A forgotten genocide, brought to the forefront

On April 24, 1915, the Young Turks of the ailing Ottoman Empire rounded up more than 200 Armenian intellectuals. Historians use this date to mark the start of the Armenian massacres. At the time, there were between two million and three million Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire. In the next few years, up to 1.5 million Armenians were systematically murdered. More were deported. My great-grandparents were some of the lucky ones who survived and eventually made it to the … Read More

Animals provide comfort, therapy

When I visited the Virginia Horse Center this past week to get a sneak peek at the horses competing at the Arabian Sport Horse Nationals, I met Beth Noteman. Along with her purebred Arabian stallion HSA Haleys Comet, Noteman has won 42 national titles on the Arabian horse show circuit. This makes her horse, known affectionately as “Comet,” the stallion with the largest number of national titles in the history of the Arabian Horse Association. The pair won three of … Read More

Spare change?

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On a recent visit to a forum I frequent, someone started a thread on change jars, and I realized–you can save a lot of money that way. I know it sounds odd, but how many people just kind of throw their change around, and don’t keep it together? I know not many people use exact change (or, at least at the little boutique where I’ve worked), so why not have a change jar? People were talking about how they ended … Read More

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