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Love letter

On, May 6, 1919, at 11PM, my grandmother wrote a love letter in English to her fiancée — my grandfather. It seems from the letter they were apart for a short time due to a family obligation. Armenian was their primary language, but my grandparents corresponded in English and French. This is the only letter in English, a couple more […]

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It takes over 30 hours to make my bed.

A few days ago I had to leave the house by 8:00 AM for an appointment. For me this means I have to get up at the crack of dawn. (Okay, well, 6:00 AM. I need 2 hours of waking up time.) I was rushing around, running late (I hate you, SNOOZE button.) Since I always like to make the […]

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Mushroom Cultivation

Inspiration Where does inspiration come from? What influences us? Why are we drawn to certain subjects? And why do we save certain things? Recently, I decided to reread some books in my personal library. And I’ve kept a few beloved books from childhood. “The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet,” by Eleanor Cameron is one of them. A literary treasure […]

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Smiley face

Art that became an icon. Don’t you just love the Smiley face? A simple little smiling round face became a huge world-wide icon. And it all started with a small job for a commercial artist. The State Mutual Life Assurance Company of Worcester, Massachusetts needed to boost employee morale. So they turned to art. Good decision! They hired Harvey Ball […]

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Vintage Valentine Cards

A “blast from the past.” I’m sentimental. And so I’ve kept a few things. Random things. (#sorrynotsorry Marie Kondo) Pictured are my vintage valentine cards. Old? Yes. (Let’s not discuss exactly how old!) Charming? Definitely. Funny? Yes. Art? Absolutely. “I’m hunting for you, Valentine!” “I’ve been looking for a Valentine like you — why not string along with me?” “If […]

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Perfume Bottles

Change When we moved to a smaller place, after a long time in a house, I had to get rid of a ton of things we didn’t need. Literally. Two garage sales. Old tins? Bye bye. Disney videos? (Yes, videos.) Gone. Furniture? Craigslist. Clothing? Goodwill. Boxes and boxes of miscellaneous “stuff” donated. On and on. It seemed like a never-ending, […]

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