Adventures of the Heart
Mary Zalmanek
Issue 13 - Meet me in St. Louie, Louie


"Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love."
-- Hamilton Wright Mabi


Isn't it true?  People jump at the chance to be involved in a conspiracy of love.  Even Lou's secretary.

One chaotic Friday afternoon years ago, Lou's secretary called in the middle of an absolutely-no-calls meeting.  She said, "You've got a phone call you simply MUST take."

Lou picked up the phone with an abrupt, "Yes?"

After a moment of silence, she heard her husband's voice singing the old song, "Meet me in St. Louie, Louie." It was not the best rendition of that old chestnut she'd ever heard, but she had to laugh at Jack's endearing use of her nickname "Louie."  He sang with such gusto she was forced to hold the receiver away from
her ear.

This allowed the collection of serious businessmen in the meeting to hear what was going on.  Rather than being annoyed by the interruption, they were delighted.
As soon as Lou hung up the phone, her secretary came in to deliver the flight number and the departure time.  Lou had been given instructions to leave immediately after the meeting to rendezvous with Jack in St. Louis for a weekend getaway.

No questions.  No excuses.  Just do it.

Lou had just enough time to pack a small bag and catch the plane.  In St. Louis, Jack met her at the airport and took her to a wonderful old English pub for dinner.  They spent a romantic night in a fabulous hotel.  After sleeping late the next morning, they toured St. Louis, starting with a stop at the top of the famous Arch. Their afternoon was highlighted by a visit to Busch Gardens, where they petted the Clydesdales and marveled at the lush flowers.

To this day, that spontaneous "just because" weekend is one of their fondest memories.  Humming the tune, "Meet me in St. Louie, Louie" is sure to bring smiles to their faces. 

When you celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and other special events, remember what an honor it is to include others in your plans.  This Valentine's Day, wouldn't you like to draw others into your conspiracy of love?


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2:30 TO 4:30 P.M.
Mile Hi Church, Community Center
Tea Talk - $5 tickets (reservations recommended)
9079 W. Alameda Ave.
Lakewood, Colorado
Register online at or call the Events Hotline, (303) 232-4079. Come join us for an afternoon tea, pastries and chat.
Please bring your favorite tea cup and saucer.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 4:00 TO 7:00 P.M.
An Open Book (independent bookstore)
4689 West 20th Street
Greeley, CO 80634
Phone: (970)330-7879

Julie Pech, author of THE CHOCOLATE THERAPIST, and Jill Murphy Long, author of PERMISSION TO PLAY, PERMISSION TO NAP and PERMISSION TO PARTY, and I will sign and discuss our books at Greeley's newest independent book store from 4:00 to 6:00.  Then from 6:00 to 7:00, the doors are locked for a private party. You're invited, of course!  An Open Book will provide the chocolate and candles.  We will take time to share, learn, and laugh.  Call 330-7879 to reserve your place. Bring your girlfriends, sisters and mom.

A Night of Chocolate and Romance!
Main Street Centre
2629 W. Main St
Littleton, CO  80120
Call (719) 481-0270 for reservations and information.

Unity Church in the Rockies
1945 Mesa Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80904-1812


You can host an ART OF THE SPARK workshop in your home.  If at least 5 couples attend, the cost is $25 per couple, which includes 1 copy of THE ART OF THE SPARK, a $16.95 value.  The hosting couple attends at no cost and receives a free book.  Scheduling is a mutually agreed upon time.  Please plan for at least 2 hours. 

Additional sessions can be scheduled at $20 per couple for 5 couples if you decide you want more time.  Session One covers the basics. In the second session we plan a customized adventure. My husband often comes with me so we can break into two groups and plan surprises for our partners.


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I care about people and how they celebrate.  If you have any stories you'd like to share with others, please send them to me at  We can all learn from each other.

Wishing you a life of romantic adventure,
Mary Zalmanek

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