Füsun A.



Montréal, CANADA
January 12
Freelance Writer - jack of all genres;master of none.
warm and genuine
I divorced my full time career of teaching after 25 years, because meanwhile I fell in love with freelance writing. Ever since, I decided to legitimize my ten-year fling which started in the new millennium. Author of: "WILL OF MY OWN - A Memoir" Available at all major book outlets. For a preview please visit: http://www.dictionmatters.com/


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JULY 26, 2012 8:08AM



I'm settling in slowly, hanging unto the magic as long as I can, after returning from almost a month in my native land. The mixed feelings invading my heart and mind in the aftermath are not unfamiliar to me; it has always been like this whenever I leave my Turkey… Read full post »

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MAY 23, 2012 8:27PM

Is Freedom of Press under Attack in Montréal?


The student movement which reached its 100th day on May 22nd  was attended by half a million protesters including students, educators and people from many communities and businesses in and outside of the province was a strong movement that echoed its message in ot/… Read full post »

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APRIL 29, 2012 7:00PM

How I ducked the US customs without a passport :o)


Alright. I admit. Ducking the US Customs maybe slightly misleading, because I actually did not sneak in nor was I smuggled through the border – since that is what I may have inadvertently implied. It's not my intent to sound tabloid'ish to garner readers. Nor is my writing racist./… Read full post »

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JANUARY 29, 2012 10:12PM

Honour was the Theme in Mass Murder

Mohammad and Tooba

"It is difficult to conceive of a more despicable, more heinous crime,” Judge Robert Maranger stated as he listened to the jury's verdict, Guilty of premeditated murder, rendered on three members of an Afghanistan-born Montreal family on Sunday, January 29, 2012.

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JANUARY 9, 2012 1:09AM

Monkey Appetite

annemin suluboyasi-2

"All human errors are impatience, a premature breaking off, of methodical procedure, an apparent fencing-in of what is apparently at issue."

~Franz Kafka~

annemin suluboyasi-1

annemin imzasi

I often wonder whether my life might have been very different if I had allowed candies melt in my mouth until the/

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OCTOBER 31, 2011 8:43AM

How I turned my passion into a second profession

AMBITION: Teacher and Author

PROBABLE DESTINATION: Authorizing excuse slips.

These two sentences from the year book of my senior year of high school must have found a permanent place somewhere in the depths of my psyche to have a silent but very effective voice in mapping out my career, and proveRead full post »

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SEPTEMBER 9, 2011 1:07PM

Past Imperfect to Future Perfect

“Revolution consumes its own children.” G. Büchner 

I am a tail-end Baby Boomer. I became familiar with that term in my later life as its implication bonded many of my generation, regardless of our origins, in a life time's worth of nostalgic reminiscences or sad memories which,/… Read full post »

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AUGUST 24, 2011 5:31PM

Google Doodles J.L.Borges

Jorge Luis Borges 

Had the Argentine poet, philosopher, and writer, Jorge Luis Borges lived long enough, he'd be celebrating his 112th birthday today. Instead, if you turned on your Google page, you will have seen an homage paid by the giant search engine to the man whose work is considered to be ahead/… Read full post »

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AUGUST 3, 2011 3:23PM

From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk


Taffeta evening gown of panther design was embroidered in beads -took 1060 hours of embroidery work

taffeta evening gown 

Taffeta gown with panther design

claw detail

-claw detail with rhine stones and pearl beads-

tiger dress-side view 

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has devoted an enchanting exhibition to t/… Read full post »

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JULY 21, 2011 11:23AM

Thinking outside the Bottle

5 Ryan at his first well at Angolo Primary School eight years later-1 

Ryan's first well in Northern Uganda

I first heard about Ryan Hreljac from my daughter. He has an inspiring story. A seemingly ordinary young boy from Kemptville, Ontario,   he saw the great inequality in the world, and he decided to do some

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JUNE 24, 2011 6:00AM



During my year as a docent volunteer at the Newfoundland Museum in St. John's, Newfoundland, I discovered hooked rugs. Although the museum displays quite a number of these art pieces left from the bygone times, I had neither seen or heard of them before – until I found myself learning/… Read full post »

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JUNE 12, 2011 4:12PM

Last time I saw Him



I don't know if it was the fact that my father grew up without his own father who died when Babacim was barely a year-and-a-half old, or the hardships he lived through as a young boy, or just who he was that made him the kindest, wisest and the… Read full post »

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MAY 19, 2011 5:19PM

A walk in the woods -photo essay

To Babacim, who would have been 86 years old today. 

May 19th  is also celebrated in Turkey as the National Day of Fitness and Sports, dedicated to the nation's youth by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of the modern Turkish Republic. 

 japanese maple

shady trees 


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APRIL 21, 2011 10:12AM

Peyton Place Memories

Allison and Connie 

My sister and I decide it's time to take a break from painting her cozy den to a fresh layer of pale apricot. The act of moving the brush up and down and the color we selected together brighten our spirits and strengthen a bond we've had all our lives/… Read full post »

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APRIL 18, 2011 3:27PM



In many languages, the word "Lent" actually means "fast". Although their interpretation of Easter and its traditions may differ, after a long Lenten fast, people around the world would agree that at least one thing is in order : A sumptious meal.

The foods, as well as the style in… Read full post »

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APRIL 12, 2011 6:23AM

Gals 'n Guys of Gastronomy

                Dame Melba Dame Melba

As history shows, some of the gastronomic creations that conquer our tastes as well as our fancy are results of either pure coincidence or sheer luck. Often times, what we have come to t/… Read full post »

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APRIL 8, 2011 8:07AM

A Long Day's Journey

Montreal by Night 

Montreal under the magic of night 


My first Transatlantic flight was a pleasant but brief distraction from the grief of leaving behind a life - to which little did I know if I’d ever return. As a teen my immediate concern was missing out on the bonding experiences/… Read full post »

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MARCH 18, 2011 12:02AM

A Stranger in a Familiar Land

converging two continents 

Stepping on Turkish soil after my first six year separation was full of mixed emotions. On one hand I felt as if I had never left my country. My eyes swallowed the sights simultaneously as my ears guzzled the sounds I had missed so much: the language, the familiar street noises… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 5, 2011 8:07PM

Yummy Yogurt-It's my Soul Food !

 Yogurtlu Kebab by Fusun Atalay

This is my version of Yogurtlu Kebab in which I used lamb cubes served in a piquant tomato sauce on pita, and topped with plain yogurt. You can find another version with the recipe here .


Yogurt has been the soul food in my family ever since I can remember,/… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 3, 2011 10:42AM

Winter in Niagara


Ever since I saw the Marilyn Monroe movie "Niagara",  in 1962 when I was in Turkey, I had a longing to see the impressive falls in real life. My childhood desires were fulfilled many times over in life. Niagara is a magnificent place, a wonder of nature. With its Botanical/… Read full post »

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JANUARY 28, 2011 10:28AM

Karma found me On Line - Part 4

Part 3 is here

Agony in Motion

~ Part Four ~

Atlantic Coast 

~ Secenes from Atlantic Canada - pictures from my album ~

I had been feeling dizzy for a while, as if the world was turning around me. I was familiar with vertigo – a condition related to the inner… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 4, 2010 7:23PM

Call me a mean Mama


The Family 

My daughter already forgave me by the time she was twenty. Until then every year around the holiday season I was reminded of the meanness of the act pulled upon young two souls, and questioned, “How could I?” - even though my intentions were pure and well-meant. But I… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 23, 2010 1:07AM

Turkey, my beloved


my sisters and me riding donkeys

It is amazing how small events can impress young minds and anchor themselves as triggers associated with bigger emotions - later in one's life.

I grew up in a world which did not inculcate hero worship or celebrities, whose lives were exposed for imitation. My only heroes, role m… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 19, 2010 11:24AM

More than just the Winter Blues

cool december light breaks through_FA 

"There's a certain Slant of light,

Winter Afternoons--

That oppresses, like the Heft

Of  Cathedral Tunes--

Heavenly Hurt, it gives us--

We can find no scar,

But internal difference,

Where the Meanings, are."

~Emily Dickinson~

Like some other creatures of… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 27, 2010 12:42PM

Sometimes Teachers Lie

I still have the dollar store ceramic cat. I think it was Nathan who gave it to me - one hand extending the awkwardly wrapped box, the other holding a “Mery Christmas Miss I'll miss you” card. Hand-made. Obviously. Like the cards from the thirty-two other boys and girls I had le/… Read full post »

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