Category Archives: Braindroppings

Retirement and English in Turkey

We have been asked by a few folks what is it like to live in Turkey where all the protests over Gezi Park in Istanbul, Ankara, İzmir and other places were happening. We live in a very small village about … Continue reading

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About the turkey in Turkey

So what about the turkey in Turkey? I mean the bird of course. Turkeys have been raised in Turkey for quite a long time and they have become popular as a New Year celebration center piece. Villagers raise them commercially … Continue reading

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Race in Amerika

A friend of mine wrote me recently the following: “Sometimes Fred comes across as a racist asshole, but he’s often right, as in this case, even if deep into hyperbole.” My reply was; my first impulse upon reading some of … Continue reading

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Why I Am Leaving (Left) Facebook

“The average number of Facebook friends per user is 245, according to a Pew Research Center sample“ NOTE: I wrote this in January, 2013. I have since then become a very contented NON-Facebook user. There are a number of reasons … Continue reading

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Sacrifice Holiday in Turkey

I started to write this as a letter to a friend but decided instead to post it here. It is in response to a thread on a Lonely Planet forum regarding what, in Turkey, is called Kurban Bayramı (Sacrifice Holiday). … Continue reading

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No fear living in Turkey

I just wrote Fred another letter, he is going to get really angry if I do not leave him to his tequila and lime I fear… Fred, I just read your “Mexico Fades” article and in regard to your last … Continue reading

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1970 Houston Texas and Killer Kops

We worked the night shift in a “snuffy” job in a food warehouse pulling orders to load onto trucks which delivered to small grocery stores. It was a weird crew, we worked 11 pm to 7 am or until all … Continue reading

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1977 Key West Florida

Key West Florida, mid 1977, had not quite been “discovered” yet. It was a year or two before Fantasy Fest started. Many young “expats” were literally at the end of the road on US Highway 1. Most of these Key … Continue reading

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1991 Chiselhead

A story, by Tom Smith (1991) Once upon a time there lived a history teacher way up north, in far away Randolph, Kansas. Up not too far from the famous Dorothy of Oz. This teacher was very comfortable in the … Continue reading

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Baseball or Football?

Baseball and football are the two most popular spectator sports in this country. As such, it seems they ought to be able to tell us something about ourselves and our values. George Carlin explained it very well in this video … Continue reading

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United States Military Spending

Anup Shah, World Military Spending, Global Issues, Updated: May 06, 2012 “Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Memory

As a kid I lived on a farm about two miles outside a small village called Barnes, Kansas. It was the day before Thanksgiving 1952 and we heard on the radio that a blizzard was headed our way, so my … Continue reading

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Mad Dogs and Englishmen

Over the years I have heard folks from the UK comment about the phrase “Mad Dogs and Englishmen.” I first heard the expression when Joe Cocker went on tour with his rock and roll (and blues) group, Mad Dogs and … Continue reading

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What is a teacher?

As teachers we tend to talk too much. We are obsessed with the sound of our own voices, we relish another day of “talking to” our students when in fact we bore their nerve endings and stifle their imagination. We … Continue reading

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Letter to my friend in America

Well it has been a quiet week in our little village of Çukurbağ. My daughter and her beloved and two of their best friends decided to come here for a short holiday. The others will return to Brussels in a … Continue reading

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Divine Plan – Lapham’s Quarterly

I found this article called  Divine Plan – Lapham’s Quarterly. We used to live in Istanbul, which, before 1453, was called Constantinople. After Fatih Sultan Mehmet conquered the city it “ brought to a head many trends already under way. One … Continue reading

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Kansas, English, and other stuff

On 07/07/2011 06:31 PM, my cousin wrote: Ah, consistency. Our VP routes around a weekly email on grammar usage, from some service he subscribed to. (“to which he subscribed”? Nah.) I find its content obvious and condescending. Took great glee … Continue reading

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It sucks that we need Loonwatch

Are we all looney? Loonwatch.com “is a blogzine run by a motley group of hate-allergic bloggers to monitor and expose the web’s plethora of anti-Muslim loons, wackos, and conspiracy theorists. While we find the sheer stupidity and outrageousness of the … Continue reading

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Fred

Fred Reed has a new book called “A Grand Adventure-Wisdom’s Price” where he writes “Fred’s latest collection of sedition, outrage, and affronts to civilization. Discounts for departments of forensic psychology and abnormal anthropology. The photo is from rural Cambodia in … Continue reading

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Welfare for the Rich

Welfare for the rich, but not for the rest of us. It is amazing to me how Americans can elect so-called “representatives” who rip-off the middle-class and the poor every chance they get!

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Wintertime Cometh (2009)

Winter on the south coast of Turkey is fast approaching. I grew up in Kansas, therefore I can appreciate the fact that “winter” and “cold” can be a relative term; relative compared to where you currently reside of course…

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Retirement-Conversation with Mike

A friend of mine responded to an email I wrote him a while ago in which I told him I was retiring from teaching.

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George Carlin as prophet (not for profit)

© April 2000 George Carlin from Brain Droppings George Carlin was a prophet and as a good prophet he would dismiss anyone who would call him such.

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George Carlin “A place for my stuff”

George Carlin was a genius. He had a finger on the pulse of Amerika and he never lost the rhythm of it. He left us at age 71 on June 22, 2008 for whatever next great adventure he plans to … Continue reading

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Servant Leadership

Servant Leadership is difficult to define. Peter Senge, in an introduction to the book, Synchronicity, The Inner Path of Leadership by Joseph Jaworski, comments on an essay titled Servant Leadership by Robert K. Greenleaf. “The phrase ‘Servant Leadership’ was coined … Continue reading

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Shogun and cross cultural understanding

I have been reading James Clavell‘s book Shogun. The novel and later film are both loosely based upon a real character named William Adams.

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