Category Archives: Grief and Loss

THE THIRTY-YEAR GENOCIDE

I feel like I just struck gold in the research for my historical fiction! I have amassed so many articles and books and photos and interviews. Still, I felt my mental picture of the time frame when Armenians were subjected … Continue reading

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BIRTH OF AN ARMENIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY

I grew up in a community of Armenians. Every block within a 4-5 block diameter contained multiple Armenian families, and at the center of it was the church. The groundbreaking for the first church was celebrated by the entire congregation. … Continue reading

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THE ARMENIAN TAPESTRY

A-no’o-nus Dawn Essegian Lajeunesse. Hal’/lee a-me-ree-ga-tsee yem. Hos yem. My name is Dawn Essegian Lajeunesse. I am Armenian American. I am here. It has been a while since I have posted about my Armenian book project. Happily, that is because … Continue reading

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HANG ON TO THE HOPE!

I don’t often post any book reviews. But one just released by a friend of mine caused me to make an exception. It’s a fast read, but don’t be surprised to find yourself going back and re-reading parts that touched … Continue reading

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ARMENIAN STRENGTH AND RESILIENCE

HA’/EE YEM!   A-ME-REE-GA-TSEE YEM! I am Armenian! I am American! [Scenes From the Armenian genocide (shaded due to graphic nature): Left-bodies prior to burning; Top right-public hangings; Bottom right-refugees boarding lifeboats at Smyrna] An internet video search of the … Continue reading

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LOSS CAN STRENGTHEN YOUR WRITING

IN MEMORY OF NALA Decades after high school and college, my husband and I were packing up to move to our “dream house.” (Hint: that was four homes ago, which tells you dreams are not always what you think they … Continue reading

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KIRKUS REVIEW OF STAR CATCHING

  My Kirkus review of STAR CATCHING arrived yesterday. While close to two-thirds was a summary of the story line, it closed with the following review (the excerpt follows the Kirkus policy for excerpts: “…Young Sarah is an appealing, memorable character … Continue reading

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