July 19, 2014

A TIME FOR HEALING AND RENEWAL

Kefalonia Camomile (chamomile) Tea
Kefalonian Camomile Tea
We've been down this road before. After each hiatus in writing, I renew my intention to keep up with regular posting. But you know what they say about the best intentions....
This blog is not, and never intended to be, a writing venture. It was more like a love child, a celebration of the bond I have with my tiny birthplace. As with every love and every celebration, circumstances, feelings, forces beyond our control do sometimes alter our mood and disposition. Obviously, it hasn't been as easy to maintain the daily pace and momentum since I no longer live in Kefalonia and have to now rely on my accumulated photo collection - extensive as that is - and my memories - vivid as they are. If that wasn't enough, the earthquakes earlier this year devastated my morale on a number of fronts. I am not one to sugarcoat hard facts and I honestly was not sure if it was right to keep posting about the beauty and side sweep the devastation. Last, but far from least, the daily routine, the long New York winter, and involvement in several writing projects left me without much energy to write in the fashion I usually do on this blog. So, I did not.
BUT, with life returning to normal on the island and my other projects falling into place, I've decided that it's time to move on, to heal, and TO RENEW AND EXPAND.
Kefalonia World over the next few weeks will become a full-fledged website on www.kefaloniaworld.com. For all English-speaking "Kefalonians" everywhere. This here blog will remain my personal refuge and place of carefree expression. (More info coming up soon along with my definition of "Kefalonians" Winking Emoticon )
Thank you for keeping up with the blog while I haven't - this has been instrumental in my decision to resume and expand. Check back in!
Note: Why the photo of camomile tea? For those who are not familiar with this perennial herb, here is some basic info that will make you understand. The name camomile (or chamomile) comes from two Greek words ("hamilos" meaning low or close to the ground, and "milo" meaning apple) and describes the herb that grows close to the ground and its infusion smells a lot like apples. It has been used for centuries in Greece as a cure-all remedy due to its calming and healing effects. It tastes pretty good too! So there, now you have the connection...

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