Monthly Archives: January 2019

It’s All Greek To Me: Mycenaean Greek

What did Achilles, Odysseus, and Agamemnon sound like? Up until the 1950s you would have been directed to the earliest form of “classical Greek”, the archaic form of ancient Greek found in the lyrics of The Iliad and The Odyssey, … Continue reading

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A Few Reasons I Should Have Known I Was Going To Move To Greece

I moved to Greece a little over three months ago. I had never been there before until a visit after my interview in Brussels, and I don’t think I ever had it on my list of Things To Do Before … Continue reading

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Lessons from the Great War: Some Questions

If you know me you will know that I am a great reader of history books. I have spent many hours reading about wars and conflicts around the world. Ever since the approach of the 100th anniversary of the beginning … Continue reading

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It’s All Greek to Me: Preface

If you know me you will know that I am interested in languages. Not that I am a linguist – I am fluent in English, but for someone born in a town that is 95% francophone I speak French terribly, … Continue reading

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The Epiphany (Yesterday’s Sermon)

A Sermon preached at the Anglican Church of St. Thomas, Kefalas, Crete, Greece 11:00 am January 6, 2018 So, have you taken down the Christmas tree? Have you got all your Christmas decorations put away? The tradition is, of course, … Continue reading

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Some Resolutions for 2019

I follow a number of Canadian writers on Twitter, and one of them is Amanda Reaume. She reads an astonishing number of books, and knows the Canadian Literary scene as well as anyone.  Way back in 2018, on December 29, … Continue reading

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Brodsky’s Epiphany: “Nativity Poem” (1989)

  Nativity Poem Joseph Brodsky (1940-1996) I’ve posted this before, but its worth repeating. Joseph Brodsky said about himself, “I’m Jewish; a Russian poet, an English essayist – and, of course, an American citizen.” Although born into a Jewish family, … Continue reading

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The Future of Orthodoxy in Greece: An Outsider’s Observations

It is not by accident that I like living in Greece, A big part of it is I have an appreciation for the Eastern Orthodox Church. I own two true icons (“written” i.e. painted directly on wood, and not just … Continue reading

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A Perfect Pop Song: “Nineteen” by Tegan & Sara

Okay, this post isn’t about Crete, but about one of those songs that is perfect. Tegan Quinn and Sara Quinn are twin sisters from Calgary who front a band called, of all things, Tegan and Sara. Eleven years ago, when … Continue reading

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Some Frequently Asked Questions about Crete and Greece

My friend Michael Povey  a retired Episcopalian priest living in Florida who we got to know in Cambridge Massachusetts in 2002-2003, wrote, Please, one of these days, tell us all a bit about Crete. How far is it from mainland … Continue reading

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