#Signs of Love to share…

March 24, 2014

As you may know, San Diego has had a very mild winter. Most days it’s easy to forget that it’s winter at all. We’ve had beach days, pool days, sunburned noses. We’ve been surfing and paddleboarding and appreciating every moment of it. Love is everywhere and I’ve been trying to capture it with some help from my friends.

While I don’t normally include man-made #signsoflove, I couldn’t resist including this one from my Auntie B. She knew it would make me smile. Even I might go camping in this.


A little lucky #signoflove right around St. Patrick’s Day, of course.

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This solid #signoflove was in my friend’s yard. I guess I wasn’t the first to find it, but I certainly appreciated it.

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I wonder what it says about beach that love shows up so often there, from sea weed to sea shells.

#signsoflove in the sand
#signsoflove in the sand
The beach is one of my favorite places to see #signsoflove.
The beach is one of my favorite places to see #signsoflove.

 Valentine’s Day 2014

We made some #Signs of our own.

#signs of love

February 10, 2014

I have been terribly remiss in updating this page over the last year, but the #signs keep coming. In fact, they have been so prolific that Drew Barrymore just published a book about the


#signs she’s seen and collected. She calls Find It in Everything. I’ve heard my collection is better, but who’s counting? Well, she is, all the way to the bank, but that’s okay.

Here is some of my favorite #signs from the last year. I promise to do a better job of sharing them more regularly.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, which is coming up at the end of this week. I hope Tim gets the hint…

Chocolate Love, of course
Chocolate Love, of course
#Signs of Love taking care of business.
#Signs of Love taking care of business.
Little bit of Love shows up while I'm working. Thanks, Molly G!
Little bit of Love shows up while I’m working. Thanks, Molly G!
Tater tot and ketchup Love each other too, via Megan McReynolds of Ventura, CA
Tater tot and ketchup Love each other too, via Megan McReynolds of Ventura, CA

I have to admit, you could argue that this next #Sign of Love didn’t occur naturally. However, since it was created by two five year old girls whose natural disposition is LOVE, I would disagree.

This #sign smelled good too!
This #sign smelled good too!
Sometimes, you can catch the #sign right before it gets stepped on and disappears forever.
Sometimes, the #signs aren’t perfect.

When walking and finding a #sign that is biodegradable, I love knowing that I caught one moment of Love, a reminder that will be here so fleetingly that no one else may ever see it. I think of it as a win, a lottery ticket that wasn’t lost, an opportunity to Love.


My niece, Sia G, loves to send me hearts. This is one of my favorites.

#signs of love

The Lad is also one of my best #sign finders. This one was discovered while studying for his Spanish final in the backyard. This picture became his way of saying thank you.

#Signs of Love from the Lad
#Signs of Love from the Lad

Sometimes you have to kind of squint to see Love, but I think Love in real life is kind of like that too. You have to look sideways sometimes and think “Close enough.”

From a distance? I'll take it.
From a distance? I’ll take it.

I will never get over how often Love shows up in the strangest places.



In presence and in absence, you can see a #sign of Love
In presence and in absence, you can see a #sign of Love

January 8, 2013

The new year has already brought several new #Signs of Love to share.

Lauren Z was making supper for a friend who has cancer. She found this #Sign of Love and sent it to me. I think we were all healed a little bit that night. 

Look carefully for fennel #sign of love
Look carefully for fennel #sign of love

From my friend Michelle, who confessed she really needed some extra Love one morning, and pulled this out of her espresso maker.

Coffee =  #Sign of Love
Coffee = #Sign of Love

This was sent via Facebook from my friend, Erin L. I am not really a pet person, but even I would not be able to resist this little guy.

#SIgn of Love Puppy. This is a first for sure.
#SIgn of Love Puppy. This is a first for sure.

January 1, 2013

My first #sign of love of the new year came early – at breakfast. Molly ate the center (only) of several cinnamon rolls and though her cousins were mad, she thought it was okay, because it gave her a #sign of love.

cinnamon sign of love

December 14, 2012

Walking outside on the day of the Connecticut school shootings, I found this reminder that Love can conquer all.

a #Signoflove in a broken down brick
a #Signoflove in a broken down brick

Friends (and their kids) think of me, even while eating dinner.


My sister Amy’s house gets a little love in the afternoon.


From my cousin, Jenny Taras.

The Heart River, a tributary of the Missouri River
The Heart River, a tributary of the Missouri River

October 12, 2012

A rainy day walk produced some beautiful #signs of love.

August 10, 2012

This was sent to me on Facebook by my friend Shelly. She said, “Found this on my morning walk at crystal cove. Thought of you:-)”  I wish I was walking at Crystal Cove beach in the mornings too, but this is so beautiful, I had to share.

August 8, 2012

Oh, I have been delinquent updating this page, but the #signs just keep coming! This one from my friend Colleen inspired me to get back on track, sharing the Love. She found it on a walk near the Willamette River.

Since we are spending so much time at the beach this summer, it was inevitable that there would be a few #signs of Love there too. This is one of my favorites. Closed in upon itself, it looks nothing like Love, but opened up, it says Love, loud and clear.

I found this one and thought of how we sometimes find Love amid the stumbling stones of life.

July 7, 2012

A #sign of love that reflected my heart this morning after a disagreement with someone I love. It’s a little warped and full of debris. “Give me a clean heart, O God.”

June 30, 2012

From my friend Brianne in Brooklyn, #signs of love, accompany her on her walk to work. Lovely

June 17, 2012

A trip to the beach on Father’s Day led to this find – a tar heart. It was lying in the sand under a few inches of water as Molly and I walked along the shore.

Glad we didn’t step on it!

June 15, 2012

From Jody Main in Hawaii, ” Ali! Look what landed on my coworker’s finger yesterday at work… The black is in the shape of hearts!!!”

June 14, 2012

Walking with my youngest kids today and finding love everywhere…

June 13, 2012

This one took my breath away.

June 13, 2012

So small, it would have been easy to miss.

June 9, 2012

From my friend Carla who texted me.

“I found Love in the Vons parking lot :-)”

June 4, 2012

I couldn’t resist the roly-poly wandering by.

June 1, 2012

A cubist heart in honor of Picasso. It’s all messed up – kind of like our real ones.

May 30, 2012

May 25, 2012

May 21, 2012

I know exactly where to go to find this sign of love any time I need it.

… to be continued.


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