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I’ll lead with an emphatic disclaimer: I am not a student in Oprah’s Lifeclass™. Until today, when my wife sent me a link to this article by Katrina Kenison because she thought I’d like the accompanying image, I had never even heard of Oprah’s Lifeclass. Perhaps I need to wake up my senses…especially my hearing. In any case, it’s worth a read…especially since it supports my call to “open your eyes!”

"5 Ways to Feel More Alive" by Katrina Kenison

“5 Ways to Feel More Alive” by Katrina Kenison

5 Ways to Feel More Alive

It’s the best way to reacquaint yourself with life’s simplest pleasures—the scent of lilacs, the sight of the sun rising and setting and the taste of fresh-baked bread…

Click here for a PDF of the full article by the author of The Gift of an Ordinary Day“How to Nourish Your Senses” by Katrina Kenison – @OWNTV

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Heart-spotting Contest Entry

From globetrotter & heart-spotter Darren L.:

At the start of a road trip earlier this month, my daughter and I were looking for a lunch stop in Cranbrook, BC. Following the advice of a clerk at Canadian Tire, we ended up at the awesome Hot Shots Café. After placing our order, we received this playing card to identify our table…and check out the little symbol on the iced capp that came with it.

They say to follow your heart, but on this trip, hearts seemed to be following us!

Hearts at Hot Shots Café – Cranbrook, BC (submitted by Darren Lund)

Hearts at Hot Shots Café – Cranbrook, BC
(submitted by Darren Lund)

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I spent the past two days camping with my sons at Miracle Beach, a few hours up-island near Campbell River. At low tide, the beach spreads out into a vast patchwork of barnacle-crusted rocks, bright green seaweed, sand dollar beds and shellfish wastelands. Each time we visited the beach, the boys were as excited to find heart-shaped surprises as they were to tiptoe through thousands of sand dollars and watch seagulls dropping oysters and clams onto the rocks to extract their breakfast.

Alex found the plump, barnacled heart-shaped rock below, and Nicholas found the heart-shaped oyster shell that follows. Way to go, boys…you’ve made your father proud!

Barnacle-crusted rock at Miracle Beach, BC (August 2012) – photo by Stephen Lund

Alex’s barnacle-crusted rock at Miracle Beach, BC (August 2012)

Heart-shaped oyster shell at Miracle Beach, BC (August 2012)

Nicholas’ heart-shaped oyster shell at Miracle Beach, BC (August 2012)

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Dear members of the Vancouver Photography Meetup Group,

I am not stalking you. Honest. But as long as you keep snapping pictures of hearts – and as long as our mutual friend Sylvia keeps bringing them to my attention – I expect you’ll keep getting featured and applauded here at My Heart Shaped World.

I must say I really like this one, photographed by Sharon W., who says “I actually didn’t realize there was a blue heart until I loaded into Lightroom.”

Subtle blue heart behind a vivid blue stairwell – photographed by Sharon (Vancouver Photography Meetup Group)

Subtle blue heart behind a vivid blue stairwell – photographed by Sharon
(Vancouver Photography Meetup Group), August 2012

I encourage you to take a peek at Sharon’s portfolio of magical shots at bluechameleon.com. That’s where I found the image below. Look carefully and you’ll find a couple of small red hearts…

"the grind" by blue chameleon photography (June 2012)

“the grind” by blue chameleon photography (June 2012)

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Heart-spotting Contest Entry

From Courtney S. – Victoria, BC:

Was up late doodling a company logo for my photography business…shared this on Facebook and my friend Darren (one of your blog’s biggest fans) suggested I send it your way 🙂

Oodles of hearts in Silly Love Photography's logo doodles (submitted by Courtney Sinclair)

Oodles of hearts in Silly Love Photography’s logo doodles
(submitted by Courtney Sinclair)

As an aside: Courtney’s illustration takes its creative inspirations from the Polaroid Land Camera Model 95 – Polaroid’s first commercially available instant photo camera, circa 1948.

Polaroid Model 95 (1948) – the first mass-produced instant camera

Polaroid Model 95 (1948) – the first mass-produced instant camera

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Heart-spotting Contest Entry

Some CSA-approved heart-shaped surprises from Maggie L.:

Stumbled across your blog and thought you might like this. Check out the vents in my bike helmet, proudly proclaiming my love of cycling to all those in my wake.

Heart-shaped vents in Maggie Loewen's bicycle helmet

Heart-shaped vents in Maggie Loewen’s bicycle helmet

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In a post last week, I featured a photo by a member of the Vancouver Photography Meetup Group – one that inspired some sappy reflections on how it feels to fall madly and deeply in love.

Here’s another nice photograph from the same group’s “Photo-a-Day” challenge for August 15-21 – this one, titled “Droop” and dedicated to Gisele, was snapped by John B.

A heart-shaped shadow cast by a wedding band…the potential for waxing metaphorical is oh so very tempting! If only the backdrop was a volume of Aesop’s fables…”Beware that you do not lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.”

Heart-shaped shadow of a wedding band: "Droop" by John B  (Vancouver Photography Meetup Group)

Heart-shaped shadow of a wedding band: “Droop” by John B
(Vancouver Photography Meetup Group)

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