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I am working away as I wanted to note how lucky I was to have done my Vaccinations. It is unfortunate how folks are skeptical and there is opposition to Vaccines and masks. I can only hope that reason prevails.
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Monday, March 8, 2021
Monday, February 15, 2021
Today is President's Day in the United States--and yesterday was Valentine's Day. As I have been working away on projects, I decided to be really brief here as I hereby present the following clip courtesy the fab folks at the Farhang Foundation (which I released as a story on Valentine's Day 2021) featuring a very talented Iranian Artist, Tina Amy:
I have also been serving as an Extra Help Staffer for the County of Orange's Operations Independence Initiative vaccinating all of Orange County. I am grateful the County approved vaccinations for all of us who are serving as I released this over Valentine's Day W-End on my FB & Instagram Feeds:
Saturday, February 13, 2021
It has been quite a week as earlier this week I finished some notations on the 42nd Anniversary of the Revolution that brought upon Darkness in Iran--but I have also been witness to how things are great as I have been witness to quite a week in Orange County. The image I captured above while in town yesterday epitomizes this sense of hope as I leave thoughts on the impending potential recall of California Governor Gavin Newsom, the Donald Trump Impeachment and other challenges for another time.
I have joined Operations Independence here in Orange County as Orange County has embarked upon a county-wide campaign to vaccinate all--with a focus on Tier 1A ((Healthcare Workers & All other 65)). I was able to secure my first dose due to being on Staff along with a number of close family members.
As I am away again on this quest for service, I caught this during my engagements which embraced what continues to drive me in regards to all projects including my Doctorate quest, work in Virtual Education, navigating the challenges of the Daily Outsider and other on-going projects:
Impossible is nothing.— Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar) February 12, 2021
A standing double backflip pic.twitter.com/uiANC8iWpm
The diversity among our UC Davis applicants is impressive. Here’s what Ebony Lewis, executive director of Undergraduate Admissions, had to say: “Our future Aggies come from all walks of life and reflect a broad diversity of thought, experiences, communities and backgrounds that embody a spirit of inclusive excellence.”
Among California residents seeking freshman admission, 36.7 percent are from historically underrepresented groups (African American, American Indian, Chicano/Latino and Pacific Islander), and among domestic students seeking transfer admission, 34.5 percent are from historically underrepresented groups.
Among California freshman and California Community College transfer applicants, 41 percent are from low-income families, and 42 percent would be in the first generation of their family to graduate from a four-year college.
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Darkness descended upon Iran 42 years ago this week. The iconic Bridge in Southern Iran, the Iconic Bridge in Isfahan and The Mausoleum of Hafez in Shiraz are what Iran is and what it can be. It was simply heartbreaking when a second cousin of mine lamented the darkness on the tragedy that continu8es. .
I finished off some #RandomThoughts earlier on the eve of that day on my Instagram Account:
Monday, February 8, 2021
Monday, February 1, 2021
As I begin a challenging month, I wanted to share some brief #randomthoughts which I released to my Personal Facebook Wall--as Maya Neyestani, the Iranian Cartoonist who's work is regularly featured on IranWire, Deutesche Welle depicted the true realities:
Sunday, January 24, 2021
It has been quite a week as America swore in a New President. I had the pleasure to be on the prowl for the Daily Outsider working away.
I decided to share two very uplifting clips from #Inauguration Day 2021 as I begin a final week of January and gear up for a column towards the end of the month on the first month of January 2021: The Morning Prayer Service and memorable performances: