Most Popular Heck Of A Guy/Cohencentric/AllanShowalter.com Valentine’s Day Post: “This Is How A Love Story Began”

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This Is How A Love Story Began

Originally published March 20, 2006, this is the first of a series of posts telling the unlikely story of how Julie and I met, fell in love, and – 9 years, 2 husbands, 1 wife, and 2 careers later – got together to spend an outrageously wonderful 20 years together before her death in 1999 from cancer diagnosed the week of our wedding.1 Since then, every Valentine’s Day has occasioned a surge of visits (a good portion of which are from viewers who have previously read the tale), an altogether incredible phenomenon given that nothing related to Valentine’s Day appears in the post.

The written account2 of the story (think When Harry Met Sally meets Waiting For Godot) starts at

This Is How A Love Story Began

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  1. Julie was also a prize-winning writer. This blog includes many other posts about her and the unlikely but true story of our romance (See Julie FAQ) as well as several of her short stories and other pieces. []
  2. A video, set to the poignant “In My Secret Life” by Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson, is available that evokes the role Julie continues to play in my life, notwithstanding the fact that I am now miraculously wedded to a wonderful, beloved woman. That video can be found at And We’re Still Making Love In My Secret Life – A Video For Julie []

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