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, Adulting ed., and debt laws

Paran yok mu? Tutsağı olabilir… No money for Medical Bills? You could be jailed… – Click here for English…   “ -Ne olacak şimdi peki? ” Nazlı, Yunanistan’a uygun visa’le olmadan için tutsağı oldu, ama aynı şey bir ABD vatandaşı başına gelebilir…   “ -Well, now what’s going to happen? ” Nazlı is behind barsContinue reading “Turkish Tuesdays, Adulting ed., and debt laws”

Turkish Tuesdays, libraries, and Whose Justice? / Kimin Adalet?

Libraries as public infrastructure have always been part of  just societies, and the downgrading of libraries has always heralded loss for both the public good and for the civilization as a whole that begins to give less importance to learning, as to justice for All. – Click here for English…   “-Sultan Süleyman’ın Adalet ”Continue reading “Turkish Tuesdays, libraries, and Whose Justice? / Kimin Adalet?”

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!”

Çok Merci Cumhuriyet -Thank you, Cumhuriyet

Teşşekurler Laicité  ve basın özgürlüğü destek  için. Thank you for supporting the Separation of Church and State, and freedom of the Press. Hepimiz henuz Charlie mi? Demokrasy için çalışmak de “Adulting” değil mi?  (Hem de bana göre Charlie Hebdo çirkin bir gazetidir!) Are we all still Charlie?  Is defending democracy not also part of taking theContinue reading “Çok Merci Cumhuriyet -Thank you, Cumhuriyet”

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 going back to what works: reading a book I know by heart

— Here is where I am in my study of written Turkish this week! I’m finding it so difficult to focus on my grammar and vocab study, that I’m re-starting the reading of the 2nd Harry Potter book (with a word of concern for the current controversy, which does not negate the good the authorContinue reading “Turkish Tuesdays, and going back to what works: reading a book I know by heart”

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”

Turkish Tuesdays with Atiye, and then Adulting ed

The adulting education may come as a post later today on financial self-defense… — Here is where I am in my study of Turkish this week! So, having re-watched part of Hakan:Muhafiz, I found the new season of Atiye far more enriching.  In my Atiye watch thus far: –   #Atiye #atiye2sezon episode 6, 07:02Continue reading “Turkish Tuesdays with Atiye, and then Adulting ed”

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