Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine's Day Balloon

For those who missed this post last year, here is the updated version:

This Valentine's Day my wife and I celebrate eighteen wonderful years together . . . we also celebrate the releasing of our eighteenth balloon.

Let me explain, we’d been dating only a few weeks when Valentine's Day was approaching. I bought flowers, candy, and a beautiful card for her . . . she bought a rose and a huge helium-filled balloon for me.

We decided to meet at a local grocery store parking lot before going out to eat. In the parking lot, she handed me the rose and balloon, except I thought the balloon’s string was tied to the rose, and she thought that I had a hold of the string and rose. We both watched helplessly as the balloon rose slowly out of sight. It was at that moment I asked her to "go steady" with me . . . fortunately she said yes.

Every Valentine's Day since, we have made our way to a grocery store parking lot and released a balloon into the sky. With this tradition we have turned a blunder into a celebrated moment.

Since then, we have released balloons from various states, and have been so busy at times we were forced to make a special effort to even continue the tradition. In 1999, balloon number seven was released in the middle of a hectic week of packing as we were moving from one city to another. Balloon number six was the very first to be released outside our native state of West Virginia, and on February 13, 1996, my wife's father passed away after only one week in the hospital . . . the next day we tearfully released balloon number four.

So, what have I learned in eighteen years? Well, I’ve learned that true love is not about flowers, candy, gifts, or even balloons. I’ve learned it’s not about possessions, wealth, youth, or power. I’ve learned that tough times are par for the course, but the course always gets smoother if you just keep playing. I also discovered it’s not always about me.

But more importantly, I’ve learned that true love really comes with no strings attached.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Level I online classes to start February 9, 2010

I have had a bunch of folks asking when I would offer the first level of classes again. So, I have scheduled the four-week LEVEL I classes to start Tuesday, February 9, 2010.


All classes are from: 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. Eastern

Cost: $120.00 for all four classes

Payment (for all classes) must be paid in full no later than February 9, 2010
Nonrefundable on or after February 9, 2010

Accepted payment methods:
PayPal – Money Order – Personal Check

Online classes will be conducted live via audio/video conference with
PowerPoint presentations and chat lines. Audio or video capabilities
(or special software) are NOT required for participation. However,
a computer with Internet connection IS required.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Plot and structure.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Description and detail

Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Point of View and Dialogue

Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Creating great characters

To sign up, simply drop me an email ( with
your choice of payment. I will then send you an email with the information needed to make the payment.

Thanks again!
Michael Knost

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