Sunday, October 30, 2005

News Stories

Minnesotan found slain in Armenia
by Matt McKinney
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Published May 20, 2004

A Minnesota man who left the Midwest to teach in the exotic
locales of Tibet, India and the emerging nations of the former Soviet
Union was found stabbed to death outside his apartment Monday night
in the capital of Armenia, where he had been working for the past
year. Joshua Haglund, 33, a graduate of Mounds View High School, was
planning to leave Armenia in a few days for a trip through
Iran before returning to Minnesota for the summer, according to his
family. "This is the first day that I have not cried all day," said
his mother, Maxine Haglund-Blommer of Shoreview. She said she saw
her son a month ago at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
as he passed through town after attending a California job fair
where he also spent time with his older brother and fellow global
educator, Jaime. Haglund earned an undergraduate degree in political science
from the University of Minnesota and a master's degree in teaching
English as a second language from the University of Toronto. He taught there for a time before embarking on his latest assignment. He moved to Yerevan last year to take a job at the state-run Linguistics University through an exchange program overseen by the U.S. State Department. Armenia, which gained independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991, is a nation of 3.3 million people that lies just east of Turkey. Haglund-Blommer said she and her son planned to go camping in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness this summer, in what was to be a continuation of a yearslong custom of mother-son camping trips that took them to Mexico, Canada, New York and elsewhere. "A lot of times Josh and I would go camping alone," she said. "That was the thing we did for the last 15 years. If every mother could have the same connection that I have with Josh. ... And I'm not singling him out as anything special or anything. It was good."
Haglund's far-flung travels were never without an invitation to his family to join him, his mother said. "He was really always trying to get the family to come over," she said. "He always wanted to include his family in the places he was."
Haglund, who enjoyed cooking, once treated his family to a Thanksgiving meal of dishes he had learned to cook in all of the places he had been. "The meal he put on was just amazing," said Haglund-Blommer.
"To think he met such a violent death is just a real hard thing to come to grips with," she said. "Maybe we'll never know what happened there."
He is survived by his parents, a sister and two brothers. A sister died in infancy. The family will learn today when the State Department plans to ship his body home, his mother said.
Services will be held at St. Odilia Church in Shoreview at a time and date to be determined.

Joshua Haglund Memorial Peace Fund

Aloha Friends,
My family and I have decided to use the funds raised from Josh's memorial fund to create a scholarship for students attending the U of MN who have the same passion for teaching abroad that Josh had. We hope to raise the $25,000 necessary to start an endowment. The scholarship will be unveiled this Friday, April 15th in an event at the U of MN in Minneapolis.
This link below provides more info: ( you may need to paste in new browser)
If interested in further info and how to support, please let me know !
I am writing to support the creating of a memorial or scholarship fund in the name of Joshua Haglund. As a friend of the Haglund family, I was deeply impressed with Josh's commitment, through love and education, to make the world a better place.

If you have not yet visited Josh’s memorial website, I encourage you to do so at The pictures will give you some idea of Josh's light, his energy, his impact.

I hope that you seize this opportunity for a final positive act to further your own SIT legacy.


Nauman Malik

Josh was foremost a teacher. A teacher, in many different respects. In his
personal life, he taught each and every one of us a little more about
ourselves just by knowing him. Professionally, he was a teacher who taught
English as a second language. Josh was well known for teaching English
across the world. He has not only touched our lives but many more who have
reaped the benefits of what he had to teach. As a result, those people who
learned English, as a second language, have been enriched and educated by
this one person who decided to make a difference in the world we live in.
Thank you Josh!

And because of his love for teaching there will be a memorial fund set up
in honor of Josh where donations of any amount can be made to TESL Canada,
which stands for Teachers who teach English as a Second Language. TESL
Canada is a non profit organization and is a national federation of English
as a Second Language teachers, learners and learner advocates. They are
dedicated to advancing communication and coordinating awareness of issues
for those concerned with English as a Second Language and English skills
development, as Josh was.

Any contributions made in Josha's name will be set aside for the Annual
Conference which will take place next year,May 26 to 28th. This conference
fosters scholarships, networking, research and the regular exchange of
ideas among those involved in English language teaching and learning.

I have also been told by TESL Canada that they will be looking into
recognizing Josh's work at this Annual Conference. The chairperson of the
conference (who also knew Joshua) has a student artist who will be painting
a picture of Joshua within a flower, amidst a field flowers. She was
thinking of placing Joshua's picture in a flower growing in a garden
surrounded by flowers of all sizes which are slowly growing. She sees ESL
teachers as gardeners who help their students cultivate their English
skills. The English skills that we teach our students (flowers) are like
sunshine and water which help them grow.
They would also like to have a short memorial at the conference where, if
possible, a family member of Joshua's would be presented with this poster
signed by learners taking part in the TESL Canada 2005 Learners'

For those of you who are interested in making a donation please do so by
the following:
Teachers who teach English as a Second Language (TESL Canada)

Donations can be made to the TESL Canadian Educational Foundation
In memory of Joshua Haglund.
These funds would be earmarked to help teachers across Canada attend
the TESL Canada 2005 Learners Conference.

Tax receipts will be issued upon request.
Donations can be sent:

TESL Canadian Educational Foundation
P.O. Box 44105
Burnaby, B.C. V5B 2M7

or by telephoning 1-800-393-9199.

Donations can be made by cash, cheques, VISA or Mastercard.
Your Donation is Appreciated!!

****Please be reminded that when you make a donation, please state that the
donation is in honor of the Joshua Haglund fund.****
This way they will earmark those donations towards Joshua's memorial next
year at the TESL Annual Conference.

I quote from the executive director of this organization " Joshua sounds like
the type of stellar teacher that we all aspire and encourage our members to
be. "

Thank you for reading and I end with asking you to make a difference just
like Josh has, Thank-you!

Please keep this email going by forwarding it onto others who are not on
this email but who also knew Joshua OR anyone else who believes in a good
cause, Thanks!
I am a long-time friend of the Haglund family and was deeply affected by the loss of dear Joshua last spring. Through everyone's grieving, the one thing that keeps us going is the prospect that his work and spirit can be kept alive by those who were touched by him, especially those organizations he represented and have the power and outreach to truly make a difference. This is why I am writing to you today.

Josh's personal committment to education and social justice issues made him a great blessing to the world. Knowing that he touched so many lives in positive and lasting ways helps blunt the tragedy and irony of his untimely death. Certainly, all of us would like to have the criminal nature of situation resolved. We'd all like to have just one more hug with Josh. We'd like to have answers to all of the questions left to those who grieve his loss. But I think I speak for many who knew and loved Josh when I say that all of these issues pale in comparison to the importance of one other: Knowing that Josh's legacy is kept alive by all who benefited from his service. If you feel Josh contributed to the mission of your organization, if you believe Josh's work and tragic death and worthy of recognition, if you believe the family is deserving of assistance from the organization that Josh served, then the greatest gift they could receive this holiday season is to fill the loss of his life with advocacy, support and resources to the Joshua Haglund Memorial Peace Scholarship Fund.

The family is staggering under the weight of this loss and are trying to seek comfort by keeping his work alive. Many are feeling that although caring sentiments have been forthcoming, precious little resources have been offered to helped them on this mission. You are in a unique position in your last days before retirement to see that there is a solid hand extended to the family. Josh lived and died to help further the mission of your organization. I'm asking for your help in keeping the family's mission of keeping Josh's legacy vital possible. I realize that there may be complex issues involved with honoring this request. But as anyone in international education and peace issues knows, often we need only cling to what we believe is right to see our way through the complexities of a situation. As Ghandi said, "It may be long before the law of love will be recognized in international affairs. The machinery's of government stand between and hide the hearts of one people from those of another." It doesn't have to take a long time. Please act from love on this issue to honor Josh, comfort his family and join the hearts separated by this tragic event.
In peace,
Stacie Bigelow
As a friend of Joshua's brother, James Haglund, I would like to share my strong support for establishing a Joshua Haglund Memorial Fund to honor his life and his contributions to our global society. Almost 7 months ago, I was shocked by his tragic, untimely death. My heart cried. It is a tremendous loss. Joshua gave so much to our world, his contributions, invaluable.

I am very impressed by his dedicated work and his personality. He is not only an educator, he is above and beyond. Everywhere he went, he put his love, kindness, compassion, encouragement, joy, and enthusiasm through to his coworkers, associates and his students.

I hope that we all can help each other to carry on Joshua's intention toward world learning and teaching abroad.

Sincerely yours,

Sumon Kanpirom
A PhD Candidate in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department,
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Sharing thoughts...

Dear Jamie

Sorry I have been out of touch for so long.. so much uncertainty, travel, retreats, different homes...
I have finally come to rest in Devon again, and you are in my heart. I realised that it was about this time that you heard about your dear brother, Joshua, and began a deep journey... I wonder how you are....

I really hope that you are well, and still radiating the love and passion for life that beams out of you

sending the delicate fragrance of tender primroses and wild energy of the open moors to you
much love.



Dear Jaime,

Pleasure is mine, Jaime. I'd moved to Fukuoka city, where I've been living with my family for 3 years now. I love being in this city, which Josh also loved and often hanged out with me and some other our friends like every know folks, like Maria, Ellen and Jesse. You know what? I've just got back from my trip around Central Europe last week. And, there's an odd happening to tell you. On my flight from Taipei (Taiwan ) to Vienna, I fell in a really deep sleep. Suddenly, I woke up like an early bird when I was flying over Armenia! So, I thought maybe he woke me up. Accordingly, I closed my eyes to pray for his rest in peace for a while.....

Au revoir, Tetsu
As with any time like this it is hard to find the right words to send you - I have read and read again the emails you have sent and within the confusion there must be about the motives, I am humbled by your warmth, compassion and ability to speak so deeply from the heart about a brother you loved so dearly. Thank you for sharing this time with me, and for giving me the opportunity to send loving kindness to you all......

Peter and I walked on Dorset's ancient hills in the sunshine today and I thought about you, and what your friends and family must also be going through..... I want to send the warmest of hugs and biggest of love to you....... and I look forward to seeing you in July, in London, and sharing some time together.

With love, hugs and thoughts to a beautiful friend


Peace and solace...

Aloha Jaime,
I know it must be a difficult time for you and your family.
Sodhi and I have remembered you, Josh, and your family in our prayers. Please convey my love and sympathy to your kind mother. I wish I had the bounty of getting to know your brother in person. His radiant spirit has touched so many people in just the brief time he was in this world. . . and truly he is still here with us, just in a different state of being, which is hard for us to understand at this
time. In the future we should find greater clarity.

I hope your heart is finding peace and solace.
thinking of you,


Dear James


Keep on. Keep on.

Solzhenitsyn said that a grain of truth outweighs all the world.
Keep your heart open and pure. Perhaps some good, some small
thing, something will emerge from all this pain.




Best wishes to you as you heal and allow your heart to expand to include your loss and your continuing. love, Sandra


Go with God. With God. Go with God. All can be well. Go in
peace and with healing angels. Go with righteous truth.
Integrity is a flaming sword.

You and your mom and your brother your whole family: you are all
in my prayers.

This is not easy.

With Love,


Aloha Maxine

I am one of Jaime's friends here in Honolulu, and I shared in the ceremonies and took many of the photos. While I didn't know Joshua first hand, I feel his essence and presence in many of the words and actions I have observed over the past two weeks. You must be a wonderful person, and deserve much credit for raising two incredible sons. I grieve with you and Jaime for Joshua's loss.

The words you wrote are beautiful, and they have already encouraged me to view many things differently. I would like to send them to many of my family and friends as a reminder that there are better ways to move through the world.

I hope you continue to be supported by your children, family, and friends, and that the pain of the loss is tempered by the good that will come out of your peaceful and centered approach to living.

Aloha to you.

Bruce Justin Miller.

Sent: Friday, June 04, 2004 6:54 AM
Subject: My Mom's words...

A Tribute and A Challenge June 1, 2004
Eulogy at Joshua’s funeral by Maxine Haglund-Blommer

When I heard the news that our son and brother Josh had died.
I felt an awful sadness and I broke down and cried.
The shock was cold and hard and it seemed as if I couldn’t even breathe.
While I stood in Harmon’s hallway all I could do was grieve
That was on a Monday, two weeks ago, the 17th of May
And I know that we will always remember that dark tragic day . . .

But as I look out on your faces of our family and friends here today.
I can’t help but wonder if we can find a better way
Can we ever stop the discontent and violence that rages in a person’s head?

And causes our dear loved ones to be among the dead . . .
I know we all have people we are frustrated by and we do not understand
People in our neighborhood, our workplace, our family or from a far and distant land. I offer all of us a challenge, though it may go against our grain
Can we help create some justice and forget about our gain?

Somehow can you and I make this world a safer place to live?
By taking time to right a wrong or taking time to give . . .
By taking up this challenge to do an act of kindness
We just might eliminate the bitterness and take away the blindness
And even if we do these things will it stop the violence and the hatred

Maybe it won’t change a thing. I cannot predict its fate
But we can try and try again and even try once more.
I don’t know if anyone who will be keeping score
But we also must remember that this world is cold and cruel
Where drugs and disrespect are dangerous common tools
So keep in mind dear people not everyone will be playing by the rules.

But wouldn’t it be encouraging if we could stop some hatred and some pain
And then somehow we would know that Josh’s death need not be in vain.
Of course I know Josh won’t be coming home or even calling on the phone
But if some good comes from his death we won’t feel so lost or so alone
God Bless you for your presence. God bless you for your prayers
We have gotten so much comfort and without them our loss would be impossible to bear.
Thank you for coming today!

One year later...

Today is May 17 – a day many people and myself will never forget. One year from that horrible day that took Josh away from you, us, his friends, his students, everything he loved and cherished. He keeps coming back in my memory so-so often. I have not deleted his emails and once in a while I read them and recollect memories of him. I remember his enthusiasm, his love of life, his sense of humor, his commitment, his care for others… I remember a lot about him. And it does not and will never fit in my mind why such a terrible thing could have happened to such a bright and ingenuous person.
I am sorry but it is so hard for me to find the right words to express what I feel. I am overwhelmed with sadness, with anger, with emptiness...
We cannot change the past. All I hope is that the justice will be served. He will be in my heart and I will pray for you and your family.
With deepest sorrow,


Thank you for your beautiful reflections... May 17 - a day of life and death, we celebrated dear Joshua with all the love and memories and as you so dearly noted his enthusiasm, his love of life, his sense of humor, his commitment, his care for others... oh Dear Joshua, what a life you lived

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Finding answers...

Dear Senator Mark Dayton,

I am writing to ask for your help. Joshua Haglund was killed in May of this year while teaching English in Armenia. Joshua was a generous American, who provided ambassador-like services to Yerevan’s higher educational system. He was completing his commitment to Armenians and Americans.

The Haglund family is preparing to go to Yerevan in search of answers.I’m asking for help from you, Senator Mark Dayton. You are empowered to move the wheels of government to help:

· underwrite costs associated with travel, housing, food, interpretation services

· provide crime lab access to assist Yerevan’s police force

· ensure all meetings, requested by the Haglund family, are attended U.S. State Department officials

. help support a victim’s representative to provide full and complete information on the progress of the investigation to the Haglund family.

What would be your reaction if one of your friend, or family member was killed in a brutal hate crime? What would be your feelings if authorities were tongue-tied? Would you want answers? Would you want help from people like yourselves and other American officials? What would you feel was you birthright as an America?

Sincerely, Brooke Broadbent, friend of Haglund family
I admired and respected your brother very much and am very sorry about what happened to him. As a returning English Language Fellow in Konya, Turkey, he always remains in the back of my mind. If you do find some answers, please let me know too.

Best regards, Sally Ashton

I hope you are finding peace to your grief and loss. I hope that some answers come to you through your efforts. It will not be in vain. Big hug, Jaimie. Thank you for sharing your journey and your heart.

Dear MN Senator Mark Dayton,

I am writing this e-mail from Japan for my precious friend, who's precious cousin, Joshua Haglund, was killed in May of this year while teaching English in Armenia. I feel so sad that this crime remains unsolved, and that the authorities are not making progress on this investigation.

My precious friend's precious person is precious for me. So, please use
your power to honor Joshua's dedication and contributions to world peace,
human rights and education. Also, I think it's time to remember the saying
"One for all, all for one".

Thank you so much for your help and consideration.

Shoko Hikawa, friends of Haglund family

Memories of Josh

I met Josh at Thanksgiving dinner where we bonded over ‘covered dishes” from Minnesota , which you’ll be glad to know, were present at the Thanksgiving dinner. I liked him immediately - smile to light the room kind, and gentle. Over the months, we bonded again over frustrations in our workplaces, a desire to travel to Iran, my near miss of being a JET person, and various trips and activities of the tight-knit ex pat community. In addition to Josh’s unassuming manner, I loved his straightforwardness. He could give something the thumbs up or thumbs down with no embellishment or fan fare I think his lip even curled up a little when he was giving a thumbs down. He was much loved in Yerevan and I will really miss him.-- Kerry Ann O’brian


My friend,

While I've only met Josh a few times, I have a distinct memory
of him as a gentle person with a craving for discovery.
I had the sense that he would truly connect with the world as he
moved through it. From my reading, I realize he did just that, and I'm
glad he was alive.- Jamie Rosenberg


It is absolutely wonderful to hear from you. I was extremely touched when I received your email. Josh actually spoke to me of you. You came up in conversation because at the time (2yrs ago) I was getting married and was planning my honeymoon to Hawaii. Of course Josh got all excited and began telling me the wonders of paradise island!! He even went so far as to buy me a travel book on Hawaii, which I got to read on the long plane ride over (: He was right, Hawaii is a dream come true! and to call it your home must be a nice feeling. And Josh got to experience all of that with you, what precious memories you must have, I know Josh did. Jaime, I don't think that I have to tell you what an exceptional brother you had, you already experienced that, but that your brother touched so many lives in his thoughtful ways is what made him an exceptional human being. I thank God that I had the opportunity to cross his path ((:

May peace be with you, always. Shanti (means peace in Hindi)


I am willing to share my memories of Josh with you. ( though my English wouldn't be great enough. ) Josh was always proud of his family. Especially his mom. He would tell me how good his mom's cake was. And, he'd often make various kinds of cakes for me, which was really sweet. My favorite was his cinnamon roll cake with a glass of hot spiced wine in winter.

He also loved his neices as if they were his own children.
Every time we went to some fancy shopping places, he'd always go like, " Oh, they'll love this stuff. Maybe I should get it for them."
Anyway, his priority was always family, which even sometimes made me jealous. ( :
No matter how far apart his families live here and there around the globe, his commitment to his family seemed to be something that never changes. That's enough to make me sure that he grew up in a really affectionate family. OK....that's all for now. I have to go for work.
( He used to say it loud to me at the door in the morning, " Have great day at work, Tecchan!" ) I'll share anything you want to know as far as I remember about him.
Peace, Tetsuya


It is absolutely wonderful to hear from you. I was extremely touched when I received your email. Josh actually spoke to me of you. You came up in conversation because at the time (2yrs ago) I was getting married and was planning my honeymoon to Hawaii. Of course Josh got all excited and began telling me the wonders of paradise island!! He even went so far as to buy me a travel book on Hawaii, which I got to read on the long plane ride over (: He was right, Hawaii is a dream come true! and to call it your home must be a nice feeling. And Josh got to experience all of that with you, what precious memories you must have, I know Josh did. Jaime, I don't think that I have to tell you what an exceptional brother you had, you already experienced that, but that your brother touched so many lives in his thoughtful ways is what made him an exceptional human being. I thank God that I had the opportunity to cross his path ((:

May peace be with you, always. Shanti (means peace in Hindi)


I'm very glad that we had the chance to remember Josh
together yesterday. His is a life to celebrate,
Jaime. It was fun to talk about our shared times. I
treasure all of the time that I had with him.

A hui hou,

Life in Armenia

I am a friend of Josh’s here in Armenia , and am here on a fellowship as well. The memorial yesterday was wonderful, and I think that when you see the video, you will appreciate the love and admiration Josh commanded here. From the first day I met him, my first day in Armenia as well, I was struck by his sincerity, consideration, humour and kindness. Having just lost my father unexpectedly only weeks before, Josh was one of the few people who grasped the complexity of my being here, from the get—go, and yet remained unobtrusive about it. I often said I’d be lost without him here, as we commiserated and bonded over our daily challenges and upside surprises. I am lucky and grateful to have shared my time here with Josh, and don’t know that I would have stuck it out without such a wonderful friend by my side. From Sunday afternoon trips to the enormous Goum market to haggle over pornegranates and mandarin oranges (a combination introduced to me by Josh, and one loved by Shakari ( Josh’s dog) as well), to celebrating his birthday (in his inimitable way bringing together all nationalities of diplomats, students, aid workers, and more), to puppysitting, comparing our landlord tribulations, sharing peanut M&Ms during our movie nights, and meeting in the dark winter mornings to go to the gym, he was a constant and critical part of my life here, and I will miss him every day. I am still in shock, but wanted to let you know how loved Josh was, and is, by all of us here. I am lost without him now, and am just so sorry. He spoke often and fondly of you all, and how much he was looking forward to his time at home this summer. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. -- Amelia Weir

The cultural attaché of the French Embassy (Alexandre), Josh and I went to the South of Armenia (Tatev and Goris) . We spent a night there. It was on the 8th and 9th of May. It has been one of my best weekends in Armenia . I think Josh as well did really like it. While coming back, we met some Armenians on the top of a mountain, who were dancing and playing music. They offered us some vodka and we danced with them. Josh and I were supposed to meet a last time before he left to Iran, because I’ll go back to France on ‘the 2nd of June. We both were looking forward to coming back home. It’s difficult to find the words to explain how much I would like to help you. He was such a nice guy, we can’t understand what happened. I wish I had met him earlier and I knew him more. But, at least, I had the honor of meeting him and spending a few times with him. We will remember him and his unfailing smile always. -— Jonathan Robin

Let me tell you so far, that Josh was the one who brought light into our lives here. We had a lot of great times and moments together.He was a very important part of our group of friends here. Almost every day we met each other and talked about life and everything else or just had a good time together. Because we had our birthday on the same day (he was one year older than me) we even made our birthday party together in my house for all of our friends. We went out together with the little Shakarie and our dog “Eddy” for some walks. That was such a nice thing from him to take the poor little dog home from his trip to Georgia. He never thought about problems, he just tried to find a way, and always succeeded. The thing is, that every time when I think of him, he always seem to smile to me. He was such an optimist. – Daniel Klemp

Josh was such a lovely person, striving to live an interesting and challenging life by actively exploring the world and positively affecting the lives of others. Josh’s friends are my friends too: American, French, German, Armenian, Ecuadorian, Syrian, Iranian, whoever is positively socially inclined and instinctively friendly. Josh was so wonderful at wishing everybody, including me, welcome into his home here in Yerevan. Josh lived life the way it should be lived: open-eyed and open-hearted. – Tim Straight

Honoring Josh

Mon, 7 Jun 2004

The Memorial was beautiful. Everyone helped out in organizing, the turnout
was great, and it truly showed the impact Joshua has on people, for only 3
years in Toronto, he had a great room filled with people who felt love for
him, and will always remember him as the kind hearted, beautiful person
that he was.

It was indeed video taped. Your family will be receiving a copy. It was
held at the U of Toronto Hart House, a great setting to be sure.
Several people got up and talked, there was some laughter in remembering
stories of your brother, and there were tears.
The Opera singer of the University graced the memorial with her voice, in
singing "Wishing you were somehow here again" from the Phantom of the
Opera, as the screen played a slide presentation of pictures we all submitted.

For me personally, the memorial helped me accept what happened. It made
me accept that I won't be picking up Joshua at the airport on June 20th,
nor will he be spending the summer living with us, and do all the fun
things we were to the same time, however, it once again made
me realise how lucky I am for having known him, and how special he truly is
to so many people.

I'm sure arrangements will shortly be made to have the video sent. I hope
you and your family are well, and that you enjoy your last days in Minnesota, before embarking on another adventure.
Billy :-)
I just got your emails and was so sad to hear the news about Joshua. From your description he sounded such a very special person. What a terrible shock - I cannot imagine. How are you doing? And your family?

The ceremony you did sounded beautiful. I shall make an offering on the wild tors of Dartmoor on Friday, and hope that his spirit is flying free. My friend taught me the Tibetan passing over chant, om ah hung, which I seem to be using often these days. For the first time in my life, I know many people who have just died or are dying... It reminds me to wake up and live and love life fully - such a brief moment we have here.

I shall send you my love and thoughts, and hope that you have lots of love and friends around you.
My friend:

Glenn and I released 33 bouganvillea and hibiscus blossoms into the South Ocean at sunset last evening, and chanted the metta prayer. We will continue actions and thoughts to support Joshua's transition. Big hug...

Love, Barb
Sending you and your family all the metta and peace you can handle...
May spending the time together bring joy in the memories and healing to your hearts.
May you enjoy your trip - in spite of the bittersweetness of it... Josh will be enjoying it with you...

You are all on my mind, in my thoughts & prayers...
Warmest Aloha,
At the School for International Understanding’s (SIT) graduation, which was held on Saturday, 29th May, the group convened for the graduation observed a time of silence in honor of Josh and all that he stands for in terms of being of service to the purpose of international understanding.-- Marti Anderson

Reflecting in a churchside park along the Moufftard Saturday Market, a street with a collection of stalls selling fresh cheese and breads, fruits stands, crepe stalls and muscians playing Simon and Grafunkel's classic tunes. Young kids chase pigeons as the sun moves in and out of the clouds. The stately buildings and beautiful flowers in the garden provide a cove of comfort after the trials and intensity of Yerevan and our unplanned night in Moscow with the highlite of being served in our Novotel secured room by the fullsize Russian gal with big, buffie hair and bright pink lipstick. It seemed like a scene from another world and it was...much like most of this journey, full of the unexpected and the surreal. The sojourn screams of Joshua; his presence is everywhere from the scenes of his life and death to some of his friends we met ( sweet Miguel, warmhearted Maud and Tim, among others), his colleagues ( including passionate Gayana and Hasmik, two of the Armenian women we met with endless affection for Joshua and hospitality and support for us) to his students at the university who hung on every word when Mom, John and i met with them and shared stories from Josh's life, his passion for discovery and mission of working for a better world. I reminded the students that they were the sacred final group who had the priceless opportunity to learn with Josh and encouraged them to keep Josh's vision, energy and love of life alive in their own lives and dispense it generously on our planet in need of his gentleness, compassion and love. Tomorow, when i leave room 33 from my hotel, I will go to the evesong at Notre Dame and light three candles; one for beloved Joshua, one for all of us and one for the possibility of peace and the kids chasing the pigeons in the park...

That is so special that you met with the Tibetan monks in Barcelona and shared with them about Joshua. Joshua is being blessed by many Gods worldwide. It seems that your meeting with the monks was auspicious... about 49 days since Joshua's passing... bardo.
Enjoy your travels.

Subject: Kalacharka Mandala
Sent: Sunday, July 4, 2004 12:29 AM
Tashi Delay from Barcelona !

Tashi Delay is a Tibetan greeting I learned while teaching English to Tibetan monks and nuns in Dharamsala, India in 1990. Yesterday, July 3, I learned that some Tibetan monks from Namgyal Monastery in Dhararamsala are currently here in Barcelona constructing the world's largest Kalacharka Mandala. This mandala transforms individual grains of sand into a immense circle of peace, love and compassion based on intricate Tibetan spiritual symbols illustrating the cycles of life, from birth to death to impermance and liberation. The group of monks lead by Yeshi Monlam are here in Barcelona creating this powerful symbol to send a vision of peace to our planet from the ancient wisdom of Tibetan dharma teachings. The mandala will be completed on July 15th and then there will be a completion ritual whereby the whole mandala is dismantled and all the sand offered to the sea, illustrating the temporary state of all existence. I had a chance to talk with Yeshi and the monks about Joshua and share photos and stories including pic on my digital camera of Josh with the monks he was teaching in Shimla, India in 1993. Yeshi and the monks feeling deep compassion for Joshua have offered to include Josh in their daily prayers and chants and then when they return to Dharamsala, India after the completion and dismantling of the Kalachakra Mandala will offer a 'puja' or Tibetan prayer ritual led by His Holiness The Dalai Lama.

Peace from Barcelona


How beautiful a life he has led to have touched so many, a true inspiration. His spirit continues to reach out and affect those that were around him and those such as myself to feel his beauty and openness. -- Evan Lai
Those messages of light for Joshua are so beautiful and touched me deeply.. it made me feel as if I knew him too. They show what a beautiful impact he had other's lives and how he touched them with his compassion and warmth.

Metta, Ephrosine
I will celebrate the life of Joshua and his love for life and creating peace and loving kindness in our tears now fall on my cheeks.

Much love and peace

Comfort and consolation

His loss will be felt far and wide, but we are so happy that Josh lived life to the fullest and made every use of his opportunities. This world has been touched by him in a big way and that is the comfort we have left. - Lea Bittner


HI there,
I've been thinking about Josh a lot lately and even had a dream about him last night. I hope you are well and finding moments of peace and joy.


I plan to move back to Toronto. I'll be starting my Ph.D. at OISE in the Fall - it's something that I've always wanted to do. Josh was always very encouraging and supportive of me to do my doctorate, he always said that it was my destiny. There are a lot of naysayers in the world, and he was just the opposite.

Now that a year has passed, I realize that I miss him more now - it's one full year without having my dear friend to talk to and to share with. My grief must be so small in comparison to how you must feel, and I am so very sorry for the pain that you and your family must feel. I wish you a lot of love and peace.

Take care and be well, Ranya


To me, Joshua’s life and work represent the very finest of what the people of the United States of America can do, both at home and abroad. Service and teaching, marked by love and compassion, are Joshua’s lasting legacy. --Jai Prathsed


I feel a great affinity for Josh and all he represents in our field of building a global environment of communication for peace. I now work in Fukuoka Japan , where Josh once worked and I have shared many similar experiences in life, travel, and teaching. His beautiful life was taken in a violent end which makes it all the more difficult. His legacy of great teaching and human sharing lives on. - Laurie Cribb


Click on the link below to access the story about Josh from 6/4/05.

This link will take you to a page where you must register to read the article, then you'll have options to get e-mail specials from Wal Mart and 19 other venders ( just in case you need something you forgot!) on page two and finally the article will come up
We will always remember Josh.... May he stay in God's light...

God bless you, Gayane


Everyone who knew Josh agrees that he was a peacemaker and a man who lived his life committed to helping others. --Sandra Cain


Joshua didn’t have a lot of time on this earth, but he used the time he had to be fully present and alive. Josh lived in the moment always making the most of every day and living life to the fullest. Among other rolcs I knew Josh as a teacher, learner, brother, and friend. As a teacher, people where greatly impressed by Josh’s ability to motivate his students, his passionate enthusiasm and strong leadership. He was highly evaluated by his students for quality teaching and his attention to individual needs.

Josh was a multicultural person and a global citizen; he was very culturally sensitive with a great interest in diverse places and people. He was a strong advocate for diversity and human rights and possessed a deep commitment to education. Joshua ‘s unending willingness to help out where needed and ability to easily adapt to new and unfamiliar situations took him to many challenging and exciting destinations to teach including the foothills of the Himalayas, inner city schools in the US, Japan and finally to Armenia. He was satisfied with his work in Armenia and felt good about the worthwhile contributions he was able to make there.

Josh possessed a dedication of working for a better world with a vision of peace and understanding among people. This mission came across clearly when working at the International Study and Travel Center at the University of Minnesota. While working at the center, Josh continually created new opportunities with fresh promotional events and presentations to share his excitement for international education. In one quarter at the center, Josh set up and created a total of 65 presentations. This was a record number in all respects. Previous quarter long presentations rarely topped 20 or 30.

As a brother Joshua taught me new perspectives and ways at looking at relationships and situations. I was always excited to get his insights and hear his wisdom about life as we shared laughter and the challenges of the different life paths we had created. His opened hearted way of reaching out and friendly, easygoing manner was always a comfort as we traveled together and apart around the world. The influence Josh has had on my life has made me a better person and apiece of him lives on in me.

May Josh ‘s light burn brightly in all of us, as we learn to life with more tolerance, compassion and humanity. My life goes on in honor and celebration of dear Joshua, my precious treasure, brother and friend.

--Eulogy for Joshua Haglund delivered by his brother James