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Perfect for Valentine’s Day…beeswax candles just arrived at Plum Goods in Santa Barbara. Made by a small, solar-powered, 100% eco-friendly company, they smell delicious, cleanse the air as they burn and glow with the most beautiful light.

So says Plum Goods.

Heart-shaped beeswax candles at Santa Barbara's Plum Goods

Heart-shaped beeswax candles at Santa Barbara’s Plum Goods

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Heart-spotting Contest Entry

Thanks to Ingrid L. for these 96 seconds of unexpected smiles and joyful surprises…

Great little upbeat feel-good video. Made me think of your blog, especially the end message.

YES! Let’s look at the world a little differently…

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We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
"REMEMBER" by Bryan Espiritu

“REMEMBER” by Bryan Espiritu

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Nine-year-old Emmaleigh has a heart. In fact, she has lots of them. And she’s selling them to support Inn from the Cold –  a Calgary organization that provides emergency shelter, support and programs to homeless children, their families and others in need.

For a donation to her “Have a Heart” campaign, you can purchase one of Emma’s beautiful heart paintings. She plans to donate all of the proceeds to Inn from the Cold. You can view her collection of masterpieces here.

"Love Storm" – one of Emmaleigh's delightful heart paintings

“Love Storm” – one of Emmaleigh’s delightful heart paintings

"Flowers of the Heart" by nine-year-old Emmaleigh

“Flowers of the Heart” by nine-year-old Emmaleigh

Thanks to Hillary M (whose heart-shaped crane was an early winner in our Heart-Spotting Contest) for drawing Emma’s “Have a Heart” Campaign to my attention.

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Congratulations to Barack Obama, who this evening won Ohio and five other swing states to surpass 270 electoral votes and secure another term as President of the United States.

As for Mr. Romney…well, what becomes of the broken hearted?

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From seasoned heart-spotter and human rights advocate Darren L.:

This sticker was handed to me at a meeting recently by an adult advisor to a new youth anti-discrimination group in Calgary. I love their word cloud and design choice, and I’m inspired by their efforts to improve their community. 

You can visit Calgary Youth Anti-D’s WordPress site here.

Heart-shaped word cloud by Calgary Youth Anti-D (http://calgaryantidiscrimination.wordpress.com)

Heart-shaped word cloud by Calgary Youth Anti-D
(http://calgaryantidiscrimination.wordpress.com)

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In the five months since I published my first post, My Heart Shaped World has had a lot of visitors from a lot of different places. Fifty-four different countries to be exact! Of course, with 196 sovereign states on the map, My Heart Shape World still has some ground to cover!

The heart-shaped surprises on this blog have been viewed by people from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Moldova, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam and Yemen.

All I can say is “Wow!”

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