It’s raining and I’m packing to leave Armenia, my two years in the Peace Corps now finished. I’ve been feeling Continue reading
I went for a ride with the youth group of the Apostolic church in which I sing. The whole choir Continue reading
Today I had the great pleasure of receiving a “holy welcome” into the choir of my local Armenian Apostolic Church Continue reading
I chose to spend the recent New Year (Nor Tari in Armenian) in St. Petersburg, Russia. What was initially a Continue reading
I’ve been spending a lot of time in our capital city of Yerevan recently, helping to train the new Community Continue reading
“The full catastrophe” as Zorba said, inspiring the title of Dr. Kabat-Zinn’s “Full Catastrophe Living.” Yeah, I’m there.
Life is tense in towns on the Armenian border with Azerbaijan where Azeri soldiers sporadically terrorize the residents with sniper fire. Sometimes they kill. They once shot into a kindergarten. In these towns, the children have no safe and healthy places to play. Our mission? Build some playgrounds.
Many Armenian youth are a bold new hope for a country spinning its wheels too long, trying to find itself after decades without self-determination. These youth are the wise, educated, aware and determined group. Many have been outside of this closed country for education, seminars, internships and jobs. They’ve seen a bit of the world and they know what’s out there. And they’re coming home and telling their friends. And now it’s time for them to tell the world, too.