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  • Art & Culture

    Italoamericana: Italian Illustration Takes on America

    LOS ANGELES, CA; Italoamericana is an exhibition narrating Italian illustration through the works of some of the most celebrated and appreciated artists in the American market. Fourteen designers are currently being showcased in the gallery at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Los Angeles, 1023 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024 now through October 26, 2019. 

    These artists and designers brought prestige to the Italian scene and received major awards from American critics including, Society of Illustrators, Art Directors Club, Chicago Museum of Design and many others. On exhibition is a collection of works created for the pages and covers of the American newspapers: The New Yorker, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter and The Wall Street Journal.

    On display are works from the best of the new generation of illustrators, a sector that have become the flagship of Italian creativity.

    Featured are Olimpia Zagnoli (gold medalist at the Society of Illustrators of NYC), Emiliano Ponzi (gold at the ADC in New York), Ale Giorgini (awarded by the Chicago Museum of Design), Francesco Bongiorni (silver medal at the Society of Illustrators of NYC), Gianluca Folì (gold medal at the Society of Illustrators of NYC), Matteo Berton (gold and silver at the Society of Illustrators of NYC), Simone Massoni (silver at the Society of Illustrators of NYC), Mauro Gatti (Emmy Awards 2017), Jonathan Calugi (Young Guns at the ADC in New York), Van Orton, Francesco Poroli, Anna Parini, Irene Rinaldi, and Riccardo Guasco.

    To kick off the exhibition, artists Francesco Poroli, www.francescoporoli.it, and Mauro Gatti, www.maurogatti.com gave a workshop on Friday, October 20, 2019, which preceded the show’s opening. Both Poroli and Gatti were entertaining and enlightening. They shared their creative process with humor and encouraged all those interested in pursuing a career in the creative arts. 

    Gatti strongest advice was to be yourself, know your limits and use them to your advantage by sticking to what you really enjoy creating.  As Judy Garland put it best, “Always be a first-rate version of yourself instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” Gatti should know, he unapologetically exclaimed that he owes his success to being the go-to illustrator for anything to do with poop! Yes poop, and farts too, of course.

    Poroli and Gatti closed the workshop by each sharing their personal work ethic. Mauro Gatti summed his up as, “1. Work hard, 2. Have fun, 3. Don’t quit, 4. Repeat.” Francesco Paroli considers his mantras to be, “1. Creativity is a muscle, you just need to train it. 2. Done is always better than perfect. 3. Yes is more.”

    Italoamericana: Italian illustration takes on America at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Los Angeles, 1023 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024 now through October 26, 2019. 

    Artist Darrell Fusaro is a decorated U.S. Coast Guard veteran, author of “What if Godzilla Just Wanted a Hug?” and a longtime contributor to i-Italy Magazine. For more information visit ThisWillMakeYouHappy.com

     

  • Life & People

    Your Valentine's Italian

    One of the inspirational books I look forward to reading during my morning routine is Alan Cohen's "A Deep Breath of Life."  In it he shares the story of St. Valentine and I feel compelled to share it with you. 

    "The legend of St. Valentine goes back to the early days of Christianity when Christians were being persecuted by the Romans.  One Christian, Valentinus, was tried as a heretic and sentenced to death.  In prison, Valentinus befriended a guard who respected his wisdom, and soon the guard brought his seven-year-old blind daughter Julia, to Valentinus for lessons.  Daily, the two talked of important things, and Julia developed a deep love and respect for her mentor. One day Julia asked him, “Valentinus, do you think I will ever be able to see?”

    Valentinus thought for a moment and answered, “With love in your heart and belief in God, anything is possible, Julia.”

    At that moment, Julia was overtaken with a flash of light, and suddenly her eyesight was restored. “Valentinus, I can see!” the child shouted.

    “Praise be to God,” he humbly answered.

    The next day when Julia came to visit Valentinus, he was gone.  He had been taken to his execution.  Julia found this note:

    My Dear Julia,

    Although we shall never see each other again, know that I will always love you. You are very dear to me. I will stay unseen by your side, and I will live in your heart. I believe in you.

    ~Your Valentine"

    What a wonderful surprise to discover that the legend of St. Valentine is not limited to romantic love.  It's a clear example that love given in the form of kindness has a tremendous effect upon the lives of others.  Every time we perform a kind act, even as gentle as a smile, we set off an chain reaction for good that travels from one to another.  This ripple effect will make it's way, and be felt, around the globe.  Valentine's Day gives all of us the opportunity to share our kindness freely, without embarrassment.  Whenever we greet others with a smile and a “Happy Valentine's Day!” we’re contributing to a better world.  Now that’s amore!

    According to Our Lady of Rosary Library:  "Valentinus’ sentence was carried out on, February 14, 270 A.D., near a gate that was later named Porta Valentini in his memory.   He was buried at what is now the Church of Praxedes in Rome.   It is said that Julia planted a pink-blossomed almond tree near his grave.   Today, the almond tree remains a symbol of abiding love and friendship.   On each February 14, Saint Valentine's Day, messages of affection and love are exchanged around the world."

    “Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, how you leave others feeling after having an experience with you becomes your trademark.” –Unknown

     

    –Darrell Fusaro

    Darrell Fusaro is the author of What If Godzilla Just Wanted a Hug? and co-host of the Funniest Thing! with Darrell and Ed podcast

  • Life & People

    The Woman who Captures the Spirit of Animals

    If you’ve seen a photograph of a celebrity with their pet promoting animal rescue and adoption, chances are photographer Lori Fusaro took it. She crisscrosses the country doing what she loves, from the Hollywood mountains with movie star Amanda Seyfried and her dog Finn to the New England home of the iconic Christopher Walken to take pictures of him with kittens up for adoption.

    At what age did you fall in love with animals? 

    I’ve loved animals since I can remember. My grandparents always had animals, and every summer we went to visit and I was in heaven. My grandfather got the grandkids a pony named Nellie, and I would ride her for hours and hours through the mountains. He would also take in strays. I remember one dog my grandfather named Rags because he showed up at his house with patches of fur missing and the rest was a matted mess. He nursed him back to health; I guess I get my love of animals from him. My first pet was a hamster named Snowball. I loved her so much. Growing up, I had many dogs and cats.

    What made you decide to begin photographing dogs and cats?

    I started out photographing everything - kids, families, weddings. I only photographed animals if the family happened to have one and wanted them in the photograph. Then I started volunteering at dog rescues and shelters to take happy, fun adoption pictures to help them get adopted. It was amazing, and I could photograph for hours and not get tired. I knew then that animals were where I wanted to focus my attention. It was scary, though, because at the time, pet photography wasn’t a big thing, and I worried if I’d be able to make a living with such a narrow focus.

    How did you end up in your dream job?

    I’d been photographing only animals for about four years. I decided that I wanted to do some more volunteering, and Best Friends Animal Society was an organization I always admired. I went on their website to see about volunteering; at the very bottom of the website was a “career” page. I clicked on it, and to my surprise they were looking for a photographer for their Los Angeles center. I applied immediately. It’s been five years, and it truly is my dream job. 

    What was the inspiration for your national bestselling book, “My Old Dog”?

    During my time volunteering at the high kill shelters in Los Angeles, I met a dog named Sunny. She was old and sick and one of the saddest dogs I’d ever seen. She just lay in her kennel and didn’t move, lift her head, or take any treats. She broke my heart. At sixteen and with so many health problems, I knew she had a very slim chance of being adopted, but my husband needed a break from dogs and I knew I couldn’t bring her home, and so I left her there. For a week, every single day I thought about her and when I went back to the shelter she was still in the same position, it looked like she hadn’t moved all week. Right then I knew I had to take her home, and so I did. I didn’t tell my husband. He’s a big softie and I knew that he’d fall in love with her. I was right. The minute he saw her, his heart melted like mine had. She was amazing. I took her to the vet and he said that she probably had a few weeks to a few months at the very most. She was that sick. But miraculously she lived with us for about three years. And she seemed to get younger with each passing day. Love worked some magic on her old bones! Because of her amazing transformation, I wanted to share her story so others would want to take a chance on an old dog. And that’s exactly what happened. 

    How did you find/select the dogs featured in your book?

    Co-collaborator Laura Coffey, the writer of the book, and I knew we wanted each dog to have a different story. We were thrilled to discover so many wonderful people who adopted old dogs and were willing to participate. 

    I noticed there’s a few celebrities who love old dogs and rescued them who appear in your book. Can you share a story of how Einstein Clooney, George Clooney’s cocker spaniel, got included?

    Laura and I knew we wanted a celebrity to showcase so people could be inspired by their story and maybe follow in their footsteps. We had a wish list. George was at the top, but come on, he’s George Clooney! We didn’t think he’d be interested, but that didn’t stop us from asking. Emails were sent to his staff and the answer was always the same; he’s not interested and too busy. Finally, we just sent an email that said, actually, we’re interested in his dog Einstein, and George doesn’t have to be involved. The rest is history. George was very excited to be a part of it. 

    What was your first celebrity dog owner or show biz dog photo shoot?

    My very first celebrity photo shoot was with Hollywood tough guy Danny Trejo. Oh my goodness! I was very nervous. I was photographing him with his adopted dogs at his home. I had limited time and had to set up my lights and giant backdrop. I found a great spot and started setting up. I was so nervous I wasn’t paying attention to the ceiling, and in a matter of seconds, the backdrop stand slipped out of my hands and I reached to grab it, and in the process the leg hit the ceiling light and it came crashing down, shattering at my feet. I was mortified! I looked up and everyone was looking at me. I sputtered out an apology and started picking up the glass. Danny rushed over to me and said, "Don’t pick that up. You’ll cut your hands. Sit down, let me get you a cup of coffee. One of my guys can clean this up.” OMG! What an amazing guy! He made me feel better and I was able to finally relax, and I got a great shot. 

    What’s your Italian heritage?

    My grandmother Julia on my father’s side was from Genoa. Ferruzi was her maiden name, and my Italian heritage always resonated with me. I loved watching my grandmother cook, and her sense of style was awesome. She would paint my tiny fingernails to match her own, and I’d go through her closet and dress up in her dresses and jewels. I always wanted an Italian last name like she had, and now I have one!

    Do you have any advice to someone interested in getting a family pet or volunteering at a shelter?

    Of course! If you’ve been considering getting a pet or volunteering, it’s so simple these days. You can check out Best Friends Animal Society to see if they’re in your area as well as finding your local animal shelter online. They’ll be happy you did, and so will you. Today’s technology makes it so easy to meet your new BFF. 

    To learn more about Lori Fusaro and her work with animals visit her website

  • Art & Culture

    American Christmas Classic 'It's a Wonderful Life' is Based on an Italian-American

    Bank of America was originally the Bank of Italy and started in San Francisco, CA by a young man named Amadeo Giannini, the son of Italian immigrants. His success and that of the bank he founded can be directly attributed to Amedeo's practice of as you give so shall you receive. It was Amedeo's inexhaustible generosity that inspired the character of George Bailey in Frank Capra's classic holiday film, It’s a Wonderful Life. 

    Amedeo Giannini started the Bank of Italy in a converted saloon in San Francisco at 9 am on Monday, October 17, 1904. On the first day, 28 deposits totalled $8,780.  The equivilant of $37,486 today.  When an earthquake struck in 1907, he ran his bank from a plank in the street.  Ironically, the word “bank” is from the Italian word “banca”, meaning a bench or counter. The news quickly spread about his commitment to previously underserved members of the community such as the working class, immigrant populations, and small businesses.  Giannini changed the name to Bank of America in 1928 and by 1929, the bank was strong enough to withstand the Great Depression stock crash.  Matter of fact, at the height of the depression in 1932, Bank of America financed the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. 

    In the early days of Hollywood, motion pictures were huge risk.  Many lenders felt the fledgling medium was a fad and a sure money-loser.  But not Giannini.  In 1923, he created a motion-picture loan division, which backed such luminaries as Charlie Chaplin, Cecil B. DeMille, Douglas Fairbanks and Frank Capra, and financed hundreds of films, including such classics as West Side Story, Gone with the Wind and Lawrence of Arabia.  When Walt Disney couldn't get a loan to complete the first full-length animated film, Bank of America stepped in and lent Disney the $1.7 million he needed to finish Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

    Italian-American film director, producer and writer Frank Capra was so impressed with Giannini's humility and generosity that he based the main character "George Bailey" in his 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life on him. 

    * Darrell Fusaro

    Darrell Fusaro is the author of What If Godzilla Just Wanted a Hug?, co-host of the Funniest Thing! with Darrell and Ed podcast and a contributing columnist for i-Italy Magazine 

  • Broadway star Franc D'Ambrosio and Italian Soprano Elisabetta Russo perform the great duet from, "Phantom of the Opera"
    Life & People

    Broadway Star is a Blessing for Saint Padre Pio. This November 19th & 20th in New York

     
    The Saint Pio Foundation’s, “An Evening with Franc D’Ambrosio” is a hit.  On Saturday, October 22, 2016, an intimate audience of approximately two hundred guests were treated to a full performance by Broadway star and actor Franc D’Ambrosio in Los Angeles, CA.  Franc D’Ambrosio has been awarded the distinction of being the “World’s Longest Running Phantom,“ having performed it more than 2,300 times in a decade, and also known worldwide for being the actor and singer who played the part of Anthony Corleone, the opera-singing son of Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) and Kay Adams-Corleone (Diane Keaton) in the film “The Godfather: Part III.” Franc sang the Academy Award-winning theme song “Speak Softly Love” (Brucia la Terra) for both the film and the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.

    "An Evening with Franc D'Ambrosio" is a rare opportunity for Broadway and Opera fans to experience an up close and personal performance from such a talent.  Franc D'Ambrosio's love for Saint Pio is evident in the love he packs into this show.  "I love the audience.  When I step out on stage I get the same feeling toward the audience that I have for friends I've invited to my home for a party.  I'm enthusiastic about seeing to it that they have a good time", Franc said.
     
    This event was the Saint Pio Foundation’s very first benefit concert held in Los Angeles, CA and received an enthusiastic standing ovation.  The evening was presented by i-Italy’s good friend Darrell Fusaro, artist and co-host of the “Funniest Thing! with Darrell and Ed” podcast, and also featured a performance by the Roberto Cani, Concert Master of the Los Angeles Opera, the acclaimed Italian tenor Luciano Lamonarca, President and CEO of the Saint Pio Foundation, and the Italian soprano Elisabetta Russo.  The talented pianist Stephanie Lynn Smith accompanied all of the performances.
     
    The Saint Pio Foundation is a non-profit Catholic charity organization dedicated to the promotion of the spiritual charism of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, commonly known as a Padre Pio.  The Saint Pio Foundation is also committed to the support of the the Capuchin Friars Minor and the Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza; Home for the Relief of Suffering, the hospital that was founded by Saint Pio in 1956 and is now owned by the Holy See, located in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy.

    During the event guests had the opportunity to learn about Saint Pio, one of the most acclaimed Saints of the Roman Catholic Church.  St. Padre Pio had an amazing sense of humor that was only surpassed by his kindness.  He had an uncanny intuitive knowledge of people and a fondness for Americans.  This fondness developed from his work with the American GI’s during WWII after they fought to liberate San Giovanni Rotundo from the Germans.  His love for America was so strong that he considered all Americans his spiritual children. 
     
    Before the end of the event the audience got to hear from the foundation’s supporters, including Italian-American actors Gary Sinise, Joe Mantegna, Robert Davi and Franc D’Ambrosio, along with a series of Cardinals, Archbishops, Bishops, and some elected officials, including the Westchester County Executive, NY, Hon. Robert P. Astorino.  Saint Pio Foundation President Luciano Lamonarca announced that first Saint Pio Award Ceremony will be held in Los Angeles, CA, on May 19, 2017.   At which recipients of the Saint Pio Award, actor Robert Davi, Mr. and Mrs. Scott and Lannette Turicchi, and chef Celestino Drago will be awarded.  Chef Celestino Drago is the owner of Drago Restaurants, recognized for being the best Italian restaurants in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.
     
    Foundation President Lamonarca also announced that the foundation will be signing a collaboration agreement with the town where Padre Pio was born, Pietrelcina, Italy, and the Capuchin Friars of the town of Pietrelcina this upcoming December, 2016.  In December, 2017, the 130th anniversary of Padre Pio’s birth, the foundation will sponsor, along with the Capuchin Friars of Pietrelcina, the first United States tour of a first-class relic of Padre Pio.  This unique relic will give thousands of faithful Americans the opportunity of praying to Padre Pio.
     
    In addition, the Saint Pio Foundation partnered with artist Tim Schmaltz.  Schmatz’s worldwide fame arose from his creation of the "Homeless Jesus," also known as “Jesus, the Homeless.”  Tim Schmaltz is creating four life-sized statues of Padre Pio titled, “I Absolve You.” Each statue will be placed in Dioceses and Archdioceses in U.S.  The interactive statue “I Absolve You”, allows the viewer to experience the power of the sacrament of reconciliation.

     

    “During his lifetime, many thousands of people from around the world journeyed each year to experience the grace of confessing to Saint Padre Pio, already considered a Saint and Holy Man by many at that time.  He saw inside of people’s hearts.  Even now, each year thousands and thousands of priests embark upon the mission of saving human souls, and many of them recognize Saint Padre Pio as the model to follow in this most noble ministry.  

    The statue “I Absolve You” represents that ministry. It gives its viewers the sense of a confession with Padre Pio and a reminder of the importance of penitence. Padre Pio does not belong just to our beloved Catholic Church. His example, his teachings, and his mission are as relevant today as they were when he first shared them, perhaps even more so.  The world aches to hear his message and to see his example.  So that is our mission we share with you.

    Padre Pio’s own testimony reminds each of us of the heartwarming experience of doing a selfless good deed. The feelings that accompany such experiences reflect the needs that we have to be connected to those around us. We gain far more than what we give away when we place another’s needs above our own. When we give, our experience of being a benefactor is enhanced by the excellence of our efforts,” said Lamonarca in conclusion.
     
    For more information on how you can make a donation to the Saint Pio Foundation, as well as, purchasing tickets to the Foundation’s upcoming, “An Evening with Franc D’Ambrosio” at the Bronxville Women’s Club, NY, on November 19, 2016, and at the Saint Joseph Church, in Astoria, NY, on November 20, 2016, please visit www.saintpiofoundation.org

     

    The Saint Pio Foundation’s, “An Evening with Franc D’Ambrosio” will be presented at the Bronxville Women’s Club, NY, on November 19, 2016, and at the Saint Joseph Church, in Astoria, NY, on November 20, 2016.  Click here for tickets.

    –Darrell Fusaro

    Darrell Fusaro is the author of What If Godzilla Just Wanted a Hug?, co-host of the Funniest Thing! with Darrell and Ed podcast and a contributing columnist for i-Italy Magazine.

     

     

  • Op-Eds

    In New York Life's a JOY-ney


    New Yorkers' got the pronunciation right.  Life is a JOY-ney.  Meaning, that throughout our lifetime we're to rely on joy as the indicator that we’re moving in the direction of our heart's desire.  Joy and enthusiasm let us know we’re heading toward more life, more joy, and more of what we were created to be doing; in other words, success.

       

    Recently, author Alan Cohen was a guest on Funniest Thing! with Darrell and Ed and he shared how he used to be a “hard-aholic.”  He was convinced, like many of us, that the journey to the top had to be one of sacrifice and struggle.  Alan went on to explain how he’s much happier, and attracting much more of what makes him happy, by simply doing the things that he feels good about doing. 

     

    I too have found this to be true on a day to day, moment to moment basis.  When I do the things I’m enthusiastic about doing on my to-do list first, everything else that “needed” to be done seems to magically get done with effortlessness and ease.


    Trust that your life's a JOY-ney and steer toward joy.  Whenever you do you’ll be thrilled as you experience the Universe rearranging circumstances in your favor.

     

    "Life’s a JOY-ney!" 


    ME:  It feels great saying it like that. 


    NEW YORKER:  Of course it does.  That's because it's the truth.


    I love our friends in NYC.




    –Darrell Fusaro

    Darrell Fusaro is the author of What If Godzilla Just Wanted a Hug?, co-host of the Funniest Thing! with Darrell and Ed podcast and a contributing columnist for i-Italy Magazine.

  • Op-Eds

    New York Loves You






    New York city loves you.  New Yorkers have all felt her tug.  It’s the tug of her inviting us to loosen the grip on our itinerary and allow her to take the lead.  Whether you’re a resident or visiting she’s always excited to introduce you to new people and fascinating places.  Accept New York’s generosity and trust her, she has a knack of knowing exactly what will make you happy.  I’ve never been disappointed when I’ve followed her nudging me to go left rather than right.  I’ve allowed myself to be swept away with a stream of pedestrians, and have followed the green traffic lights, to destinations more enjoyable than anything I could’ve planned.  These experiences are the types of which are so incredible that I can’t wait to tell my friends.  When I do tell them it always starts off with, “Funniest thing, you won’t believe the amazing thing that happened to me today…” 




    –Darrell Fusaro

    Darrell Fusaro is the author of What If Godzilla Just Wanted a Hug?, co-host of the Funniest Thing! with Darrell and Ed podcast and a contributing columnist for i-Italy Magazine.

  • Op-Eds

    If You Want to Be a Success – Get a Dog



    If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, author, musician, or artist of any kind, get a dog.  They'll interrupt your day – and you'll be better for it.  Whether I'm on a roll or feeling stuck, once I start pressuring myself to keep on going, I know it's time for a walk.  When I'm reluctant, thank goodness my dogs insist.

    “If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking.  Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.” —Raymond Inmon


    Although it seems counterproductive, this practice always attracts a ridiculously creative idea or solution that brings everything together in a way I could have never conceived had I remained hunkered down at my desk.  I return to work brimming with enthusiasm and praising my dogs for the inconvenience.

    What at first seems like an inconvenience often turns out to be Divine guidance in disguise.


    –Darrell Fusaro

    Darrell Fusaro is the author of What If Godzilla Just Wanted a Hug?, co-host of the Funniest Thing! with Darrell and Ed podcast and a contributing columnist for i-Italy Magazine.

  • Op-Eds

    LA VIGNETTA. There's No Such Thing As a Miserable Artist





    A young painter asked me what she could do to get out of the funk she was in.  She said she felt blocked and depressed. 


    I said, "Go make a bad painting."


    "Really?"  She asked.


    "Yes.  Just go to your studio and do a terrible painting.  Nothing about it needs to be perfect.  Just have fun and make a mess."


    Although she seemed receptive, she was hip, young, cool, and has had some success in the past.  So when we parted ways I wasn't quite sure how much credence she'd give my suggestion. 


    The most practical advice given to stimulate the creative process always seems too simple, unscientific, and contrary to reason.   That is why whenever I share it with someone, although hopeful, I usually doubt that they'll follow through with it.


    It was about a month or more before I bumped into this artist again.  It felt like I was meeting an entirely different woman.  The sullen and somber woman I had met just a month previous was no more.  Here was a bright attractive young woman smiling from ear to ear.  When she noticed me she ran right over. 


    "I did what you said!"  She told me, "I went home and did a really bad painting, and I couldn't believe it.  It turned out to be one of the best paintings I've ever done.  It felt so great.  And I've made several more successful paintings since.  Thank you."


    Self-imposed pressure is the switch that cuts us off from life, and creativity in any form always turns it on.  Let yourself off the hook.  You don't have to be creative to be creative.

    "There is an energy in the creative process that belongs in the league of those energies which can uplift, unify, and harmonize all of us.  Doing and making are acts of hope, and as that hope grows, we stop feeling overwhelmed by the troubles of the world."  –Corita




    –Darrell Fusaro

    Darrell Fusaro is the author of What If Godzilla Just Wanted a Hug?, co-host of the Funniest Thing! with Darrell and Ed podcast and a contributing columnist for i-Italy Magazine.

  • Op-Eds

    This Is The Week of Your Amazing Good Fortune


    At the start this may appear to be a week like any other, but on the unseen plane arrangements are being made for your highest good.  So keep your eyes open for outrageous coincidences and unexpected blessings.  See delays and inconveniences as Angels reworking your schedule, setting you up for a Divine appointment. 


    Regardless of being held up by the long line at the coffee shop, you will be amazed how everything comes together with incredible timing.  Today is the day and this is the week of your amazing good fortune. 

    “Faith is expectancy.  You do not receive what you pray for, nor even what you say you have faith in.  You will always receive exactly what you expect.”  –Eric Butterworth

     

    When I catch myself drifting back into cynicism I break the spell with this childlike rhyme, “Now I stand on Holy ground, and great things happen all around!” 


    It’s never too late to reconnect with the truth and be thrilled by the evidence that our circumstances do indeed correspond with our inner life.



    –Darrell Fusaro

    Darrell Fusaro is the author of What If Godzilla Just Wanted a Hug?, co-host of the Funniest Thing! with Darrell and Ed podcast and a contributing columnist for i-Italy Magazine.

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