So, I was thumbing through Pintrest (every mother's go to when the baby's sleeping, right?!) looking for healthy recipes for my family. I had jumped off the bandwagon of organic, gluten-free and paleo eating to indulge in my cheese tater tots and hamburger pregnancy cravings -- Sonic is a killer. Low and behold I came across… Continue reading Flourless, Gluten-Free, and Paleo Friendly Pecan Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
If someone is dying, is it the duty of society to save them? Standard moral ethics says, yes; but under what circumstances? Is society responsible for saving a convicted serial murderer facing the death penalty? What if a building was on fire and trapped in one room is your family of four and in another,… Continue reading Sacrificing One for the Good of Many: The Survival Lottery
Hey guys, just wanted to give you all the link to my older blog. This blog is strictly poems and writings from my diary. I am unable to access the account because the site has changed but it is still up for viewing. Click the link below to check it out! From my Journal..
It happens every day while nonchalantly flipping through social media. It’s the spoof of a popular music video, the meme poking fun at a celebrity or politician and inevitably, it’s the guy jumping off the top of the playground set who ends up wiping out the innocent child below. It’s these things that not only… Continue reading The Importance of Comedy: Breaking Social Norms and Learning to Laugh at Imperfection
Stalinist Russia is a popular topic among historians and scholars and has inspired questions such as; what effect did the political policies of the era have on people of the Soviet Union and how did Stalin’s policies change social classes and hierarchical structure of the state? In her book, Everyday Stalinism, Sheila Fitzpatrick gives many… Continue reading A quick look into Fitzpatrick’s Everyday Stalinisum
It is a breathtaking, spiritual, inviting and divine experience as quoted by some Indians. These feelings are used to describe the mystic and cherished tradition that is Indian Hindu rituals and celebrations. These rituals and practices are not just beautiful, but serve as a way for women to be more active in the household worship… Continue reading Women and Worship: Hinduism in India
When the Holocaust is mentioned, Hitler is the first name which comes to mind. The question then is always regarding the methods in which he led men to murder millions of innocent Jews and minority groups, but the answer may not lie with Adolf Hitler, but within the chaos and statelessness that he created in… Continue reading The Establishment of State Destruction: Hitler’s Connection to the Mass Murder of the Holocaust
As I sat there behind my desk uninterestingly flipping through emails on my phone, a blind classmate entered the room, guide dog in tow. As she helplessly fumbled, tripped on her own feet and headed to the wrong desk, the classmates present just watched. To my dismay, five minutes had passed; five minutes I sat voiceless, watching with the rest of them. For five minutes I refused to help because after all, no one else was. It was the realization that, while researching the Holocaust and how Hitler could have had such an impact on his men to where they would commit systematic murder and then defend it with, “We did what we were told,” or, “We did it because the extermination of the ‘imperfect’ race was the duty of all Germans,” was the same principle of conformity exhibited by myself and my classmates. Although our indiscretion was on a small scale compared to Nazi Germany, the idea that anyone could be affected by this, is frightening. In comparison to the Nazi’s, I had also heard about another unfortunate case highlighting the bystander effect and the power of conformity. In the 1960’s a woman was stabbed on a New York street. The dozens of tenants living in the lofts and apartments above the crime scene stood at their windows, witnesses to the crime. Although they heard the woman's scream, no one tried to help or intervene. The women ran around the corner where she was stabbed eight more times by the attacker before lying dead on the sidewalk. There were thirty seven witnesses to the crime; only one passer-byer called for help after it was too late.
At a Flag Day speech in 1954, Eisenhower elaborated on his feelings about the place of religion in public life when he discussed why he had wanted to include “under God” in the pledge of allegiance, “In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America’s heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country’s most powerful resource in peace and in war” (President Eisenhower signs “In God We Trust” into law). In 1956, President Eisenhower signed the words, ‘one nation under God’ into law as the nation’s official motto, just two years after having the phrase inserted into the Pledge of Allegiance. Ever since this addition, its given reason to some to deem the pledge unconstitutional. As Americans with a country founded on the principle of Christianity, it seems almost preposterous that after 238 years some are now fighting to strip the nation of the very foundation it was built on. Contrary to popular beliefs, one of the Framers first orders of business after establishing our Nation’s government, was to circulate English bibles to all of the schools and homes in America. This may be exactly why the Constitution protects the people from government rule under the power of the “church” like that of England, yet the words “separation of church and state” are not found in our Nation’s Constitution (Religion and the Founding of the American Public).
The time I spent with my father truly changed my life. I’m not sure if it was the change in social status, the public recognition or the fact that I finally felt like I had made a difference that was the most impressionable. I do however, know this: My father was the most extraordinary person I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Battling multiple mini strokes, heart surgery and the repercussions of unimaginable amounts of dollars in medical bills during that time in my life, my father never lost hope. During that time in my life, my family had lost everything. Our home, our cars, but we never lost each other. I remember catching my father digging in the couch for extra change and quarters or selling his favorite watch, scrounging for anything he could find so we could print my newspaper. He never gave up, not on himself and most importantly, he never gave up on me. He was my biggest fan, mentor and best friend. No matter the challenges we faced, my father always led us with a smile and a warm, considerate heart.