Remembering Expat Thanksgiving(s)

I spent 6.5 years in Ankara.  Before moving there, one of the most difficult things I could imagine was celebrating American holidays without my family.  Even harder, would be celebrating Thanksgiving since it is not a holiday at all in Turkey! It has been two years since I returned to the States.  Looking back, my... Continue Reading →

For the Love of Family

I wrote the following piece last September.  For no particular reason, I decided to hold on to it. We lost my brother this week, and for no particular reason, I feel it's time to share my writing with you. September 5, 2017: Many of my readers have followed this blog faithfully for years.  Not only... Continue Reading →

Tomorrow Pictures.tv – Trump Rally at WCU

As you may recall, last month my friend Frederick at TomorrowPictures.tv gave me a great opportunity to interview the folks attending the Trump rally at West Chester University. Well . . . Below is the video you have all been waiting for! I particularly loved listening to the young man below and the conversation he... Continue Reading →

Ode to a Friend

It has been about a year since my friend Fulya passed away.  I mentioned her passing briefly in this blog post, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.  Today I want to take a moment to honor her and to discuss what I have learned about death in Turkey. Fulya cam from a more prestigious family... Continue Reading →

KIVA – Restaurant Review

Before the Christmas holiday, I had the wonderful luck of being invited to dine at KIVA with a new friend.  I'm not sure which I like better, the friend or the food! Located on the terrace level of one of Ankara's newest malls, Next Level, KIVA specializes in Anatolian cuisine.  It's concept is as a "modern... Continue Reading →

“Inspiring Expat Blogs on Turkey”

In case you missed this last week, we were named one of the "Inspiring Expat Blogs on Turkey" by the Hurriyet Daily News! You can read the article by clicking here. We joined the likes of some of our best blogger friends:  Natalie at Turkish Travel Blog; Alan at Archers of Okcular; and Duke at Captivating... Continue Reading →

Update on the ALS Bucket Challenge

I am sure you all remember the "hype" a couple of months ago.  Everyone was taking the ALS Bucket Challenge.  I did it myself . . . sans bucket. Sadly, and as always, people had negative things to say about it - mostly because not everyone was donating cash for the cause.  But the naysayers... Continue Reading →

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The MiddleWow, what a week I had!  Tomorrow I will start blogging the "good" of it.  A week spent in the lovely town of Kaş, on the Turkish Mediterranean.  It was awesome!  We rented a lovely little apartment on the peninsula, right at the sea. We met a lot of interesting and great people. And we... Continue Reading →

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