FRIENDS KNEW ÇİĞDEM TO MAKE THIS WORLD A BETTER PLACE

A Tribute To ÇİĞDEM ACAR
by
  Timur AKPINAR 

It is hard to come to grips with the loss of our dear friend Çiğdem.

I knew her for a long time, going back decades.

I tried to recall one of her qualities that left the greatest impression on me and it was difficult.

She had many good traits.
Her intellect was extraordinary.

She could listen to two conversations at the same time, all while also reviewing a detailed legal memorandum.

But it isn’t simply the fact that she was very bright. She did good things with her smarts.

If someone needed help with a legal problem, she always tried to be helpful.

She was successful and busy enough, but she was humble as well. She found the time to work on projects and do good things for people. If you were lucky enough for her to consider you a friend, you knew her warmth and kindness.

I’ll always remember her heartfelt laugh, which was so spontaneous and genuine.

And while she could make you smile with her sense of humor, she was no-nonsense when it came to her job.

As an attorney, her advocacy skills and sharp insight served to help many people.

It doesn’t really do justice to Çiğdem to try to describe her in a few brief words, but it’s safe to say that her friends knew her to be a good and decent person who possessed a kind and brave heart to go together with that keen mind, and she used these gifts to make this world a better place.

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Opening Remarks of The Light Millennium 2nd Anniversary in 2002  by ÇİĞDEM ACAR

HAYATTA EN BÜYÜK EĞLENCE, BAŞKASININ YAPAMAZSIN DEDİĞİNİ YAPMAKTIR…

“THE LIGHT MILLENNIUM IS MADE POSSIBLE AGAINST ALL POSSIBLE ODDS. IT REALLY IS HARD TO BELIEVE THAT IT HAS COME SO FAR AND CREATED SUCH A DEDICATED FOLLOWING.

BIRCAN ÜNVER IS THE LIGHT BEHIND THE SHADOW PLAY THAT WE SEE ON THE SCREEN. SHE DOES NOT MANIPULATE, SHE DOES NOT DICTATE AND SHE DOES NOT MAKE A PENNY FROM ALL THIS!

SHE SIMPLY TALKS TO YOU LONG ENOUGH THAT YOU SIMPLY GIVE IN AND WRITE & DRAW & SEND IN YOUR PIECE OF SHADOW.

BIRCAN BELIEVES IN YOU MORE THAN YOU BELIEVE YOURSELF.

THAT IS THE REASON BEHIND THE SUCCESS OF THIS.

LET US NOW FINALLY RECOGNIZE BIRCAN AND LET US MAKE HER BELIEVE IN HERSELF AS MUCH AS SHE BELIEVES IN US.”

In the photo: Çiğdem Acar, Bircan Ünver, Buket Şahin, Robert Baumann (with glasses), Anes Kurtağıç, Julie Mardin, Nina Göksun Say, Angela Doğançay, Burhan Doğançay, Reha Durakoğlu, Mehmet Dede, Mehmet Uca

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Below quotes chosen and presented resented by Çiğdem Acar during the 2. Anniversary of The Light Millennium on April 6, 2002 in  New York.

• Hayatta en büyük eğlence başkasının
Yapamazsın dediğini yapmaktır
The biggest pleasure in life
Is to do what others claim cannot be done
– Walter Bagehot

• Ben her gün saatlerce beyaz kağıda bakıyorum. Beyaza bakan bir insanın içinde şiddet olamaz zaten
Every day I am looking at a white piece of paper.
There can be no violence in those who look at white.

– Kutlukhan Perker

Yeteri kadar nedeniniz varsa
Herşeyi yapabilirsiniz
If you have enough reasons
You can do anything
– Jim Rohn

• Ya bir yol bul
Ya bir yol ac
Ya da yoldan cekil
Either find a way
Or open a way
Or get out of the way
– Mumin Sekban

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http://www.lightmillennium.org | Issue# 8

Photo 1: https://lawyers.justia.com/lawyer/timur-akpinar-1223027
2: Gül Seçkin

Turkish Library & Museum Project, is a branch of The Light Millennium, Inc. A Charitable Multi-Media Organization.  http://www.turkishlibrary.us