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Let’s Remember Who We Are!

“In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.” – Marianne Williamson

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you are fully aware that this is election season. This is the time where we can remind ourselves that we live in the greatest nation in the world! It’s a special time in history, and once again we are all asked to play a part in shaping our nation, state, county, and city by choosing its leaders. As usual, tensions and frustrations are present. From our national election, to our state and county ballot measures and elections, and yes even in our own city election. By this time next week, the people will have spoken and regardless of the results, our community will remain. I’m not one to share political views often, and I won’t do so now. However, I will stress the importance of us all getting out to vote. For many, the notion of voting is overexaggerated. Some feel as if their individual vote just does not matter and I beg to differ. In our city alone, some of our council races have been extremely close. One can only imagine the difference that would be made if everyone simply voted. Your vote is your voice, your voice is your power.

But I really want to stress the fact that regardless of what happens this Tuesday, we all have to live together. Unfortunately, I have seen some of the worst over the last several weeks because of differences of opinion. This election has become so polarizing that friends and communities have been torn apart. I believe that regardless of your political affiliation, we are all Americans and we are all residents of this wonderful city. We can disagree, but we cannot be divided.

Our unity makes us unique. Just last week, I noticed on social media (in one of our community forums) that there was a young lady who lacked food and other necessities. Within 30 minutes the post was flooded with comments of support and offers for help. Immediately, I had a smile on my face and said, “This is DHS!” Our big hearts, our love for our community, our generosity, and our love for our city are things that make us special. We are a growing city with a small town feel….let’s remember who we are, and Let’s Advance DHS!

Kihon MMA

Last week, the USA Mixed Martial Arts Kick International Federation held their annual youth tournament. Led by Sensei Eddie Bates, our local Kihon MMA athletes traveled to Florida to compete on the big stage. Now it should be noted that when it comes to youth MMA, Desert Hot Springs is internationally known location thanks to Kihon and our fighters. In fact, the recent press release for the tournament mentioned our own homegrown fighter Andrea Frisque by saying that she is “considered by some to be the toughest girl in the USFL.” Wow!

Needless to say, since last year’s international competition, Sensei Bates has quietly been training a group of future stars right here in our own backyard.

Remember this name: Hannah Wagstaff….

At 14 years old, Hannah is a fearless competitor and has a goal to become a world champion in her age and weight class. DHS buckle your seatbelts, we have a future champ on our hands. Sensei Bates boasts on the fact that the entire group of young fighters are as tough as they come, and let’s just say I’m afraid of them! Let’s support Hannah and her drive to be the best. She has a Facebook fan page, let’s go visit, “like” the page, and show her that DHS is standing with her!

Lastly ,be sure to check out Kihon MMA (12580 Palm Drive) and let Sensei Bates know that Advancing DHS sent you!

Growing up I would go with my grandparents and sit on the couch while they cleaned houses in Smoke Tree Village. I was in love with the way that the “elite” lived! A staple in every home was Palm Springs Life magazine. To me, that magazine on the coffee table was a big deal. Never in a million years did I think I’d actually be in the magazine! Well, here it is! This year’s Palm Springs Life Annual, the Desert Hot Springs highlight section. What an amazing honor to represent our city!

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