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New Turkish Tuesdays Show: Sihirli Annem (My Magical Mother)

I have been waiting a long time to start reviewing a series that I know Violet will like, as will all who enjoy hopeful family shows, with fun, meaning, and magic!  sihirli_annem_logosu

This show has been my all time favorite family show, and maybe even my all time favorite show ever, since I first saw and fell in love with it when I lived in Izmir in 2005.

The show features a fairy mother, Betüş, who marries a ‘normal’ human man, Sadık, who does not know that she and her family are fairies.  Humans are not allowed to see them doing magic, so this makes life interesting for all concerned.  Sadık has two children, who are not so sure about this new step-mother of theirs, at first.  The red-head in the featured image is a little kid we will learn more about later!   🙂      As a language-learning side comment, I love the name Sadık, which literally means “loyal” in Turkish.  And loyal he is, as we will find out in time.

It also features the late Defne Joy Foster, EdaDjF an American-Turkish actress who was well loved, as Eda, the sister of Betüş, who is the star of the show.   I love Eda’s character arc in the series, as she goes from following their mother’s lead, to learning to stand up for herself as an independent thinker.

So, next week I hope to start reviewing this series, at last!

Action Items:

1.) Share two different sources related to the Sihirli Annem series, and to the Harry Potter tie ins to this series.

2.) Share your thoughts on how a TV show might help, or hinder, inclusive thinking,

3.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses it.

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Turkish Tuesday: Babamın Kemanı (My Father’s Violin)

What do we not learn from this beautiful film?  babasi

Lessons:
1.)  Things are not always as they seem, even when it looks like your big brother has abandoned you.
2.)  Even when the struggle seems hopeless, imagine how that kid has survived, and keep going.
       This film starts off with a father, clearly suffering from TB, caring for his young daughter Özlem, and teaching her, through music, about life and the people in the world.  Sadly, she doesn’t get much time to learn with him, as the TB finished him off.  Fortunately, she did learn enough to show her bombastic uncle that she is also a violin virtuoso, once he learns to listen.  Along the way, we learn how he turned to this bombastic defense mechanism, and how some family history, passed by his niece to him from his defunct brother, changes his views.  Also, we see some of the distinctions in Turkish society between upper and lower class Istanbul’luler (residents of The City), and a bit of the bureaucracy inherited from Byzantium.
     An incredibly beautiful film that I didn’t mind watching 3 times to catch some of the rapid fire Turkish!

Shira

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Turkish Tuesdays, and Last Lessons from Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector, s2e8, on Learning via Empathy, and Empathy as a Sacred Duty

What do we learn from season 2, episode 8?

Lessons:
1.)  Know your friends and your enemies: empathy will show the difference.
2.)  Even when the struggle seems hopeless, empathy is what will keep volunteers working on the Sacred Duty to help others.
    The Crimean War was a while ago.

Faysal is a master manipulator, so what is he after, bringing them together.
And Levent has a point:  people have ruined this world, but we can Do Better.
That is why Hakan accepts the Kutsal görev.
Faysal just has to be in charge, even when he’s not.
And he always wants a weakness he can use against even his servants, which they are, right now: to help him get Rüya back.
Why don’t they wear flak jackets?!
              This is the last review I will do for this series, unless I hear from Readers who’d like to see more.
Shira

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Turkish Tuesdays, and Two Lessons from Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector, s2e7, on Empathy for Misplaced Love, and Names

What do we learn from season 2, episode 7?

Lessons:
1.)  Sorry for the heartbreak, Hakan, but sometimes there is a very good reason for those traditions you disdain.
2.)  Even those with beautiful names can still lack the empathy that should go with them.
    For those who don’t speak Turkish, Rüya, the name of our new evil leader, literally means dream.

Nice touch,  because what that company is planning to do now will definitely change the world.

The Covered Market  (aka the Grand Bazaar ) has a terrace?
İt’s horrible to feel alone.
Even with a whole army around you to be family.
O kadın  her kese kullanır.
And just as Hakan didn’t understand how important he was, Levent doesn’t seem to understand how important he is now either.
Yes!!  A very cool library!!
Oops:. Yet another very good reason to keep the Muhafız and his family tightly connected to the Sadık Olanları.
So much for that dream…

Umm, Hakan, what are you thinking?

and

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Turkish Tuesdays, and Two Lessons from Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector, s2e6, on Empathy, and Mistakes

What do we learn from season 2, episode 6?

Lessons:
1.)  Not everyone can be trusted.
2.)  Empathy Matters.
Sorry, not everyone deserves a second chance.   Azra is right.

And it’s not obvious that they let her go for a reason?
So, like Harry Potter, the orphan has an unknown inheritance.
Zeynep, gitme!
Gorgeous views of islands and the Bosporus, and of course the Aya Sofia.
There are only six immortals that we have seen so far, though Rüya has mentioned a Vezir, who might have shot Hakan when Ceylan died.
Why is the hero always the princess’s “only hope?”
Why does this Leyla keep insisting that women need some man to support them?
Finally, Azra admits her error.
For this day…
That is one more down, but 5 left.
Yeni yönetimi:. Rüya Hanım!
I guess this means they’ll have to rename the building…
But how did they do that?
And who is this Vızır she keeps mentioning?
Now Faysal helps Hakan?
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Turkish Tuesdays, Two Lessons from Hakan:Muhafiz, s2e5, and Ending this Series

What do we learn from season 2, episode 5?

Lessons:
1.)  Never trust a person who enjoys killing.
Yep, they told you this would happen, Hakan.

No time for breakfast, guys?
So, having killed her, whose  blood did they use to bring  back poor Leyla, without the hancer to draw blood?
So, these immortals do need to sleep.
And not only does he needlessly kill people, but he also likes to torture.
Even if this guy did kill his family, never is torture acceptable.  Ever.
But the gömlek is only supposed to accept temiz kalbin insanlar, not just any muhafız descendant.
I’ll be ending this review series with this season’s last episode.
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Turkish Tuesdays, and Two Lessons Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector, s2e4 Teaches About Life, and Listening

What do we learn from season 2, episode 4?

Lessons:
1.)  Voluntary isolation is not lockdown.
2.)  Listen to people.
Levent’i guvenİbilir mi?

Güvenlik ev, hapishane’den  çok  farklı.
Ne isterseniz yapın. Leyla için hiç iyi değil.
You going to send your best warrior to babysitting duty because you’re worried about her?
Levent…
Why bring a little kid to a battle?
Hakan, Faysal is not stupid.  Listen to your people!!
Or they pay the price.
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Turkish Tuesdays, Istanbul, late 2004, and Izmir, early 2005, Memory of Chanon’s bus Lymeric post

This post is pretty much a reminder that the only way to learn anything is by doing it badly, at first, and then: persisting!  🙂  It is also a tribute update of an old post: To Channon.

Some thoughts from back when I lived in Turkey, originally posted at the start of 2020’s global pandemic, but putting in a bit of order as I try to make sense of my longing to get back to languages before I forget them all (glad to see that I’ve improved quite a bit since then!), and to make time to learn all of the lessons from those places where I lived, searching for something that I am not sure how to find.

“2005-03-23 15:10:00
Group Limerick -on the bus!!
Here is a limerick Channon and I composed with the help of several fellow passengers (!)on the bus as we travelled to meet some SERVAS friends (the SERVAS http://www.servas.org coordinator here in İzmir, as it turned out) here in İzmir:

Izmir’de çok kaybolduk
“Hangi tarafa döndük?!”
Mutfak çok pislik
Zor temizledik
Efes’i gördük, mutluyduk

the link to all of his travel limericks is also available from this link, i think… https://lists.ccs.neu.edu/pipermail/craignet/2005/000122.html

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Here is my original in a more readable form…
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Izmir’de cok kaybolduk
“Hangi tarafa donduk?!”
Mutfak cok pislik
Zor temizledik
Efes’i gorduk, mutluyduk
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…sorry, thought I’d posted the translation with it:
In Izmir we were lost all the time
“Which way did we turn?!”
The kitchen was really dirty
We had a hard time cleaning it
We say Ephesus, we were happy

The conversation before the lymeric (ok, or maybe after the Lymeric…) !!   I am very grateful that this friend visited me, as I’d never have taken the time to see anything around me, working as I did constantly, while I lived in Izmir.   May his memory be for a blessing:

“At Ersan Pansyon, just off of Kibris Shehitler caddesi, near my apartment, there is a nice young man who works there, who yesterday offered us breakfast and the opportunity to talk. My guest Chanan does not speak Turkish, so I served as both translator and breakfast guest with him. This has been wonderful. I have forgotten the young man’s name, but he asked many questions about the US, which I translated for Channon from a Boston/NY perspective, and occasionally threw in my own perspective on growing up in the South. One thing that particularly struck me, which I have hear from religious Turks before, is that they are anxious for Americans and Europeans to know that Turkey is different from the other muslim countries, and *is not Arab* -and also is not a bed for fanatical Islam. The current president, as our friend told us, comes from a religious background, as does the family that runs this pansyon, and none of them are fanatics. All do however believe strongly in hospitality and friendship. He told us that all of the people in the world are relatives, all descending from Adam and Eve. This was a wonderful conversation.
2005-03-24 12:52:00”

“cultural note: Kurds, Turks, and Jewish (Sephardic) families all kiss the hand and touch the forehead of the eldest person/host as a greeting. I was quite surprised to see this as a universal custom (ok, at least one Kurdish family and extended friend group, only one Jewish family that I got to spend alot of time with around their extended family, and I’ve only seen Turkish family greetings on TV here in the commercials and shows. The Turkish family I lived with did not do this, but they are quite wealthy, and Americanized).

My Kurdish friends love to sing! They do not however consider me Jewish, because my father and mother are not Jewish. That seems to be the same sentiment I got from the Turkish and Jewish people I spoke with here in Istanbul as well.

Most people use propane gas for cooking. Natural gas is only in rich areas, so far.

Here, the doorway is not the place to hide during an earthquake. Under a table is what my roommate tells me…
2004-11-09 17:34:00″
from:..

“karamsar, dark or negative thinking, really?

A person in Izmir accused me of being thus, for refusing to bring a new life into this world. I beg to differ…
May all people who wander be granted peace of mind, and complete, total Shalom. “

And lastly but most certainly not least of all, remembering old friends who visited (twice!!):

“2005-03-23 15:10:00
Group Limerick -on the bus!!
Here is a limerick Channon and I composed with the help of several fellow passengers (!)on the bus as we travelled to meet some SERVAS friends (the SERVAS http://www.servas.org coordinator here in İzmir, as it turned out) here in İzmir:

Izmir’de çok kaybolduk
“Hangi tarafa döndük?!”
Mutfak çok pislik
Zor temizledik
Efes’i gördük, mutluyduk

the link to all of his travel limericks is also available from this link, i think… https://lists.ccs.neu.edu/pipermail/craignet/2005/000122.html

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Here is my original in a more readable form…
—-
Izmir’de cok kaybolduk
“Hangi tarafa donduk?!”
Mutfak cok pislik
Zor temizledik
Efes’i gorduk, mutluyduk
—-

…sorry, thought I’d posted the translation with it:
In Izmir we were lost all the time
“Which way did we turn?!”
The kitchen was really dirty
We had a hard time cleaning it
We say Ephesus, we were happy

2005-03-25 14:15:00
Los EE y el emperio Romano; ABD ve Roma emperyum; US and the Roman Empire…
Estoy trabajando para amigos en leer sus documentos en ingles, escuchando a Nuevo Flamenco muy bonito (me sorpresa que Slash puede tocar la gitarra tan bueno asi!), y preocupando por me permiso de trabajar, y yo estaba pensando en los EE y Roma, que similar; En los ultimos años, la culta del emperor y los valores familiares fue mucho hablado (me temo que he olvidè a esta idioma, y nunca fue tan bueno, asi que me perdoneran, ustedes queridos leeredores…). Una buen amiga me decia que los EE y Roma tienen muchas cosas en comun…

*cringe* now for the Turkish attempt -I’m still trying to translate the last line :
*ahora en Turquesa, aunque estoy tratando de traducir a la ultima linea de la respuesta de Silmaril…

Çalışıyorum ve düşünüyorüm -çalışma vizem nerede? Düşündüm ki ABD ve Roma Emperyum çok beğenziyor.
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As I shuttle back and forth between trying not to worry about where the bleepety bleep bleep bleep my bleeping work visa is (lost in Ankara …), work on reviewing the English documentation for some friends, and reading this paper on Global Civil Society …

Memories.  Neither misty nor water-colored.

Working on learning.  öğrenmeye çalışıyorum.

End of my old post, while living in Izmir.

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Turkish Tuesdays, and Two Lessons from Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector About Experience and Empathy

What do we learn from season 2, episode 3?

That:
1.)  Even experienced leaders make mistakes.
2.)  History Matters.  It also influences empathy (or the lack of empathy).

But, Azra!

Excellent view of the ancient Aqueduct!!

And we all know that the Black Death/Plague was really a bacterial infection spread by fleas from rats, right?
Levent kills pretty gratuitously, and the guards are just doing their jobs…
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Turkish Tuesdays, and Two Lessons Hakan Teaches About Having a Home

What do we learn from this episode?

Lessons:
1.)  Even immortals like luxury, how much more those of us who need food, and a place to cook and eat that food…
2.)  Bickering wastes energy.  We need that energy to cook dinner…

But, about Leyla, Azra is right.

Yeah, Ruya: must be dream-like, being alive when you are so rich, right?  But what a nightmare if you are poor…
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