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Tired of roses and candy hearts? Try sending your sweetie this. And then have a long, weird talk.

With Valentine's Day coming up, I think it's time we all tried to figure out what we mean when we say "love." Luckily, Brad Troeger has taken a (beautifully illustrated) shot at it.

Tired of roses and candy hearts? Try sending your sweetie this. And then have a long, weird talk.

Love is a crazy thing.

We all want it, but it's hard to define. Is it an ideal? A cult? A misfire in your brain?


It's hard to figure out.

It's also one of the most intensely thought-about things in all of human history. And we still kinda don't know what it is.

Another challenge is that most people don't think about defining it until they're on their way into or out of it.

Would you trust someone who just won the lottery to explain what money is? So why should we listen to lovebirds telling us all about what love is?

Do they even know?

And love isn't just one thing, either. Your love for your family shapes your love for your partner, which itself changes over time.

Love isn't just a feeling. It's the stuff we do when we're in love.

But those things we do aren't the same from one culture to another. Sometimes they're even completely opposite.

And, if love is real, how can you fall out of love?

Is love an addiction and you just build up a tolerance?

But love is built from reality, from our real experiences. Love is always under construction.

If we can't define it, maybe that's a good sign. Check the video to learn why.

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A new Gallup poll found a significant increase in the number of Americans who identify as LGBT since the last time it conducted a similar poll in 2017.

The poll found that 5.6% of U.S. adults identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. That's a large increase from the 2017 poll that had the number at 4.5%.

"More than half of LGBT adults (54.6%) identify as bisexual. About a quarter (24.5%) say they are gay, with 11.7% identifying as lesbian and 11.3% as transgender. An additional 3.3% volunteer another non-heterosexual preference or term to describe their sexual orientation, such as queer or same-gender-loving," the poll says.

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After years of service as a military nurse in the naval Marine Corps, Los Angeles, California-resident Rhonda Jackson became one of the 37,000 retired veterans in the U.S. who are currently experiencing homelessness — roughly eight percent of the entire homeless population.

"I was living in a one-bedroom apartment with no heat for two years," Jackson said. "The Department of Veterans Affairs was doing everything they could to help but I was not in a good situation."

One day in 2019, Jackson felt a sudden sense of hope for a better living arrangement when she caught wind of the ongoing construction of Veteran's Village in Carson, California — a 51-unit affordable housing development with one, two and three-bedroom apartments and supportive services to residents through a partnership with U.S.VETS.

Her feelings of hope quickly blossomed into a vision for her future when she learned that Veteran's Village was taking applications for residents to move in later that year after construction was complete.

"I was entered into a lottery and I just said to myself, 'Okay, this is going to work out,'" Jackson said. "The next thing I knew, I had won the lottery — in more ways than one."

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As the nation helplessly watches our highest halls of government toss justice to the wind, a 2nd grader has given us someplace to channel our frustrations. In a hilarious video rant, a youngster named Taylor shared a story that has folks ready to go to the mat for her and her beloved, pink, perfect attendance pencil.

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It's amazing to consider just how quickly the world has changed over the past 11 months. If you were to have told someone in February 2020 that the entire country would be on some form of lockdown, nearly everyone would be wearing a mask, and half a million people were going to die due to a virus, no one would have believed you.

Yet, here we are.

PPE masks were the last thing on Leah Holland of Georgetown, Kentucky's mind on March 4, 2020, when she got a tattoo inspired by the words of a close friend.

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