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Anastasia Hacopian
Anastasia Hacopian

is an American freelance journalist who followed love to the Netherlands ten years ago. She studied German language and literature in Berkeley and Berlin, where she finished her doctorate on Franz Kafka. She now writes for Dutch newspapers, Medium, and her website, anastasiahacopian.com about art, faith, multiculturalism, and motherhood. You can follow her on twitter at @ahacopian.

Being Brave Is Stepping Backward and Trusting Our Children

To trust our children requires allowing them the room to act differently that we might expect. A mother’s argument for placing trust in our children’s expansive imaginations and empathic potential.

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Being Brave Is Stepping Backward and Trusting Our Children

A Broken Bequeathal of Shame: Diaspora Stories of the Armenian Genocide

This year commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. An Armenian-American woman contemplates the periphery of pain, the legacy of silence and suffering — inviting the Armenian diaspora and “the world to listen with us.”

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A Broken Bequeathal of Shame: Diaspora Stories of the Armenian Genocide

To Live As If I Believed: The Thin Spaces of Children’s Literature

When age and experience dwindle our capacity for wonder, the books of our childhood may be our salvation and our “thin places” where the boundary between the material and the magical opens ourselves to wonder all over again.

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To Live As If I Believed: The Thin Spaces of Children’s Literature