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jpg online magazine submission

On: June 28th, 2007 at 1:19 pm | Number of Comments » 1

JPG Magazine online conducts themed photo contests and this month’s includes “Fashion.” While many of the submissions are predictably “hot” (i.e., women in “sexy” poses wearing less than their mothers would normally let them and looking pretty much like whores), I submitted this one below of Sara, which I think is far hotter: You can […]

the sara cafe & waterpipes

On: June 26th, 2007 at 8:40 pm | Number of Comments » 0

the sara cafe & waterpipes Just an FYI to gentle Goyareaders interested in more photos of Istanbul: I have over 100 on my Flickr site in the Istanbul set. And I’m in the midst of a self-indulgent Sara photo fest (the My Beloved in Istanbul set), the last of the Istanbul photos that I intened […]

magical minaret seagulls

On: June 22nd, 2007 at 11:00 am | Number of Comments » 0

minaret seagulls One of the mysterious things in Istanbul at night are the seagulls that gather around the lighted minarets, especially those on the Blue Mosque (pictured here) and the Aya Sofya (Hagia Sophia). As dusk falls, they are drawn one by one to the glow and begin lazy circles. Sara and I liked to […]


On: June 17th, 2007 at 5:06 pm | Number of Comments » 1

D-Day was June 6. June 17th is F-Day, the day when the forces of fatherhood amass on the beaches of parental privilege to retake the territory lost to parental obligation. Led by sacred right and custom whereby the father reigns supreme on this day (and this day only, being held captive as he is by […]

Relics of St. John the Baptist

On: June 10th, 2007 at 5:46 pm | Number of Comments » 0

We almost missed them. But after lunch at the cafe on the grounds of the Topkapi Palace, I glanced over the site map and couldn’t believe what I read: “Relics of St. John the Baptist” in the Treasury section of the museum where you can see huge gems and jeweled daggars from the Ottoman Empire. […]

hanging out

On: June 5th, 2007 at 9:23 pm | Number of Comments » 0

hanging out Sara and I walked some back streets of Istanbul where it was pretty poor, but somehow not too intimidating. Kids where playing and groups of friends (sisters?) were hanging out chatting and laughing. There was no sense of desperation that would drive one to crime (thank Islam for that, I suppose) although it […]

thinking about the sultan’s concubines

On: June 5th, 2007 at 9:15 pm | Number of Comments » 0

thinking about the sultan’s concubines My beloved reflecting over the concubine quarters in the Topkapi Palace harem.

newly circumcised

On: June 5th, 2007 at 9:14 pm | Number of Comments » 0

newly circumcised When young boys (4-7-ish) in Turkey are circumcised, thus becoming officially part of the religious community (not unlike Catholic communion), they don these flamboyant outfits. This boy was being photographed by his mother in the courtyard of the Blue Mosque.