Love and Jealousy

Q Dear Miss Abigail: I have been with this young lady for almost two years. Lately, we haven’t been getting along and often disagree with each other. We are now finding out that we are two totally different people. Yet, we still love each other very much. And I have a problem with insecurity and […]

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Letters of Affection

Q┬áDear Miss Abigail: Hello! I’m a seventeen-year-old boy from Norway. For the first time in my life, I`ve met a girl who seems special from all of the other girls. I’m not a good-looking boy (rather normal), but she is the most beautiful girl I have ever seen. She can choose from all of the […]

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1897: What Love Is

“Love is the essence of every existing thing: the root of life! the recompense for death,” so says author Ella Wheeler Wilcox in her 1897 book titled Men, Women and Emotions. In this week before Valentine’s Day, it seems appropriate to share some quotes about love. Here’s the first, with more to come as we […]

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1881: Love Letters

This week I received a lovely gift from a coworker, Gene, who was looking to lighten his bookshelves at home. Knowing I had my little obsession with advice books (he came to my Valentine’s Day presentation at the Library of Congress), he so graciously gave me a book written in 1881 called National Encyclopedia of […]

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1956: Why Do I Love You?

In preparation for my Valentine’s Day talk at the Library of Congress (see the press release for more information), I’ve started to research exerpts of advice about love. I’ve posted quite a bit over the years on the topic, but hope to find some fresh material for the talk. To whet your appetite (it is […]

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