A Link to Happiness: Self Respect

Self respect is the key to make right decisions. We need to respect our own thoughts, feelings, confusions, wishes and dreams. No one can really know what our dream is or what we are actually thinking and feeling.

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Isn’t it difficult to express the real ‘me’? Isn’t it sad that we often choose what is offered and do not share our actual abilities?

Most of us don’t know Continue reading

Kağıttan kar tanesi yapabildik mi?? – Video

Hala çocuklar öyle midir bilmeyiz ama biz çocukken çokça el işi faaliyetleri yapardık, hem okulda hem evde. En sevdiğimiz, kolay ve zevklilerinden biri de kağıdı katlayıp şekiller kesmek ve sonunda da açıp ortaya çıkan simetrik sürpriz deseni görmekti. Hatta bir ara bu aktiviteye o kadar sarmıştık ki evde bir süre her yerden minik kağıt parçaları çıkar olmuştu!

Bir video yaptık, madem yılbaşı teması hakim, henüz kar yağmasa da kağıttan kar taneleri ile kışı şenlendirelim! Hem de çocukluk aktivitelerini yeniden yapmanın verdiği mutluluk bir başkadır, bunu da deneyelim.

Videoda kağıttan kar tanesi yapmak için yarıştık, kısa zamanda en iyisini hangimiz yapacak diye süre de tuttuk. Gerçekten kar tanesine benzedi mi, iyi yapabildik mi, kim daha iyi yaptı, video sonunda o desenler ne hali aldı… İzlemek isterseniz aşağıda bulabilirsiniz!

Sevgiler,

Övgü ve Öykü

Ağaçlardan Yılbaşı Ağacı – Video

Yeni bir video için yeni bir konu ararken yılbaşı temalı bir video olsun dedik.

Hazırlık aşamasında ilk yaptığımız şey tabii ki ışıklandırma almak oldu. Zaten en sevdiğimiz dekoratif eşyalardan biridir bu küçük ışıklar. Üniversitedeyken de yurttaki çoğu odanın duvarlarını süslerlerdi, zaman yılbaşı olmasa da. Bizim de vardı ve bazen gece karanlığında ışıkları seyrederdik. Çok keyifli oluyor, tevsiye ederiz.

Yılbaşı ağacı alıp bunu süslemek de oldukça eğlencelidir ama bu yıl başka bir şey yapalım istedik. Zaten çok yer değiştirme sonucu süs, ağaç gibi şeyler her an halihazırda bulunmuyor bizde. Bu durumda bize düşen ayak uydurmak ve kendi süsümüzü yapmak!

Kitaplardan yılbaşı ağacı yapma fikri de buradan çıktı, evde en kolay (ve en çok!) bulunan şey kitap olduğu için aslında bizim için harika bir seneçekti, birçok kişi için de böyledir tahminimiz.

İhtiyacınız olan malzemeler:

  1. Bolca çokça fazlaca kitap!
  2. Yılbaşı ışıkları (işin sihri)
  3. Varsa kozalak, ya da yılbaşı ağacının üstüne yerleştirilen yıldız süsü gibi süsler de güzel olur.

Aslında çok olay gibi gözükebilir ama düzgün ve güzel görünümlü bir ağaç tasarlamak istiyorsanız, ve bunu ilk defa yapıyorsanız, biraz uğraştırabilir. Piramit gibi üst üste kitap koymakla bitmiyormuş iş, denge sağlamak gerekiyormuş.

Bir püf noktası da kitapların sırtını dışarıya dönük şekilde koymak. Ağır ve boyca büyük kitapları en alta temel sağlaması olarak yerleştirmek ve küçük kitapları sona saklamak akıllıca olacaktır. Tabii ki istediğiniz ağaç büyüdükçe kullandığınız kitap sayısı da artacaktır!

En sonunda ışıkları sarıp, en üste süsünüzü yerleştirip, bir de karanlıkta ışıklı süsünüzü yakınca tadaaa! İşte işin en zevkli yanı o!

Videomuzu izlemek istiyorsanız aşağıya bırakıyoruz.

 

 

 

How We Met Khaled Hosseini – New Youtube Video

Check out our latest video on Youtube! We talked about how we met the famous author Khaled Hosseini. We were at Skidmore College doing our Citizenship Project for our Honors Forum Minor. In Saratoga Springs we led a book discussion at a nursing home and it was a wonderful experience!

We have the Turkish version of this video too. You can find it in our Youtube Channel!

An Autodidact Freedom Searcher – Gorky

For the last couple of years, whenever I gazed over the shelves of the bookcase, this book attracted my attention. Finally I had a chance to read it: True Stories by Maxim Gorky.

Some books are fun and easy to read, while some give a different kind of literary satisfaction. Gorky’s stories are not difficult to read, but they also have that sweet taste of literature. It has been a long time since I read such a literary work and it felt good.

I just finished the book and I wanted to write a post about it. Characters are described quite well, I felt like I already know these people who lived more than a century ago. Some of the stories tell folk stories, some have epic sounds, but all have realistic approach to character descriptions, and they all tell the search for freedom. Many parts have long philosophical parts about freedom, meaning of life, and change in life styles as people move towards cities.

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In this image, two grass-heads accompany the book, True Stories by Maxim Gorky.

One of the parts that loved about this book is the beautiful imagery! Many of the stories have impressive descriptions of sea, wind and the appearance of the characters. Continue reading

Tears of Love

The title sounds lame but wait until you read this post.

A few weeks ago we went to a florist.  The owner has turned his large backyard of his little house to a plant storage, almost a plant-house and now he cultivates seedlings of citrus, jasmine and bougainvilleas. He also sells pots of flowers, mostly to be planted, and a very small collection of succulents. Oyku and I love succulents and when we went near them we saw a different looking plant. We had seen that plant for the first time in our lives and before we could ask about it the owner told the name: ‘Tears of Love’. It seemed as if this was one of his favorites. He explained that the plant doesn’t have flowers, but when a little bud drops on the soil, a new plant grows from there.


We think this plant is a succulent or a type of cactus (forgive our lack of knowledge about succulents and cacti; we may not know much, but we are admirers) and propogation is possible with the small buds. We wonder Continue reading

Design is in love with emotions

Design is a good friend of technology. Computer brings them together and we see their collaboration in various forms, like web-design, architecture, fashion, visuals… However, design is in love with emotions; therefore, trends rise from the human effects like passion, love, envy, inadequacy and longing.

That is why there are two ends of development for design. As we move to a modern and space-like design trends with the help of technology, we also move towards the ethnic and rarest bits of culture that make us feel unique and safe, in a way. We want oriental elements with modern details.

These photos are from Elmaci Pazari in Gaziantep, Turkey. Since we were born in there, we always found the ethnic elements as the typical details of life. However, as we traveled outside this city for our education, first to Istanbul then to the US, we started to grasp the meaning of culture, and the depth of past. We realized that Continue reading

On the Birthday of a Turkish Poet, Özdemir Asaf

Today is the birthday of Özdemir Asaf, who passed away 36 years ago and still remembered dearly by Turkish literature fans.

We got quite interested in literature when we were in high school, and Özdemir Asaf was one of the poets who taught us how deep and sophisticated Turkish language can be. Even his shortest poems are enough to make us think.

We wanted to remember him on his birthday.

He has a lot of poems and it is hard to pick the favorite ones, but to give an idea we wanted to write the names of his poems that we love.

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Best Moments of Art | Ramdomness of Street Music

Playing on a street and interacting with the people around; one of the most beautiful moments of art…

I used to watch this video when I was in high school. I was a big fan of Yann Tiersen back then (I still am a fan) and I enjoyed listening to his musical pieces as I wrote. I also listened to him while reading, sometimes as a soundtrack.

I know almost all of Tiersen’s pieces, but this video above is one of my favorites. Warm lights on a beautiful random street, before it is dark, peaceful music and happy people…

Let the world be this beautiful…

Love,

Ovgu

Making of Lion King, Julie Taymor and more – Aslan Kral Perde Arkası, Julie Taymor ve dahası

A few years ago, when I was an intern at Walt Disney Turkey I have read a book about the making of Lion King Musical. At the time I haven’t seen the musical, but I had heard a lot about the creative costumes and the design. The book introduced me to Julie Taymor, the director and the designer of the Lion King musical. Taymor’s acclaimed design and the puppet-costumes brought her many Tony Awards and also admiration of Broadway-lovers.

We saw the Lion King musical last spring as an Honors Forum trip at Skidmore College. It was amazing!

Half a year later, Continue reading