Friday, June 27, 2008
I went to Muncie Sunrise Rotary this morning and I am going to a Rotary dinner tonight. It is two and a half hours away...I thought it was closer. Oh well!!
I made cookies at Kayla's house...her house is so so adorable. I could easily move in. ;-)
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
But it's a really young department, I think we will all work together and have a lot of fun!!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
But that's also why I think it is so important for me to teach in the US, at least for now. I want to help students realize that the world isn't like America. There are places that have nothing, and that's okay. They don't want a $100,000 income, 2.5 children, a three car garage, and a country club membership. Because in some parts of the world, family, friends, and G-d are more important than material possessions and societal status.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Tomorrow, my birthday, I will have been home for a week. Everyday gets a little easier. My parents are wonderful, this has nothing to do with them, but life here is so different. I don't have any friends in Chesterton, they are scattered around the world. So I went from being with people 24/7...literally...to no one.
American's lifestyles are different, very consumerist, capitalist, right or wrong...it is different.
Besides my friends in Turkiye...I miss the sound of the call to prayer. It would go off five times a day. The longest in the morning. I didn't go and pray, I'm not Muslim, but I would always slow down, re-center, re-focus, smile, be grateful, etc. Of course, I can do that without a booming call to prayer, but it's easy to forget.
Turkiye'yi cok seviyorum.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Friday, June 06, 2008
Turkey's highest court has blocked government moves to allow college students to wear Muslim headscarves.
The Constitutional Court said that a vote by parliament to ease a ban on scarves being worn on campuses violated the constitution's secular principles.
The government argues that a headscarf ban stops many girls being educated.
But much of the secular establishment resisted the move, seeing it as a step towards allowing Islam to figure more largely in Turkish public life.
The ruling, by a panel of 11 judges, could foreshadow the outcome of a separate court case in which the ruling AK Party (AKP) could be banned for anti-secular activities.
Some 71 members of the party, including the prime minister and the president, could also be banned from belonging to a political party for five years.
"It is a historic ruling... It signals that hard times are coming for the AKP," said veteran politician Husamettin Cindoruk.
But a senior party member of the AKP, Bekir Bozdag, said the court had overstepped its jurisdiction.
"This is interfering with both democracy and parliament's legislative authority," he told the AFP news agency.
The headscarf ban is seen by some as one of the cornerstones of the secular state - a symbol of the exclusion of Islam from state activities.
The secularist establishment, which includes the army, courts and universities, is opposed to any reform of the ban.
The AK Party, which was re-elected last year with a convincing 47% of the vote, says it is a matter of personal and religious freedom.
It used its strong presence in parliament to push through a parliamentary amendment in February overturning the ban in universities.
Thursday's court ruling is the latest episode in a power struggle between the establishment and the AK Party, which has its roots in Islamism.
Last year's elections were forced after a constitutional impasse over whether the AKP's Abdullah Gul could be the country's president.
Turkey's chief prosecutor says the AKP is "the focal point of anti-secular activities", and is seeking to have it disbanded.