‘What a precious heart he has’ | Axtell High student gives every girl a flower on Valentine’s Day Friday, Feb 14 2020 

Jayme Wooley's mom is beaming with pride and feeling the love and not just because it’s the day of love, but because her son made a heartwarming request.


Giving back to parents on Valentine’s Day Friday, Feb 7 2020 

By Zoe Watkins–

Valentine’s Day is about giving presents or spending time with loved ones, including parents. Here are some ways to give back to them and send messages of love and affections.

Set up a night on the town

It’s not easy for parents to have time for themselves especially when raising a family or working a full-time job. So, make them reservations to their favorite restaurant or to a diner they’ve never been to. Giving them some alone time when they haven’t had any in years might be a good thing to do.

Mementos of the family for keepsakes

Parents will always love their children no matter how far they are. Take a picture or write them a note they can have. Maybe get a little artsy with the present like a drawing or a knitted scarf if the skills are there.

A hand-crafted item shows a parent that their child took some time and effort out of their day to create a wonderful masterpiece in their eyes.

Take care of their daily duties

Let them have a break for once. Take up the responsibility of household chores for the day and maybe go the extra mile and do something they’ve been meaning to do but haven’t gotten to yet. If there are siblings around, it will make the work go by fast and more chores can be done quicker.

Give back what has been taken

Parents help children all the time from driving them around to paying rent if money falls short. Even though most college students have left the nest, do something in return for all the years they’ve helped. Fill up the family car’s gas tank, go out and buy groceries for the week or maybe do a meal-prep, help pay bills or rent and take care of siblings occasionally.

A simple text or phone call can go a long way

A lot of students at U of L can’t live at home because they live too far away from campus or have a home in a different state or country. Sending them a text saying “I love you” or “Happy Valentine’s Day” can make their day feel a little bit special. If there’s enough time in the day, try to call them and wish them a happy Valentine’s Day and just catch up with them to see how things are going

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Horror movies that scream love Wednesday, Feb 5 2020 

By Delaney Hildreth —

Watching romantic comedies has been a token activity for couples and single people on Valentine’s Day, but sticking to the same genre every year can be boring. 

Here are a couple recommendations that’ll get hearts racing, but stick to the theme of Valentine’s Day. 

Phantom of the Opera  (1925 & 2004)

This 1925 classic story of a terrifying man living in the depths of an opera house isn’t a typical black-and-white horror film, but it has the same elements that mix wonderfully with romance, making it an especially great pick for Valentine’s Day. For something more modern, there is another option.

The 2004 version has a hauntingly beautiful score which mostly makes up for the weaker performances.

Either would be a good choice for those not up for extreme scares.

Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

In 1900 Australia, after a Valentine’s Day picnic, three students and a teacher from a girls’ academy go missing on a mountain, perplexing the school and the town. When searching for the four, confusion arises as to where they might have gone, and the secrets that the wilderness hides become more perplexing.

While not being traditionally scary, “Picnic at Hanging Rock” has a mysterious aura and eerie editing that heightens the suspense. Viewers must be able to handle slow pacing and an ambiguous ending, but “Picnic at Hanging Rock” is worth the watch.

It Follows (2014)

A supernatural entity that can shape-shift into anyone follows the protagonist, Jay, after a curse is passed on to her from her ex-boyfriend. The creature stalks her wherever she goes and is strong and unstoppable.

As creepy and unsettling as it is, “It Follows” shows strong and solid relationships through the characters who stand by Jay’s side and protect her from the creature. This movie is beautifully captured and told, but with that beauty comes the everlasting paranoia that the leading lady feels. 

Additional recommendations: “Dracula” (1992), “The Cabin in the Woods” (2012), “Jennifer’s Body” (2009) and “My Bloody Valentine” (1981).

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Valentine celebrations outside the United States Wednesday, Feb 5 2020 

By Sarah McDowell–

Valentine’s Day is usually considered a western holiday, but there are many countries around the world that celebrate the day of love with their own unique traditions.

On Valentine’s Day in the Philippines, hundreds of couples gather in towns around the country to tie the knot. Although most brides don’t want to share their big day, it might be worth it for the small fortune the young couples save on a ceremony.

In a town south of the Philippines capital Manila, the local government will pay for the cost of the wedding reception, bouquets of flowers and even wedding cakes for the couples, according to TIME magazine. These ceremonies are intended for couples who would otherwise not be able to afford a wedding. 

Freshman Agustina Gomez Cisterna grew up in Argentina and said the Argentinian Valentine’s Day is not just one day, but a whole week of celebration.

“Back at home, we do the ‘week of sweetness,’ which is where you buy this specific chocolate candy and you give it to that special person,” said Cisterna. “In return, they have to give you a kiss. It could be on the cheek or the mouth, depending on the person of course.”

For those without a date this year, Estonia is the place to be.

Feb. 14 is called “Sõbrapäev,” or “Friend’s Day,” according to Business Insider, so that no one has to be left out of the celebration. Non-romantic relationships are celebrated, such as friends and family members, in addition to romantic relationships, so everyone can exchange gifts and celebrate love, no matter their relationship status.

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Stay at home date ideas that will make the night special Tuesday, Feb 4 2020 

By Blake Wedding —

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and with it, comes the question of how to celebrate. To make things simpler and a little more stress-free, here’s a list of what to do at home instead.

1. Cook at home and Make a Valentine’s Dinner 

It’s traditionally thought one of the best ways to show affection for significant others on Valentine’s Day is by taking them out to dinner somewhere fancy and expensive. 

College students don’t always have the money to take someone special to Chris Ruth Steakhouse, so sometimes it can be a better idea to make dinner at home. 

In most cases, people find it more romantic that someone took the time to prepare dinner for them instead of taking them out and spending far too much money on them because it’s more personal.

2. Netflix and Chill

Most people would rather binge watch their favorite show with their significant other, rather than spend about thirty dollars to go see a movie they may not even enjoy. 

To make things more romantic, preparing dinner beforehand and having their favorite show or movie prepared by the time dinner is over.

3. Personalize Valentine’s Day By Designing Everything Around Their Favorite Things

One way to make Valentine’s Day truly special and memorable is by simply showcasing thoughtfulness. Including a partner’s interests and showing how much they are valued is important. 

Try personalizing all of the evening’s activities around them. Get their favorite foods and movies, and make them gifts to remind them why they are so special.

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Revelry boutique holds their annual “Cuteopia” art show Tuesday, Feb 4 2020 

By Madelynn Bland–

Valentine’s Day, which often includes giving and receiving gifts from lovers and friends, has once again crept up and caught us by surprise. As usual, all there is to find at any chain store are teddy bears and generic chocolates.

While these are perfectly adequate gifts, some of us are in search of that amazingly unique gift meant to knock the socks off of our loved ones.

This year, there is some luck. 

On Feb. 8, Revelry Boutique Gallery and Mama Tried Tattoos will be presenting the 8th annual “Cuteopia” art show. Not only is this show a great way to support local artists, but it will feature some of the most unique Valentine’s gifts you’ll ever find. 

Native Louisville artists made all the featured art.

Some of the artists featured include University of Louisville graduates Anna Erwin, Monica Stewart, Irene Mudd and Jenna White. These former art students have now turned their passion into their work.

Erwin said, “I have actually been an employee with Revelry Gallery for four years now, even while still taking classes at U of L. This extra involvement in Louisville’s art scene elevated my education by learning from my artist co-workers and local artists on a face to face basis on how to make my art sellable in a commercial gallery.”

The show is proud to feature many different types of art that really stands out against the usual Valentine’s gifts. Some of the art already previewed includes a portrait of Leonardo Dicaprio by Susan Howe,  pressed flowers by Gritty Pearl and create your own conversation heart earrings.

An array of art mediums will be showcased, from earrings, paintings, ceramics and even underwear. The gifts purchased here are sure to be nothing short of unexpected.  

Owner of Revelry Boutique Gallery Mo Mcknight Howe, said, “Handmade gifts are more meaningful than something more mass produced. I think people love to receive a gift that was made by hand with love put into it.” 

The event is free and open to the public. It will be held at the Revelry Boutique Gallery on Feb. 8 at 6 p.m.

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WHAS film reveals snowy vintage Louisville Christmas Wednesday, Dec 18 2019 

Archive footage is shown of a Christmas Parade in Downtown Louisville from 1958.


‘Christmas Vacation’ returns to theaters for 30th anniversary Friday, Dec 6 2019 

AMC Theatres has announced that “Christmas Vacation” will be playing at locations nationwide from December 6 – 12.


43rd annual Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour starts Dec. 7 Wednesday, Dec 4 2019 

Tour 11 Victorian mansions and other historic buildings also on the tour.


Advice on the art of regifting Monday, Dec 2 2019 

By Zoe Watkins —

Though we love our family dearly, sometimes they give us presents that make us wonder if they put any thought into it. While some items might not be your favorite, someone else might enjoy them.

Regifting is basically a form of recycling but taking an old, dusty present and pretending it’s new and something you recently bought for the person. However, this process is delicate. There is a certain etiquette that must be kept in mind.

First, try to put more meaning behind the process and try to be honest and thoughtful with the gift you choose to give someone.

Also be truthful about the gift rather than trying to lie about buying it. If you explain the gift was previously given to you, but you thought they would enjoy it more, they’ll understand.

Now keep in mind when and where it is appropriate to regift a present. Don’t go regifting things every chance you get unless you absolutely must. A great example of where regifting is a good idea is when you get two of the same items.

Now, here is what not to do. Never give away a present that someone made for you since that would really hurt someone’s feelings if they found out. Don’t give away personalized items since your name is literally written on it. And don’t give away used or out-of-packaged items.

As useful as it is, be careful when regifting this holiday season. Giving presents should come from the heart, not from the bottom of your closet.

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