Category Archives: Ramblings

There Were A Million And A Half

It’s the 24th of April today. The day we Armenians commemorate the 1.5 million who perished on this day in 1915. The atrocities committed against them by the Turks are so terrorizing and vicious and the survivors’ stories so sad … Continue reading

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The Mountains Are Still Very Wild

It’s April 22 today. April 24 marks the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Robert Fisk calls it the first Holocaust of the 20th century. He writes: “Encouraged by their victory over the Allies at the Dardanelles, the Turks fell … Continue reading

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What Matters In Life

It’s Easter weekend. Christians around the world are celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. Easter time for me reminds me of my village Ainjar, in the east of the Bekaa Valley. The smell of baking coming from almost every house while … Continue reading

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Is Writing A Book Horrible?

In his book Why I Write, first published in 1946, George Orwell writes: “Putting aside the need to earn a living, I think there are four great motives for writing, at any rate for writing prose. They exist in different … Continue reading

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I Have Learned Less About Writing

“I have learned less about writing and received less encouragement from English instructors than I have from reading or listening to a working artist relate how a single creation- poem, play, short story, novel- was brought to life and to … Continue reading

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I Write Myself Out

From a very early age, I knew that when I grew up I should be a writer. I grew up with this dream. But somewhere along the way, I totally abandoned the idea. To be exact, between the ages of … Continue reading

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Silent Screams

“Mom I put the book back in the library. Sorry I couldn’t read past the first few pages. It’s such a bad book.” “You don’t have to apologize,” I said and thought about the book. The book she referred to … Continue reading

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I Write

In the living room of my home in Montreal, in the dining room cabinet, on a shelf behind the glass is a picture of our family. It is an old photo taken in Dubai when my kids were still very … Continue reading

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But If We Wait

“Are you ready?” Klaus asked finally. “No,” Sunny answered. “Me neither,” Violet said, “but if we wait until we’re ready we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives, let’s go.”  Lemony Snicket A few years after settling in Montreal, … Continue reading

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Memories Can Never Rub Away

“A man is what he remembers. And he is free by virtue of what he remembers.” Leon Surmelian The internet is buzzing with news of Christian villages and towns being destroyed by rebels in Syria, churches burnt, nuns taken hostage … Continue reading

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