I am a Flip-flopper

I became a registered Democrat when I became a resident of Pennsylvania. In this state a person must be registered in a political party in order to vote in a primary. I voted for President Barack Obama two times. I was so proud of his open promise to Armenian Americans that he would name the…

One of the Ones Who Helped Capture Mussolini

Today I saw some very stressed students sitting in the atrium of the college center. My office is on the second floor. From time to time I can walk out and look over the railing to see what’s happening. The scene doesn’t change much from day to day but as we get closer and closer…

Ordination Vows

This is a picture of Santee Chapel at Lancaster Theological Seminary. It is one of the first spaces I entered on the day I visited campus. When I sat in the pew and participated in worship…I knew it was where I was being called to engage in theological education. I entered seminary because it is…

There are Moments…and then…there are moments.

This is the  Reflection I delivered for the Holiday of Remembrance Service at The Groff’s Funeral Home on December 4,2016 I wish we weren’t here. I wish I could change the clock- change our experiences- and we would not be sitting here now. On the other hand I am grateful that we are all here. As…

What is your capacity?

If you look on the rim of a tire you will see a lot of numbers that identify what kind of tire it is. You will also notice that each kind of tire has a limit as to how much air it needs to function at its best. The same is true for cups, bowls,…

Violated Again…by POTUS

This is a picture of my mother holding me as an infant. She was the model of my life and it will make sense…I hope…as to why this is the picture I post for this blog entry. She taught me everything I know about God, Jesus and Justice. She also taught me how to survive. …

It IS and It ISN’T

If you put two quarters in this thing you will be able to see interesting things from the top of the Empire State Building. Isn’t that name interesting…EMPIRE? It sounds powerful. You can turn this around to see things from a wide rage…not just what is right in front of you. It is just a…

What Lisa Said

Isn’t this flower beautiful? Lisa Bonchek Adams used to say “Find a bit of beauty in the world today. Share it. If you can’t find it, create it.” She died a little over a year ago. She graduated from Franklin and Marshall College. I didn’t know her as a student. I got to know her…

Almost

This clock is perched on the campus of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I see it every single day as I walk around campus. Sometimes I wonder if anybody pays attention to the way it keeps or marks time. These days I rarely see people wearing a watch because our portable pieces of…

Off The Grid

When the academic year comes to an end there is this exhale that naturally leaves my body. Unlike the pulse of the liturgical year…the life as a college chaplain is high gear from the beginning until the “end”. It’s almost like Advent and Lent all rolled up in one. I have this ritual of going…

No Word for It

This monument/sculpture is on the grounds of the Philadelphia Museum of Fine Art. It commemorates the Genocide of the Armenian people that climaxed in 1915 by the Ottoman Turks. I have always felt a profound sense of sadness because of the mother holding a child and the realization that so many of them died senselessly….

Still Watching

This is a funny picture. You can see me in the background and then my grandmother is the centerpiece of the photo. I wasn’t doing such a good job trying to capture her from another photo. In some ways I like it because we are kind of looking…watching each other.My grandmother came to the United…

A Series of Goodbyes

This is a picture of Francis Joseph Stalfa…a.k.a. Frank Stalfa…a.k.a. my deceased spouse. Frank died in 2013 and in October I will honor the third year of his passing in my heart. Somedays it is hard to believe it has been that long and other days it feels like it was yesterday. I am the…