Wednesday, January 06, 2010


Dear Friends.
This blog, Kloe Among the Turks, has been a constant in my life for almost three and a half years. This is my 850th post. It has given me great satisfaction to write almost every day, chronicling my life and artmaking, what I think about and feel.
I finally need a break. The past year has been hard on me financially, and I’m embarking on new projects that need my focus. I’ll be teaching a Renaissance to Modern art history survey in addition to my Ancient to Gothic course, so will be up to my blue eyeballs in study. I’m also starting a business that will also require a blog (but sadly, no Kloe). Find me here, soon.
I may be back. I may miss Kloe so much that I can’t bear not to write it. But for now, regretfully, I need to be elsewhere.

Before I go, I thought I’d explain my labels:
* angels (special, mystical things that occur in my life)
* art (mine, other people’s)
* art collecting (how and why to do it)
* beach (I live here)
* blogging (posts that question the practice of blogging)
* body (discussions of women’s and doll’s bodies)
* bratz (us)
* bungalow restoration (a project in 2009)
* business (thoughts on how to earn money beyond teaching)
* chickens (love ‘em)
* daily life (odd ‘n ends)
* drawing (as opposed to painting)
* dying (that inevitable subject)
* education (thoughts on teaching)
* expat (living in Turkey with kids)
* food (what I eat and cook)
* garden (what I grow)
* girl talk (feminism and politically incorrect subject matter)
* imagine this (exuberance!)
* in-progress (new stuff)
* Istanbul Biennial (a big art show in 2009)
* kids (.01 and .02)
* money (or my lack of)
* new life (changes)
* Odunpazari Project (a Turkish project from 2008)
* pets (my animals)
* politics (American and Turkish)
* religion (can’t get away from it)
* SoCal culture (where I’m from and am now)
* studio (getting one, using it, loving it)
* trade show (big international art project 2008-2010)
* travel (will never tire of it)
* Turkish culture (where I lived during my Fulbright)
* video lessons (my new business venture)

I wish you all the best for 2010.
Love and kisses, always.


Michael Lerch said...

My Dear Kloe
I will miss your Blog very much
Than it is a little Spotöght of your Life and Work
I enjoy it to read your Posts and was with you all the time in mind
Bye Bye and good Luck for all what you expect.
Love M

namastenancy said...

Dear, Dear Kloe: iyi şanslar! (Good luck) in all your future endeavors. Your blog has given me so much fun and so much to think about but I understand when it's time to move on. I know that 2009 was a difficult year - here's hoping that 2010 will be much, much better.

MJ Stevens said...

Everything Great will get underway in 2010. It's already started!

See you around Kloe!!


Michele Guieu said...

I wish you the best for your upcoming projects. If the blog comes back, that's great! If it does not, so goes life. I am grateful for all I read in your blog. Insightful, funny, refreshing writing.
I'll see you soon!

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E.F.F. said...

Dear Kloe,

I've not stopped by your blog in a few months now and it was rather a shock to find this here!

I don't think I've ever posted any comments here, but I just want you to know that I really appreciate all the time you took to write, take pictures and to give us the scoop on Turkey (and SoCal and New York and all the other exciting places you've gone!).

I moved to Turkey about halfway through your stay there and I checked this blog daily for a good year. While my time spent online has decreased in the past few months, I've kept checking in...and I just wanted to say thank you, and I hope that everything's looking up for 2010.

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kloeamongtheturks said...

Dear E.F.F.

I hope you're having a wonderful, inspiring and eye-opening experience living in my adopted country. Thanks for reading and I'm glad if I helped with your transition in a small way.

best regards,