Tag: Turkey

The Commonalities Americans Share With Seven Very Different Countries

The Commonalities Americans Share With Seven Very Different Countries
To some, it may not matter. To me, it does: What does the world think of us? Countless are the days I have thought that. Turned on my computer and cringed at the daily news feeds.  Been baffled and outraged by the events unfolding before me. Mortified by the way the country I love is... Read more »

A Voice From Inside The Dazzling Diversity of Istanbul, Turkey

A Voice From Inside The Dazzling Diversity of Istanbul, Turkey
Turkey’s geography and history are as complex and captivating as its capitol city, Istanbul. Once called Byzantium, then Constantinople, the ancient city was colonized by Greeks, conquered by Romans, and invaded by Ottomans. Straddling the Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul lies on two continents: Asia and Europe. To say it is diverse is an understatement. A Voice From Istanbul... Read more »

Following President Trump's Muslim Ban, My Commitment to Reaching Out Into the World is Stronger Than Ever

Following President Trump's Muslim Ban, My Commitment to Reaching Out Into the World is Stronger Than Ever
The America that President Trump is showing to the world is not my America. And so my commitment to this blog project just got stronger. And much harder. Today, our president announced his immigration ban on Muslims from seven countries. Those countries are: Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen. To date, I have only... Read more »
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Why Attacking Paris is Personal to Me

Why Attacking Paris is Personal to Me
Because it was Paris, I thought it couldn’t be true. No, I thought. Not there. Not in Paris. I was wrong. Friday night, soulless terrorists inflicted senseless slaughter on the innocent in Paris. Brought death and darkness to the City of Light. Paris. I cannot even say her name without sighing. Without remembering my first view... Read more »

Bulgaria: Poetry in Cyrillic Script

Bulgaria: Poetry in Cyrillic Script
I knew very little of Bulgaria before writing this post, except that Bulgaria was recently listed as the most miserable country in the European Union. Naturally, I wondered how it got that unfortunate distinction. But my gut told me there must be more to Bulgaria than its unfavorable position on an internet list. I was... Read more »