Live & Learn

These past few months, I’ve been fortunate enough to have the online magazine Mamalode publish a few of my essays. Every month, Mamalode announces a theme and then accepts submissions; this month, the theme is “Live & Learn.” In response, I recalled our family’s year in Turkey–a time of intense living and learning–and, specifically, a day on the bus as we headed out of the village.

If you’re interested, you can read the piece here:

Compulsory Ignorance

Compulsory Ignorance



By Jocelyn

There's this game put out by the American Girl company called "300 Wishes"--I really like playing it because then I get to marvel, "Wow, it's like I'm a real live American girl who has 300 wishes, and that doesn't suck, especially compared to being a dead one with none."


  1. Just curious? Why Turkey? What was the sabbatical related to? Honestly, I can think of so many places that I would love to travel and Turkey is probably one of the last on my list. But, Bing has told me many times that next on her list is either Turkey or China. She’s a seasoned traveler, mostly because of Fulbrights but also because she works part time for Apple and she does seminars nearly every Summer. She’s been to Africa, India, Germany, Japan, Jamaica, and many others for shorter stays. Yet, she has always longed to travel to Turkey. Did Turkey call to you too?

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