Christmas comes to different places at the same time, but the time zones differ
Christmas comes to different places at the same time, but the time zones differ
Right now, the world is full of a lot of hate. Not only has the attack on Charlie Hebdo changed France forever, but anti-semitism is growing and racism is on the rise.
But I want to remind all of us that the world also is full of love, generosity, kindness, passion — the good things in life. This story, from CNN, is the story of a miracle: a miracle of love.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, and I hope you smile.
(CNN) Briggs Fussy doesn’t remember much about walking down the aisle 20 years ago with the woman who would eventually become his wife.
“I don’t really remember the wedding part at all,” Briggs said. “I didn’t even talk to her.”
A groom not remembering the wedding could undoubtedly crush a bride, especially a bride like Brittney Fussy, who admits she’s been planning her wedding since she was a little girl.
But Brittney Fussy said the only thing she remembers about their trip down the aisle was her partner’s unique name.
“I don’t remember too much about being a flower girl,” she said.
Briggs and Britney Fussy took their first walk down the aisle when they were just 3, as a ring bearer and flower girl in the wedding of Briggs’ godmother. The couple took their second walk down the aisle Saturday to become husband and wife.
The couple, who failed to leave an impression on each other at their first wedding, reunited years later in their ninth grade in a government class at Blaine High School, north of Minneapolis.
Briggs had just transferred to Brittney’s school; she said she knew the moment she heard the teacher say his name that it had to be the same Briggs who walked her down the aisle all those years ago.
“I confirmed it with my mom,” Brittney said before she said anything to Briggs and then the couple laughed about how both of their moms had pictures of the pair hanging up at their respective houses.
They didn’t become a couple until junior year and eventually separated to attend college in separate cities — Briggs to the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse, and Brittney to Minnesota State University, Mankato.
A few years into the long-distance relationship, Briggs returned to Minnesota State to be with his beloved.
“I knew I was going to marry her,” he said.
Before they tied the knot over the weekend, the couple viewed the video of themselves in the wedding.
Briggs called it “hilarious.”
Brittney said she was the “obnoxious flower girl,” who can be seen on wedding video weaving in and out bridesmaids. At one point, she pauses in front of the bride to look up at her. Briggs, on the other hand, stood calmly in the same place for the entirety of the ceremony.
“I’m such a rule follower — I’m sure someone said ‘stay still,’ and I never moved,” Briggs said.
Brittney promises she’s a rule follower now, too, but contends she and her groom can both be “pretty weird and outspoken” sometimes.
The picture of the two of them at age 3 is now framed in their own home, and they even reenacted the photograph at their own wedding.
Here’s the same couple — this time, they’re the ones getting hitched.
“I’m pretty cheesy when it comes to love stuff, I’m not going to lie,” Brittney said.
Briggs and Britney, who are both finishing up their degrees in economics and elementary education at Minnesota State, Mantoka, said they didn’t really understand what all the fuss was about regarding their story at first. But they said they have known all along that they were meant to be.
“It’s all a part of God’s plan,” she said, “All fate for sure.”
As for their second time down the aisle, the couple said it’s far more memorable than their first.
“It was wonderful,” Brittney said. “As close to perfect as you can get.”
“Where there is a woman, there is magic.” —-Ntozake Shange
One of the most famous magical textbooks is The Key of Solomon the King. Like the quest for the Holy Grail, the search for Solomon’s secret manuscript containing his spells, invocations, talismans, formulas, diagrams, and rituals has tantalized and tortured practitioners of the esoteric arts—-from alchemists to mathematicians—for centuries. The thought of what he could do with Solomon’s jottings kept Sir Issac Newton up at night; nonetheless he managed to accomplish quite a bit on his own during the day. That is because Newton, considered the modern world’s first and greatest scientist, was also a passionate mystic and one of the world’s last and greatest magicians.
Michael White tells us in his biography, Issac Newton: The Last Sorcerer that he was not the pure scientist of lore. Unknown to all but a few people, he was a mystic, an alchemist and he dabbled in the occult. He did not discover gravity by watching an apple fall—in reality, Newton’s great theories were grasped within the charred base of the crucible and the alchemist’s fire. Nor was Newton the idealistic puritan he has been portrayed to be. He risked his health in his unrelenting search for an understanding of the Universe. He studied the Bible for divination and not dogma, he practiced natural magic, he studied astrology and numerology when he conducted mathematical experiments.
Newton did not live a very happy life, because he had to present himself to the world as a pure scientist. His discoveries and revelations would not have been believed otherwise. He feared having his scientific contributions discredited and his work amounting to nothing. He feared damage to the intellectual alchemy that transformed mankind’s view of the Universe and our place in it.
So Newton hid a large part of himself to be accepted by society and the church. Women today often have to face the same pressures and the same inability to be real to the world. How often do you play like you have no real opinions because friends do not want to hear them? How often do women ignore there gifts and accomplishments? Not only ignore but play them down. Women ask themselves if they are really worthy of being called intelligent, gorgeous, talented. In truth, each of us women are a child of the Universe. We are the child of The One. When women play “small” we are not helping the Universe. When a woman shrinks into the shadows she is not being enlightened. Men have always stood up proud and loudly proclaimed their accomplishments. Each man and woman has gifts from The One that we are to give from the world. Don’t hide, use what you have been given to help the world. Shine your light and give the world the benefits of the gifts you have been given to share.
Remember that as women we are not less than. Women have accomplished much in the world but have felt they have to hide it. So whatever your gift, even the ability to spread the magic in the world or to sing and bring tears to someone’s eyes. Magic is simply the ability to use the energy that flows around us here on our planet and throughout the Universe. Open up to all that you can find in the Universe. And share it with all the other people you meet in your life.
Be the magic in the world!
The thing about creativity is that it is a gift that makes many of us artists Artistic life means we look at the world differently than some others do. We look at the same days in a week and we see very different experiences.Things just seem to feel, smell, look different to us. For writers, photographers, painters, designers, musicians and all other type of artists there is an extra special something. I don’t know anyone who can give it a name that fits all types of art, but it is as real as a sunrise or the North Star on a black, black night.
There is no greater glory than to work hard for what you love most. Even the seemingly ugly elements of nature are adorned with beauty. Be patient with those struggling to find their artistic voice.The artist who is frustrated and working hard doesn’t seem reasonable. If you find yourself in this place work on grace in your work.
As artists, we know that ultimately we will never fully understand all of the work we create. If we can’t understand it, there will be many who can tell in great detail what we were saying, but few of them even have a clue.
The more we use our artistic voice, the closer we become to artistic purity. What is pure for me as a painter or photographer may look like soot to someone else. But we know we have create purity. Even death cannot take it away from you. Don’t let obstacles interfere with your work. Raise your voice and let all of that purity out.
Love is important here. It seems to belong to every aspect of living. Love yourself first and others that share your life…that are part of your world. This love is what conquers; that blankets your artistic voice. So love is like the right lens, mixing the right color, singing your best aria, writing your best, playing the best viola you can or playing the best guitar riff you can. Exercise love and you will uncover your voice.
My best thought on artistic voice is to communicate. And keep communicating until someone begins to hear and see you and your work. At the point of life where you can identify what you believe, then you will evolve with every note, click of the camera, brush stroke, pen stroke, or song that fills the air. As you evolve, your artistic voice becomes stronger and louder and more self-fulfilling. So love yourself, create all you can and bring all of that positive beauty and magic into this world. Each time you create, you help to get rid of some of the negativity in the world..
I encourage you to raise that voice, heal the obstacles and negativity and give the world a glimpse of what is possible.
Light is a quality which allows us to see the details of a situation and to examine it completely. With light there is shadow. Shadow can be elusive and mysterious. Shadow can create comfort or hide wickedness.
I, myself, love the play of light and shadow across a landscape or a person’s face. I love the lines it can create as well as the greys it gives birth to.
The sun gives us the light and shadow in life. That big orb in the sky which helps all the sentient beings on Mother earth to grow and thrive. Human beings cling to the sun and its radiant light which is why we will risk much to live on a warm sun drenched beach.
Our Mother Moon also brings light into our nights. And with the light comes shadows. These shadows don’t have the same lines of definition as the lines of day light. Lunar light is soft as the first gentle brush of lips against lips. the shadows are deeper and dense with magic and the hint of intrigue.
The light which is most important to each of us as human beings is the light of truth and honesty and ethics. The light that sweeps away the shadows of oppression, hatred and violence are important to our well-being as members of the human family. We are all children of the Universe. We all live in light and shadow and both are gifts from the Source.
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