Never forget: Commemorating the Armenian Genocide

by Beth Shepherd
( April 24th, 2014 )

Genocide Memorial in Yerevan

April 24 commemorates the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923, where it is estimated that 1.5 million Armenians perished. April 24 was chosen as the starting date for the genocide, because, on this day the day Ottoman authorities rounded up and arrested some 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders.

Eternal flame Genocide Monument

During our trips to Armenia, we made several visits to Tsitsernakaberd, a memorial dedicated to the Armenian Genocide on a hill overlooking Yerevan, Armenia’s capital city. We also visited the Armenian Genocide Museum, a sobering testimony to the atrocities of genocide.

 Genocide Memorial in Yerevan Monument

Armenia’s genocide is one of many ethnic genocides our world has seen. Ninety-nine years have passed since that time. The farther we get from such atrocities, the easier it is for people to forget what happened. And we should never forget, lest we continue to repeat history.

And the spirits of all the dead, tonight,
Through my own eyes and soul,
Are awaiting the dawning of the light,
So that, to humanize the cruelty
Of our inhuman lives,
Perhaps from above a drop of light
May fall upon the murdered and the murderer alike

Armenian poet, Siamanto (1878-1915)

For more information about the Armenian Genocide, the Armenian National Institute (based in Washington, D.C.) provides exceptional information about the genocide including a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ page, which you can find here.

The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute website is another great resource. The link to the museum is here.

Armenian flag

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Advice from a tree

by Beth Shepherd
( April 22nd, 2014 )


Advice from a tree

~Ilan Shamir

Dear Friend,
Stand Tall and Proud
Sink your roots deeply into the Earth
Reflect the light of a greater source
Think long term
Go out on a limb
Remember your place among all living beings
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
For each yields its own abundance
The Energy and Birth of Spring
The Growth and Contentment of Summer
The Wisdom to let go of leaves in the Fall
The Rest and Quiet Renewal of Winter
Feel the wind and the sun
And delight in their presence
Look up at the moon that shines down upon you
And the mystery of the stars at night.
Seek nourishment from the good things in life
Simple pleasures
Earth, fresh air, light
Be content with your natural beauty
Drink plenty of water
Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes
Be flexible
Remember your roots
Enjoy the view!

Tree  branch

Happy Earth Day!

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Don’t make a Peep

by Beth Shepherd
( April 18th, 2014 )

Look who we’ve seen flocking to our feeder and birdbath…the rarely-sighted yellow Peep (Peepus Easterea)!

Peeps on birdfeeder

3 peeps at birdbath

Peeps at birdbath

Peeps at feeder 2

Peeps at the birdhouse

Happy Easter!

Take the road less traveled, Beth

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