September 11th Memorial- 14 Years Later, I Still Remember

Screen Shot 2015-09-10 at 6.32.37 PM“Though the road has bends and turns, and my spirit suffers,

Humans fail, systems fail, shadows fall.

But the ruts run deep, cut by the blood of faces above,

And voices now silent…

But the message loud is heard: “Homeland, homeland.

Renew your youth, restore your soul!”

Homeland, the country that I love, hold out your arms to me.

I strive for you, and give to you the best I hope to be.Screen Shot 2015-09-10 at 6.29.32 PM

May your wisdom be your armour, your compassion be your sword;

May your strength be forged with mercy, your courage lives restore.

Homeland, the country that I love, forever reign supreme;

And when time stands still, my homeland, may heaven hold your dream.”

– Z. Randall Stroope, Homeland

On 9/11, I was in my first semester of college. I was a member of the Women’s Choir at ASU. Right before Thanksgiving break, our concert included this song, in memory of the terrorist attack that day, and all the lives lost. Someone presented a slideshow over our heads as we sang these words. A slideshow of the memories of that day. The audience was crying through the whole song. I didn’t make it through the second chorus without plenty of tears. Every time I hear this song, even today, I tear up.

I will always remember. After everything, I still give to you everything I hope to be.

God Bless America

Election Day… GO VOTE

Happy Election Day! Thank God that first, you have the right to vote. But secondly, those incredibly annoying and enraging political ads will finally be over.

Whether you’re Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Independent, or no affiliation at all, if you’re eligible to vote, GO VOTE.

Don’t make excuses. MAKE THE TIME. If you don’t know who to vote for, go to the polls anyway and let your gut decide when you step up to the ballot.

If you don’t vote, not only do you not have the right to complain over the next four years, but you’ve also insulted the millions of people around the world who are fighting for the right to vote, and for those who have died to defend your right to choose.

If you’ve already voted (whoever invented early voting, I thank them wholeheartedly), good for you!

If you haven’t yet, GO VOTE!

 

 

Happy Independence Day!

Happy 4th everyone! Enjoy the holiday weekend, have fun, be safe, and celebrate the freedoms we Americans have.

If you live in the south, please be safe with the fireworks and don’t set off another grass fire. We need to celebrate this land, not ruin it.

Lots of love and starbursts!