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    Monday, August 9, 2010, 11:16 AM [General]

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    Enter to Win The Responsibility Project Contest!

    Wednesday, July 7, 2010, 8:01 AM [General]

    Do you know a teenager that’s striving to improve his or her community? Are you a young writer that’s hoping to inspire others around the world?


    The Responsibility Project by Liberty Mutual is collecting stories from teens ages 13-17 who plan to use their summer break to "do the right thing." Be it participating in a charity event or organizing a community clean-up, teens can enter the Responsibility Project For the Win contest by filling out an online form and writing an essay describing a personal “responsibility project” (in 300 words or less) at


    Submissions will be accepted through August 31, 2010, and winners will be announced in September.


    On behalf of each of the five winners selected, Liberty Mutual will donate $500 to an approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Winners will also have their entries featured on and be invited to guest blog more about their experiences on the Responsibility Project website.


    Best of luck!

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    Don't Feel Sorry to Wear a Sari

    Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 10:13 AM [General]

    One day Chitell (the woman who cooks for our house) invited me to go to the market with her. Walking through narrow streets and small alleys, an outsider could easily get lost. We reached what she called a supermarket and I found myself inside a large store that was filled with many different home items (such as dishes, purses, and clothing). 


    A unique thing in India when you go shopping is that vendors are willing to take clothing out of their plastic bags so you can get a better glimpse at what you are purchasing. The salesman unfolded about 15 saris to show Chitell, and after bartering the price, she purchased a beautiful light green sari for her sister.


    Many women in India wear saris and can look extravagant every day without being aware of it. The outfit is made up of three parts; the skirt, the top that covers your shoulders, upper arms and chest, and finally the sari cloth that is wrapped around in a delicate and specific way. No western woman should attempt to wrap a sari herself without first being taught by an Indian. And wearing one in general should be done with reservation as Indians can sometimes think western women in Indian-style clothing is not always welcomed or flattering. I wore saris, but only when I went to villages to work, as it was prescribed by my coworkers. However, once caution is met, western women should enjoy the beauty and comfort that wearing saris can bring!

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    Adventures in India - Part 1

    Friday, September 4, 2009, 1:41 PM [General]


         Village life is more complex than what merely meets the eye.  At first glance is a small community of people that have spent their entire lives together in a close-knit huddle of relationships.  Looking deeper, however, is an amazing array of stories, families, and values that would take an outsider years to unravel and understand.  

         Recently in a village I visited was a happy elderly man that looked a lot like Ghandi.  It would have loved to spend an hour with him to hear about his life and his thoughts.  Later I went to two homes in another village and found sick children lying on the floor while the doctors spoke to their crying or sad mothers.

         It's too much of a whirlwind, and I want to spend more time understanding and putting together pieces of the puzzle.  It solidifies the thought, however, that everyone has an important story or lesson to share with others. That's why village life is complex and has layers upon layers of stories of hope, fear, and love.

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    Christian Joy...?

    Saturday, December 8, 2007, 12:29 PM [General]

    Sometimes I feel confused. I am relieved at the fact that when I die, I know I'll go to heaven. Jesus spoke about offering peace to us, and personally I am thankful for that. But then I start to say to myself, "Well I am going to heaven, but there are people going to hell too." While I am sitting here not scared of my death that will someday happen, I am terrified beyond anything else for others. I want everyone to accept Christ and go to heaven, especially those I really care about.

    It leaves me in a world filled with fear, but also hope.  Witnessing was once described to me by my friend as, "Watching what God is doing, not our own actions."  So there is light at the end, and endless support from Jesus.  I want to be happy and be more at peace so others will want that too.

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