Slowly-by-Slowly

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Slowly-by-Slowly
This blog documents the ongoing road trip through the cross-cultural marriage of one American woman married to one Turkish man.
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  • Esma and Safiye Rakkase brawl over a pistachio nut-fueled metropolis 3 days ago I’m sitting here crunching on tiny green nuggets of joy – a.k.a. pistachios. And this is thanks to my puppets, who recently stumbled upon some fantastic (in all senses) news from Gaziantep province. And Gaziantep province, tabi canim*, is the … Continue reading →
  • Mercan Bey sets the record straight on Zeytinyağlı Kereviz (Ottoman-style Celeriac) 1 month ago Mercan Bey, the Arabian spice trader puppet, woke me up today with a simple request. “M’lady,” he said earnestly but softly, “you have not let us out to play in the world in a few months, but I really need … Continue reading →
  • A Karagöz Puppet-Refereed Debate about Islam as a Religion of Peace 6 months ago What I have come to realize about myself in the context of my cross-cultural relationship, is that there are things about Islam and Muslim culture in Turkey that are difficult for me to accept. They are difficult to accept as … Continue reading →
  • Fisting Eggplants - or - Making İmam Bayıldı For the First Time 7 months ago Well, apparently Hacivad Bey’s prompting to get back to writing stirred things up a little bit.  We’ll see how long it lasts, says the naysayer. As M. and I walked through the local Armenian grocery, picking up their delectable İmam bayıldı along … Continue reading →
  • Ten Years, Ten Moments: Hacivad Bey Speaks 7 months ago Today, Hacivad Bey poked his head around the corner of my living room and inquired about my well-being.  “It’s been a long time, M’lady, since you’ve let us come out and play!”  Sighing, I responded, “Indeed, Hacivad Bey, it has. … Continue reading →

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