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I’ve been traveling across Turkey, working on book edits and enjoying one of the sweetest cultures I’ve encountered, a sort of gentle interlude while Drew does the film tour. Quickly that’s ending and the rest of this year is taking shape. Drew and I have put together the 2015 workshop schedule, working on logistics and getting everything ready. I’m super excited to finally announce all the dates and workshops for the 2015 year. This is probably the best line up we’ve had since I started doing this back in 2011. Each one represents a highlight of the year for me:…

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I took the kids to Troy. I didn’t think about it when I planned the trip to Turkey, but when I saw it on the map, something deep inside me, perhaps from 9th grade English class when we read Homer, really, really wanted to go. There’s a giant wooden horse at the entrance, where you can climb in and pretend to be a hiding solider. My kids ate chocolate given to them by the taxi driver and looked out the windows unimpressed. Outside, Cole steered us away from the Turks-in-Costume, clearly the intention is to get you to pay a…

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Drew sends an update from the film tour: I am now consumed with two thoughts; 1 – I don’t have any idea what I am doing, and 2 – I really miss my family. Throughout high school, I was on the track team. My event of choice was the 400 meter dash, just one lap around the field. I would run my little heart out, then around the 200 meter mark, everything would go into cartoonish slow motion as I watched everyone else slowly outpace me no matter how hard I pushed myself. I would finish strong, but I hit a…

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Two years ago today, I was pregnant in the morning and had Stella in my arms by the afternoon. I still marvel at her the same way and think, “I get to keep her.” The post-birth feeling with both of my kids has been this disbelief mixed with the sense that maybe you’re getting away with something. “So… I can just take this baby home with me? You’re just going to let us walk out the door with this child, no questions asked?” Yes. They will. And then you can do whatever you want. Like take your daughter to Turkey,…

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A snowstorm hit Istanbul, so I bundled up the kids and headed over to the Galata tower. It’s a tourist destination, but with the bad weather, the line that wrapped around the building the day before had disappeared. We walked up to the front door, paid the fee and took the elevator to the roof. It was VIP treatment for the price of braving the cold. Of course the snow and wind was so intense that I couldn’t brave the thin balcony that runs along the edge, where you can view of the entire city. Instead I peaked out at…