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Matters of the heart

Posted: Friday, Jan. 27, 2012

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Lake Norman Magazine Editor Sam Boykin

Sam Boykin has been covering the Lake Norman area for the past seven years, as a freelance writer and now as editor of Lake Norman Magazine. He's lived in Mooresville since 2007. Reach him at

I’ve earned a living as a writer for about 15 years. During that time I’ve covered a wide variety of subject and issues. Yet when it comes to writing about matters of the heart, I’m worthless. Nothing makes me squirm like trying to convey in words my feelings for someone, even—especially—if it’s someone I care about deeply.

I would say it’s a guy thing, but there are plenty of writers, such as “One Day” author Dave Nicholls (great book, terrible movie), who can eloquently write about romance and love without sounding corny and trite. Yet whenever I try to type sweet nothings, it reads like something out of a lovesick kid’s high school journal.

Thankfully there’s plenty of ways to express love besides flowery poems and letters. And love itself can take on whole new dimensions, especially after you have kids, as my wife and I discovered in 2009 when she gave birth to our daughter, Lily.

Sure, romance still plays a part, but nowadays expressing love, not to mention winning brownie points with my wife, also has a lot to do with helping change diapers, picking up toys, and corralling a hyperactive 2 year old when we’re at the grocery store.

For this issue, in honor of Valentine’s Day, we celebrate all things love — that wonderfully messy emotion that unites us all. In addition to our cover story about how former Davidson College basketball player Stephen Curry is enjoying the newlywed life, we also talked to several local couples about how they met and the keys to forging a life together. Also look for a story about how to cook up an unforgettable night with your sweetheart on Valentine’s.

And for a love story of a completely different sort, check out our preview of new 2012 boats available at various Lake Norman dealers. For those yearning for warmer weather and a chance to get outside and enjoy the lake, the story is sure to make your heart go pitter-patter.

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