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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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Apr.03.2009
Atlantis 3500 BCE / Atlanta 2000 CE Two young women, one born on the ancient cosmopolitan Minoan island of Atlantis, one in contemporary politically-charged Atlanta,Georgia, might seem to have little in common.  However both are guided by the profound power of the Creatress, and find their lives...
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Apr.03.2009
The following speech was given to emphasize the importance of knowing the foundation of the English language from Greek in order to be well educated by the English language teacher, Basilis Samata.   Η ομιλία του Ξεωοφώωτα Ζολώτα A speech at the Numismatic Treasury, Washington in the year...
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Apr.03.2009
PROLOGUE to St. Francis           If I have omitted many of Francis' sayings and deeds and if I have altered others, and added still others which did not take place but which might have taken place, I have done so not out of ignorance or impudence or irreverence, but from a need to match the Saint'...
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Mar.27.2009
   Some people feel strongly about the separation of church and state.  There is no clear right or wrong because each country is very different.  In the United States ignoring the separation of church and state  would be inappropriate given the mix of religions worshiped in the U.S. and the short...
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Mar.27.2009
   Greek Independence Day is especially meaningful in Crete.  For more than a decade the Cretan insurgency battled against great odds to free their island.  The Ottoman Empire did not want to relinquish this jewel in the Aegean Sea.     The support from western European powers  ebbed more often...
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Mar.17.2009
I've been reading one of my favorite books, Light and Its Shadow by Shelley Berc.  I've already read it from front to back.  I've kept it nearby to flip open and read from here or there.  Now I'm reading it from back to front.  It's a great book no matter from which direction you start!  ...
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Mar.16.2009
Was that 10 million dollars to one or $10 million to each as a bonus/award?   After hearing the stories of grand parties given by wealthy CEO's like the fellow who peed on the $6000 ice sculptor, it's hard to support the idea of corporation leader's making 500 times the amount of the other...
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Mar.16.2009
"I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore," Howard Beal led the angry chorus of voices!  Seeing the news room be taken over by corporate interests that wanted entertainment not news, Howard, a Network News anchor, started encouraging his audience to shout out their feelings...
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Jan.18.2009
(Movies and Books) Compassion grows when we imagine ourselves in someone else's shoes.  Here are some suggestions which describe the Middle East from a young person's view.  Look for the DVDs!           Le Cerf -Volant (2003, Lebanon-France) Director:  Randa Cahal Sabag Lamia is a lovely 15 year...
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Jan.18.2009
     There are several organizations working for peace and justice in the Middle East.  Here are some particularly focused on the Palestine/Israel conflict which I am reviewing.       I am not representing or recommending you join these organizations, but many have asked me "What can be done?...
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Jan.16.2009
How Israel brought Gaza to the brink of humanitarian catastrophe The Guardian, Wednesday 7 January 2009 Oxford professor of international relations Avi Shlaim served in the Israeli army and has never questioned the state's legitimacy. But its merciless assault on Gaza...
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Jan.16.2009
What can one person do to demand woldwide civility?  It's time to organize a world wide economic boycott against Israel and Israel's largest supporter, the U.S.A. Start by cutting your personal use of FUEL OIl. Work towards a 50% DECREASE THIS WEEK. 1. Walk, use public transport, car pool, half...
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Jan.04.2009
Thank goodness we can fill up the car with gas for 30 Euro this winter!  But this summer, we faced a bit more of a challenge!  Here's a story from the summer about buying gas and taking a walk in my neighborhood.       I heard on the news last night that oil is now being sold for $142.00 a barrel...
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Jan.04.2009
Daily Life in Chania.  I want to write a note about the the wines of Crete which I have come to enjoy very much. I have never been much of a wine drinker but find the wines here match so well with the food that I try to remember to make ordering wine a habit.  I usually order "diko sas kratsi...
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