tell her you’re staying true to Valentine’s Day’s roots. All the recipes are inspired by the same romantic, pasta-loving country that was home to St. Valentine – Italy.
Happy Valentine’s Day! The legend of St. Valentine is one of mystery. The Catholic Church recognizes no less than three martyred saints in history with the name Valentine. One legend claims he was a Roman priest, third century. Emperor Claudius II decided single men made better soldiers and thus outlawed marriage for young men, but the priest saw the injustice and married young lovers in secret… until he was put to death for his actions. Other stories suggest Valentine had helped Christians escape from harsh Roman prisons, until he was put in one.