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Being Gay & Armenian: Shame to Pride

As a gay man, I am proud. The shame that I carried for many years for being an Armenian gay man has diminished during the past decade as I decided to fully embrace this label and my culturally unaccepted identity. Even years later, during times of great pride,  there have been moments where I have caught myself regressing. Then, I quickly… Continue reading Being Gay & Armenian: Shame to Pride

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Off The Mat: Living The Spirit of Yoga

Yoga is NOT only about poses and shapes. Yoga is about serving oneself in order to be able to serve others more effectively. Today, my best friend and I are shooting a video for a pilot project we are starting in Armenia. Our vision is to introduce yoga and meditation to individuals who commit their lives to making… Continue reading Off The Mat: Living The Spirit of Yoga

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What I hope will become of Armenian Genocide commemoration day? 

Every year, since I was a child, I remember patriotic outcalls and calls for recognition. 32 years I occupy this earth and 101 since the genocide, those calls go unanswered. This is the first year I’m not inside the classroom or any other venue where I can teach this history, so I take this opportunity,… Continue reading What I hope will become of Armenian Genocide commemoration day? 

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3 Fun Facts About the Armenian Alphabet

In response to the Daily Post Photo Challenge Alphabet, I chose to display this narcissistic attempt of capturing my name by chopping off the -IA of the sign, while I was traveling my parents’ hometown of Yerevan, Armenia. Armen, is a typical Armenian name. Armen may refer to the Armani, a tribe of the Armenian Highlands sometimes associated with the Name… Continue reading 3 Fun Facts About the Armenian Alphabet

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How To Get To My Top 5 Photogenic Landmarks?

Photo tourism is definitely not a thing of the past. If we all were to dig deep into our family photo album box, we would find our parents and grandparents starring in what look like Instagram filtered photography (what we now label vintage), in front of cool landmarks, posing. Back in the days it was as… Continue reading How To Get To My Top 5 Photogenic Landmarks?

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Portrait Series: The Violinist

To give peace with ones music is a knowledge I do not possess. At times I’ve wished to have learnt. In fact, feelings of envy come up sometimes when I’m engulfed in the beautiful set of notes being orchestrated by man and his instrument.  However, we all have a way of transmitting knowledge; a musician… Continue reading Portrait Series: The Violinist

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Portrait Series: The Bus Drivers at Vanadzor  

These men were pure fun and living examples of how joy should be found in whatever situation you are in. From the moment I got to Vanadzor bus station at 10am to the moment our shared taxi left at 11:15am, they cracked jokes and profanely expressed themselves (of course only in the presence of men).… Continue reading Portrait Series: The Bus Drivers at Vanadzor