Anything Is Possible

My daughter Charlotte loves the news. She is certainly the best-informed fourteen-year-old I know, and she has a better grasp on what’s going on in the world than most adults.

While on her 8th grade trip to Washington D.C. a few months back, they took a tour of the Pentagon. When the tour guide asked if any of the gathered teens knew the name of the Secretary of Defense, Charlotte was the only one to raise her hand. When she correctly answered Chuck Hagel, the tour guide asked, “young lady, what’s your name?” After Charlotte answered the tour guide continued, “well Charlotte, I ask that same question several times a day, and maybe once a month somebody gets it right. What do you want to be when you grow up?” Without hesitation my daughter replied, “the President of the United States.” […]

A Dollar Per Thousand

1991 was a big year in the Nazarian family. In May, I graduated from Lehigh with a B.A. in English & theatre, and my big brother Doug graduated from Duke Law School. If that wasn’t enough in August of the same year, Doug was getting married to Jeanette, his wife of now nearly 23 years.

The graduations went off without a hitch and when August arrived, so did the wedding.

After their honeymoon on Cape Cod, my brother and his new bride stopped over in Rochester, on their way to their new life in St. Paul Minnesota. We helped them load up a U-Haul truck with all kinds of family cast-offs including a faded, pale blue, velvet couch from the 1970s, and the 19” TV we had grown tired of smacking when it would flip-flip-flip for the first thirty minutes it was on. […]