Author Archives: Elliot Margolies

Immigration Story for Archaeology & Calligraphy: Bridges To Historic Iran

My journey to study Archaeology began in Isfahan, Iran one of the most beautiful historic cities in the world, where as a child I became enthralled with ancient temples and fabulous palaces. Isfahan flourished during the Islamic period and became the capital city of the Safavid kings. During that period entire surfaces of mosques were covered with colored tiles bearing ... Read More »

Fuchs Family – Grateful Survivors

Recently, my brother Henry Fuchs received a prestigious professional award* and I had the pleasure of attending the ceremony. As I watched him being honored and celebrated by colleagues and students from around the world, I couldn’t help but think, he and I are members of a generation that wasn’t supposed to have been born. How many millions who were ... Read More »

Kim Thanh Tran’s Immigration Story: Vietnam to California

They waved glow sticks to attract the attention of anyone who could help them. Thai pirates also prowled the waters; there was always a feeling of imminent danger. Walk into Hair 7 Salon, and you’re greeted by a small jade statue of the Buddha on the front desk. Hairdressers are quickly snipping and cutting while chatting with their customers. Kim ... Read More »

Fritz and Louisa Meyer: 1880 Pioneers to San Mateo County

Fritz was hired to work for the county watering the dirt roads, particularly the logging road that carried the lumber to the port of Redwood City. That road, Woodside Road, is a major arterial road to the present day. My grandparents Fritz and Louisa Meyer were part of the early growth and development of San Mateo County, California. They were ... Read More »

Ihtesham, Cricket Player

I Am Poem I am Hardworking and a better cricket player. I wonder what will my future be like. I hear people talk about their life not others I see all that racies no one is stopping. I want more opportunities and better education. I am Hardworking and a better cricket player. I pretend something is not happen. I feel ... Read More »

Wilson Feels an Angel’s Wings

      I Am Poem I am a special person in my life I wonder about my life in the future I hear a unicorn’s cry I see in my life a good person I want to graduate from high school I am special person for myself I pretend to meet new people and places I feel an angel’s ... Read More »

Josue – Tries Not to Fall Into Bad Habits

I Am Poem I am a good person and hard working guy that likes to play sports. I wonder how to visit my family in Dominican Republic. I hear that there will be soccer tryouts this summer in my school. I see people that don’t do their work at school. I want to be better in life. I am pretty ... Read More »

Azucena Wants to be a Nurse

I Am Poem I am from Guatemala and I want to be a nurse I wonder why the beach is very big I hear birds singing in the rainbow I see beautiful landscapes I want a very fun life I am from Guatemala and I want to be a nurse I pretend to be a very intelligent student I feel ... Read More »

Jose, Loves to Draw

I Am Poem I am a good person and good student. I wonder why there is so much violence. I hear music in my home. I see beautiful girls in Brazil. I want to be a mechanic. I am a good person and good student. I pretend to speak more language. I feel scared when I see the trooper. I ... Read More »

The Inspiring Author, Francisco Jiménez, Video

On May 28, the Mexican American memoir writer, Francisco Jimenez, gave a talk and reading from his latest book, “Taking Hold: From Migrant childhood to Columbia University” at the Palo Alto Library. It was a full house with standing room only and we were inspired by his stories and reflections. Here’s the video: Read More »