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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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Since Then We Never Stopped

When I was a little girl growing up in Lebanon, the stories I was told by my elders were not of Cinderella and Prince Charming. Rather they were stories of survival told by my parents and grandparents. I did not … Continue reading

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Because That’s The Rule

Many years ago when my daughter was just three years old and hadn’t started school yet, I thought it would be fun to teach her Armenian at home. Merely the basics, starting with the alphabet, and then why not spelling … Continue reading

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What Was I Thinking

James Joyce once said; “History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.” Years ago in Dubai, when my kids were still in elementary school, my son asked me one day as I picked him up after class, … Continue reading

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And I Thought

Hemingway wrote: “You are an expatriate. One of the worst type. Haven’t you heard that? Nobody that ever left their own country ever wrote anything worth printing. Not even in the newspapers.” “You are an expatriate. You lost touch with … Continue reading

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Rendezvous With William Saroyan

“Well for God’s sake, what’s that lousy Armenian son of a bitch doing here?” stated Ernest Hemingway. The more I tried to hush him, the worse it got. Finally Saroyan’s companion… began to come back at Ernest. I am not … Continue reading

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Rendezvous With Robert Fisk

In December 10 2005, Robert Fisk was in Dubai for the signing of his book ‘The Great War For Civilization’ in the Jashanmal bookstore in Emirates Mall, the mall with the indoor ski slopes. I didn’t want to miss him … Continue reading

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Is It Too Much To Ask?

Chance had it that I was born and raised in Lebanon, hence I am a Lebanese citizen and as such carry a Lebanese passport, even though I am Armenian by origin. Both my parents came to Lebanon as refugees from … Continue reading

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Why ChichiKir?

Chichi (shee-shee) means precious, elaborate; it also means phrasemonger, word spinner, among other things. Kir (keer) in Armenian means letter of the alphabet. Universally it means French wine flavored with Cassis (blackcurrant liquor). Given the above I would like ChichiKir … Continue reading

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