Tuesday, August 31, 2010

beat 152 - free

"Freedom is at the heart of my heart - beating like the waves of the sea with a passion for nature, gardening and art; my heart savors simple pleasures over the complexities of today's busy, hurried life and loves to share and connect with family and friends."

-Carol Crane, Pennsylvania 

Monday, August 30, 2010

beat 151 - pleased

"My heart is full now. I've been someone for 16 years. We met when he was playing his guitar on a park bench at a place called The Future. Funnily enough, yeah, it was called The Future. It was a rainy day, I had just moved to New York and I just sat listening to him. Then about three weeks later I met him. I remembered him. He makes my heart full. My heart feels good."

-Susan, New York City
Polkadots The Clown

Sunday, August 29, 2010

beat 150 - adoring

"I love my life. I love my job, my friends, family, Jesus, my clients. They are all so important to me, I love them. They make me very happy. I miss my country, Brazil is beautiful. I love New York though."

-Luzimar, also known as Marcia, Woodside, Queens, NY
Sonia's Skincare

Saturday, August 28, 2010

beat 149 - affirm

"This heart in here feels very real. It beats hard and happy for God and for my friends. I look young because I treat my heart real good. I have no stress in my life anymore. It used to be filled with stress, but I no longer let things bother me. Life is good when you believe God will bring you places. You got to let it be."

-James Rivers, Staten Island, NY
NYC courier 

Friday, August 27, 2010

beat 148 - awry

"I never thought I'd fall in love but recently a special girl proved me wrong."

-Johnny George, London
Model and student

Thursday, August 26, 2010

beat 147 - ardor

"My heart is oversized, literally. I have a heart murmur but it's still really strong. It beats most for my wife, I love her more than anything or anyone. She's responsible for it being even larger as time goes on."

-Allan Schoening, Brooklyn, NY
photographer, husband to Blessing

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

beat 146 - clan

"My heart is steady, low key. Not many things that excite me at my job. My joy comes from my family. Everything about them gets my heart going. They're the reason I live."

-Neal Eason, Ossining, NY
IT master

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

beat 145 - fostered

"My heart is filled with a great amount of Love from my wife and two sons.
My heart is happy from all the good times with all my dear family and friends.
My heart is broken from the loss of my father, mother-in-law, and so many dear family members.
My heart is caring for all my family and friends in need.
My heart is pumping now and hope it keeps pumping for a very long time to come."

-Ralph DeVito, Brooklyn, NY, now living in Matawan, NJ

Monday, August 23, 2010

beat 144 - luck

"My heart feels like it's in the sky. I get to work with you girls and you make me feel good about life. Life is good because I get to work here."

-Edgar, Queens, NY
Maintenance wizard, Delias Inc.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

beat 143 - home

"My heart was made and tested in Brooklyn. I love where I'm from and all my people. With so many success stories, it's truly the county of Kings. It's not always pretty, but it's REAL and I'm proud to it home. "Spread Love It's The Brooklyn Way."

-Dre Pitt, Brooklyn, NY

Saturday, August 21, 2010

beat 142 - living

"I try to be patient, although my heartbeat is urgent, thanks to Rilke: "Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language...at present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer."

-Jenny Topolski, New York City
Designer, www.jtopolski.etsy.com

Friday, August 20, 2010

beat 141 - paired

"My heart doesn't beat without the love of my best friend, my lover, my wife; who fuels my heart with her unconditional love to challenge myself everyday and be completely fearless!"

-Richard Abbate, Harrison, NY
Police officer

Thursday, August 19, 2010

beat 140 - able

"My heart is nothing but strong, passionate and well worked. Lots of capacity."

-Leslie Hoffman, Shelter Island, NY
Executive Director, Earth Pledge

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

beat 139 - beatless

"I don't have a heart. It was broken by a lady over 40 years ago and it's never appeared within me again. I don't believe in love anymore. I'm heartless."

-Dennis the postman, Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY
Vietnam vet, mailman

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

beat 138 - stitched

"They tried to cut out my heart twice but it's so full of love they couldn't succeed."

-James Schieberl, California

Monday, August 16, 2010

beat 137 - incisive

"It feels deeply at all times no matter what's going on around me."

-Kaitlyn Johnston, Charlotte, NC
Model, IMG

Sunday, August 15, 2010

beat 136 - swished

"When I was young, I learned how a heart beats. The valves close and when they open again everything comes rushing through with a swish. My heart functions like that. When the valve opens, my emotions come rushing through. Sometimes my heart is a reckless gatekeeper, but it's the only one I've got and it has taught me the beauty of jumping in at the swish. Close, open, swish."

-Michele Vakiener, New York City

Saturday, August 14, 2010

beat 135 - sacred

"I really thought about it long and hard and cannot wrap my head around how to explain it. My heart is something so sacred, I truly cannot find the words to express the true meaning of it."

-Samantha Sulliman, Rye, NY
Fashion intern

Friday, August 13, 2010

beat 134 - guardian

"Dylan says she has her mothers heart. She doesn't realize how true that really is. She has had it since birth and this heart that binds us is far stronger than ink. Two years ago today, this mother's heart was tested and nearly broken. Every September 5th, for the rest of my life, I will take a deep breath, thank the angels above for allowing me to hold her, to love her, always."

-Linda Rait, Armonk, NY
mother to Dylan

Thursday, August 12, 2010

beat 133 - intoxicated

"Love is like a good wine, sip it to make the taste last longer and just enough to make your turn. But if you abuse it, you will become dependent and it will take control of you - ultimately you will empty the bottle. Love is to be consumed, yes, but with moderation."

-Loic Gouzer, New York City
Art Dealer

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

beat 132 - free

"Sometimes my heart is happy. Like right now because I'm in a cool place by the sea and I can find shells and swim and play. It feels good when I am in a nice place with people I love. Like my mom and my family and my friends."

-Jerci, Queens, NY
10 years old

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

beat 131 - raw

"There's a first line of an Emily Dickinson poem that I think about often:
The healed Heart shows its shallow scar
Emily Dickinson (1830-86). Complete Poems. 1924"

-Anna Collette, Brooklyn, NY

Monday, August 9, 2010

beat 130 - inquest

"Det här hjärtat går lätt sönder, för små saker jag vet det, men det gör lika ont för mig som för er. Ska man inte vara försöktigt med något som är ömtåligt?"

-Hanna Stocklassa, Sweden

Sunday, August 8, 2010

beat 129 - brimful

"My heart? It's full, pumping strong, willing to fight for anything, huge, bent, but mended, ready for whatever life is willing to throw er way, one of the most genuine and always open, always. Love strong, love big, love unconditionally, love like it's the last."

-Nicholas Routzen, New York City

Photographer, blogger, founder of Fashion For Passion

Saturday, August 7, 2010

beat 128 - enlarge

"My heart grows bigger every year. I feel blessed to have my baby, my husband, my family and my friends all in my heart. And that's the best part about getting older - I find as I get older, it grows more accepting, passionate, forgiving, protective and compassionate. With time there is ease and more harmony because it knows. I trust my heart."

-Amanda Pratt, New York City

Friday, August 6, 2010

beat 126 - empathetic

"Sometimes I hate that I'm so soft-hearted. It can make me feel foolish and weak when I cry at stupid TV shows or become depressed for a week over an upsetting news story. But what I really worry about is being too hard-hearted, about what it means for my soul when the tragedies around me don't affect me. When this happens to me, I know my heart is in trouble."
-Susan Seagrest, New York City

Thursday, August 5, 2010

beat 127 - maturing

"My heart...it's young, timid, and unwise. It knows what it wants, but what it wants isn't always what it needs."
-Russell Giardina, New York City

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

beat 125 - joined

"My heart is wherever my boyfriend Rambo is. I live in New York and he lives in 
DC, so when we're apart my heart feels a little broken. But I'm moving to DC very soon and I can't wait to have my heart feel full all the time."

-Natalie Hennessy, New York City
stylist, blogger

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

beat 124 - located

"About three hours north of the city, near a creek that feeds the Delaware and about 10 miles from the nearest stoplight, there's a little cedar shake farmhouse. That's where a good portion of my heart stays these days, and I go visit it when I can."
-Anton Young, NY, NY
Owner, Empire Capture

Monday, August 2, 2010

beat 123 - overflowed

"My heart is filled. Filled with love and emotion. Flying 3,000 miles away to see my baby girl, my first born working at her dream job. And for my three other daughters back in Arizona, praying and hoping mom gets home soon so I can give them my love and kisses too."

-Beatrice Beuther, Chandler, Arizona
Hair Stylist, B Salon, Arizona

Sunday, August 1, 2010

beat 122 - enclosed

"My heart is always locked. Not in a bad way, it's locked because it's very precious. My heart, my love, is not always given easily. But when I do love, I love to the absolute most."

-Alex, Guyana, now living in New York
UPS worker