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The Valentine’s Day Advice Column MICHAEL COPELAND As Valentine’s Day approaches, many men are filled with a certain amount of anxiety trying to find just the right token of their love and affection for their wife, girlfriend, or partner. A card is expected, as is flowers and chocolates in some cases, but what about lingerie, dinner out or jewelry? Just to clarify, those last few items are only required if you’re crazy in love, dating or recently married. The question of the month is: Do we really need to succumb to the overwhelming holiday pressure of St. Valentine? Is it mandatory that we purchase some traditional Hallmark paraphernalia to convey A L I V E E A S T B 18 A Y f e b r u a r y 2 0 1 6 our feelings of admiration and affection for our “significant other,” and do we expect something in return? Allow me to assume the advice columnist role and answer all of the V Day inquiries I get every year around this time. My goal is to provide some clarity and enlightenment in an attempt to bring you all the love and appreciation you desire. Please address your questions to Doctor Valentine’s Day or just Dr. VD. No, wait, that doesn’t sound quite right. Captain VD? No, I’m not a Superhero... unless you consider my “love” skills to be… never mind. Mr. VD? That’s better.


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