Sunday, June 27, 2010

A little bit- Madeleine Peyreoux

Saturday, June 26, 2010

"a Quote". from Willem Serné on Vimeo.


Alma from Rodrigo Blaas on Vimeo.

The Old Gas Factory- Alsancak,İZMİR

The Gas Factory which has been built by French residents in 1862 , is now a cultural activity center of İzmir.
There is a restaurant,an open theater and an exhibition center waiting for your visit..

Friday, June 25, 2010

neWorld Cafe&Shop- Evka3,Bornova-İZMİR

This is a wonderful cafe across the Ege High School in Bornova. It is also an accessory shop,where you can find different types of bags,hats,bracelets,rings and etc. If you're on the way to Bornova and have couple of hours to spend,neWorld is perfect for you..

Thursday, June 24, 2010


100 Ways You Should Be Using Facebook in Your Classroom

100 Ways You Should Be Using Facebook in Your Classroom

Facebook isn’t just a great way for you to find old friends or learn about what’s happening this weekend, it is also an incredible learning tool. Teachers can utilize Facebook for class projects, for enhancing communication, and for engaging students in a manner that might not be entirely possible in traditional classroom settings. Read on to learn how you can be using Facebook in your classroom, no matter if you are a professor, student, working online, or showing up in person for class.

Class Projects

The following ideas are just a starting point for class projects that can be used with Facebook in the classroom.

1.Follow news feeds. Have students follow news feeds relevant to the course material in order to keep current information flowing through the class.
2.Share book reviews. Students can post their book reviews for the instructor to grade and other students to read. If it’s a peer-reviewed project, then students can more easily access each other’s papers online.
3.Knighthood. Playing this game promotes strong reading skills. This teacher explains how he used it with his ESL class.
4.Poll your class. Use polls as an interactive teaching tool in class or just to help facilitate getting to know one another with the Poll app for Facebook.
5.Practice a foreign language. Students learning a foreign language can connect with native speakers through groups or fan opportunities such as this one.
6.Create your own news source. A great way for journalism students to practice their craft, use the Facebook status update feed as a breaking news source for sports results, academic competition results, and other campus news.
7.Follow news stories. Keep up with news through Facebook on groups like World News Webcast that provides video clips of world news.
8.Keep up with politicians. Political science students can become fans of politicians in order to learn about their platforms and hear what they have to say first hand.
9.Create apps for Facebook. A class at Stanford started doing this in 2007 and still has a Facebook group profiling their work. A class at Berkeley also did the same.
10.Participate in a challenge. Look for challenges like the one held by Microsoft and Direct Marketing Educational Foundation that challenges undergrads and grad students to create usable products for Microsoft in return for experience and, in some cases, certification.
11.Bring literature to life. Create a Facebook representation of a work of literature like this class did.
Facilitate Communication

An excellent way to ensure students are more engaged in the learning experience is by strengthening the communication between students and student-to-teacher. These are just a few ideas to do just that.

12.Create groups. You can create groups for entire classes or for study groups with smaller subsets of students that allow for easy sharing of information and communication, without students even having to friend each other.
13.Schedule events. From beginning of semester mixers to after-finals celebrations, easily schedule events for the entire class using Facebook.
14.Send messages. From unexpected absences to rescheduling exams, it’s easy to send messages through Facebook.
15.Share multimedia. With the ability to post videos, photos, and more, you can share multimedia content easily with the entire class.
16.Post class notes. Post notes after each class period for students to have access for review or in case they were absent.
17.Provide direct communication with instructors. Instructors and students can contact each other through Facebook, providing an opportunity for better sharing of information and promoting better working relationships.
18.Allows shy students a way to communicate. Shy students who may not want to approach their teacher after class or during office hours can use Facebook to communicate.
19.Facilitate classmate connections. When students get to know each other more intimately, they become more involved in the learning experience. This is helpful in both large classes that wouldn’t normally promote such intimacy and in smaller settings that regularly depend on that connection.
20.Make announcements. Instructors can send out reminders about upcoming tests, upcoming due dates, or any classroom news.
21.Brainstorm. Students can have the ability to add their thoughts to the class any time they occur allows for more opportunities for brainstorming off each other.
22.Share interesting websites. Students and instructors alike can post interesting websites that add relevancy to the class.
23.Post homework. Posting homework through Facebook not only provides easy access for students, it also puts in writing specifically what is expected and when it is due.
24.Grassroots movements. Students at University of British Columbia learned that the weight room at their aquatic center was slated for closure, and through Facebook, won to keep it open.

Why use Facebook with your class? Here are some of the benefits you may see when you decide to use Facebook as a learning tool.

25.Inviting atmosphere. Since Facebook isn’t exclusively the instructor’s any more than it is the students’, this offers students an opportunity for active participation on a level playing field.
26.Students are comfortable with Facebook. Most students are already users of Facebook, so implementing it into class provides a comfortable way for students to participate in class.
27.Informal. The informality inherent in Facebook’s connections lend to yet another reason students may be more willing to participate in class activities here.
28.Promotes collaboration. Facebook’s design promotes social interchange between participants, thereby increasing collaboration between students working on activities.
29.Keeps schools current. Mark Federman asserts that universities must move from a skills-centered approach to learning to one of connectivity to stay relevant to students.
30.Students engaged outside of class. When students are accessing the class content more often, that means they will be thinking about and engaging in the lessons more frequently.
31.Ambient awareness. Facebook provides an excellent opportunity for students and instructors to participate in ambient awareness, a way of getting to know those you follow on social networks in more meaningful ways.
32.Teach personal responsibility. Instructors can take this opportunity to teach students how to responsibly use Facebook and other social networking sites so it helps their future–not the opposite.
33.Access to guest speakers. Instructors who have stayed in contact through Facebook with past students who have moved on to their careers have an excellent resource for guest speakers for the class.
Tips for Educators

Educators should check out these suggestions for ways to use Facebook effectively and professionally.

34.Create a separate account just for your classes. Keep two accounts if you want to use Facebook personally as well. This keeps your Facebook relationship at school on a professional level.
35.Manage privacy settings. If you don’t want to manage two accounts, use these tips to manage privacy to keep your personal and professional lives separate.
36.Friend students carefully. Make sure you are friending students in current and former classes for professional purposes. Keep as professional a distance on Facebook as you would in person.
37.Ask students to put you on limited access to their pages. This keeps you from having to see their Spring Break photos, status updates that may indicate why they really missed that midterm, or any other information that may compromise your professional working relationship.
38.Create lists. Create a list for each of your classes, then keep students in each class on that list. This is a great way to organize your students.
39.Publish notes for recognition. If you want to recognize accomplishments of particular students or the effort of an entire class, be sure to write a note indicating what you are recognizing and tag all students involved.
40.Include your class blog. If you have a class blog, import it to Facebook so it shows up there when you add a new blog post.
41.Use as a course management system. Use in place of other course management systems such as Blackboard to access all your online information and connections with fewer restrictions.
42.Stay active. Keep posting messages, use as many Facebook apps and resources as possible, and update status reports so your students know you are engaged and you stay an important part of the Facebook experience.
43.Get over the term "friend". Many professors are disturbed by the idea of making friends with their students. Instead of adapting the Facebook term in the common way, try to think about the relationship as one of a mentor, or in an Aristotelian version of a utilitarian friend.
Facebook Resources for Students

Students can use these applications and groups to enhance their usage of Facebook in school.

44.weRead. Students can manage the books on their reading lists, connect with others in discussions about the books, and more.
45.Flashcards. Create flashcards on any subject to help reinforce what you need to know.
46.Notely. Organize assignments, classes, notes, and more with Notely. You will need a Notely account to use this Facebook app.
47.Study Groups. If you don’t want to create your own group for a study group, use this app instead that allows for easy collaboration.
48.Hey Math! Challenge. Students can watch flash movies explaining difficult math concepts with this app.
49.CourseFeed. Find online classes or follow your current class when you add this app to your Facebook account.
50.CampusBuddy. This app helps you connect with classmates on your campus.
51.DoResearch4Me. Use this search engine to find online information instead of relying on Wikipedia.
52.SkoolPool. When students use this app, they can research schools, find students, and more to make sure they are embarking on the best education.
53.Notecentric. Take notes during class, then post them for other students with Notecentric.
54.Class Notes. Snap a photo of what the teacher wrote on the board or a copy of your class notes and post them here so everyone can share their visual notes.
55.Used Text Books. Students can buy and sell used text books through this group.
56.Homework Help. This group is a place for students to find and offer help with homework–or just to get a better understanding of difficult concepts.
57.CiteMe. Get properly formatted citations according to APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA, or Turabian style with this app.
Facebook Applications for Teachers

These Facebook apps can make your job easier and more engaging for the students.

58.Calendar. Use this calendar app from 30 Boxes to keep your classes on track with upcoming assignments, tests, due dates, and more.
59.Courses. Manage your courses with this app that allows you to create an instructor page, manage assignments, and more.
60.Mathematical Formulas. This is a great way for math teachers to share formulae and their solutions.
61.Webinaria. Record your class lectures and post them for the class to review on Facebook.
62.Book Tag. Tag books for a class reading list and even create quizzes with this useful app.
63.Language Exchange. If you teach a foreign language, turn students on to this app that gives them a chance to practice what they learn in class.
64.Files. Upload all the important files you want to share with students such as your class syllabus, supplemental reading material, or assignments when you use this app.
65.Make a Quiz!. Easily make quizzes to test your students’ knowledge and see how they score.
Facebook Applications for Both Students and Teachers

These apps are great for both students and teachers and include access to documents, research material, and presentations.

66.Links. Easily post links to interesting things found on the Internet that may be relevant to class.
67.SlideShare. Instructors and students can use this app to create awesome slide presentations as a part of class or to complete an assignment.
68.To-Do List. Who couldn’t use a reminder list of all there is to complete in a day? This app helps with that.
69.JSTOR Search. You may need to access this through your library’s proxy, but this is a great way to find full articles through JSTOR.
70.WorldCat. Search for material available at libraries around the world to find help with your research.
71.Zoho Online Office. If your class is using Zoho for documents, spreadsheets, or presentations, then this app is an invaluable way to access them all through Facebook.
72.Google Docs. Just like Zoho, if you are using Google Docs, access them through Facebook with this app.
73.Podclass. Teachers and students who use a classroom management system can access their courses, assignments, and more through Podclass.
74.LibGuides. Access content from your library with this app.
Facebook Groups for Teachers

These groups show how other instructors are using Facebook in education or work to unite educators through Facebook.

75.Educators using Facebook. This group of educators is over 1,300 strong and shares information and support for using Facebook in education.
76.Facebook for Educators. Join this group to learn how to best use Facebook with your students.
77.Classroom Instruction in Facebook. Find out how this group uses Facebook as a supplement to teaching library class instruction.
78.Education. Find plenty of educators as well as others concerned about education in this group that has a bit of a political focus.
79.Educators of America. This group has some discussion, mostly about the politics of education, but they also post online resources for teachers.
80.Science Educators. Science educators from around the world congregate in this Facebook group.
Facebook in K-12

Facebook isn’t just for higher education. Use these resources for Facebook in the K-12 classrooms, too.

81.Educators Network. Started by a high school teacher in an urban school, this group is all about uniting those who teach young people.
82.Global Educators. These teachers are mostly in K-12 and are focused on teaching globally.
83.ART Educators. Art teachers and those concerned about art programs for students will enjoy the activity on this group.
84.BrainPOP. Teachers who use BrainPOP in their classrooms will definitely want to add this app to their Facebook page. Become a fan on Facebook and access notes, discussions, and more with the other teachers here.
86.Have Fun Teaching. Started by a teacher experienced in K-6, this is an excellent resource for teachers.
87.Primary Teachers – Resources, ideas, stress relief!. With over 49,000 members, you are sure to find great ideas here.
88.Teachers- sharing ideas and resources for the classroom!. This group is for primary and secondary teachers and is another good place to go for resources.
89.Participate in a summer project. A Kindergarten teacher describes how she used Facebook to keep students engaged and connected over the summer. This idea can work for any grade level.
Facebook to Help Find a Job

Whether you are a graduating student looking for a career or an instructor moving on, these tips will help you use Facebook to find a new job.

90.Get the word out. Guy Kawasaki suggests LinkedIn to get the word out, but Facebook will do just as well when it comes to letting everyone know you are looking for employment.
91.Establish a positive web presence. Use these five suggestions for ways to create a professional web presence on Facebook.
92.Use Facebook job search apps. Most of the major online job search sites such as Career Builders and Indeed have apps on Facebook, so take advantage of them to help you start your career.
93.Understand the importance of social networking. Estimates indicate that only 5-25% of available jobs are actually posted. It’s all about who you know and good timing after that.
94.Find your target company or school. Many companies have a presence on Facebook. See if the companies or schools you are interested in joining are there and follow them to learn about their culture, hiring practices, to see if you know anyone there, and more.
95.Include your resume on Facebook. Be sure to include a link to your online resume on your Facebook page so anyone can access your credentials.
96.Include Facebook on your online resume. Make sure your Facebook page is professional, then include it in your online resume with a profile badge so prospective employers can take a look.
97.Use networking to your advantage. Learn how this woman succeeded with Twitter and think about how you can do the same thing on Facebook.
98.Use Facebook ads to help employers find you. Read about how these students used Facebook ads to get noticed by their future employers.
99.Look through Marketplace. Marketplace on Facebook has a jobs section where you may just luck into your future career.
100.Add Professional Profile. Add the Professional Profile app to your Facebook page to consolidate all your professional information in one place.

5 Strategies for Using Wikis in the Classroom: Engaging Students in Technology Projects that Support Learning

5 Strategies for Using Wikis in the Classroom: Engaging Students in Technology Projects that Support Learning

ABRACADABRA- Steve Miller Band

Monday, June 21, 2010

Nietzsche says..

Sofie's World ( Sofi'nin Dünyası) - Jostein Gaarder

The books offers a story of the human thought. You do not have to have a brief knowledge of Philosphy since the book starts from the very beginning.

''The book is pretty much a modern day version of Plato's Dialogues -- the author uses the Socratic method to drive discussions between the characters in the book. This does a pretty good job at explaining the relationships between most of the major philosophical viewpoints but it doesn't really explain anything in any significant detail. Overall it was a good book. It has more to offer those without a lot of philosophical knowledge, though. '' says Jonathan Nacionales.

Friday, June 18, 2010


Girl with a pearl earring ( İncili Küpeli Kız) Tracy Chevalier

Literary Blog Hop
 I think this book is in Literary catogarisation...
A fragile and innocent story of a maid and her artist master in 17th century Netherlands. The Baroque setting of the book shifted me to the era.. Here is an editorial review;

A fictional account of how the Dutch artist Vermeer painted his masterpiece. In this splendid novel, the girl in the painting is Griet, the 16-year-old servant of the Vermeer household. The relationship between her and Vermeer is elusive. Is she more than a model? Is she merely an assistant? Is the artist's interest exaggerated in her eyes? The details found in this book bring 17th-century Holland to life. Everyday chores are described so completely that readers will feel Griet's raw, chapped hands and smell the blood-soaked sawdust of the butcher's stall. They will never view a Dutch painting again without remembering how bone, white lead, and other materials from the apothecary shop were ground, and then mixed with linseed oil to produce the rich colors. YAs will also find out how a maid from the lower class, whose only claim to pearls would be to steal them, becomes the owner of the earrings.

-Sheila Barry, Chantilly Regional Library, VA

TEFL courses in Ankara....

Professional Development Opportunites
International Conferences

BUSEL is not only committed to ensuring the recruitment of qualified instructors, but also to encouraging the continual professional development of them. To ensure and maintain quality teaching and learning and to keep up with recent developments in the ELT profession BUSEL has a staff development program which provides a variety of activities to suit the needs and interests of the teaching staff and the institution. Some of the activities include international conferences, formal training courses, short courses on specialized topic areas, and workshops.
The suite of qualifications offered by our Centre for Instructor Development and Education (CIDE) includes:
ICELT - Cambridge University ESOL In-service Certificate in Eng. Lang. Teaching CELTA - Cambridge University ESOL Certificate in Eng. Lang. Teaching to Adults* DELTA - Cambridge University ESOL Diploma in Eng. Lang. Teaching to Adults MA Management in Education in E.L.T. (Bilkent University)
As well as these formal courses BUSEL offers a variety of courses on specialized topic areas and workshops on practical teaching issues. All courses are given by BUSEL members, and instructors are encouraged to give workshops as part of the workshop program. Through these teacher training opportunities instructors both upgrade their qualifications and improve their knowledge and skills, ultimately ensuring better teaching and learning within the school. Such staff development opportunities are one way in which BUSEL is able to maintain a high degree of professionalism among its staff.International Conferences BUSEL has organised nine international conferences. These are as follows:
• December 1995 "Management in ELT"
• December 1996 " Teacher Training and Development"
• December 1997 "Teaching of Content and Language in Post-Preparatory Courses in English-medium Universities Outside the Target Language Community"
• February 1999 "Achieving a Coherent Curriculum: Key Elements, Methods and Principles"
• February 2000 "Excellence in Teaching Promoting, Implementing and Sustaining Effective Practice"
• February 2001 "Challenge and Creativity in Teaching Beginners"
• January 2002 "A Fresh Look at Grammar and Vocabulary: A Quest for Alternative Teaching Approaches"
• January 2003 “Speaking in the Monoloingual Classroom: Need for a Fresh Approach?” January 2003 Conference Feedback
• March 2004 “Challenge in Learning: Helping Learners Realize Their Full Potential”
• June 2007, “The Future of ELT: A Quest for Common Standards and Approaches”• November 2008, “Perspectives on Teaching Pronunciation: Where Theory Meets Practice”

Teaching English in Turkey

Teaching English in Turkey

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Chef Pictures, Images and Photos


What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade. ~Gertrude Jekyll

The Help- Kathryn Stockett

I have not read such a wonderful novel for a very long time..
A story of relationships in a southern town in US,so loving,so grossly stereotyped in American literature. Can't wait to watch it as a movie..
Here's a guide review;
Kathryn Stockett, who was raised in Jackson, Mississippi, was inspired by her close childhood relationship with her family's black maid to write The Help. Her debut novel tells the story of privileged families in Jackson and the black women who work as maids and nannies for the families but live in a separate part of town and are segregated from whites in so many ways.
One story is particularly moving; a woman whose own son was tragically killed in an accident lovingly dedicates herself to raising the children of the white families she works for. The close relationships formed between "the help" and these families is constantly contradicted by the enforced segregation and blatant racism on a society-wide and an individual level. The absurdity of the situation becomes clear to one young white woman who is used to defying society's expectations for her own role by yearning for a job in New York City rather than a husband.
The Help is told in the alternating narratives of the various women. The story is powerful because it doesn't get lost in big, sweeping points about the era but rather focuses on a nuanced portrait of individual characters, and of the horrors and blessings that come from these complicated racial relationships.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

12 Tips for teaching children

1. Make the rules, which should be fair and consistent, clear from the first day of class.

2. Remember the students' names the first time you meet them. Encourage all students to remember their classmates' names. Use their names often when teaching (ie., talking to them, constructing blackboard sentences, making requests, TPR exercises, students passing back notebooks or workbooks, playing games, etc.)

3. Show your students what to do. Don't explain. Just do. Just be. They will follow your lead. English needs to be experienced, not explained.

4. Nourish trust between you and the students with each class. Through your actions let them know that you will never embarrass them for making a mistake in English. (Although you will discipline them for speaking in Japanese.)

5. Use eye contact to communicate your praise and disappointment.

6. Create well-planned, consistent lessons with a predictable format which gives the students a sense of security and balance. Students feel more confident if they know what to expect.

7. Always be pleasantly surprised when students interact with each other or you in English.

8. Reassure your students that you understand their English and you approve of their attempts.

9. Show respect to the children (since they are worthy of it) and let them sometimes be the teacher.

10. Use English as a tool to build their self-esteem.

11. Be their "sensei," not their parent.

12. Remember childhood through your students.

Helene Jarmol Uchida
Helene Jarmol Uchida is a veteran teacher with teaching, curriculum development and teacher training experience in the U.S., Greece and Japan. She is the director of the Fukuoka-based Little America English Schools and lectures at Fukuoka Kyoiku Daigaku. She holds the LATEM seminars every year in cities throughout Japan and is also the author of 'The Challenge Book', an interactive English book and CD especially created for Japanese elementary school students.



Deep Mountain- Ece Temelkuran

Here's today's book review. One of my favorite writers Ece Temelkuran and her beloved book 'Deep Mountain'. I liked the window that she viewed the genocide,the Armenians and the Turkish people.. I think she is the female Don Quijote of Turkey.. Good read..

GEMINI- June forecast by Susan Miller

Are you a Gemini who is often misunderstood because of their changing moods and overworking brain functions? Nevermind,welcome to the club.. Susan Miller is my favorite Astrologer and I catch her up from her website every month.. Here is the June forecast for Geminis,the naturally bipolars... :D

Gemini Horoscope for June 2010
By Susan Miller
Birthday month has arrived and at the start of June, you can look forward to several days that bring very good news. Friends seem to be playing an increasingly important role in your life. New faces are entering at a rapid rate, and you've not even seen yet how big this trend is about to become. Your new associations will be very good for you, so be determined to be out mingling as much as possible.
While I will admit this will be a high-contrast month, with some really wonderful aspects and some truly dreadful ones, I can assure you that the start of the month will be yours to enjoy.
The full moon lunar eclipse due on June 26 will bring a surprising and possibly even jarring situation to a head involving a certain financial matter. This will be a tough moment, because many planets will be fighting with one another in ways we have rarely seen. Everyone, of every sign, will notice tension in the air.
The global stock markets are due to rock sometime between the eclipse of June 26 and the day when a perfect Cardinal cross of planets will appear in the sky August 13. An eclipse in Capricorn always points to banks, investments, and the like, for Capricorn is considered a big money investment sign. The world will be in the process of developing a new attitude toward money, debt, and credit, and it is a process that can be completed in a day or a week. More eclipses in Capricorn - Cancer will arrive in 2011, but with each eclipse we will become more enlightened and closer to knowing how to deal with challenges being presented.
As a Gemini, you have been reinventing yourself and refreshing your sources of income for a while, since last year when the eclipses in Cancer-Capricorn first started coming on July 7 and 21, 2009.
You may have gone through a big change concerning earned income or joint financial income (such as child support, commissions, or bonuses) during July, August, or September 2009 last year. Later we will look at this month's eclipse of June 26, the next one in the series, but because your birthday time falls during a period when the month's aspects will arrive, let's talk about the really good days first.
You will be in line for some really big news when Jupiter, the planet known as the Great Benefic, arrives in Aries on June 6 for the first time since 1999. Jupiter has been in Pisces so far this year (2010), and has been on assignment to bring superb career opportunities. If you have been eager to get ahead in your profession, the universe will support you every inch of the way, and you can make huge strides now through the rest of the year.
Now with Jupiter in Aries, your friends will come to your aid to bring you even bigger career opportunities than you could have ever generated on your own, and you won't have to try so hard - the whole process of getting ahead should be easier.
Uranus has been in Pisces too until now, filling your house of professional achievement since 2003. This planet of unexpected developments can be exciting in any house, but when Uranus tours the tenth house of fame and honors, he can bring sudden victories out of the blue. He can also bring setbacks too, and they may have been, at times, tough to endure.
You will say goodbye to this trend for good next year (beginning in March 2011) but for now, when Uranus gives you a preview of his visit to Aries in June through mid-August 2010, you will know that a new chapter in your career is about to dawn. You now have a richer, more stable and satisfying career experience than the one you've experienced over the past seven years. Your new professional standing is within reach - it appears all the efforts you have made over the past years are starting to add up to something big.
What's interesting is that the eleventh house, which is so lit up now, rules not only support from friends, but also profit from previously made efforts in business. If you are self-employed and working in earnest toward growing your business bigger, I feel the coming three months should bring gratifying results.
Uranus is due to stay in Aries only until August 14, but it will be long enough to see that life in the office is becoming easier and less pressured. Victories will continue to come, for you have already built quite a bit of momentum that will carry you forward now without trying so hard. This will be a fresh, new influence and one that will keep you motivated and excited about your job.
You will begin to see the fruits of your labors very soon now - within weeks. Your long-range opportunities to gain more responsibility and a higher profile in your industry have never been better.
June 8 is due to be one brilliant day for your career - it's the day Jupiter will align perfectly with Uranus in entrepreneurial Aries. This is a red-letter day, and one to schedule a very important meeting! This will be one of the most fortunate days of the year, dear Gemini. They will meet at zero degrees Aries, considered the most energetic degree possible, symbolic of the very life force! Seize the day!
Money luck will follow you on June 10, a day when Venus will send a lovely beam to Uranus (surprise) and Jupiter (good fortune). It deserves a big gold star!
The other two days that will be perfect for finding financial luck will be June 14 and 15, when Mercury will be beautifully angled to Uranus (surprise), and on the following day to Jupiter, and Mars will telephone Pluto with happy results.
All new moons bring opportunity, and this month's new moon, June 12, in Gemini, will be especially focused on you. This new moon may initiate a long distance trip, for Neptune will be beautifully oriented to that moon, and may whisk you away on a magic carpet on a trip that's all pleasure (no work!) and you'll love every moment.
Admittedly, a situation going on at home seems to have anchored you lately and you may have hesitated going away even for a short trip. Mars will enter your home sector, joining Saturn already there, so you may feel your attention needs to be evenly split between work and home. This month you may need to attend to a real estate issue or to a pressing family situation that comes up.
By the end of July, both Saturn and Mars will leave your home area, so it will be easier for you to enjoy carefree travel in August than in June. Still, there will be opportunities to enjoy at least one short journey while Venus tours Leo from June 10 to July 10, so if you can, you may benefit from visiting a new setting.
Mercury is your ruler, but will be in an uncooperative mood most of the month, due to be particularly cranky on June 9, 11, 25, and 26. Those won't be your best days, so you'd be best to follow along on routine business. As a matter of fact, I would stay out of airports in the days surrounding June 26. Don't sign a contact on any of those difficult days either.
Instead schedule your biggest actions on your most golden days, June 10, 14, and 15. On these days you will have support form Jupiter and Uranus, so you should find them to be exceptionally bright and happy. As you will see, there are good days and not-so-good days layered next to each other this month.
The hardest time of the month, and possibly of the year, will come June 26 when the full moon eclipse will fall in Capricorn. This lunar eclipse will fall in your eighth house of other people's money, and by that I mean that the following types of money may be on your mind: Commissions, bonuses, licensing fees, royalties, pensions, inheritance, insurance, venture capital - one of these areas - point to a possible area of difficulty. The stock market is due to gyrate at this time, so be very conservative in your investments in the days and weeks leading up to June 26.
Sometimes between June 26 and August 13, there may be a precipitous drop in stocks, so it would be best for you to work with reputable brokers and other moneymen who can steer you in the right direction.
In your personal life, be careful to pay bills on time to avoid an altercation with a creditor. This eclipse will be a hard one for everyone, of every sign. We have a second eclipse coming July 11, and it will also fall in a financial house for Gemini, but that one may bring you a solid new source of income.
This eclipse will bring on an emotional and somewhat difficult time, for Uranus and Jupiter will argue with Pluto and the full moon, as well as with Saturn and Mercury and the Sun. All of these heavenly bodies will be angry at each other. On top of this, all these planets will be in energetic "do it now" Cardinal signs so there won't be much time to meditate about what to do next - it will be clear, and there won't be room for negotiation. Astrologers call this type of formation a Cardinal cross, considered to be exceedingly rare and difficult because of a general lack of cooperation you will encounter from others. You will be presented with situations "as is" with few, if any, chances to negotiate better terms or to change the situation more to your liking.
You may need to meet a financial obligation, and if so, it may be hard to do. Still, you will have to keep your wits about you and find a way. This would not be the time to settle the division of property in a divorce, talk about child support, or negotiate with the taxman. Talks could become quite heated with each side digging in their heels.
Identity theft may become a problem, or an error may occur on your bank statements, so check all financial records carefully. Because Saturn is in your house of home, a dispute may come up regarding a mortgage or sale of a house, or having to do with an emotional family topic that is not easy to solve because of one or more squabbling relatives who won't agree with any of the solutions you propose.
Honestly, with a full moon lunar eclipse this difficult, even if you won the lottery, you'd probably have to fend off a band of angry relatives who would say they deserve your windfall more than you do - and demand you hand it over! I am kidding, of course, but you see my point. Sometimes no matter what you do, you just can't win. It is true that this eclipse will bring out a strange side in people. You will have to stay practical and objective - an eclipse in Capricorn would demand you do. Deal with the facts and rely on expert opinion if necessary, but above all, try to keep emotions at bay.
You may need surgery, as an eclipse in the eighth house sometimes requires sudden medical or dental care. This could explain why you would be negotiating about other people's money - the insurance company. An eclipse will always point you to a situation that has to be fortified, so just go with the flow. If you need surgery, opt to have it, for you will be on the road to recovery all the sooner.
Fortunately, Mars will be one of the only planets in a cheerful mood and he will befriend the mighty Sun, which suggests you will have support from a VIP or distinguished professional (like a doctor or lawyer). You may be able to sell an important creative project at this time, too. Also, Jupiter's position shows us that your friends will care about you and will be standing by to help you - no small advantage!
You may see a prominent woman in your life move away or somehow leave your environment, for this is an eclipse of the moon, and the moon is read as feminine. The eighth house is the house of transformation, so this is possible, but it appears this eclipse is more about money than about a person. I am flagging this possibility, even though I feel the probability for this manifestation is not as great.
You are fortunate in that you are a flexible, adaptable Gemini, for your personality is well suited to dealing with sudden changes or challenges as they come up.
This month I suggest you check my new article, "How to Deal with Eclipses." It is a new and revised list of all the things I have learned from studying eclipses over the past twenty-five years. You can find this article at this URL on Astrology Zone:
Romantically, your prospects dazzle. Jupiter and Uranus will put you in the mood for love and there seems to be no shortage of opportunity for you to be out to meet new people. You seem to be ready to break old patterns, and if single, to be open to dating different types than usually attract you. Good! This would be the right month to meet someone new who will stay in your life a long time.
Venus in Leo will be friendly in the second half, so while parts of life might be tense, your social life should be comforting.
Most romantic dates this month include: June 1, 2, 6-8, 10-12, 14-15 (gold-star days), 19, 20, and 28-29.

Monday, June 14, 2010

By the way??


A secret heaven in the Black Sea region. If you live in Ankara but you are an Aegean, Amasra is your closest connection to the seashore, to the scent of Iodine.. A very nice small town in the city of Bartın with its lovely,welcoming people.. The salad served with the seasonal fish in the restaurant is priceless..
p.s. The photos are taken by me.. :)

REMBETIKA-songs of love,exile,prison and hash dance

Rembetika music is the music of the Greek Underground. It originated in the hashish dens of Pireaus and Thessaloniki around the turn of the 20th century and was influenced by oriental elements that came with the immigration of 2 million Greek refugees from Asia Minor. (Asia Minor is Aegean and Marmara regions) It made use of 2-3 derivatives of the Turkish saz (a.k.a. tampoura and boulgari): The bouzouki and its smaller brothers, the tzouras and the baglamas. The saz itself is a lute but quite different from the archetypal Arab lute, 'al oud' - meaning 'wood'. Rembetika were urban blues of a quasi-criminal subculture, despised by the middle classes and suppressed by the authorities. It is a fusion music of two cultures.

In this album,there is little booklet,giving information and brief history of Rembetika. When you listen to the songs,you can not believe in your ears since you have heard all those songs in Turkish before. As you listen, you understand that the two nations,Greeks and Turks have so much in common.. Being an Izmirian and having ancestors from Crete,this music means so much to me..

Sunday, June 13, 2010

It depends...

A gathering of angels appeared above my head...

I'm sailing away - set an open course for the virgin seas. 'Cause I've got to be free - free to face the life that's ahead of me. On board I'm The Captain, so climb aboard. We'll search for tomorrow on every shore. And I'll try, oh Lord, I'll try, to carry on.

We're all mad...

To add or not to add students...

Teacher's Guide to Using Facebook (Read Fullscreen)


The whole-sale fruit and vegetable market has been moved to another place in the city,in order to provide an extra activity center for Eskişehir. The existing building was restored within approximately one year and made ready for cultural public use. Inside the building, there are cafes,bars,restaurants and various shops available. I think this is the most succesful urban transformation project of Eskişehir Municipality. I loved Haller very much..

WEB 2.0 tools for teachers by Nik Peachey

Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers

Teaching for next generation, WEB 2.0 in the classroom

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In this web-site,there are hundreds of listening materials for ESL learners and teachers. You can find different types of listening exercises such as everday conversations,long dialogues and listening for academic purposes such as preperation to TOEFL and TOEIC. Really helpful..

Jehan Barbur-UYAN

One of my car CDs again.., Jehan's UYAN.. Listening to her is a kind of a therapy.. She is the female version of Bülent Ortaçgil.. :)
Let's get to know her...

Jehan Istiklal Barbur was born in 1980 in Beirut. She grew up in Iskenderun and went to Ankara for college. She studied at the American Culture and Literature Department at Bilkent University where she also enjoyed her years as an amateur singer and also joined drama clubs where she acted for three years. After she graduated fom Bilkent University; in 2002 she moved to Istanbul and started to seek her carreer in which she always dreamed to be..."a song-writer and a singer". For a short time she studied with Randy Esen and joined gigs; sang in several events. She worked for the TV and production companies when she realised that she would only like to breath and live for music; thus gave everything up and started to work on her own and for her own music. In 2004 she joined the group "Funkalaturca" as the group's vocalist where they performed shows for special events. (for the group info pls visit : She is still the memeber of the group and touring on occassions. In 2005 she started to write her own songs and worked with several musicians. In January 2009, she, with the help of Cudi Genc, produced her album named "UYAN" which has been released by ADA MUZIK. Jehan is now working for the album, singing with three different goups and still writing songs of her own . Her group "mellow trip trio" and her album group which she regards as her lovely family can be followd through her weekly schedule on this site. ....breathing through music to live.....with stories she longs to tell in her songs.
I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks. ~William Shakespeare
(his thanks to his teacher..)

Cannery Row (Sardalya Sokağı) by John Steinbeck

A beautifully described story of Steinbeck, takes place in a small community near Monterey in California. This book is considered as a high-spirited tribute to his native California. All the charecters are alive in 1930's setting in the Cannery Row..
You may see the Cannery Row of today in the picture on the right.