Worm Hearts

WormHeartsLabeledThe other day, I went outside for a power walk right after a drenching rainstorm. It felt great to get out of the house, even though the air was thick with moisture and warmth—and it smelled of worms.

As I quickly walked down the driveway, I saw a few worms crawling along the cement. It was easy to avoid stepping on them as I forged ahead. But as I headed into the street, it was crawling with worms. Hundreds of them up and down the street. Continue reading

Beating Heart

SAsndAVNodesMy blog has taken a three-week vacation and I have, too. It took me with it, willingly or not!

It’s a blessing my heart keeps steadily beating—the alternative would have been dire. But my heart-brain writing connection decided it needed time off and it just took it. I didn’t consciously consider taking a writing break and granting myself permission—my blogging spirit just up and rested. Continue reading

Heart Expressions

CandyHeartsFor months now, I have been more aware of things around me related to heart. That includes heart pictures, art, and candy hearts, and thinking about the cardiac pump that keeps me going, too.

I am also more responsive when people say things about the heart. The words touch my ears more than ever before. One recent statement I heard was “The heart of the matter is . . .” That reminded me that the concept of heart as center permeates today’s thinking. We say “heart” to describe things near and dear—happiness, love, safety. The person was talking about something truly important to him. Continue reading

Chocolate Heart

MuellerChocolateHeart2Without intentionally looking, I regularly find heart in unexpected places. My most recent unusual heart discovery was chocolate hearts. This past December, while visiting the renown Reading Terminal Market in downtown Philadelphia with family, we strolled past the Mueller Chocolate Company. In business since 1980, they make and sell a “full line of anatomically correct body parts”—including chocolate hearts. Continue reading

Heart Blog

HeartBlogI have been thinking a lot about heart topics lately. So many aspects of heart have value. We can’t have life without heart in all its forms—the vital cardiac pump, the love and care among us, and the many expressions of centeredness.

For inspiration and guidance, I read other blogs for their authors’ thoughts on things related to heart. Several resonate with me, and one stands out—the Dr. John M Blog at drjohnm.org. It is written by Doctor John Mandrola, a practicing cardiac electrophysiologist in Louisville, Kentucky. He diagnoses and treats people with heart rhythm disorders. And he has a special connection to them—he has a heart rhythm issue, too. Continue reading