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SHABBAT SHALOM – back on track

Readjusting is complete. Not only is my computer working well but I am now fully engaged in my work here. My work at Peace Dialogue has picked up as we are in a number of fascinating projects to advance civic engagement that requires my involvement. I really love this work as I am able to add to their projects by editing the English translations into more readable American English. If you are interested you can see what they are doing at www.peacedialogue.am. My work with SOAR, Society for Orphaned Armenia Relief is on track with new projects and programs. Please make sure you mention this organization to your Armenian friends. (http://soar-us.org). The Vanadzor Old Age home project is moving along very nicely with a great visit this week where six young volunteers from Vanadzor came to sing, dance and just provide the opportunity for more activities and socialization. Lastly, I am preparing for my English Clubs and looking forward to starting a new one called Basic conversation with song where we will have discussions around the lyrics to popular American songs. This will tech them new vocabulary, American idioms and give us a focus for our discussions. It should be fun.

I have had couch surfers from Argentina staying over as well as a number of PCV’s, it is all good fun and takes away some of the loneliness.

Hope you are well and thanks for reading.

Shabbat Shalom

Shabbat Shalom

What a strange trip it has been. Last week I was with many of you either at the Appelstein cousins’ Club or at temple in Canton or Hull or at the most incredible wedding party for Max and Kyra. I ate dinner with some of you and drinks with others, and it was all great. Being at the beach was pretty wonderful as well as was dinner with the whole Greenberg clan at Sharon and Gradons’. But now I am back in Armenia and happy to be back, except for a little jet lag. I am especially glad to be preparing Shabbat dinner and now I even have a real challah cover, not a real challah yet but I am building up the courage to try making one. Of course the fact that the water was off most of the day and the gas is still off and the electricity went off for about an hour, all is good here.

Thank you all for your good wishes and for taking the time to see me.

I love and miss you all and look forward to being together again in another 16 months or so…

Shabbat Shalom

Home for Shabbat

I am home in Hull and going to Jeff and Jodi’s for Shabbat dinner with them and other friends. It is so good to be home, even if it is for just a little while.

Shabbat Shalom