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Jul.11.2009
About five or five thirty in the morning is a calm, soothing time to enjoy the outdoors in Xalepa, our suburb near the sea. Today I woke early so that I could pick up Natalie and her friends Kaliopi and Kalliopi's sister, Thespina, at Souda Bay.  Yesterday afternoon at about 5:30 pm they arrived in...
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Jul.01.2009
A special for Red Roomers and Red Room readers a peek at more of the paintings in my Image Gallery! Come to Crete and I will give you a personal tour of the "Beyond the Real" art exhibit.  You buy the ice cream afterwards. Have we got a deal? When you have time check out my review of the...
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Jun.26.2009
I'm taking a break of a couple of weeks between drafts of my latest novel. To clear my head and to allow my body to accustom itself to a step up in desert heat here in Jerusalem (it's hard to concentrate the first day the temperature hits 35 degrees, particularly when you write standing up as I do...
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May.12.2009
In some parts of the world, it’s easy to imagine you can hear the padding of many feet in an old alleyway or sense the layers of history all around.  Istanbul is such a place. My husband and I were just there as part of a springtime tour of the Greek islands and the coast of Turkey. It was tulip...
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Apr.29.2009
Hold my hand! Tight!" demanded Kerasina of her older cousin, Amber, as they peered determinedly between the rows of statues and ornamented stonework standing silently in memory of the dead.   "Keri, we're going to see our ancestors today," she whispers excitedly to the decidedly...
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Apr.21.2009
From an old notebook, Chania, Crete, May, 1996: "Talk will save us."—Bitsy "Bitsy"—that's the name she went by. A professor of English and history on leave from a U.S. Navy supply ship at port in Sondra. We'd been together less than an hour when I said, "Look, we're not...
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Apr.09.2009
I never imagined that I would leave my interview tipsy. But after I asked Mr. Manousos for his permission to interview him the bottles of tsikoudia kept coming and as we all know you cannot say no to a Cretan. Mr. Manousos is the one of the owners of the tavern "to Steki tou Karzi" at...
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Apr.03.2009
 Have you ever dreamed of traveling in Crete? You may enjoy this program filmed in eastern Crete. Cretan Pork is prepared, cooked with aubergines, bay leaves and cumin seeds in a taverna in Eastern Crete.  I often order roast pork when I eat at tavernas.  Each chef across the island creates a...
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Mar.01.2009
When things look bad in the Middle East, foreign correspondents and diplomats and local politicians tend to forecast every catastrophe up to -- and sometimes including -- the end of the world. I generally have a more relaxed approach. Why? Because of Mary Renault. I discovered Renault in a used...
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Nov.16.2008
 Isn't it a crime that the U.S.A. election system has not been reorganized to ensure the accurate counting of votes?        I shouldn't admit this but when I was young watching TV news in Iowa I would feel a bit contemptuous of countries voting with paper ballots.  On the black and white...