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Ever want to be an adult and child all at the same time?  Then visit Walt Disney’s Downtown Disney!

No, this is not an advertisement.  It’s a testimony.  Downtown Disney has a Marketplace and Pleasure Island and fun than the law should allow.  There is every kind of food you can eat and under conditions that only someplace with the name Disney could provide.  It’s a delight for the heart and the eyes.  But, see just a little of the excitement I tried to capture in these few photos below.  After that, don’t live through my experience, go visit Downtown Disney for yourself!

Who was Eating Who in Jurassic Park

Run!!!! Oh, it's not really alive?

What are those people eating?

Grab your Food and let's make a quick get-away!

I'm a Sea Serpent made of how many Lego pieces?

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“Though the vicious can sometimes pour affliction upon the good,

their power is transient and their punishment certain;

and that innocence,

though oppressed by injustice,

shall,

supported by patience,

finally triumph over misfortune!”

(From The Mysteries of Udolpho, 1794)

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True art evolves us — opens our arms and weakens our prejudices so that the ever-present seeds of healing and renewal can take root in our soul.

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     Living always somewhere between agreement and disagreement, we lack the comforts and the torments of divine authority and regal power.  Pl;uralistic, we struggle with the idea of unity.  We reach awkwardly for shared purpose.  We talk sentimentally of community, sometimes, as though it could be had without sacrifice — as though order were possible without restraint.  We are nostalgic about the idea of community.  We lust for its consolations. -Robert J. Kingston

Possibly on a collective basis, we should rethink this idea that individually we can make it anywhere.  It is first understanding and then living in the harmony of community that we are going to be – literally – saved.

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Many in the world were glued to their TV sets today watching the royal wedding of Prince William Arthur Philip Louis (now Duke of Cambridge) and Kate Middleton (now Duchess of Cambridge).  It was grand and many will say that this is an image of Royal Love.  But, I have another image to share with  you.

Keshia Thomas serving as a Shield
I originally wrote this article on Aug. 5, 2005.  I expand it here using the same title:  Love Makes All the Difference in the World.
A dear friend of mine (Eddie GM Robinson) wrote a song entitled “Love Makes All the Difference” and it is my favorite on that particular CD.  He is a master artist being able to conceptualize and hear the music, write it and play most of the instruments and then sing the lyrics!  I always marvel at the expanse of his talent.   When the work is done right, his listener will automatically select that song from their mental library and associate it immediately with an appropriate event.  Such was the case for me with this song and this event.
On 22 June 2006, there was a Klu Klux Klan rally in Ann Arbor Michigan.  An awesome demonstration of the force of love was captured in a photograph and story published on that day.  (unable to insert photo here).  I will try to relay that image to you here.
At some point between standing and falling, the man on the ground became one with Keshia Thomas.  Her heart opened and Andrew Cutraro (freelance photographer) caught the moment.  Keishia was 18 at the time and we can wonder how and why at 18, this young African-American woman came to be in such a position?
On June 22 in Ann Arbor Michigan, Keishia used her body for the purpose many say Jesus used His – to cover the sins of another.  She shielded a man from a crowd of anti-Klan demonstrators who were beating him with sticks after he was spotted wearing a confederate flag shirt. Ms. Thomas is reported as saying: “Just because you beat somebody, doesn’t mean you going to change his mind.”
Prior to this, it is reported in People magazine, that she was one of the angry demonstrators who rushed toward the man who was reported to be a spectator (not a participator); yet he wore the trappings of a Klan supporter.  As the attackers reached him, the blows, kicks and punches began.  But something happened in an instant inside this Black high school senior from Ypsilanti that caused her to risk injury and throw herself over the fallen man to protect him.  Though she may have thought him to be a white supremacist, Thomas is reported saying: “He’s still somebody’s child.” Later on, Keishia is reported adding: “People don’t have to remember my name. I just want them to remember that I did the right thing.”
Eddie recently released another CD that has a title “Only Give the Best (there is in you)”.  Keshia may not know it or label her action as love, but it was the ultimate expression of the virtue of which the Master teachers have been speaking.  Truly she gave the very “best” there was in her to protect and possibly save someone she did not even know.   She helps us to believe that truly Love does make ALL the difference in the World.
When you think of Royal Love, you can think of William and Kate or you can think of Keshia Thomas whose compassion burst out of its boundaries and demonstrated itself in protecting a stranger.  Thanks Eddie for reminding me.
(Note:  This blog can be found in its original form at Intimate Longings.)
Now is the time, you are the chosen.  You are already prepared.
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Introduction:  Stage 1 – Fearful for no good reason – It had been over a year since her last serious relationship.  She had dated casually, but having not met anyone she felt attracted to, she talked to a girlfriend who had met someone on-line.  “Humm, wonder if there’s really anything to that?” she asked herself.  “How could it hurt?  At least he won’t be in my face when I decide I don’t want to be bothered anymore.”

They had begun with several conversations before…you know — I’m here, you’re there, feeling you out conversations.  Then their last conversation become more involved…deeper — she thought.  She said (to herself), “Is it time to let him see the real me?  He’s on the other side of this machine.  He may not even be real.  I must be crazy.”  But, she logged on anyway and the conversation continues.

Stage 2 – Hearing & Seeing things that are not there

He said:  I will be there…to meet you…to meet your needs…to take care when you want me to…never imposing…just close at hand…when wanted…just a breath away.  I do promise you to be there and help you whenever needed…even be close to you when you want…what more can you ask?

She said:  You sound sensual and exciting.  I have been sending prayers into the universe for years and calling for someone who I could bond with and relate to on a spiritual as well as physical level.

He said:  My role for you, when needed, is to be your friend…your lover if needed…your confidence when wanted.  You determine what kind of man you want me to be…that sounds maybe crazy, but I do want to be that to you…for you.

She said:  This is my rational side coming out:  how do you know this now?

He said:  I do not know this…I do FEEL this…a bit of intuition…and then you are a spiritual being…wondrously…a true fine spirit.

She said:  And as far as determining what “kind of man” I want you to be sounds somehow manipulative.  Do I have this kind of power?  Are you not already what Spirit wants you to be?  Yes, I am kind, wonderous, marvelous, exciting, sometimes giddy, playful, impressive, hard-working, prayerful, wonder-worker!  Hope that I’m not too intimidating 🙂

He said:  You are definitely not intimidating…I just want to make sure to you that I am very open-minded and hearted concerning your wellbeing and want to make you a haven of peace and love…and that is perhaps the crazy me…just following an emotional decision on making you happy.

She said:  That’s profound.  I am going to be thinking a lot about what you are saying.  That’s a part of who I am also.  At this stage in my life, I am sometimes cautious, especially about my personal life.  I can advise and counsel others about their lives with great success.  I have helped many over the years.  I am ready for the best in life for myself as well.  Are you on holiday?

He said:  Nooo…I am working until the 25th.  And, please…be cautious all the time…when it helps you to survive and feeling happy, hang on to that.  There’s never a must towards me…feel free to be!!!!!!

She said:  Some say that we are living in a dangerous world but I say that these are exciting times.  I have been reading several books at once lately and meditating on the topics.  There are so-called secrets that are coming to light in our time but these are secrets that are said to have been known by us all along.  We are gods creating our own reality.  Movies like the Matrix and Indigo show us images of people and even children with extraordinary skills and awareness of events past and future that we will have…maybe even now possess…

He said:  Yes…we merely are here on borrowed time and have the obligation to make the best of it…especially in touch with others…that is my belief.  Yes…we will develop a kind of people (indigos as you call them) that are more aware…this is why I do already trust and adore you…even now…with no second thoughts.

She said:  Making the best of it — I like that.  I’m going to step away and make a cup of tea.  Would be nice if you were near to have some 🙂

He said:  (Kiss) I will miss you already…and look forward to our next encounter.  Please take it easy…reflect a lot…read my thoughts…you are adored.

She said:  I recall in your profile that you were a classical music admirer.  I like to think of myself as a wine connoisseur.  I am teaching myself about the various types and region where the grapes are grown and collecting bottles — full and empty 🙂  I have a couple of vines growing at a vineyard.  I will say goodbye for now and I too look forward to our next encounter.  You too are adored!

He said:  I will save some fine French wine for you when you come to visit…they are my favorites.

She said:  Thank you.  Tell me how the weather will be where you are the next time we talk.  Good bye for now.

 

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Satisfied

”A designer knows when he has reached perfection not when there is nothing left to add but when there is nothing left to take away”.  ~ Antione de Sainte

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