Author Archives: Helen Akinc

About Helen Akinc

Writer: The Praeger Handbook for College Parents, Praeger Publishing, Dec. 31, 2009; Inter-cultural coach: Teaching Intercultural Competency Program for International Studies, Wake Forest University; speak Turkish, Cook: Very interested in ethnic cooking and am working on a Turkish cookbook;

Cultural Differences in Being a Guest or a Host

Was talking with a friend yesterday who has a close friend in Spain. My friend wants to go visit her elderly friend but the older lady has discouraged her coming because she has had some health problems and doesn’t feel … Continue reading

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Lament for the Lemmings

Lemmings have always fascinated me. All of a sudden, en masse, a whole crowd of them takes off running and leaps off a cliff into the sea, and they die. What makes them do this? Not a clue. And what … Continue reading

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The Simple Things

Almost everyone I know is distressed. About the world. About politics in whatever country they reside or are from. In the past several months, and not discounting the impact of shocking result of the US election and the distressing choices … Continue reading

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An Eagle in the Wild

We were driving back from Iowa a couple of days ago. Surprisingly, an eagle flew down onto the field by the road. It was farm country and I can only assume it was a wild eagle. It was the first … Continue reading

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Why are we so polarized?

The current state of affairs is baffling. The idea of civil dialogue is a remembrance long past. One cannot even politely question why a given person did something or another without risking a knee-jerk response. So, when discussing the important … Continue reading

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Language learning and interculturalism

It has been a while since I’ve posted on this site, but the time has come for this post. The world events are disturbing to say the least. There have also been enough comments from others that it is time … Continue reading

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the duck pond

There is a duck pond a short walk away from my house. It is one of my favorite places, not sure why, but it is. Every day since the big winter storm, I’ve walked by it. It doesn’t often freeze … Continue reading

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Kisir

Kisir is one of the best things ever. It is a spicy, more Antep-ish version of tabbouleh. I make it about once a month but I hadn’t made it for awhile and when I made it for lunch, I literally … Continue reading

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ONIONS- a quick and easy timesaver

This is so simple that I feel silly writing this post, but given that it took me years and years of cooking to figure this out, I thought it worth a share. OK, so I try to buy larger onions … Continue reading

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Turkish Family Favorites

My cookbook is now available from CreateSpace at: https://www.createspace.com/5876974 or Amazon.com

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