Tuesday, November 30, 2010

In The Arms Of an Angel-Sarah McLaughlin

Monday, November 29, 2010

About GOD,religions and related issues.. (EAT;LOVE;PRAY)

'Eat,Pray,Love' seems to be one of my favorite books of the year..
Here's a quotation from the book in which Elizabeth Gilbert,the author,comments about the concepts of God, religions and related issues in her way.

''Culturaly,though not theologically,I'm a Christian. I was born a Protestant of the white Anglo-Saxon persuasion.And while I do love that great teacher of Jesus,and while I do reserve the right to ask myself in certain trying situations which indeed HE would do,I can't swallow that one fixed rule of Christianity is the only path to God. Strictly speaking,I cannot call myself a Christian.Most of the Christians I know accept my feelings on this with grace and openmindness. Then again,most of the Christians I know don't speak very strictly. To those who do speak (and think) strictly, all I can do here is offer my regrets for any hurt feelings and now excuse myself from their business.
Traditionally,I have responded to the transcendent mystics of all religions.I have always responded with breathless excitement to anyone who has ever said that God does not live in a dogmatic scripture or in a distant throne in the sky,but instead abides very close to us indeed-much closer than we can imagine,breathing right through our own hearts, I respond with gratitude to anyone who has ever voyaged to the center of that heart,and who has then returned to the world with a report of for the rest of us that God is an experience of supreme love. In every religious tradition on earth,there have always been mystical saints and transcendents who report exactly this experience. Unfortunately,many of them have ended up arrested and killed. Still,I think very highly of them.
When the question is raised,''What kind of God do you believe in?'' My answer is easy.. ''I believe in a magnificent God'' ''


Saturday, November 27, 2010

Longevity in Relationships..

Some advice for all of us... Sometimes we do not hear or see what we are doing in a fight...

If you are in a new and thriving marriage, a fulfilling partnership of many years, or evaluating whether you want to take the next step, Parker-Pope's tips from "For Better" will help you maintain, booster or rekindle the relationship bliss:

1. Celebrate the small stuff.
"It's not enough that your partner knows that you take pride in her or her accomplishments. You have to show it. Making a fuss over the small, good things that happen everyday can boost the health of your marriage."

2. Learn how to fight productively.
"The key to fighting productively is to recognize when a disagreement is going in the wrong direction and to take steps to calm things down and repair rifts."

3. Silence is not golden.
"By staying quiet and avoiding conflict when things bothered them, they had missed important opportunities to cultivate and grow their relationship."

4. Don't put negative thoughts into the universe.
"Men and women who had pondered thoughts of divorce in 1980 were nine times more likely to have gotten divorced by the end of the study."

5. Plan together.
"Couples who planned a baby's arrival or who were equally joyous at becoming parents were far more likely to maintain their marital happiness or even enjoy an increase after the baby was born."

6. Maintain a circle of friends and support.
"Strong friendships outside the marriage can take the pressure off your relationship, help you work things out away from your spouse, and ultimately protect your marriage from unnecessary stress and discord."

7. Overcompensate for mistakes.
"Do marriage math. Even when you make a mistake, tell yourself that you're going to do at least five positive things for your spouse to make up for it, and then do them. And don't wait until you bicker to turn on the charm. Nice gestures and comments go far in a marriage, they are easy to do, and they will help insulate your marriage from being damaged by the inevitable bad days."

8. Set the marriage bar high.
"Husbands and wives who hold their partners to a reasonably high standard have better marriages. If you expect a better, more satisfying relationship, you improve your chances of having one."

9. Give it a break.
"Sometimes, improving your marriage means giving it a break. Increasing your connections with family, friends and society is good for your marriage."

10. Be aware of your body language.
"Eye rolling is a painfully obvious sign of contempt, and it's a powerful predictor that your relationship is in serious trouble."

About Colleen Wachob
Colleen Wachob is passionate about yoga, eco-fashion, natural beauty, and delicious vegetarian food. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband.Tags: #books, #personal growth, #relationships

Thursday, November 25, 2010


Hi everyone,
NR is back after a delay.. You know the rules.. Feel free to join! :)

We play..

We play with the puppy!                                                              

We Play

MIDNIGHT FUN by Erdil Yasaroglu..

- I thought you were washing the dishes?
- I gave a break...

- Your tent is burning man!!
-  I can read that!!!

Take off my bra first.



Prison years in Bursa
 Commonly known as Nâzım Hikmet, was a Turkish poet, playwright, novelist and memoirist. He was acclaimed for the "lyrical flow of his statements". Described as a "romantic communist" and "romantic revolutionary", he was repeatedly arrested for his political beliefs and spent much of his adult life in prison or in exile. His poetry has been translated into more than fifty languages.

 Hikmet's imprisonment in the 1940s became a cause célèbre among intellectuals worldwide; a 1949 committee that included Pablo Picasso, Paul Robeson, and Jean Paul Sartre campaigned for Hikmet's release.

On April 8, 1950, Hikmet commenced hunger strike in protest against the parliament's not including an amnesty law in its agenda before its closing for the upcoming general election. He was then transferred from the prison in Bursa first to the infirmary of Sultanahmet Jail in Istanbul and later to Paşakapısı Prison. Seriously ill, Hikmet ceased his strike on April 23, the National Sovereignty and Children's Day for a while. His doctors requested to treat him in a hospital for three months that was not allowed by the officials. Since his imprisonment status did not change, he resumed hunger strike on the morning of May 2.
His strike created much reaction in the country. Signature campaigns were launched and a magazine named after him was published. His mother Celile began hunger strike on May 9, followed by renowned Turkish poets Orhan Veli, Melih Cevdet and Oktay Rıfat the next day. Upon the new political situation after the 1950 Turkish general election held on May 14, the strike was ended five days later on May 19, the Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day. He was finally released through a general amnesty law enacted by the new government.
On November 22, 1950, the World Council of Peace announced that Nazım Hikmet was among the recipients of the International Peace Prize along with Pablo Picasso, Paul Robeson, Wanda Jakubowska and Pablo Neruda.
Later on, Hikmet escaped from Turkey to Romania on a ship via Black Sea and from there moved to the USSR.
When the upspring of the EOKA struggle took place in Cyprus, Hikmet believed that the population of Cyprus could live together peacefully and called on the Turkish minority to support the Greek Cypriots to achieve the demand of ending the British rule.
Persecuted for decades by the Republic of Turkey during the Cold War for his communist views, Hikmet died of a heart attack in Moscow on June 3, 1963 at 6.30 am while picking up a morning newspaper at the door at his summer house in Peredelkino away from his beloved homeland. He is buried in Moscow's famous Novodevichy Cemetery, where his imposing tombstone is even today a place for pilgrimage by Turks and communists from around the world. His final will was to be buried under a plane-tree (platanus) in any village cemetery in Anatolia, which was never realized.
Despite his persecution by the Turkish state, Nâzım Hikmet was always revered by the Turkish nation. His poems depicting the people of the countryside, villages, towns and cities of his homeland (Memleketimden İnsan Manzaraları, i.e. Human Landscape from my Country) as well as the Turkish War of Independence (Kurtuluş Savaşı Destanı, i.e. The Epic of the War of Independence) and the Turkish revolutionaries (Kuvâyi Milliye, i.e. Force of the Nation) are considered among the greatest patriotic literary works in Turkey.
Nazim has Polish and Turkish citizenship. The latter was revoked in 1959, and restored in 2009. His family has been asked if they want his remains repatriated from Russia

His gravestone at the Novodevichy Cemetery
 in Moscow


Nazım Hikmet's Davet ("Invitation") is one of his best known poems. Nazım tells what he wants, and what life should be like, in the poem's last lines about living "alone and free like a tree" and "in brotherly love like a forest".


 Galloping from the Far East
 reaching to the Mediterranean like a mare head.
 this country is ours.

Wrists in blood, teeth clenched, feet bare
and like a silk carpet this land,
this hell, this heaven is ours.

 Let the alien doors be closed, let them not open again,
 abolish man's servitude to man,
 this invitation is ours.

To live like a tree in solitude and free

 and like a forest in solidarity,

 this yearning is ours.

Nazım Hikmet (1902–1963)


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

The joy of splash on the feet..

The mystery of the mist..


Scavenger Hunt...

One of my designs





So Hot!

Look Above


Las Ondas Marteles - Poor Little Baby

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Happy Teachers' Day!!!

Tonight a teacher somewhere in your community is preparing lessons to teach your children. In the minute it takes you to read this, teachers all over the world are sacrificing their own time and, more often than not,investing their own money for your child's literacy, prosperity, and......future.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Currently reading.. Comments anyone?

The Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

 There are few books that I COULD NOT finish.This is one of them..
Jane Austen's beloved Elizabeth Bennet kicking ass and slaying zombies, need I say more?

I'm back to hop! :)


Ildır-Cesme,the place where I feel alive..

Seferihisar-Sigacik (Cittaslow)

Cittaslow Seferihisar
The term Cittaslow, derived from the Italian word Citta (city) and the English word Slow, means calm city. The Cittaslow network of 20 countries and 134 members is a city association formed due to the Slow Food movement, which prevents the elimination of local characteristics, the standards of locals and their life styles, and the city texture from globalisation. Towns and cities that wish to take a stand on the world stage while protecting their characteristics and local identities, and not wanting to become another element in the homogeneous environment created by globalisation join this association. Cittaslow, determines the areas that different cities are important and special, and then develops a strategy to conserve these characteristics. It is a case of locals and those visiting the city experiencing the city texture, its colour, its music, and its story in harmony and enjoying it. It is about sharing local crafts, tastes, and arts with our children and guests and not just leaving them as memoirs belonging to older generations. The use of clean and renewable energy resources that are not harmful to the environment and people, are encouraged in member countries of Cittaslow association. In Turkey, the concept of Cittaslow became a road map for local governments, and protects the future of the towns. The Cittaslow concept prevents individuals from forgetting their traditions and customs in the name of becoming fast and modern as well as conserving the values of the city for unplanned urbanization, earning money and becoming a part of globalisation.

Seferihisar is located within the borders of İzmir in the Aegean region. The oldest settlement on Seferihisar district grounds is Teos, thought to be a Carian city, established by Cretans that escaped from the Akas in 2000 B.C. Among Seferihisar’s strong points are its famous mandarins, its sun, rich geothermal and wind energy resources, and historical riches. The reason behind the fact that the unplanned development on the Aegean and Mediterranean shores has not effected it is that archaeological sites and military zones surround Seferihisar.

Friday, November 12, 2010


Hi everyone,No Rules Saturday is NO RULES WEEKEND from now on.. Feel free to join..
You know the rules.. (:

Thursday, November 11, 2010

My answers...


1-It depends on who is getting married.. If they are people for whom I feel special feelings,I cry.. Oh boy,I cry a lot.. I cry because seeing them so happy makes me cry... Isn't it interesting that when you feel both happy and sad that you cry?
2- I don't remember really.. But the one that turned on my waterworks most is 'The Bridges of the Madison County'

My Questions..
1- Do you think you are a good friend?
     Well,I listen,I am there when they need me,I think I'm not that bad...
2- Do you think you are a good spouse?
     I think I'm trying to do my best!

Having fun with creating pictures in the middle of the night...

It's almost 3 am and I can't sleep.. I'm having fun with creating fun photos of the little ones.. :)