St. Sahag. St. Mesrob Armenian Saturday School

By: Talin Orfali

An Armenian Saturday School that is so dear to me,
Seeing my friends every week was so exciting for me,
Learning the alphabet, history, ,music, culture and so much more,
For Learning about Armenia in a school that I absolutely adore,

1956 is when the school was started and founded,
with all the great people I was surrounded,
So many educational, beautiful years has gone like a fly,
Many people will tell you how fast time flew by,

Armenian writing and reading was taught to us,
the education & knowledge we received was a plus,
Heading to visit our beautiful Armenia is our motherland,
After our grade 8 graduating class that the school planned,

Principals, Staff, Parents, Teachers and Volunteers,
Thank you for allowing us to grow with our peers,
With all the friends and bonds we have made,
I can surely promise you with all my heart, those times will never fade,

I am ever so grateful and happy I attended,
I was so sad after graduating that it all ended,
I will always love and cherish all the school memories,
May this beautiful Armenian Saturday school go on for centuries.

Windows 10 is Great. I love it

Since last July, 2015 every person with a PC has a chance to upgrade their systems from Windows XP, 7, Vista, 8, 8.1 to the newest version to the Full version of Windows 10 for free for a year. In July 2016, the chance to download it free will be expired and those who did not download Windows 10 are out of luck and must pay. Price is unknown.

I am really liking the feature where you can search your whole computer with asking Cortana anything on the internet too. I also like the pin to task bar where my frequently used apps and software devices can be quickly accessed instead of putting them on the desktop when busy with other software. I also like the start up menu where you can search that way too.

I like that snipping tool feature, where you can take articles, pictures or whatever else and do like a screen shot like how you can on your smartphone. I also like the Microsoft Edge internet. It is so much better than the Internet Explorer. That was a disaster of an Internet Browser. Edge has certainly improved.

I like the files and how you can organize your photos and everything a lot better and when you click on a photo to copy and paste, you can copy and paste without looking for a photo to open up in your social media status updates or whatever else. I also like the check mark option they put on the pictures and files where you do not have to hold the CTRL button to select many pictures or files at once.

Have you downloaded Windows 10 yet?

Do you like it?

Do you think they need to improve on a few things or is that good like it is?

Will you download it? If you do not, you miss out and will have to pay after July, 2016.

Armenian Genocide Awareness Month of April

April is approaching in a couple of days and it is about The Armenian Genocide Awareness month.

in 1915 a horrific crime against humanity occurred in Armenia, where the Turkish government just came into people’s homes and kicked people out to eventually kill them. 1.5 Million Armenians were massacred at the hands of Turkish Soldiers who were commanded to do the deed of Turkish Government.

They also began to steal a huge chunk of our lands but could not succeed to steal it all. 101 years have passed by and the wound still hurts. even though we were not born around those times but as Armenians and any other races and heritage was affected by Genocide and mass killings of people certainly feel the pain it has caused.

Raising awareness, educating and spreading the word, is very important. We must prevent from history repeating itself and not go backwards but must go forward without violence and killing

Let’s put wars and Genocide in the past a create a better world without all this hate. enough is enough

Deep Wounds of Genocide

Deep Wounds of Genocide April 24, 1915 – 2016

In Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide

By: Talin Orfali

101 Years After, We Still Hurt,
Many People displaced from their homes,
Men, Women, Children were taken to the desert,
The Innocent Were forced to walk the many miles,
seeing murdered bodies by the piles,

heads, flesh, arms, legs broken up in pieces,
Bodies and innocent humans were left hung,
survivors looking to their loved ones seeing the crying faces,

Deep wounds of Genocide That will never heal,
The blood of our ancestors/family that we all feel,
Lands, Landmarks, Churches, Mount Ararat that they stole,
hearing the sad voices of people’s soul,

Terrible inhumane criminal acts,
Turkish Government that still denies/lies about the facts,
The Armenian Genocide wounds are so deep,
That the Turks tried so hard to sweep,
However, they could not succeed,

1.5 Million Armenian’s Massacred by Turkish Soldiers,
These are the wounds that will forever be on our Shoulders.

“Recognize, Awareness, Education, Knowledge, Prevent”

The Quincy Market Story – In Boston, Massachusetts

In August of 2013, I had embarked on a journey on my own to Boston, Massachusetts. It was my first time there to mainly go see my great friends whom I consider family to me from meeting online from an Armenian Music Radio Station, and we had such memorable and cherished times together. My lovely sisters took me to Quincy Market where there is the popular iconic restaurant called “Cheers” from the TV Show back in the day. I really wanted to go there as I had watched the show. After we finished dining there, we were walking around doing some shopping.

After some time walking, We encountered someone very interesting. this American guy with some sort of accent who was trying to sell us something and I was not interested, and he kept insisting and I said I have no time. So, he continued on to ask me, where I was from. I said, I am from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Then, he caught me off guard and surprised me with such a ridiculous answer saying, Is Toronto, Ontario, Canada beside Florida? Then he said, where is Canada? I said, It is north of USA, we are a very big country. Then I said, Sorry we have to go bye. I just dropped my jaw and I was caught in probably one of the most weirdest situations in my lifetime.

I was really shocked that he did not know Where and what Canada is. I remained silent for a bit, and then my sisters/girlfriends I was with were absolutely shocked themselves and they couldn’t believe what they heard. So, we began laughing about it and all of a sudden we started to talk about that and said, wow that is serious stuff if someone doesn’t know about Canada and where it is on the geographical map of the world’s atlas. I am sure if I bring this up with them again now, they will remember what happened.

Then it reminded me of when Jay Leno had his tonight show and he was asking people in the streets of Los Angeles, California questions about who the President of the United States is, Where Canada is located and this and that on his Jay Walking segment, also questions on who the secretary of state is, who the vice president is. I said, this guy I met in Boston would be a great candidate and the laughing stock of the world. He really made that afternoon quite interesting, to say the least. I will never forget that. I mean, who could ever forget?

I am not making fun of him or anything, but something that is so basic and someone should know and he did not. I do not know the type of education or whatever he did in his life that he did not know, just really puzzles me.

Heaven forbid, he tells someone directions¬†or something about the world. He is just in his own little world and doesn’t know diddly squat about geography and countries. At first, I really thought he was joking and pushing me around with that, but he really did not know where Toronto, Ontario, Canada was. It really horrifies me when people don’t know these basic things.

Have you encountered a strange situation?

Have people asked the most bizarre questions to you?

What is your story?

Good Friday Greetings

wishing everyone a happy Easter weekend to those who celebrate. Remember the true meaning of Easter is Jesus died on the cross so we can all be saved. Easter is not about the chocolates and bunny rabbits.

Today he was crucified, died and was buried on the third day he rose to the heavens. Christine has died, Christian has risen and He will come again.

have a great weekend with your loved ones