The Rambling Writer Returns to Crete, Part 1: Rethymno

After 37 years, I return to this singular Greek island — virtually a country to itself in size and culture — and bring Thor along to meet “glorious Kriti.” I was a hippie backpacker in my twenties when I first … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 36: Touring Delos Residences

Join Thor and me as we start our tour of ancient Delos with the mazelike residential and theater quarter. NOTE: Since our recent trip to Greece to research more settings for my novel-in-progress, THE ARIADNE DISCONNECT, Thor and I knew … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 30: Naxos Museum, continued

After a break to explore the north end of the island, Thor and I return to finish our tour of the ancient riches in Naxos Town’s archaeological museum. NOTE: Since our recent trip to Greece to research more settings for … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 25: Naxos and the Ancient Portara

Join Thor and me as we arrive by ferry on Naxos, home of the god Dionysos and his mortal bride Ariadne. NOTE: Since our recent trip to Greece to research more settings for my novel-in-progress, THE ARIADNE DISCONNECT, Thor and … 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: 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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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 Returns to Greece, Part 21: Earth Goddess in Ancient Delphi

Stand with me at the “navel of the earth” in ancient Delphi, where the earliest Neolithic settlers worshipped an Earth Goddess NOTE: Since my 4-month backpacking trip around Greece too many years ago, I had been longing to return to … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Returns to Greece, Part 19: Farewell to Naxos Island

Take a last ramble around the lovely island of Naxos with Thor and me, as we vow to return to this blissful home of Ariadne and Dionysos. NOTE: Since my 4-month backpacking trip around Greece too many years ago, I … Continue reading

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