Aslı Omur is a prolific writer. She is a freelance journalist for hire and a free agent. She writes about: film, people, books and authors, art and artists, music and musicians, cultures, travels, sexuality, cuisines, small businesses and their owners, finance, science & technology, genocide, war time, personalities, stereotypes, urban living, minimalism, simple lifestyles and life off the grid, among many other topics. She is also a published poet and photographer. Her life is one big curation & curiosità. Her article subjects, clients, friends & intimates call her a thorough reporter, coolspotter, trendstarter, creative thinker, sleuth & always a student.
asliomur has written 62 posts for This Is My Happy Place

Free book giveaway!

SPECIAL NOTE: Author Anker Frankoni is offering a reading of his works on May 1st at Alley Cat Books in San Francisco, and on May 2nd at the new Oakland Octopus at 2101 Webster Street. You can see more details about the reading here and a place to R.S.V.P. here: https://www.facebook.com/events/612697025500585/ – – – I’m so excited … Continue reading

Sending you lovingkindness and peaceful wishes for 2015!

Dear readers, writers, bloggers, pals, colleagues, and denizens of the universe, Seven cities, four states, three famous coasts, uncountable holidays, plane tickets, months of odd weather-patterns, a new desk, and 975,000 words later, I return to my happy place. A new year already began. Hi, 2015! You are so sparkly, witty and shiny, brand new! … Continue reading

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 22,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many … Continue reading

They’ve Come Undone: a girl gone and questionable marriages.

Just in time for World Mental Health Awareness Week and Halloween, David Fincher’s Gone Girl came and delighted us with tales from the little shop of marriage horrors. A cinematic take on Gillian Flynn’s novel of the same name, we witness how some lie to get love and will do anything to not lose face. … Continue reading

An Ode Or Two To A Decrepitly Beautiful City

A u t h o r ‘ s | N o t e: As taken from my Yelp archives. Dated February 27, 2013, May 27, 2013 and August 30, 2014. San Francisco … like a museum where you can touch all the art. San Francisco, I think I love you, so what am I so afraid … Continue reading

The 15 Men You Meet After a Dysfunctional Girlhood

Dysfunctional childhoods attract dysfunctional men. It’s nearly rooted in science. Like attracts like. But even beyond that, if we are not healed and continuously working on our healing, even as an adult, the likelihood of falling into old patterns and familiar relationships is ever greater. When you grow dysfunctional, you often have trouble discerning what’s … Continue reading

Love In War: Aimée and Jaguar.

A powerful love story, that remains as potent today as it was in the midst of war torn Berlin. Aimée and Jaguar (a.k.a Lilly Wust and Felice Schragenheim) met unexpectedly and nothing was ever the same. Lilly (Juliane Köhler) is a frazzled blonde housewife to a Nazi (Detlev Buck), courting lovers of equal questionable characters. By happenstance, … Continue reading

Lucy meets Lucy.

How much information can our brains hold? Can we recall being born? Are we living up to our full human capacity? What have we done with the world we were given a billion years ago? Does our brain only make use of 10%? Are we reincarnations of our earths history and ancestors? Can we know … Continue reading

Who Took Johnny?

Johnny Gosch, a sweet, freckle-faced 12-year-old Iowa paper boy, ventured out early on the 5th of September, 1982, to start his morning delivery route. He took his red wagon and dachshund puppy, Gretchen, as company. By 6 a.m., his red wagon with undelivered newspapers and puppy were both found abandoned on the sidewalk. Other young … Continue reading

A San Francisco Unknown Treasure: The Three Black Beauties of Nob Hill

Three kittens encountered in my neighborhood. One, a mother, the others, her son and daughter. Their purring in unison, unmistakable. This is how they communicate. Upon inquiry from neighbors, I learn they have roamed this particular urban corridor for over 12 years. People come and go. They saw it all. A decade came and went. … Continue reading

Machine vs. Human: Paglan’s Transcendence transcends what we’ve come to expect from science fiction cinema

This year’s Sci-Fi film of merit, Transcendence, has garnered more nay than yay. In the starring role, Johnny Depp plays Dr. William Caster, a respected researcher of Artificial Intelligence at the University of California Berkeley. Caster’s wife, Evelyn, is effortlessly conveyed by Rebecca Hall (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, The Town, Closed Circuit), a guileless scientist who … Continue reading

Felix Van Cleeff’s The Crimson Sea: A New Sound With Old Memories From The Netherlands

Filmmaker and musical poet, Felix Van Cleeff (The Violet Hour, My Bethesda Angel, Black Dog), has released a second album, The Crimson Sea, filled with tempting, hypnotic jazz-grunge melodies. Van Cleeff is the man behind the pen, writing and composing all the songs on the album. It was produced and mastered by Floyd Raynor. Accompanying Van Cleeff‘s … Continue reading

Guglielmo Cavellini’s Art On Exhibit At San Francisco’s Istituto Italiano Di Cultura

Brescia-born Italian artist, Guglielmo Cavellini, best known for his coined term, ”autostoricizzazione” (self-historicization), made art that preserved his legacy. He wanted to be his own biographer, and have charge over his own public persona and representation. These works do just that. In collaboration with Archivio Cavellini in his hometown of Brescia and the LYNCH THAM … Continue reading

Deyarteb, the first.

I. Stolen strength the thief runs through the house of truth An angry smile Banshee! cloaked in false moralities you feel righteous in your wrongdoing you partake of stale bread and dare to call it nourishment II. Your wounds only bare bandage And yet, the most reverent stream begs to cleanse you you refuse  Coward! Conformist! … Continue reading

The cruel gods

Cruel gods with yellow voices They mix the potions, in a quiet place Doubt. Finding you in a private space They pluck you from your tree Before you slip into the earth Succumb. Turn you into stone Living in the costume of another A murder!

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