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, New Year, New cultural Frame, Adulting self-education, and a calendar

Some ideas, like our calendar, or like women being business leaders, need repeating: – The previous year, 2016, has shown us that the entire world is in need of change, in particular in the ways that we see, or do not see, one another.  Cultural dominance, as  shown by the use of the Gregorian Calendar,Continue reading “Turkish Tuesdays, New Year, New cultural Frame, Adulting self-education, and a calendar”

Mindful Mondays, female leaders, and Adulting Ed.

Shirley Chisholm was a role model for many Black women. Legal & Financial Pro-Bono and continuing education (aka Adulting Ed.) is easier when there are strong role models for all of us, and helping to build those new role models is also part of Phase I of the Four Freedoms movement -as these shows do:Continue reading “Mindful Mondays, female leaders, and Adulting Ed.”

Turkish Tuesdays and language learning for empathy building as part of Adulting education?

— My favorite family TV show of all time, a modern Turkish equivalent of Bewitched meets Harry Potter, was crucial to me in learning Turkish while I lived there, and to helping me (some years less than more) keep from entirely forgetting my Turkish in the 15 years since.  – #SihirliAnnem 116. Bölüm http://netd.com/diziler/yerli/sihirli-annem/sihirli-annem-4-sezon/sihirli-annem-116-bolum 7:03 Continue reading “Turkish Tuesdays and language learning for empathy building as part of Adulting education?”

Turkish Tuesday, orphans, and magical stories, like the 1001 Nights: which were NOT Turkish…

Orphans like Çilek still deserve protection, especially if they cannot do magic to protect themselves the way Harry Potter does!  But sometimes, a good story can save your life, if you live in a land where stories are currency, and can buy many things.  Turkey, by the way, is not one of the lands whereContinue reading “Turkish Tuesday, orphans, and magical stories, like the 1001 Nights: which were NOT Turkish…”

Turkish Tuesdays and language learning by tracking words in TV shows via Twitter

— Here is where I am in my study of spoken Turkish this week, reviewing a bit of the first TV show I became addicted to in Turkish: Sihirli Annem (My Magical Mother).  The original, not the new version from 2011, mind you.  I often write down the words I need to look up, eitherContinue reading “Turkish Tuesdays and language learning by tracking words in TV shows via Twitter”

Learn a language, lose yourself in someone’s love, like little Çilek

A lack of affection in our lives can be both an emotional and physical health risk, especially for people who come from traumatic families of origin. But, until that adoptive family or “intentional family” comes along, maybe even a bit of imaginary parental love can help. Watching shows that show love from characters who becomeContinue reading “Learn a language, lose yourself in someone’s love, like little Çilek”

How a missed trash can led to Formation Tortue, but learning languages can help treating childhood trauma

Why did that paper ball flying over my head make me dive for the floor? Shortly after I turned 51 years of age, a young coworker launched a simple balled up bit of paper at the trash can in front of me. It missed. What I saw was not a mere bit of paper becomingContinue reading “How a missed trash can led to Formation Tortue, but learning languages can help treating childhood trauma”

– How the Arts/Media and Public Policy influence one another, 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 “– How the Arts/Media and Public Policy influence one another, and how Time Banks can help!”

– The Bright side of PTSD: become a Body Guard?

Smells, noises or lights can suddenly awaken some of us, and refuse to let us sleep until identified. Long-lasting childhood traumas can leave your Inner Child reluctant to come out from under the coffee table. Some ideas, illustrated by examples from historical and fictional sages, may help your Inner Parent to teach safety and trustContinue reading “– The Bright side of PTSD: become a Body Guard?”

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