Times Community News Columnist Liana Aghajanian

Liana Aghajanian
Intersections: Columns about Glendale culture, Glendale society, Glendale politics and Armenian life in Glendale

Intersections: The heat rearranges priorities in Armenia

Something about the summer in Armenia this year is different. Even the locals feel it. Something feels a little strange, a little odd and quite different. It's hot. Not just "normal" hot, but unbearably dry, you-can't-even-move hot.

Intersections: The desire to roam feeds a human need

When residents in Armenia ask me where I'm from, I usually expect them to tell me they have a brother or aunt or nephew who now lives in Glendale or Hollywood after I give my whole spiel about being born one place, brought up in another and explain...

Intersections: Life in the time of grief and the kindness of strangers

A few months ago, my grandmother passed away. It was a slow, agonizing end, one of those things that began with a trip to the hospital and only became progressively worse as the months wore on. In some ways, she knew that once she went in, she...

Intersections: Sweetness bears fruit in an ancient land

In the summer in Armenia, fruit is a part of my daily life. I think about how it tastes, how long it lasts, where the best open air markets are located across the city to acquire the freshest of berries and apricots, and how many varieties of...

Intersections: Reflections on a return to the homeland

After three years away, I am back in Armenia, writing to you from a fourth-floor balcony overlooking a city perpetually caught between East and West.

Intersections: Reality has very little to do with 'Glendale Life'

The most asked question in the Armenian-American diaspora for the last few weeks has unequivocally been this one: “Did you see the trailer for ‘Glendale Life?’”

Intersections: The Crest won't stay a secret for long

They’ve come from Paris, from London, from New Mexico, Austin and Portland, trekking up these wild hills hidden away in the crevices of Los Angeles, into this suburban small-town extension not exactly known for attracting outsiders, where the...

Intersections: Put on edge by the Santa Ana winds

The floor was covered with shattered glass from the patio table. The mangled umbrella was halfway in a pool filled to the brim with leaves and debris.

Intersections: Examining the self-defense class issue

Two popular self-defense classes for women hosted by Glendale’s Status on the Commission of Women in honor of Sexual...

Intersections: Feeling flush over a taboo topic

I am sitting on a gray, velvet, diamond-tufted couch in a top-floor apartment that overlooks Los Angeles. The view is breathtaking. There are hookah pipes strewn around on tables outside and a Mariah Carey song is the background music of the day.

Intersections: A ride that changed a life

Lt. Lola Abrahamian never intended to become a police officer. She was already enjoying a fruitful and rewarding career she had had since graduating from college, but an interest in criminal law and a chance meeting with the Glendale Police...

Intersections: Women's club keeps up with the times

Drive down La Crescenta Avenue fast enough and you'll miss it — a humble, stone-and-brick building hidden behind a utility pole and a few trees.

Intersections: There's no place quite like Glendale

Glendale has the distinction of being the fourth largest city in Los Angeles County, the birthplace of Baskin Robbins, home of the historic Alex Theatre and where the first scheduled transcontinental passenger service was flown out by Charles...

Intersections: It takes teamwork to cross the divide

“Glendale is not what it used to be.” I have lost count of the number of times I have seen that phrase written and spoken throughout my time growing up in and around this city.

Intersections: Saying goodbye to the Internet is hard to do

This week, 27-year-old Glendale resident Karen Kazaryan was sentenced to five years in federal prison for hacking into the accounts of hundreds of female victims and coercing them to send naked pictures of themselves to him.

Intersections: The merits and drawbacks of living at home

A panel discussion on a late-night TV program happened to catch my eye a few nights ago.

Intersections: 'Speakeasy' offers a glimpse into the past

Deep down below a bustling street in Glendale, there exists a cellar beyond the wildest dreams of any oenophiliac, or for those of you not versed in Greek root words, lover of wine.

Intersections: Booze goes underground in Glendale

Prohibition in the United States began in January 1920, when the 18th Amendment essentially banned the production, transport and sale of alcohol.

Intersections: Parked in Deukmejian's paradise

If you ask Richard Smith how he's doing, you're bound to get the same answer any time of the week. "It's just another day in Paradise," he says with a smile.

Intersections: Finding ways to monitor that sinking feeling

Sometimes when friends and I are feeling nostalgic, we'll recount our earlier days together, particularly when we were first introduced to the Internet, that wonderful tool that changed everyone's lives forever.

Intersections: Feeling insignificant in Alaska

For the first time in 10 years, I got on a bicycle yesterday. It took a good 10 minutes to retrain myself how to ride without falling over, but when I took off, it felt like absolute freedom.

Intersections: Squeezing the most out of a juice fast

Four days ago, I woke up and imagined I was having the most glorious of breakfasts — eggs, beautifully crafted pancakes and waffles, fresh whipped cream, hash browns and all the butter and toast I could eat without getting sick. Except I wasn'...

Intersections: Does filling a cannabis prescription feel normal?

A few weeks ago, I mentioned to a friend I was working on a story about medical marijuana usage among seniors and the challenges they face using it in assisted living facilities for real, debilitating ailments.

Intersections: Comfort woman statue debate continues

Over the past two weeks, I've been on the receiving end of endless emails opposing the planned Central Park monument honoring "comfort women."

Intersections: An explosive reminder of intolerance

When I lived in Armenia during the summer of 2011, there was a new bar down the street from my apartment. I found myself there most nights when I stayed within the confines of the capital.

Intersections: In praise of the ethnic grocery stores

There is perhaps no activity I love more than spending time in an ethnic grocery store.

Intersections: The joys of ethnic grocery shopping

There is perhaps no activity I love more than spending time in an ethnic grocery store.

Intersections: Finding the good and strange in Glendale

Last week, I watched with delight and surprise a one-minute video that hit the Internet this month under the title, "Hello Glendale."

Intersections: A short visit to Fresno brings things full circle

I've been determined to go to Fresno for a long time. When I was younger, I used to browse through shipping labels at swap meets, and came across beautifully designed orange and peach labels from forever ago that hailed from the San Joaquin Valley.

Intersections: Waiting for the ethnic identifier

Please don't let them be Muslim. Please don't let them be Hispanic. Please don't let them be Armenian.

Intersections: Increased demand for Armenian language skills

On a Saturday morning in a brightly lit classroom at the Burbank Adult School, a group of students are practicing their language skills.

Glendale families receive free health services at community expo

Glendale mother Poonam Desai has health insurance for her family. But her plan doesn't provide for vision or dental coverage.

Intersections: A memoir that's hard for the author to read

In January 1969, when Wendy Lawless and her sister were living in New York's famed Dakota building, their mother swallowed a bottle of pills and called her husband — their stepfather — at his hotel to say goodbye.

Intersections: Thoughts of regret, watermelon, coffee

At some point during my reporting adventures in Armenia, I found myself in a Yezidi Kurdish village thanks to a good friend, also a journalist, who had worked in the region for years.

Intersections: A harmless comment that wasn't harmless

On a sunny spring Sunday last year, I was walking throughout rows of sellers at a flea market with my boyfriend when I heard a voice call out to him.

Intersections: Remembering the simple things, however difficult

I love the way my mom cuts fruit, the way she wills the pear in her hand to undress itself for her, without a single blemish in sight. I often think about her seamless execution when I'm cutting fruit myself, my apples full of potholes, and my...

Intersections: How do guns make us better off?

A gun show was held in Glendale last weekend, what may be the last one in the city as the City Council gets ready to vote on banning gun shows on city...

Intersections: A coroner delves into his family's past

When retired coroner investigator and La Crescenta resident Vidal Herrera took a reporter to visit the L.A. County coroner's office last May, he didn't expect his questions about the building's history to unravel a long-buried and traumatic family...

Intersections: L.A. in top 10 for traffic congestion, but not No. 1

It should come as no surprise that Los Angeles has made the list of top 10 cities for worst traffic congestion in the country, according to a newly released report from the Texas Transportation Institute. It might seem surprising however, that we'...

Intersections: Breaking from chain-owned businesses can be tough

In 2006, a British comedian named Dave Gorman decided to take a coast-to-coast road trip through 17 states to see if it was possible to travel across the United States without using a corporate-owned or chain business throughout his entire journey.

Intersections: Lifelong dream of cold, snow comes true

The day I was born, a snow storm was brewing in Tehran, or at least that's what my mother tells me. I am starting to suspect that my introduction into the world on such a turbulent day has played a part in a lifelong obsession I've had with extremely...

Intersections: Huell Howser really was amazing, in more ways than one

I vividly remember seeing Huell Howser in person for the first time. I was in my last semester of college, interning at KCET and constantly wondering about the series of events that would or wouldn't take place after I was handed that coveted...

Program offered for English learners

I was delighted to read Liana Aghajanian's recent article informing your readers of the English-as-a-second language class offered through Glendale Community College's non-credit Continuing Education division (“It's never too late to tackle...

Intersections: Driving home the need for a citywide resolution

I've never liked New Year's resolutions, though I (sometimes silently) make them every year.

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