Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Her name is Roxie, named after Hart

Here are photos of our dog, Roxie who is more than four months. She was born Nov. 10, 2009 and was at the Downey Southeast Area Animal Control Authority. She has been with us for more than a week. I named her Roxie, after the character Roxie Hart from the musical, "Chicago."

She is a bundle of energy and very loving, and in the training stage.

Roxie, she is young and a showgirl.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Norma, Dr. Linda Lacy to meet very soon

I have always found it important to be yourself and never be afraid to reach out to someone. With that, below is an e-mail I sent to Cerritos College President/Superintendent Dr. Linda Lacy who has been at Cerritos since September 2009.

Hello Dr. Linda Lacy,

Greetings, and if I may let me introduce myself. My name is Norma Palacios, I am a former Cerritos and current Los Angeles City College student. I have wanted to make your acquaintance since last August. I have followed your progress, and want to say I hope that you have enjoyed and have come to appreciate the wonderful staff and administrators. In that regard, as a student in general, I came to know Cerritos College with great depth and attribute through the student publication Talon Marks. I was part of the writing staff from 2005-2007 and have come to know more than just a few faces, but names as well, including Andrea Jones and Cheryl Thury and all the board members expect Dr. Liu. As such I have appreciated that all of them were just as gracious in person as they are to everyone with whom they have come in contact with. I appreciated them beyond words. But more than anything there is one thing that I hope that you, Dr. Lacy will take into account how important Cerritos College is to the students and its staff. Being that you are building relationships, as I have done, I want to say, and you are fully aware of, that the state of California and its community colleges and universities across America are facing great financial distress. Education is important. While I have chosen to reserve my opinion about what students are facing, it's no doubt that they are looking for someone to depend on for understanding, open dialogue and (possible) solutions. That is why a person such as yourself is most important. I would hope that there will be a time in which someone will be unafraid to introduce themselves to a class, if not a group of students. With that being said, I would hope that there will be a time that you and I could meet, if possible. If it is not possible that is okay as well. I have lived by the motto of, "Never be afraid to be yourself" and Dr. Lacy, I would hope that you will do the same. I will always be around for those I have met at Cerritos College, and I will be around next semester. If you are ever in the bookstore during student rush I will be around.

I would hope to talk to her. It won't take up her time. I just want to know who she is. That's all. And hopefully get some insight about the importance of education. But let me be clear that I will soon write an e-mail to Los Angeles City College's President/Superintendent as well. No reason, I'm just being unafraid to be myself.