Easy Cookie Recipe: Snickerdoodles!

These were the first cookies I baked all by myself as a kid.  They came out perfect the first time.  I like them because they are crisp on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside.  I also am not a fan of chocolate cookies, so these are a perfect alternative, covered in a... Continue Reading →

Beyond words: from Back to Bodrum

Özgecan.  Words can not express what Turkish women, expat women in Turkey, and frankly, women around the world are feeling.  A young woman takes a small bus.  Something she did on a regular basis.  Unfortunately, she was the last passenger on the bus.  She was raped by the driver who then stabbed her to death... Continue Reading →

Time to Start Seeds Indoors!

I love gardening! I LOVE GARDENING! In Turkey, it's easy to find certain vegetables when in season.  They are usually cheap and readily available at all markets and pazars.  But still, there is nothing like a vegetable herb grown in your garden and hand-picked for your meal. I don't have a garden space in Ankara,... Continue Reading →

Security Message from U.S. Embassy, Ankara: DHKP/C member wanted by TNP still at large

U.S. Embassy Ankara, Turkey February 5, 2015 Security Message: DHKP/C member wanted by TNP still at large In light of the second anniversary of the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front or Devrimci Halk Kurtulus Partisi/Cephesi (DHKP/C)’s February 1, 2013 suicide attack on U.S. Embassy Ankara, and the DHKP/C’s stated intention to commit further attacks against the... Continue Reading →

Black History Month: The Friendship Nine

The Friendship Nine was a group of African American men who went to jail after staging a sit-in at a segregated McCrory's lunch counter in Rock Hill, South Carolina in 1961. The group gained nationwide attention because they followed an untried strategy called "Jail, No Bail", which lessened the huge financial burden civil rights groups... Continue Reading →

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