Telly Halkias

Telly Halkias: How Robert Frost saved my life

American poet Robert Frost (1874-1963). Library of 
Congress photo

I was 13 when I first read Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall,” and it changed me forever.

Telly Halkias: RIP, Joel Brinkley

When Pulitzer Prize-winner Joel Brinkley died of an acute illness on March 11 at age 61, the American news media lost one of its top journalists, and finest human beings.

Telly Halkias: The job interview’s death knell

Today, obsession with technology will squash your candidacy for a job as fast as demonstrated past proficiency with it might keep you in the running.

Telly Halkias: The view from Sophie’s porch

Sophie, in 2009, at age 10 after a rehab walk while nursing ligament injuries. Photo by Telly Halkias

When I saw Sharon’s number on my cellphone, I knew my Sophie would soon be gone from this world.

Telly Halkias: Edie Karlin, the Advocate, and me

When Edie Karlin, 78, passed away in December from congestive heart failure, I should have known the Advocate wasn’t far behind.

Telly Halkias: Policing online readers?

With news media catching up to the Digital Age, new frontiers to explore are constantly landing on the desks of publishers and editors.

Halkias: The uphill grades of education?

The trend in grading causes an obfuscation of two major elements in academia: potential and performance. Each is different, but student expectations in the Digital Age have changed the playing field as to how they’re viewed.

Halkias: A season of defiance

Stick season's gray, a uniquely northern hue that dominates late autumn, before winter's onset. Photo by Telly Halkias

T.S. Eliot had it all wrong: April isn’t the cruelest month; that honor belongs to November. Beneath its Spartan exterior lurks a spirit only humans can fathom, which makes us yearn for better things ahead.

Halkias: End of the objective press?

The good old days of American journalism? Newsroom of the New York Times, 1942. Reporters and rewrite men writing stories, and waiting to be sent out. Library of Congress photo

The forum members insisted that unlike their online brethren, newspapers and TV news operations are in decline because they continue to veil their bias in a purported cloak of objectivity.

Halkias: Wars of our fathers

Flight Lt. Christos Halkias, Royal Hellenic Air Force, in the cockpit of a Hurricane in 1941. Photo courtesy Telly Halkias

Once out of combat, my father then fought demons for the rest of his life. As a child, one has no way of fathoming this maelstrom, now known as post traumatic stress disorder.

Halkias: In the realm of tortured souls

The reasons behind these deaths are varied, but one thing is certain: Devastation permeates all suicides, and more than finality, they leave behind a wake of doubt, guilt, and helplessness.

Halkias: Love has no reason

Editor’s note: This op-ed is by award-winning journalist Telly Halkias. It first appeared in the Portland Daily Sun. The 17th century French mathematician Blaise Pascal, not one to brood on emotional fuzziness, once observed that “the heart has reasons that reason cannot know.” Of course, it might have taken a scientist to philosophize such an […]

Halkias: It tolls for thee

When an email falls into my inbox, the computer tolls a virtual bell — the herald of incoming news, information or inanities.

Halkias: A Middle East primer – its people

As volatile as the Middle East is, and as linked to our national security, Americans should have a basic demographic understanding of its people.

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