Sunday, December 28, 2008

For the Horde!

Yesterday it was World Domination, today it's filing my nails;)

A friend of mine, Suzama, invited me along to a world raid and it was such a blast! After we killed all the Alliance leaders on the server Kirin tor, Thrall sent me an in game mail and the bear. I died on the first boss but still got the achievement!

We only had one wipe and that was on the last boss. Probably because they knew we were going there next. haha!

War Bear

I am so grateful because I thought this would always be out of my reach. My thanks go out to all who helped organize the raid and a special thanks to Suzama who thought of me :)

I'm Debrashavi, Holy Priest on Kirin tor.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

A Christmas Story


A few years ago I began to notice people debating about saying Merry Christmas during the winter holidays. Well actually it was about not saying it. So I’ve been thinking and trying to figure out my feelings about it. This year, when Dad said he was afraid to say it in case he would offend someone, well it got me to thinking-- why are we allowing ourselves to be bullied into not openly practicing one of the most joyous Christian days of the year?

After three years of saying “Happy Holidays!” I am fed up with hiding my faith and began to consider this at the beginning of Advent. What if someone came up to me and said “Happy Kwanzaa!”? My first instinct would be to say “Happy Kwanzaa!” right back because I want to share in that person’s moment of joy; it would be a blessing that they wanted me to be a part of their happiness. While we may be content and sometimes happy, moments of joy are rare and very dear. Why would I want to ruin that for me, or for the person wanting me to enjoy a celebration? So I decided I am not going to let what others might think, stop me from openly practicing my faith.

This year I came back out of the closet and began saying “Merry Christmas!” I said it to the bell ringers at first because I knew they were safe. Then I said it to my friends and family because they know I’m a Christian, so that was okay too. Then I stepped out and began to say it to everyone.

It was interesting. Most said “Happy Holidays!” and one person said “Thanks!” I hoped that I hadn’t offended her. But it was at the 99cent store where I was buying gift bags and while the manager was ringing me up something happened which really took me by complete surprise. And it led to deeper and much different feelings about my Yuletide Joy.

As she totaled my order and handed me my purchases I bravely said my, “Merry Christmas!”

She looked around for a moment and then leaned in very close to me. I thought NOW I was going to get told off; this was going to be my come uppance for running around all Advent wishing people a "Merry Christmas!" As I braced myself with a deep breath and a small tremble, she looked me squarely in the eye with such intensity and then with a knowing nod, whispered, Merry Christmas.

A feeling crept over me and a glimmer of an understanding rose in my mind...this must be a bit what it is like to live in a country where the freedom to worship is limited by its society.


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Childlight Foundation

This is what my family works on, and before the ideologues jump on this, here is their mission statement: "We value the rights of each individual and respect the freedom to choose one’s own beliefs and to direct one’s own life course. We do not impose religious values or beliefs on the children or families that we serve. We hold our own personal values and beliefs as precious and honor the values and beliefs of others that respect human life and seek to maintain the dignity of the individual."

My cousin is the lady in the purple burka near the end. You can see her through out if you watch again. Her and her husband paid out of their own pocket to go to Afghanistan and to help rebuild it. She is a nurse and her husband is a lay minister.

Isn't it STUPID that I have to justify the good works of my family because some people take delight in mocking and stigmatizing Christians?

Nope you won't see this in the media because they do not deem the ChildLight Foundation for Afghan Children news worthy.

What are you doing to fight the Global War on Terrorism?

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Monday, January 14, 2008

"The problem... is that most members of Congress don't pay attention to what's going on."-- John McCain

Mary Edwards Wertsch writes in her essay "Another Reason to Be Proud

The extraordinary transformation of societal attitudes that culminated in the inauguration today of President Barack Obama began in our sector of American society: the United States military.
Our schools were integrated long before the civilian world could get its head around the idea.

Our forces were integrated when countless work places, colleges, clubs, sports teams, and public events were not.

Our sector at its best is a color-blind meritocracy—and even with its flaws and occasional slips, it continues to be a shining example of racial fairness compared to civilian society, and an extraordinary success story.

I couldn’t agree more. Ms Wertsch has literally transformed my life with her hard work and research when it comes to being raised in the military. I finally feel a sense of self-identity and can understand why I do and say and think the things that I do.

I was never really "aware" of the integration of schools until I was in college and we were at the tail end of the Civil Rights Movement. The school I went to decided to put all the African-American women on one floor in the dorm. Eventually I was the Resident Adviser for that floor. It was a bit rough getting to know each other, but by the end of the year we had gained each others trust. It was a great joy to run into a few of my floor mates at a recent reunion.

Before he became a senator for Arizona the longest place he had ever lived was Hanoi. I voted for McCain because first and foremost I know he is and will always do his best for our country. Secondly it is probably the only time in my life that I will ever get to vote for someone who comes from the same military brat culture that I do.

During the campaign a woman stood up and began relating her fears about Obama because he is of Arabian decent and the moment McCain gently took the mic away from her and assured her and the many others who harbor similar fears, that Obama is a kind and wonderful family man. I knew then he was out to loose his election. The first hint was the fact that McCain firmly refused to use the race card played by the infamous Rev Wright.

While many Republicans are throwing up their hands in confusion and dismay there are many brats who know and understand because we were raised by the military and we are aware that McCain sacrificed this for his country as he has done so many times in the past. He had the wisdom and foresight to understand that this was the time to set aside his personal ambitions and become a part of what will probably be one of the most remembered history-making events of this century.