Posted by: 2in10 | 06/23/2011

monday hearts

Hearts composed of carrots, peas and purple potatoes; autumn leaves on grass; No. 2 pencils and florist flower frogs; toothbrushes; date palm stems and berries — these are examples of the hearts created by Page Hodel for the love of her life, Madalene Rodriguez.

The women met in San Francisco where they were neighbors and fell in love. For many Mondays in their short time together, in the wee hours of the morning, Hodel composed a heart from whatever beautiful materials she could find and left it on Madalene’s doorstep to be discovered.

Seven months into their relationship, Madalene was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Four months later she died. It was June 26, 2006 and Madalene was 46 years old. 

Hodel pledged to make a heart for Madalene every Monday for the rest of her life. She began making the hearts, photographing them to share with Madalene’s family, and the word spread. Monday Hearts for Madalene is a compilation of her creations.  Don’t wait to find the book, visit to see many photos and hear directly from Hodel about her labor of love. 

The hearts are lovely, each one a loving tribute and a work of art. You can register to receive emails of the hearts which are shared around the world. At the bottom of the website welcome page there is a button to click, “email me.”

Monday Hearts for Madalene was published by Steward, Tabori & Chang in 2009: ISBN 978-1-58479-778-4. It makes a lovely gift any time of year. A portion of book sales are given to Women’s Cancer Resource Center in Oakland, California.

I want to thank my friend Deirdre for introducing me to Monday Hearts and lending me her autographed copy. Thank you, dear!



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