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‘Okhtuh Khach:’ Seven Crosses to Bear

  In the local, Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh/NKR) dialect, “okhtuh” means seven.  Of course “khach” is a cross.  Okhtuh Khach is the name of a peak in the Hadrout district of Artsakh, if memory serves me.  But lately, it seems that we have seven crosses to bear in the form of the [more...]

December 14, 2016 // 0 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Dec. 17, 2016)

Egyptian Proverb No one can circumvent the skillful of heart. They who know his wisdom do not attack him, and no misfortune occurs where he is. Truth comes to him fully brewed, in accordance with the sayings of the ancestors.   From the Trivia File The Chatookee is an Indian bird that never [more...]

December 14, 2016 // 0 Comments

Pro-Azeri and Pro-Turkish Writers Denigrate Armenia and Diaspora

  Turkish and Azeri circles were displeased with my latest column where I had analyzed Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s phone call to Armenia’s President Serge Sarkisian. ‘In view of such persistent attacks, Armenian-American political organizations should forcefully counter all [more...]

December 13, 2016 // 3 Comments

Armenian Congregational Church Holiday Activities

The Armenian Congregational Church of Greater Detroit has long established itself as a very welcoming place to visit, be it for church services or as a guest at one of their well-planned social functions. This tradition was perpetuated by Rev. Dr. Vahan H. Tootikian, Pastor Emeritus and Mrs. [more...]

December 12, 2016 // 0 Comments

Nationalism: Misunderstood and Misrepresented

Ever since the carnage of WWII, there has been understandable aversion towards, even fear of, nationalism in Europe.  Simultaneously, in the Western hemisphere, and especially the United States, the assimilation of largely European immigrants was continuing.  But with no nations having truly been [more...]

December 5, 2016 // 3 Comments

Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Dec. 3, 2016)

From Lectures on the English Poets Fame is not popularity. It is the spirit of a man surviving himself in the minds and thoughts of other men. …William Hazlitt The Virtue of Anonymity The first aid specialist, instructing a class of Girl Scouts, asked: “Why does a surgeon wear a mask while [more...]

December 2, 2016 // 0 Comments

Armenia Finally Counters Pakistan’s Anti-Armenian Policies

I am pleased to learn that the Republic of Armenia has finally decided to counter Pakistan’s persistently pro-Azeri, pro-Turkish, and anti-Armenian policies. After Armenia became independent in 1991, Pakistan continued its hostile policies against Armenia and Artsakh, staunchly supporting both [more...]

November 29, 2016 // 3 Comments

Yegparian: Corny, Hokey, Mushy

As the title suggests, this will be an atypical article.  Since the Pilgrims arrival and survival at Plymouth Rock is being celebrated this week with the Thanksgiving holiday, I’ve made up a list of things I am grateful for. Hiking leads the list.  What else could be so refreshing, energizing, [more...]

November 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

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