Journeys of the Heart

An author's journey

And They Lived…

On the 17th of January my husband, Neil and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary.  We celebrated the event by a mini-vacation that started in Lexington, VA where we joined friends from the 5th VA and took part in the annual Lee/Jackson Days.  PBS was there this year filming a special about Lee and Jackson.  Don’t know if we’ll show up in any of the footage, but it will be fun to watch the program and look for ourselves when it airs.  Afterward we spent several days in Washington, DC.  Monday morning we wandered through the African exhibit.  In the afternoon we saw the National Geographic exhibit of the Terracotta Warriors from China.  Amazing!  If you have a chance, go see them.  We spent most of Tuesday at the National Archives doing research on Neil’s 2 great-great grandfathers who served during the Civil War.  Afterward we completed our trip through time and around the world with a stop at the Sackler museum of Asian art. 

A few years ago I read about a study that showed that married couples spent less than 10 minutes a day in meaningful conversation.  Obviously the researchers didn’t know us.  Some nights we have a hard time shutting up and going to bed when we should.  Some younger couples have asked us to share some of our secrets of our connubial bliss.  There’s nothing really secret about it—common values, shared interests, respect and a great sense of humor are important ingredients.  Most of all I believe you need to really like the person you’ve married.  After all these years, there is no one I want more to spend time with than Neil.  He’s my dearest friend and biggest cheerleader. 

Is it any wonder I write romance?


January 22, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Absolutely! You must like the person you pledge to love! I feel so blessed to be married to a man I’ve known since I was fifteen and still love his company at thirty-four! And it’s so nice to know that comraderie can keep going and going. Sounds like a terrific little vacation. Many more happy years to you both…

    Comment by jess | January 22, 2010 | Reply

  2. no wonder at all!! how amazing you’ve been able to spend all thsi time with the person you love hte most….you are blessed! may you enjoy many more years together….xox!

    Comment by annie | January 22, 2010 | Reply

  3. Happy anniversary. It sounds like you had a wonderful time. Dh and I can’t wait to go back to DC. There is so much to see.


    Comment by Autumn Jordon | January 22, 2010 | Reply

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