My mom and her sister are twins and have always had a special connection, which they passed on to their children. My cousins, sisters, and I shared a unique bond, growing up together and even living right next door to each other. My cousins Lance, Joel, and Michael were like my brothers. The three of them protected me and promised to stand up for me against bullies, if I ever needed.
On this date 17 years ago, my cousin Joel died as a result of a tragic pole vaulting accident. He was only 16 years old. The entire family, in fact the entire town, was devastated and stunned by the loss of Joel. He was literally the most popular kid in school, and not just because everyone considered him handsome. Joel was an all-star athlete and honor roll student, and he accepted and befriended everyone–even me, his awkward and misunderstood younger cousin. When Joel died, I felt like I’d lost one of my biggest allies and a personal hero.
May is a very emotional month for me, and my family, but I try not to focus on the pain and rather celebrate my lost loved ones by keeping their memory and spirit alive.
Life is fragile–tell your partner, your friends, your family that you care for them whenever possible because you never know when it might be your last opportunity. We must never take life or those we love for granted.
We miss you, Joel.
Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first campaign ( 1915 ) that led to major casualties for Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.
The acronym ANZAC stands for Australian and NZ Army Corps, those soldiers were known as Anzacs. Anzac Day remains one of the most important national occasions of both Australia and New Zealand and is remembered on 25th April each year.
The Australian War Memorial, in Canberra ACT, has a wall named the “ Roll of Honour ” which records and commemorates members of the Australian armed forces who have died during or as a result of war service.
Poppies adorn the panels of this wall, placed beside names as a small personal tribute to the memory of a particular person, or to any of the thousands of individuals commemorated there.
Maybe the women and her children above are remembering some one special to them.
ROLL OF HONORHonoring the Men and Women of the U.S. Armed Services The Roll of Honor acknowledges the contributions of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces, by inviting them to display their military records and experiences in an online visual biography. Through an extensive and user-friendly “wizard,” Active, Reserve, National Guard and Veteran military members can create their own profile web page. Families of deceased service persons can also register their loved ones and ancestors. Learn more about Roll of Honor today
Today we salute all defenders of the Republic, past and present. If there is a fallen hero you wish to be honored, please add their name below so a grateful nation may know the names of those brave souls who gave all for duty, honor, and country.
@billiejoearmstrong: dear you I can’t express enough how much love is in my heart for all of you in our green day community. for me to try to put it into words almost feels awkward. sometimes I don’t always like to use the word “fan”. I think I can speak on behalf of me mike and Tre when I call you family or community. Because you all truly grew up together with us and shared this journey together. this is more than an award. it’s the privilege to play music, write songs and follow this psychotic passion called rock n roll.and We share this honor together. because honestly YOU ARE our rock n roll hall of fame. idiot nation foreverrage and love Billie Joe
Friends who are dear to me know how much I love Century City Mall. One of the many reason why I keep going back to this place is Hole in the Wall, the posh upscale foodcourt on the 4th level of the mall. Here’s a photo walk of some of my top picks (aside from Bad Bird and TIny Duchess , of course)
Who wouldn’t fall in love with the huge plate of Salted Egg Chicken from Kwong’s Provision? Don’t forget to ask for their signature sweet-spicy sauce.
For Vietnamese lovers out there, go get yourself these incredibly delicious Crispy Pork and Shrimp Spring Rolls (P140) from Phobobo.
Make sure to drop by and get desserts from Scout’s Honor. We got the set which is comprised of a cookie bar, ice cream and craft milk. We chose the Cereal Cookie Bar (chewy molasses + oats cookie white chocolate + cereal) and yes, it’s a cookie bar not a brownie.
This Bottle of Strawberry Craft Milk complements the cookie bar and ice cream. Yummy!
And the Salted Caramel Ice Cream adds refinement and sophistication to our dessert set.
Don’t forget to visit these stalls, as well as my reviews on Bad Bird and Tiny Duchess. :) Happy Eating!
whenever i see “bio” on the ao3 profile page i always think of like…some pta website homepage with all these moms writing stuff like “love going on hikes with my gorgeous husband and wonderful kids!! my son nathan appleberry made honor roll this year so proud!!!” because the word “bio” just gives off this air of casual faux-professionalism that seems out of place on a website that’s at least 70% buttfucking.
“dear you I can’t express enough how much love is in my heart for all of you in our green day community. for me to try to put it into words almost feels awkward. sometimes I don’t always like to use the word “fan”. I think I can speak on behalf of me mike and Tre when I call you family or community. Because you all truly grew up together with us and shared this journey together. this is more than an award. it’s the privilege to play music, write songs and follow this psychotic passion called rock n roll. and We share this honor together. because honestly YOU ARE our rock n roll hall of fame. idiot nation forever rage and love Billie Joe”