Category Archives: Academic hell

Keşmekeş: The Karagöz puppets wreak (helpful) havoc


The Karagöz puppets are urging me to send out this “I’m still alive” message to the few and dear readers of this kooky blog. So, a few words on what is going on these days. In all fairness, I must … Continue reading

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On the work of meditation: A Karagöz puppet battle of epic proportions


Later today, I am heading out to my first-ever Buddhist weekend meditation retreat in central Massachusetts. I’m a little nervous, but let me tell you the karagöz puppets that accompany me everywhere are even more nervous than I am. Last … Continue reading

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Aç ayı oynamaz: A hungry bear won’t dance (on working, relaxing and patience)


The world of Turkish proverbs is a full one, and barely a day goes by when M. doesn’t let one rip with vim and vigor – much to the delight of the Karagöz puppets, who so enjoy his excitement at … Continue reading

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