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Digging Out From The Snow ... And In The Mood For Love

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Here in D.C., we are still digging out.

All the roads are not plowed, especially the side streets, but at least the main roads seem nice and clear and, best of all, the sky is sunny and clear. Unlike, yesterday, you can see more than a few feet in front of your face. The kids are still home from school. This is, what, day five? That's including last Friday ... I have lost count.

But, you know what? All this togetherness (that and Valentine's Day) makes us think of ... LOVE — in all its myriad forms. We have two stories for you and plan to bring at least one more.....

Regular readers of The Washington Post know Abigail Trafford's work as a health editor and columnist. And she's put all her skills to work reporting about love after 50, midlife as it were.

There is more to say about this subject. One thing seems clear — that in the popular culture, at least, love that comes later-in-life has been played for laughs, which is weird to me. (Sure, young people tend to make least they start as young film makers...but guess who pays for the movie tickets...) One exception is that recent film starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin (which I have not seen yet) and, of course, there was that OTHER Meryl Streep film with Clint Eastwood...The Bridges of Madison County—remember that?

But think about it. OTHER than those two, when is the last time you saw older people depicted in a manner that was not ridiculous. Trafford says that is so old news...there are so many ways in which older people are defying stereotypes..and if you think about it, this is something you probably know from your own life..her books shape the stories of seasoned people in an interesting way. I have to admit it. In our conversation today, we only scratched the surface.

And then because it's black history month, we have an interesting conversation with a history professor who has looked into black marriage. We'll talk more about this issue tomorrow, but she has discovered some very interesting stories about how much enslaved and newly freed Americans went through to be together.

So, interesting new news.

And now you've been duly warned — VALENTINE'S DAY is SUNDAY.

Don't say nobody told you.