The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands: Healing Wishes for the New Year

Happy New Year from the island of Rhodes and the god of healing, Aesculapios!

NOTE: Since our trip last fall to Greece to research more settings for my novel-in-progress, THE ARIADNE DISCONNECT, Thor and I knew we had to return to this magical region. My first entry in this new blog series posted here on Saturday, 10/20/2018. It gives an overview of our rambles from Athens to seven islands in the Dodecanese and Cyclades groups, ending our ferry-hopping pilgrimage on the anciently sacred island of Delos.

With our continuing webhost problems here at Book View Cafe, I’m keeping this post short, and hope to continue my regular Saturday photo-journals of my travels very soon. As luck would have it, my own website has been down as I, too, change to a better host. As soon as that is complete (probably today), I will be duplicate-posting my travel blogs again on my own site, too. There you will be able to see the complete series of Greece posts with all photos. Please hang in there with me and all of us here at Book View Cafe!

For today, I will join the healing god Aesculapios in wishing all living beings and the planet healing in the new year. His beautiful marble statue in the Rhodes museum emanates calm, nurturing power as he communes with one of the sacred serpents that were central in his rituals. His serpent-entwined staff is the caduceus, still the symbol of healing worldwide. Stay tuned for an upcoming post as Thor and I visit one of the healing centers established by Aesculapios devotee Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine.


You will find The Rambling Writer’s blog posts here every Saturday. Sara’s latest novel from Book View Cafe is available in print and ebook: The Ariadne Connection.  It’s a near-future thriller set in the Greek islands. “Technology triggers a deadly new plague. Can a healer find the cure?”  The novel has received the Chanticleer Global Thriller Grand Prize and the Cygnus Award for Speculative Fiction. Sara has recently returned from another research trip in Greece and is back at work on the sequel, The Ariadne Disconnect. Sign up for her quarterly email newsletter at



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