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The Ice Princess & the Diamond Palace


From the far four corners they came -- troubadours, soldiers and kings alike; some came once and others twice …for great riches, the diamond palace and a beautiful princess await the one who could thaw her heart of ice.

Many did not survive the journey; some lost their way; the icy path was treacherous and unusually dark and grey. It was said that the diamond palace lies in a clearing where suddenly the night changes into day.

But, true love was the path I sought – not for riches, diamonds or gold. One with a pure heart will win the princess’ hand; or so the legend foretold. Forlorn without a partner in life, I stumbled into a clearing lost, and cold.

I bathed in the warmth of the sun reflecting off the pure white snow. From this wonderful warm place, I had no wish to go. In the fields spring flower started to bloom and green grass suddenly began to grow. In the sky I saw the albatrosses dance on the wind as they come and go.

I felt it was a magic place, as it changed from winter to spring; in a whispe r I heard, “True love awaits him who sees the ice- bird sing.”

Just then I saw a bird souring high above then landing on the ground. Could this be the ice- bird with a crystal light reflected from its crown?

Before my eyes, it changed into a beautiful woman; I could not believe the sight. My eyes were transfixed by her naked beauty and by her heavenly crystal light.

I crouched low behind a tree and made not even a sound for fear that I might frighten away this ice-princess with a brilliant diamond crown.

I watched as she sang while bathing in the sun and brushing her shimmering hair. I could hear my heart pounding loader; never had I seen such a woman so fair.

My heart raced faster and faster and I could not control its beat. The ice- princess heard the clatter and sprang upon her feet.

“Please… don’t go,” I said, as she turned and started to flee, “I am a just lost and will be no trouble; if you stay, you will see.”

Upon hearing my words, she turned and said, “Then it is you! True love has turned the ice to spring and made our sky again blue. “

Only a man, who’s pure of heart, could find the path to this place and see my true face. You warmed my heart and brought back the light into my land on this very day. I’ve waited all my life for the man, who would lift away the dark and the grey.”

The light embraced us in its warmth as I gazed deep into the crystal waters of her eyes. In them I saw our future as guardians of the light… the diamond palace and the warm golden sky.

As we embraced the light grew brighter and spread warmth to all the lands. “Now that we have each other, we will never be apart again”.

Every day after, we confirmed our love and only one thing remained to be said. So solemnly we promised our love, “…and with these diamond rings, my love, I thee wed.”

We lived happily ever after.

Written June 11, 2011
By Albert V. Sheppard

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“We pass by potentially great friends, compatible business, cultural, and political exchange partners, and possible perfect mates everyday and FATE NEVER causes us to meet them, in a safe environment for a long enough time to discover that we like each other. We are programmed by Hollywood films and music and media stars to reject anyone who does not immediately meet our usually misguided standards. Perhaps that is a fact of life and may even be a instinctual human trait, but we know it fails to recognize a more developed and current human state. I personally have tried the pen-pal, friends, social networking, dating, matching, and marriage sites for many years with some temporary success, but they did NOT meet my most important expectations, needs, wants, desires, and goals. Their concept is good, but misdirected. It is hard enough to deal with the random odds, the random chance, the fickle fate, and the chaos in the real world; so why extend it into the virtual world. My future websites take into account these social networking and dating/match-making site short-comings, their trial-and-error approach, their best intentions, their best concepts, and their best practices and adds a structure to give nature an intelligent helping hand.

I have NO doubt that each of us can do some small or BIG things to stop violence; raise better children; stop violence against women; stop drugs and alcohol abuse; ostracize the ignorant conservative politicians and their controllers, who want to take the world backwards in the misused name of traditional values; raise your voice, your pen, your blog, and your web site to stomp out racists and religious bigots -- do NOT be silent (your silence implies consent); stop global threats and human suppression by countries of their own people and their threats to other nations and territories; remove the causes of terrorism; help capture or kill terrorists and dangerous criminals; create global friendships with appreciation for global cultures find ways to communicate effectively with people, who speak other languages; give aid and care for others in disasters; get rid of world poverty, disease, starvation, illiteracy and ignorance, rape, child abuse, pedophilia, and the rampant abuse of our globe and the protective atmosphere. Help immigrants, seeking a better life and trying to support their families, to do so. Make a legal path for illegal immigrants seeking to do the work that you and I reject, etc. Do not accept the globe the way it is. We can make it better. Just do something! Even a small thing. Any action you take, no matter how small, will set off ripple effects that will reverberate around the world. Courage is not the absence of fear, but overcoming your fears.

Albert V. Sheppard




The Ice Princess & the Diamond Palace - From the far four corners they came - troubadours, soldiers and kings alike; some came once and others twice for great riches, the diamond palace and a beautiful princess await he, who could thaw her heart of ice Many did not survive the journey - some lost their way; the icy path was treacherous and unusually dark and grey It was said that the diamond palace lies in a clearing where suddenly the night changes into day But, true love was the path I sought – not for riches, diamonds or gold. One with a pure heart will win the princess’ hand; or so the legend foretold. Forlorn without a partner in life, I stumbled into a clearing lost, and cold ... matrimonio... kjærlighet... kärlek, förtjusning, любовь... passion... die Hochzeit; Hochzeits-… mariage die Hochzeit; Hochzeits-… γάμος, γαμήλια τελετή házasságkötés, (polgári) esküvő gifting, hjónavígsla perkawinan matrimonio مَراسيم الزَّواج 婚礼 婚禮 svatba; svatební bryllup; bryllups- huwelijk pulmad häät, hää- mariage die Hochzeit; Hochzeits-… γάμος, γαμήλια τελετή házasságkötés, (polgári) esküvő gifting, hjónavígsla perkawinan matrimonio 結婚式 결혼 laulība vestuvės, vedybos bryllup, vielse małżeństwo, ślub casamento că¬să¬torie свадьба svadba; svadobný poroka boda giftermål, bröllop evlenme, nikâh (töreni)