Early Giving

Instead of waiting to hand out 600 or more valentines on Friday the 14th, I decided to spread our 14 Words For Love throughout the week. Some of you have asked me about distribution (is there a plan? is there a certain way to give out poems?)... all good questions whose answers are all about what works for you. Yesterday I dropped off a batch of 14-word valentines for my friend Sheila, who sends cards to soldiers all year long. While I was out, I dropped off a handful at my local P.O. along with bakery treats (Lloyd, Rosemary and Angela are the BEST). Then I drove to WUNC radio where Gurnal Scott buzzed me in to drop off 30-40 valentines for the staff. Today, I'll drop some by a local hospital.

Big Thanks for Your Poems, Prose and Patience

Jan 29 2014

Our Valentine's Day event is off to a fantastic start, thanks to you!!

Already, dozens of you have signed up here and hundreds of you have posted poems on our "playground" on Facebook.

Because we are trying to improve this website, some of you have experienced problems either signing in or seeing your posts immediately. I'm pretty sure we've fixed all the problems, but don't hesitate to contact me at jodi@14wordsforlove.com if you encounter any glitches!

Wanted: 14-words for Valentine's Day!

Jan 11 2014

14 Words For Love will be one year old on Jan. 29! The very holiday that inspired our first event is coming up!

You may post your 14-word poems and aphorisms here on Sat., Jan. 25 and through Feb. 14! If you're on Facebook, you can also post your poems on a new events page that will go live the same day -- Jan. 25. Everyone will be invited, as long as you "like" the community Facebook page or you are my Facebook friend.

What's the difference? Why would you post poems in two places? Well, first, it gives you a choice of what's more convenience for you. Not everyone is on Facebook or wants that platform. Second, only poems posted on this website: http://14wordsforlove.com will be considered for 14 Words For Love's Premiere Anthology, to be published in 2014.

Resolving to Love Uncertainty

Jan 6 2014

For the last three months, I've tried to figure out how to make 14 Words For Love more successful. Of course, the question is how one defines success. At its core, the success of 14 Words For Love is participation. People of every age, politic, religion and identity expressing their humanity and hope for it in 14 words. Hatred, prejudice, shame and blame the only content off-limits. In early December, I started the daunting process of non-profit incorporation. Two days ago, I realized (or fooled myself into thinking) that establishing a structure around 14 Words For Love right now could be its undoing. Although the idea of soliciting tax-deductible donations and grants is attractive, 14 Words For Love's success won't depend on financials or IRS approval or board meetings. 14 Words For Love depends on involvement. Participation.

14 Words For Love Foray Into Publishing (and fund-raising)!

Nov 6 2013

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It's nice to get treats from someone on Valentine's Day. To be a special someone. But if you look at love through a wider lens, you might see Lloyd behind the post office counter, supremely patient, kind and always helpful. You might see Keisha, not that you've ever said more than hello to her before she takes your order, but you spotted her last weekend with an infant and toddler, waiting for a bus. You might see the line outside Durham Rescue Mission, not just on Christmas Eve, and think about the volunteer cooks inside and those outside in line, backs to a January wind.

14 Words For Love creates events (opportunities) to express kindness, empathy, thanks, compassion, and peace to one another. To appreciate each other; to honor our humanity.