THINKING ABOUT FOUNDATION

A Rush of Traffic I was on the balcony listening to the not too distant sound of Istanbul’s rush hour traffic going by, and started thinking about  the multitudes of people being carried along, the energy of the vehicles themselves, and the many branches and interchanges of the highway. The traffic racing down the E5 was making an…

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MY DREAM JOURNAL

Dream Power When I first came to Turkey back in 1994, my life was in a bit of a confused state. Around that time, my roommate lent me a copy of the book, Dream Power, by Dr. Ann Farady. It describes a way of looking at dreams devoid of all the symbology of conventional dream books, where instead…

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ON DEATH AND GRIEF

Slow Awareness “Pity not the dead. For the dead, being dead, feel no more fear, pain, or unhappiness. Pity those who are left behind.” Michael Wray Growing up in Canada during the 60s and 70s was a peaceful experience for me and most of my friends. The murmurs of war in faraway lands on the evening news went…

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The Power of Saying Sorry

Early Lessons Like most kids of my generation, I was brought up to believe in and practice the art of giving a sincere apology. I remember my mom telling me, “Don’t say it unless you mean it” and teachers in the playground prying kids apart and exhorting them to apologize and shake hands. It was a simpler time,…

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Journey to the Centre of the Onion

A Vırtue of Necessity We were half way across Lake Van when the muffins kicked in… but wait, I’m getting ahead of myself. For two summers my son and I had wanted to go home to Canada to see our friends and family and particularly my ailing mother. Unfortunately, due to the strict travel restrictions imposed by the…

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The Net of Indra

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The Joys of Rereading a Good Book

Me and My Lounge Chair and a Good Book It’s summer and a lot of people I know have expressed their desire to be left alone on a beach with a good book to read. Most people have a favorite author who they’ll turn to, buying their latest best seller and heading for surf and sand. But how…

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