When I Talk About Beautiful Women

  Think about it… To love a woman, you’ve got to love women. If you can love women, and all that entails, then you could fully accept her. Acceptance opens trust, and you could build a skyscraper on trust. To paraphrase a smarter person, “What makes you a man is earning a good woman’s trust and keeping it.” The passage to manhood, isn’t a part … Continue reading When I Talk About Beautiful Women

Our Big, Busy, Turkish Funeral

  A Turkish funeral is quite unlike an American funeral. Islam asks that the body be buried within twenty-four hours. This makes the ceremony a sudden event. The ceremony could be finished before the entire immediate family is aware of the passing. Since most friends and family discover the passing within a few days, a Turkish family will open their home for many days to … Continue reading Our Big, Busy, Turkish Funeral

Goodbye Kathmandu

It was a privileged to be your guest. You gave the best of what you had. I appreciate that. From here I take this last opportunity to visit my grandparents and extended family in Turkey. My heart-of-hearts needed this unique time to understand my Turkish family and my place in it as an adult. I will study the world’s most “delightful” language and reinforce family … Continue reading Goodbye Kathmandu

Inspirational City

When walk through the streets of London I think of the wise people who once walked down these streets as well. Although they all saw London in different stages of its maturity, I imagine that when they lived in this city something about London’s compression of humanity inspired and facilitated their innovation. I am happy for the brief moment that I can share this city, … Continue reading Inspirational City

Scotland’s Independenc

The Tony Blair era rang in with devolution of the United Kingdom.  Coming from an outside perspective, my removal from any type of emotional response to the thought of Scotland reasserting independence helps me form my opinion on the matter. I just watched a vehemently anti-European Union video on YouTube and my easily impressionable self has been corrupted by the radical opinions. Personally, I don’t … Continue reading Scotland’s Independenc

British National Party

Recently, I have been observing the British as they politically correctly and simultaneously incorrectly deal with the hard to admit reality that Britain elected two members of the Neo-fascist right wing British National Party into European Parliament. (European parliament elections are separate from British parliamentary elections). So it appears that the British public has to face the fact that the skinhead supporting organization of the … Continue reading British National Party

Statistic Clarity

Recently I have been bombarded with the almighty statistic that 70% of the British have passports and that only 20% of Americans do.  If you look at this statistic blindly and without context it could be thought that Americans don’t travel often and don’t care about the rest of the world. When I heard this statistic it was used to highlight America’s deplorable worldview. Believing … Continue reading Statistic Clarity

Lessons from a Friend

La vida és una carrera sense final, on cada instant és una prova a tu mateix. Una vida sense dolor, no es vida; el dolor forma part d’ella; al mateix que l’alegria, l’esperança, el sofriment, i la ploralla. Tot ens ensenya alguna cosa, ens forma com persones, moldea nostre manera de ésser, nostre caràcter. Si les coses van ser així, és perquè tenia que ocórrer … Continue reading Lessons from a Friend