Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Chloe Malle - Bright Young Thing (Entertainment & Culture: vanityfair.com)

Vanity Fair Magazine January 2010: Chloe composed Tesfaye's "Life History" that is reproduced on the right hand side of this Blog; she is featured in a January 2010 Vanity Fair article,Chloe Malle, Bright Young Thing Entertainment & Culture: vanityfair.com.

The Vanity Fair article has a beautiful picture of Chloe and also shows a picture of her lovely mother (Candace Bergen) from her senior high school days. Under her causes, she naturally mentions Dr. Rick  Hodes' work at the Mother Theresa Mission in Addis Ababa.  After graduating from Brown University, Chloe spent a year in 2008/2009 living and working in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, helping Dr. Rick Hodes carry out his humanitarian tasks. While there she got to know and become a good friend to the many young Ethiopians that live with Dr. Rick.  Tesfaye was happy he was able to see her again and spend a few days living with her and Azmera at her New York apartment, and Nanci and I were also very happy to finally meet Chloe in person (see my Postings about this, including pictures of Chloe, made on October 25 and 29,2009 covering our time with Tesfaye in New York from October 4th to 7th before we bade him farewell as he made his way back to Ethiopia).

Chloe's telling of Tesfaye's life story, which I actually only received shortly before he was due to arrive in Vancouver in May of 2009, moved me greatly not only on first reading but has continued to do so on every subsequent reading to this day. I know Chloe will be successful with her writing career and any other undertaking she chooses to take on.

Friday, January 15, 2010

It's time to visit Tesfaye's Mother

January 4th, 2010 email from Tesfaye:  In this email Tesfaye told me there is not much new and not to worry, he is eating well - sometimes at a hotel or restaurant, and on the weekend at Dr. Rick's house.

He was particularly excited that he recently spoke to his Mother, who is anxiously waiting to see Tesfaye (she has not yet seen him since returning to Ethiopis mid-October post surgery). She said if he cannot come to her she will come visit him but, as Tesfaye and I discussed last summer in Vancouver, he really would like to wait for when I can come to Ethiopia  to accompany him and surprise his "mum" on that first visit, when she will see with her own eyes his amazing physical transformation.

I  am very keen to meet Tesfaye's mother and family  in their village and witness the reunion; I just know that it would mean so much to me if I can share with him what most certainly will be a wonderful and moving moment in Tesfaye's journey.  I have been trying to juggle things as best I can to get there as soon as I can.  Although Tesfaye will wait as long as it takes, if it is not feasible to get there reasonably soon I will tell Tesfaye not to wait for me to visit his Mother. I believe he told her he will come in about a month, so I am seriously looking into my options to get there mid-February, during the second week of the Olympics here in Vancouver, as business will probably come to somewhat of a standstill. Too bad it takes so long to get there from here and there do not seem to be any easy routings.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

New Year's wishes from Tesfaye - "about interesting life"

December 26, 2009 email from Tesfaye in response to a "Happy New Year" email from Nanci - Tesfaye's email is a touching reflection by him on 2009, as "the old year is going to past, new year is going to getting" :
Hey mum how are you toooo?
I want to sayjust Merry x mas and happy New year for next week,I wish this New year is great ,safely , successfully ,lovely and healthy ,wealthy for all us .old year is going to past ,new yea[r] is going to getting ,we all wish great year .
Ma I proud all about your message and kindness ,you know what, I am lucky to get you ,you are my life ,if i did not get you and Abba [father} i never get good life in my life , you are my second ma ,who is a kind keep in own house for five months with experiences and who is give a computer ,even it has not Internet connected her .i m using at Internet cafe .
so ma, when I guess this all aboutinteresting life i cant believe it.because how i was/ I was living with disgusting bump, you knew that , now everything is amazing. we know all about that Love Tesfaye
actually are you celebrate X-mas Ma?
As Tesfaye observes, life is interesting indeed. Whether by chance or design, a series of actions and events were set in motion some time ago that led to, as Tesfaye expresses, an amazing transformation in 2009 for Tesfaye and his life, for which both he and we are grateful.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2010: I am here having a great time in Hawaii and will convey a recent message from Tesfaye later, but for now I simply want to wish everyone who reads this blog a very Healthy, Happy and Rewarding 2010!

More later.