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Cozied Up


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coziedup

Old entry updated on November 10, 2012.

The same things over again, just a few newer thoughts…

Roof over our heads for the winter in Ikaria
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So again I am taken in to spend the winter
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room
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and again I hope this old roof  above our heads holds, because if not,
I and my friend Elina Picking Olives 1
who I have been picking olives with, will have to find a shelter, something maybe like this.
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an eventuality that’s making us laugh and think about the life of one of the patron saints of this island, Saint Theoktisti of Lesbos, an ascet whose adventurous life you can read in Paros life magazine in two issues: St. Theoktisti (part i) and St. Theoktisti (part ii) She seemed to be an Aegean version of St Mary of Egypt
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Saint Mary, also known as Maria Aegyptica
so the icons testify
Poor little thing, she had escaped the pirates and she was living in the forests (!!!) of Paros all naked and wild, trusting only to God until near the end of her life she was discovered by a pious hunter who gave her a christian burial. Later her bones were considered holly and miraculous and they somehow ended up in Ikaria.
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After the proliferate, here’s the asceticAbout the old convent that those bones were kept (until they disappeared and probably hidden somewhere for safety) Eleni has written a few lines in her blog long ago but they are still valid:
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(At Theoskepasti, the old mushroom shaped chapel of St Theoktisti in Ikaria) «…the natural, human and divine connect and there are some typical Ikarian concepts involved too, such as balance (the rock), poverty (obvious), economy (obvious too), integration and harmony with nature (though it’s by no means small, you can’t see it until you are actually there). So I’d call this a “lowlight” an Ikarian highlight!«
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.Devil's nuns Ikaria
Anyway, I hope that we won’t become too ascetic this year or any other year. It’s as thorny here as to make any serious ascet envious…
Yet Immortality will have to wait.Skywatcher
And (though it’s tempting) we won’t be Miss Anielas either
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We’d better repair that roof the soonest possible ’cause our boyfriends are coming to visit!!!

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