Shefali Razdan Duggal

"Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Attempt, from the deepest recesses of your heart and soul, to be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile" ~ MOTHER TERESA

Independence Day 2016, Washington D.C.

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | September 1st, 2016

Hello! I hope this finds you exceptionally well. I would love to tell you all about my recent experience with my family on July 4th, 2016. I had dreamt of taking my children to the Fireworks viewing on the White House Lawn for many years. It was an almost surreal request in my heart to even consider it. We planned our annual Cincinnati trip around an easy flight from there to Washington for the Fireworks, as it was only a … Read More

Being Scrappy

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | August 1st, 2016

Hello! I hope this note finds you exceptionally well. I would love to talk about the concept of Being Scrappy. How I am defining “scrappy” is doing the best you possibly can with what God has given to you. I felt like I was a very scrappy person throughout my childhood and continue to be so within my life. I have worked very hard throughout the majority of my life, doing what I can with what I was blessed with, … Read More

WORK ETHIC

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | July 6th, 2016

Hello! I hope this note finds you exceptionally well. I would love to talk about the concept of a focused and driven work ethic. I only came to truly understand this way of operating one’s life whilst in my mid-thirties. I grew up around very hard working immigrant parents. My father had come to the United States, like so many of his contemporaries, with just a dream and a few dollars in his pocket. He had to leave his family … Read More

Facebook Post: Piece by Piece

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | June 2nd, 2016

As the years progress, in spite of my age, the pain of having been abandoned by my father at age 11 has never left my soul. Never. He didn’t want us, and he took no responsibility for us. I have made the best of it, and forced myself over the years to not allow one single breeze of coldness to blow a wind upon my heart. It took a lot of effort, and it will always be a work in … Read More

Facebook Post – – Empathy

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | May 1st, 2016

I don’t often vent here, although, I do feel a responsibility to do so. I was just in the Post Office, where I was being helped by my favorite Postal Employee, Elaine (love her!). Anyhow, I am standing at my cashier spot, and notice a very shy, very demure, diminutive Indian woman, with a very prominent accent and mannerisms which indicated that she very very recently had come from India, talking with her Postal attendant (who, was very polite and … Read More

Rules Committee

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | April 1st, 2016

Hello! I hope this note finds you exceptionally well! I would love to share with you a Facebook post which I shared some weeks ago. It made me very happy! Have an Awesome April!

“I have been blessed to attend three Democratic National Conventions in the last 20 years – – 2000, 2008 and 2012. For the first two, I definitely was scraping…hopeful upon the undeserved generosity of others who were already attending the Convention(s) – – they being much … Read More

PRETTY WOMAN

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | March 1st, 2016

Hello! I hope this note finds you exceptionally well. I would love to tell you about my Pretty Woman moment. For those of you who are too young or didn’t see the movie “Pretty Woman,” this classic moment is well known by folks who do know about the movie. Julia Roberts character went into a store in Beverly Hills, attempting to buy items. She had the money, although she didn’t have the perceived “class” required for the sales person to … Read More

DEBATE

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | February 1st, 2016

Democratic Presidential Primary Debate, January 17th 2016, Charleston SC

Hello!  I hope this note finds you all exceptionally well.  I would love to tell you about our recent experience attending a Democratic Primary Debate for the 2016 Presidential Election.  I had been invited to attend a debate, and, as with all things…I was optimistic in asking if my 14 year old son and 11 year old daughter could join me in the experience.  Every single thing I do, in all … Read More

Vice President Joe Biden Holiday Party, 12/16/15, Washington D.C.

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | January 1st, 2016

Hello! I hope this note finds you exceptionally well. I would love to share the experience I recently shared with my children on December 16th, 2016, at the U.S. Naval Observatory, for Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden’s Holiday Party. We were invited to attend the party in early December, and I was utterly focused on my children having an experience of a lifetime. The week of the party was the same as each of my childrens last … Read More

HOMETOWN(S)

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | December 1st, 2015

Hello!  I hope this note finds you exceptionally well.  I would love to talk about my love for both Cincinnati…and, everywhere else I have lived.  I was born in India, and grew up in Cincinnati OH.  I was there from age 5 – 17, then went to college at Miami University (just outside of Cincinnati), moved home for one year, then moved to Chicago when I was 23.  My formative years were certainly in Cincinnati and I developed a foundational … Read More