Articles by Kristi Rendahl

About Kristi Rendahl (53 Articles)
Originally from a family farm in North Dakota, Kristi Rendahl lived and worked in Armenia from 1997-2002 and visits the country regularly. She works with the Center for Victims of Torture as the organizational development advisor to 10 torture treatment centers around the world, and is pursuing a doctorate in public administration. Rendahl writes a monthly column for The Armenian Weekly. She resides in St. Paul, Minn.
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Rendahl: Sweet Love

Before facilitating strategic planning meetings, I pass around a bowl of maple syrup candies made in the town of Lutsen, home to some of the few mountains that Minnesota can claim. The candies are quickly consumed as I describe how maple syrup is harvested. When I was in Bosnia and Herzegovina last [more...]

December 12, 2012 // 1 Comment

An Odar’s Pilgrimage to Historic Armenia

I’d heard about historic Armenia for years.  I learned about it from the stories of friends whose grandparents were born there. I saw it in the paintings of Saryan. I sang about it in songs like “Giligia” and “Akh Vaspurakan.” I peered into it from the buffer zone on the Armenian side of [more...]

October 22, 2012 // 9 Comments

Rendahl: Waiting for the Knock

I met him randomly. He was my taxi driver from some place to another. Oh, that’s right, it was from my friend’s place to Lover’s Park. No, I didn’t visit Lover’s Park withmy taxi driver; he just dropped me off there. “When a great moment knocks on the door of your life, it is often no [more...]

October 19, 2012 // 3 Comments

15 Years Later: Is it Getting Any Better?

“Is Armenia getting any better?” I’m asked on a regular basis. Few people hide their skepticism when they ask, but I also hear a hint of desperation in the question. After watching Armenia change over the past 15 years, I’m always happy to respond with plenty of reason for hope. After [more...]

September 18, 2012 // 48 Comments

Rendahl: Talk to Me

Special Issue: Celebrating 500 Years of Armenian Printing The Armenian Weekly, Sept. 1, 2012 (Download article in PDF)  There are people more qualified than I to write on the momentous occasion of the 500th anniversary of Armenian printing. Nonetheless, I’ve been given the honor of adding my two [more...]

August 31, 2012 // 7 Comments

Rendahl: Perspective

The view changes from moment to moment on this mountaintop in Dilijan, Armenia. Clouds float by to reveal a peak, and shadows fall on yet another. Walnut tree in Dilijan (Photo by Kristi Rendahl) It’s been 15 years since I moved to Armenia just out of college. I’m not quite as naïve or [more...]

August 1, 2012 // 8 Comments

Rendahl: Where I’m From

There comes a time in your life when you remember where you’re from. Fillmore, North Dakota is that place for me, and last week was the time. The former railroad town of Fillmore turned 100 this year, you see, so we had a week-long celebration of a place that doesn’t really exist, save for a [more...]

July 12, 2012 // 6 Comments

Rendahl: Cultural Remittances

Armenia has always amazed me, but the past few years have been remarkable, to say the least. They’ve been remarkable because there has been such a spectacular display of civic engagement on what I call The Big Three: domestic violence, transparent elections, and homophobia. There has been such a [more...]

July 5, 2012 // 3 Comments

Rendahl: When You Least Expect It

The best learning moments seem to come when you least expect it, when you haven’t analyzed or synthesized or otherwise prepared. They occur on a regular basis for me, these humbling moments that dwarf any formal studies. At least they do when I’m paying attention. The best learning moments seem [more...]

May 23, 2012 // 1 Comment

Rendahl: In Pursuit of Right

Driving through the lush forest teeming with life, you’d never suspect that a war had raged in this land just nine years ago. These very rubber trees were slaughter tapped to fund it. Slash, more money for the warlords. Slash, more innocents maimed and killed. Slash, more decades until Liberia [more...]

March 29, 2012 // 0 Comments

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