Posts Tagged ‘Pictures’

Coming Soon: Photo Tour of Gallaudet!

September 11, 2011

It seems that every week, I’m sitting in front of a computer, racking my brain for a new gblog topic. Which is why it’s hard to post very often; I’ve run out of ideas!

But, a couple of days ago I got the idea to do a photo tour of Gallaudet. Every week, I will post a bunch of photos (taken by me) of a building or two on campus and add a few comments, as if I am your own tour guide. I’m not sure which building I will start with yet, but I promise there will be a new post next week with some pictures.

Why am I doing this? When I was a high-school student, I knew absolutely nobody at Gallaudet, so I didn’t have access to a lot of the common knowledge that most Gallaudet students have. Which left me wondering: What do the dorms look like? How many dorms are there? What do the classrooms look like? And so on… It’s my hope that, with this photo tour, I’ll be able to answer some lingering questions my readers may have.

I’m looking forward to this, hope you are too!

Cheers,
Heather

is it going to end the world?

November 14, 2008

Have you wondered if a sport’s teammates will stay together as friends after the season ends?

I have been wondering about that a thousand times since our soccer season ended on October 30, 2008. We ended our season with 18 losses. We did not win any games this season, but there were two close games that we should have won. The women’s soccer team has not won a soccer game since October 4, 2006.

I have been thinking about my team staying together and keeping our trust levels up until next fall 2008 because i think it would be easier for us to keep our bond strong if we stay in contact with each other. I hope we can still have an end of the season party with our team even though our last game was October 30, 2008. After that party, I still  hope that we can go out to have fun as a team once a week for the rest of semester and when we get back from Christmas break.

Here are few pictures of my team at our last game which was the coldest night we have played this season:

Two Presidents and an Arival Ceremony

September 22, 2008

Last Monday, a friend gave me a ticket to see the Arrival Ceremony forJohn Kufour, who is the President of Ghana, and Mrs. Theresa Kufour on the South Lawn of the White House. The welcoming committee? President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush.

It was amazing! Beginning at 8:55am (I had to get there at 7:30 to get a good standing spot), the military band played a few tunes then played “Hail to the Chief.” Everyone knows what that means…the President is coming! I was so excited. I had seen the President once before a few weeks ago, but I did not have a good view of him and only saw him for a short time.

After playing the National Anthem of the Republic of Ghana and the National Anthem of the United States (for which, by the way, President Bush placed his hand over his heart in respect and honor for the flag, anthem, and our beloved country), President Bush shared a few remarks about our growing relationship with Ghana and how we are helping Ghana financially, economically, and medically. Next, President Kufour gave a short speech in which he spoke of the many ways that the United States has helped Ghana and how he is grateful for the support we have shown them.

I enjoyed both speeches for their humor and positive outcomes, but I most enjoyed President Bush’s remarks about the upcoming elections in both countries, “Ghana is now in the middle of a lively election season” he says, “[There is] spirited debate…[close-cut] contests, (pause) which sounds kinda familiar.” Later, he said, “And so I welcome you here. Laura and I are looking forward to having you to dinner tonight. I promise not to unleash the dance moves that I first displayed in Ghana, in what was one of the most memorable trips of my presidency.”

I also liked President Kufour’s remark, “Ghana is very grateful for the friendship she is enjoying from the United States. And I, personally, am very happy and appreciate your friendship so far, and I look forward to a good and productive retirement, just as I wish for you, as you go into retirement.”

President Bush responded with a big grin, “Thank you, sir.”

Then, the President of Ghana said something that really touched me and made me sad. He said, “You have been good and I hope history will judge you well.”

When President Kufour said that, all that came to mind were all the wonderful stories I have heard about and seen with my own eyes that exemplify President Bush’s godly character and sweet spirit and then, in contrast, all the hateful, bitter, cruel things people say about President Bush.

I wonder what happened to the American people between 9/11 and now. What changed? In 2001, most everyone loved President Bush. He received countless emails, phone calls, and letters from Americans showing their support for his godly leadership. Then, something happened. Now, people go so far as to send him coffins. Tell me, why do people HATE Bush? If you disagree with his policies, fine; I can accept that. But hate him? What did he, in and of himself–alone, do that was so terrible?

As President Kufour said that he hoped history would judge President Bush well, I wondered if it would. I wonder if people will look back on this era and see the good that was done or just the bad that remains obscure even to this day.

At any rate, I loved the ceremony. I still cannot believe that I saw the President! Many thanks go to my friend for going through the immense trouble of getting me a ticket. What a neat opportunity!

Me on the South Lawn of the White House
Me on the South Lawn of the White House
President John Kufour and President George W. Bush
President John Kufour and President George W. Bush

My Last Day

June 1, 2008

For my last day in DC before heading home for the summer, I decided to spend the entire day sightseeing one last time. It was amazing. I wanted to do some new and old things around the city, so my first stop was a new place for me–the National Aquarium. It cost $5 to get in and was smaller than I expected, but not any less fascinating. I had never seen live sea horses, so that was one of my favorite things at the aquarium. There were also a bunch of other kinds of fish, snakes, frogs, sharks, aligators, and turtles. Isn’t God’s creation beautiful?

 

I then walked from the National Aquarium down the National Mall to the Library of Congress. It was not my first time to go to the Library, but this time I did not feel rushed and could take my time, marveling at the architectural beauty of the place. If you have ever been there before, you know that the walls and ceilings are covered with famous peoples’ names, famous quotes, and such. I found some interesting ones, including Gallaudet’s name and several quotes including: “Science is organized knowledge,” “Beauty is truth. Truth beauty,” “There is but one temple in the universe and that is the body of man,” “nature is the art of God,” “The Light shineth in darkness and the darkness comprehendeth it not,” “One God. One law. One element. And one far-off divine event to which the whole creation moves,” and “knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.” Some people say that our founding fathers did not establish our country on Biblical principals, but I must disagree. Anyways, I also saw Thomas Jefferson’s library, which was his library with all of his books categorized exactly as he had them. It was neat!

 

After the Library of Congress, I decided to visit the monuments and my favorite haunting ground, the WWI memorial, one last time before I headed back to campus. It was a gorgeous day, and I am thankful for the opportunity to have gone out into the city one final time, but boy, did I feel it the next morning! I was exhausted and sore and had to wake up at 5:30 am to head home. It was worth it though!

El fin!

A Day with the Cherry Blossoms

April 27, 2008

During the Cherry Blossom Festival, I decided to walk along the Tidal Basin and enjoy the infamous blossoms for which DC is so well-known. They were incredibly gorgeous and nothing I can say and no pictures I have taken can match their beauty. A friend put it this way, and I could not have said it better than she, “I think this is what heaven will look like.” I think she is right. I have never experienced anything so beautiful as walking beneath the canvas of those intwined and bowing branches covered in perfect pink and white blossoms. Some of the petals fell like rain around me, adding to the beauty of the experience.

Here are some of the blossoms up close!

I did a little photo shop work on this picture, but I thought the cherry blossoms looked incredible in black and white.

I walked all the way around the Tidal Basin to the Jefferson Memorial and FDR Memorial, enjoying the flowers.

Here, the cherry blossoms gleam in the afternoon sunshine.

This is me and the cherry blossoms with the Jefforson Memorial peeking out of the corner of the picture.

Now, imagine this: the beauty of those cherry blossoms framing the Washington Monument, completely surrounding a surreal lake. It was breathtaking!

This is what I walked under around the entire Tidal Basin.

There were throngs of people (tourists) at the Cherry Blossom Festival. Here, many of them sat on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial to rest and enjoy a little musical entertainment.

Here is the man himself–Thomas Jefferson. 

The FDR memorial was quite interesting. There were many statues, fountains, and engraved quotes on vine-covered walls. I liked this statue of FDR and his dog. Isn’t the dog cute? At any rate, I spent the whole afternoon at the Tidal Basin and then enjoyed a fireworks display with friends that night. It was spectacular! I hope all of you come to see the cherry blossoms next spring! I guarantee that you will not be disapointed!