Dear Readers,

The piece I wrote for The New York Times about why women stay single longer than do men kicked up quite a kerfuffle--and the conversation continues. My mailboxes (e and snail) filled with interesting surprises. One of my favorite letters came from the husband of an acquaintance from a stint at the Wall Street Journal, Lauren Mechling--she has a charming new baby and a charming blog too.

I wanted to share the letter because it makes the perfect valentine. I do so with permission from the writer, novelist Ben Schrank, whose wife does not yet know its contents. I hope the letter gives her a smile, as it did me.
Such a lovely message--and yet, how often we forget this simple key to happiness...

And I include, too, this clip of Balanchine's Midsummer's Pas de Deux, which arrived in my Valentine's mail today. It is meltingly romantic. If only life were so beautifully choreographed.

Happy Valentine's Day to all! 

Dear Dominique Browning,

I loved your piece on falling in the New York Times.

[Funny that, my older son also referred to it as "your piece about your tailbone."] 

I found it clear and true and appreciated it for that, as I do with all of your writing. But I also saw it as a warning to men like me to not be complacent in our marriages because really great women might leave us for no one else and be perfectly fine. We do race to reattach and the fact that you don't serves as a fine warning for us to be careful and, as my wife says, to 'be nice'!

So thank you and I look forward to reading your next essay.

Ben Schrank

{Rocks in photograph courtesy of beaches from Stinson to Sakonnet}


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