Memories of Girlhood: Cinephilia Weekends

  As an avid film lover–but less moviegoer lately, due to the minimization of leisure time–I cannot help but acknowledge that it’s a kind of bequest that stems straight from my childhood. My parents themselves were particularly fond of the big screen, so they willingly enriched our out-of-school curriculum with some exciting and entertaining choices during the weekends. The first and most memorable movie experience ever was watching the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, by Steven Spielberg (1982). My sister and I were deeply touched by the benevolent alien’s wanderings on...

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A Girl in Classical Athens

I’d like to share an exhibition that serves as a marvelous springboard to reflect on girlhood at the classical times in Athens. The Greek history is inevitably linked with the culture of classical Athens, especially its peak during the 5th century B.C. The remains of those glory days are impressive and the Greek capital keeps on revealing more treasures after each rescue excavation. The classical period in ancient Greece, centered in the city-state of Athens, is best known for the marvels in architecture, art, and philosophy, the rise of the democracy as a political system, as well as...

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Memories of Girlhood: Ice Skating Sundays

Young girl ice skating. http://bit.ly/18WfzxA There are many moments I can draw out of the childhood memory box, but I will choose the few, though special, times at the ice skating rink. It was not a frequent pastime, rather an occasional stroll along with my father and sister before the Sunday lunch was ready. Ice skating isn’t that popular in Greece and my acquaintance with the sport per se began soon after that. The skating rink was near our district in southern Athens, so it was a close getaway to both the seafront of the city and the ice marvel place. The feeling of sliding on ice...

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A Girl in the Asia Minor Catastrophe

Common meal for Asia Minor refugees in Mytilene, Greece. http://www.naftemporiki.gr/story/388321 At the beginning of the 20th century, the newly established Greece and the Turkish National Movement found themselves in conflict over territory in Asia Minor. The dispute led to the Greco-Turkish War (1919–1922) and ended with the Great Fire of Smyrna. The resolution was given by the Treaty of Lausanne (1923), which provided the political and diplomatic context for an exchange of polulations among the two warring parties. Of course, both sides are to blame for many atrocities on behalf of their...

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So you want to be an Environmental Technologist

Britta Riley’s TED talk, 2011. I was watching this inspiring TED talk about how one can enjoy the luxury of keeping a garden within an apartment and I came to realize that there is a whole new specialty in dealing with these kind of worries. It’s called environmental technology (aka envirotech), and it conserves the natural environment and resources so as to curb the negative impacts of human involvement. It seems that studies in this field are becoming more common, which might reflect the perhaps mandatory urge of our times to control our environmental impact. I’ve...

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A Girl in Ancient Egypt

People tend to think of the past in modern terms and effortlessly make the obvious correlations. Although such a practice isn’t forbidden, it lacks the underlying information needed in order to reconstruct older cultures and societies. According to theoretics, the best approach is to place each subject within its context and thus consider the whole picture. Bearing this in mind, I will try to present the experience of being a girl in ancient Egypt. Even if we labelled the ancient Egyptian civilization avant-garde, there is a great deal of information that could endorse that viewpoint,...

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Memories of Girlhood: The Grandpa Figure

From the author’s personal collection. According to a notable archaeologist, “Our childhood memories constitute our own personal archaeology.” I for one am totally on board with this saying; digging in the past is utterly meaningful and revealing as regards the interpretation of present and future experiences. What I remember most vividly about my childhood are the summer holidays at the family’s cottage house situated on an island of Western Greece and the person who is most directly linked with this land. My grandfather was an easy-going and lenient character,...

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Inspirational Girls: Olivia Bouler

Olivia Bouler talking about her vision. If you spend few minutes and listen to Olivia Bouler in the above video, you will instantly share her vision. Wishing to save the world is one thing, whereas acting towards this direction is totally different. Olivia Bouler made it clear when she carried out an exemplary project to save the birds in the Gulf Coast. Having spent most of her family holidays there, the twelve year-old girl was already familiar with that particular habitat. So she was shocked to learn about the disaster due to oil spill that took place in the area and couldn’t cope...

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Hail to the young activists

Martha Payne with children of Lirangwe Primary School in Malawi. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/malawi/9584222/Martha-Payne-diary-of-a-girl-who-fed-the-starving.html As a follow-up to my previous post and a farewell to last year, I would like to highlight another brave girl’s activity with charity. Martha Payne was introduced via this space earlier in 2012; this time around her name is mentioned on account of her solid work towards a school feeding project in Malawi. The nine year old schoolgirl from Scotland manages a popular blog with an estimated...

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Charity is never a bad idea

As a new year begins, it’s time to regroup and reflect on the little things that can be ameliorated by tiny adjustments. Owing to the economic woes worldwide, the act of giving may not be the first priority in people’s lives, but it’s such a relief to see that it’s still a viable practice for so man, regardless age or status. There is a whole new perspective to the meaning of charity itself, seeing that in former years there was an often negative–even degrading–perception of the taker. Our times call for immediate action, so charity missions are sought after deeds with diverse...

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