Turkish Adventures

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Turkish Adventures
While teaching English Literature at an international high school in Ankara for three years, I traveled extensively throughout Turkey. After a short stint in Barcelona, I am back in Turkey, this time residing in Izmir
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  • Losing Layers 3 months ago first published in Bayou Magazine. Issue 67. Spring 2017, 49-55. Print.Losing Layersby Caroline N. SimpsonWith my arm resting between her leg and breast, she begins her questions: How do you know Turkish? Are you married? How old are you?            Her breasts swing toward my face...
  • Who Left Us Like Orphans? 3 months ago first published in the online literary-cultural magazine, Riot Material, on May 4, 2017  US Vice President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sat in white and gold upholstered chairs in the Presidential Palace in Ankara. It was August 24, 2016, over one month past the July...
  • Georgia on my Mind 1 year ago Back in Turkey to teach summer school at BELS in Erzurum, I was only in the country for one week, when we got a one-week holiday to celebrate the end of Ramadan. It’s family time for Turks. For me, it was a chance to visit a new country, one of Turkey’s neighbors. As I was going to Georgia...
  • Petroglyphs from Continents Apart: Comparing Gobekli Tepe to Petroglyph National Monument 3 years ago Petroglyph National Monument, New MexicoWhen I first moved to Ankara, Turkey, I was amazed to find similar plants growing in the Anatolian high desert as those found in the Rocky Mountains of Montana. So many oceans and land masses separate Turkey from Montana. It was mind boggling to think the...
  • Mosques of Turkey 3 years ago A collage of pictures of Turkish mosques from my travels all over the country:Blue Mosque, Izmir(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The Blue Mosque, IstanbulMevlana Museum Mosque, KonyaMevlana Museum Mosque, KonyaSeyh Mosque, Rize(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});...

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