Turkish Tuesday, walking as self-health care, and Glad I shared a Smile that day

Originally posted on Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Books, Lessons, and Story:
Short story: glad I smiled at someone I did not know -who thanked me, and made me grateful to be alive, back in 2005. And also today. Less short version of the story: Ok, so after a useless day yesterday of only…

Almost Minbari Mondays, and, I am not my government

This post, still sadly relevant, I believe, is another reason that our Republic must become more fully inclusive for all of us.   Oh, and soon, Mindful or Moody Mondays will become Minbari Mondays, when I begin a Babylon 5 re-watch. – When I lived in Turkey, in 2005, the US was pushing for Turkey toContinue reading “Almost Minbari Mondays, and, I am not my government”

Turkish Tuesdays, Happiness vs. Meaning, and Health

The common good, or the general welfare, in the United States, tends to presume that “the pursuit of happiness” is the good and the goal of life.  Yet those of us descended from enslaved people know that our ancestors, and often ourselves, as well, have not been free to follow that pursuit, and thus haveContinue reading “Turkish Tuesdays, Happiness vs. Meaning, and Health”

Turkish Tuesdays, Arts/Media and Public Policy, and how Time Banks can help!

When I lived in Izmir, a Turkish TV spot shocked me: it showed an image of an elderly Black man, evidently homeless, sleeping in a stairwell directly beneath a sign that pointed up the stairs and read “White House” followed by the caption “Yorum Yok” or “No Comment.” This was about the same time thatContinue reading “Turkish Tuesdays, Arts/Media and Public Policy, and how Time Banks can help!”

Turkish Tuesdays and Dominant culture vs. your health

Here is where cultural change, as well as comprehensive health care for all, would help in regards to the pressure we face to conform, partly shown in minute 9:31 of  episode 20 of my favorite family TV show, Sihirli Annem: – “Her anne gibi…” (“Like every mother…”) When I taught English in Izmir, not aContinue reading “Turkish Tuesdays and Dominant culture vs. your health”

Turkish Tuesdays, smiles, and feet as mass transit!

Back when I lived in Izmir, I walked everywhere. Izmir does have a good bus system, btw, with a convenient Kent Cart system, like London’s Oyster card and DC’s SmarTrip card. Yet, some days, I just preferred to walk. — Yet, good Public Transit is crucial for those who cannot walk (and remember that increasinglyContinue reading “Turkish Tuesdays, smiles, and feet as mass transit!”

Turkish Tuesday and (mental) Health Care

I was very surprised, when I lived in Izmir (aka Smyrna), to see how supportive Turkish women are of one another, even in cases that I found very surprising. — A coworker of ours, a young woman, was apparently rather heavily in debt, as she came crying into the office I shared with two colleagues,Continue reading “Turkish Tuesday and (mental) Health Care”

Thoughtful Thursdays and finishing old thoughts about living in other countries and trying to be universal.

Please forgive me if this post is a bit of a ramble about living in Turkey, and the hope of universal justice. I regret my comments about Sufism being dead, back in 2005, based on what I’d been told by neighbors, co-workers, and my boss, both up in Istanbul and down in Izmir. Whether orContinue reading “Thoughtful Thursdays and finishing old thoughts about living in other countries and trying to be universal.”

Moody Mondays, a book 15 years overdue, and my arrival in Izmir, with a small side of neo-colonialism

Just over five years ago, I finally published a book that should have been written ten years before that. So, I figure that my book on Black-Jewish cooperation (ok, in DC, not in Izmir, but they are both international cities, after all…) pretty well pre-figures the cooperation between myself, being Black, and Channon, being Jewish,Continue reading “Moody Mondays, a book 15 years overdue, and my arrival in Izmir, with a small side of neo-colonialism”

Turkish Tuesdays, and Being an American when it hurts

The Turkish book I’m currently reading is mentioned below the short incident on Judging on the Side of Merit. —   I was thinking of an episode of a show, Magnificent Century, from Turkey that has been quite popular in many Spanish-speaking countries, and how much I love an early episode showing the entry ofContinue reading “Turkish Tuesdays, and Being an American when it hurts”

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