When Your Child is Called Home

When I was about 7-years-old, we lived in California. There wasn’t a large Chaldean population at that time and we didn’t have relatives living nearby. I remember my mom taking to me to a funeral home for a baby who had died. I never walked into the actual room with the family or casket. I stayed out in the hallway with a lady watching me. My mom had no choice. She wanted to pay her respects and didn’t have a sitter for me.

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Getting Uncomfortable

I went on my first and last week-long overnight camp trip when I was about 12-years-old. It was through the YMCA. My mom registered me after I tested out a one-night over-night stay through the YMCA, but that was with a friend. When I registered to go for the entire week, I was going with my sisters but because they were at different ages, we would not be with each other and each had a friend to bunk with her. I did not. 

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Never Stop Learning

I never thought when we launched the Chaldean News in February 2004 that we would cover so many stories about Iraq and I certainly never thought that we would be so heavily engrossed in a story about Chaldeans being detained to be deported.

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Finding the Value

I sit at my desk inside my home office looking at my 2017 list of goals. I have created a New Year’s list for at least the last 20 years. Every year I fall short of meeting my goals. Regardless, I will make one for 2018.  Like most recent years, I will create the plan to achieve each goal. The plan is what has helped me truly execute. 

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A Leap of Faith

We are doing things a little differently this year. Instead of our Annual gift guide we typically include in the December issue, we decided to focus on Faith, Food, and Family while covering a local chef who appeared on the Food Network this fall for a baking contest.  Jonathon Elias is more than deserving to be on our cover page this month. He is a talented baker who has reached great heights in his career.

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A Mark in Fashion

The day before our photo shoot for Ink Detroit, I read a local column in a local paper posing the question: How many t-shirts does Detroit need? The premise was that Detroit t-shirts have outlived their purpose and stopped being clever or endearing. 

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Celebrating our culture and faith

My hit or miss understanding of the Sourath language really frustrates me. I used to know it so much better in my younger years when I spent more time around my grandmother Agatha and my mom’s family.  It was spoken all the time.  When I lived with my parents, I listened to conversations and my grasp of the language was pretty strong.  Today, it is very weak. 

 

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Learning never ends

While our kids head back to school for the 2017/2018 school year, I look for ways to continue learning all year long.  Life is about learning regardless of your age and stage in your career. I continue my education in public relations, communications and journalism in order to deliver the best service and product for my Denha Media clients and our Chaldean News readers.

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Affecting Others

We headed into our July issue with the intent of a cover spread on people with disabilities.  In the news business, content can change in minutes. What was intended to be a cover story or lead in a newscast can easily be pushed back because of a more timely story or breaking news.

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Time to Improve

After you lived in a home for a while, you really get an idea what you like and what you don’t. Halim Sheena posed a question for our Chaldean On the Street piece that asked if you could change one thing in your house what would it be and why?

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