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While there is plenty of room in the world of Words on Paper for therapeutic, ranty, jabby, disjointed stream-of-consciousness freewriting, I generally think the best writing comes from a place of control. As a reader, I appreciate feeling that the words I’m absorbing have been crafted deliberately, have been given time to gel, have...

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It Felt As Though I Had Skiied with Prince William Because I Saw a Picture of Princess Margaret in a Parka 24

It Felt As Though I Had Skiied with Prince William Because I Saw a Picture of Princess Margaret in a Parka

There was that time in high school when, on the way home from a speech meet half way across the state, the forensics bus pulled in to a diner in Belgrade, Montana, and we orators and extemporaneous speakers suddenly found ourselves gasping with awe at the sight–in real, live Aqua Netted flesh–of the...

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Grumbling Guts, Salty Lips, Woven Rugs 10

Grumbling Guts, Salty Lips, Woven Rugs

I’m baaack. There are a few ways in which I’ve been gone: I took a trip; I went shopping; I got sick.  Then there’s the part of me that’s permanently checked out–into a corner of my brain I like to call DreamySpaceLandofTooMuchWineandReading. For all of those reasons, I thank Vicky...

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Ups and Downs: Crisis And Court 3

Ups and Downs: Crisis And Court

Dear Readers Who Are Following This Tale:  I apologize for getting a piece out of place in the narrative.  Vicky originally posted her story to a Turkish expat forum, and she was writing cathartically, in a stream of consciousness fashion; as I copied and pasted her posts into this blog,...

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Ups and Downs: In Search of Income 3

Ups and Downs: In Search of Income

After the roof literally fell in, Vicky and Mr P realized they’d not only been fleeced out of their savings, but they’d also just lost any hope of ever living in their dream house; they’d have to find other ways to make money, another place to live: The first couple...

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Ups and Downs:  Fat Cows and Confrontation 2

Ups and Downs: Fat Cows and Confrontation

Vicky and Mr P’s story of being conned continues: I have in fact skipped loads of chapters including the winter spent up in the village -22° and 30cm snow, blocked off from the world since our dirt track was snowed up, no money to buy coal or wood so holed...

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Ups and Downs: Complications 1

Ups and Downs: Complications

Installment #3 of Vicky’s story of Being Taken in Turkey: Frequently people in the village would make comments about Mehmet and our Turkish was not enough to understand “serefsiz” “saytan” but my German was enough to understand “aufpassen, aufpassen, aufpassen” (look out). I did think at the time this was...

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Ups and Downs: Rising Action 7

Ups and Downs: Rising Action

Here is Installment #2 of Vicky and Mr P’s move to Turkey from France–a move that was meant to see their dreams come true… ————————– Finally we arrive in our village where our good friend Mehmet has his hotel and where we now have our new home. It is dark,...

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Ups and Downs:  Setting Out 6

Ups and Downs: Setting Out

Since coming to Turkey, we’ve heard at least three really awful stories of real estate transactions gone bad.  In each case, these tales of being rooked have involved foreigners (even those married to Turks) attempting to buy property from Turks who see the outsiders as open wallets rather than warm...

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And the Song Birds Keep Singing 11

And the Song Birds Keep Singing

I haven’t bought many clothes this year, an announcement that will cause a dramatic jaw drop in anyone who’s ever seen my cart at TJ Maxx as I push it towards the fitting room. Partially, I haven’t bought many new additions to my wardrobe in the last nine months because it’s...

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