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A Vital Link to History, Culture, Memory: Library Programs in California Threatened by Budget Crisis

Libraries are quiet places; perhaps that is why the news hardly mentioned that in addition to slashing funds for higher education and home health care, California’s recent lower revenue report triggered $16 million in cuts eliminating all funding for the California Library Services Act, the state literacy program, and the Public Library Foundation.

Occupying Thanksgiving Weekend…

Instead of flocking to the shopping malls on Thanksgiving weekend to grab the best bargains, around 500 people, concerned with Armenian issues, headed to the Universal City Sheraton to hear and learn about the latest developments in Armenian culture, the Hai-Tahd (the Armenian cause) and the challenges facing our homeland. Organized by the Armenian National Committee-Western Region (ANC-WR), the three-day ANC Grassroots conference was a huge success.

Musing on the End of the War in Iraq

Since food seems to be a big part of our celebrations, it’s natural to gather frequently during the holiday season around our dinning room tables and share our gratifications and remember the less fortunate. This year while gathering around the table and celebrating the season there will be a surge of relief knowing that American troops will be back from Iraq. We will rejoice that many families around the nation will spend the holidays with their loved ones returning from half-way around the world.

Lives of Service: Three Generations, Confronting and Commemorating Genocide

Luther Eskijian, founder of the Ararat-Eskijian Museum and my grandmother’s cousin, had a focused, intense character. Only later in life did I learn that his father, Rev. Hovhanness Eskijian, had been just as driven, serving as a pastor in Aleppo during the Genocide, bravely directing an underground network rescuing Armenians destined for Der Zor, and dying of illness and exhaustion the day before authorities had planned to execute him.

Last Week at Arpa Film Festival

I enjoy the gratification that comes from watching movies at film festivals. They open up new windows and allow us to see new perspectives. This proved true again last week at the 14th annual Arpa International Film Festival at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Each year I attend the festival and try to watch as many films as possible. And each year, there are at least one or two standout films.

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