A Tree From You . . . A Forest From Us . . .

The Middle East Technical University (METU/ODTÜ) held its Spring 2016 tree planting event today in the ODTÜ forest.  Ten thousand trees were planted in honor of two students, Berkay Baş and Ozancan Akkuş, who we lost in a terrorist attack in March.  The President of METU spoke, as did Ozancan's father, before the planting. With these 10,000, the University... Continue Reading →

Life in the New World

I am visiting West Chester, PA.  On my first day here, I had the opportunity to visit the Trump rally at WC University.  Stop right there -- I am a firm DUMP TRUMP person.  I can't even imagine life in a world where that guy is the President of what already is one of the... Continue Reading →

How can WE be Ankara?

As you all know, on Sunday, March 13th, Ankara suffered its 3rd bombing in 5 months.  37 more innocent lives were lost.  Most of whom were very young. Following that, Turks and foreigners living in Turkey, pled for support.  The big question was why did no one else seem to care?  Then came the now viral... Continue Reading →

We are ANKARA

Yesterday evening was the 3rd recent bombing in Ankara.  A car bomb struck in Kizilay, the heart of the city.  It hit public buses, vehicles, and those waiting at a bus stop.  Again I heard it from my home, from my kitchen.  Again I saw and smelled the smoke from my balcony.  Again it was... Continue Reading →

Kesinlikle Bomba: Fear in Ankara

Yesterday evening, at about 6:30 pm, I was standing in the middle of my living room.  The weather had been gorgeous; my balcony door was wide open, the window ajar.  Suddenly, there was a loud boom.  My mother-in-law and I shook.  "Kesinlikle bomba."  Certainly, a bomb. I was struck with fear.  I had just spoken... Continue Reading →

Baking Mode – Photos

Recently, as I mentioned in this prior post, I've been in baking mode.  I have been making American-style sweets, cakes, pies, brownies, etc.  Today's photos are from some of my recent projects. "The Elsa Birthday Cake" This was a double-layer brownie cake.  My brownie recipe is the bomb!  Rich, dark and moist.  The icing was... Continue Reading →

Ordering Online? Beware Cargo!

Due to some of the personal email responses I received from this blog post, I have updated the post.  First, is my personal experience in Ankara, which may be useful to both Turks and expats here in Turkey.  Second, is some helpful information for foreigners and Americans when dealing with shipping in the U.S. In... Continue Reading →

Baking in Ankara – Get It Now!

Now that the temperatures have cooled, I am thinking of doing a little baking.  You probably recall how much I loved to cook but hated to bake!  Well, I got over it!  I am now quite adept at baking American style goodies with Turkish products. "I wanted to thank you for being so considerate to... Continue Reading →

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