Linda Abadjian, who lives in New Britain, was born in Lebanon and immigrated to the U.S. in 1984 to escape the civil war in her country. She teaches art history at Paier College of Art in Hamden and drawing at Middletown Adult Education. She has a master's in fine arts. Although war is dominant in her work, she does not focus on images of violence. Instead, her paintings express beauty in humanity's resilience, in its ability to become accustomed to war. As an Armenian and Lebanese, and as a naturalized American citizen, her past continues to shape her identity. The artwork on this week's cover is a depiction of her school in Souk el Gharb, which was bombed during the Civil War.