Over the weekend I received a most lovely gift from author and artist Paul Batou, which I want to share with my beautiful friends to enjoy as well. He has so many beautiful stories to share through his words and art. Enjoy!
Roy Gessford from San Diego, California, visited the Chaldean Museum, located at the Chaldean Cultural Center. It's the world's first and only Chaldean Museum, and I was so happy to give him a tour and to learn of the amazing work he's doing as an author and a publish to preserve the Chaldean Aramaic language. Watch the 17 minute segment where he provides rich and compelling information about the Chaldeans and their history.
Roy founded Let in the Ligh... Read More
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=caajDtYVxHY&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR3jyKX6kquF3Dh-U552lL1DH26s5_5RIU-XbPpnJK3bNuxbLxXzRFu4IlI Paul Batou was born in 1959 in a tiny village on the border between Iraq and Turkey. When he was two years old, the Kurds destroyed his village in an act they called “ethnic cleansing.” This forced his family to migrate to Mosul and eventually to Baghdad, where he lived among Arabs. His family rented a room with six other families. Almost forty people shared one small kitchen, bath, and toilet. He described his home as “more like a prison.” Even though his family spoke a different language, Aramaic, they managed to survive. Batou’s mother was forced to work like a slave in a hotel while his father traveled back and forth from Baghdad to the north in order to restore their land. He could not imagine working in a city while others stole his land. Read More
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPlvIBi6TaU&feature=youtu.be The Rose is the national flower of Iraq. Scientific name of Red Rose is Rosa Persia. It belongs to Rosaceae family. The Rose, national flower of Iraq, also the world most recognized symbol of love and beauty (also war and politics). There is no human being but loves Rose. Originally the birth place of Rose was the ancient Persia that was introduced to the west world by Alexander. Now Rose is the flower of universe and is cultivated or grown all over the world. In the reign of Persian Empire, Rose gardening was accustomed to the Persian people. For that reason the then Persian Empire adopted the Red Rose is the National Flower of Persia. Iraq was the part of Persia. So, the Rose also became the National Flower of Iraq.... Read More
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Me7lx7oS4zA&feature=youtu.be Since ancient times, trees have had a fascinating role in the spiritual world. Biblical scriptures mention trees as in the “tree of life” and the “tree of knowledge of good and evil.” Buddha was known to have reached enlightenment as he sat and meditated. Druids were known to practice worship among sacred groves of trees. In Islam, trees are to be treated with respect and not be unnecessarily harmed. Planting trees is regarded as an act of charity and the planter receives blessings from all those who benefit from it. Lights make us feel cozy, mellow, and warm, and so the combination of lights and trees make us calmer and happier. ... Read More