• The Trick to Finding a Good Valentine’s Day Gift

    by  • February 10, 2010 • Community Sherpa, Freelance Writing Samples, Writing

    heartI’ll admit, I’m usually at a loss to find something special for my wife for Valentine’s day. Oh, sure, I know the cliches: Flowers, chocolate or a fine bottle of wine. They work well enough, but after a while, it becomes like getting a tie for Christmas.

    Now, I can’t keep a lack of imagination from coming up with something nice for my wife. I really don’t want to hear about for the rest of the year if I don’t come through with something good. And I can’t just ask my wife. Oh no, I’ve got to figure it out by myself.

    Or maybe not. I’ve learned that the smart thing is to ask a female friend. This year, my friend Rebecca suggested the following ideas:

    • A mani/pedicure
    • Spring cleaning with a cleaning service
    • A thought-filled love letter at the beginning of Valentine’s Day
    • Doing/giving something meaningful each day leading up to Valentine’s Day

    Excellent ideas. And her list helped me think of something perfect for my wife. I’d tell you here, but she’s probably reading this blog. Hi honey!

    Oh, and if you know Rebecca’s husband, please let him know about her list!


    Michael has been writing professionally for print, television and the internet for thirty years. As a Senior Producer at CNN International, he examined the future of technology with dozens of brilliant scientists, philosophers and entrepreneurs on the acclaimed series Future Summit. Before that, in the CNN International newsroom, he helped lead the production of award winning coverage of news like the 9/11 attacks, the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the devastating 2004 tsunami in Asia. As a director, he has created a dozen short films in the last seven years. He lives with his wife, dog, four cats and two horses in the suburbs of Atlanta.