The official WINGS OF WAX cover is here!!! #Booktrope #debutnovel #comingsoon

Hey friends, I’m so excited to share with you the official cover for my novel coming soon from Booktrope, Wings of Wax. The immensely talented designer Shari Ryan created this concept, a vision of a drawing table belonging to the story’s aspiring artist of a protagonist, Angelo Koutouvalis. The “sketch” of the Bay Bridge behind […]

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Room For One More. #community #friendship #GreekAmerican #culture #booktrope

Digging into the archives for this post on the importance of community and friendship. Seems appropriate after we all, hopefully, enjoyed a nice weekend with people we care about.  Let’s enjoy a beverage together. You are my guest, my friend. Follow me into the banquet room of polished hardwood floors and high ceilings, and tall […]

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Plight of the #Greek #Fishermen. #MondayBlogs #flashfiction #Greece #culture

It’s an iconic image, that of the classic Greek fisherman: burly son of Poseidon, heir to the sea God’s kingdom; eyes fierce beneath his crown in the form of a sturdy-brimmed cap, grasp wielding not a trident but a net cast into the indigo depths of the Aegean. Many a postcard features images of these […]

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Papa-Who? On #Greek Surnames, #School, and #RollCall. #MondayBlogs

Ah, it’s that time of year again. Kids return to school, as do teachers and tutors. We have all been there, no matter whether we inhabit the role of instructor or student: early September, shuffling into a classroom different from the one we left behind back in June, greeting familiar faces and introducing ourselves to […]

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Hungry Like the Lekos! #Greekfood, #traditions, #family. #MondayBlogs

Thinking about this week’s blog made whet my appetite. Even before I’d decided on a topic, I associated the writing of this article with hunger for some reason. Perhaps I skipped lunch, you say? Well, that’s probably part of it, but I suspect more. It seems my subconscious has been telling me that a blog […]

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Moments that Shimmer: On #Seattle vacation, #Booktrope, #Friends, #Love, and Bone Marrow! #MondayBlogs

As I write this late Friday afternoon, the last day of July, I reflect on how a week earlier Katie and I were enjoying the sights and sounds of Seattle, Washington in all its emerald splendor. We’d spent the morning braving the crowds amid the hustle-and-bustle of Pike Place Market before enjoying breakfast at Le […]

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Mid-Summer Musings: On Work, Fun, #Booktrope, and Seattle. #MondayBlogs #amwriting #GreekAmerican

The past couple weeks have been busy with writing, editing, blogging, landing a new day job, social media-ing, and the like. Oh, for the carefree summers of childhood: long days spent chasing ice cream trucks, hitting up amusement parks, chillaxing with friends by the pool. I didn’t even get over to the Alameda County Fair […]

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From the Archives: Ermioni, Greece… My Ancestral #Home, Your Next #Vacation Spot. #Greece #solidarity #ThisIsACoup #MondayBlogs

In a show of solidarity with the people of Greece, I’m reaching into the archives this week to re-share a past post profiling the town from which the majority of my relatives hail, Ermioni. You can stage a coup using currency as a weapon, force the sale of our assets, but you can’t take our […]

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On Saying “Oxi!” #Greece #resilience #referendum #MondayBlogs

When I was a boy, my father, an immigrant from Greece, spoke often and fondly of the homeland. He talked of the sun, the sea; the ancient lands of Homer, Achilles, Agamemnon. Just as often, he spoke of a childhood eating morsels of bread served in bowls of powdered milk, and of days with his […]

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This Feeling: On love, romance, and Greek Myth

In his Symposium, Plato declares that according to Greek Mythology humans originally boasted four arms and four legs, their bodies driven by the beat of two hearts. Zeus was afraid of being overthrown by humans, and so he split them down the middle, leaving them to spend a life time searching for their other halves. […]

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