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Posted on Feb 8, 2015 | 3 comments

Happy 12th Birthday Orazi- the Most Beautiful Boy in the World [Photo Essay]

Happy 12th Birthday Orazi- the Most Beautiful Boy in the World [Photo Essay]

    I’m here and they are there, and yet the distance makes me fall in love with my best and only son none the less. Happy birthday to our young prince, our flirty, funny dancing mini-Kobi. Happy birthday to the one male in the house who can spoil and gently care for his sisters one second and terrorize them the next. Happy birthday to the one kid who knows best how to make deadly traps and how to perfectly balance his mini-manhood with knitting, flower-picking, and art activities. You are our gentle, sensative little man, our little cherub with those blonde curls and blue eyes who, even in moments when we most want to murder you, you manage to charm your way out of it. This photo essay is for you Chazi.                            Mosaic art in Ecuador                                      ...

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Posted on Jan 30, 2015 | 3 comments

Hate, Judgement, & Wild Rashes- Unexpected Twists of Spiritual Healing Journeys- India

Hate, Judgement, & Wild Rashes- Unexpected Twists of Spiritual Healing Journeys- India

So my face rash is going down, but other things have come up. I haven’t shown you the rashes for my ego freaked out against it. Every cell of my vanity (and there are oceans of em) was against actually posting me looking totally beaten up and deformed. And yet, true to form, if I walk this talk of sharing “the sweaty, teary, and beautiful” than here we go. [Photos in the second half of the post.] I remind myself of the guy from Mask (not the Jim Carey one, the one from 1985 that portrays the true life story of Rocky Dennis , a red head with a massive facial deformity who had a blind girlfriend, and he dies right after he removed the tacks from his map of dreams because the parents forbade her to see him again, and he finally understood that the fight he was fighting to be accepted for who he was, was not going to happen. Oh, such a hard movie!) So, I look like...

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Posted on Jan 21, 2015 |

I Hate Home Schooling and Men Who Make Salads, Istanbul Apartment Home

I Hate Home Schooling and Men Who Make Salads, Istanbul Apartment Home

  Any thoughts? Yes, love? Lost and found? Been there? Got out of it? Tell me, or don’t. I can hear you, and me, either way.  Gabi   Macaron Konagi was our precious first experience with TheBoutiqueSmallHotels.com.We feel in love with Yavuz and Serap and their passion to make this dream come true. They bought an ancient, run-down, dilapidated ruin and turned it, with love and care to heart-warming details, into a little gardened fairy-tale. Should you have the blessed chance to visit to Turkey and come to Ayvalik, we dearly hope you will consider spoiling yourself with a vacation here. Thank you Yavuz and Serap and your loving staff for these four beautiful nights. _____________________________   If you enjoyed this, you can read more about our Ayvalik, Turkey experiences: The Eastern Europe Road Trip Begins The Mother of all Videos, the Father of all Vacations Parenting on the Road, Sugar Daddy Debates, and Morality ___________________________ We’d love to connect to you also on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Insanely unorthodox, embarrassingly honest,...

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