Happy May Day

This year, spring has come early to Greece (sorry, Canada). So, I’ve decided to celebrate May Day the Greek way–with a nice wreath of flowers. If you’re more interested in the International Workers’ Day of May and the Haymarket Affair, you can read...

25 Idioms from the World of Logging

A while ago, I had written a post with 45 idioms from the world of boxing. As JSTOR Daily reports, in 1942, writer Elrick B. Davis collected a glossary of terms tied to the old logging tradition. At the time he was writing, the lumber industry had begun to see...

Money Matters: A Brief History Of Currency

E.L. Skip Knox recently published a great post on one of my favorite resources, Mythic Scribes, titled, History for Fantasy Writers: Money. Knox is the creator of the fantasy world called Altearth, a place where magic is real, monsters roam the land, and the Roman...

Happy Easter, The Greek Orthodox Way

Happy Easter, everyone! Orthodox Easter is next week, mind you, but I thought it made more sense for me to post this today. I know that, for most of you, Easter is about bunnies dropping chocolate eggs all over gardens (not to be confused with another, less sanitary...

Army Logistics: Food Rations

I recently discovered Sara’s blog, Rough Diplomacy. Sara is a veteran of Active Duty Air Force and Navy Reserves, plus a Bioinformatics graduate, and her blog reflects her diverse interests. More than anything, however, it highlights how passionate she is about...

What Causes A Foreign Accent?

As those of you who have watched my interviews know, I have a strange accent. Definitely not Greek, it’s been mistaken for British (by my American friends) and Dutch (by my British ones). Even worse, I seem to unconsciously pick up the accent of the person...

The Most Luxurious Medieval Manuscripts

I have Anika Burgess and Vittoria Traverso of Atlas Obscura to thank for the beautiful images you can enjoy below and for the fascinating tale of the Luneborch manuscript; a long-lost 15-century prayer book that had been missing for some 40 years. The...

Happy Halloween – The Japanese Way

Halloween is all about scary fun, right? Well, it looks like the Japanese have been celebrating it for ages, judging by these outhouse-haunting spirits! Take your pick from the following creepy spirits, brought to you courtesy of Eric Grundhauser of Atlas Obscura....