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 →

Women’s Healthcare in Ankara:  THE PELVIC FLOOR, RELATED DISORDERS AND CAUSES, AND HOW TO MAINTAIN ITS HEALTH | GIZEM ONAY COLLET

Starting the New Year off with this great post I came across today on women's healthcare.  The blog is written in both English and Turkish. Gizem Onay Collet is a native of Ankara.  She practices and teaches yoga including prenatal yoga and trains yoga instructors.  She also offers childbirth preparation classes and gives workshops on women's... Continue Reading →

Two minutes of peace

Sharing this blog from 5 years ago. Two minutes of silence in honor of Ataturk.

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Adventures in Ankara

This morning I expereinced something miraculous, wonderous, beautiful, strange, and different.  Today is the 72nd anniversary of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s death.  He was the founding father of modern Turkey.  At exactly 9:05 this morning, the precise time that he passed, all of Turkey came to a standstill for 2 minutes of silence.  I was driving on a highway at that time.  All of the vehicles stopped.   I stopped.  The radio stations went silent.  A few people got out of their cars and stood at attention. 

Two minutes of silence is not quite an appropriate term for what I experienced.  The driver of every vehicle soulfully honked his horn.  I am told that people will stop whereever they are, walking down the street or up a flight of stairs, and stand still for two minutes.

For most Turks, this is likely a sign of patriotism, a gesture of respect. …

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Time to Start Seeds Indoors!

I love gardening! I LOVE GARDENING! In Turkey, it's easy to find certain vegetables when in season.  They are usually cheap and readily available at all markets and pazars.  But still, there is nothing like a vegetable herb grown in your garden and hand-picked for your meal. I don't have a garden space in Ankara,... Continue Reading →

Belgian Chocolate in Ankara

Last week, my friend Marlene sent out an email informing fellow expats that The Chocolate Art would have Christmas chocolates available on December 8th.  Marlene is a great friend to have - she knows all you need to know as an expat in town.  Although we have mostly been "virtual friends," we finally met this year.  And... 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 →

Photo of the day

On my walk to Kizilay I came across these plants. They look like heather but in many vibrant colors. Unfortunately, I didn't get a closeup.  Any idea of what it is?  Does heather come in so many colors?

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