Im sending you my deepest sadness and offering my supportive thoughts and prayers to you all for the recent incidents in Boston and hope you again, as proven so many times before when put thru such terrible attacks, will rise and regain happiness and the sense of safety.
RIP all casualties and my deepest prayers for their families and friends.
Some of you have only heard about them, some of you have experienced them and some of you might be them.
I suggest this to be read in an introspective mode, as I think we all need to introspect ourselves, “look into a mirror” as often as we can in life…to be sure of who we are and who we want to be. We all make mistakes, but unless we don’t try to repair damages or not repeat them etc, we will be stuck on the way and hindering ourselves and/or others from development into a better “version” and reaching a higher ground of existence.
It is sometimes easily done, to be absorbed by and to directly/indirectly get caught up into such activities for several people, as many are afraid of being “the outsider” or get “frozen” out by a single bully or her/his group..its just as in schoolyards, except this is an adult playground...but several basic mechanisms are the same…being scared to be left out, many people act beyond themselves, their in real life nature, moral standards etc and give in for "leader/head-bullies" dominant personalities and manipulative traits, and the “head bully”/ring-leader is always keen on making her/his “group” (if it is a group who is bullying) so that her/his “bullying mates” feel less of the “guilt” when bullying and more of it when/if not joining the bullying actions.
Cyber bullying is the repeated use of information technology, including e-mail, instant messaging, blogs, chat rooms, cell phones, and gaming systems, to deliberately falsely accuse, discredit, harass, threaten, outsingle/“freeze” out,or intimidate someone.
Unlike physical bullying, where the victim many times can walk away, technology now allows for continuous harassment, from any distance, in a variety of ways. It is "an aggressive, intentional act carried out by a group or individual, using electronic forms of contact, repeatedly and over time against a victim”…and it might get worse when/if the victim responds or/and acts against her/his bully/ers. The “head bully” undermines and tries to destroy anyone who she/he perceives to be an adversary, a potential threat, or who can see through the bully's mask…and is quick to try to discredit and neutralise anyone who can talk knowledgeably about antisocial or sociopathic behaviors and may pursue a vindictive vendetta against anyone who dares to hold her/him accountable, perhaps using others' resources and contemptuous of the damage caused to other people in pursuance of the vendetta.
One sad example is Hope Witsell, a student in Florida, who was tortured by classmates after a topless picture of her was discovered and then forwarded via cell phone to the entire school. Hope subsequently suffered months of intense emotional abuse at school. She eventually committed suicide to escape the emotional distress.
Victims of cyberbullying are twice as likely to attempt suicide.
Experts say anytime you are repeatedly harassed, humiliated or threatened online it's cyberbullying, and teens aren't the only victims.
"I hear about adult women retaliating a lot more and retaliating in really vicious ways than men, to the point where sites get shut down, people drop off of sites," said Dr. Cheryl Dellasega, author of “Mean Girls Grown Up”.
Dellasega says sometimes mean girls grow into mean women, especially when there's anonymity.
"It's like being behind a mask," said Dellasega. "It offers that sort of anonymous screen for a woman to say some things that she wouldn't normally say."
Research shows that it is more common of women being extreme cyberbullies than men…I guess “gossip groups/mean ones” have moved to the Internet…I call such “hate squads”.
As many of you know, Im rather new in the blogs (if comparing to many of you), I started my bloglife here with a rather extreme subject and several first rather recently told me it made them “doubt my character”, as "how can I.." but if you read that blog, you will get the picture that Im a very loyal person in every angle of my being, but Im also interested in looking at the world, questioning, thinking out the box etc. as its in my inventor nature, so after reading further in my infidelity blog & then in more blogs I posted, people started “warming” up to me & understanding. I thank you for embracing me, even though English is not my main language & also as Im kind of an "out of the box"-type.
OK..now…since the TexasNeuro incident, where I even started a blog post to let people speak/clear out about the disappearence of a long time co-blogger & then came the US elections...Ive noticed fireful spots of tension increasing between bloggers & that poor MM are having to deal with many complaints & not to even mention their tech problems...
Core causes of these tensions are basically due to differences of opinions between people...lets say some are democrats, others republicans & then (in one case) comes the international mix with more juice to the soup (me) and OMG there goes a KNOOOCK!-blow between folks…some are Christians some are not BAM!There goes another blow…some are after the same guy/girl..some jealousy arises-BONG!There goes another blow etc…so it becomes a series of misunderstandings, tension etc & the blog becomes kind of a battle field when it should be the opposite, a field of fine roses with some tiiiny thorns once in a while but no greater harm.
Here we are now…tensionful environment (kindergaarten)...people sillywise complaining like mad to the Headmaster (MM), MM getting confused & tired, people blaming each other & blocking each other & pulses rising...FOR NO IMPORTANT REASON. We are all humans, from different backgrounds & lifewalks, we see things different ways, we like different types of ice cream etc but we are all alike - we inhabit tears, we inhabit laughter, we inhabit LOVE..we are people…when hurt, we suffer. So there is no ACTUAL need for all this drama. Lets all calm down and start over..shall we?
I invite all here to share some thoughts & hopefully some “IM SORRY” to eachother...this is a room where we hug, kiss & make up & with that we agree to;
- Not insult others personally, act respectfully
- If we do not like what someone is posting and it is not a personal (with name etc) insult to someone, no need to report and bother poor ol´ MM. If we feel something is wrong in a blog etc, we contact that person by personal mail & tell our feelings/thoughts with respect, then that person can change blog entry etc for you – if you are not a member/cannot post personal emails, leave a comment on my profile & I will chelp com. between you/your "opponent",I offer my meddling service for a simple fee of a smile=go thru some fellow blogger than heading to MM people in dust, dawn rain or sun...
- Be eachothers cheerers, not sticks in each other’s wheels
- Remove blockages made because of issues herein & give “wrongmakers” another chance
- Be MUCH MORE generous with compliments to eachother
- If you get truly unhappy about something someone is writing, turn the other cheek, just don’t bother that much…it is not worth it in the long run…simply agree to disagree & If discussing, and it might be heated on the particular subject, try to put yourself in the other persons shoe, try it on for a second, then you might understand something…if you cannot fit the shoe on…then you have other choices than attacking and being upset or causing unpleasant environment for you and others..
So, if YOU agree (and/or want to add something) with this peace package I´ve put together above, please leave some nice comment/s & you who´ve an ongoing or old feud, please write something nice to your "opponent", we´re all humans & we will face a hug with a hug back…Im hoping ;-)
Lets all let MM concentrate on the tech parts (as they are not up to par yet) & let us manage living in this MM bloggbubble in peace, love & harmony by our own means. Lets share a cup of coffee & fresh baked cookies, not a door slam in the face.
Starting from my corner; I´ve only blocked two people here, as I got to know they´re jumping up & down behind/in front of the scenes causing stuff, one also put out direct personal insult on my blog…I will now remove my blockings & offer you an olive branch and I say this; Its sad that you did what you did and hope you see it was not worth it and reconsider this and try to see it from my point of view also...
Furthermore, Im sorry if I hurt someones feelings (not that Im generally known for such actions) in any way when I have said/written some things that anyone would possibly felt/feel bad/sad about, I never mean any harm, I just try to understand & tell my point of view. Im considered very nice & generous by those who know me just a little both herein & irl. Hope & think you are aswell. I might not know you personally, but maybe in the future…and if you´re one of several who asked to call me and/or asked me to call you and If I have not yet, it is just that Im very unused to calling with people from online forum, as all this all is new to me...so, its general, not personal. If anyone would feel sad/offended etc. by anything I put in any of my blog posts, please just give me a personal message here (in some way), telling me directly & I will do something about it - within reason.
I think there´s been misunderstandings between different people & I hope we all can blog with more respect & at least be cordial & hopefully lovingly loving. Lets all change routes to the highest road possible, as this is not a battle field, this is a common ground of peace.
Some days ago, I met with some highly educated Americans at a science conference, we had a meal afterwards and we discussed things regarding the upcoming elections in the US, and Obama in general (as Mitt Romney is an open clear book they say).
Things brought up were that people do not know beyond all doubt who/how this man, Barack Hussein Obama is.
He sailed into the powerseat mainly because of the wind of his color and maybe some peoples unintentional ignorance, but who is he?
Some claim that his birthdata are questionable, that he is a muslim etc.
Well, according to me, it doesnt matter where you are born and what your beliefs are, but being the president of such global power seat, you should be entirely clear and honest beyond this kind of doubt, ev. hidden agendas etc...but then again, to reach such goal...
If the proper truth would have been told there and then, then Hussein would maybe not have been elected for president, which would maybe have changed the entire political (and international) lansdscape.
It seems as if many Americans are questioning Obamas identity and all attached to it.
Is it for real that Donald Trump has put out a price for the person reveiling Obamas true identity?
Is Obama a muslim in his heart (his father was muslim) and he himself did not "become" Christian (according to himself) until some 20 years ago...
By the way, I was once told that Barack means the blessed and Hussein means the good in quran arabic by a muslim friend of mine...
Is he maybe planted by the extreme muslim world-take-over-brotherhood to open the ultimate power doors and is he simply using the muslim "taqiya" (being allowed to mislead about the truth)? How come it was the very and only Hussein O on the doors of power when the so called Arabian Spring occured, where the muslim brotherhood empowered themselves more than ever in modern history?
Why did he stumble while swearing the presidential oath? Freudian mistake...?
Who is this man, elected after the period of the former president who had to deal with histories worst attack on US, planned by a man, with the name not so different from his own, Usama? (Even news broadcasters said Obama when wanting to say Usama when USAMA was claimed to have been terminated)...
...and if Hussein Obama is not truthful, how would for example the African-American people react and feel, meaning when (if ever) they would get to know that Hussein in such case might stem from the very kind of people who might have triggered the slavery at large in the world (isnt Mauritania is still having slavery to this very date...?)...
Not being an American, this sounds scary/fishy even to my ears...so Im curious about what people are really thinking in regards to the mentioned above...if anyone would/could...
This topic needs (even if It might be difficult for some), to be a bit beyond political preferences, as it is more of its own issue.
As Buddha and others said, one needs to keep a critical mindset..check whats behind the dotted lines... and many times that means challenging the common agreed "truth".
So, what if Hussein O is the biggest scam in modern history?
Please note; I am simply just trying to understand a bit behind the scenes stuff..I have not formed any opinion on this matter, as I am not electing anyone, but, I am interested to hear something else and more than the caress of the general horseback being conducted in the overall media worldwide.
Pls keep a respectable tone towards fellow commentators.
I know I have a Hole hunting project in the travel pipe/on my bucket list...traveling around the world visiting amazing hole structures - what a former blog of mine is about.
..................................................................................................................wait a second...
I recently got an email from a childhood friend, now living in France, who suggested we might want to go hunting stars instead...not meaning go to Hollywood ;-)))
Spaceport America has opened its gates and it is as for rather recently possible to "fly to the moon" and back.
This is amazing. Thank you Sir R. B.
So...starting to research this and look around..Im very intrigued and this is something that has just jumped into my rather empty bucket list...a top destination for myself...a childhood dream that now has the possibility of coming true.
Ever since man could appreciate beauty, there have been amazing work put into attracting a smile on royals faces..and that smile is usually spelled J e w e l r y.
I have been surrounded and drawn by such beauty all my life.
On one hand, I do believe that a person is either born with class or not, hence the quality of choices made in life from the biggest to the smallest things.
I do believe classiness is beyond the general inherited royal emblem, but on the other hand, royals have left traces of amazing treasures throughout history...stamps of the external face of eternal class.
So, here I will post, not a showcase of my special and unique private collection as Im not an online exhibtionist of my private life, but im posting an amazing exposé of some of the worlds most beautiful regalia/royal treasures.
***welcome to enjoy this moment of the worlds royal reality***
I live in a country where the word "equality" is more important than air or water. The world is becoming more and more a place where women seek equal rights with men...een cross cultures and even religions.
I have studied in several faculties, and once a professor and doctor who had conducted a 10-years study, told us that she studied the differences between men and womens behaviour...and that there are several differences between men both mentally and pysically, one of her experiments was giving a task to a group of women vs. to a group of men and that women got into some kind of disagreement about who and how when men just assigned the tasks on the list given to the best man for it without so much "bickering"...
We have all heard about the good old "cat-fight"..visually it is when two women get into some physical alteration...but then comes the verbal abuse, the bs-behind the back, the gossiping etc etc...I, being a women, have had to cut several female relationships just because I do not want to be involved in such issues...and I must admit that many times I have found being in the company of men to be more inspiring, less "catty", with less jealous vibes and more "effective" than when being with a group of females.
I have also noticed that "feminists" (I do not agree with such women) think they have this global right to "abuse" men in general and hate on them and show/preach huge dislikeness to men etc but I think they are being exactly or more of what they are against...so they are using and gaining on this themselves.
No abuse is ok - neither men against women nor women against men.
Im thinking about this issue right now after being in the company of a group of women how they can talk so bad stuff about men and how I have experienced the opposite with men talking admiring stuff about women (not saying it is always this way, but this is my latest experience)...
...and how "sisterhood" might be more tainted than we "sisters" want to admit, how equality with men is maybe very secondary to (at least according to myself) equality between and amongst women in general...that we (women) maybe need to learn a new way of being amongst eachtoher, and how to be eachothers biggest supporters more than being so picky about the general equality issue vs. men...and maybe our best teachers for this genuine sisterhood-plan might very well be the male brotherhood...;-)
I was reading some news, and up popped the news about the übercyclist Lance Armstrong...I had to call some friends up and tell them and there we sat...shocked and disappointed..and mostly we thought about what Americans must feel, some even grew up with having him as a hero figure on the American map...these news, about him being doped, and lost all his titles must be extremely sadening to the world...
We are not into cycling as much, but this is not about one single sport..this is not only about Lance being doped..its about the entire world being d u p e d by him...duped into believing that supermen does exist, that humanbeing can be larger than nature in some extent..and in this...its also about Armstrong actually being some kind of "a dope don" behind the scenes, for his mates..and this is the worst doping story in the history of sports...
I remember back in the day when cute Marion Jones was stripped off her titles..how sad we became, as we were much into sports and it was like someone died..heartbreaking..
Can only imagine how this Armstrong story must impact the entire sports world and the sense of so much honor which is printed into sports sphere all over the world...
Its amazing when trying to imagine what must be going on in a mind of such humanbeing, winning stuff that does not belong to him, engaging the world in such victorious moments and false smiles...
I wonder if this will tarnish the entire sport-hero sense forever..that people will be extra careful and suspicious if/when another "Lance Armstrong" will appear...
Oh...many thoughts right now..hard to grasp..and the fact that he actually passed some doping tests..means they are not even reliable..so how many false sports-heroes do we have in this world?
Staff writer Andrew Mach, NBC News wrote;
Lance Armstrong won seven Tour de France cycling titles in a career that made him a superstar. But he was dogged by allegations of doping, and last year he was stripped of his titles after a scathing report by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
Singer Sheryl Crow, Armstrong’s ex-fiancé, was with him during two Tours. She was interviewed by federal agents in late 2011 and allegedly provided information to aid in the doping investigation, the New York Daily News reported. According to people familiar with the matter, the Wall Street Journal reported, Crow knew many details about doping on the team and was helpful in the USADA investigation, but didn’t give an affidavit to the organization.
In an interview with Katie Couric after Armstrong was stripped of his Tour de France titles, Crow said she still supported her ex-fiancé.
“I know how hard he worked to win those titles, and you know, it was hard to watch,” Crow said. “I felt bad. I felt bad for him, I felt bad for his family and I kinda felt like the rest of America. He is a hero that we watched and looked up to and admire.”
As several here already know, Ive had the priviledge to study several areas in my life thus far in the academic fields (and in life school aswell), and I guess im interested in several angles of existence...and had the ease of studying, as i loved my University years...
So..when we studied Psychology, several levels of the human mental sphere were studied, nevertheless our own...as when a person studies psychology at a certain level, one needs to be "examined" if one can handle this, if there are any "issues" and hence if a person is even appropriate for such...and then when proceeding into some very delicate area of research or work, one gets to pass thru several more "exams" aswell...its an interesting journey and Im happy I made it with great honors!
So...Im going to try sharing some psychology 101-series on here, and hope they give you some interesting knowledge and food for mind.
My first sharing-session in my "PSY 101" series will be Bodylanguage. It is a very interesting area, and as natural for us humans as drinking water...so...as many of my books are physical paperback books (thick ones indeed...so I had to hire a truck to carry thema round back in the day hahaha), both English and Swedish, i will be trying to match that knowledge from stuff I can find online and in some less complicated and less "boring" faculty lingo...
As I look around in the world, travelled, experienced, achieved and seen alot for my "young" age (as people usually say), I find the way "Life" is valued is very different.
I was in a masquerabe ball last night, celebrating the New Year...and as we were celebrating some moments after 00:00..one of us, a celebrated, wealthy and very respected lady excused herself, with all the makeup and oh so expensive maquerade attire, gold and diamonds..she said "excuse me, I have to go home to my darling puppy, as he must be terrified of all the fireworks noise.."..just as if he is a humanbeing...she left to her expensive etage in the city.
Someone said, "Oh, my pets are just fine..they have to endure some rough and tough noises" and took another sip of her splendid champagne.
As we were leaving, several ladies had amazing fur coats covering them, as it was freezing, even by the amazing royalish mansion we were at.
It started up my mind thinking of the value of life.
In some places, abortion is being protested and attacked.
In others abortion is being a "way of life".
In some minds, fur is seen as wearing another lifes hide (this is my own belief, although Im not involved in any radicalities), others cant live a life without covering their bodies with that.
In some areas, where there are millions and millions of citizens, people get stabbed in alleys, shot in daylight, tortured and attacked on a daily basis...some religion is not even respecting humans life more than strategic means to their spreading and worldruling thru terror acts...and there are war actions (sometimes even when "war" might not even be publically anounced), with children, women and men being killed, pregnant mothers being molested and decent husbands being tortured every single moment...in some places I visited people were litterarly thrown of trains like flies with no respect whatsoever...one by one...authority is key..authority being above life...out from a moving train...and in some areas dogs...stray dogs are being hit and tortured with their tail cut with big scissors and laughing peolpe not caring...amazing elephants chased and killed for their precious teeth...wild animals in general hunted down for a humans pleasure activities and material gain..people killed every day in mines to get those precious things in orderf for weallthy people to feel more valuable wearing that bling...cartells of drugs dealing via children or women hiding drugs in their intimate areas only to die of the same...human trafficking...oh...all this horror...all these lives...many dont even notice, dont even know, dont even care...some just go to the nearest bank and depostie some amount of money for charity, seamless and comfortable transaction, just to feel good about themselves...oh..such a relief...I have saved something, now I can carry on to take more..." (charitydonations are offcourse very important - this was just to give an emotional example).
In other places, one person dies in a boat accident, or 15 are killed in a massacre..the entire world gets into grief...and every single victim-persons face is stitched into the fabric of history books and eternity..oh they are noticed..seen..they are heroes...and yes, I agree, for example the Sandy children are heroes..but I also find the slum children of India, the used children of Brazilian streets etc etc, the..the...the..all...are equally important.
All such life should have equal value.
Although..in the eyes of the world in general...this value itself has a value.
A guy I saw on a train smiled at me and I shyly looked away, perfectly knowing we will probably not meet again, WHY?
Old people have been young once, just like us, and they built up or sociaty in order for us to have this life..but still they are forgotten in nursing homes, WHY?
My friend loves dogs (hates cats), but her love and husband to be loves cats(hates dogs), and they say dont mix cats with dogs, WHY?
The lingerie industry is blooming, although they say "love is blind".WHY?
Many people I talk to, disses reality TV, but still they seem to watch it behind closed doors, WHY?
A man/woman expresses fairytale love and romance for a woman/man, but still he/she cant get his/her active eyes of others when they are out for dinner, WHY?
I know an anti-abortion business woman, who loves Russian caviar, WHY?
Another friend is against death penalty and is a true animal friend, but she keeps an electrical mosquito trap, WHY?
I was talking to an elderly gentleman while witing for a flight, and I naturally called him "Sir", he corrected me and said (almost as if offended) "no, pelase call me Stefan", WHY?
Its easier for an arrogant man in a Ferrari to get appreciation than a nice man in a Wolkswagen, WHY?
I met a person who used to tripple-lock his place with extreme alarmsystem etc, although he did not keep anything of value in the house, while his neighbor left the house door unlocked while shopping for groceries, and they had very expensive art on their walls, WHY?
The world just recently started to seriously get into the hype of recycling and environmental friendliness, although the world and people have been around for a while, WHY?
Some women are very strictly non smoking when the baby is in their stomach, but walk around smoking with the baby around them when the baby is born, WHY?
There are huge amounts of poor people around the world, but still some poor ghetto-originated rappers make entire wineglasses out of pure gold and diamonds, WHY?
I was brought up with alot of art surrounding me, and also studied Art Science at university (beside my other major studies) just for the fun of it...I think to me art is like water or air...important lifepulse...
When studying Art Science, I discovered the many hidden angles to art in the world, and that it is not just a showpiece...it is actually a portion of history.
Prior to photography, artists were called to the homes of the wealthy people and were asked to paint portraits or other objects...and I asked my professor.."Oh, then that means we might have a twisted picture of historical reality...?". He said, "yes in some ways, unfortunately, many paintings etc kept today give us a picture of the wealthy peoples lives so we might be lacking more about general people..although painters tried to capture that aswell and we do have some references for it..."
Artists had to make a living offcourse, and hence they got orders by the afforders...now...it is a totally different story.
I have a nice collection which I cant stop admiring as I do find some new angles and new feelings connected to each piece thru time... and I never stop being surprised nor amazed by the power that lies behind these genius strokes of artists...
I find it at times very hard to grasp how the classical masters could achieve such miracles...beyond any of our modern technology..-.just pure and unmanipulated creative force.
It will be a pleasure to share some of my favourite art on here...Im aware of that not everyone is interested in or even understands art, but you are either way welcome to this "exhibiton".
I must say that I love classical masters the most...but in some few cases also enjoy contemporary art aswell.
Background info to this painting by Swedish pride, Alexander Roslin - my favourite portrait painter
The Comtesse Septimanie d'Egmont Pignatelli (1740-1773) was one of the most intellectually astute and glamorous women of Parisian high society in the 1760s. Her father was the Duc de Richelieu (1696-1788), a trusted advisor to King Louis XV. At age fifteen, she married Casimir Pignatelli, Comte d'Egmont (1727-1801), the scion of two very ancient houses of European nobility, the Egmonts of the Netherlands and the Pignatellis of Naples and Aragon
The countess sponsored many of the leading artistic figures of the Enlightenment, including Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. She was included in the highest court circles at Versailles, counting among her closest friends the Duc de Choiseul, Minister of Foreign Affairs, whose portrait is also featured in this gallery.The countess probably selected Alexandre Roslin in 1763 as her portraitist at the suggestion of Baron Scheffer, the Swedish Ambassador to France. She is depicted in a fashionable Spanish-style gown, a reference to her husband's ancestry.
The painting was commissioned by her husband as a gift.
I am new goldmemeber/in the blogs here, but I know there was just a memeber here called Voyager54, a man with a smile holding a small cute dog on his pic and had over 800 blog posts under his belt.
I do not know him personally, but he did post some rather cute comments on my blogs.
Then something happened between him and another member, and now I do not see his blogs.
First and foremost, I cant emphasize enough how important r e s p e c t is between humanbeings (even though someone thought it seems to be kind of a "naive" mindset on the blogs before this happened), especially on blogs like this, where we cant experience another persons proper being, know their story behind the screen and see their nuanses etc.
I have said this several times before here already...despite being new in blogging, that I do not agree with personal attacks , as I find it a sign of weakness in argumenting opinions etc. and I do not quite get why people who have a problem cant just solve it off records off blogs and as private messages between one another...whats the royal thing about washing dirty laundry in public? This should be the general practice here i suggest.
If you do not like something about a person, and have something personal to add about this persons actions, person etc. send him/her a private message and solve it between yourselves, let the blogs be about rational arguments and opinions in regards to topics at hand.
Another thing, involving religion (a personal matter indeed), such as the usual blaming of the everlasting innocent Jesus into the mix, is of poor arguments and no relevance. I think Jesus should be left out of all negative equations, as He certainly showed the most amount of bravery, stood up for and sacrificed Himself for His and our cause without hurting anything or anyone...He practised what He preached unlike several of His so called followers..so..those people who roam around calling themselves Christians but behaving oddly, should think twice about what and who they are claiming to represent...and renovate their actions in regards to "turn the other cheek", "forgive thy enemy", "dont cast the first stone" etc...meaning be a true Jesus follower if you are.
There are several alternative and peaceful ways of solving a problem which does not include punishment etc.
So...what did really happen in the case of Voyager54, and what is this blog societys opinion on the current situation?
Please note that no personal attacks are accepted.
Over two thousand years ago a young woman by the name of Mary lived in the small town of Nazareth. Mary was to be married to a carpenter named Joseph. She was unaware of the significance of her life until one day an angel sent from God appeared before her. The angel Gabriel had good news for Mary. She had been chosen by God to have a special baby. The baby was to be God’s son and she would name him Jesus. Mary told Gabriel she would do whatever God asked.
Not long after the angel’s visit, Mary and Joseph were married. Together they made a long journey to Bethlehem where Mary was to have her baby. When they arrived in Bethlehem they did not have a place to stay because the inn there was full. The kind innkeeper told them he had a stable where the animals lived that they could stay in for the night. Jesus, God’s Son, was born that night. Mary wrapped baby Jesus in a small cloth and placed him in a manger of hay.
That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, gathering their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel from God appeared before them in a bright light. They were afraid but the angel reassured them. He said he has brought them good news that will bring great joy to all people. He told them that the Son of God has been born today in the city of Bethlehem. The angel told them that they will recognize Him by this sign; he will be wrapped snugly in cloth, lying in a manger.
The shepherds hurried to go to see Baby Jesus. When they found him in the stable in Bethlehem, they were filled with great joy at the sight of God’s Son. They kneeled before the baby and worshipped him. After seeing the baby, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and that the angel appeared to them and told them that Jesus was God’s Son and to be Savior of the World.
The same night far away in the East, wise men were traveling on their camels when they noticed a very strange bright star in the sky. They knew that this star meant that the King of the Jews, the One who would save the world had been born.
During the time that Jesus was born, a very mean king by the name of Herod ruled the land. The three wise men decided to go to the king to learn where they could find this special baby: the King of the Jews. When King Herod heard this, he got very worried as he thought this new king might take his throne away. King Herod called a meeting with all of the other important people in the area and asked them to find this special child so that he too, could worship this special baby.
King Herod told the wise men to go and find this child. After they had spoken to the King, the wise men left to find the baby. They did not know where to find the baby, but at night they followed the star in the east. They followed the star until they found the very place the star hung over in Bethlehem. When they finally arrived, they were excited and happy. They found baby Jesus laying in Mary’s arms and they kneeled down and worshipped Him.
The wise men brought gifts for Jesus of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Mary thanked them for bringing the gifts for Jesus and the wise men left to find a place to sleep for the night. As they were sleeping, they each had the same dream . The wise men were warned by an angel not to go back to King Herod and tell him about where they found the Jesus as King Herod had intended on killing him.
The wise men returned to their country without going to see King Herod. Soon after, Joseph also had a dream where an angel told him to take Mary and the Baby Jesus to Egypt as King Herod was to order to have Jesus be killed. They left Bethlehem for Egypt immediately. When the wise men did not return to King Herod, he ordered that baby boys in Bethlehem be killed. They never found Jesus as he was safe.
All over the world, there are people struggling in this very second, and will be struggling during the Holidays and not even see hope for a brighter future.
We are in here, on a Millionaire dating site, and many of us are bathing in assets and money, and are struggeling with some luxury matters, such as what handbag to wear today, my LV or Hermés...which is OK, we should be happy for what we have,,but also reach out a hand and a athought to those who are in severe struggles.
I have been building organizations in my "sparetime", to make these peoples stuggles less painful...and I can say this, seeing a struggling child become excited and smile when receiving a cute doll...just as simple as that...yeah...that is the greatest Christmas gift of all to me.
I am talking about a child in an abusive home or with addictive parent/s, who has to be an adult and deal with adult stuff when only being a child...
Youngsters who are scared to cross their streets as they might get shot...
Schools feeling scared for a Sandy-effect...
I am talking about women aho are abused...
Molested and bullied children...and adults...
Mothers not being able to make ends meet, struggling with multiple jobs...
Fathers working day and night to support their families...
Soldiers in dusty ugly wars, ready to die for us, just so we can go on feeling the wind of democracy and freedom...
Children (and adults) sold for sex...
Innocent people used...
Old men and women forgotten, finding their time run fast in a nursing home all alone...
Children and adults being ill in different ways, maybe not knowing if they will live another day..and so many many more...
These people (and their helpers) are my Christmas heroes.
We are now surrounded by amazing Christmas lights, snow, cribs, trees and hopefullness of new and great things to come.
We are all humanbeings of flesh sharing this world. We all know that some people are starving, some people are experiencing suppression, others are experiencing war and so forth. Yes. The world is not an equal-for-all place.
I hope we all pray for those in need. Offcourse.
It is very easy for many (I feel this many times) to almost feel guilty for being so happy and walking around with a blissful smile, filled grocery bags and Louis Vuitton accessories, cheering on life, when media constantly sprays our minds with such misery, reminds us of the worlds suffering etc.
It is OK to be happy despite of the suffering going on in several places worldwide, as if we are happy, we will then be able to be strong enough to contribute and help those who are not...at least in the long run. We should offcourse not forget, help and send a thought...but we should allow ourselves to own happiness without such guilt.
This page allows you to just relax, be thankful for what you have and also share a feeling of a WISH for something to be granted you yourself ahead...as the power of attraction does work.
If there is anything I dislike alot, then it is narrowmindness and fanatics in regards to anything.
I belive in balance and when I once in a while meet up with a fanatic (extremmist) person, either he/she is it about their looks, about their work or about their religion, politics etc i get a bit..hmm...unattracted...my respect to this person starts itching and I eventually lose my respect for them...as they are not any greater different from a drugaddict high on themselves and their own and nobody/nothing else matters.
This site is for people. Humanbeings.
The hope is that all these people are who they are regardless of what others think and want them to be etc...so if you believe in a duck on a stick or in UFOs and aliens being supreme or if you believe in ancient and most common religions such as Christianity, Buddhism etc..it is up to you...and this site have the capacity to inhabit all these kinds of believers and even the blelievers in not believing.
What I doubt on the other hand, is, this site needing or wanting to inhabit individuals who cannot respect other peoples beliefs or be tactful and gracefull about others/their own beliefs, and try to enforce their point of views and beliefs on others to any extend or price. Arrogant, selfemperor-titled nobodies.
Those does not belong here, they may have their own site "dating site for arrogant blowup losers".
I urge these kind of individuals (who must know who they are, having lived with their agonies and people dropping away from themby the second) to find that kind of site for themselves and leave us, healthy happy and respectful people be on here, dating others of our types...or just throw away their fanatics hat and just take a break...or two..and relaaaaaaaaax.
On the 13th of December, we, in Sweden, celebrate Sankta Lucia day. Very early in the dawn she comes with her procession, all in light and beauty. It is a very big day in Sweden and something we are brought up with and something that makes us all remember the light although it is snowy dark and remember that life is beautiful despite the darkness we face back here in Northern Europe at winter time.
There are several competitions to whom will be Lucia in the procession, and it is many girls dream to win such or be appointed for Lucia, a great honor. The boys usually prefer to be Santas (tomtar) or "star boys" (stjärngossar) in the procession, while some girls are Lucia's handmaidens (tärnor).
Lucia — the bearer of light
Alongside Midsummer, the Lucia celebrations represent one of the foremost cultural traditions in Sweden, with their clear reference to life in the peasant communities of old: darkness and light, cold and warmth.
Lucia is an ancient mythical figure with an abiding role as a bearer of light in the dark Swedish winters.
The many Lucia songs all have the same theme:
The night treads heavily around yards and dwellings In places unreached by sun, the shadows brood Into our dark house she comes, bearing lighted candles, Saint Lucia, Saint Lucia.
All Swedes know the standard Lucia song by heart, and everyone can sing it, in or out of tune. On the morning of Lucia Day, the radio plays some rather more expert renderings, by school choirs or the like.
The Lucia celebrations also include ginger snaps and sweet, saffron-flavoured buns (lussekatter) shaped like curled-up cats and with raisin eyes. You eat them with glögg or coffee.
So to you all I wish you a beautiful Lucia day!
A bit history background;
The Lucia tradition can be traced back both to St Lucia of Syracuse, a martyr who died in 304, and to the Swedish legend of Lucia as Adam’s first wife. It is said that she consorted with the Devil and that her children were invisible infernals. Thus the name may be associated with both lux (light) and Lucifer (Satan), and its origins are difficult to determine. The present custom appears to be a blend of traditions.
In the old almanac, Lucia Night was the longest of the year. It was a dangerous night when supernatural beings were abroad and all animals could speak. By morning, the livestock needed extra feed. People, too, needed extra nourishment and were urged to eat seven or nine hearty breakfasts. This kind of feasting presaged the Christmas fast, which began on Lucia Day.
The last person to rise that morning was nicknamed ‘Lusse the Louse’ and often given a playful beating round the legs with birch twigs. The slaughtering and threshing were supposed to be over by Lucia and the sheds to be filled with food in preparation for Christmas. In agrarian Sweden, young people used to dress up as Lucia figures (lussegubbar) that night and wander from house to house singing songs and scrounging for food and schnapps.
The first recorded appearance of a white-clad Lucia in Sweden was in a country house in 1764. The custom did not become universally popular in Swedish society until the 20th century, when schools and local associations in particular began promoting it. The old lussegubbar custom virtually disappeared with urban migration, and white-clad Lucias with their singing processions were considered a more acceptable, controlled form of celebration than the youthful carousals of the past. Stockholm proclaimed its first Lucia in 1927. The custom whereby Lucia serves coffee and buns (lussekatter) dates back to the 1880s, although the buns were around long before that.