Betty Apigian-Kessel

Meet the Legendary Margaret Lafian of Detroit

    Multi-talented, and a noted beauty, Detroit-born Margaret Lafian could have sought the limelight in New York or even Hollywood, but this only child of Armenian Genocide survivors keenly felt the responsibility toward her parents to remain, and eventually become their caregiver. Currently, [more...]

October 3, 2017 // 2 Comments

The Lament of the Armenian Lady Farmer: How Green Is My ‘Bardez’

    The old country is never too far from this transplanted exile Armenian-American Keghetzi deegeen’s (lady’s) heart. It’s July as I write, and gardens everywhere are flourishing because of warm summer days and abundant rainfall. Those two vital elements have proven to be the [more...]

September 22, 2017 // 1 Comment

A Purposeful Visit to Great Lakes National Cemetery (Part II)

So many of our G.I.s waste away in Veteran’s Affairs (VA) hospitals—alone, lonely, forgotten by anyone who might care. Unfortunately, many do not get well enough to leave, to lead ordinary lives. Great Lakes National Cemetery Who better deserves top-notch medical attention than these men and [more...]

August 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

A Purposeful Visit to Great Lakes National Cemetery

I usually have some idea of how I’m going to spend my day when I arise in the morning, but on Monday, July 17, 2017, I had no idea I would make my destination the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Mich., about an hour’s drive on I-75, to visit my husband Bob’s gravesite. Great Lakes [more...]

July 27, 2017 // 4 Comments

Rosendo’s Travelscope Visits Ancient Armenia

Thank you to Joseph and Julie Rosendo. Shad shnorakal enk. To think I saw the film The Promise and the Rosendo’s Tracelscope Part I and II within a week has sent me into shish kebab heaven. Rosendo at Noravank in Armenia (Photo: Imagine my excitement while surfing late night TV [more...]

June 19, 2017 // 1 Comment

Holy Lent and Resurrection of Our Lord

  It was the annual Lenten luncheon sponsored by the Women’s Christian Fellowship of the Armenian Congregational Church of Southfield, Mi. on Friday April 7. It is always a well-attended event by all segments of the Armenian community. Mrs. Carole Basmadjian graciously welcomed guests to the [more...]

April 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

Forgive and Forget, Kiss and Make Up

  During my recent church attendance, I found the Der Hayr’s sermon very interesting, since it expanded on a topic I had written a column about several years ago: broken alliances between relatives and friends. ‘If any one group of people could use a lesson on humility, brotherly love, [more...]

April 12, 2017 // 1 Comment

The Women They Left Behind

Looking back, you wonder in amazement where the two years since his passing on March 1, 2015, have gone. They seem to have evaporated like your spirit to carry on.  But live you must, and only you know the true reasons for hanging on. ‘But live you must, and only you know the true reasons [more...]

March 6, 2017 // 3 Comments

Meet Nick Pompeian of the Gift of Life Transplant House

  When the need for an organ transplant is the medical diagnosis, it is understandable the patient and their caregiver are facing a very stressful situation. Nick Pompeian (Photo: Birmingham, Mich. resident Edward Pompeian was having serious health issues and it was suggested [more...]

March 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

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