Heart-Filled Memories

IRememberDadHeartToday, for no-particular reason, I started thinking about dear people who have given me heart-filled gifts of learning. One was Dad. He was a teacher by profession, a leader by nature, and a life-long supporter of learning—and he walked the talk.

In his more than 90 years, Dad never stopped learning—and his example inspired many. He celebrated, promoted, and advocated continuous learning/schooling for everyone—everyone was blest by his enthusiasm for education. 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 at Holiday Time

December2015HeartCalendarIt is late December and the world is decorated with lights, wreaths, and boughs of holly. It’s also dressed up with menorah candles, Yule logs, and Kwanzaa decorations—in it’s in its best attire for the holidays. Soon it will bring in the new year with snow and signs blazing Happy New Year 2016 to all. It shows lots of heart in many forms, places, expressions, and times.

This time of year, people extend their hearts to others and they warm their own hearts at get-togethers, parties, religious celebrations, and charitable events. All look forward to the joy of doing things outside normal daily activities. December is replete with opportunities to pause and feel and be—many wonderful activities that warm and nourish. Continue reading

Finding Heart

PebbleHeartSince I started writing these blog articles, I see heart everywhere. Perhaps focusing on many meanings of heart makes me more sensitive and aware of its presence in the world. That’s a true blessing in my life.

Last week, I visited an elementary school and I saw a home-made heart mobile hanging from the ceiling in a classroom. It drew me toward it, and I admired the colorful paper heart shapes wafting in the air. It reminded me that all ages have heart. Continue reading

Gaining Heart

GainingHeartI have been tackling home repair projects. They piled up to the point I had to dig out from under. After prioritizing them, I talked with others wiser about plumbing and electricity and other repair domains. Then I dove in.

The first project was fixing the continuously-running toilet. I consulted others, checked online for guidance, and found a food color test that determines whether the flapper should be replaced. Food color in the tank migrated into the bowl—the flapper needed replacement. I bought a new flapper with a pipe seal gasket. After carefully following the directions, the toilet ran worse than before.  Continue reading