The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


February 6, 2013

Hard hearts

When love is a battlefield, avoid unfair warfare


Having the Rosetta Stone to your partner’s language can be both a blessing and a curse. Use your powers for good and not evil in all your relationships.

“The grass is always greener on the side you water the most. Whatever you give your time and attention to, that’s what’s going to flourish,” explains Peck. “Love is an action word.”

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Talk the talk

To learn more about the 5 Love Languages visit, or sign up for the free

WVU Extension Service class for couples:

WHEN: Feb. 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Country Inns and Suites in Beckley.

INFO: Dessert buffet included.

Pre-register by calling 304-255-9321.

Space is limited.

Valentine’s for one

Divorced individuals facing Valentine’s Day may feel like they already know how the holiday will play out for them, and the ending is seldom foreseen as a happy one.

Linda Spooner, who organizes DivorceCare in Beckley along with husband Craig, both of whom have survived difficult divorces, has a few V-Day survival suggestions:

“We tell people to think about what is good in their lives, to focus on the things that make them happy.”

Spooner suggests organizing a lunch date with a friend or a group movie for the evening.

“Do something you wouldn’t do on just an ordinary day.”

Bummed out about not getting a Valentine? Spooner suggests reading The Father’s Love Letter  (, something she uses in her classes to illustrate that people are unique and separate and whole within themselves, without dependency on relationships.

“You don’t need anyone else’s love as long as you have God’s love and realize He created you to be a whole person,” says Spooner.

The newest DivorceCare class begins strategically close to Valentine’s Day to support the recently divorced, those going through divorce and those who have yet to heal from their divorce, on Feb. 18 at the Christian Resource Center, 300 N. Kanawha St., Beckley at 7 p.m. Cost to participants for the full 13-week program is $17. Call 304-763-3424 for more information.


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