Author Archives: thisihumblyspeak

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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Human Connections

Human connection is an energy exchange between people who are paying attention to one another. It has the power to deepen the moment, inspire change and build trust especially during this year when we have all had to rely heavily … Continue reading

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The Candle

A light in time of darkness, a flicker of hope when we need it most. Something so simple, yet so powerful. A glimmering teardrop shaped flame that casts rousing shadows on the walls. Soft, luminous, mystical, almost magical. A single … Continue reading

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The Soldier

Cease fire is declared. “Pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death,” I mutter under my breath. I raise myself out of the safety of the small dugout, a makeshift trench, to take a cautious peek … Continue reading

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Rooted In Anger, A Gift

Where do I begin? How do I write about Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh) and Armenia? How do I write about the pain I have for a place I came to love? I am not a native Karabaghtzi, but I attached myself to … Continue reading

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Personal Space Compromised

It’s the same scene today, as it has been most mornings for the past 5 months. “What have you got planned for the day?” he asks as I pick up the daily paper from the driveway. “Two meetings, a chat … Continue reading

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Twin Blue Lights

Twin blue lights that shimmer in the darkness Flood the night that haunts the sacred place. Time passes, But memories remain fresh and overwhelming The wall of smoke, the trembling ground, Sirens wailing, people jumping Like birds learning to take … Continue reading

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To Daughter on her Birthday

Before you were born, I thought I chose you. When you took your first breath, I thought I made you. As you skipped, climbed and jumped, I thought I kept an eye on you. Over the years, I thought I … Continue reading

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