Security Alerts from U.S. Embassy: What they are and How you can get them

Rumors about Security Alerts: After the March 13, 2016 attack near Güvenpark in the Kızılay district of Ankara, which killed 35 people, rumors started to spread that the Americans were warned about the terrorist attack beforehand.  While there was some basis for this rumor, the information was misconstrued and the newspapers helped to spread the rumor... Continue Reading →

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 →


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 →

BacktoBodrum: Misinformed

From the eyes of an expat living on the Turkish shores.  What she sees vs. what the Greeks believe.  Very sad.  And in the end, still not a lot of hope for the refugess.  To read the full story, click here:  BacktoBodrum: Misinformed

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 →

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