For me, solitude is almost as essential as food or water. I need it to clear my head, find my inner calm – it is like breathing. Lately, I find it at the gym. I am usually the first customer there, and the whole room is mine. No other sounds, no music, no one… Thinking about solitude made me go back to the time I … Continue reading Solitude

7-Day Nature Photo Challenge ~ Day 3

Today’s photo is the garden of the Laura plantation in New Orleans, in the U.S. These oak trees were so beautiful and magnificent. That morning, the only noise I heard there was the birds chirping, it was so serene and quiet.  After taking a moment to digest what I had seen at the plantation,  I sat in stillness,  listened to silence and enjoyed the grandeur … Continue reading 7-Day Nature Photo Challenge ~ Day 3

What is making you happy this week?

In Istanbul, spring is in full bloom – it is sunny and warm, trees seem to think it is already April and are full of cherry blossoms, stray cats and dogs comfortably sleeping under the sun everywhere, and people appear to be in a better mood. For those of you who visit this blog for the fist time, I introduced The Weekly here. In a nutshell, TheWeekly … Continue reading What is making you happy this week?

Introducing a weekly feature

What’s making you happy this week? This is a segment in one of my favorite podcasts “Pop Culture Happy Hour“ by NPR. First, the podcast is exactly about what it says on its name: A weekly roundtable discussion about pop culture. It is such a fun podcast, and I look forward to listening to it every Friday. You guys should check it out if you haven’t heard of … Continue reading Introducing a weekly feature