Dear Readers,

In case you hadn’t noticed, Valentine’s Day is almost here. I decided to do something different, and came up with a list of the top 10 reasons to break up with your partner on Valentine’s Day. You’ll need to be up on your current events to understand some of these.

10. You just found out that your girlfriend is Donald Trump’s hairdresser.

9. Your husband made dinner reservations at Vitello’s.

8. Your girlfriend is featured on the latest Girls Gone Wild video.

7. You just discovered your girlfriend recently relocated to New York from a Red State.

6. Brad Pitt is single again.

5. Jennifer Aniston is single again.

4. Your ex just won the lottery and wants to take you to Hawaii.

3. Your boyfriend has spent the last three weekends at Neverland Ranch.

2. You just realized your boyfriend, Scott, is a fertilizer salesman.

1. You’re reading this instead of spending time with your partner.


Dear Lucia,

What do you get a guy that you just started seeing for Valentine’s Day? I don’t want to get him anything too cheesy but still want to get him something sweet.

—Jade S.

Dear Jade,

Anyone buying a gift at this time of year for a new guy or girl should keep it casual. If they read, get them a book on a topic you know they’ll be interested in. Otherwise, get a DVD of a movie or concert you know they would enjoy. Also, nothing too heavy on the card – in fact, make sure the word "love" isn’t on it. You’re not at that stage yet, and trying to hurry things along with a card can backfire.

Dear Lucia,

Are guys bothered if their girlfriend always wants to hug or be affectionate (hold hands, touch their arm, stroke their hair, kiss them on the cheek, etc.)? Does this make them think she’s clingy, or just affectionate?

—Krystal C.
br> Dear Krystal,

If he loves you, he won’t be bothered by your affection, as long as it’s not over the top (needing to hold hands or be glued to his side the whole time you’re together). If he has a problem with it, then he’s either not into you, or he has issues from his past where he’s had problems with physical affection, in which case, he would need therapy.

Dear Lucia,

When I bring my girlfriend to a friend’s party, do I introduce her as "my friend, (name)"?

—Jerry B.

Dear Jerry,

Only if you want to make her angry. If you’ve already had the "exclusivity" talk, then she’s your girlfriend and needs to be introduced as such. Otherwise, you’re being disrespectful to her and to your relationship.

Dear Lucia,

Wanted to say thanks for your article "Peace of Mind." That was one of the best articles written on the relationship topic I’ve ever read. You could not have hit so many great points in such a short piece. Showed the article to a couple friends who could not agree more!

—Ed G.

Dear Ed,


REMEMBER: Love inspires, empowers, uplifts and enlightens.

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Lucia will be appearing live Feb 14 on KLSX, 97.1 FM from 10 p.m. - 11 p.m. pm tje "Conway and Steckler" show.

Lucia’s show, "The Art of Love," will air on Comcast Public Access (channel 24) on Monday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. The topic is: Dating in L.A.