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At the end of the day …. It has been a amazing whirlwind of emotion!!

Congratulations! My heart leaps for you. Here’s to a long life of love.

It Is What It Is

~~January 6, 2015~~

Today was a very important day for me. Those who have been following “It Is What It Is” know that I’ve been reporting about marriage equality in Florida, where I live. 

A dream has become a reality …. I got married today to the love of my life. 

I would like to share with you my wedding vows. 



There is an Oriental legend called the “red string of fate”.

Every time a child is born an invisible thread is tied around the little finger.

The two people connected by the red thread are destined lovers, regardless of time, place, or circumstances. This magical cord may stretch or tangle, but never break.

Our journey together has been a very long one. This time from 1969 through 2015. There were some bumps along the way when the string got stretched and tangled…

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Butterfly Light Award

Blackbutterfly7 has been honored with the Butterfly Light Award. In passing on this nomination, Horty wrote:

“Xena loves butterflies. So, who else would be a great recipient of this beautiful creation? She’s a wonderful human being who champions causes that are fought in the legal arena. She works continuously and keeps us informed of events that may otherwise be forgotten. She literally “fights” for the underdog and those affected by miscarriages of justice in spite of the many attacks that she finds herself under.

My wish is to “see” her smile when she reads this post. “

I did smile, and I also shed tears. This is a very humbling honor. The entire concept of caterpillars to butterflies is what inspired the title of this blog. It blesses my heart to see others inspired by that concept. Read the rest of this entry

The Butterfly Story ….. for a dear friend!!

Thank you Horty!!!  (Many hugs and much love to you.)  Now, readers will know why I love butterflies and why the name of this blog was important to express that love.  Xena

It Is What It Is




Butterfly Story . . . our struggles make us stronger!
“A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could, and it could go no further.




So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings.


The man continued to watch the butterfly because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time. Neither happened! In fact…

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Most Influential Blogger Award Nomination


Thank you, Dr. Rex (Horty) of It Is What It Is, for nominating Blackbutterfly7 for the Most Influential Blogger Award!

It is an honor to be nominated for this prestigious award.  With so many other blogs, this nomination is humbling.

THANK YOU!!  Read the rest of this entry

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