A Holy Earth for Earth Day

Δόστου, Χριστέ μου, τη στερνή χαρά να ιδή και πάλι τη γνώριμή του τη ζωή κοντά στο ακροθαλάσσι Άχ! έτσι αθώα κι έτσι απλά κι αγνά την είχε ψάλει που της αξίζει εκεί ψηλά μαζί μ΄αυτόν ν΄αγιάσει.   This little verse was composed by a poet, Λάμπρος Πορφύρας, in memory of one of the most important writers …

Solidarity and love

Excellent commentary in the Guardian newspaper in the aftermath of the Brussels terrorist attacks. The key paragraph is near the end: The biggest nightmare for Isis was how some European countries, such as Germany, welcomed Syrian refugees with open arms. The solidarity shown by thousands of citizens from Greece to Sweden harmed Isis. It cannot …

#JeSuisBruxelles

This is the most used hashtag today in Twitter space, and it's the title of this short blog post. The Guardian newspaper published a selection of artistic responses to today's terrorist attack in Brussels. They all have one thing in common: lamentation. It is indeed a day to lament the divisive and destructive urge in …

After a Billion Years…

The anticipation has been building the last few days that a big announcement would be made today, and sure enough it came this morning. Gravitational waves have been detected for the first time, the result of two black holes colliding and merging a billion years ago. Einstein predicted their existence a hundred years ago when …