Armen Bacon

Armen Bacon

‘Our revenge will be to survive’

Armen D. Bacon’s column: Like many Armenians this month, I will not only see “The Promise” but also pause on April 24, a day of remembrance, to honor my grandmother’s life and mourn the loss of her siblings and parents, and the 1.5 million Armenians massacred at the hands of Turks orchestrating a feat of monstrous, unthinkable proportions.

Armen Bacon

The too-muchness of life

Even in retirement, it is possible to be “addicted to busyness,” writes columnist Armen D. Bacon of Fresno, California. “Wanting to blame someone, my first instinct is finger-pointing: political turmoil, technology overload, troubled times … It turns out to be none of these things. It is all of these things.”

Armen Bacon

Worshipping the beauty of humankind

It’s no secret we’re living in crazy, mixed-up times. I don’t know about you but for the past month, I’ve been walking in circles, feeling dazed, crazed – as if hermetically sealed in a globe of dense fog – the kind with zero visibility, where nothing is for sure, everything feeling slightly off-kilter, tentative, fragile to the touch.

Armen Bacon

Cleaning up my act and singin’ in the rain

New Year’s turned out to be a day when I had a yearning to watch old black and whites, return to that time in life when no one, at least no one I knew was sick or dying – when hope and optimism turned up around every corner. The natural choice was “Singin’ in the Rain,” whose lyrics I’ve decided will serve as a mantra for the New Year.

Armen Bacon

Goodbye, Norman Rockwell

It’s no surprise that the holidays grab hold on all of us, stirring emotions and memories of loss, estrangement, things gone wrong or falling apart: a sick or troubled child, an aging parent, financial struggles, grief over lost loved ones.

Los Panchos has renovated its cantina in hopes of nightlife returning to downtown Fresno

The restaurant, which has been in downtown since 1991, chose to stay where it is and make a difference. The completely updated bar now has room for over 300 bottles of tequila.