Category Archives: Gendered moments

How to survive a dinner in Turkish, when you don’t speak it


    Twelve years into this relationship, I am proud to say that I have mastered the alphabet, learned hundreds of words, can order a meal for myself and make basic pleasantries, but yet also appalled at myself as I have not … Continue reading

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Izmir köfte on a cold winter’s day


Snow crazy! That’s what those puppets are.  They are afraid to venture out into the 60+ inches of snow we have seen in the past month.  For little puppets made of camel hide colored with vegetable dyes, I suppose the … Continue reading

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The puppets sigh…on women changing faces to make new lives


This morning, the little chorus of “cengi” 0r dancing lady puppets woke me up with a short glass of tea and long, sad faces.  As you may recall, these members of the Karagöz Oyunlari that inhabit my head have NOT … Continue reading

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