Why Every Mom Needs a “Tully”

On long-haul flights I catch up on a year’s worth of cinema.  When Z was little, we packed an arsenal of activities and books to avoid screen time, but now we just succumb.  For a household that doesn’t own a television, we’re resigned to the fact that a few hours of non-stop, in-flight entertainment won’t … Continue reading Why Every Mom Needs a “Tully”

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Leaving My Kids for the Very First Time!

Since my kids were born, I've never spent a day without them.  A few hours, at most, but never a night nor a day without my little ones.  For all of Z's seven and a half of years of life and Moulay's three, we've been together--living, traveling, unschooling, playing. You get the picture. But next week for … Continue reading Leaving My Kids for the Very First Time!

What We Will and Won’t Miss About Ankara

I’m not the type to look for signs, but I don’t ignore them either. The recent coup attempt in Turkey may or may not have been a sign, but it certainly caught our attention. As a lone incident, it was an unfortunate shock, but as a climax following series of attacks and incidents in Istanbul … Continue reading What We Will and Won’t Miss About Ankara

Reflecting on Our First Ramadan in Ankara

This Ramadan has been challenging and it has nothing to do with hunger, thirst, or heat. There is something intangible missing—namely that collective common spirit that I’m accustomed to feeling in either the wider consciousness of a Muslim country or the intentional consciousness of a dedicated minority. Still trying to figure out how to comprehend … Continue reading Reflecting on Our First Ramadan in Ankara