Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Enjoying the winter holidays in New York City, with beautiful sights, holiday sounds and music, snowy bliss, pine Christmas trees, sparkling ornaments, twinkling lights, peppermint hot chocolate, yummy food, and the holiday spirit all around, with my sweetie, who took this picture! ♥ Thank you love!
Photographed by Mohit Choudhary :-)
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
by Vega 4
Life is beautiful I will hold you tightly When the hurting kicks in. Life is beautiful, but it's complicated, We don't need to understand, There are miracles, miracles. Stand where you are. We let all these moments pass us by. It's amazing where I'...m standing, There's a lot that we can give. This is ours just for the moment.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
The 5 colleges and programs are:
State University of New York Institute of Technology
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Western New England College
Texas A&M University
All of the programs are general MBA programs except for SUNYIT. So while UMass was my first choice in my general MBA program, SUNYIT is the only one I applied to which wasn't a general MBA program and I have decided to go with that - and that is my first choice, not just for program, but graduate school as well. So I am going to do an MBA in Health Services Management at State University of New York Institute of Technology :-) My program starts in January. This program, degree and knowledge will help me on my mission to help people every day in every moment and contribute to changing the world. MBA here I come!!!! :-)
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
How can they take mammograms away from women?
How can they discourage women who are 40-49 from getting them?
This is outrageous! This is what saves women from detecting breast cancer when it's too late!
It's the life saving yearly test!!!
AND INSURANCE MIGHT STOP PAYING?!
What is this world coming to!!!!!!!!
It costs "$640 and up" to get a mammogram when you don't have insurance, according to Paul Keckley, executive director of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions.
Discouraging women in their 40s is the wrong message to be giving women.
"I want to scream, 'No! No! Don't listen!' " says Evans, whose cancer was detected by a routine mammogram eight years ago when she was 46. "If I hadn't had that mammogram, I wouldn't be here today."
(CNN) -- A government task force says women in their 40s don't need annual mammograms, but Sara Fought would beg to differ: She says she's alive today because a routine mammogram found cancer when she was 42.
"I had to read the guidelines twice because I really couldn't believe women in the 40-49 age bracket were being discouraged from having mammograms," says Fought, who lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland. "That's foolhardy. They're playing with people's lives."
Fought is one of many breast cancer survivors and doctors who are outraged over the guidelines released Monday by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force advising against routine mammograms for women in their 40s.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
That, however, does not take away from the fact that there are "rules" like fidelity, loyalty and honesty for people, like those who are in romantic relationships, and things like that. As long as loyal and honest to yourself and those in your life, then be free as a bird, and the rest is just about togetherness and love and happiness. What I meant is that people can be friends, can be family, can all just be together. That's how I feel. Blood related or not, those people are my family. They are my people :-) And sometimes we dont have to wait until a blood relation or a ring on a finger. People can enjoy together, be together, be friends, be family, celebrate life together, and just love and be happy. And enjoy.
All it comes down to is love. Doesn't matter the race, religion, ethnicity, culture, or gender.
It's just about people wanting to commit to eachother legally, spend their lives together in love and happiness.
Up until last year, gay and lesbians had the right to same sex marriage in California and it was a legal marriage. Last year, no thanks to Prop 8, this human right was taken away.
More than the actual issue at hand, hear what he says, and hear the message of love and togetherness.
Please watch this message because it's SO incredible and SO beautiful :-)
(thank you for sharing this Shree)
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old, hat the well needed to be covered anyway and that it just wasn't worth retrieving the donkey. So he invited all his neighbours to come over and help him.
They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement, he quietened down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw. With every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer's neighbours continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
I believe that as adults, even though we have lots of worries, stress, work and responsibilites that children do not, we can still learn all of life's small and big lessons from children. Kids see the world through eyes open wide, everything in wonder and amazement, with no judgment of anything or anyone, pure heart, love, care and concern for everyone and everything. They are pure innocence. The smallest things are so exciting and bring them so much joy. We should all remember to sing and dance, laugh outloud, hug, love, roll in the grass, play in the mud, write in the sand, run through the sprinklers, let the raindrops fall on our cheeks, and snowflakes fall on our eyelashes. Watch a Disney movie, go on a ride at an amusement park, run around the park, be silly sometimes, have fun and don't take life too seriously. Remember to work hard but also enjoy and have fun. Remember the simplicity of life as a child, and to keep that simplicity and bliss throughout our lives, even after our actual childhood has passed and we are grown up, but we can always keep that childlike spirit and remain a child at heart :-)
Friday, September 11, 2009
There is nothing like being in New York City on 9/11, even 8 years later, it is a day to remember, and forever a part of this city, having changed the lives and skyline of Manhattan forever, so prayers to all, and wishes for peace in a world filled with chaos.
Photo credit: Newsday/Newsday Photo / Thomas A. Ferrara | Phoebe Bennett of Arlington Virginia speaks with her daughter Cordelia Davies in front of the light batteries for the Tribute in lights memorial near the old World Trade Center site on the evening of September 11, 2009. (Newsday Photo / Thomas A. Ferrara)
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
"Sink or Swim"
Kamikaze airplanes in the sky
Are we going down or will we fly?
This could be a shipwreck on the shore
Or we could sail away forevermore
This time it's sink or swim, sink or swim
Hearing the song in your laughter
A melody I chase after
No one else has done this to me
Take a deep breath
No more time left
This is what I thought I wanted
Why am I afraid?
New York was No. 2 for stress in the latest ranking. Detroit, Los Angeles, and San Francisco round out the top five.
Ranking No. 6 through No. 10 for stress were San Diego, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Providence, R.I., and Philadelphia.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
I bought their most current and recent album released in June of this year. It's called The E.N.D. - which stands for The Energy Never Dies.
that tonight’s gonna be a good night
that tonight’s gonna be a good good night"
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Before the light I found the dark
Before tonight I feel apart
Frozen up I've realized that something's gotta change
It took a crash to understand
Time kept slipping through my hands
I never used to know
The sun will shine after the rain
Say goodbye, say goodbye to the way I was before
Say hello, say hello to a new way
I was lost, but I found what I was looking for
Waking up, waking up to a new day
To a new day
I was sleeping in a twisted dream
Dying just to make believe
A pretty situation was far from where I was
But I'm not up for giving up
Lying down and out of luck
My mistakes are in the open and know I'm finally coming clean
Cause everything, everything ends at the start
I'm healing and feeling all of my scars
Thursday, July 23, 2009
"Choreographer Tyce Diorio put together a beautiful dance for Melissa and Ade on the July 22nd episode of So You Think You Can Dance. The dance was based on a woman struggling with breast cancer, and showing the way she deals, as well as how her friend might deal as well. The judges loved the dance, even guessing that it would get Tyce nominated for another Emmy."
My Nani is my grandma - she had breast cancer, but beat it and won her battle, and is a survivor, but many people also lose their battle or are still struggling.....prayers and hope, light and love to them all <3
See the power of the scarf that Melissa is wearing in the video - represents her struggle as someone who had to undergo chemo (well the character she is playing had to go through that) and the scarf is representing her struggle and her battle, and you see the desperation in her facial expressions, but also the beautiful hope in her dance and movements, and that she is not giving up her battle with cancer.
Practice and dance and judges comments showing the performance that touched everyone and brought them to tears
Just the dance
Song "This Woman's Work" by Maxwell
Messages from the people who posted the videos on youtube.com:
"This is from tonight's "So You Think You Can Dance" featuring Tyce DiOrio's courageous choreography, drawing attention to the turmoil of a woman struggling with breast cancer, and its affects on her partner. I found it very moving, since my own mother struggled though breast cancer herself, but was fortunate enough to survive.
Brilliantly and sensitively performed by Melissa and Ade, this was their second performance of the evening, and brought everyone to tears, including all of the judges.
To Dick Clark Productions and Fox: Please leave this posted. It is a strong and meaningful message and it will draw a bigger audience to the TV program."
"Tonight's "So You Think You Can Dance" featuring Tyce DiOrio's stunning choreography, drawing attention to plight we face from breast cancer.
Every week I am touched by the beautiful dancers on SYTYCD
with their effort and creativity. Tonight my heart ached with love, hope and sorrow.
Melissa and Ade performed such a touching piece that brought tears to my eyes.
My dear Laura who lost her battle to cancer just over 1 years ago.. She is thanking
the performers Melissa and Ade, Tyce DiOrio, Fox, Dick Clark for allowing this message to be
watched by millions and with hopes that more will see this perfect performance with this posting.
I agree that this powerful creation should win an emmy in 2010.
To Maxwell - This Woman's Work and the strong and meaningful message it delivers I do hope this will draw attention to such a wonderful creation."
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Here is the link to the film:http://www.imdb.com/
Just watching the trailer makes me cry and I haven't even seen the movie yet! But I see so much love, hope, togetherness, a strong sibling bond, and a family bond - a family who fights to stay together through all the tough times, and to do what is right for their family and for each other, support, care, love, and a family who fights for life for those they love.
I know it's going to be a beautiful family movie about fighting for those you love to live, and about becoming stronger and closer as a family, and that you will do anything for the life and love and bond and togetherness of family and what it means to be a family :-)
I've included the trailer below - definitely watch the entire trailer, listen to the dialogue, hear the music - I'm watching it again at work right now and I cannot stop tears from flowing down my face! In a good, beautiful way :-)
You will hear in the dialogue of the trailer how their older daughter is sick from - I think - renal failure, and they need a genetic match, so they decide to have another child - but during conception, they genetically create the embryo to have the genes to save the other daughter's life. They have another son also. And the trailer shows how this second daughter was born with a purpose, how she wants to save her sister's life and the bond she feels with her sister (thus the title, My Sisters Keeper) and how the disease both takes a toll on the individual, the family, but how love and bravery also brings them together.
Omg I am crying again just writing this! It's not sad crying, it's tears of being touched by the trailer, but more than that, touched by the characters, the dialogue, the music, the theme of love, family, unending care, fighting for life, being brave and tough in the face of any adversity - or like Mohit has shared with me - they aren't difficulties but really opportunities to make us stronger :-)
If the trailer makes me feel so much, I can imagine how I will feel about the movie. I want to see this movie, even though I will probably cry throughout the whole thing, but watching the trailer, feeling what I feel, seeing what I see and realizing what I realize from these beautiful themes, it makes me want to stand up and live my life to the fullest in every single second, that no matter what we face, no matter the ups and downs, life is good, things are good, and will only get better with each moment and each day, and that no matter what we struggle with, esp if it's health related like in the film or like in many of our lives, that we are not alone, that we have faith and God, and that we have love in our lives, family, friends, people who love us and who we love, people who will fight for us, stand by us, stand up for us, be brave with us and help us to be braver, be strong for us and help us to be stronger and never give up, and people who share light, peace, and positivity with us.
Life is beautiful, life is bliss <3
Monday, June 8, 2009
Airlines that still allow some free luggage to be checked in:
Choose an airline with no or lower fees for checked baggage. Southwest doesn't charge for checked bags, and some airlines, including Delta, AirTran, Virgin America, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue, still let you check one bag for free.
Pack light to make the most of your baggage allowance. Weigh your packed suitcases to make sure they don't go over your airline's weight limit, which is typically 50 pounds per bag. Be sure to leave room for souvenirs. If you don't know your airline's baggage weight limit, read your contract of carriage to find out how much each bag should weigh.
Weigh and measure your carry-on bag, too. Carry-on weight limits range from 16.5 pounds (Virgin America) to 40 pounds (Delta). Carry-on item dimensions vary by airline and type of aircraft. Some airlines don't publish carry-on bag weight limits on their websites, so it's a good idea to check your contract of carriage to be sure you know if such a limit exists.
If you fly often, stick to one airline so that you can build up enough frequent flyer miles to attain "elite" or "premier" status. Once you hit this milestone, you won't be charged checked baggage fees.
Rent large items you'll only use once or twice, such as golf clubs, skis, scuba gear, surfboards or bicycles. It's often less expensive to rent sports equipment than to check it as baggage, particularly if you already plan to check two bags. Some airlines charge as much as $100 for your third checked bag – and that's only for a one-way flight.
Personal tips I want to share with you about flying:
1) always pack your suitcase with items that you are prepared to lose if your suitcase doesn't make it to your destination (I have known many people whose luggage was misplaced, didn't make the connecting flight, lost, stolen). So pack things that you can buy again (clothes, shoes, etc and NOT personal memories, expensive things, etc).
The airline does not reimburse you for every single thing in your luggage, there is a limit. Plus personal items and memories are irreplaceable.
2) Always keep your carry on items in view, esp if they contain expensive items. People's laptop computers and other carry on baggage have been stolen from the overhead compartments so keep your carry on items with you or in view at least.
Don't trust anyone :-)
3) If you lose your luggage, keep calling the airport - they do not deliver it automatically to you.
Happy safe travels!
Saturday, June 6, 2009
You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Pigeons playing, sparrows hopping, leaves twirling, flowers blooming, smiles & hugs, a flowing fountain in the midst of the downtown buildings, a cool breeze around us, the warm setting sun on our faces, the protective trees above us, springtime love in the park in NYC <3 bliss :-)
Monday, May 18, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Watch the video
I know sometimes
It's gonna rain...
But baby, can we make up now
'Cause I can't sleep through the pain
Girl, I don't wanna go to bed
(Mad at you),
And I don't want you to go to bed
(Mad at me).
No, I don't wanna go to bed
(Mad at you),
And I don't want you to go to bed
(Mad at me)
Ohhh no no no...
Oh baby this love ain't gonna be perfect,
(Perfect, perfect, oh oh).
And just how good it's gonna be.
We can fuss and we can fight
Long as everything alright between us
Before we go to sleep.
Baby, we're gonna be happy.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
One of my favorite things about Greys Anatomy, is that the characters, whenever they are down or have a bad day, they "dance it out." First only one or two people used to do it, and then they all learned from each other, to spread the happiness and joy through dancing it out, so anytime they have a bad day or something went wrong or having a tough time, they get up and "dance it out" together, so basically listen to music and dance around the room, happy, wild, letting it all out, just dancing it out :-) I have incorporated this into my daily life, and just letting all the happiness and peace and positivity flow through me as I move to the music :-) Dance it out baby!
Friday, April 10, 2009
I am going to Easter Mass and brunch with my friend here in New York, and I’m very happy and excited :-)
As a child, we always used to have Easter egg hunt at school and then with other kids, we'd go to Easter celebrations in the park and do an Easter egg hunt, and Mom and Dad also used to set up Easter egg hunt for us, and whether at school or in the park or at home, it was always so exciting to find the eggs (plastic eggs) and they had chocolates inside or jelly beans or egg shaped candy. And then also we used to paint hardboiled eggs, I think at school or at home, and after boiling the eggs, and then you get to decorate them and paint them. And we would make Easter projects in school during arts and crafts time. And that was when we were children, but even until now as adults, my Mom always gets us Easter gifts each year, like bunny stuffed animal and chocolate eggs and Snoopy toy dressed for Easter, etc. Such a fun holiday :-)
Lots of holidays have only religious symbolism, some have only cultural, and some have both. Like Jewish people are celebrating Passover, Christians are celebrating Easter, and lots of people are celebrating decorating eggs, bunnies, and chocolate :-)
I love to experience different cultures, religions, and celebrations, of all kinds and types and backgrounds :-) There are so many to experience, between all the different cultures and religions, and it's a beautiful aspect of life, to share and celebrate and enjoy all of these beautiful and unique differences that make us the human race, and all of our individuality and differences is what makes every culture and religion so incredibly special, wonderful, and beautiful, all these different beautiful elements and aspects together :-)
In high school, I made this one film called "Our Only Hope" where I took 4 of my friends from 4 different faiths, and showed that no matter how different we are or how different our faiths our, the true religion of humanity is love, and I used a song with the lyrics saying "My religion is love." One of my first films I made :-)
I want to celebrate all these holidays with my kids because I grew up having so much fun with these holidays, the cultural aspect mostly, because these aren't my religious holidays as I was born Hindu, but even though born a Hindu, now I believe in God and all religions, but don't really celebrate these holidays religiously, so Christmas for me is more about lights, spirit, tree, and winter holiday bliss more than about the birth of Jesus, and Easter is more about decorating eggs and chocolate for me than the rising of Christ, but everything is beautiful :-)
So yes I want my kids to experience Easter egg hunt, dressing up in cute costume for Halloween and going trick or treating, putting up lights and a tree for Christmas, and having Thanksgiving dinner, etc, all those things. These are the best times and memories of my life, all the fun of the holidays, and also being together with friends and family :-)
Every day of life is a celebration, and these are some special celebrations, and some religious and cultural ones, and just special times of the year, but yay for every day is a celebration :-)
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
It's like, some things never change like how some people stay in our life as rocks, and then some things come full circle like where we once were or once started and we somehow make it back there again but as a new, evolved person, and in some ways, really everything does change, people come and go, and even those who stay, life is still full of changes because it grows and evolves, we all do, and even though some things end, it's really that every end is a new beginning :-)
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
This camp was so amazing for what it did for so many girls and young women, including myself and a lot of my close friends who were campers and/or counselors with me.
I am so sad to hear this program has ended :-(
This is part of an email that I wrote to Mohit, to tell him about CCF, and including the message that now has replaced the website:
We had a team of camp doctors (as it was a medically monitored camp for healthy lifestyle and losing weight), and the father of all the doctors, whom we called "Papa" wrote this note on the website that used to exist, that I visited daily for so many years of my life, and that I even helped to update and work on the website. This is the note that has now taken the place of the website: Really saddens my heart :-( I just feel like I want to help people and I don't know how - and the help that was out there and helping people - like this camp - are closing due to lack of funding and I wish I just had money to keep things like this camp open, and just volunteer and help people without having to worry about money. Oh that would be so perfect :-)
I want to help people. I want to change the world. Or at least help to do so. Maybe with my MBA, I can start a program or a business or something - where I can help people.
NOTIFICATION: Camp California Fitness has closed.
Camp California Fitness was started to realize a dream that the founders had to provide a safe setting where young women and girls could come to learn and implement ways of leading healthier lifestyles. The results were amazing. Five years of data showed consistent efficacy and the testimonials spoke for themselves. However, despite the fact that the health care professionals involved (including the physicians, dieticians, mental health professions, etc) provided tireless service to the camp without stipend, the current economic climate in the United States has made it economically impossible to continue. The camp was converted to a non-profit organization in 2008 in an attempt to attract support from individual and corporate donors as well as a means of acquiring capital through grants. Unfortunately, fundraising efforts have failed to raise enough capital to pay prior debts which was a prerequisite for reserving the college campus for summer 2009. All involved continue to dedicate their lives to providing care and teaching ways for people to optimize their lives through lifestyle modifications. While our passionate commitment to assisting people remains, we feel tremendous sadness about not being able to do so through Camp California Fitness. We feel blessed to have worked with so many amazing young women and families and hope that we will have the opportunity to do so in the future.
Sam J.W. Romeo, MD, MBA
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
"You are my waking dream
You're all that's real to me
You are the magic in the world I see
You are the prayer I sing
You brought me to my knees
You are the faith that made me believe
Dreams on fire
Higher n higher
Right on the pyre
Once for, forever yours
All your heart
Dreams on fire
Higher n higher
You are my ocean waves
You are my thought each day
You are the laughter from childhood games
You are the spark of dawn
You are where I belong
You are the ache I feel in every song"
~Dreams on fire
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Remember those walls I built
Well, baby they're tumbling down
And they didn't even put up a fight
They didn't even make up a sound
I found a way to let you in
But I never really had a doubt
Standing in the light of your halo
I got my angel now
It's like I've been awakened
Every rule I had you breakin'
It's the risk that I'm takin'
I ain't never gonna shut you out
Everywhere I'm looking now
I'm surrounded by your embrace
Baby I can see your halo
You know you're my saving grace
You're everything I need and more
It's written all over your face
Baby I can feel your halo
Pray it won't fade away
Hit me like a ray of sun
Burning through my darkest night
You're the only one that I want
Think I'm addicted to your light
I can feel your halo
Saturday, January 31, 2009
“A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not for who we’re pretending to be. Each unveils the best part of the other. No matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one person we’re safe in our own paradise. Our soulmate is someone who shares our deepest longings, our sense of direction. When we’re two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we’ve found the right person. Our soulmate is the one who makes life come to life.”
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
by David Cook
Try to leave a light on when I'm gone
Something I rely on to get home
One I can feel at night
A naked light, a fire to keep me warm
Try to leave a light on when I'm gone
Even in the daylight, shine on
And when it's late at night you can look inside
You won't feel so alone