Monthly Archives: May 2017

At Oscar Wilde’s Grave

Originally posted on Passages Home Blog:
The grave of Oscar Wilde, Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris On this hot, humid day, with the possibility of a storm lurking not too far, we–Bob and I–made it to the Pere Lachaise Cemetery.  After…

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The Valise–a family memoir

      ~~”The Valise” was published in the fall 2011 issue of American Literary Review.  Since then, the publication has gone digital, and the essay is not available in print or on the ALR website.   You can read it … Continue reading

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Final notes on “The Promise”

~~In The Promise, the Armenian genocide has at last been made into a big, feature-length movie with huge ambitions: to join the company of Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago and Titanic. Such a Hollywood epic, the argument goes, would raise … Continue reading

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“The Three Complaints of My Mother” in “Solstice”

~~An essay of mine, “The Three Complaints of My Mother,” is in the Spring issue of “Solstice.”  It took almost a decade to find a literary home for this essay, despite all the praise heaped on it by editors many … Continue reading

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Mothers’ Day for all seasons…

Originally posted on Passages Home Blog:
At my local grocery this morning, the flower scene was in full bloom, so to speak. Flowers everywhere–tossed on the check out counter, held by shoppers, pinned on chests.   So many flowers, in…

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In the Balkans 2: Montenegro

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Montenegro–from Asbed Kotchikian’s photos of his travels through the Balkans. Kotor ? Budva

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In the Balkans: Sarejevo, Dubrovnik, Ljubljana

Originally posted on Passages Home Blog:
Old Sarajevo Occasionally, I post photographs from friends who are traveling in distant lands or who have evocative images close to home.  This May, my friend Asbed Kotchikian was driving through the Balkans, all…

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