October 29, 2012
Every week last summer in Armenia, I walked up the street named after a celebrated Russian author to my local grocer. It was always a hot day, and the grocer was always dressed in a cut-off T-shirt, sometimes hauling in fruit, sometimes dangling a cigarette in this mouth, but always ready for a chat. If my appearance didn't give away the fact that I wasn't a local, my accent certainly did. Maybe that made talking to me more intriguing, but between laundry detergent and the best apricots I have ever tasted, he would ask about where I came from, and what I thought about living in Yerevan as he totaled up my bill.
July 16, 2005
Joyce Rudolph Chelsea Williams has high hopes for landing a record deal and becoming known all over the world. It's her dream. But for now, the 19-year-old Sunland singer/songwriter is enjoying success in her own backyard as one of several acts appearing in the Glendale Marketplace Summer Music Series. Williams, who accompanies herself on acoustic guitar, has more than 80 original songs in her repertoire. And she wrote them in a little over six years, she said.
March 20, 2004
Glendale Unified School District board members have been criticized recently for becoming emotional when being addressed by the public. One recent letter-writer went so far as to suggest that a board member's shedding of tears revealed a personality that was not "emotionally strong" enough to handle the issues facing the board. The writer's got it backward. Emotionally strong people are the ones not ashamed to show their feelings when appropriate, the ones who suffer no embarrassment from them, the ones who are comfortable being human.
January 3, 2005
Jackson Bell As Arlene Roach witnessed the small blaze outside her church, she released the memory of a painful relationship last year to make room a better new year. Roach participated in the annual Burning Bowl Ceremony on Sunday morning at her church, the Glendale Church of Religious Science, 2146 E. Chevy Chase Drive. The ceremony, conducted each of the past 10 years, allowed churchgoers to write down their unwanted feelings from 2004 on a small piece of paper, place it in one of two "burning bowls" in the church's foyer and watch it go up in smoke.
September 20, 2001
The Glendale Human Relations Coalition denounces the abhorrent attacks perpetrated on innocent people and our entire country on Sept. 11, 2001. We are proud to learn all segments of our community, regardless of their ethnic, cultural, religious and other backgrounds, have risen united as one voice to condemn these actions and to help the victims in any way they can. In these trying and stressful times, feelings of anger and retaliation are common and people often look for ways to express those feelings.
September 6, 2001
Just when we thought the Armenian Genocide flag lowering issue was finally over, here it comes again! I fully understand that many people have strong feelings regarding this issue. Although these strong feelings and opinions are fully justified, it is now time to realize that all sides have been expressed and that any more attempts to continue the issue are only detrimental to everybody involved. As a city composed of many different ethnic, economic and social backgrounds, we must realize that we are continuing (not to mention adding to)
August 1, 2003
"On the whole, God's love for us is a much safer subject to think about than our love for him. Nobody can always have devout feelings; and even if we could, feelings are not what God principally cares about. Christian love, either toward God or toward man, is an affair of the will. But the great thing to remember is that, though our feelings come and go, his love for us does not." C.S. Lewis Apparently, it is time for another change in my life. This time it's as minor as a new address for my P.O. Box, and you can find it at the end of the column.
December 16, 2003
Darleene Barrientos The holidays are known for happiness and joy, but for some, it is the loneliest time of the year. With pressure building to buy the perfect gift with little money or cope with grief over the loss of a loved one during the holidays, people easily succumb to feelings of sadness or depression. Anxious calls for help increase during the holidays, but the trick is to watch and know yourself, said Janet Richardson, the senior chaplain at Glendale Adventist Medical Center.
July 20, 2000
I was disturbed by James Brackett's letter (July 18) on the plight of the homeless, not because I harbor antipathy toward the homeless, but because of his unenlightening railing again those who do. As I see it, compassion for the homeless is based upon empathy, which requires the ability to imagine what it would be like to be in their shoes. But I would also like to see empathy for those who are unsympathetic toward the homeless. Without this kind of understanding, we are left only with the sort of invective that permeates Brackett's column.
December 23, 2000
In my letter published Dec. 15, it states "my country -- Turkey." I never made that statement. If my heritage were Turkish or Armenian, I would not be ashamed of it, however I was born in Wisconsin of Swedish and Irish parents. I read the News-Press daily, practically every word and am simply tired of the Genocide wailings. I lost three close family members in World War II and have a younger brother permanently disabled from his wounds in Korea.