Author Archives: thisihumblyspeak

Call It By Name: Genocide

I am writing this with the hope that on April 24th a universal sigh of relief will reverberate throughout the Diaspora of Armenians and throughout what little homeland we have left. I am writing this with a hollow feeling because … Continue reading

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Listen, God Speaks

The year was 1970, a few days before the start of lent. I was unhappy, or so I thought. I was confused, frustrated, impatient, annoyed, exasperated, dissatisfied, you name it, I was it. I assumed most teenagers were like me … Continue reading

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I Urge You, Choose to Challenge

(This article was first written in 2020 and has been updated since.) The month of March marks International Women’s Day as the global celebration of women recognized widely throughout the 20th century after its official launch by the United Nations General Assembly in … Continue reading

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Women’s History Month

From warriors of the Urartu period (as reported by Forbes) to athletes of today, from academicians and diplomats to politicians and human rights advocates, from publishers to scientists, from architects, mechanics, engineers and information technology to physicians, women across the globe have iconic … Continue reading

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Scars We Bear

Scars. We all have them somewhere on our body. Some are easy to see, some are not. But they all leave a mark in lessons we have learned, or who we are or have become or wish to overcome. I’ve … Continue reading

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“To-Do” List

I am a list maker. I start my day with a list of things to do as though I have a desperate need to write things down—to make order out of chaos. I have a thousand “to-do’s” revolving around in … Continue reading

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A Beacon of Light, Once

  This was supposed to be a joyous blogpost about The Epiphany. I started to write: May this Epiphany bring peace, joy and happiness in your lives. As the three kings Caspar, Balthazar and Melchior followed the road to the … Continue reading

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Hello 2021

So long, 2020! You gave the world sorrow and too much pain. The pandemic shattered, scattered, stalked corners of the world, Bearing death’s weight mercilessly on families, friends and strangers. We heroically adapted, learned and pushed for solutions, Juggling work … Continue reading

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Dear Child, (Letter from Santa)

Actual letter to a pre-adolescent child on Christmas morning. Dear (Name of Child), For the past decade, I have watched you grow into the bright person that you are. And every year at Christmas, wherever in the world you may … Continue reading

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Christmas Light

Over the years, I stopped decorating the perimeter of our house with Christmas lights. The children grew, we downsized the home, and it became too much of an effort to string lights around the house to reflect the season. It … Continue reading

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