For those who appreciate non-fiction fairy tales (please tell me I’m not the only one!), this month’s issue has plenty of them—eight in all. Flip to page 43 to read the touching tales of couples who live locally and, to us, define what a successful duo looks like. Let it serve as a reminder that romance has no rhyme or reason; the ways people meet, what works for each relationship, and the definition of “love” all differ. The one commonality all couples seem to share? Everyone truly “likes” their partner as a person, accepts them wholeheartedly, and finds them funny (humor always seems to help!). In other matters of the heart, because—in addition to Valentine’s Day—February is also American Heart Month, Sharon Penny shares “10 Heart-Healthy Tips” to keep your ticker in tip-top shape on page 20. And there are plenty more reasons to fall in love with this issue, too. From a six-day road trip through Northern California and Southern Oregon (page 78) that includes stops at two national parks and suggestions on where to stay and play; to nursery décor tips, courtesy of design guru Kerrie L. Kelly, that are equally adorable as they are affordable (page 73); and an inspiring Get to Know on Granite Bay resident, former NBA player, and current Sacramento Kings assistant coach Bobby Jackson (page 18), there’s an article for all.

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