Family & Pets

College – Where to Start?

January 1, 2019

The college application process can be overwhelming for college bound students and their parents. I am going to share with you what we have done with our niece in order to get her started on her college search. My niece, Daya, came to live with us on February 14, 2017, after my sister, her mother, passed away unexpectedly. At the time Daya was a freshman in high school. Nothing could have prepared me for the role as legal guardian and…

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Crisis at the US/Mexican Border, Volunteer Trip, Day 3

December 28, 2018

7:30 am. Arrive at Chaparral. San Ysidro West.  The main pedestrian port of entry into the United States. There is a large Mexico/Tijuana sign in the plaza. This is home of the “list.” Has constant police and Mexican Immigration presence. Plaza leads into a very long pedestrian bridge that feeds down to the main U.S. port of entry gate via a spiral ramp (nicknamed Caracol).  Volunteers, supervised by Tamara, an immigration attorney from Los Angeles, starting arriving at 7:00 a.m.…

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Migrant Crisis at US/Mexican Border – Volunteer Trip, Day 2

December 19, 2018

8:00 am. LGBTQ Safe House #1 We arrived at the safe house where 45 adults and 7 children of the LGBTQ community are housed. The house has four bedrooms, men, women and children are sleeping on beds, sofas and floors.  I helped put together a grocery and clothing shopping list. Dr. Peggy met with one of the men to provide trauma counseling. The men and children requested sweaters, sweatshirts, socks and sneakers. It’s  winter and very cold in Tijuana.  10:00…

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Migrant Crisis US/Mexican Border – Volunteer Trip, Day 1

December 17, 2018

Day 1 – Sunday, December 16, 2018. 11:40 am I have landed in Dan Diego, California. Currently at the airport waiting for the rest of the volunteers in our delegation to arrive. Feeling incredibly privileged to be a part of a group that came together to volunteer with the migrant relief effort at the US/Mexican border. 3:00 pm All volunteers have arrived, there are seven of us. Have picked up our car rental, exchanged currency and are now heading to…

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Migrant Crisis at US Border

December 12, 2018

The migrant crisis at the US/Mexico border has sparked a contentious debate across America and the world. I have spent countless hours watching broadcasts of the migrant caravan as it makes its way north towards the United States. The images of desperate men, women and children haunt my dreams; I wake up terrified and scared. When thousands of people risk their lives to escape their circumstances, I ask “why?” The migrants share stories of failed crops, hunger, violence; some of…

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Travel

Mexico City

December 7, 2018

The allure of Mexico has captivated the imagination of millions of people for centuries. Mexico is known for its fascinating history, beautiful beaches, cosmopolitan cities, friendly people, delicious food, and lively mariachi music. There is a magic about Mexico, where past and present co-exist side by side in a colorful reality.  Flights I planned on taking my niece to Mexico City in March, during her Spring Break. Compare flights in order to get the best airfare, I was surprised at…

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Travel

Charleston, South Carolina

November 30, 2018

I have wanted to visit Charleston, South Carolina, since I saw Gone With the Wind. For years I had heard about the beautiful architecture, delicious food, and of course, much about its history. We decided to visit over the summer and it didn’t disappoint.   THE HOTEL.  We stayed at the Planters Inn, it is centrally located in the heart of the city, steps away from the Charleston City Market and Confederate Museum. The hotel staff was attentive, the rooms well appointed…

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