Author Archives: thisihumblyspeak

Always Carry Mahs

Every so often I attend church. After the Divine Liturgy Mahs, a portion of unleavened bread (size of a saltine cracker but thin as a wafer) that has been blessed at the altar is distributed among the exiting parishioners.  It … Continue reading

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Travel, My Reset Button

I love to travel. It matters not whether I travel in state, out of state, across borders or over oceans. I long for the revelations, the deep insights and the life-altering encounters travel brings. I want the freedom and adventure … Continue reading

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Own the Fall

“Oopsy daisy, and up you go,” I said to my toddler grandson as he tripped and fell while running outside. This wasn’t the first time he’d taken a tumble. He knew the drill. He took a moment to check himself, … Continue reading

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Classroom Cemetery

Coffins nailed in our heart For the inhumanity That stalks us; Watching, Minds numbed We defend the value of life for an unborn child; Guns Tearing flesh, stopping hearts in mid inhale We lobby for expanded rights, Defending less the … Continue reading

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Sibling Love

I grew up the middle child among three, between a sister and a brother with three years spanning between us. Growing up with siblings profoundly altered my childhood — and everything that followed. Sister and brother were my first playmates … Continue reading

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Mother and Child

She puts her arm on my shoulder to rest. I hold onto the hem of her green polka dot dress. We feel free like sparrows in flight. She teaches me Just by their leaves, the names of fruit trees; I … Continue reading

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Accountability-Be Answerable for Resulting Consequences.

  Today, we mark the 107th anniversary of the first genocide of the 20th century, perpetrated against the Armenian people. So much is happening across the globe in remembrance of that atrocity that reveals the humanity and goodwill of a … Continue reading

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Women Are the Storm

Happy International Women’s Day to ALL mothers, sisters, daughters, spouses, friends. “Today is your day and mine, the only day that we have to play our part. What our part may signify in the great whole we may not understand, … Continue reading

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Hollowness of War

If history should have taught us one thing it is… the brutal hollowness of wars. From known genocides, wars, human sacrifices, torture, slavery, and the treatment of racial minorities, women, and children — all stem from parts of human nature … Continue reading

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60, the Youth of Old Age

January 2022, and I am living in my sixth decade of life. I am grateful for yet another year granted me by the grace of God.  I know that my physical attributes may signal to others as “old” because it … Continue reading

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