A bright & sunny disposition

I heard it from quite a few people: Americans, they say, always see the sunny side of life. If you compare the American-English tone...

On Greek Time…

When your Greek friend tells you, you will be meeting around 5, it is perfectly acceptable for him/her to be there around 5:30, 6:00, 6:30 or even 8:00 if it is understood that you'll be waiting at your place anyway so you won't be getting out of your way.

Easter depression

I always got unrepairably depressed at Easter. And the thing about Greek Easter is that it lasts forever. Greek Easter is not just a day and...

English Words Originated From Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey (Part 1)

Two words for you today that came from the Greek Poet Homer. The word amen comes from the latin "amen," the well known amen that...

Nike of Samothrace Tower

This bold building design from renowned Russian architect Vasily Klyukin was inspired by Winged Victory of Samothrace, a marble sculpture of Greek goddess Nike,...

Culture Shock: Where is a person’s home?

Home is a key word in the whole "culture shock" pavillion. Where is a person's home? What defines it? Level of comfort? Professional/financial opportunities?...

Designer lifestyles

I don't remember ever looking at a co-worker, student or managing director, for that matter, in the U.S. and thinking 'Wow! Isn't she what...
Hera's coin

IAGTM: English Words Originated From Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey (Part 2)

Three new words for you today: The word Humor comes from Himor (juicy or someone who is happy or excited; Gr: χυμόρ;), originated from the word Himos (Juice; Gr: χυμός;) in Euboean Dialect...

Two ways to be Greek?

Having lived abroad for a decade or two (or three plus...) gives us Greek-Americans a whole new concept of Greekness or Greek identity and...

Politically Correct Dating

Singles of any cultural background face the challenges of trying to date in the era of "political correctness". Don't get me wrong, us Greeks...

Petrocheilos, Melissaratos Make Hellenism Shine

As a freshman at Johns Hopkins University, I had entered the Mattin Center looking to find the meeting for the Hellenic Student Association. I...

Culture Shock regardless

There must be a certain amount of time that dooms you. A certain amount of time that once you go over it, that's that,...

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