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More Istanbul sightseeing

The Grand Bazaar was built shortly after the Ottoman takeover in the 1450’s and has been added on to and improved over the centuries.  With that in mind, I was expecting something distinctly Turkish when we went there on Friday, October 17, but was disappointed to find it was just a pretty but low-end mall having store after store of Chinese-made goods.   703 more words

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Historic Istanbul

First, I want to give an update on Jen & Dave who are very grateful for everyone’s thoughts and prayers.  Dave is out of ICU but still in the hospital.   503 more words

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Komşa

“Do you need help?” I asked in English. The stooped, old woman, wearing a babushka/hijab and carrying a cane and carpet bag was stopped on the sidewalk a few doors down from my apartment building last week. 798 more words

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New Gadgets & Tech, Katie Linendoll | Mondays With Marlo

Tech Expert Katie Linendoll sits down with Marlo Thomas to answer all your questions about tech trends and gadgets. Katie covers: the bluetooth Jam Box speak…

About a Boy Recap S2 E1&2: About Wanting This Show to Last

There’s no denying that there is a lot of incredible television out there right now. Heck, great TV has become so competitive it’s nearly impossible for new, regular network shows to make it to mid-season, much less find their way into the hearts of adoring fans. 668 more words

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Short, Scary Reads

How do you get prepared for Halloween?  Design costumes?  Decorate?  Watch a million scary movies?

I prefer, not surprisingly, to read – because there is nothing like a really scary book to keep you up all night with the lights on.   158 more words

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Frost season has started

First things first…Our dear Katie had a tragic event yesterday. Her home caught fire! Yikes. But, it’s a decent outcome, given the travesty. She’s displaced for a bit, but all of her family is alive and well. 386 more words

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