Kolay gelsin: On the hard work of deciding what’s the hardest work

Waking up this morning, I took a peek at today’s writing prompt from Blogher’s December NaBloPoMo challenge before I even got out of bed, and upon reading it, proceeded to burrow under the covers in protest....more

Choosing any job in the world: A “heathen pilgrim” walks across Turkey

Waking up today, I see that the writing prompt of the day is “If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?” Well,Blogher, you’ve got my number today – this is indeed the question of the hour – or should I say – the question of the mid-life crisis? I jest, I jest, ok, well maybe just a little bit of a crisis....more

A different take on work: On escaping the “emotion work” of everyday life in Istanbul

As one half of aTurkish-American marriage, you notice some cultural differencesright away – and others slowly by slowly. In thinking about cultural differences in this roadtrip called our marriage, work is a key piece when it comes to cultural difference – and as my theme of the month is “work,” due to my par...more

Of east and west, work and rest in a Turkish-American marriage

Living in a Turkish-Americanmarriage, there are some differences that are glaringly garish, more that subtle, a few that are barely perceptible and some that really creep up on you over time....more

Making jam with my Grannies: Learning about collaboration, leading and following

This month, I am reflecting on work as part of the Blogher NaBloPoMo challenge. And I sure have a lot to say on the topic when it comes to my job at the University. But if I really think about it, one way I really learned how to work was by watching my Granny and my Grandmother work hard for the family through providing nourishment and healing.Often, this involved growing things and cooking things, but what comes to mind most is jam. Yes, you read that right, jam as in sour cherry jam, quince jam, gooseberry jam or raspberry jam. No jelly need apply....more

When I found my teaching spark: From criminal court to university classroom

Today’s writing prompt from Blogher’s December’s NaBloPoMo is: Do you enjoy teaching others? Talk about a time you taught someone how to do something....more

Searching for the elusive red thread: Structuring my Turkish-American marital memoir

I am looking for a "red thread" for the writing of my Turkish-American marital memoir. And in case you don't know what in the heck a red thread is, a dear friend of mine who is a superb writer and editor refers to the "necessary red thread" in any writing one does. As I said yesterday, and I quite like the metaphor, it is the theme that pulls it together, the point that acts like a magnet for all of the words included in any given bit of writing....more

The oppositional Q - or -only Allah is perfect

My very own "oppositional Q" in an embroidery sampler, made when I was 8 years old, in 1977 It was midnight, I couldn't sleep, and cleaning out my closet seemed like a very good idea for what to do with myself. At the back of the closet, I found a set of framed photos, silk-screened prints and paintings that had never made it onto the walls of our home - and I also found an alphabet-themed sewing sampler, completed by me at the age of eight....more