Sunday, August 24, 2008

A Heart for Grampa...

Email received from Jean in Marshfield, MA on Sunday, August 24, 2008
My story...

"My dad has been in the hospital for three weeks now. He went in for hip replacement surgery and has suffered one complication after another. At one point he needed to be put on a ventilator. As I was getting ready to go to the hospital one day, my daughter chose one of my many heart rocks and asked me to bring it to Grampa. It was picked specifically because the shape would be obvious to him if he held it in his hand! So, I brought it to him and placed it in his hand. I told him it was a heart rock form my daughter. For days I would check to make sure the nurses were keeping it in his hand. One day when I came in I noticed that since it kept falling out of his hand, one of the nurses had taped it on his bed right next to his head. It has been with him ever since."

Heart Rockin' Family:

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Padova, Italy - Hearts in Stone

Email received from Jan, Connecticut on Saturday, August 23, 2008

My daughter just spent the summer studying in Padova, Italy. The tiny cobblestone street in front of where she was staying had some heart rocks, and someone painted them all red. What a pleasant way to be greeted each morning as she set out for class!

Jan in Connecticut

PS I found your site through polly-vous francais

Friday, August 22, 2008

More than Meets the Eye

Email received from Neha of Kolkata, India on Friday, August 22, 2008


I'm Neha from Kolkata, India and let me just tell you that I was absolutely elated when I came across your's my little heart rock and its story :)

REWIND. . .Unbound and unleashed..Rethought from A to Z...Pages turned incessantly..In hopes of finding ME...

hope to hear more stories!!
thanks again :)

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Found Hearts by Rick Ruggles ~ videos

You may remember one of my earlier posts (Feb) hightlighting the beautiful images of Found Hearts by Rick Ruggles. His photographic work reflects the beauty and love that surrounds us ~ primarly heart-shapes found in nature. Recently, I checked out his website for updated information about a gallery exhibit he had earlier this year. New additions to his site include the following two videos (worth watching!):

Saville Gallery Show 2008
Interview on Maryland Public TV

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Heart Rocks of Alaska: Nature's Valentines

While conducting my daily internet search to network with other heart rock enthusiasts, I came across this delightful video, "Heart Rocks of Alaska: Nature's Valentines" produced by Evan Steinhauser. Evan works as a photojournalist in Alaska, surrounded by the majestic beauty of God's creation. His first heart rock encounter occurred on a daily hike through the Chugach State Park near Eagle River in Alaska. Check out his video to learn more about these amazing 'heart' treasures discovered along his many hikes.

*I contacted Evan and received his permission to include his work on the blog.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Sharing My Heart(s) with Others

A heavy rainstorm blew in from the west yesterday. Dark, billowing clouds hung draped over the landscape obscuring the clarity of the once crystal china blue skies. It reminded me how life can often feel at times...confused, full of darkness with the threat of storms brewing just ahead. Eventually, though, the storm passes...often with a rainbow to herald the return of sunny skies and a brighter outlook. Out of the confusion and chaos emerges clarity...hope.

Today, I had a breakthrough. I'd recently been praying for guidance and direction with this blog, about what to do with my growing heart rock collection. The clouds of confusion parted and the crystal light of clarity emerged. Quietly...this simple message was heard, "Share your heart(s) with others."

During my lunch break today, I took my usual walk along the Charles River and ended up at my favorite bench. Just before heading back to my office, I bent down to put on my shoes. There amidst the sand and gravel was another tiny heart rock. When I returned to my desk, I carefully placed it in my heart-shaped shell with two other hearts. A beautiful addition to my collection, though I felt a nagging voice inside me urging me to give these share them with someone.

Just then, a colleague interrupted my heart-rock gardening to share some sad news about a colleague's loss of her father. My immediate thought was to give her one of the heart rocks. Offer it as a touchstone...a symbol of love...a remembrance of the love once shared with her father... of the Father's love that is everlasting.

Giving our hearts to another...sharing ourselves...offering love in times of need...this is what matters. God reveals to me each day His love for's poured out in unending measure. In turn, I must pour out this love flowing within me to others. I cannot keep it for myself.

St. Francis Prayer
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

Friday, August 1, 2008

It's a Heart Rock Life!

One of my favorite movies is Field of Dreams. I love the idea expressed in the line, "If you build it, they'll come." When I started my blog, I hoped that others would join and/or contribute to the collective voice of the blog, sharing their stories and images of heart rocks. A year has passed and I'm overwhelmed at the numbers of people I've met who collect heart rocks and have started blogs, groups and written books expressing this shared passion.

When I logged in after an evening walk (found two heart rocks this time), I was delighted to read a post from another Heart Rock lover...all the way from California!

I'd like to introduce you to the latest blog addition to The Heart Rock Collective: It's a Heart Rock Life

Welcome to Sharilyn from California! Check out her her heart rock story; read her inspirational writings; meditate on her visual snapshots of everyday life which speaks of God's beauty surrounding us. Look around you to witness His creation, look within to experience His love and grace.