Happy Fourth of July!

July 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Thomas Jefferson
Declaration of Independence, 1776

Hanukkah 2012

December 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

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“At this time of year, when the sun is most hidden, the holiday of Hanukkah celebrates the rays of hope and light. Often, it is through simple and unrecognized miracles that we are able to feel the warmth of hope and light.” Rafael Goldstein

Best wishes to all who celebrate it. This year’s Hanukkah starts December 8. I have created a fun Hanukkah trivia quiz for all to enjoy.

Japan will rise again!

March 14, 2011 § 4 Comments

Japan was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami over the weekend. Hearing this news makes me a little sad, as I have always had a special connection with the Japanese culture and people. In fact, I have written extensively about the country here in this blog and elsewhere. Although it may seem gloomy for Japan at the moment, I have no doubt that the country will recover from this. It should be noted that there have not been even a single report of LOOTING or ANARCHY since the incident. This is in total contrast to what occurred following other recent disasters like the Haiti Earthquake and even Katrina. This shows us that the Japanese are strong and proud people who will rise up from the ashes to rebuild their country. Pray for Japan.

The transformation of Thanksgiving Day

November 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

The Thanksgiving holiday was originally a religious observance. Some time after, it became a commercial holiday and thus the term Franksgiving was coined. In recent years, Thanksgiving has returned to its roots and is becoming a more meaningful holiday as a result. Though people still love Black Friday shopping.

Happy Veterans Day 2010!

November 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

No matter what we think of war, we should always give all dedicated veterans our highest regard and respect. They have sacrificed their livelihood to protect our country and defend our ideals. The least we can do to is to salute them for their courage and patriotism. Happy Veterans Day to all service men and women!

Stories of the Decade: War in Iraq and Afghanistan

November 6, 2010 § 1 Comment

There is an old adage that states, “Don’t play with fire, but don’t let it extinguished.” The same lesson can be applied to war. We should avoid war as much as possible; but if used properly, it can also be an instrument of peace. It is still debatable whether the War on Terror has been such an instrument. The toll from the War in Iraq and Afghanistan, on both sides of the conflict, has been awful. Most reliable estimates put the number of civilian deaths (Iraq only) at around 100,000 to 300,000. The number of combined combat deaths (coalition & insurgents) is estimated to be around 40,000. The toll from the Afghanistan conflict is also severe, though no reliable statistics are found.

The bad thing about these wars is that they are still ongoing, as key objectives have not yet been achieved. We should not be surprised if more bloodshed is on the horizon.

Guy Fawkes Day is just another weird holiday

November 4, 2010 § Leave a comment

If you have followed my blog for some time, you would know that I like to comment on weird holidays from around the world. Incidentally, I have just received an email from a reader in Great Britain regarding a holiday called Guy Fawkes Day. This day is named after Guy Fawkes, an infamous revolutionary who tried to blow up the Parliament and kill the English King. People celebrate this holiday by throwing effigies of people they hate into bonfires. Sounds like an interesting form of celebration. 🙂

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