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/


JANUARY 26, 2011 3:12PM

Karma found me On Line

 Smiling Lions

 Part  Two


On our way to a new year's party after our engagement,

Part One is here

When I was a pre-teen, I overheard my father saying to my mother. "A lion approaches his prey with a smile." The phrase stuck in my mind, mostly because I could notRead full post »

JANUARY 25, 2011 3:45PM

Karma found me on Open Salon

 ~ Part One ~

My WIERd Life   

Mrs S  

Mrs S. our librarian with my Young Authors, May - 1998


I would think most people I've known have grown from their experiences. Especially those sad, twist of fate, totally undeserved awful experiences which consume one's op… Read full post »

JANUARY 23, 2011 1:23PM


Listen. . . listen to the revelations of the still night

Whose whispers transcend beyond the reach of time

Where flutters the pulse of a mellifluous desire

Slowly ascending the heights of Elysium.


Now rushing, now flowing in the silence of closeness

The flames of passion as it sweeps thro… Read full post »

JANUARY 20, 2011 6:32PM

Big Talk

                marie_antoinette_melodrama image source

Melodrama and I are not compatible. Think of oil and water, or an ice cube dropped into boiling water. That's how my personality and drama relate to each other. I even sacrificed a fri… Read full post »

JANUARY 16, 2011 12:34AM


I was restless since Friday, knowing next day would be when I pick him up and start a new life in which we will both support each other trying to heal old wounds.  As I was signing the adoption papers, I learned he was found abandoned, wandering around a convenience store just bef… Read full post »

JANUARY 12, 2011 7:42PM

May I say something . .

Firstly, I wish to thank every one of you very much, my dear friends, for your kind comments and loving words.  I was so surprised and delighted this morning when I logged on and saw  Lezlie's and Shiral's posts .  Merci beaucoup ! My OS family has been growing and becoming v/… Read full post »

JANUARY 9, 2011 10:12AM

Have you ever?


Have you ever dreamed of someone

who no longer lives?

After the winter of denial,

disbelief, longing and tears -

in an unexpected flash of Time -

have you seen him unfold

from layers and layers of neatly folded,

safely packed away memories?


Have you tried reaching to… Read full post »

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JANUARY 7, 2011 5:12PM

All the Men I kissed before


I caught him staring at me in French Lit 101. He winked as I turned my eyes away. We were studying Albert Camus's “L'Etranger”. It was difficult enough to understand the concept of existentialism in a third language, while I hadn't perfected my second one yet.

He was the… Read full post »

JANUARY 2, 2011 1:12PM

Life on a limb

Great-great-great grand children of Heffner squirrel Dynasty
Heffner 4th
My daily visitors greet as I write in the sitting room.
My view as I write
white limbs 
 A paler shade of white I cannot imagine.
Selim's favorite spot that provided shade inRead full post »
DECEMBER 31, 2010 12:34AM

Happy Birthday Gabby Abby


What a joy it is to celebrate a happy occasion today !

Let the day begin by wishing a very happy birthday to

~*~*~    GABBY ABBY   ~*~*~

May the year ahead bring you good health, happiness and all the desires of your heart in prosperity and peace of mindRead full post »

DECEMBER 28, 2010 11:22PM

Small words that say so much

Every language has its difficult to translate words which the native speaker tries his best to express - at least a  general sense of what is meant by it. I've done so many times, wondering each time whether I've been able to convey a fair sense of the concept, or destroyed/… Read full post »

DECEMBER 26, 2010 4:56PM

Revani- joy of the Palate

My earliest memories of new year celebrations go as far back as age six, when for the first time I heard my mother's exuberant voice telling her friends of the Dutch customs she experienced during the year  we lived in Holland.  Casually eavesdropping as she talked, I could not unders/

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DECEMBER 25, 2010 2:43PM

A gift of lullabye

I'd like to present my modest gift of something personal, and personally meaningful which I'd like to share with all my friends on Open salon, as I wish each and every one of you a peaceful day and much happiness in the new year. Love and blessings. I hope you enjoy these two vers… Read full post »

DECEMBER 23, 2010 10:42AM


Fatma Hala and my sisters in Istanbul 

Fatma Hala and my sisters in Istanbul - just before we moved to Diyarbakir  - I'm on the far right corner.


She was the one Annecim somehow liked and got along. The only one in my father's small family of a mother and two elder sisters. The other one,/… Read full post »

DECEMBER 21, 2010 1:12PM

World on a Plate

Being a culinary enthusiast and having sampled a variety of gastronomical wonders, I consider myself very fortunate. Sometimes I even wonder if my prowess in the kitchen could be in part due to my cultural endowment.

Over the weekend, between baking, writing and paging through a collection of eclecti… Read full post »

DECEMBER 18, 2010 3:02PM


There's so much I want to write and new topics I wish to share with all of my OS friends here. Yet, the uncertainty in the air, as well as the anniversaries of painful memories almost paralyze me. This is not going to be original, yet it's all I can do… Read full post »

DECEMBER 15, 2010 12:34PM

Generic Happiness

After a night of restless sleep, she surrenders to another day

starting with the regular cocktail of Losec and Synthroid

followed by generic brand of Prosac and a small pink pill

to keep her anxiety at bay and nerves at an even keel.


Novapronalonol, acetylsalicylic acid and multi-vitamins

scat… Read full post »

DECEMBER 12, 2010 5:12PM

Toddy Beer of Drinks

Hot chocolate is a favorite for many families almost since forever. When we talk about holiday cheer, the first thing that comes to mind are cocktails, champagne and martinis. I love each and associate all with a mood of festivity and recollections of clinking goblets as we send off the o/… Read full post »

DECEMBER 9, 2010 10:12PM



This is the story of a dilapidated large notebook. It has lined pages each of which is numbered on the top outer corner; and it is under a hard cover whose edges are curled in opposite directions – exposing fuzzy pulp pressed into the hard veneer. Facing different direction/… 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 »

NOVEMBER 30, 2010 11:39PM

If only . . .

If only you could have known

how much grief, pain and sadness

I'm living with now- 


the moments of anguish and indecision

I have lived before

 agreeing at the inescapable. . .


If only I could once more hold your silky paws -

tearful eyes fixed upon your fading… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 27, 2010 12:12PM


My Baby 

The first snow of the season is falling – unannounced, silently. The snowflakes resist hitting the ground by performing little pirouettes in the air – this way and that – but at the end they cannot escape the force that pulls them down.

This year there won't be a… 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 »

NOVEMBER 16, 2010 12:47PM

A Royal Engagement

Kate Middleton and Prince William 

Prince William announced to the media this morning his engagement  to Kate Middleton, whom he had been dating for the last eight years.  The young couple looked glowing and happy as they answered questions under a shower of camera flashes.  The Royal Prince presented Miss… Read full post »