As the new year approaches, it seems the world is looking back at the past year and seeing nothing but bad.  Yes, it was a difficult year in so many ways.  But because of that, I have decided to look back and find and remember the good.  Click on the links to read more. In... Continue Reading →

Hellos and Goodbyes

It's been an excellent trip back home to the States.  And as always, it's been bittersweet.  Three weeks is never enough time to get everything done.  This visit was awesome, but also difficult, especially with the holidays.  There were lights to hang on the house, the tree to decorate, cookies to bake, dinners to make, visiting... Continue Reading →

Turkey, Iraq, PKK and the Death of Innocents

29 December 2011 / TODAY’S ZAMAN, İSTANBUL The following is the full article as posted in today's paper: Questions abound over airstrike that killed 36 in Southeast The deaths of 36 people, who may have been locals smuggling in goods from northern Iraq, killed in an overnight airstrike by Turkish warplanes in southeastern Turkey have... Continue Reading →


I am currently enjoying the holidays in the States.  But right before I left Turkey, my husband and I spent a fabulous albeit quick weekend in Izmir.  Below are some photos for you to enjoy.  


Thanksgiving has come and gone and the Christmas season is approaching quickly.  I don't usually decorate this early.  I like to have a fresh, brand new tree on Christmas day.  Growing up, we didn't decorate our tree until Christmas Eve.  I loved that.  It was a lot of work for us on the night before... Continue Reading →

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