Thursday, December 27, 2012

2012 Reflections

This year started off different from the previous five. In Jan of 2012 I had my goals written out and was determined to achieve them all. I spent the beginning half of this year preparing for my cross country move. Saving money, selling things in my apartment, and Closing A Chapter of my life that should have been closed years prior.

Monday, December 24, 2012

You Should Be Listening To: Charly and Margaux

Not much to say about Charly and Margaux as their skills
tell it all. They can be seen playing at various bus and 
train spots throughout NYC.  

Thursday, December 20, 2012

How Do I Pray For The Families of Sandy Hook?

There are things mommies aren't ever supposed to find.
They aren't supposed to find themselves in a firehouse frantically looking for their child. They aren't supposed to find their child’s name on a list of those who won’t be coming home. They aren't supposed to find a dress to wear to their child’s funeral.
They aren't supposed to turn their calendar and find a date circled for the birthday party they were supposed to be planning next month. The one that won’t be.
Or walk to the mailbox and find their child’s dentist appointment reminder card. The receptionist forgot to pull that one out.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas, Not Xmas

Every time Christmas comes around I get annoyed when people use the abbreviation Xmas instead of spelling out CHRISTmas.

I did research on where this abbreviation came from and this is what I found:

The first letter of the word Xmas was not originally an X as we use it in the English language; what looks like an X is actually the English representation of the Greek letter Chi, χ, the first letter of the word Χριστός, meaning Christ. 

The letter Chi "χ" can also stand alone to represent the word Christ, so Xmas therefore literally translates as Christ-mas and that is how it should be pronounced, never as ex-mass. 

Friday, December 14, 2012

Black or Latino?

This past Sunday CNN aired "Who Is Black In America," which I feel was very
necessary. As someone that can identify with this topic, I wanted to share a few
videos and articles that I saw this week. 

Including my personal essay on this topic: Soy Afro- Panameña.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Finally, A Good TV Show

If you haven't watched ABC's Thursday night series Scandal, you are definitely
missing out. The show is filled with twists and turns that you'd never think were coming. 
It's excellently written and really keeps your attention, week after week.
And Kerry Washington does a great job in her leading role as Olivia Pope.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Material Girl: Knuckle Rings

My new favorite thing is knuckle rings. I ordered some a while ago and forgot
all about wearing them. But the other day I discovered them in my jewelry box 
and have been wearing them ever since.

I love the look of these rings and the fact that they 
look good with regular rings too. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Where's The Compassion?

Compassion: is the virtue of empathy for the suffering of others.

This past Monday, a man was pushed onto a Subway track in NYC and was killed by an oncoming train. A photographer happened to be there when the man was pushed. He tried to pull the man up off the track but was not strong enough. So he used his camera flash to try to get the train conductor's attention. In the midst of that, the photographer captured images of the man on the track, facing the oncoming train.  

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Be Healthy: Fruit and Vegetable Blend

Every month I post a "Be Healthy" topic and provide information on how different fruits are beneficial to 
your body. Well blending them can also be helpful. Plus it's an easy was to incorporate 
fruits and vegetables into your daily routine.

Recently I heard Dr. Oz say its best to consume fruits and vegetables in the morning, before you
eat anything else. So it's probably best to do this in the morning.