The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 2: Athens, Gateway Old & New

Every trip to Greece should start with Athens, the hub of Greek culture old and new. It’s been our gateway to the islands, so first we’ll take a jet-lagged wander through its busy streets. NOTE: Since our trip last fall … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 1: Highlights

Join Thor and me as we go island-hopping to explore new settings for my novel-in-progress. And, of course, check out more beaches for swims in the clear blue seas! As THE ARIADNE DISCONNECT (the sequel to THE ARIADNE CONNECTION) takes … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer: Greece Trip Report 2

Thor and I are wrapping up our Greek island hopping, now on Naxos for more setting research for THE ARIADNE CONNECTION sequel. Stay tuned for a new Greece blog series starting next Saturday! Meanwhile, the stunning, massive Portara on Naxos, … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer’s Reflections on Greece: Ancient Hunters of the Wild Boar

During my visit last year to Delphi, I partook of roasted wild boar and heard about the ages-old hunts with specially trained dogs. Since then, I’ve become fascinated with this dangerous beast who challenged warriors to prove their mettle. Since … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer’s Reflections on Greece: Monsters and Mythical Creatures

The ancient Greeks populated their myths and tales with fantastical creatures. Join me for a sampling of images and monster stories from my recent visit in Greece.  The relief carving above, with a centaur and dragon/serpent involved in a battle, … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer’s Reflections on Greece: Odysseus, “The Man of Twists and Turns”

The tricky Greek hero of Homer’s “The Odyssey” has fascinated us for thousands of years. Come with me and  trace his ten-year journey home after the Trojan War. NOTE: As I reflect on my travels in Greece, while working on my … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer, Reflections on Greece: The Journey of Oedipus

As I reflect on my travels in Greece, while working on my novel THE ARIADNE DISCONNECT, I’ll be weaving together threads of thoughts and photos here. I recently reread the consummate Greek tragedy, “Oedipus Rex.” The cautionary tale of Oedipus, … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer’s Reflections on Greece: Inspiration for THE ARIADNE CONNECTION

A return visit to thoughts about my novelist research and inspiration in Greece. NOTE: My apologies, but due to a pulled muscle in my back (a bit too enthusiastic with gardening lately??), I must postpone the promised post of reflections … Continue reading

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Creating Monsters

by Phyllis Irene Radford From ghoulies and ghosties / And long-leggedy beasties / And things that go bump in the night, / Good Lord, deliver us! — Robert Burns What was your first nightmare? Chances are it was your worst because it … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Returns to Greece, Part 29: Farewell to Greece– For Now

  Thor and I have enjoyed sharing our journey through the incredible landscapes, history, and mythology of Greece. To wrap up this blog series, here are some highlights in photos. NOTE: Since my 4-month backpacking trip around Greece too many … Continue reading

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