Faced with this year’s marriage, relationship or separation, every February we find ourselves wondering how best to handle Valentine’s Day. Over the years, we’ve experienced the day many ways. We’ve been chased around the playground by a girl with cooties. We’ve been the kid who got the Valentine’s Day card from the teacher so he didn’t feel left out. We’ve gone over the top for our first love: roses, jewelry, dinner. We’ve railed against it as predatory commercialism. We’ve been indifferent to it.

And now, finally, as adults, we don’t overthink the meaning or the implications: we just try to do something sincere. In that spirit, this year, like last year, we’ve asked a few remarkable women leading interesting lives to tell us what they think about love, romance and Valentine’s Day. And then we sat back and listened.

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