Blogger Recognition Award


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Hi there my lovelies! Happy Hump Day everyone! So I was nominated by my blogger friend, Sarah, over at lifewithlilred for the Blogger Recognition Award. I cannot tell you what an honor it is and I want to thank Sarah for the nomination! Sarah had a fabulous page so please make sure to check it out! Okay, let’s get to it:

The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

How AllAboutMe Started:

About a couple of years ago I was obsessed with reading all these reviews about different products and style. I was recommending things to others. I always liked talking about my experience with others, then started my blog. With my fulltime healthcare job it was hard in the beginning. However, with my passion for both, I started to find time for both. I named it All About Me because it is about looking things relative to our lifestyle from my prospecting. Now, I have the love and support of so many wonderful readers and couldn’t be more thankful than that. ❤

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My Advice:

  1. Create Connection: I know that I am the millionth person saying this but the key to the success of your blog is creating the connection. Your blog will not be successful in a week or month. It requires connections. Follow other people’s blog, comment. Create connection through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. The Social Media Networks will me key to followers. Use word of mouth to bring traffic to your site. My dad used to have a restaurant and I remember having to drop menus at places. Think of this something like that. You need to market yourself to bring traffic to your site. In the process,  you will make great friends. Going to other bloggers site I have come across some blog site and have learned so much reading some great post. Hence, not only to build connection but to build a wonderful friendship in the process.
  2. Work For It: You really have to give it your all it order for your blog to succeed. Trust me I have seen it happen. Due to some hardship, I could not give time to blogging for more than six months and my blog lost traffic. However, I have constant planning and working hard each and every day I have seen a big difference. If you put in the hard work. However, I am nowhere near where I want or even need to be in terms of followers. However, there is a quote I have followed since Junior High, which kept me going even through tough times, “And miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep”. I am not doing this for money. I did not start this for money. One thing that I really liked what lifewithlilred said, if you are doing this only for money than I wouldn’t quite your day job.
  3. Be Yourself: This is the crucial part of any blog. There are hundreds of blogs out there. What makes your blog unique. DO NOT copy and paste from other. Let the other bloggers inspire you, but just BE YOURSELF. Let your unique self shine through your blog. Your readers your love your for your unique qualities. Don’t just be another number. Stand out in the crowd and your readers your love your for that.

My Nominees (I am only doing Seven!):

Once again, thank you to Sarah for the nomination for the Blogger Recognition Award and I can’t wait to continue to read your wonderful posts!  I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat!

With much love!

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Thank You to the Perfect Strangers


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Hi there my lovelies! Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday. Today, I want to take a moment to say thank you to those perfect strangers who came to my aid who after I passed out at the metro station with a severe migraine headache this past week.

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Last Wednesday, I was at the metro station and was having a severe migraine headache. I was on my way to the ED after being told my Neurologist to go to the ED. I was on my way when my headache to a turn for the worst and I passed out from the severe pain. Thanks to some and wonderful strangers who helped my family member help me sit me down. Call for help. I was very fortunate to have a nurse and a resident among these strangers who sat until the paramedics arrived and one of the providers even offered to ride with me to the ED.

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I could not have been more great more. Thank you from the bottom from my heart. I may not have been able to say it at the time because of my condition, but I cannot tell how much I really appreciate your kindness. I cannot tell you this enough. You have a busy life, you did not have to stop to help me but you did from the kindness of your heart. You are my hero. Thank you so much from my bottom of my heart! As long as we have kind people like you in this world, I know we will be okay. I see people rising up against injustice every single day and this, I myself have been a recipient of just kindness, and I will remember and appreciate it forever.

With much appreciation,

Munziba

The March


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People gather for the Women’s March in Washington U.S., January 21, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Today was a critical day in our history. Today’s millions of people marched on the streets of Washington D.C, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and even in London, and Italy to stand up for equal rights. With great sadness, due to a family emergency, I could not attend the march personally. However, my heart and soul believe in the movement. I fought it through my volunteer campaign work during the election and continuous support of the progressive movement. Additionally, I don’t hesitate to contact my representative at congress every week to remind them that they were elected to be our progressive voice and not to forget that.

My beautiful readers, today my friends and loved ones marched for what is right. Each of this wonderful people comes from different walks of life. Women, men, gay, straight, rich, poor, old, young, everyone gathered together to stand up for equal pay, equal rights, and equal opportunities. When I saw the images, I could not stop but cry. To be honest, after the election for while I lost hope. However, when we have so many people coming together in solidarity we cannot go wrong. I hope everyone had the honor and privilege of taking in the day moment by moment and captured it in their hearts and souls.

When I saw the eyes of the people walking together with one voice of solidarity I saw hope, a hope for the future. I know we will be all right. I took it all in. It was a beautiful day, beautiful time. I feel honored and privileged to share and time with so many wonderful people. I want to especially thank the wonderful group of people who organized these events. You guys rock! What this election have taught us is that we have a long way to go. As I have said before, do not give up. Keep fighting! At the end, that’s all matter. At the end, we will persevere.

My beautiful and wonderful readers! I am hopeful more than ever and as long we stand in solidarity and have images like this the world will be good for us and our children. However, just remember Robert Frost’s words, “And Miles to go before I sleep”.

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Do you have a New Year Resolution?


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Happy New Year everyone. How you had a wonderful time ushering in 2017. How did you welcome the new year? This year I decided to take it easy and just be with my loved ones and watch the Times Square ball drop on TV. With the new year here, do you have a resolution that you want to keep this year?

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I for one don’t believe in new year resolution because it puts a pressure on yourself to follow through and you are more likely to fail. Each January, roughly one in three Americans resolve to better themselves in some way. A much smaller percentage of people actually make good on those resolutions. While about 75% of people stick to their goals for at least a week, less than half (46%) are still on target six months later, a 2002 study found. I believe in having a purpose of the year.

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Hence, if you really want to follow through on your goal Dr. Stephen Graef, a sports psychologist at Ohio State University, came up with an acronym – P.A.S.T. – plan, arrange your environment, stick to one thing and too easy to fail. Planning is creating to sticking to a goal. First, clarify what you want and what specific steps that you will take to plan to complete the task. Always write things down. Writing down plans are more likely to be followed through then those not written down. Second, make arrange your environment to make sure that you follow through. For example you plan to wake up early to go for a run or walk, then keep your phone on the other side of the bed so that you will have to get up to turn the alarm off. You can also go to bed in your walking/running cloth. Third, stick to one resolution at a time instead of too many. This will make sure that you are more likely to stick to your resolution. Having too many resolutions can often make them unattainable. Finally, make the solution too easy to fail. For example if your plan is to exercise, start with 1 minute and then slowly move up.

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My lovelies! My goal for this year is quite simple. I want to life in the moment and see it through the lenses of a pedestrian. Last year has passed by too fast, with me looked into the world and life through the lenses of a helicopter pilot (macro perspective). This year, I want to take the time look into life and the world the lenses of a street walker looking at the detail beauty of life in the moment, because true beauty of life lives in the moment. I plan to do this by starting the day with deep breath. I have set alarm in my phone to take time to do deep breathing exercise for few minutes. I will start small and increase incrementally.

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My beautiful and lovely readers, do you have a new year resolution that you really want to keep this year? If yes, what are some of your resolution. What are some of the plans you have in order to follow through your goals in the long run?

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Goodbye 2016

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Hi There! Happy New Years Eve. Can’t believe that today is the last day of 2016. As looking forward to welcoming 2017 I am grateful for a good year though I do admit some of the events did not go as we may have planned. However, we cannot dwell on the past as it will hinder us from moving forward. Below are of the moment I am very proud of.

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Dubai Trip: I ushered in 2016 in Dubai. Yes, my friend I ushered in the New Years from Dubai. However, since I was taking a break from blogging at the time I did not share my amazing experience with you. However, don’t be upset. I will provide detail about my trip tomorrow on New Year’s day. I really had a great time.

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Completing Ten Years at My Work: I know it may not be much, but last year marked 10 years since I started working at the Children’s National Health System. I literally started my career working at Children’s when I just started graduate school and I cannot believe it has been 10 years. During the 10 years I have had the privilege of working with the most amazing people and met the most amazing families. My worked at Children’s helped me fight for childhood HIV/AIDS, congenital heart disease, newborn critical congenital heart disease screening, and mindful based meditation.

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Voting Past November: Although, the outcome of this election has the most heartbreaking and depressing for me, but I could vote for the first time the first female major party nominee who won the popular vote by more than 2.6 million. This is the very first election cycle where I was actively involved in the pollical process and volunteered on behalf of my candidate. Again, though the outcome may not be what I wanted but I know I have done my very best and gave it my all for my candidate and for the love and tolerance I wanted my country to be in. Most of all, what all the protests post election have shown is that people are still here to fight together against any injustice.

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Your Support: The one of the biggest thing I am happy about is the support that I have received for you, my wonderful readers after my almost a yearlong break that I had to take from blogging due to health and personal reason. When I returned to blogging past Halloween post, I receive respond. Thank you so much for your constant support and feedback. Reading your comments and sharing my thoughts with you and always lifted me up. Thank you! I will continue to bring my honest and true feedback and I always look forward to your comments and feedback. Please check out and like my Facebook, Instagram, and Bloglovin pages. I will try to like. If for some reason, I miss please message me.

Finally, beautiful and sweet friends, let’s take a moment of silence to remember all those who left us this year and take pride in reflecting back on all the amazing things that we have accomplished the year that has been 2016. Today I will finish with the following excerpts from author Neil Gaiman:

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world.

You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes.Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”

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Happy Holidays 2016


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Hi There! Hope you are doing well. It’s finally here. It’s Christmas day. You walk down the stairs and find presents under the Christmas tree left by Santa. We grew up in an apartment in Washington DC, so would walk over to the living room and find gifts under our small plastic Christmas tree. A lot of the time it was just being with family and spending those precious moment with the loved ones. Tis the day to be with your love ones. Hence, I will not take time away from your precious moments this holiday.

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Whatever your Christmas tradition is, just don’t carried away with all the gifts. Just remember the biggest gift is just being with your loved ones and enjoy being in the moment. As Thích Nhất Hạnh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist, said”Life is available only in the present. That is why we should walk in such a way that every step can bring us to the here and the now.”

My wonderful readers, I want to end today with a beautiful Christmas note from our beloved minions so for you to enjoy. May you have a blessed and warm holiday wherever and whichever way you are celebrating it. Happy Holidays everyone!

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With Love

Munziba

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What Are You Thankful For?


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Hi There! Happy Thanksgiving everyone! First of all, I want to thank you for taking the time to read my post. I have so much to be thankful for. I never wait one day to be thankful for the blessings in my life. I believe in living in the moments and I am thankful for every moments of that. I am thankful for having  such wonderful parents who have sacrificed so much to raise my younger sister and I. I am thankful to have a younger sister you is my rock and my best friend and is always there to pull me up when I fall.

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I am also thankful for the wonderful friends and family I have in my life. I am thankful to have friends in my you text me and just to let me know that she love me that and she has always have my back. I am thankful for having friends whom I can talk to for advice regarding anything. What are you thankful for?

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In the United States, the modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition is commonly, but not universally, traced to a sparsely documented 1621 celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts. The 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest. Pilgrims and Puritans who began emigrating from England in the 1620s and 1630s carried the tradition of Days of Fasting and Days of Thanksgiving with them to New England.Although, Thanksgiving Day was originally celebrated as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year, it has now a the beginning of the holiday season when we all gather with our family to give thanks for the blessings of the years.

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With my Dad

To me this day has so much meaning and tradition. I love the day watching football with my day if get to be home. I always remember starting the day with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. We would all go to my aunt’s place for Thanksgiving dinner. Another thing that we really do love doing to thank for any small or big blessings that we have is by giving to charity. Today, I will share with you some of those charities with you.

St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital: St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. They don’t send any family home because of their inability to pay. Open you heart to St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and help children fight cancer. Three of my four grandparents died of cancer. Hence, giving to cancer research always have a special soft spot in my heart. Additionally, working at Children’s hospital for over a decade have given extra soft spot for this most vulnerable and innocent group in the world.

Children’s National Health System: Through the support of generous donors like you, Children’s National is able to ensure that every child in the Washington DC metro area can receive the same level of care — regardless of their family’s ability to pay. I have seen it first hand watching the group fight to make newborn screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease universal to save so many babies’ lives.  Your tax-deductible gift helps fund specialized care, family support, groundbreaking research, and more. Working with this group for over the past decade given the first hand experience on the dedication each member has for treating children and serving their family.

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UNICEF: As it may have become clear by now, I have a special soft spot for children in my heart. I specially cannot see them suffer. Hence, when I see them in need worldwide my heart cries. Hence, I try my best to do whatever I can to be part of UNICEF. UNICEF does whatever it takes to save and protect the world’s most vulnerable children. Do you remember the picture of the Syrian boy who died trying to migrate of Greece in a small boat with his family. Innocent children suffer from our fights and cruelty. UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization. Open up your heart and soul to these vulnerable children.

Doctor’s Without Borders: This group help people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care. The ability to respond quickly to medical humanitarian emergencies is crucial to saving more lives. Unrestricted funds allow us to allocate our resources most efficiently and where the needs are greatest. Whether, it’s Aleppo or Darfur, Doctor’s Without Borders work hard to bring lifesaving care to people who need it the most.

American Heart Association (AHA): The mission to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke drives this group all they do. The need for their work is beyond question. The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke.  They provide public health education in a variety of ways. They’re the nation’s leader in CPR education training. We help people understand the importance of healthy lifestyle choices, proving science-based treatment guidelines to healthcare professionals to help them provide quality care to their patients. Watching my uncle go through quadruple bypass in his mid fifties and having a genetic condition in my family that gave carotid artery disease to 2 out of my four paternal aunts and my paternal grandfather, I know the importance of the work that AHA does. Additionally, I have worked with people with congenital heart disease and the work done by groups like AHA is tremendous.

American Red Cross: Bring hope this holiday season and give to American Red Cross. The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. The American Red Cross helps people in need every single day, not just during large disasters. With your ongoing support, they we will continue to be there providing people in crisis with relief for today and hope for tomorrow. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the American Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs.

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American Cancer Society: As I have mentioned earlier, there of my grandparents died of cancer. Hence, helping this organization is little close to my heart. I have watched my grandmother get diagnosed with adenocarcinoma and fight to survive, while the cancer metastasized to her lungs. I have also seen her give up at home being under hospice care. I spent every weekend with her and been through it all. I would do anything to spend more time with her, but I know she’s in a better place. I have give to American Cancer Society in my memory of my grandparents.

Flint Water Fund: To be honest, I didn’t know the extent of this crisis until this election year. As a public health person, I know how critical the crisis is and how much the people of Flint need our help. The United Way of Genesee County has set up this fund for the purchase of filters, bottled water, emergency support services and prevention efforts. 100% of the fund is used for these projects and no Administrative Fee is assessed. The UWGC has sourced more than 11,000 filters systems and 5,000 replacement filters, ongoing sources of bottled water to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan and also supports a dedicated driver for daily distribution. Please donate to help the people of Flint.

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As I get ready to my follow the yearly Thanksgiving tradition to watch favorite Football team play with their arch nemesis play the Thanksgiving Day game, please think about your favorite causes and give to your favorite charity as a gesture to say thanks for the blessings to you had this year. I hope you have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving.

Please do let me know what is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition and what are some of your favorite charities that you would love to share with others.

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2016 Presidential Election


I don’t want to talk about politics in my blog, but I thought that it will not be right if I stay quiet after the end of the most divisive election of our lifetime. This election was one of the most divisive election we have ever seen. There have been a lot of policy differences, bigotry, hatred, and sexism but what I have also learned that there is a lot of love for this wonderful country of ours. After last Tuesday, I have been going through the stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. At first, I could not believe that people of this wonderful nation of ours have just help put in the highest office in the land, a man who’s been endorsed by KKK, a man who has demonstrated every trait we were taught since childhood as bad – bigotry, name-calling, selfishness, cheating, a man who only cares about himself. He is someone who launched his political career by questioning the legitimacy of our first African American President. He is basically the opposition of someone we are taught a president should be.  This led to the next stage of grief, which is anger. I am angry that people voted for bigotry, when I know many who voted for him do not possess any of these traits. I asked myself, why then would someone vote for him, the answer is because they too only care about themselves: save some money on taxes, or healthcare. However, how can someone who uses charity money to pay for his own portrait care about those voters?

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I somehow skipped the bargaining stage and went straight to the depression stage. I cried and cried for all the little girls out there, who looked up to this election. Then I saw Hillary’s concession speech again. I saw the people protesting in the streets of America. Even through the vast ray of gloominess, I found a gleam of hope. I want to thank Hillary Clinton for her dignity, perseverance, and her service. Defeat is not easy to accept gracefully. She is the epitome of strength and perseverance. When Bill Clinton’s comprehensive health insurance program failed in congress, she immediately started working on the Children’s Health Insurance program until passed. After she lost to then Sen. Barack Obama, she did not give up, but instead, campaigned hard for him to make sure that he becomes our president. Hillary, fought for LGBTQ right at world stage as our Secretary of Stage. I want to thank her for apologizing for occasions when she was wrong and not complaining when things did not go her way. She may not have shattered the highest glass ceiling but she paved the way for millions.

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To Hillary Clinton, I may not have always agreed with you but you have truly lived up to your Methodist faith teaching of “Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as ever you can”.  Thank you for inspiring so many little girls and young women to believe that they are deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve their own dreams.

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As for the last stage of grief, I know it will take me a while to accept this sad reality of our election. Some will depend on what the new President do to unite the divided country. However, one thing gives me great hope. I like to believe that as long as there are wonderful leaders like Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, even Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton, or heroes like John McCain, or someone like Mitt Romney, we are going to be okay. More people voted for love and unity than hate and division. People are protesting because they are standing up against division. I even heard of people standing up against hatred in metro rides in Washington. As long as we have good people who stand up to bigotry and division, love will always trump hate in this great country of ours. Watching my fellow countrymen rising in solidarity for love, strength, and unity gives me great hope for our future.I will not never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it. As my favorite poet said, “And miles to go before I sleep”. I hope with time, the wound in our hearts heals and we can move forward positively.

Even though this election was not kind to the first woman presidential nominee to a major party, but down-ballot some female candidates made history. Somali-American Ilhan Omar was elected to the Minnesota House, making history by becoming the first Somali-American legislator in the United States. Zena Stephens also made history by being the first African-American woman to be elected to the office of sheriff in Texas. The Democrat defeated Ray Beck in Jefferson County, Texas. Additionally, Senate will see the first female biracial senators, the first Latina senator and the first Thai-born senator. Former California Attorney General Kamala Harris becomes the state’s first senator of Indian descent — and the country’s first black female senator since 1999. Democrat and former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto holds the distinction of being the first Latina to serve in the Senate. Tammy Duckworth from Illinois became the first Thai-born to be elected to US Senate.

To my readers, never stop fighting for your beliefs, and what you think is right. Never stay in the sideline. As long as you stay true to yourself, believe in love, and love what you do, you will prevail. I know we have more love than hate in this this beautiful country of ours. I’ve seen that growing up in our our nation’s capital,  living through the unity and and compassion sfter 9/11, Katrina, and Sandy. I see in my friend when she texts me and tells me she’s always there there for me. I see it in the soldier above who is is fighting for ever one of of our freedom, not not just some. It is is this love that make our our country so so great. May love always trump hate.

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Veterans Day


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Today is Veterans Day. We celebrate and honor those who serve our country. I want to thank all the men and women who are or have served our country for the sacrifices they make every day to protect us to that we can enjoy the lives we leave.

Let us not confuse Veterans Day with Memorials Day. Memorial Day honors military personnel who died serving our country, especially those who died in the battle or as a result of the wound sustained in the battle. However, Veterans Day honors all those who served in the military.

While we honor those we sacrificed so much for us and our country, I wanted to showcase the memorials I visited, especially in the Washington DC area so many times honoring our veterans and fallen heroes.  It’s such a surreal experience walking through these memorials commemorating our nation’s heroes. I highly recommend everyone to visit these places when if you ever find yourself in the nation’s capital.

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World War II Memorial honors the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S., the more than 400,000 who died, and all who supported the war effort from home. It was opened to public on April of 2004. Every time I visit the place, I find a profound peace. It is flanked by the Washington Monument to the east and the Lincoln Memorial to the west.

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Vietnam War Memorial honors men and women who served in the controversial Vietnam War. It is located in the constitution gardens adjacent to the National Mall, just northeast of the Lincoln Memorial. The memorial was opened to public on November of 1982. The memorial includes the names of over 58,000 servicemen and women who gave their lives in service in the Vietnam Conflict. The memorial also includes “The Three Servicemen” statue and the Vietnam Women’s Memorial.

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The photo is a courtesy of Korean War Veterans Association

Korean War Memorial honors those who served in the forgotten Korean War. It is located in Washington D.C.’s  West Potomac Park, southeast of the Lincoln Memorial and just south of the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall. The memorial was opened to public on July, 1995. It has several realistic sculptures of soldiers in trench coat, treading in the grass and on alert for enemy ambush.

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Iwo Jima Memorial, officially known as the Marine Corps War Memorial is located outside the walls of Arlington National Cemetery. It is dedicated to all personnel of the United States Marine Corps who have died in the defense of the United States since 1775. The memorial features the statues of the six servicemen who raised the second U.S. flag on Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II, on February 23, 1945.

We have memorials honoring the heroes who sacrificed so much for your protection and our country.  Visiting these places reminds us the coldness and cruelty of war and so much has been lost. Just go down with your family if not for anything just to sit down and enjoy the surrealistic beauty of these iconic memorials.

Importance of Voting


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Today is a big day for all of us Americans. Today is Midterm Election Day in the U.S. We get to vote for our senators, congressman, local politicians, mayors and governors. To be honest I have been like many I have been tired of the dirty politics that have been going on in Washington. I am pretty much disappointed by our elected officials. However, that should not discourage us or keep us from the polling places today. Instead, that should motivate us to turn out in record numbers and vote. You, like me and my loved ones, might be so disappointed that you don’t even know who to vote for.  Perhaps you are like my sister, and do not like any of the candidates and hence do not want to vote at all.  To you, all I keep asking, think of it this way, do a process of elimination and think, who would you absolutely not want to see in the sit you are voting for? If you sit out and not vote, the chance for that guy getting elected might be even closer.  Just remember, you can’t win if you don’t play and the election outcomes are determined by those who participate.

Why is voting so important? Voting is our right and responsibility as a citizen.  Our nation’s democracy was founded upon the principle of fair and free election where every eligible citizens vote. According to a Huffington Post article by Dr. Judith Rich, publish last week, it is our responsibility to ensure that our electoral process is conducted in accordance with this principle and that those violates the process do not win the day. “It is our responsibility to protect the process itself, and that does not happen by withdrawing our participation. As messy as it may be, our participation is required”. Secondly, you still have your one vote, and if you don’t exercise it you give up your right to have a say in the matter and that, ultimately, is the premise upon which this country was founded. Thousands of people have given their lives so that you and I can have that right.

Before you decide you sit out and decide your exercise your right to vote, think about our founding founder and all the great men and women who gave their lives for us. We owe it to them to vote. So, go out their and cast your vote. Take your children with you. Show them the importance of voting, of the fact that we even have the right to vote, and why it matters, so that they  someday will vote for themselves.  According to yesterday’s Washington Post article by Amy Joyce, learning by living is exactly what election day is about. “We talk a lot in our family about making the world a better place, and today is one example of that. Voting teaches kids and teens to be change-makers. Demonstrate that you believe problems have solutions, and that the voting process consists of groups of people making decisions on how to generate those solutions.”

So readers, let me end by two quotes today. The first is from “Father of the American Revolution”, Signer of Declaration of Independence, and Governor of Massachusetts, Samuel Adams, “Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual – or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country”. The second if from Civil Right Leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, “Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us.  The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressman and government officials, but the voters of this country”. Hope you will all go out and exercise your right and responsibility and U.S. citizens to vote today.