MARCH 22, 2012 3:18AM

Goddess of the Night

Heracles, Cerberus & Hecate | Greeik vase, Apulian red figure volute krater


                    Hekate & Cerberus, Apulian red-figure krater

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MARCH 18, 2012 11:09AM

Under the spell of Daphne

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       One of the loveliest, most subtle perfumes of springtime is from the flower of the laurel, which most of us know as bay leaf (Daphne in Greek or Turkish), the flavoring of stews and spaghetti sauces. 

      An evergreen, the laurel was reverRead full post »


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                          My original Channel and My current YouTube Channel 

           March 6, 2012 is a date many of us YouTubers will always shuddRead full post »

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MARCH 8, 2012 8:49AM

Lunching out in a Turkish Village

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        I met Güler Bener at a book-signing/lecture that my buddy Byron Ayanoglu recently gave in Bodrum for the translation of his book Crete on the Half Shell (Istiridye Üstü Girit in Turkish). The lovely lady, a long-time resident of Bitez's ARead full post »

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PARAPROSDOKIANS: "Figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected;
Frequently used in a humorous situation." "Where there's a will, I want to be in it," is a type of paraprosdokian.  Here are more paraprosdokians -
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      I love returning to places I have discovered during my many years of traveling around the world. Today's post takes me back to an old Byzantine chapel upon which I stumbled last year while wandering the dry stream beds outside Bitez Village. In it I had foRead full post »

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FEBRUARY 23, 2012 6:38AM

The Origin of Life

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In the beginning there was only slime.

It oozed green from the bowels of the earth, bubbling forth, 

celestial song heralding the moment


Please  start over  & watch  with this music for full effect. 


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In comedy,Read full post »

FEBRUARY 19, 2012 5:18AM

Stella Awards

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It's time again for the annual 'Stella Awards'! For those unfamiliar with these awards, they are named after 81-year-old Stella Liebeck who spilled hot coffee on herself and successfully sued the McDonald's in New Mexico , where she purchased coffee. You remember, she took the lid of
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FEBRUARY 9, 2012 3:18AM

Beauty and the Pricks

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      Cactus bristles with exuberant beauty, color, enchantment and a menacing covering of thorns, very much like life itself in these troubled times. Unlike other flowering thorny-plants, including the rose, the cactus offers no solace, no fragrance, no friendlinessRead full post »

FEBRUARY 5, 2012 5:08AM

Mimetoliths & Shapeshifter, my films

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          I've been showing a lot of photographs here at Open Salon, but I'm also a videographer. Two of my feature videos are on Culture-Unplugged, on-line film festival in their full-length versions. The works are exquisitely scored with o/Read full post »

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JANUARY 26, 2012 8:48AM

She Shows Sea-Shells by the Sea Shore


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Museum specialist Sema Sagat had a very bright idea for a new showcase of one of the delights of Bodrum, Turkey. Working with the maritime traditions of this timeless Aegean port 

—famous since antiquity when it was known as Halicarnasus, birthplace of Herodotus, the fRead full post »




 I 've been posting some over-cute artwork (such as the above) in my comments to certain posts. And, wouldn't you know it, someone took extreme umbrage. Below is my communication on the matter. I am posting this so that I can get a consensus. Was I wrong,

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JANUARY 18, 2012 4:38AM

Be Jeweled

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 Büsra Velioglu was born and bred in Istanbul to a life of making jewelry, but she discovered her vocation by chance in faraway South Africa when she was already in her twenties. On a round-the-world cruise with seaman ex-husband Cenap, she found herself in Durban with nothingRead full post »

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JANUARY 10, 2012 6:28AM

My View of Bitez Bay

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The view from my second story window gives me an eyeful of Bitez Bay on the south-eastern Aegean coast of Turkey. I usually check it out to see if the bay is calm or somewhat wavy. If the conditions are right I hop down to theRead full post »

JANUARY 6, 2012 3:48AM

I'm Dreaming of .....

 photograph by algis kemezys , GOD

 Cats and I have many traits in common, not the least of which is our mutual love of fish. I went to a local market here in Bitez to capture images of a wealth of Mediterranean fish, with a selection that makes my mouth water and would probably driveRead full post »

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 "Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account". - Oscar Wilde

Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve.  Middle age is when you're forced to.  ~Bill Vaughn

An optimist stays up until midnight to see
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Sculptures  and Photograph by Algis Kemezys 

Sunset by YOU KNOW WHO !   Read full post »

DECEMBER 25, 2011 7:08AM

Merry Christmas Open Salon 2011

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In a time that keeps sweeping us off our feet,

 It's hard to find anything that lasts.

Eventually even this post will be long forgotten…

 but remember this now….

Take those who like you not for granted.

Better yet enjoy them.

For all to soon they will beRead full post »

DECEMBER 20, 2011 8:38AM

Born in Stone


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  The port of Aegina


The time has come to leave Greece and lovely Aegina. At the end of the day it's not just the soaring prices of life's necessities (like food and heating-fuel), the chaos caused by strikes and diminished services (like the bus) and theRead full post »

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DECEMBER 2, 2011 2:22AM

Time-Traveling with Ilia


 "The early bird gets the worm," goes the old saying, and my day begins with my red-breasted sparrow, whom I have nicknamed Chookey (a cutesy name for a very cute customer) who comes to visit me every morning in Aegina, looking for the crumbs of cake I scatter hisRead full post »

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NOVEMBER 18, 2011 5:18AM

Dealing with Kildare


Be careful what you wish for because you just never know if you will get it. I, for instance, have been the traveling friend of both tame and untamed cats and dogs. I have always enjoyed Greece and Turkey for this very reason because sooner or later IRead full post »

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NOVEMBER 10, 2011 6:28AM

The Sacred Geometry of Aphaia

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  Two handfuls of upright, semi-stable columns; a nave carved from time-polished marble; vandalized metopes that long ago lost their priceless sculptures to an unworthy German museum; this is the Temple of Aphaia anchored on an Aeginian hill overlooking the aquamarine waters of the Saro

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NOVEMBER 4, 2011 9:02AM

Discovering Aegina

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I travel to the Mediterranean for another winter of self-discovery in the birthplace of self-discovery. These days of Greek financial disaster, continuous general strikes, enormous discontent, justifiable panic and ever-present uncertainty, getting where you want to get to in this country isRead full post »

OCTOBER 22, 2011 11:28AM

Juxtapositional Memory


 Time is very circular and over lapping for me these days. I have managed the summer and found myself back where I was one year ago. On the verge of returning to Europe on a wing and a prayer. See you from there soon I hope...

These images here are… Read full post »