Ever think about what you would do if you had to leave your homeland, everything and everyone you loved? Listen to a recent intimate and informative answer to this question, wrapped in music and poetry, with Jaleh Moslehi and her son Alborz at www.franklyspeakingwithtyrag.com. Please click on SUBSCRIBE while you are there.
A determined, hopeful teenager arrived in the US to continue her education in engineering. A young woman who had hopes and dreams of breaking barriers, helping others and making a difference. A born Iranian who left Iran during the tumultuous times leading to the eventual bloody revolution of 1979. Her memories from those days are dark and painful, clashes between government forces and protestors, the violence she witnessed and encountered are seared in her memories. The chaos and uncertainty that ruled the everyday life made it impossible to continue her education in Iran. She recalls, “I packed in my suitcase the images of quince orchards with their pink blossoms and fragrant quinces; the starry skies of the summer nights and the magic of words as they formed a line of a poem” and came to America. The strongest connections to her birthplace have always poetry. She has been the recipient of several awards in poetry reading and declamation. She has had numerous appearances to perform poetry narrations for cultural events, celebrations, and ceremonies.
Jaleh has a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering, has worked as an engineer, consultant, and analyst for public and private sectors. She is currently a senior manager with Fairfax County government. She has published technical papers and participated in developing significant countywide initiatives including workplace violence and emergency preparedness. Active in the non-profit sector for years as a volunteer, she is the vice chair of the Center for Improving Women’s Lives, a 501c, Fairfax County-based non-profit active in the fight against domestic violence and human trafficking.
In 2004, Jaleh co-founded a music ensemble called “Enchanted Strings” with the mission: “With a vision for a more harmonious world, the Enchanted Strings ensemble strives to educate and inspire young minds, to learn and to promote music as a way of bringing together people of diverse heritage and cultures.”Until next time, remember,
You are not alone.
You are not your circumstances.
You have everything within you to live a purpose-filled life.