Jodi Lea Stewart

Loving and Writing About the Southwest and the South

Love is in the Air!

The plethora of hearts, chocolate and stuffed animals the size of toll booths igniting the air and the airwaves the past month drove me into thoughtful consideration *and into making a  list* of the things I truly love.

Criteria for My List 

I limited my truly love list to five items.

Since my spouse, family and Divine Power already have my heart 24/7, my truly love list went beyond the basics.

I asked myself…

What makes me all warm and cozy inside?

What make me smile?

What causes tears of joy and/or pride to drown my eyes?

First, one rant caveat 

The word love in our English language is quite pathetic. We have one flimsy word to cover feelings for our beloved, our children, horses, our country, popcorn, military veterans, etc. It doesn’t seem fair! In Italy, for instance, you use two very different words for the love of a mate versus the love of your cell phone. (Or do you? I realize things there are cell phone addicts out there nowadays, so maybe not.)

Greece has at least three great words for love, possibly more. The Arabic language has seven plus. Finland has tons! We have one. Just one. Okay, I’m off my soapbox now!

My Truly Love List (in no particular order) delivered through something I truly love . . . horses!

  • Books
I love books!







  • Babies
I love babies, any kind!
  •  Laughter
Everything will be all right as long as we can laugh!










Gentle Carousel Therapy Horses share the love!







  • America
I love America . . . and the Clydesdales!







I love to hear your opinions. What do you love?


Just for fun . . .

What am I writing? Why, not to borrow unauthorized media, of course!
“Hey, Marilyn, did you read Jodi Lea Stewart’s newest novel, The Accidental Road?”
“Honey, I was her consultant for it. After all, she’s practically writing about me.” Love, Marilyn

10 thoughts on “Love is in the Air!

    1. I’m with you, Elizabeth! I mean, when baby alligators look cute to us, we know we’re just plain animal crazy, right? Thanks for stopping by!

  1. Great list, Jodi. As I sat here thinking about my own “truly loves”, I realized they weren’t things but rather they were moments or experiences that evoked happiness: listening to soulful music, spending laughter-filled time with my girls, eating something utterly delicious, watching a movie or a play so well written and acted it stays with you for days after, and that moment when everything comes together in ways better than you could have imagined. I’m sure there are more but those were off the top of my head. 🙂

    1. Tami, those were thought-provoking examples…and perhaps deserve a blog? You always write from the heart in such a way that you tug on ours. Lovely!

  2. Our lists are very similar, Jodi, and yours is fabulous, so…
    I think I’d add something about music, because whether it’s a piece of 15th century polyphony or the trendy dance stuff my kids listen to, I can usually find something to love in it. Happy Valentine’s Day!

    1. Thank you, Liv! As usual, you come up with the cherry on top of the iced cupcake!

      Yes, where would we be without music? It seems to evoke strong emotions in writers particularly. My theory is that it simply magnifies the music already infiltrating our brains as we create life from inside our imagination. Or something like that! Lol…thanks for visiting!

  3. Great list, Jodi. I’m not sure what would be on my list. My head bounded first to “chocolate” and then to “cake”… which is all a bit vacuous isn’t it!
    Hmm, better work on my list, eh?

  4. My husband, my kids, my home, my bubba, my friends, my job, flowers (in descending order – dahlias, gardenias, hyacinths, tulips and butter cups), coffee, sweet tea, cheesecake, Tabasco, chicken stew made right and sleep.

    1. Why am I not surprised that you know yourself so well, Vickie? Great list, and I’m loving that you listed your flowers in descending order! So glad you paid me a visit…come often, y’hear?

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