My hybrid journey week three: a mother’s compassion

This has been an emotionally charged week. I’m not alone in being hit hard by the hateful murders of nine people in Mother Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on the evening of June 17th. As I began to dive into the writing of Hybrid, I realized much of my...

For a moment, heaven on earth

An emotional Reverend Timothy Tyler of Shorter Community AME church in Denver was a friend of Reverend Clementa Pinckney, one of the three men and six women who were gunned down after a Wednesday night Bible study in their Emmanuel AME church in Charleston. 24 hours...

My ‘hybrid’ journey week two

So here’s what I’m tackling in week two for Hybrid, my memoir about the collision of cultures that shapes my story. I released my synopsis online this week, which you can still read and share. In fact, a big thank to all who have shared and don’t stop sharing! My...

So here’s how I’m working my synopsis

As I delve into writing and self-publishing I want to bring you all in on how I’m putting this book together so here is the synopsis for Hybrid.   When Lois Melkonian turned nine she told people she was from Indiana because after immigrating to the United...

My ‘Hybrid’ journey begins

For the past 30 plus years, I’ve been telling stories about people. And I’ve loved pretty much every minute because I’m so passionate about giving a voice to people who haven’t told their stories, on radio, in television, in print. Here on this website I am emphatic...

Crashing a conversation as a third culture kid

Getting on the plane leaving Sarajevo I pulled out my notebook to sort through a week of dealing with 20-year old memories. I had just spent a few days with students and professors in a Gordon College Balkans Semester for the Study of War and Peace in Dubrovnik....

We understand accidents happen

I really love to ride, there’s no doubt about it. And these past few weeks, my relationship with my Specialized Ruby bike has been very intense as I took part in LA2DC riding several legs in a cross country ride from Los Angeles to Washington DC, to raise...

The pit in my stomach

I can’t shake it off.  I’ve tried walking around the park, going to the hardware store, picking up groceries, even waiting in line at the bank, thinking all these various activities would take my mind off what is gnawing at me right now. Two hours ago,...

Inspiring people on the ride of a lifetime

It’s hard to describe what I’m feeling the morning after the conclusion of LA2DC,  an amazing cross country ride and running event.  After an opening marathon and ride, a team of cyclists and a support team crossed the United States to raise awareness for...

My 110 mile experience

Hours after the ride was complete, my heart is full and my body, especially me feet, feel the effects of riding 110 miles. I knew this would be an emotional experience with so many ups and downs in just over 6 hours. Riding in leg 11, I started the day remembering...

The Ride is On

April 24th, the day everyone on the LA2DC team worked tirelessly for, arrived under cloudy skies. As cyclists of all ages on all types of bikes arrived at the Armenian Consulate in Glendale to get final instructions and last minute bike adjustments, we were greeted...

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