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What Can You Do To Help?

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On my way to NY for a job, the images of what is happening with the earthquake in Haiti are haunting me. As soon as I land will drop off my bag and meet Lorraine Alexis (pic below visiting orphanage in Haiti last summer). She works for a relief organization and is a medical student who has been visiting Haiti for several years. I’m hoping she may be able to tell me more and I could help in some way…

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So I got off the plane, dropped my bag off at my apartment and straight to the train to meet my Haitian friend Lorraine Alexis as I wanted to hear firsthand her thoughts on family, friends and colleagues in Haiti. What I learned I can hardly put in words. Amongst the midst of chaos and uncertainty, Lorraine and fellow Haitian relief worker Cedric Desir (Voices of Haiti), were kind enough to give me their personal insights involving the chaos they and their family and friends are experiencing right this very minute. While they shared with me stories of lost and missing loved ones, what astounded me the most was their focus and hope filled plans for a better future for their homeland.

I am truly inspired.

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Fun Filled Christmas

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09’s Christmas was filled with fun times!
Our lunch was asian inspired food, it was themed this year, it was such amazing food cooked by my Aunty and cousins. We had my Uncle taking our family portraits and group photos, which we get done every year.
A few of my older cousins and I took to my cousins room, cranked the music, had a dance and dressed up in her clothes, shortly after we were joined by most of the family in her medium sized room! it was good fun playing around with them!

By the end of the night after the pudding was lit on fire and the cheesecake was eaten, all 23 of us took a musical instrument and had a family jam session, great time to bond at Christmas.
Theses are a few photos from our dancing dress up time in my cousins room!

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CousinsHope you all had a fab x-mas!

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I’m celebrating Thanksgiving with my family in Chicago, we made mashed potatoes, corn and green beans, scalloped turnips, scalloped oysters, gravy and Turkey with mushrooms and wine dressing, cider, montango cheese, peacan pie, apple cranberry pie and vanilla ice cream! Good thing we’re a whole bunch of people to eat it all! And this year our turkeys name is HOHOCO.

from Wisconsin - Happy Thanksgiving!

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Eggs Benedict, Please!

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Eating breakfast at Sarabeth’s on 59th street between 5th Ave and 6th Ave. The classic eggs benedict with orange juice and cappuccino, definately a nice place to catch up with family!

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Me and my Godmother Jill Gross having breakfast and catching up

who MarinaJamieson

when November 17th, 2009

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Halloween is Coming

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It’s that time of the year! Halloween is coming up and I got a chance to go visit my mom adn brother in Boston with my dog Diesel. We did pumpkin carving which has become a tradition the last couple of years, even though we’re from Russia and we don’t have Halloween there. What do you guys think of my pumpkin?

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who PolinaFrantsena

when October 24th, 2009

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Miss You, Daddy

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dadykins-n-moiToday is 4th anniversary of my father’s passing. He died of cancer at age 43. Here’s a foto of him and me. Miss you Daddykins. Dad died on oct 22,2005, at 11pm:(

dadyusinmexHere he is with my sister and me on a vacation to Mexico:)

familytxReminescing those nights with the whole family my sister (Adriana), me, my mom(Engracia) and my dad (David).

who MarinaJamieson

when October 23rd, 2009

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Back Down Under

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AirportReunited with my favorite brother pedroska (Peter)

familyCatching up with all the family

Schooland the girls from school

gardeningIn my downtime, potted a few plants

EmilyMy Aussie friend emily who I travelled to Amsterdam with is also known as Hornsby’s T2 Tea girl

who SarahStephens

when September 20th, 2009

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