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The Ambiguous Interpretation of “Crisis”

01.11.2015 in History

The Ambiguous Interpretation of “Crisis”    Can crisis stand for something more than instability and insecurity? As life is not perceived in black and white, neither are words. Words can change coloration in the way they are interpreted. Let us examine this term in perspectives, the positive and the negative; because crisis may carry a negative burden but it could also be a synonym to verve, creative spirit and innovation.    Beginning with the negative side, crisis is defined as a sudden event, leading to intense changes in various aspects. These changes, having a negative nuance, usually cause a feeling of…

Milk Pie – Galatopita of Ioannina

01.11.2015 in Gastronomy

Milk Pie   Galatopita of Ioannina    Ingredients:    5 cups milk (sheep or cow milk may be used)  1 cup granulated sugar  0.5 tsp salt  1 cup semolina flour  3 large eggs, separated  1 tsp vanilla extract  1 tsp cinnamon  10 sheets phyllo dough  0.5 cups unsalted butter (melted)  Confectioner’s sugar (to dust on top)    Preheat the oven at 375F.  Combine milk, 0.5 cups granulated sugar, and salt in a saucepan, bring to a slow simmer.  Whisk in slowly, semolina.  Continue to whisk and keep at a slow simmer until mixture is the consistency of loose cream of wheat…

Aristotle on Man’s Divinity

01.11.2015 in History

Aristotle on Man’s Divinity    Being a graduate of the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, I was not surprised by the fact that the great Greek philosopher [384-323 BC] and teacher of Alexander has been recognized at last-as the greatest personality in the 6,000-year history of man. Neither the MIT scientists who run the questionnaire nor any ‘’layman’’ should be surprised with its results, I think.     Why was Aristotle acclaimed as the most important human in history? Simple. The son of Nicomachos of Andros who was the physician of King Amyntas III of Macedon [393-369 BC], father of Philip and grandfather…

Eleftherios Venizelos: The great Statesman & his Museum

01.04.2014 in History

Eleftherios Venizelos:  The Great Statesman & His Museum   Eleftherios Venizelos, undoubtedly one of the most charismatic political figures of 20th century Greece, if not also the most influential…    Countless streets and squares throughout Greece, as well as the national airport in Athens are named after this great statesman, and plenty of Venizelos statues stand throughout the country. Rightly so, Venizelos was in the political spotlight for more than 25 years – years of great significance to modern Greek history – providing strong leadership, the ability to implement viable solutions, and ultimately serving seven terms as Prime Minister of Greece.   Venizelos was born…