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The Importance of Being Hydra
We Hydriots are seldom lacking in pride for our island. It is, after all,...
- Posted March 13, 2019
The Battle of the Atlantic: The Gruesome Tale the Numbers Tell of Triumph and Tragedy
I have always been a textual type. I am a writer, a lawyer, and...
- Posted January 2, 2019
“Uncle Nick” of Greenville
I met him through my son. We had just moved to Clemson, South Carolina...
- Posted December 2, 2018
I have been writing in this column at Neo Magazine for nearly nine years...
- Posted October 16, 2018
How to Talk to your Kids about Byzantium
A rather odd title to an article, but the reader familiar with my work...
- Posted June 22, 2018
In Confronting Turkey, History is on our Side, but Historical Lesson is from 1938, not from the Ancient Past
Another Greek Independence Day has come and gone. It’s a time for parades, poems,...
- Posted April 14, 2018
The Brothers Macedonian
A centuries-old conflict in a region known for discord has returned, once again, to...
- Posted March 11, 2018
Stamps of My History
Moving is never easy. It is a loss of nerves, and in my case,...
- Posted January 14, 2018
The Case for Cultural Literacy
On Sunday, October 29, 2017 I had the singular pleasure of addressing members of...
- Posted December 14, 2017
Could Greece become the Linchpin of a Balkan-East Mediterranean Alliance?
Even in asking the question, I feel a wave of doubt and skepticism. The...
- Posted July 11, 2017
Nostalgia for My Favorite Athens
I am not the greatest fan of Athens. Having lived and worked there for...
- Posted April 22, 2017
A Letter to Deputy Foreign Minister Terence Quick
Dear Readers, please forgive the digression from my normal column “Hellenes without Borders” wherein...
- Posted March 17, 2017
Erik Bruns, a Dutch Rhodian
I have known Erik Bruns for many years, meeting, as one often does these...
- Posted October 27, 2016
Byzantium: Hidden in Plain Sight
Today, when I am writing this, is May 29. For many Greeks, and other...
- Posted June 26, 2016
Mystra: Byzantium’s Indian Summer
Mystra figures less prominently in historical commentary and touristic itineraries than other Greek sites,...
- Posted April 30, 2016
The Athenian: Elizabeth Boleman-Herring, an American-Greek
We met the way most people do these days, digitally, due to common interest...
- Posted March 24, 2016
For a Generation of Greeks, is Cyberspace the new “Thalassa”?
My readers will know that I have not been particularly bullish about Greece in...
- Posted January 10, 2016
Hello Anatolia: a belated review, and a chat…
In the world of digital information bombardment, I somehow missed it. It was only...
- Posted October 26, 2015
Homeland: The Greeks of Utah
After visiting Greek communities in so many parts of the world, it only makes...
- Posted September 25, 2015
Book Review: “The Great Fire”, by Lou Ureneck
Smyrna’s (Izmir’s) destruction by fire and sword during the horrible month of September 1922,...
- Posted June 28, 2015
Hydra: Summers on my Father’s Isle
For this month’s column, I wanted to avoid discussing the existential situation in Greece...
- Posted May 18, 2015
Another Lesson from 1821
Once again this year I listened as my daughter’s Greek School here in the...
- Posted April 11, 2015
Greece: Where the Sidewalk Ends …and the IDs Look Fake
I pondered a great deal as to what to write in my monthly column....
- Posted February 18, 2015
The Eloquence of Humble Architecture: Homes Lost …and Refuge Gained
Stone by stone we built, A poor corner. Our lives we enclosed, in Kokkinia...
- Posted December 24, 2014
Modern Greece and Greeks …In Whose Image?
Many Greeks and foreigners consider today’s Hellas to be the resurrection of a lost...
- Posted November 14, 2014