Monday, February 14, 2011
I ♡ U
I ♡ U, Willow and Tessa, looking so lovely in your fetching Valentine bandanas...
Does Willow have an expressive face, or what?
And I ♡ the fun additions my friend Jahara made to this photo after I sent it to her...
(And of course I ♡ U too, Josie, even though you refused to, in your words, "suffer the indignity" of wearing a pink heart-festooned bandana for a Valentine's Day photo!) ;-)
I also ♡ collecting pretty and unusual rocks on my hikes, and particularly enjoyed finding some while beach-combing in Maine last summer. I don't recall on which beach I found the blue-grey rock with its intriguing, embossed, copper-colored veins. But I distinctly remember finding the white quartz heart stone on our last day in Penobscot Bay. We'd just finished strolling along Lincolnville Beach and were just steps from leaving the sand when I saw it....
Our B&B hostess Janet, who also collects unusual stones (especially heart stones) and had inspired me with the copy of the fascinating book Beach Stones she kept in our room, was thrilled to see my found treasure. She told me it was Maine's farewell love letter to me. :-)
Janet had been so generous to us during our stay that we gave her this sweet little book (featuring photos by wonderful Beach Stones photographer Josie Iselin) as we were leaving...
When I pulled up the Amazon pages for the Beach and Heart Stones books so I could link to them, this beautiful book caught my eye...
The book is a moving love story of beautiful images, inspired by the hand-crafted hearts Page made for Madalene, the love of her life, and left on her doorstep every Monday morning. Madalene was diagnosed with ovarian cancer seven months after they met and died four months later at the age of 46. Page had promised Madalene that she would continue to make her hearts for her every Monday for the rest of her own life, as her way to continue to express her infinite love, maintain their connection, and show her she would never forget her. Visit Page's web site, Monday Hearts for Madalene, to read more about their story and of how these photos and the book came to be, and to see the 281 (and counting!) exquisite hearts Page has made and photographed so far.
What a beautiful way to say I ♡ U.
- INFERNO ~ Dan Brown
- MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD & EVIL ~ John Berendt
- MY NOTORIOUS LIFE: A NOVEL ~ Kate Manning
- ONE SUMMER: AMERICA, 1927 ~ Bill Bryson
- QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN'T STOP TALKING ~ Susan Cain
- THE BEAUTIFUL CIGAR GIRL ~ Daniel Stashower
- THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY ~ Erik Larson
- THE SHADOWS, KITH AND KIN ~ Joe R. Lansdale
- THE TIPPING POINT ~ Malcolm Gladwell
There is still strong in our society the belief
that animals and the natural world have value
only insofar as they can be converted into revenue.
That nature is a commodity.
And that the American dream is one of unlimited consumption.
There are many of us, on the other hand,
who believe that animals and the natural world
have value by virtue of being alive.
That Nature is a community to which we belong
and to which we owe our lives.
And that the deeper American dream is one of unlimited compassion.
~John Robbins, "The Food Revolution"