our own understanding of history

Follow me on Facebook • Google+ • Bloglovin’ rotunda • thessaloniki • greece “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”  George Orwell I am walking in the center of Thessaloniki for many years as a student firstly and afterwards as an inhabitant and I am always impressed by its monuments no matter how many times I pass by them. They always give a distinctive flair to my memories. Waiting beside the Arch of Gallerius (Kamara) in Egnatia Street my good friends from university for the last meet before the summer vacation, for example. The everyday life … Continue reading our own understanding of history

forward

Follow me on Facebook • Google+ • Bloglovin’ guggenheim museum • bilbao • spain “Nothing in the world can bother you as much as your own mind, I tell you. In fact, others seem to be bothering you, but it is not others, it is your own mind.” Sri Sri Ravi Shanka There is a koan about trivial questions. A man named Shinkan was studying Tendai and Zen for many years, more than forty. When he returned to his country, Japan, he wanted people to visit him and ask him strange questions, but he seldom gave answers to them. One day a fifty-year-old student said … Continue reading forward

a letter can change the whole story

Follow me on Facebook • Google+ • Bloglovin’sweet-alyssum, violet queen “And in thy leaves ’twas said there dwelt some power to soothe the maddened soul. A blessed dower” Margarite Ann Logan It is amazing how one can play with the words and the letters! A small letter can change the whole story and the meaning of one thing. Sweet-alyssum (lobularia maritima) is a small flowering plant that grows in mediterranean countries, like Greece, Italy, etc. It has narrow small fragrant flowers and narrow leaves. We usually find it in white, purple and rose colors. Lobularia maritima is common in coastal sandy places; that’s why it called … Continue reading a letter can change the whole story

DIY weather station toy for kids

What a funny and creative idea for your kids (above 3 years old) is to play choosing the everyday weather. You can use for station either a magnetic board or your fridge! To make weather signs you will need simple materials and little time to design and sew it. If the fabric is colored that’s great; if not, you can use white fabric and paint it with colorful pens.  what you will need small pieces of fabric (white or colored, blue and yellow)  pen scissors needle and thread 5 small magnets colorful markers magnet board (optionally)   1 • On a … Continue reading DIY weather station toy for kids

lake devided

Follow me on Facebook • Google+ • Bloglovin’small prespa lake, greece Before many decades, in the early years of 20th century, there were no small and big prespa lake. There was only one large lake and the people who lived in coastal villages, like Psarades, had fishing boats in front of their doors, in order to be able to go to other villages and places.  After many overflows of the Saint German torrent, which transferred soil, sand and other materials into the lake, a line of land gradually created and divided the lake in two parts. In this line, it was built later the main road of the … Continue reading lake devided

unexamined life

Follow me on Facebook • Google+ • Bloglovin’edessa, greece “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Socrates Yesterday, we asked a good friend, much older from us, who celebrated his birthday, if in these 54 years of wandering on earth has found the meaning of life and what he would advise his 30 years old self, if this was possible. He tried to explain to us with some examples and some incidents of the past, using irrelevant details. It was difficult for him to come to a specific conclusion. After a small break, he said that the most important is not decide anything when you are extremely happy, … Continue reading unexamined life