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Kissing around the world

K-I-S-S-I-N-G from continent to continent

Kissing around the world

Hi Hart Beat. We all need more romance in our lives, right? Lucky for us late last week Cut Videos published a great video showing eleven real couples from around the world kissing. Since romantic on the lips full make-out (cough Italy) isn’t as commonplace around the world, lots of these kisses here are more hesitant and in some ways, much more intimate. Some of the others though, wooo man. Seattle, Paris and London you guys are the BOMB DIGGITY. Anyway, hope you like this video, Hart Beat. And give someone a kiss today, okay? You can blame me if it doesn’t work out.

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Video via Cut.

It’s just love

Hi Hart Beat. The New Yorker published its’ contributors favorite books of 2013 this week and through that article I found this beautiful abstract of a poem that I keep hearing over and over in my head. In the article Edwidge Danticat says, “Nikki Giovanni is a goddess to me, so every book of hers that comes out is an event.” I have never read Giovanni’s work but after reading this segment from 2013’s “Chasing Utpoia” I have to agree.

It’s Just Love 
by Nikki Giovanni

it’s just love
it won’t sweeten
your coffee
or ice your tea

it won’t grill
your steak
or bake your crusty bread

it certainly won’t
pour your olive oil
over your shredded parmesan / reggiano cheeses

it might make
you laugh

it’s just love
it won’t rub 
your feet or your back
it won’t tousle
your hair
or paint your
fingernails Red

it might make you 
want Red
fingernails
though
it’s only love

it has no coupon value

though 
it also does 
not expire

just me
just you
just love

yeah

good for nothing
love

throw it away
when you get
tired of it

(This piece is an excerpt of the full piece in “Chasing Utopia”) 

Love, somewhere out there

“There’s a saying that goes something like, 
how terrible to love what can perish.”
A couple days ago I heard one of the best This America Life podcasts from their archive section. Out of all the old episodes that I’ve heard in the past couple of weeks this is one that I thought I would share with you. The number is the episode is 374 and the name of the episode is “Somewhere Out There.”

My favorite parts of the episode are the two beginning stories. The first is about a group of Harvard physicists calculating the odds of finding a girlfriend, and the second is of a misunderstanding between a young couple in love. I can imagine that an International Love Scout helped them find each other possibly. I’ve posted the entire episode below and if you’re looking for something to do tonight, or tomorrow while riding to work I couldn’t recommend this more. As always, a love letter for you Hart Beat. 

“That is the story of struggle and pain passed through, and fought through, and overcome. And that’s a story that you don’t tell in public because no one ever asks how did you two stay together? Everyone always asks how did you two meet?”


Love, somewhere out there

“There’s a saying that goes something like, 
how terrible to love what can perish.”
A couple days ago I heard one of the best This America Life podcasts from their archive section. Out of all the old episodes that I’ve heard in the past couple of weeks this is one that I thought I would share with you. The number is the episode is 374 and the name of the episode is “Somewhere Out There.”

My favorite parts of the episode are the two beginning stories. The first is about a group of Harvard physicists calculating the odds of finding a girlfriend, and the second is of a misunderstanding between a young couple in love. I’ve posted the entire episode below and if you’re looking for something to do tonight, or tomorrow while riding to work I couldn’t recommend this more. As always, a love letter for you Hart Beat. 

“That is the story of struggle and pain passed through, and fought through, and overcome. And that’s a story that you don’t tell in public because no one ever asks how did you two stay together? Everyone always asks how did you two meet?”


Love In the Time of Now

“‘Take advantage of it now, while you are young, and suffer all you can,’ she said to him, ‘because these things don’t last your whole life.'” 
– Gabriel García Márquez

Hi Hart Beat. I was thinking of waiting to write to you until I finished the book that I’m reading but I’m so in love that can’t help but write to you now. I started reading Love In the Time of Cholera a couple days ago and I can’t put it down to the point that I’ve been walking and reading at the same time during my connection between the G train and the E. I’ve been meaning to read Gabriel García Márquez’s classic for so long and I’m glad I finally waited until now to read it. I love reading about the horridness and passion of true love. It kills me that these two don’t follow their instincts and yet I still love to read the suffering. True love, right?

“As he passed the sewing room, he saw through the window an older woman and a young girl sitting very close together on two chairs and following the reading in the book that the woman held open in her lap. It seemed a strange sight; the daughter teaching the mother to read… The lesson was not interrupted, but the girl raised her eyes to see who was passing by he window, and that casual glance was the beginning of a cataclysm of love that still had not ended half a century later.”
– Gabriel García Márquez
“But his examination revealed that he had no fever, no pain anywhere, and that his only concrete feeling was an urgent desire to die. All that was needed was a shrewd questioning, first of the patient and then of his mother, to conclude once again that the symptoms of love were the same as those of cholera.”
– Gabriel García Márquez
I thought that maybe for this book I would put in some installments as I read further. Not only is it a perfectly appropriate Hart Beat book but I can’t but help bookmarking every breath-stopping, heart-pounding quote that I find. I want to share them all with you, Hart Beat. 

Love In the Time of Now

“‘Take advantage of it now, while you are young, and suffer all you can,’ she said to him, ‘because these things don’t last your whole life.'” 
– Gabriel García Márquez

Hi Hart Beat. I was thinking of waiting to write to you until I finished the book that I’m reading but I’m so in love that can’t help but write to you now. I started reading Love In the Time of Cholera a couple days ago and I can’t put it down to the point that I’ve been walking and reading at the same time during my connection between the G train and the E. I’ve been meaning to read Gabriel García Márquez’s classic for so long and I’m glad I finally waited until now to read it. I love reading about the horridness and passion of true love. It kills me that these two don’t follow their instincts and yet I still love to read the suffering. True love, right?

“As he passed the sewing room, he saw through the window an older woman and a young girl sitting very close together on two chairs and following the reading in the book that the woman held open in her lap. It seemed a strange sight; the daughter teaching the mother to read… The lesson was not interrupted, but the girl raised her eyes to see who was passing by he window, and that casual glance was the beginning of a cataclysm of love that still had not ended half a century later.”
– Gabriel García Márquez
“But his examination revealed that he had no fever, no pain anywhere, and that his only concrete feeling was an urgent desire to die. All that was needed was a shrewd questioning, first of the patient and then of his mother, to conclude once again that the symptoms of love were the same as those of cholera.”
– Gabriel García Márquez
I thought that maybe for this book I would put in some installments as I read further. Not only is it a perfectly appropriate Hart Beat book but I can’t but help bookmarking every breath-stopping, heart-pounding quote that I find. I want to share them all with you, Hart Beat. 

Words from Fiona Apple: Love is love

Hi Hart Beat. I have another letter for you from my favorite site Letters of Note. I read this letter a while back and still think of it from time to time. I searched for it tonight on my computer so you could read it and think about it too, Hart Beat. This particular letter comes with a little backstory that I’ll share from the original site.

“Back in 2000, a teenage Fiona Apple fan named Bill Magee decided to approach the singer after a gig and hand her a letter. In it, the 16-year-old spoke of his school’s gay-straight alliance — of which he was a member –  and asked if she could possibly reply with a sentence or two in its support. The next week, the following handwritten letter was delivered by FedEx to Bill’s house.”
Hello Bill,
I got your letter a few days ago, but this is the first chance I’ve had to sit down and write (it’s my day off)
Of course, I’d love to help — sign me up. As far as a few sentences go, here’s what I’ve got — I hope it’s OK:
It’s hard to conjure up some new profound way of commenting on this issue — I’m so tired of it being an issue at all, and I suppose I’m lucky, because I see the truth so clearly. All I know is I want my friends to be good people, and when my friends all in love, I want them to fall in love with other good people. How can you go wrong with two people in love? If a good boy loves a good girl, good. If a good boy loves another good boy, good. And if a good girl loves the goodness in good boys and good girls, then all you have is more goodness, and goodness has nothing to do with sexual orientation. A person who loves is a righteous person, and if someone has the ability and desire to show love to another — to someone willing to receive it, then for goodness’ sake, let them do it. Hate has no place in the equation’ there is no function for it to perform. Love is love, and there will never be too much. 
Fiona Apple
P.S. Right on for doing this, Bill.

Words from Fiona Apple: Love is love

Hi Hart Beat. I have another letter for you from my favorite site Letters of Note. I read this letter a while back and still think of it from time to time. I searched for it tonight on my computer so you could read it and think about it too, Hart Beat. This particular letter comes with a little backstory that I’ll share from the original site.

“Back in 2000, a teenage Fiona Apple fan named Bill Magee decided to approach the singer after a gig and hand her a letter. In it, the 16-year-old spoke of his school’s gay-straight alliance — of which he was a member –  and asked if she could possibly reply with a sentence or two in its support. The next week, the following handwritten letter was delivered by FedEx to Bill’s house.”
Hello Bill,
I got your letter a few days ago, but this is the first chance I’ve had to sit down and write (it’s my day off)
Of course, I’d love to help — sign me up. As far as a few sentences go, here’s what I’ve got — I hope it’s OK:
It’s hard to conjure up some new profound way of commenting on this issue — I’m so tired of it being an issue at all, and I suppose I’m lucky, because I see the truth so clearly. All I know is I want my friends to be good people, and when my friends all in love, I want them to fall in love with other good people. How can you go wrong with two people in love? If a good boy loves a good girl, good. If a good boy loves another good boy, good. And if a good girl loves the goodness in good boys and good girls, then all you have is more goodness, and goodness has nothing to do with sexual orientation. A person who loves is a righteous person, and if someone has the ability and desire to show love to another — to someone willing to receive it, then for goodness’ sake, let them do it. Hate has no place in the equation’ there is no function for it to perform. Love is love, and there will never be too much. 
Fiona Apple
P.S. Right on for doing this, Bill.

Like it’s only you and me

Dios mio, Hart Beat. I couldn’t not share this with you. I was going to write something of the non-music variety tonight but I can’t help myself. You should really listen to this remix of “Home” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. I’m so in love with this right now and thought you might like to share it with your Hart Beat, Hart Beat.

Moats and boats and waterfalls
Alleyways and payphone calls
I been everywhere with you
“Home (RAC Mix)”

Like it’s only you and me

Dios mio, Hart Beat. I couldn’t not share this with you. I was going to write something of the non-music variety tonight but I can’t help myself. You should really listen to this remix of “Home” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. I’m so in love with this right now and thought you might like to share it with your Hart Beat, Hart Beat.

Moats and boats and waterfalls
Alleyways and payphone calls
I been everywhere with you
“Home (RAC Mix)”