Monthly Archives: December 2010

Eve Walk

Because I’m not a fan of ritual or tradition, my ideal holiday involves “new,” “different,” and “something I’ve never done before and will never do again.” Clearly, this year had no trouble yielding just such an experience.  My favorite part … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas

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An Unleavened Barn Raising

Only five months later can I comprehend the shock that overtook me when we arrived in Turkey. Had we first stopped in Istanbul, the landing might have been softer and felt more gradual in terms of West-to-East, but since we … Continue reading

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Slouching Towards Ortahisar

They’re everywhere, these guys: aging, just wanting a mellow afternoon out at the garden plot, so lucky to have a donkey to spell their aching knees. Personally, I get a huge kick out of a place where guys on donkeys … Continue reading

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It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like…

Minnesota? We didn’t get 20 inches these last couple of days, but we did have steady flakes in the air for more than 24 hours–and the dramatic change of temperatures and seasons felt terrific.  For the last couple of mornings, … Continue reading

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In Which We Search for a Man Called “Nufus Muduru Hayati Bey”

As near as Byron and his Turkish/English dictionary can decipher, that means we have to go find Mr. Living Population Manager. Shouldn’t be hard, right?  I mean, once you walk into the town square and start hollering, “Yoo-hoo, Mr. Living … Continue reading

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They Came, They Saw, They Went Home to Get a Decent Cup of Coffee

This last week was really wonderful, as our friends Pamm and Ed were visiting from Minnesota. Pamm is one of my Galpals for Life–we used to teach together at a community college in southern Minnestoa; she was sore for days … Continue reading

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