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

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

White House Oval Visit

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | November 1st, 2015

White House Oval Office Visit, June 25th 2015

Hello!  I hope this note finds you exceptionally well.  I would love to tell you about my DREAM COME TRUE, a visit with the President of the United States in the Oval Office, in Washington D.C. on Thursday, June 25th 2015.  My dream, since age 9, was to go to the Oval Office and take a picture with a sitting U.S. President.  At age 9, this dream was a seemingly unattainable vision, … Read More

Trip to Hawaii with Mummy, 8/24-8/27/15

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | October 1st, 2015

Hello! I hope this note finds you exceptionally well. I would love to let you know about the trip which I recently took to Hawaii with my mother. Mummy had never been to Hawaii and it was an aspiration of mine to take her to see this paradise. Each year, there seemed to be a scheduling challenge on one or both sides, and then earlier this year, I just, literally forced the timing on my mother. I am glad that … Read More

Concussions

by Shefali Razdan Duggal | September 1st, 2015

Hello! I hope this note finds you exceptionally well. Two years ago, I experienced 2 concussions, and it was quite a challenging moment – – both in terms of it happening, as well as the introspection which happened thereafter. I learnt from that instant how truly fragile life can be, even for a healthy woman. I don’t spoke (cigarettes or otherwise), I don’t drink alcohol, I don’t drink caffeine…I don’t even drink soda (with the exception of the occasional root … Read More