I like to borrow a metaphor from the great poet and mystic Rumi who talks about living like a drawing compass. One leg of the compass is static. It is fixed and rooted in a certain spot. Meanwhile, the other leg draws a huge wide circle around the first one, constantly moving. Just like that, one part of my writing is based in Istanbul. It has strong local roots. Yet at the same time the other part travels the whole wide world, feeling connected to several cities, cultures, and peoples. Elif Shafak

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Photo Kelly Clifford

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4 Responses to

  1. Barb Estinson says:

    Wow, Kelly’s photo is really neat. Interesting metaphor in the quote, Sandy.

  2. Jesse says:

    Oh yeah this is one of the pics of the year so far, nice!

  3. Sandy says:

    I really like it. My cousin is living in Prague and she took it on one of her travels. Thanks.

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