I Had a Brain Tumor

I Had a Brain Tumor

but I’m fine now.

Everything begins somewhere.

A tremor in the left hand, slight muscle weakness, the inability to paint my own fingernails. I accepted these changes as subjects of fascination — idiosyncrasies particular to my body. When I told my mother, she suggested that I incorporate more vitamin C into my diet.

In winter of 2010, the snow piled up against the windows of my garden apartment while I vomited breakfast, then water, and finally a bitter yellow substance for an entire day until I was too weak to move to the bathroom anymore. I fell asleep on the floor wondering whether I would wake up the following day.

How sick do you have to be to call for an ambulance?’ I had texted my roommate who was away on holiday.

After that episode, I began to experience strange throbbing headaches — little lightning storms that I combated by closing my eyes and standing perfectly still until they receded. I lived alone then, an hour into the depths of Brooklyn, in an Italian neighborhood that I reluctantly cherished. I took dance classes five nights a week, unless I was attending a reading or a lecture or some party somewhere. Those were long days, late nights. I lived off coffee and dollar slices of pizza. My fridge held almost nothing but pickles and condiments.

Soon, the headaches joined forces with crippling vertigo. Little spots formed at the edges of my vision. Nausea overwhelmed me in the mornings. I was thin, but that was fashionable.

Once, when the headaches were frequent and fierce, I told my mother that I felt as though someone were pinching the back of my neck and squeezing my brain. I didn’t know it at the time — I wouldn’t find out for months — but I wasn’t wrong.

Near the end of October 2010, there was an early winter storm that swept through New England.  My co-worker, who had been tracking my complaints over the months, escorted me to a nearby clinic.

From there, things progressed quickly. I was given strict instructions to take a cab directly to the hospital. Do not walk, do not get on the train. I nodded dutifully as I continued throwing up into an H&M shopping bag. In the emergency room at Beth Israel, a nurse took me for a CT scan. I had never been in a hospital before. I waited for the results. A concerned attendant peeked through the door at me, then withdrew again. More concerned faces. Bad news, they intoned, without quite saying what was bad. I was admitted, decorated with IVs, and told to wait again. At one point, a young doctor said to me, “That’s quite the goober you’ve got in your noggin.” Goober? That was the first I’d heard of it. He showed me the scans.

When I think of tumors, I think of metaphors of invasion. Something foreign, forceful, and undesired. The growth of darkness where before there was light. The young doctor pointed to the screen and said, “There.” Therewas a shadow at the back of my mind. A sphere lodged against the cerebellum, a presence that was both alien and of myself. Not a tumor yet, but not not a tumor either. To confirm that either way required a series of MRIs.

From the emergency room, I was moved to the neuro step-down unit. That was serious, a friend informed me by text. An older doctor whose glasses sat at the tip of his nose and whose voice was firm but kindly throughout his explanation of the condition hemangioblastoma agreed that it was indeed serious.

At that age, I thought I had things figured out. I thought I was invincible. I could take another Advil. I could push through the headaches, the vertigo, the nausea. Everything was fine, I’d convinced myself, because everything was supposed to be fine. Sickness, tumors, brain surgery: those things happened to other people. The doctor asked to schedule the surgery immediately. I asked for a moment. For twenty minutes straight, I sobbed aloud at the edge of my hospital bed. I don’t want this, I can’t do it, I don’t want this. How did this happen? Why?

Hemangioblastoma are vascular tumors located in the cerebellum, brain stem, or spinal cord. Accounting for less than 2% of tumors in the central nervous system, hemangioblastoma typically affect middle-aged individuals and can be associated with Von Hippel-Lindau syndrome in which tumors recur continuously throughout a person’s lifetime. They are noncancerous, but can cause serious complications over time. As long as surgical excision is possible, prognoses tend to be positive.

To ask why or how,  I was diagnosed with a rare tumor known to affect an age range far beyond my own, is to commit my thoughts to a wheel of irrationality. I could turn the question over and over and never have an answer. From there on out, I moved as though in a dream.

I had to call my mother. Nothing could happen until I’d seen her in person. But when she answered, I couldn’t form the words. Handing the phone over, I asked the doctor to explain the problem. Three thousand miles away, a grown woman pulled over to the side of the road and cried, then purchased a plane ticket so that she could attend the imminent craniotomy of her frightened twenty-something daughter.

My mother kissed my face, told me she loved me, but did not accompany me to the prep room. The walls were white and the hallways went forever. Four hours of surgery turned into eight. There had been some bleeding, they said.

Four hours of surgery turned into eight. There had been some bleeding, they said. I woke panicked and groggy. What time was it? Did my mother know I was okay? In the ICU, the nurses told me I had the healthiest lungs in the ward. My head was so heavy. I remember the morphine made me sick. I thought my stitches would split back open.

Slowly, the physical evidence of trauma faded. I wrote so many pages pondering the dreamless darkness of those eight hours. If I had died, would they have gone on forever? Would I have known myself missed? Had I glimpsed into the after and found it empty? For weeks afterward, I dreamt vivid, terrifying flashes that woke me in the night.

Through a scattered plot of points over a period of years, I can trace a path from the first suggestion of something amiss to the doctor’s final diagnosis. At any number of crossroads, I could have turned another way and arrived at the end more abruptly. I think of the neurology appointment I made in March of 2010, then canceled because the headaches had subsided for awhile. Or the end could have been different, could have been worse, could have been nothing. If I had taken more vitamin C or had eaten better or slept more? If the tumor had been cancerous or inoperable? Or — again — that wheel of irrationality.

It’s many years on now and I can climb mountains as well as stairs. I write stories and keep more in my fridge than condiments. My hair has grown out and most of the feeling has come back to my head, though they severed the nerve there. Whenever I tell anyone that I once had a brain tumor, I qualify the statement by adding: but I’m fine now.

 

At the end, this is the main reason I play the piano, it was my first medicine to come over my pain and the change I had in my life. Please respect my thoughts.

78 Comments

  1. Kitt O'Malley – Mission Viejo, CA – Bipolar Writer and Mental Health Advocate at KittOMalley.com. Author of "Balancing Act: Writing Through a Bipolar Life."

    I am so glad that you survived your ordeal with a brain tumor, that you can now climb not only stairs, but mountains, and that you are playing the piano. Bravo!

  2. indahs – A traveler and a scuba diver, with camera on her hand.

    Dear Mihran, I admire your struggle and strength. I am so glad to hear that you are fine now. I had tumor on the outer side of my head when I was in the elementary school. It took several surgeries to remove it, it gave me traumatic feeling of hospital. I spent too much time in the hospital. But now I am fine too 🙂
    Keep playing music and wishing you good health and lots of love from people surrounding you. Thank you for sharing some part of your history. Best wishes..

  3. Emma, West Sussex – London. – Dyslexia specialist SpLD Teacher, former head teacher, trained chef and host for over a decade. Passionate about nature, sustainability and Soay sheep. As well as learning... always.

    Mihran, thank you so much for sharing this account.
    It is beautifully written, and truly inspiring.
    Very best wishes to you, and your family.
    Take care, Emma 🙂

  4. Marissa Bergen – Burbank, Ca – This blog is a semi auto-biographical view of my life, beginning as a rocker chick from Brooklyn, moving on to playing in a punk band on New York's Lower East Side, to my current lot in life as a working mother of two, now living in Los Angeles. I love writing because you can be whoever you want to be when you write. Therefore, I would never want to pigeon-hole myself too much in my blog. However, I don't think I will ever deviate too much from what is innately in my blood, that being humor and sarcasm. Recently I have been turning more and more to poetry. I like poetry because it let's you say so much more with so much less, so much more about so little, and it also distances you from the subject matter, making you much less likely to offend someone, which I would probably otherwise do on a daily basis.

    Glad it had a happy ending.

  5. Quirky Books – www.quirkybooks.net – I write Quirky Books that change peoples' lives. Quirky Books is my own publishing imprint and I specialise in non-fiction books for specific niches. Asexuality is one of those niches. Written in my own 'quirky' unique style, Quirky Books specialises in books which have out of the box thinking and often with a quirky twist, and are first for crossing some genres. Writing is my hughest life passion, followed closely by asexuality. As well as an Author, I am best known for being the Presenter/Chat Show Host at Asexualise My Asexual Life, Asexuality chat show on YouTube, specialising in dating, relationships, self-love and self-growth. I was a speaker at the UK Asexuality Conference in London, in July 2018, and yes, I really am ACE Fibro Girl!

    Congratulations on your brave journey of overcoming such a monster and in your coming back to life again. You are an inspiration to everyone around you and the world.

  6. Let's CUT the Crap! – Canada – I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

    What a life changing story. Scary how a person’s life can change on a dime. Glad you survived to share your story.

    1. mihrankalaydjianblog – San Diego, CA – Mihran Kalaydjian On a personal note, I love the outdoors, comedy, bbq, reading and traveling. I worked in the beer industry in college so I love talking about good beer. I used to be a competitive runner so (like all runners) if you make the mistake of asking me, I'll tell you about my entire career and PRs. I also spent my youth working in restaurants, so if you've done the same, we can swap stories. The five items I can't live without: Everything, infinity, wanton boredom, limitless limits, change. Mihran Kalaydjian, A proven ability to articulate a company's brand culture as well as key strategic initiatives and delivery of desired results. Outstanding leadership, communications and project management skills. A committed individual with strong organizational skills that believes leading by example is key to building a strong team to achieve high guest satisfaction results and cost control measures. Mihran Kalaydjian provides visionary leadership and management oversight of the sales, marketing and revenue strategies for Classic Hotels and Resorts. Mihran Kalaydjian suggest: Your energy should be focused on finding a solution, quickly and effectively. I am at my best when I have a tight deadline, but every aspect of the project is planned, organized and working in excellence.

      I am sincerely humbled, I am very grateful for your respect and appreciation, it means a lot to me. This has been very difficult to talk about it, that was one of the most difficult and dark times for me and family. This is important to receive the support and encouragement..

      1. mihrankalaydjianblog – San Diego, CA – Mihran Kalaydjian On a personal note, I love the outdoors, comedy, bbq, reading and traveling. I worked in the beer industry in college so I love talking about good beer. I used to be a competitive runner so (like all runners) if you make the mistake of asking me, I'll tell you about my entire career and PRs. I also spent my youth working in restaurants, so if you've done the same, we can swap stories. The five items I can't live without: Everything, infinity, wanton boredom, limitless limits, change. Mihran Kalaydjian, A proven ability to articulate a company's brand culture as well as key strategic initiatives and delivery of desired results. Outstanding leadership, communications and project management skills. A committed individual with strong organizational skills that believes leading by example is key to building a strong team to achieve high guest satisfaction results and cost control measures. Mihran Kalaydjian provides visionary leadership and management oversight of the sales, marketing and revenue strategies for Classic Hotels and Resorts. Mihran Kalaydjian suggest: Your energy should be focused on finding a solution, quickly and effectively. I am at my best when I have a tight deadline, but every aspect of the project is planned, organized and working in excellence.

        Yes, thank you for the doctors and their entire team. May God Bless their hard work!

  7. john flanagan – Singapore – i was born to Irish parents living in England but spent most of my early life in Ireland. After many years of teaching and traveling - everywhere but South America - i settled in Singapore and live here with my Malay family

    In admiration
    john

    1. mihrankalaydjianblog – San Diego, CA – Mihran Kalaydjian On a personal note, I love the outdoors, comedy, bbq, reading and traveling. I worked in the beer industry in college so I love talking about good beer. I used to be a competitive runner so (like all runners) if you make the mistake of asking me, I'll tell you about my entire career and PRs. I also spent my youth working in restaurants, so if you've done the same, we can swap stories. The five items I can't live without: Everything, infinity, wanton boredom, limitless limits, change. Mihran Kalaydjian, A proven ability to articulate a company's brand culture as well as key strategic initiatives and delivery of desired results. Outstanding leadership, communications and project management skills. A committed individual with strong organizational skills that believes leading by example is key to building a strong team to achieve high guest satisfaction results and cost control measures. Mihran Kalaydjian provides visionary leadership and management oversight of the sales, marketing and revenue strategies for Classic Hotels and Resorts. Mihran Kalaydjian suggest: Your energy should be focused on finding a solution, quickly and effectively. I am at my best when I have a tight deadline, but every aspect of the project is planned, organized and working in excellence.

      Thank you John – I appreciate your words and respect and understanding!

  8. busymindthinking

    Mihran I was very confused reading this post, if it was you or your sister that had cancer; but regardless of who it was, pain is pain and fear is fear, blessings to you and your entire family. I hope the news will be good for your cousins son also. Blessings.

    1. mihrankalaydjianblog – San Diego, CA – Mihran Kalaydjian On a personal note, I love the outdoors, comedy, bbq, reading and traveling. I worked in the beer industry in college so I love talking about good beer. I used to be a competitive runner so (like all runners) if you make the mistake of asking me, I'll tell you about my entire career and PRs. I also spent my youth working in restaurants, so if you've done the same, we can swap stories. The five items I can't live without: Everything, infinity, wanton boredom, limitless limits, change. Mihran Kalaydjian, A proven ability to articulate a company's brand culture as well as key strategic initiatives and delivery of desired results. Outstanding leadership, communications and project management skills. A committed individual with strong organizational skills that believes leading by example is key to building a strong team to achieve high guest satisfaction results and cost control measures. Mihran Kalaydjian provides visionary leadership and management oversight of the sales, marketing and revenue strategies for Classic Hotels and Resorts. Mihran Kalaydjian suggest: Your energy should be focused on finding a solution, quickly and effectively. I am at my best when I have a tight deadline, but every aspect of the project is planned, organized and working in excellence.

      Thank you Belinda – I pray for your health and best wishes. I don’t know how to express how difficult was for me and sister. It was extreme pain running into my bones, unable to eat and walk for some time. I appreciate your kind words and encouragement to my cousin son. I have no words to explain the pain we are in now. I wanted always to wish you the best health and success and to everyone here, May God bless you.

      1. mihrankalaydjianblog – San Diego, CA – Mihran Kalaydjian On a personal note, I love the outdoors, comedy, bbq, reading and traveling. I worked in the beer industry in college so I love talking about good beer. I used to be a competitive runner so (like all runners) if you make the mistake of asking me, I'll tell you about my entire career and PRs. I also spent my youth working in restaurants, so if you've done the same, we can swap stories. The five items I can't live without: Everything, infinity, wanton boredom, limitless limits, change. Mihran Kalaydjian, A proven ability to articulate a company's brand culture as well as key strategic initiatives and delivery of desired results. Outstanding leadership, communications and project management skills. A committed individual with strong organizational skills that believes leading by example is key to building a strong team to achieve high guest satisfaction results and cost control measures. Mihran Kalaydjian provides visionary leadership and management oversight of the sales, marketing and revenue strategies for Classic Hotels and Resorts. Mihran Kalaydjian suggest: Your energy should be focused on finding a solution, quickly and effectively. I am at my best when I have a tight deadline, but every aspect of the project is planned, organized and working in excellence.

        Thank you Belinda sincerely from my bottom of mu heart – I admit you are a true friend. May God Bless you and gives you health, light and always keep your smile.

      2. mihrankalaydjianblog – San Diego, CA – Mihran Kalaydjian On a personal note, I love the outdoors, comedy, bbq, reading and traveling. I worked in the beer industry in college so I love talking about good beer. I used to be a competitive runner so (like all runners) if you make the mistake of asking me, I'll tell you about my entire career and PRs. I also spent my youth working in restaurants, so if you've done the same, we can swap stories. The five items I can't live without: Everything, infinity, wanton boredom, limitless limits, change. Mihran Kalaydjian, A proven ability to articulate a company's brand culture as well as key strategic initiatives and delivery of desired results. Outstanding leadership, communications and project management skills. A committed individual with strong organizational skills that believes leading by example is key to building a strong team to achieve high guest satisfaction results and cost control measures. Mihran Kalaydjian provides visionary leadership and management oversight of the sales, marketing and revenue strategies for Classic Hotels and Resorts. Mihran Kalaydjian suggest: Your energy should be focused on finding a solution, quickly and effectively. I am at my best when I have a tight deadline, but every aspect of the project is planned, organized and working in excellence.

        Thank you Belinda – I consider you a true friend. May God Brings you always health and joy!

      3. mihrankalaydjianblog – San Diego, CA – Mihran Kalaydjian On a personal note, I love the outdoors, comedy, bbq, reading and traveling. I worked in the beer industry in college so I love talking about good beer. I used to be a competitive runner so (like all runners) if you make the mistake of asking me, I'll tell you about my entire career and PRs. I also spent my youth working in restaurants, so if you've done the same, we can swap stories. The five items I can't live without: Everything, infinity, wanton boredom, limitless limits, change. Mihran Kalaydjian, A proven ability to articulate a company's brand culture as well as key strategic initiatives and delivery of desired results. Outstanding leadership, communications and project management skills. A committed individual with strong organizational skills that believes leading by example is key to building a strong team to achieve high guest satisfaction results and cost control measures. Mihran Kalaydjian provides visionary leadership and management oversight of the sales, marketing and revenue strategies for Classic Hotels and Resorts. Mihran Kalaydjian suggest: Your energy should be focused on finding a solution, quickly and effectively. I am at my best when I have a tight deadline, but every aspect of the project is planned, organized and working in excellence.

        I extend my sincerest appreciation to your kindness and respect with great honor. I also extend my greetings to everyone. We are one family,

      4. John Arthur Robinson

        I too am confused, Mihran, because yours is a first-person account, and your replies to everyone show that this happened to you, but you wrote about your mother coming for “the imminent craniotomy of her frightened twenty-something daughter.”

        I and the whole world are blessed that you DID survive the tumor!

      5. mihrankalaydjianblog – San Diego, CA – Mihran Kalaydjian On a personal note, I love the outdoors, comedy, bbq, reading and traveling. I worked in the beer industry in college so I love talking about good beer. I used to be a competitive runner so (like all runners) if you make the mistake of asking me, I'll tell you about my entire career and PRs. I also spent my youth working in restaurants, so if you've done the same, we can swap stories. The five items I can't live without: Everything, infinity, wanton boredom, limitless limits, change. Mihran Kalaydjian, A proven ability to articulate a company's brand culture as well as key strategic initiatives and delivery of desired results. Outstanding leadership, communications and project management skills. A committed individual with strong organizational skills that believes leading by example is key to building a strong team to achieve high guest satisfaction results and cost control measures. Mihran Kalaydjian provides visionary leadership and management oversight of the sales, marketing and revenue strategies for Classic Hotels and Resorts. Mihran Kalaydjian suggest: Your energy should be focused on finding a solution, quickly and effectively. I am at my best when I have a tight deadline, but every aspect of the project is planned, organized and working in excellence.

        Thank you John for your wonderful words and comments, I had the most difficult and severe pain throughout my illness stages. It was dark shadow and I almost felt I am going to loose my life, I keep my faith and I believe in miracles. Thank you so much!

  9. Cynthia Reyes – On the outskirts of Toronto, ON, Canada – I write books for children and adults. I volunteer for the Northumberland Festival of the Arts, and I coach memoir-writers. I love family, friends and home - and 'home' includes our precious planet, Earth.

    a moving and powerful story. I’m glad you’re fine now.

  10. Marian Green – My mind is a crazy tangled place. Here I let my mind unwind, the thoughts pour.

    What a beautiful stream of consciousness you’ve poured out here over something so terrifying. You held me captivated. Just gorgeous.

    1. mihrankalaydjianblog – San Diego, CA – Mihran Kalaydjian On a personal note, I love the outdoors, comedy, bbq, reading and traveling. I worked in the beer industry in college so I love talking about good beer. I used to be a competitive runner so (like all runners) if you make the mistake of asking me, I'll tell you about my entire career and PRs. I also spent my youth working in restaurants, so if you've done the same, we can swap stories. The five items I can't live without: Everything, infinity, wanton boredom, limitless limits, change. Mihran Kalaydjian, A proven ability to articulate a company's brand culture as well as key strategic initiatives and delivery of desired results. Outstanding leadership, communications and project management skills. A committed individual with strong organizational skills that believes leading by example is key to building a strong team to achieve high guest satisfaction results and cost control measures. Mihran Kalaydjian provides visionary leadership and management oversight of the sales, marketing and revenue strategies for Classic Hotels and Resorts. Mihran Kalaydjian suggest: Your energy should be focused on finding a solution, quickly and effectively. I am at my best when I have a tight deadline, but every aspect of the project is planned, organized and working in excellence.

      Thank you Marian for your wonderful and sincere words. May God Bless you!!

  11. joykuse – Kampala, Uganda, East African Community – I am a Ugandan lady who loves people and kind. I enjoy travelling and outings i.e dinners, dances etc. Professionally, I love organizing people's homes and offices and typing bulky documents.

    Mihran, Thank you for telling us about your experience. I could never have known that playing a piano contributed to your healing in a way. Could it be the reason it is said by some doctors that listening to music heals the soul especially when depressed, sad, etc?

    1. mihrankalaydjianblog – San Diego, CA – Mihran Kalaydjian On a personal note, I love the outdoors, comedy, bbq, reading and traveling. I worked in the beer industry in college so I love talking about good beer. I used to be a competitive runner so (like all runners) if you make the mistake of asking me, I'll tell you about my entire career and PRs. I also spent my youth working in restaurants, so if you've done the same, we can swap stories. The five items I can't live without: Everything, infinity, wanton boredom, limitless limits, change. Mihran Kalaydjian, A proven ability to articulate a company's brand culture as well as key strategic initiatives and delivery of desired results. Outstanding leadership, communications and project management skills. A committed individual with strong organizational skills that believes leading by example is key to building a strong team to achieve high guest satisfaction results and cost control measures. Mihran Kalaydjian provides visionary leadership and management oversight of the sales, marketing and revenue strategies for Classic Hotels and Resorts. Mihran Kalaydjian suggest: Your energy should be focused on finding a solution, quickly and effectively. I am at my best when I have a tight deadline, but every aspect of the project is planned, organized and working in excellence.

      Thank you Joy, I extend my appreciation to your message. Music was powerful in life while I was going through this stages. Music lifted my dark shadow, and pain. May God Bless you!

      1. joykuse – Kampala, Uganda, East African Community – I am a Ugandan lady who loves people and kind. I enjoy travelling and outings i.e dinners, dances etc. Professionally, I love organizing people's homes and offices and typing bulky documents.

        God Bless you, too.

  12. Owls and Orchids – Byron Bay – Hi! I'm Susan Alexander. I am a dreamer and I care for others. I dream of writing and teaching people the things I know and continue to learn and love. I am a metaphysical teacher, Energy Healer, crystal lover and craft maker. I love to read, crochet, tapestry, walk in the countryside, and grow orchids, roses and healthy things to eat. Sometimes, I stare at the moon and take photos. The man in the moon will be there one day. One day all people will love one another and the world will be a beautiful place.

    Dear Mihran, thank you for your incredibly honesty and will to survive. I feel we are all blessed to have you with us. May the sun always shine on you, your family and loved ones.
    Blessings always, Susan x

    1. mihrankalaydjianblog – San Diego, CA – Mihran Kalaydjian On a personal note, I love the outdoors, comedy, bbq, reading and traveling. I worked in the beer industry in college so I love talking about good beer. I used to be a competitive runner so (like all runners) if you make the mistake of asking me, I'll tell you about my entire career and PRs. I also spent my youth working in restaurants, so if you've done the same, we can swap stories. The five items I can't live without: Everything, infinity, wanton boredom, limitless limits, change. Mihran Kalaydjian, A proven ability to articulate a company's brand culture as well as key strategic initiatives and delivery of desired results. Outstanding leadership, communications and project management skills. A committed individual with strong organizational skills that believes leading by example is key to building a strong team to achieve high guest satisfaction results and cost control measures. Mihran Kalaydjian provides visionary leadership and management oversight of the sales, marketing and revenue strategies for Classic Hotels and Resorts. Mihran Kalaydjian suggest: Your energy should be focused on finding a solution, quickly and effectively. I am at my best when I have a tight deadline, but every aspect of the project is planned, organized and working in excellence.

      Dear Susan – I wanted to share with sincere and honesty, after having some challenges on WP and suddenly friends stopped commenting on my blogs. I decided to share my health, as I had a very painful and dark moments. I always kept my faith and I believe in Miracles.

      1. Owls and Orchids – Byron Bay – Hi! I'm Susan Alexander. I am a dreamer and I care for others. I dream of writing and teaching people the things I know and continue to learn and love. I am a metaphysical teacher, Energy Healer, crystal lover and craft maker. I love to read, crochet, tapestry, walk in the countryside, and grow orchids, roses and healthy things to eat. Sometimes, I stare at the moon and take photos. The man in the moon will be there one day. One day all people will love one another and the world will be a beautiful place.

        Miracles happen when we least expect them, sometimes in the most unusual way. Old friend go but new friends are always around the corner. Welcome back to the blogging world – I’m still learning my way around myself :).
        Blessings, Susan x

      2. joykuse – Kampala, Uganda, East African Community – I am a Ugandan lady who loves people and kind. I enjoy travelling and outings i.e dinners, dances etc. Professionally, I love organizing people's homes and offices and typing bulky documents.

        Mihrank, I am also one of those who believes in miracles because I believe in God in Heaven.

    1. mihrankalaydjianblog – San Diego, CA – Mihran Kalaydjian On a personal note, I love the outdoors, comedy, bbq, reading and traveling. I worked in the beer industry in college so I love talking about good beer. I used to be a competitive runner so (like all runners) if you make the mistake of asking me, I'll tell you about my entire career and PRs. I also spent my youth working in restaurants, so if you've done the same, we can swap stories. The five items I can't live without: Everything, infinity, wanton boredom, limitless limits, change. Mihran Kalaydjian, A proven ability to articulate a company's brand culture as well as key strategic initiatives and delivery of desired results. Outstanding leadership, communications and project management skills. A committed individual with strong organizational skills that believes leading by example is key to building a strong team to achieve high guest satisfaction results and cost control measures. Mihran Kalaydjian provides visionary leadership and management oversight of the sales, marketing and revenue strategies for Classic Hotels and Resorts. Mihran Kalaydjian suggest: Your energy should be focused on finding a solution, quickly and effectively. I am at my best when I have a tight deadline, but every aspect of the project is planned, organized and working in excellence.

      May God Bless you and protect you – Always avoid Pain.!

      1. mihrankalaydjianblog – San Diego, CA – Mihran Kalaydjian On a personal note, I love the outdoors, comedy, bbq, reading and traveling. I worked in the beer industry in college so I love talking about good beer. I used to be a competitive runner so (like all runners) if you make the mistake of asking me, I'll tell you about my entire career and PRs. I also spent my youth working in restaurants, so if you've done the same, we can swap stories. The five items I can't live without: Everything, infinity, wanton boredom, limitless limits, change. Mihran Kalaydjian, A proven ability to articulate a company's brand culture as well as key strategic initiatives and delivery of desired results. Outstanding leadership, communications and project management skills. A committed individual with strong organizational skills that believes leading by example is key to building a strong team to achieve high guest satisfaction results and cost control measures. Mihran Kalaydjian provides visionary leadership and management oversight of the sales, marketing and revenue strategies for Classic Hotels and Resorts. Mihran Kalaydjian suggest: Your energy should be focused on finding a solution, quickly and effectively. I am at my best when I have a tight deadline, but every aspect of the project is planned, organized and working in excellence.

        My best regards and I appreciate it!

  13. AinaBalagtas – I am an essayist, a news writer, a poet, a big fan of language and words; an ardent lover of imagination-- I am but a writer.

    You’re my star, Mih! I’m proud of you and it’s incomprehensible! Just always know that I am a friend. And that our friendship is pure. You don’t have to reblog any of my post, nor like, neither comment, coz even if you don’t visit, I know in my heart we’re friends. And I can’t thank you enough for that. Be strong, we all love you here.

  14. Love, Life and Whatever – India – Now a Writer, Columnist and Blogger, previously worked with a leading media and publishing house, I love life. Where there is Love, there is Life. A daughter, a wife, a mother, a sister, a friend. You can tag me whatever you want to, I am a quintessential woman and I love every part of being a woman. I believe that writing is not only an art of self expression but also affects eternity as it has the tremendous power to influence minds and culture. I feel that life is the most alluring gift by God and I am still in the journey of unwrapping it. Each day, each moment with my fellow beings and myself reveals to me varied ranges of human emotions and life experiences and I feel awed at this God's greatest marvel called life. This blog is my humble endeavour to capture and encompass all that is about 'Life, Love and Whatever' related to it. So you are quite welcome to my reminiscences, my reveries. A quote from one of my favourite author Virginia Woolf lingers on my mind while I am penning this down and it certainly echoes my spirit too: “No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.”

    Mihran….now I have started admiring you….the amount of love and warmth you spread….who can do this unless someone who has seen the other side too…I am proud of you and be the way you are….someone who reflects positive energy…God Bless

    1. mihrankalaydjianblog – San Diego, CA – Mihran Kalaydjian On a personal note, I love the outdoors, comedy, bbq, reading and traveling. I worked in the beer industry in college so I love talking about good beer. I used to be a competitive runner so (like all runners) if you make the mistake of asking me, I'll tell you about my entire career and PRs. I also spent my youth working in restaurants, so if you've done the same, we can swap stories. The five items I can't live without: Everything, infinity, wanton boredom, limitless limits, change. Mihran Kalaydjian, A proven ability to articulate a company's brand culture as well as key strategic initiatives and delivery of desired results. Outstanding leadership, communications and project management skills. A committed individual with strong organizational skills that believes leading by example is key to building a strong team to achieve high guest satisfaction results and cost control measures. Mihran Kalaydjian provides visionary leadership and management oversight of the sales, marketing and revenue strategies for Classic Hotels and Resorts. Mihran Kalaydjian suggest: Your energy should be focused on finding a solution, quickly and effectively. I am at my best when I have a tight deadline, but every aspect of the project is planned, organized and working in excellence.

      I am deeply appreciate it for your wonderful and sincere thoughts. Every single word you shared is exactly what I was looking for . May God Bless you!!

  15. inavukic – Ina Vukic Ina has been a tireless volunteer on humanitarian aid and fundraising for victims of war in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially war orphans. From1991 to beginning of 1994 she contributed in lobbying for international recognition of Croatian independence and Croatia’s rights in defending its territory and people from military aggression by Serbian forces. For this dedicated voluntary work Ina was awarded two Medals of Honour by the first president of the Republic of Croatia in 1995 (Commemorative Medal of the Homeland War and Order of the Croatian Trefoil). Ina has also written hundreds articles for newspapers in Australia and Croatia on the plight of Croatian people for freedom and self-determination, developing democracy in former communist countries. She holds two graduate and one post-graduate university degrees, specialising in behaviour, clinical and political psychology and management.

    You are such a wonderful inspiration, Mihran and to know it comes from such a strong heart that has endured so much pain and devastation makes life so very much amazing. I truly congratulate you and look up to you.

    1. mihrankalaydjianblog – San Diego, CA – Mihran Kalaydjian On a personal note, I love the outdoors, comedy, bbq, reading and traveling. I worked in the beer industry in college so I love talking about good beer. I used to be a competitive runner so (like all runners) if you make the mistake of asking me, I'll tell you about my entire career and PRs. I also spent my youth working in restaurants, so if you've done the same, we can swap stories. The five items I can't live without: Everything, infinity, wanton boredom, limitless limits, change. Mihran Kalaydjian, A proven ability to articulate a company's brand culture as well as key strategic initiatives and delivery of desired results. Outstanding leadership, communications and project management skills. A committed individual with strong organizational skills that believes leading by example is key to building a strong team to achieve high guest satisfaction results and cost control measures. Mihran Kalaydjian provides visionary leadership and management oversight of the sales, marketing and revenue strategies for Classic Hotels and Resorts. Mihran Kalaydjian suggest: Your energy should be focused on finding a solution, quickly and effectively. I am at my best when I have a tight deadline, but every aspect of the project is planned, organized and working in excellence.

      Thank you kindly and deeply for your words and encouragements, May God Bless you with health, joy and success. It is an honor for me!

  16. stockdalewolfe – Ellen Stockdale Wolfe worked her way through school, earning a BA from Barnard College, an MA in Special Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, an MLS in Library Science at Columbia University. She worked with autistic children in college and in graduate school. Ellen has Asperger's Syndrome and Bipolar Disorder herself and has written about her experiences of both and of learning to love. She took courses in fiction and non-fiction writing at the School of General Studies at Columbia. Ellen was able to work for 30 years as a cataloguer, specializing in her college major and minor, art history and psychology, at Teachers College, Columbia University, Butler Library, Columbia University, the Frick Museum and the New-York Historical Society. In 2000 she left libraries to become a Reiki Master and pursue her early interests in photography, painting, and writing. Her art work can be viewed on her web page: StockdaleWolfe.artistswebsites.com Her book about her experience of Asperger's and Bipolar Disorder can be found at: www.independentauthornetwork.com/ellen-stockdale-wolfe.html OTHER PUBLICATIONS Fear of Fusion, the featured article and focus of Psychoanalytic Inquiry, vol. 13, no. 3, 1993 A nature column in the Millbrook Register Herald with the byline, Under the Black Birch from 2005-2010

    I admire your courage and congratulate you on coming out of this ordeal. Sending good wishes for continued health. You are an inspiration!!!

    1. mihrankalaydjianblog – San Diego, CA – Mihran Kalaydjian On a personal note, I love the outdoors, comedy, bbq, reading and traveling. I worked in the beer industry in college so I love talking about good beer. I used to be a competitive runner so (like all runners) if you make the mistake of asking me, I'll tell you about my entire career and PRs. I also spent my youth working in restaurants, so if you've done the same, we can swap stories. The five items I can't live without: Everything, infinity, wanton boredom, limitless limits, change. Mihran Kalaydjian, A proven ability to articulate a company's brand culture as well as key strategic initiatives and delivery of desired results. Outstanding leadership, communications and project management skills. A committed individual with strong organizational skills that believes leading by example is key to building a strong team to achieve high guest satisfaction results and cost control measures. Mihran Kalaydjian provides visionary leadership and management oversight of the sales, marketing and revenue strategies for Classic Hotels and Resorts. Mihran Kalaydjian suggest: Your energy should be focused on finding a solution, quickly and effectively. I am at my best when I have a tight deadline, but every aspect of the project is planned, organized and working in excellence.

      Thank you Barbara – I am touched and blessed by your words. May God Bless you and wish you the best health!

    2. joykuse – Kampala, Uganda, East African Community – I am a Ugandan lady who loves people and kind. I enjoy travelling and outings i.e dinners, dances etc. Professionally, I love organizing people's homes and offices and typing bulky documents.

      Sockdale..as you said it, he is really an inspiration! I know many of us are benefitting from his story in one way or the other.

  17. Karen

    What an ordeal you had to go through! I am so glad that you have fully recovered and even become a piano player.
    May the road rise up to meet you.
    May the wind be always at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face;
    the rains fall soft upon your fields
    and until we meet again,
    may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
    (traditional Gaelic blessing)

    1. mihrankalaydjianblog – San Diego, CA – Mihran Kalaydjian On a personal note, I love the outdoors, comedy, bbq, reading and traveling. I worked in the beer industry in college so I love talking about good beer. I used to be a competitive runner so (like all runners) if you make the mistake of asking me, I'll tell you about my entire career and PRs. I also spent my youth working in restaurants, so if you've done the same, we can swap stories. The five items I can't live without: Everything, infinity, wanton boredom, limitless limits, change. Mihran Kalaydjian, A proven ability to articulate a company's brand culture as well as key strategic initiatives and delivery of desired results. Outstanding leadership, communications and project management skills. A committed individual with strong organizational skills that believes leading by example is key to building a strong team to achieve high guest satisfaction results and cost control measures. Mihran Kalaydjian provides visionary leadership and management oversight of the sales, marketing and revenue strategies for Classic Hotels and Resorts. Mihran Kalaydjian suggest: Your energy should be focused on finding a solution, quickly and effectively. I am at my best when I have a tight deadline, but every aspect of the project is planned, organized and working in excellence.

      Karen – I bow to sincerely thank you for your precious words, I am beyond humbled and touched!

  18. Planet Dream Diaries –   Well hello there. 😊 *waves* My name's Kimberly (a.k.a. Kimba), not Planet Dream, though I do frequent there more often than not. I'm genuinely in love with trees, all things nature, greatly connected to wildlife, and I am fascinated by far away realms, fairies, dragonflies and butterflies, all representing extremely beautiful spiritual beings to me. For a full introduction, and to experience the mind, a.k.a. the diaries, that exist on Planet Dream, please visit the "About The Author Page" (also the main page) on my WordPress site. NOTE: The best way to view my site, as well as each post, is by visiting my actual site, and doing so via a computer. The WordPress “Reader” itself, as well as the phone and tablet apps, don't do justice to the emotional expressions that I create. Utilizing sight, sound and scribe as a means of exhaling thoughts, moods or feelings, the site template ... along with my post designs, simply do not cooperate well, or show onlookers all that there is to experience, using any other method. Ah the magical tragedies of "free hosting of a free account.” 🙃 🤷 Wherever you roam, and whatever it is that you're doing or experiencing at this very moment, I wish you love and blessings. I look forward to seeing you on my Planet. 😊

    You’re an inspiration, not only in survival and strength, but in verse. I woke up to find that I had cancer 2 years ago this past July – it was quite an ordeal, though far less one than you endured, though I do know the struggles of fighting back and getting back. You’re a beautiful and unique human being – I think nearly everyone on WP would agree … that you were meant to be here, well and filled with the spirit that you share so much of with everyone. Much love & light to you for all that you shared, struggled through and had the strength to get through. <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 Kimberly

    1. mihrankalaydjianblog – San Diego, CA – Mihran Kalaydjian On a personal note, I love the outdoors, comedy, bbq, reading and traveling. I worked in the beer industry in college so I love talking about good beer. I used to be a competitive runner so (like all runners) if you make the mistake of asking me, I'll tell you about my entire career and PRs. I also spent my youth working in restaurants, so if you've done the same, we can swap stories. The five items I can't live without: Everything, infinity, wanton boredom, limitless limits, change. Mihran Kalaydjian, A proven ability to articulate a company's brand culture as well as key strategic initiatives and delivery of desired results. Outstanding leadership, communications and project management skills. A committed individual with strong organizational skills that believes leading by example is key to building a strong team to achieve high guest satisfaction results and cost control measures. Mihran Kalaydjian provides visionary leadership and management oversight of the sales, marketing and revenue strategies for Classic Hotels and Resorts. Mihran Kalaydjian suggest: Your energy should be focused on finding a solution, quickly and effectively. I am at my best when I have a tight deadline, but every aspect of the project is planned, organized and working in excellence.

      Thank you Kimberly for sharing your story, I feel with you completely – I am glad you are recovered and to start a fresh page. I wanted to share my story, because in the last few days I felt in pain and I cried, after finding that my best friends on WP begin to ignore me. As you know very well, I am a simple person, soft heart and I pledge always to respect everyone on WP. I am in good hopes to receive the same respect. We had many experiences in our life. when I share my story here, I feel second home, My best greetings to you and to everyone.

  19. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. – Wexford Ireland – My name is Sally Cronin and I am doing what I love.. Writing. Books, short stories, Haiku and blog posts. . I move between non-fiction health books and posts and fairy stories, romance and humour. I love variety which is why I called my blog Smorgasbord Invitation and you will find a wide range of subjects. Free Book Marketing, Music, Health, Book Reviews, Short Stories, Poetry and Humour. Find out more at https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/about-me/

    Thank you for sharing – it is difficult when it is about a time that was so painful – love and hugs. X

    1. mihrankalaydjianblog – San Diego, CA – Mihran Kalaydjian On a personal note, I love the outdoors, comedy, bbq, reading and traveling. I worked in the beer industry in college so I love talking about good beer. I used to be a competitive runner so (like all runners) if you make the mistake of asking me, I'll tell you about my entire career and PRs. I also spent my youth working in restaurants, so if you've done the same, we can swap stories. The five items I can't live without: Everything, infinity, wanton boredom, limitless limits, change. Mihran Kalaydjian, A proven ability to articulate a company's brand culture as well as key strategic initiatives and delivery of desired results. Outstanding leadership, communications and project management skills. A committed individual with strong organizational skills that believes leading by example is key to building a strong team to achieve high guest satisfaction results and cost control measures. Mihran Kalaydjian provides visionary leadership and management oversight of the sales, marketing and revenue strategies for Classic Hotels and Resorts. Mihran Kalaydjian suggest: Your energy should be focused on finding a solution, quickly and effectively. I am at my best when I have a tight deadline, but every aspect of the project is planned, organized and working in excellence.

      Thank you for your kind words and encouragement, It was very difficult and painful and I praise to God.

      1. joykuse – Kampala, Uganda, East African Community – I am a Ugandan lady who loves people and kind. I enjoy travelling and outings i.e dinners, dances etc. Professionally, I love organizing people's homes and offices and typing bulky documents.

        Mihrank, I gather you now play a piano. I guess, you would wish to play your piano with some songs of praise to God. It is just Food for thought.

      2. mihrankalaydjianblog – San Diego, CA – Mihran Kalaydjian On a personal note, I love the outdoors, comedy, bbq, reading and traveling. I worked in the beer industry in college so I love talking about good beer. I used to be a competitive runner so (like all runners) if you make the mistake of asking me, I'll tell you about my entire career and PRs. I also spent my youth working in restaurants, so if you've done the same, we can swap stories. The five items I can't live without: Everything, infinity, wanton boredom, limitless limits, change. Mihran Kalaydjian, A proven ability to articulate a company's brand culture as well as key strategic initiatives and delivery of desired results. Outstanding leadership, communications and project management skills. A committed individual with strong organizational skills that believes leading by example is key to building a strong team to achieve high guest satisfaction results and cost control measures. Mihran Kalaydjian provides visionary leadership and management oversight of the sales, marketing and revenue strategies for Classic Hotels and Resorts. Mihran Kalaydjian suggest: Your energy should be focused on finding a solution, quickly and effectively. I am at my best when I have a tight deadline, but every aspect of the project is planned, organized and working in excellence.

        To joykuse – I play the piano and music is my life. Playing songs of Praise to God, means al to me and my faith become stronger during my illness. May God Bless you and thank for your kind comments!!

        .

  20. LWilkie – Lorraine Wilkie is a freelance writer and aspiring novelist. Current topics include women's health, home and family, and parenting. A recent cancer survivor, Lorraine finds it cathartic to share her experience with others, serving as both a cautionary tale and as a source of hope and comfort during the treatment process.

    I think, and write, about those moments too. The days, months, seconds leading up to the precise instant life changed forever. And yet we are here now. As incredulous as our experiences may have been, what more can we ask for? Thank you for sharing. It helps.

    1. mihrankalaydjianblog – San Diego, CA – Mihran Kalaydjian On a personal note, I love the outdoors, comedy, bbq, reading and traveling. I worked in the beer industry in college so I love talking about good beer. I used to be a competitive runner so (like all runners) if you make the mistake of asking me, I'll tell you about my entire career and PRs. I also spent my youth working in restaurants, so if you've done the same, we can swap stories. The five items I can't live without: Everything, infinity, wanton boredom, limitless limits, change. Mihran Kalaydjian, A proven ability to articulate a company's brand culture as well as key strategic initiatives and delivery of desired results. Outstanding leadership, communications and project management skills. A committed individual with strong organizational skills that believes leading by example is key to building a strong team to achieve high guest satisfaction results and cost control measures. Mihran Kalaydjian provides visionary leadership and management oversight of the sales, marketing and revenue strategies for Classic Hotels and Resorts. Mihran Kalaydjian suggest: Your energy should be focused on finding a solution, quickly and effectively. I am at my best when I have a tight deadline, but every aspect of the project is planned, organized and working in excellence.

      Thank you Lorraine – I appreciate your wonderful thoughts – I see you had cancer experience and I was touched reading it. May God Bless you!!

  21. lorlinda – Los Angeles, California – I’m an artist, writer, muse, amateur musician who's waking up and I’ve got a burning desire to create. After x number of years, I finally decided to be true to myself and live my life's purpose. Since then, I’ve found the Garden of Eden and that's where I now live, work and play. I am exploring the creative world 24/seven, where amazing things are happening as a result, and I’m burning to share what I’m learning. In the early morning I lovingly tend to my garden, even the weeds. I then slowly mosey over to my studio where I paint till lunch. In the afternoons I write, play my keyboard and explore the creative world through meditation. Yes, I’m blessed. I believe we all have this creative ability. We all have a voice inside of us that wants to express itself. I believe this is how our souls communicate with us and the world. Creativity also opens our hearts, and when our hearts are open not even the sky is the limit. It is my hope that you will find here inspiration: Inspiration to express yourself; Inspiration to find what you're looking for; and Inspiration to live your life's purpose. After all, we are hands held in unison, burning with the desire to create. Your Soul Sister, Lorlinda

    Wow Mihrank. You sure have had your trials. I see you were able to keep your sense of humor. (e.g. your text to your friend regarding the ambulance and the H&M bag 🙂 ). Keeping your ability to smile is important. Music/creativity is also another great form of therapy. A subject I hope to write about soon. Glad to hear you’re climbing mountains now. Take care my friend, Lorlinda

  22. nataliescarberry

    Also, I just listened to your interview on Kev’s Blog. I really think you should include some of those same kind of beautiful thoughts along with your music. The message is a powerful one and there are those who need to hear it. 🙂

  23. Theresa – 18707 – In my life, I have met some extraordinary people who have both humbled and inspired me. I hope you will enjoy my stories about their shining spirits, as well as my travels near and far that have brought me to them.

    Sending blessings of good health and peace to you…

  24. 2chicks2go – We are a Mother and Daughter team from Niagara Falls. Our area has so much to offer and we love sharing just a bit of that with you. So whether we're talking about outdoor activities, food, art and entertainment, from our town here in Western New York, or the local area, either side of the border, we're lovin' what we're doing! Taking photos is a big part of sharing in our experience and we aim to please. We also both enjoy travel and want to share some of that as well, plus we're both pretty good in the kitchen... So, please, come sit down for a chat with us and we'll give you our very best!

    Thank God you’re okay. There are some difficult journeys we go through in life…for me, it’s been my children’s hardships, which are as hard as your own, sometimes. I have a friend who went through a similar situation and is also a singer/songwriter/musician. I thought you’d be interested: http://www.amazon.com/Trusted-Go-Through-Becky-Wolford/dp/1593308302 She is also on Facebook and was just in Nashville recording a few days ago. All the best!

    1. mihrankalaydjianblog – San Diego, CA – Mihran Kalaydjian On a personal note, I love the outdoors, comedy, bbq, reading and traveling. I worked in the beer industry in college so I love talking about good beer. I used to be a competitive runner so (like all runners) if you make the mistake of asking me, I'll tell you about my entire career and PRs. I also spent my youth working in restaurants, so if you've done the same, we can swap stories. The five items I can't live without: Everything, infinity, wanton boredom, limitless limits, change. Mihran Kalaydjian, A proven ability to articulate a company's brand culture as well as key strategic initiatives and delivery of desired results. Outstanding leadership, communications and project management skills. A committed individual with strong organizational skills that believes leading by example is key to building a strong team to achieve high guest satisfaction results and cost control measures. Mihran Kalaydjian provides visionary leadership and management oversight of the sales, marketing and revenue strategies for Classic Hotels and Resorts. Mihran Kalaydjian suggest: Your energy should be focused on finding a solution, quickly and effectively. I am at my best when I have a tight deadline, but every aspect of the project is planned, organized and working in excellence.

      Hi Sherrie – I would like to extend my sincerest appreciation for your kind and warm thoughts. Here is my email address: kmihran@hotmail.com and I am looking forward to hearing from you friend in Nashville. Here is a link for my latest interview: http://kmihran.wordpress.com/2014/08/25/presenting-a-very-special-post-with-the-incredible-mihran-kalaydjian/

      Have a blessed afternoon!

      1. 2chicks2go – We are a Mother and Daughter team from Niagara Falls. Our area has so much to offer and we love sharing just a bit of that with you. So whether we're talking about outdoor activities, food, art and entertainment, from our town here in Western New York, or the local area, either side of the border, we're lovin' what we're doing! Taking photos is a big part of sharing in our experience and we aim to please. We also both enjoy travel and want to share some of that as well, plus we're both pretty good in the kitchen... So, please, come sit down for a chat with us and we'll give you our very best!

        Well, apparently I’m still learning the ropes, as I just saw this…today! Wow. It may be a long time coming, but thanks for your response. I tried that link, but didn’t see how to connect.
        You might enjoy my new blog: https://lessonsinperspective.wordpress.com/2015/05/08/hello-world/ Blessings on you as well!

      2. mihrankalaydjianblog – San Diego, CA – Mihran Kalaydjian On a personal note, I love the outdoors, comedy, bbq, reading and traveling. I worked in the beer industry in college so I love talking about good beer. I used to be a competitive runner so (like all runners) if you make the mistake of asking me, I'll tell you about my entire career and PRs. I also spent my youth working in restaurants, so if you've done the same, we can swap stories. The five items I can't live without: Everything, infinity, wanton boredom, limitless limits, change. Mihran Kalaydjian, A proven ability to articulate a company's brand culture as well as key strategic initiatives and delivery of desired results. Outstanding leadership, communications and project management skills. A committed individual with strong organizational skills that believes leading by example is key to building a strong team to achieve high guest satisfaction results and cost control measures. Mihran Kalaydjian provides visionary leadership and management oversight of the sales, marketing and revenue strategies for Classic Hotels and Resorts. Mihran Kalaydjian suggest: Your energy should be focused on finding a solution, quickly and effectively. I am at my best when I have a tight deadline, but every aspect of the project is planned, organized and working in excellence.

        Please allow me to thank you, I am touched with your words…May God Bless you..

      3. 2chicks2go – We are a Mother and Daughter team from Niagara Falls. Our area has so much to offer and we love sharing just a bit of that with you. So whether we're talking about outdoor activities, food, art and entertainment, from our town here in Western New York, or the local area, either side of the border, we're lovin' what we're doing! Taking photos is a big part of sharing in our experience and we aim to please. We also both enjoy travel and want to share some of that as well, plus we're both pretty good in the kitchen... So, please, come sit down for a chat with us and we'll give you our very best!

        And I in turn with yours…many blessings back.

      4. mihrankalaydjianblog – San Diego, CA – Mihran Kalaydjian On a personal note, I love the outdoors, comedy, bbq, reading and traveling. I worked in the beer industry in college so I love talking about good beer. I used to be a competitive runner so (like all runners) if you make the mistake of asking me, I'll tell you about my entire career and PRs. I also spent my youth working in restaurants, so if you've done the same, we can swap stories. The five items I can't live without: Everything, infinity, wanton boredom, limitless limits, change. Mihran Kalaydjian, A proven ability to articulate a company's brand culture as well as key strategic initiatives and delivery of desired results. Outstanding leadership, communications and project management skills. A committed individual with strong organizational skills that believes leading by example is key to building a strong team to achieve high guest satisfaction results and cost control measures. Mihran Kalaydjian provides visionary leadership and management oversight of the sales, marketing and revenue strategies for Classic Hotels and Resorts. Mihran Kalaydjian suggest: Your energy should be focused on finding a solution, quickly and effectively. I am at my best when I have a tight deadline, but every aspect of the project is planned, organized and working in excellence.

        wow – I am humbled and touched – I am inspired by your positive energy.

  25. Hadel S. Ma'ayeh – Hadel S. Ma’ayeh has 10+ years of experience in business management, training, and development. In 2010, due to the economic woes of the time, Hadel was laid off from an international company holding the position of Vice-President of Support Services. Innovation kicked in, and Hadel applied her business know-how and abilities to form a professional consulting business, @Hadel Social Media.

    Reblogged this on Hadel and commented:
    I am sorry, reading this late. A wonderful share and courageous, I am so glad you are here and living on with music. All the best in life for you.

    1. mihrankalaydjianblog – San Diego, CA – Mihran Kalaydjian On a personal note, I love the outdoors, comedy, bbq, reading and traveling. I worked in the beer industry in college so I love talking about good beer. I used to be a competitive runner so (like all runners) if you make the mistake of asking me, I'll tell you about my entire career and PRs. I also spent my youth working in restaurants, so if you've done the same, we can swap stories. The five items I can't live without: Everything, infinity, wanton boredom, limitless limits, change. Mihran Kalaydjian, A proven ability to articulate a company's brand culture as well as key strategic initiatives and delivery of desired results. Outstanding leadership, communications and project management skills. A committed individual with strong organizational skills that believes leading by example is key to building a strong team to achieve high guest satisfaction results and cost control measures. Mihran Kalaydjian provides visionary leadership and management oversight of the sales, marketing and revenue strategies for Classic Hotels and Resorts. Mihran Kalaydjian suggest: Your energy should be focused on finding a solution, quickly and effectively. I am at my best when I have a tight deadline, but every aspect of the project is planned, organized and working in excellence.

      Marhaba Hadal – This was the most painful years in my life. The pain was severe for long months and I was frightened not to survive. Music was my secret weapon when I was at the hospital. It was powerful to make me continue my life!

      1. Hadel S. Ma'ayeh – Hadel S. Ma’ayeh has 10+ years of experience in business management, training, and development. In 2010, due to the economic woes of the time, Hadel was laid off from an international company holding the position of Vice-President of Support Services. Innovation kicked in, and Hadel applied her business know-how and abilities to form a professional consulting business, @Hadel Social Media.

        Salamtek …. Sometimes we get the hardship in life so we appreciate what we have and what we will have … you have a great gift… a blessing never lose that and pass it on to others who are ill. God Bless …. I love your music … have been enjoying it …

  26. jjspina – New Hampshire, USA – Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 37 books: 18 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, one young adult book, written under Janice Spina, and 5 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 28 Book Awards and a few Finalists in contests. AWARDS: 4 MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Lamby the Lonely Lamby, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear 11 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Books 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6. Abby & Holly Series, Books 1-6 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION - Davey & Derek Book 1, READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 3 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - BRONZE MEDAL - Abby & Holly Book 1 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION — Abby & Holly Book 2 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 5 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 Authorsdb Cover Contest Silver Medal - Davey & Derek Book 5 FINALISTS: Authorsdb First Lines Contest, - Hunting Mariah and Mariah's Revenge were Finalists Red City Review Awards - Finalist - Davey & Derek Book 4 READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS - 5-STAR REVIEW - Davey & Derek Book 4 All Janice's books are available on Amazon.com, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 1 of a YA fantasy series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog http://jemsbooks.blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and the like. I appreciate your support. Blessings to you that you are doing well. Thank God! Will follow.

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