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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The Rambling Writer Returns to Greece, Part 25: The Two Faces of Dionysos

My fascination with the Greek god of ecstatic revelry, Dionysos, has only grown as I research and write more about my near-future healer Ariadne and her connection to ancient powers. After I visited the Korykeion Cave near Delphi, where the … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer: Epidauros, Greece, a Sanctuary of Healing

Come with me as I revisit the serene valley of ancient Epidauros. Since I’ll be traveling in a few months to the Greek island of Kos, where Hippocrates established his code to “do no harm,” I’m enjoying the memories of … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer: Mementos of Travels in Greece

Hello, fellow travelers, virtual or global! I’ll resume my blog series of my recent return to Greece on Saturday, April 7, with the promised exploration of Dionysos rituals around Delphi. Meanwhile, this week and next, I’ll revisit my earlier trip … Continue reading

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