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Hellenic Sun

Hellenic Sun is the first and best Recipe for the Revival of the Hellenic Spirit.

The sun stands at the top of the list of ingredients for a healthy, long life. The ultimate recipe for happiness is to be kissed by the late afternoon glorious sun of Hellas. Let it penetrate your every cell and enter into your deepest darkness and bring light to your soul.

My book “Recipes for the Revival of the Hellenic Spirit” purpose is to clear the cobwebs surrounding the true nature and practical value of the Hellenic spirit. Connecting with the Hellenic spirit will untame your creativity and unleash your capabilities to their full potential.

Rising above superstition and fear, “Recipes for the Revival of the Hellenic Spirit” is a guide to personal happiness, physical health, and intellectual freedom. A road map for reclaiming our fullest potential as a species.

One city one world one human at a time”

I will be publishing a new excerpt from my upcoming book every week or when I get around to it. Subscribe in order to stay informed.

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Left handed Right handed whats the difference

Left handed Right handed whats the difference

Ambidextrous
Ambidextrous

When I was in kindergarten, my teacher brought me to the blackboard in front of the class, and asked me to draw a line. I lifted my left hand (I was naturally left handed) and was immediately slapped. The teacher screamed at me to lift the good hand. Not being aware of the difference between good and bad hand, I raised my naturally left hand and was slapped once again. The teacher became hysterical at this point, as she took my right hand, put the chalk in it and slammed it on the chalkboard. “This is the correct hand! you must become right handed!” she screamed. I was left shocked and felt terrorized. When I returned home I sought to understand what happened. I asked my parents, and my grand parents, but to my surprise all my family agreed with the teacher. I kept asking them why is it the bad hand? They told me something about the devil is in the left hand, the right hand is god’s hand, or something to that effect. Even at the age of 5 I knew this was wrong. Why is it that we as a rational, technologically advanced culture still promote the right hand over the left? Only recently has the awareness of the dangers of left handed people face when using tools designed for right-handers. This right hand bias has led to left handed tools being developed only recently. Still we are a predominantly right handed world. Even in the military where you would think training both sides would make for better soldiers.

Continue reading Left handed Right handed whats the difference

The Irritating Greeks

Nietzcshe in his first book “The Birth of Tragedy” written over 100 years ago explains very precisely the philosophical root of the  negative reporting over the last 2 years in the media regarding the modern Greek state and those irritating Greeks. Beyond the economic crisis there is an underlying irritation which is expressed in very personal attacks against modern Greeks and the state of their economy and culture. There is a deeper reason for these “over the top” attacks on Greek culture and Greeks in general. They call as lazy, corrupt, thieves, and every other name in the swear word lexicon.

I have reprinted the specific excerpt from Nietzsche’s “The Birth of Tragedy’ at the end of this post.

Greek immigrants join the chorus

Even Greek immigrants living abroad and locals have joined this chorus of bigotry and personal attacks on Greece in general and local Greeks in particular. Suddenly Greeks who emigrated to other more affluent economies look back to Greece with disgust and even parrot the bigotry and outright hateful statements made by economists and world leaders. Those who wish to make the Greeks the scapegoats for their own economic policy failures and not take any responsibility for bringing the modern Greek state to its knees. Continue reading The Irritating Greeks

Ancient Hellenic breakfast

Ancient Hellenic Breakfast

Here is what the typical breakfast of the ancient Hellenic culture would look like during the 6th and 5th century B.C. in Athens.

Breakfast of Champions:
1 slice of bread made from barley, spelt, and seeds, topped with 2 tablespoons of red wine, 2 tablespoons of high polyphenol olive oil pressed from unripened olives. (the more bitter and pungent the taste – the better the olive oil) small slice of feta cheese, 6 throuba olives, 6 kalamon olives, 2 boiled eggs, surrounded by steamed beet greens, garnished with fresh basil leaves. You can substitute with mixtures of dandelion greens, spinach, swiss chard, amaranth and any other leafy greens you find at your grocer. Best is to pick them in the wild or grow them  yourself, but more on this later… but make sure you wash well; preferably leave vegetables to sit in water for 30 minutes in order to remove pesticides and other impurities.

Enjoy!

Recipes For The Revival Of The Hellenic Spirit

My book “Recipes for the Revival of the Hellenic Spirit” purpose is to clear the cobwebs surrounding the true nature and practical value of the Hellenic spirit. Connecting with the Hellenic spirit will untame your creativity and unleash your capabilities to their full potential.

Rising above superstition and fear, “Recipes for the Revival of the Hellenic Spirit” is a guide to personal happiness, physical health, and intellectual freedom. A road map for reclaiming our fullest potential as a species.

One city one world one human at a time”

I will be publishing a new excerpt from my upcoming book every week or when I get around to it. Subscribe in order to stay informed.

all rights reserved copyright 2014

 

Flora Cushman the Great Unsung Hero of Israeli Dance

This video is made as a tribute to Flora Cushman the legendary choreographer and teacher who recently passed away. I video taped it in silence and was astonished to see how well the music I added afterwards fit the movements. This is a testament to Flora Cushman’s sense of musicality embedded in her movements like silent songs. I have started to train again using her method that I remember from 33 years ago which is the last time I danced. You can follow my progress here as I attempt at 58 years of age to recreate a 12 minute solo dance she choreographed for me. Flora, this song is for you! Link to the remembrance page for Flora Cushman: http://www.rjweaver.net/JCCons/Flora.htm

This is day 5.

Flora Cushman the Great Unsung Hero of Israeli Dance PART 1

I first met Flora Cushman when she came as a guest teacher to my school Mudra in Brussels during a cold a dreary December of 1977. Mudra was a total dance and theater school founded by Maurice Bejart artistic director of the company, “Dance of the 21st Century.” She was a legendary teacher studied with Martha Graham, brought up in a musical environment. Flora also played piano for Martha Grahams classes. Continue reading Flora Cushman the Great Unsung Hero of Israeli Dance

GMO cotton seed for human consumption approved by EFSA

The European Union’s EFSA approved the GMO cotton seeds made by Bayer for food and animal feed.  Scientific Opinion on application (EFSA-GMO-NL-2010-77) for the placing on the market of herbicide-tolerant genetically modified cotton GHB614 × LLCotton25 for food and feed uses, import and processing under Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 from Bayer CropScience

EFSA European Food Safety Association has approved the use of GMO cotton seeds by Bayer Crop Science for food and animal feed. These seeds have shown to contain very high levels of Continue reading GMO cotton seed for human consumption approved by EFSA

World Hunger

Hunger

The world hungers for the taste of real food. Mass food production has provided more quantity but lower quality. We eat more but we feel more hungry. This is what modern farming techniques have done. Once you factor in the health hazards of eating food that has been sprayed with insecticides, fungicides, chemical fertilizers and hormones, on the consumer and the farmers that have to handle such dangerous chemicals, where is the benefit? These failed western world mass food production policies have now invaded Greece the land of the Mediterranean diet with disastrous results. Continue reading World Hunger

Socratic Deception

Socrates

The Socratic Deception

The Socratic Deception has its origins in the dialogue “Meno” as recorded by Plato. In Plato’s Meno we have ground zero for the Socratic Deception. This marks the beginning of the end for the grand Hellenic experiment in rational thought. Socratic Deception as expressed in Plato’s Meno is based on the theory of disembodied remembered knowledge. Socrates attempted to prove this by first establishing that the slave boy did not know the Pythagorean formula for doubling a square.

Guided Questions

Socrates then proceeded to give a number of guided questions or leading choices to the slave boy until he got the right answer. Socrates declared this to be his proof that knowledge is not acquired but remembered. I find this to be the first instance of guided choice used as a substitute for acquiring knowledge or. This is the Socratic Deception, his “grand proof” of an all knowing soul, or higher all knowing intelligence. Most people these days would say the act of thinking helps them solve problems by finding solutions. But is it really so? Do they actually think? Is thinking really even necessary these days? Under the Socratic barrage of multiple guided choices who needs to think to survive? All we have to do is choose between chocolate or vanilla. Black or white. This is the extent of our Socratic thinking process we have inherited. We are being spoon fed choices and being led to the “correct” answers. Whether to vote for a candidate or a war or choose a pill or a vocation or escape vacation, or religion, or your choice of afterlife; paradise or hell. The question whether there is a heaven or hell is not even debated using rational thought free of superstition or fear. It has become accepted as a matter of faith or belief.  Continue reading Socratic Deception

Polyphenols in EVOO

The type and quantity of Polyphenols in EVOO do matter. I have been following very closely the debate over the implementation of EU 432/2012 here in Greece. The time has arrived where we will be able to choose the type of EVOO not only on how it tastes but also on how it tests for individual phenolic compounds.

Is it a matter of taste? or a matter of test? Now we have both.

The ability to test EVOO for individual phenolic compounds has finally arrived. The EU is leading the world in regulating health claims for EVOO labeling. Unfortunately special interests and old world bureaucratic mentality is keeping this regulation from being implemented. My investigation has yielded some interesting facts, which by all reason should put the debate to rest.

http://www.oliveoiltimes.com/olive-oil-business/europe/eurolive-scientists-respond-evoo-labeling-debate/39446