Ode to the Porch

People are always asking me what I miss from the States while I am living in Ankara.  My answers are always the same.  Family.  Friends.  Food. This week, I realized there are other things.  I really miss the greenery everywhere.  In Ankara, we have beautiful parks.  And we can drive outside of the city to... Continue Reading →

Photo of the Day – Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day, a U.S. holiday devoted to celebrating those men and women who fought for our country and lost their lives in doing so. My Dad's "Uncle Pete",  Private First Class Walter J. Archer, was one of them.  He fought in WWII and was killed in action on November 13, 1944 in Italy.  He was... Continue Reading →

Easter and the Abuse of Children

Easter is coming.  In addition to thinking about how I will spend the day (or days) and what I will cook, today I began to think about how I used to celebrate the death and rising again of Christ. During the weeks leading up to Easter in my early school days, we would go to... Continue Reading →


It's an interesting thing that in this land of great history, there is little room for "junking."  Junking is a term I recently picked up from my niece.  That's her way of describing her love of antiques, or anything else that can be picked up at a flea market or yard sale.  I honestly can't... Continue Reading →

Newspaper Delivery

March will be two years for me in Ankara, and I have yet to see a mailman, although I am certain they exist. Every once in a while I get mail from my undergrad university, or from the PA Bar Association. Even the IRS seems to get their mail through to me! Yikes! But most... Continue Reading →


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 →

My Second Thanksgiving in Turkey

Last year I wrote a post about the meaning of Thanksgiving to me, and about those things for which I am thankful.  After that, I tremendously enjoyed cooking a Thanksgiving dinner for my friends here in Ankara, and wrote about that too! This year, I am really missing Thanksgiving at home.  Since it is not... Continue Reading →

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