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About Kristi Rendahl (49 Articles)
Originally from a family farm in North Dakota, Kristi Rendahl lived and worked in Armenia from 1997-2002 and visits the country regularly. She works with the Center for Victims of Torture as the organizational development advisor to 10 torture treatment centers around the world, and is pursuing a doctorate in public administration. Rendahl writes a monthly column for The Armenian Weekly. She resides in St. Paul, Minn. Read more at http://blog.kristirendahl.com/
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"It turns out that that was the only thing he knew how to say in Armenian. And why not? 'What time is it?' can be used as a metaphor for getting the pulse on things. "

Rendahl: What Time Is It?

“There’s an Armenian here,” my former professor’s wife texted me from a dinner party in Fargo, N.D., a couple of months ago. “Do you want to come have dinner?” Naturally, I thought. I’m on my way to stay with my former professor and his wife in Fargo—land of zero Armenians—and [more...]

July 29, 2014 // 2 Comments

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Rendahl: Patterns

I was in Ecuador in March. My days were filled with meetings conducted in Spanish. The information was new, the people were complete strangers, and the altitude gave me a two-day headache. On the last day, I went to have lunch with the Colombian friend of a friend who I’d never met. I arrived at [more...]

June 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

My great-grandmother Sena and I drank from the same well on the farm, our bodies irrigated by the same sweet, cold water.

Rendahl: On the Road

There were two girls walking along the Interstate as I made my way back to Minneapolis from western North Dakota this past October. I’d passed their car on the side of the highway just before I saw them. They were young and skinny; either the wind or a predator will take them, I thought, so I [more...]

April 14, 2014 // 2 Comments

My great-grandmother Sena and I drank from the same well on the farm, our bodies irrigated by the same sweet, cold water.

Rendahl: ‘Why Should I Care about Being Armenian?’

Special for The Armenian Weekly “The people here today obviously care about Armenia,” an attendee said to us, speakers at the recent Armenian Relief Society Eastern Region Youth Connect Program. “But what do we say to those who ask why they should care about being Armenian now that they’re [more...]

March 20, 2014 // 6 Comments

My great-grandmother Sena and I drank from the same well on the farm, our bodies irrigated by the same sweet, cold water.

Rendahl: That’s No Bull

Special for The Armenian Weekly I met a cowboy recently. A rodeo cowboy. He’s a small-town North Dakotan boy who lived in Los Angeles for years and then repatriated to our home state some years ago. Anyone reading this column space knows how hard repatriation is—whether you’re from L.A. or [more...]

February 13, 2014 // 5 Comments

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Rendahl: A Year of Light

For the past month I’ve been reading and re-reading parts of the journals my great-grandmother wrote and had published in the Benson County Farmers Press in the early 1950s. She was born in 1874—a mere 101 years before I came to be. Her writings bring life to her childhood in Norway, the voyage [more...]

January 6, 2014 // 4 Comments

I met the Armenian-Syrian family again while I was in Lebanon and a new family member was with them this time.

Rendahl: In Limbo

“It’s the little things, like when you reach for something to read and you realize your books aren’t there,” my friend said as she tried to describe what it’s like to live in limbo. I met the Armenian-Syrian family again while I was in Lebanon and a new family member was with them this [more...]

December 31, 2013 // 3 Comments

Kristi Rendahl will write a monthly column, "Odar's Corner," for the Armenian Weekly.

Rendahl: Top Three Ways to Learn Armenian

I’m doing it. I’m doing that thing bloggers do to get people’s attention: creating a top-three list. The list is about learning Armenian. You could apply the list to any language, really, but I’ve been lazy about using Armenian in recent months, so this is mostly a self-serving attempt to [more...]

November 22, 2013 // 30 Comments

The author in Yaounde, Cameroon

Rendahl: Coffee Goddess

I was in Cameroon at the beginning of September. “The Cameroons,” my uncle called it, accidentally. It was a term used when part of present-day Cameroon was under British colonial rule and administered as two areas. But I didn’t know that at the time he said it, so I laughed. The author in [more...]

September 30, 2013 // 2 Comments

Kristi (center) with Gayane and Bob

Rendahl: A New Toast

If you’ve ever read my blog, you may have noticed that many of my posts bear the label “strangers.” That means it’s a story about someone I didn’t know, but now do. It also means that they’re remarkable in some way, as people tend to be. We’re taught to treat strangers with a certain [more...]

August 13, 2013 // 1 Comment

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