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/


AUGUST 14, 2012 8:07AM

Entertainment for all ages


The following is a post which I had linked to my previous one on Bursa and the Great Mosque, an exquisite example of Ottoman artchitecture. I received numerous comments in personal messages suggesting I should repost it. Much has changed since two years of my original post - the best/… Read full post »


The last time I was in Bursa, I was a preteen young girl. My family stayed in a hotel with a garden full of fragrant roses, and tables covered with hand-embroidered table cloths on which we were served our evening meals under the coolness provided/… Read full post »

AUGUST 5, 2012 12:12PM




When I wrote my memoir in 2009, my main purpose was to delve into my life and re examine it with the hope of finding answers to what still danced like question marks in my mind. I was also determined, whether I found those answers or not, to own/… Read full post »

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AUGUST 2, 2012 10:00AM

High above Cappadocia



Our much anticipated balloon ride over Cappadocia was scheduled for 4:30 am on Friday, July 13th. We had to be up and ready half an hour earlier to be picked up from our cave hotel to which our arrival the previous night from Ankara was delayed. Already/

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Yerebatan sarnici 1

One of the "must do" items on my list during my recent visit to Istanbul was to show my son and daughter the historic underground cistern left from the Romans, to which with the lore and  wanderlust of my childhood I used to refer as The  Sunken Palace. Anyone… Read full post »

JULY 29, 2012 7:50AM

My coveted Silence


Silence is said to be golden. To me it has a value far beyond that. It is priceless beyond all the gold and the rubies and the emeralds and the sapphire in the world.

I seek silence in many places and every chance I get, for it is what I covet the… Read full post »

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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 »

JUNE 25, 2012 10:00AM





He doesn't sleep in my bed like my first love did. I do wait for a while anticipating his warm body jump in and snuggle next to mine. Sometimes he comes by and we exchange affection in the late hours of the night. When he feels he/

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Originally Published on: FEBRUARY 23, 2011 under the heading:
I Love Being Bi*****al


Image credit

My Father and I, each being/

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JUNE 14, 2012 11:50AM

Keen of the Darling River

Darling River


" The Flood on the Darling River "

  Painting by

 William Piguenit  



The Flood in the Darling 1890


Iron Poet Challenge # 11


Keen of the Darling River


Füsun Atalay… Read full post »

JUNE 8, 2012 11:12AM



cropped and signed-resized 




anemone signed






blue columbines-signed








anemones-signed and framed


Lullaby in Blue    
~ Betsy Sholl ~ 

The child takes her first journey
through the inner blue world of her mo/… Read full post »

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JUNE 2, 2012 1:28PM

On Perspective


Image source 

Sometimes life gets in the way of what we embellish as routine – that safe, comfy buffer between the objective, harsh unfolding of reality – and the state we create for ourselves by whatever means we've chosen to escape the   relentless truths./… 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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The first part of this piece is titled after Governor Russ Peterson’s autobiographical book and written as a tribute to him for his legacy to Delawareans. On my recent family reunion in Wilmington, my sisters and I took Annecim on an outing along theRead full post »

MAY 7, 2012 9:07AM


- an allegorical photo essay

Look carefully. What do you see? On each branch, trunk, and root there are stories waiting to be discovered, interpreted, told. Let your imagination take wing and come along on the journey. I've been encountering trees, listening to their stories, learning from their wis

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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 »

MARCH 10, 2012 12:10AM

Happy Birthday, Thoth!

Dear Open Salon Family and Friends
pembe gul pembe gulpembe gulpembe gul
You're all invited to celebrate the birthday of a friend who is loved and respected by many of us here. He doesn't post as often as many do, but that's perhaps/… Read full post »
MARCH 9, 2012 11:10PM

Happy Birthday, Mar10 !

white rose choc cake


The good Birthday Fairy has been very busy making sure that her friends were not forgotten on their special day, but cheered on and celebrated by us all, whose lives they enrich with their contributions here on Open Salon… Read full post »

MARCH 8, 2012 8:49AM

Education is the way


Afghanistan school girls - photo by Natacha Pisarenko/AP

Since the first International Women's Day in 1900 Women's rights have come a long way in securing votes for women, opening up access to male-only professions, and criminalising domestic violence and rape in the UK. The world is unquesti/… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 29, 2012 8:48AM

Turning Points


My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends --
It gives a lovely light!

~Edna St Vincent Millay~

On the sixteenth year of my teaching I faced my life's first big/
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FEBRUARY 17, 2012 12:52PM


written after a phone call on July 2, 1984~

What exactly did you expect to hear from my lips
when you casually picked up the phone
and decided to ask how I had been
and what I had done with my life
in the last fourteen years?

It wasn't your fault that we lost… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 12, 2012 3:27PM

Honor Weddings

       Geet age 13-1 IMG_3304

I was Geeta's age, 13 (left) when I came to Canada, and Zainab's, 19 (right) when I first fell in love.

The entire Turkish community of Montréal was surprised when they received invitations for two weddings set one week ap

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FEBRUARY 2, 2012 10:12AM



Last month my sister, the one who burned my screen top late last year, was in town and we spent another memorable day together. This time just with each other and our muses; not with laptops or ambiance candles. Warm, cardamom flavored chai replaced the gin and/

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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 27, 2012 12:23PM

Introducing Hiriko


A tiny revolutionary fold-up car as the answer to urban stress and pollution was unveiled at the EU on Tuesday, January 24, before hitting European cities in 2013. The car was designed in Spain's Basque country.

The electric two-seater with no doors is christened The "Hiriko", the Basq… Read full post »