Category Archives: THE ARMENIAN IN-LAWS

OH BOY

Apparently the college where my kids are headed next month will attempt to enforce a 1-hour limit on parent help during move-in day. I say ‘attempt’ because I have a hard time imagining anyone limiting my Armenian-American spouse to just … Continue reading

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SIX HOURS

One day in Lebanon in the 1940s, Marie Simonian set out for the boarding school attended by her oldest child. Something was wrong, she could feel it. She walked six hours to reach his school. She arrived exhausted, dripping sweat. … Continue reading

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THEIR SHIP DIDN’T COME IN

Toward the end of World War II, when my mother-in-law was 11, her family decided to move from Lebanon to Armenia. Her father closed up his shop in Beirut. Furniture was sold off. Essential belongings were packed into several big … Continue reading

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GUEST BLOG – Aris Janigian – A Brief History of My White Privilege

“Dirty black Armenian” or “low class Jew” — or worse, “Fresno Indian” — is what they called us back then. — Read on mirrorspectator.com/2019/09/11/a-brief-history-of-my-white-privilege/ I’m re-posting this essay by Aris Janigian because I loved it. Not only is it beautifully … Continue reading

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DOUGH ON HER FINGERNAILS

When my mother-in-law was in middle school in Beirut around 1946, she arrived late to class one day. The teacher scolded her. “You owe ten cents,” he said. It had already been a long day for the 12-year-old girl. She … Continue reading

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NOBODY ELSE SPOKE LIKE THAT

One evening sixty years ago, my parents-in-law were returning to their apartment in Beirut, Lebanon. As they approached the building, a friend called out from the balcony. In a hushed voice he warned them, three rough-looking men were waiting upstairs. … Continue reading

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DOWN THERE IN THE WOODS

One night 50-something years ago, my mother-in-law was driving home to New Hampshire from Boston when she noticed two cars stopped along the highway. She slowed down as she approached the two cars. One was a police car. Nobody was … Continue reading

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WHAT JUST HAPPENED?

We usually have little idea, immediately, how significant a moment is. The first time I became aware of Armenia, I was listening to an announcement during a school assembly in 10th or 11th grade. A younger student stood up and spoke briefly … Continue reading

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InstaHate

My wife, who is a talent manager in Hollywood, has 84,000 followers on Instagram. This is mostly because of her client Selena Gomez. Selena fans, or Selenators as they are known, skew toward the teen and pre-teen.  They are big users of … Continue reading

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PAVEL’S MOUSE

A couple months ago, I clipped a news item for my wife. It was about an alleged rape at her old high school in New Hampshire. To me, the story was of passing interest, mainly because it occurred at her … Continue reading

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