Living in the eye of the storm

From what I hear (and see in photos) of winter in Crete this year, I'm happy to be in snowy Colorado rather than in the Mediterranean.  Violent storms have ripped through  Crete and left devastation in various ways across the island.  When we lived on Crete, I remember the wild winter weather complete with sideways …

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Remedy for a Bad Day (or How to turn it around)

No HYGGE?  Just say, "PYT!" Last month I wrote a blogpost about the Danish concept of "Hygge" and how its blood pressure reducing effects can be achieved anywhere.  (HYGGE YOURSELF - January 29)  Basically, we need to learn what it means to seriously "chill."   But sometimes our best laid plans to hygge just don't pan …

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THE BEST (no kidding) Chicken Soup – Greek style

We woke up this morning to -5 degrees F and 7" of snow on the ground.  Lovely.  No really, beautiful ...but COLD!  I had high hopes of breaking out the skiis but opted instead to stay inside and make chicken soup.  Tomorrow will be a ski day. When we lived in Crete, a Greek neighbor …

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Into the Unknown – Greek Island Living

(*The following is a teaser excerpt from my book Uniquely Crete:  Life Redefined on a Greek Island to be released April 30 - available for preorder now on Amazon) I have a love affair with maps: Old out-of-date ones or slick, still-crispy new ones. It doesn’t matter what condition they’re in.   As long as there’s a longitude …

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Slow Cookery, Deliberate Dining

(Revised post from July 2, 2015) The Greeks have mastered the art of SLOW.  You see it everywhere.  No one seems to be in a rush --- well, except when they speak or drive.  But seriously, a typical meal can last up to three or four hours, Greek Orthodox church starts early in the morning …

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HYGGE YOURSELF

Imagine yourself taking a much-needed break away from the busyness and stress that everyday life dishes out. Not a break in the sense of a destination or vacation. Just a few moments or hours where you can relish in the moment of well-being and calmness. It doesn’t have to be at an expensive spa or …

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Critters of Crete

One of my favorite rainy/snowy day activities is perusing through my thousands of photos and organizing them into little folders (A touch of OCD, I know, but well worth the journey.)  Some of the pictures I took of the critters on Crete made me smile, cry and laugh out loud.  The island is home to …

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The “Perfect” Christmas

As the New Year knocks at the door of this world, I'm contemplating about the past holiday season.  Unless you've been living in a Norman Rockwell painting, there is no “perfect Christmas.” Most of us have holiday stories from the hilarious to the harrowing, and every year, more than often, the expectations we have for …

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Amsterdam’s Street Scene

As winter settles in here in the Colorado Rockies, I'm perusing through my photos and writings of travels past.  I've been rewarded with great memories and surprising moments that I'd nearly forgotten - most recently about Amsterdam.  Walk with me... Yes, Amsterdam has a lively party scene.  Coming across a photo op like this is …

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October-REST and Farm Fresh

I love road trips. Almost all of our traveling these days starts with an airplane ride and all the preliminary hassle and hustle that goes along with it. But road trips are a peek back into the past for me. Family vacations always started in the car. Airplane travel was for the wealthy. But we …

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