Adventures of the Heart
Mary Zalmanek
Issue 2 - Elysuim


"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."  -- Helen Keller


Vince noticed the beautiful blonde driving the car that pulled up next to his at the stoplight.  When she smiled at him, his heart skipped a beat.  On impulse, he rolled down his window and signaled for her to do the same. 

"Hello!"  Vince shouted over the traffic noise.  "I normally don't do this kind of thing, but I wonder if you'd let me buy you dinner."

Flattered and amused by this handsome man's bold approach, Pamela touched the diamond engagement ring on her left hand.   Then light turned green, and she sped away.

He followed, hoping the next light would give him another chance.  It did. He again opened his window, and she followed suit.  This time she spoke first. 

"Why do you want to have dinner with me?" she asked. 

"I think we could have something really special together," he said. "Let's find out if my hunch is right." 

"I'll think about it," she said as the traffic started to move.

Knowing his next step had to be a clever one, he took a CD out of the player.  When they stopped at the next stoplight, he jumped out of his car and hurried to her window. 

"Here, take this Mary Chapin Carpenter CD.  Listen to song number 12, Elysium.  That's what I think is happening to me right now.  Let me know at the next light if you feel the same."

Vince was glad the heavy rush hour traffic virtually assured he would have one more chance to talk to her before they got onto the interstate.

At the next stop, she said, "I'm going north on I-25.  If I get off at the Briargate exit, you can follow me.  If I keep going, I've decided I don't want to see you again."

Vince held his breath as they neared the exit.  Her blinker wasn't on.  His body tensed.  At the last moment, she signaled her exit — and her intentions.  He followed her to her house. 

She got out of her car in her driveway and walked to him.  "I still haven't decided for sure.  You wait here.  If you can solve a riddle by the time I come back outside, I'll go with you.  Here's the riddle: What's the shortest distance to the farthest star?"

Vince pondered the question, and he was ready for her when she returned. He said, "In the sixteenth century European explorers navigated the Straits of Magellan, a passage fraught with danger, to get from the Atlantic to the Pacific, because the benefits outweighed the risks.  The longest star is true love.  We must search for it in our hearts, even though the journey is fraught with danger, because the benefits outweigh the risks.  The shortest distance to the farthest star — true love — is straight through the heart." 

His answer was even better than hers.  She could not refuse such a clever and bold man.   They enjoyed the typical getting-to-know you banter over dinner.   

Over dessert things got serious.  "In a few short weeks you'll slip the matching wedding band on my finger," Pamela said. "Your playfulness and creativity proves to me what a wise move it was to fall in love with you a year ago.  This has been so much fun, I've fallen in love with you all over again tonight. You had me long before Hello."


Monday, December 5, 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Celebration! Conscious Living Store
Community Room  (Yellow building on the east side of the store)
2207 West Colorado Ave.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
(719) 634-1855

Join us for a free open forum for partners, friends and family - and a book signing.   There is the romantic in all of us who loves a surprise and savors a made-to-order adventure to charm our very own heart.  It takes more than love and good intentions to keep the spark alive. Come hear inspiring stories from my clients, workshops and my own 30-year marriage, which illuminate 12 simple habits that can put a twinkle in your eye, a sparkle in your smile, and a bounce in your step. Loving each other can be so much fun forever.  


I'll be teaching THE ART OF THE SPARK classes at Colorado Free University in January, February and March.  If you are in the Denver area, I'd love to have you join us.  The 5-hour class is $54 for one person and $94 for couples.  The CFU member price is $49 for one person and $89 for couples.   To register, call CFU at (303) 399-0093. Here's the course number and schedule:

     * 4506AA     Saturday, January 7, 2006, 1:00 to 6:30
     * 4506AB     Thursdays, February 2 and 9, 6:30 to 9:00
     * 4506AC     Tuesdays, March 7 and 14, 6:30 to 9:00


I'll be happily signing books at the following events:

Friday, December 2, 5:30 to 8:30
Studios at Cottonwood
25 Cimino Ave
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Collins Redman painted the eye-catching oil painting featured on the cover of The Art of the Spark.  She's one of the 44 artists in the growing community at the Studios at Cottonwood.  On the first Friday of every month they have an open house to showcase the works of these talented artists.  Please join the fun.  Refreshments served, and cash bar available.  To get there, exit south from the Colorado Avenue bridge (there's no exit from I-25 to Colorado Avenue).  


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Wishing you a life of adventure,
Mary Zalmanek

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