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Christmas tree: On overworking cultural competence in a Turkish American marriage


As an academic social worker, I am trained to the gills on the need to encourage my students to work towards “cultural competence,” as they work with people from a range of cultures and sub-cultures. And of course, although I … Continue reading

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Karagöz hoots at the statement “I’ve been better”


Karagöz is literally dancing and rolling around the living room. He is hooting and hollering with gut-splitting guffaws the likes I have never seen before. And I am mad as hell. Karagöz has been listening in on a phone call … Continue reading

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Perihan Hanim speaks: On the limits of sharing


Perihan Hanım, my fairy Godmother puppet paid an unusual visit to me tonight. You may recall meeting her, several months ago, in this post.  I found her on my shoulder, stroking my hair and watching over my shoulder as I … Continue reading

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