Tag Archives: navigating

Writing about fear: Sarai Sierra in Istanbul (Part 1)


Hello dear readers. Well, I’m ashamed to say that I’ve  been on another silent and unexpected sojourn away from blogging, mostly due to the continued keşmekeş related to my in-process epiphany about the purpose of this blog – and the … Continue reading

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Eggs and Ottoman music: On cultural responsivity gone wrong in one Turkish American marital moment


Today, I really have to laugh at myself, along with Karagöz who is, of course, really howling at me (he tells me, “M’lady, I’m laughing WITH you, not at you.” Yeah right, Karagöz, I know you and your ways. Sigh. … Continue reading

Posted in Cross-cultural learning moments, Turkish-American Matters, Visits from the Karagöz puppets | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 205 Comments

Turkish women and their hair: A visit to the guzelik salonu


We Karagöz puppets take over while m’lady rest. She a right mess! Don’t tell her we say. We sneak jumpy jumpy iPhone toy, find her drafts from summer. She too perfectionist. We hit “publish” while she sleep, We blame Karagöz … Continue reading

Posted in A Karagöz puppet battle, Family Challenges, Gendered moments, Visits from the Karagöz puppets | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments