Turkey

My Year in Review 2012

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. ~Soren Kierkegaard Too often at the end of a year, I hear people complain about how bad the past 12 months have been and how they are hoping for a better next year. The whining can get tiresome. I understand there are years when […]

India: The Ancients of Karla Caves

Art begins with resistance – at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.~Andre Gide The artist stares at the massive walls at the entrance to a cave, closes his eyes and begins to feel the wonders hiding in those walls. Bronze age implements in large calloused […]

In Their Footsteps (A Reflection On My Time in Turkey)

There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside of the dullest exterior, there is drama, a comedy, and a tragedy. ~Mark Twain   During my time in Turkey, I had the opportunity to take in an extensive amount of history, to walk in the footsteps of the ancients, the […]

Turkey Day #10 (The Last Day in Turkey)

Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey. ~Pat Conroy Today is it, the last full day in Turkey, the last day we will immerse ourselves in Turkish culture, the last day for hanging […]

Turkey Day #9 (The National Park & Meat)

Eating, and hospitality in general, is a communion, and any meal worth attending by yourself is improved by the multiples of those with whom it is shared. ~Jesse Browner For our last day on the West Coast, we again had our friend Mustafa graciously be our guide. Mustafa, at the request of his cousin, took […]

Turkey Day #8 (Ancient Wonders)

To remain ignorant of things that happened before you were born is to remain a child. ~Cicero Today’s travels took us to Prienne, Militos, and Dydyma for another tour of ancient wonders, ancient cities that today are in various states of decay. The typical term for them is ruins but I am not comfortable calling […]

Turkey Day #7 (Our West Coast Hosts)

People can only live fully by helping others to live. When you give life to friends you truly live. Cultures can only realize their further richness by honoring other traditions. And only by respecting natural life can humanity continue to exist. ~Daisaku Ikeda Our local hosts collected us at 10 am for another adventure on […]

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