, Newburyport, MA


February 14, 2014

Love: its comings and goings


Real love always pays a price, but we would do no other. We should be ashamed that in our time that means merely fidelity, nurturing and living for another as well as ourselves.

After the troubadours came the age of chivalry, where rules of love were made by women. Men were tested to be capable of more than lust and obliged to have a gentle heart of real affection.

Somebody was listening: In Disney’s “Frozen,” a version of the classic fairy-tale, “The Snow Queen,” it was thought Princess Anna’s frozen heart could only be thawed by the kiss of true love. Then her fiancé admits he doesn’t love her: He wants only power and fortune. Happily, an embrace from her sister saved Anna. Imagine that.

Much to learn from all this. And while love may be “the greatest,” it’s a four-letter word to be used with discretion.


John Burciaga of Newburyport writes on politics, social issues and popular culture.

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