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A Rambling Writer Guest Post: Geologist Thor Talks Marble

Join my paleontologist/geologist husband Thor Hansen as he talks about our fascination with marble pebbles we collect on Greek beaches. Today we talk about marble.  Marble is beautiful, relatively easy to carve, and takes a nice shine, so it is no wonder marble is prized for sculpture and the interiors of buildings (not so good

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A Rambling Writer Rerun: Crete, part 9: Ancient Phaistos and Kamares Ware

Thor and I complete our tour of the lovely Phaistos site and admire the distinctive pottery found in the nearby sacred Kamares Cave. NOTE: Of course, Thor and I had to make another trip to Greece, as he’s fallen as much in love with the islands as I am. This time, in addition to other

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A Rambling Writer Rerun: Mountain Carpe Diem

Join Thor, Bear dog, and me as we soak up the last beautiful days of summer in our Pacific Northwest mountains. “But at my back I always hear Time’s wingèd chariot hurrying near;” These days so many of us are hearing Andrew Marvell’s wheels inexorably approaching. No need to enumerate all the crises facing the

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A Rambling Writer Rerun: Crete, part 7: Back to the Sea

Thor and I diligently pursue our physical and spiritual therapy in the clear, nurturing Mediterranean off Southern Crete. NOTE: Of course, Thor and I had to make another trip to Greece, as he’s fallen as much in love with the islands as I am. This time, in addition to other island-hopping, I wanted to return

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A Rambling Writer Rerun: Return to Crete, Part 4: South Coast Memories

Another flashback to my hippie backpacking days on Crete, camping and exploring the rugged south coast. NOTE: Of course, Thor and I had to make another trip to Greece, as he’s fallen as much in love with the islands as I am. This time, in addition to other island-hopping, I wanted to return to Crete

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A Rambling Writer Rerun: Return to Crete, Part 3: Gorges of South Crete

Come time-travel with me as Thor and I drive a rocky passage to the sea, and I flashback to my first Cretan hike down the Gorge of Samaria. NOTE: Of course, Thor and I had to make another trip to Greece, as he’s fallen as much in love with the islands as I am. This

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A Rambling Writer Rerun: Return to Crete, part 1: Rethymno

After 37 years, I returned to this singular Greek island — virtually a country to itself in size and culture — and brought Thor along to meet “glorious Kriti.” NOTE: A lot of “Life” lately makes it difficult to spend much time at the keyboard, so I invite you in the upcoming weeks to revisit

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A Rambling Writer Flashback: Hiking Gorges of Southern Crete

Come time-travel with me as Thor and I drive a rocky passage to the sea, and I flashback to my first Cretan hike down the Gorge of Samaria. NOTE: Painful stenosis flareup continues, so I’m still “grounded” from my keyboard except for very brief sessions. Here’s a rerun of cherished trips to the “glorious island

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