Thursday, November 30, 2017

Photos to video - HMADS 50th anniversary

This video is by photos Lucine took This video is created by Lucine, with the photos she took at the February 2017 school assembly celebrating 50 years of the founding of the HMADS - Holy Martyrs Armenian Day School in Oakland/Bayside in Queens, NYC.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Marcus Lemonis - How to Move Your Business Forward

I admire Marcus Lemonis. This is a great video to watch and understand how we need to reinvent ourself and try to move forward. Be focused and keep improving.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Is Cortana giving you problems?

Have you been annoyed by constant Cortana interruptions? As I am typing this simple sentences, I got interrupted several times. I have no idea if I will manage to finish what I like to post!!!

It even kept deleting my sentences before getting to finish typing.

I wanted to share PC magazine's article. I hope it comes in handy, if you are experiencing similar interruptions.

I never planned to start my Monday with time sucking and pesty tech problem! Tell us your Cortana headaches.

Friday, June 16, 2017

California and Armenian museum

We learned via Massis Post that California Legislature passes budget #3million for Armenian museum

Armenian history - about Cappadocia or in Armenian: Gabatovgia

It amazes me travel related articles, perhaps in an effort to be politically correct, they would mention about a modern day touristic location and the "marvels" and "unusual habitat" they find, referring to them as: a "discovery". As it is in this case with Cappadocia. I had learned about it thru my Armenian history classes at Souren Khanamirian college in Beirut, Lebanon. The school incidentally was known prior to that as "Sourp Neshan". At the time I didn't show much interest to all those ancient amazing Armenian history, the constant invasions, about Urardu or Urartu, how to me it was interesting that during peaceful episodes, Armenians were always building, being creative. To me it was obvious I belonged to a creative nation. Every so often there was some sort of "invasion" and after a while those history lessons were becoming annoying. Here come the Mongols, Tartars, Seljuks, earthquakes, devastating and giving a very hard blow to the peaceful inhabitants.

This article started the curiosity to learn more than what was being presented at Travel and Leisure site: The article: There's an Entire Ancient City Hidden Underground in Turkey by By Jess McHugh on April 11, 2017. You may read it at:

I decided to add to this page a more comprehensive and clearer knowledge, than the vague "travel" article. If you are as interested as I am, in having a complete picture of in this case "Cappadocia" you might like to continue reading the various articles that are on the internet, to make more educated, rather than superficial brief reference to that location.

1. First, I checked Widipedia. Here is the introduction:
"Cappadocia (/kæpəˈdoʊʃə/; also Capadocia; Turkish: Kapadokya, Greek: Καππαδοκία Kappadokía, from Ancient Greek: Καππαδοκία, from Old Persian: Katpatuka) is a historical region in Central Anatolia, largely in the Nevşehir, Kayseri, Kırşehir, Aksaray, and Niğde Provinces in Turkey.

According to Herodotus,[1] in the time of the Ionian Revolt (499 BC), the Cappadocians were reported as occupying a region from Mount Taurus to the vicinity of the Euxine (Black Sea). Cappadocia, in this sense, was bounded in the south by the chain of the Taurus Mountains that separate it from Cilicia, to the east by the upper Euphrates, to the north by Pontus, and to the west by Lycaonia and eastern Galatia.[2] ..."
To read the complete reference, please proceed to:

2. Here is an authoritarian book "Armenian Kesaria/Kayseri and Cappadocia" published in 2013 and edited by Richard Hovannessian:
The review of the book: "...Quick Overview

From early antiquity, the Armenian people developed a rich and distinctive culture on the great Armenian highland plateau, extending from Asia Minor to the Caucasus. On that crossroad, they interacted on many levels with civilizations of the Orient and Occident. Immediately to the west of the Armenian highland and the Euphrates River lay Lesser Armenia with Sebastia at its center and Cappadocia with Mazaca, later known as Caesarea (Kesaria/Kayseri), at its center..."
To purchase the book and read the complete review, here is the link:

It has a map and starts with this introduction, I'm sure you would like to learn more: "...Map of Byzantine Asia Minor in 780 AD, with the classic regions in black letters. These regions must not be confused with the Byzantine themata (provinces) in red letters (map source: wikipedia)
By Periklis Deligiannis

In the 4th century BC, before the conquests of Alexander the Great, Asia Minor (or Anatolia) was a multiracial area inhabited by several peoples with different ethno-linguistic origins. The Lydians, Carians, Lycians and the natives of Pamphylia and Cilicia were of Luwian origins. The Lycaonians, the Pisidians and the Phrygians belonged to the Phrygian group of peoples. The regions of Ionia, Aeolis, Doris, Troas and the coasts of Pamphylia and Cilicia had Greek population (descended from the Mycenaean and Archaic Greek colonization and the Hellenization of the natives). The Mysians and Doliones were Proto-Thracian populations, while the neighboring Bithynians were a Thracian proper tribe. The Cappadocians of Cappadocia proper and the Western Pontos (see below) were speaking several “hybrid” Phrygian, Iranian, Luwian, Hurri-Urartian and Palaeo-Caucasian dialects like the neighboring Armenians did, but the mixed Irano-Phrygian ethnic character with a lead of the Phrygian element, tended to prevail in both mentioned peoples...."

4. This blogger represents Cappadocia -- Cities with Armenian Roots
With the introduction about their trip:
"...We began our trip to Western Armenia by arriving in the city of Kayseri at 8:50 a.m. We were met by our guide for the next two weeks - Marineh, and driver - Vartan. They drove for 2 days from Armenia to meet us. Loading our luggage and tired bodies into a comfortable 15 passenger van (no spare room for another body, by the way), we started our tour by driving around the city of Kayseri. Kayseri (historical Caeserea) had a significant population of Armenians before 1915, although most evidence of their existence has been eliminated by present day Turks..."
To read the complete article check out Adi's place at:

5. Henzel, Judy from Clemson University, in "A Comparison and Contrast of the History of Christianity as it Developed in Cappadocia and Armenia during the First Five Centuries AD" (2007). All Theses. 255.

I will continue to update this page soon

Monday, June 12, 2017

The origin of names

The origin of names is a very interesting topic and fits in with family photos and research into names.

Here is a site that has an explanation about the Origin of the Chinese surnames: Quote from the below website: "....The guard misunderstood him and recorded his name as "He", which means the "river"

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Life Lessons From 100-Year-Olds

This is a cool video about life lessons from a 100 year old people, they share their wisdom

Friday, April 28, 2017

Photography tips and tricks

I love Instagram, so many cool ideas are shared. As this blog is dedicated to photography and the digital age, here is cool tips to photograph someone:
More cool photography ideas:

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Family legacies and obituaries

This year, starting with January 2nd to this day, namely April 27, 2017 I cannot remember a time in my life hearing of so many deaths!! A week or day doesn't pass by we are alerted of a death among relatives, former UN colleagues, friends, neighbors and our community.

I decided today to keep dedicate this page to people that I have known either as an aquaintance or close friends, community figures and neighbors.

Today was Hrag Vartanian's father's obituary in Toronto Star. Hrag's family is from the ancesterial home in Aintab, Turkey and as the fate of the indigineous people of Asia Turkey they were uprooted as well. I had to read about his father and I learned so much. It was interesting to find out he started with photography, passport photos and editing photos as well! However, life took different turns. Sharing here with you the obituary of Samuel Vartanian:

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Remembering Our Ancestors: Maps and Genealogy Resources for Armenian-Americans | The New York Public Library

Remembering Our Ancestors: Maps and Genealogy Resources for Armenian-Americans | The New York Public Library: As an Armenian-American keenly aware of the devotion to lost homeland of my ethnic compatriots, I’ve always been on the lookout for Armenians among the researchers from many large ethnic groups who have found their way to the Map Division. April 24 is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Armenian Genocide, and one way to honor those who were not able to find refuge is to learn all we can about them and celebrate our link to them.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

External Hard Drives and USB flash drives

We use various external drive for data storage: our digital photos, videos, documents go into hard drives. Besides the hard drives, we also use USB flash drives to carry with us specific files and folders. Besides, you may wish to share some of your photos and videos with family and friends. DVDs and CDs are almost on their way out. Many of the newer laptops no longer have DVD or CD readers built in. You might have to buy a separate DVD or CD reader. Hence, the external hard drive and USB flash drives are very useful. You might like to have the cloud storage, however it's best to be in charge of your own collection and in addition to the cloud storage, have your own portable external hard drives. I will list here some of the drives and USB flash drives we buy often: EXTERNAL HARD DRIVES Check the blog entry with links to External Hard Drives: Data Storage Solutions