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(he)art bombing: downtown library

13 Mar
Vancouver Roots & Shoots members at the library

Vancouver Roots & Shoots members, showing off their hearts at the library

We are slowly catching up with the blog, and we have a couple of (he)art bombings from February to tell you all about.

We were contacted by one of the Vancouver, WA, chapters of Roots & Shoots to do a (he)art bombing together. These kids are all grade-school age and work together to plan and execute service projects that will benefit the community. It’s great to see caring and involvement being fostered at such a young age. We decided to (he)art bomb the downtown library since it’s an important part of their lives and a busy place where lots of people will see the message of love that these kids are sharing.

hanging-heart

It was an amazingly sunny day for the middle of February. After a brief discussion about installation art and Love is a Radical Act, we set the kids loose to do their (he)art bombing. We gave them ideas about where it’s easiest to hang hearts, but we also gave each kid complete control of where they were going to hang their hearts. Aside from a little adult supervision and assistance, this was their project.

heart-in-tree

hanging-heart-on-fence

heart-on-sign

heart-on-fence

Great job, everyone! Keep on sharing your love with the community and your families!

facebook photo roundup

12 Jan

Since there may or may not be much overlap between those who check out our blog and those who are following us on Facebook, we just wanted to take a moment to post a few photos we’ve gotten on our Facebook page over the past few months.

Stephanie at WWU

Stefanie at WWU

We first handed out hearts to some of our friends in early August at an art event in Vancouver. One of those early hearts made its way up to Western Washington University with our friend’s daughter Stefanie. Thanks to the whole family for their support and for posting this photo.

a happened upon heart in Vancouver

a happened upon heart in uptown Vancouver

Remember the (he)art bombing in uptown Vancouver and the lovely ladies who wrote massages on the backs of hearts? We assume this is one of their hearts since the message “Live in pure love” is on the back. Good work, ladies! And thanks to Katherine for the photo!

somewhere in Seattle

somewhere in Seattle

The most recent photo posted to our Facebook page came from Seattle and it’s lovely. We’re not sure where in Seattle this was taken (or even if it’s somewhere we hung a heart or if it got moved to this location by someone – we know at least some of the hearts have migrated and we love it), but we give big thanks to Kim for taking the time to take a photo and share it with us.

We’d like to remind everyone that we love getting photos of hearts you happen upon, photos of hearts you have hung yourself, and any other love-related content you’d like to send. Post them to our Facebook or send and email to loveisaradicalact [at] gmail [dot] com.

vows

10 Dec

wedding

[We wanted to share what was read at our wedding. So many people in attendance commented on how much they enjoyed it, and we think others will enjoy reading these words as well. As you may notice, our friend who officiated drew much inspiration from what we have done so far with Love is a Radical Act.]

Friends, family and community, if you would take your seats, make sure your cell phones are turned off and take a minute to really sink into this moment.

Be here and nowhere else–this is the only moment that matters, this present, this, right now.

Please allow yourself to feel deeply the love that is here today with us. If you want to laugh, please laugh out loud, if you feel the need to cry let the tears come, and if you want to applaud please do so with spirit.

Feel free to do what ever you need today to break the old rules of weddings. For we are breaking tradition here today. And we are, together, creating the wedding of Kelly and Sam.

*Processional*

“Love is a radical act. Taking the time to actually love someone, to truly value who they are rather than force them to be someone else, is a radical act. To value acts of love more than things is a radical act. It goes against what we are taught by society.”

Love is a radical act…true and real love shakes us to our very roots and changes our lives and our world in miraculous and incredible ways.

Today we come together to celebrate such a true, real and radical love, as we share in the wedding celebration of Kelly and Sam. A wedding that, in the old, traditional world of just last month could not have happened because it was unlawful.

But now, thanks to Kelly and Sam and thousands of other people– gay, straight, black, white, married, single–who fought for marriage equality in the courts, in the streets, and at the ballot box, gay people can now embrace all the protections, promises and problems that we straight people have always taken for granted. I’m excited to live in a time when marriage equality has become the law in our fine state. And as Washington goes…soon so goes the world!

Kelly and Sam are you ready to get married? (YES!)

Please join hands as Jenney reads her poem that your love inspired.

*Jenney reads*

Please join both hands and face each other:

Kelly, do you promise Sam to be her wife and partner in all senses of the word? To be loving, kind, dependable, supportive, fun, understanding and unconditionally accepting of who she really is?

(Kelly: I do)

Sam, do you promise Kelly to be her wife and partner in all senses of the word? To be loving, kind, dependable, supportive, fun, understanding and unconditionally accepting of who she really is?

(Sam: I do)

By your words it is made real. Through your pledge of marriage today, you make these promises, willing that they are just and true and lifelong.

Here are the rings that are an outward symbol of your inner commitment to each other. We choose rings because they symbolize a complete circle, never ending, just as your love will never end. Your rings were specially created of the platinum given to you by Jan, Sam’s mother. The red line that encircles them is a reminder of the love that entwines your hearts.

Kelly put this ring on Sam’s finger and repeat after me.
“I Kelly, take you, Sam, to be my wife.”

Sam put this ring on Kelly’s finger and repeat after me.
“I Sam take you Kelly to be my wife.”

Now that you have complicated your union with government, we have some paperwork. Let’s sign that marriage license.

*Signing of the marriage license*

Creating a loving marriage is a choice we make in every moment, of each and every day, to open our hearts more fully to love.

To connect to our partner with body, mind, heart and soul.

To realize that our differences make us stronger and more flexible to weather life’s storms and celebrate life’s gifts.

To choose to dig down deep to find the tiny sprouts and sparks of creation, to conceive together the supports we need to grow.

Marriage is facing the critic across the breakfast table, and reminding yourself that the challenges between you are creating a deeper commitment.

Creating a marriage is a fine piece of art which can only be made real if you both get your hands dirty.

Marriage is a shared bond with a greater community of souls.

It is continuing to open our hearts, which expands everyone’s capacity to grow.

Marriage is the completion of the circle of love, that leads you forward, again and again, to recreate your selves and the universe, every day, in every moment.

Marriage is a radical act that moves us and shakes us until our egos lie shattered in pieces and our hearts are free to soar together.

Your marriage is your greatest work of art and it requires the courage of a warrior, the curiosity of a child, the compassion of a saint, and the gratitude of a beggar.

By your exchange of promises today, the giving and receiving of rings, and them governmental papers, you have become wives for life.

With the power given me by the creative spirit, I do proclaim you lawfully married.

You may now kiss your wife.

Friends, family and community I present to you the happy couple–Kelly and Sam.

hearts: from alicia

16 Oct

I was delighted to get a photo in my inbox from one of the attendees at the Purple Lights Ceremony. Alicia took her heart and hung it on a paperbox on campus at WSU-V. Thanks, Alicia!

front page news

15 Oct

We’re super excited to be on the front page of today’s paper talking about marriage equality and Love is a Radical Act. This Saturday’s installation up in Olympia (and Sunday in Seattle) will be our biggest action before the election. Thanks to everyone for supporting those who engage in the radical act of love.

domestic violence awareness month at ywca

15 Oct

Earlier this month, we were invited to pass out hearts and share about Love is a Radical Act at the YWCA as part of their Purple Lights Ceremony, an event that raises awareness about domestic violence in our community and beyond. We were happy to share the message that with all of the hurtful relationships out there, we should always celebrate all families that are truly loving and supportive. Please, if any of your relationships are hurtful, do what needs to be done to fix it or leave.

 

installation event: uptown vancouver

3 Oct

What a lovely turnout on Friday for our first proper installation event. The community in downtown/uptown Vancouver is very strong and supportive, and we felt it as folks took hearts and hung them all over. Once again, a big thanks to our friend Anni for being our photographer for this event. And, of course, a big thanks to those who participated.

happy art-lovin’ community members

getting things started

ladders are oh so helpful

loving the love!

making the railings fancy

hearts are tasty as well as attractive

poet + installation project = ❤

a new and spontaneous addition to the project…..

…..writing messages on the hearts

we got a message that someone else found one of these special hearts

look closely, you’ll see a tiny heart

hearts: from greg

30 Sep

Local artist Greg hung two hearts on one of the most iconic blocks in Vancouver. Thanks, Greg!

hearts: from mari

29 Sep

Today we did our first big public interactive event and it was great. It was an excellent example of community, friendship, and love. We also appreciated the generous donations of many of the folks who participated – we are well on our way to having gas money to make a trip up to Olympia and Seattle in October with Love is a Radical Act (details coming soon)!

Early on, Mari took one heart and quickly went a couple of blocks down, hung it at a bank, took photos, and came back and showed me. I asked her to send them to me and she was kind enough to do so.

She also took another heart and ended up hanging it further into downtown – I love that she managed to get it hanging on a blank wall.

Thanks everyone! There will be photos of the actual event posted soon. In the meantime, we look forward to the next installation event at Love Art gallery.

(he)art bombing: city hall, etc.

21 Sep

Vancouver, WA city hall

city hall

next door at the Hilton

nearby at the Columbian