The Solar Eclipse Comes to America

Today was the big day!  The solar eclipse finally happened.  It came to 'merica!  Haha.  In Philadelphia, we had a view of about 75% coverage.  It started at 1:21 pm EST.  It hit its maximum coverage at 1:21, and ended at 2:44 p.m. I decided to watch from my backyard.  Unprepared, I charged 2 sets... Continue Reading →

What I knew. What I know.

What I thought as a kid: “Americans” fought the mean Indians.  "We" won and then afterwards we all got together, shared the harvest and had a great Turkey dinner.  Then we lived in peace and harmony. Jews killed Jesus and collected big taxes on everything. In order to enter Heaven, one had to follow the... Continue Reading →

The New Year

My husband and I left Turkey in October.  We were back in the U.S. in time to celebrate a wave of holidays - Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year.  We moved into our home about three weeks ago.  It's been a whirlwind.  We truly enjoyed being here with my family.  All went well enough.... Continue Reading →

Out of the Pan and Into the Fire

When I woke up at 4:53 this morning, it had been 10 days, 9 hours and 33 minutes since I had stepped on US soil.  I had left Turkey approximately 13.5 hours before that.  I left the country for many reasons - in search of a better job, a more peaceful existence, a better life. Turkey... Continue Reading →

Özgürlük – Freedom – Part 1

Freedom is a word that is thrown around, well, rather freely.  It has its definitions, translations, usages. It's been used to describe personal and political agendas.  Great minds use the word in literature, in laws, in expressing themselves.  Little minds abuse the word in literature, in laws, in expressing themselves.               ... Continue Reading →

Shameless Plug

My brother has created a website to promote his lovely hand-crafted furniture.  I welcome my readers to peruse the site and photos of his work.  Feel free to contact him directly if you are looking for furnishings (truly artwork) from reclaimed wood.  Just click the below link. Bill Henson Custom Wood Work

US Embassy Info on State of Emergency In Turkey

U.S. Embassy Ankara, Turkey Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: State of Emergency August 8, 2016 U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens resident in or visiting Turkey of potential impacts of the 90-day state of emergency imposed by the Government of Turkey July 21. The state of emergency expands the authority of security forces in stopping, searching,... Continue Reading →

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