Watching the Grapes Grow

January 28, 2013

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This is what my cousin sees every morning when she wakes up in Vassara….the view from her outdoor kitchen table, overlooking her plentiful garden below, robust with every delicious vegetable – zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, melons, and beans…all covered by a shade of grape vines above.  The quiet village lies ahead, still waking up while shepherds direct their goats with small metal bells tied to their necks, clinking along cobblestone streets.  We sit. We enjoy our coffee.  If my daughter is hungry, my cousin picks her a ripe peach off the tree that grows inside her courtyard, just to the left of her large wooden door.  We’ve known each other since we were ten, when I first came to Vassara. We played hide-and-go-seek at my uncle’s house. We bonded over our teen years, spending each summer together until college and marriage kept us apart. But now, we reunite with our own children, and each visit is so worth the wait.  Of course, she’s in Athens during the school year, but what a view to say ‘welcome home!’  Dog days of summer can’t possibly be enjoyed better than sitting here, watching the grapes grow.

Seasons of Sun Interview

January 17, 2013

Here’s my interview with the Arlington Heights Memorial Library about Seasons of Sun.  Thanks to the wonderful library which allowed my story to blossom and become a finished piece. Hope you enjoy.

 

Happy New Year 2013!

January 10, 2013

Happy New Year 2013!  The village celebrates with champagne and fireworks to ring in another year of love and friendship in a place I call Paradise on Earth.  Life-long friendships are the essence of this place, where families are intertwined generation upon generation.

While winter temperatures chill our noses, deep within, our hearts encapsulate the warmth that is love, from a place that never leaves our memory.  No matter how long it has been since the last time you visited, or perhaps that first visit is still a dream, the promise of an enchanting escape lingers.  Just take a look at this picture of the Mediterranean Sea outside Gythion, in ancient times known as the Port of Sparta, where Paris set sail with Helen of Troy.

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Close your eyes then, on the blustery, grey, winter days,  and see this. Aegean blue is like no other color to warm a soul back to summer.  While we press on through cold months, keep in your spirit something wonderful, something warm, something Aegean blue, something Greek.  Happy New Year to all.