A Mockery of Democracy

‘A Mockery of Democracy’ illustration by Angela Zafiris

In my drawing the ghost of Cleisthenes (the father of democracy) visits a modern ‘democratic’ leader to give him a lesson on what democracy truly is. Demokratia, or “rule by the people” from demos, “the people,” and kratos, or “power”.

Many of the worlds’ leaders have made a mess of things from their handling of the pandemic to their lax attitube toward tackling climate change. They have divided the people and created an apartheid. The vaccinated vs unvaccinated. And to make matters worse leaders of countries like France and Greece want to enforce mandatory vaccinations. These totalitarian actions are only adding more fuel to the fire that was been burning for years. People are suffering financially due to the lockdowns and they are being told that heir wages will be cut or that they will be fired if they don’t get vaccinated. This is completely unexpectable and unconstitiutional. Also, IT IS agaisnt the Nuremberg code, and I beg to differ for anyone that disagrees. There will be major outbreaks if this abuse of power doesn’t end as people are waking up and becoming increasingly fed up with their leaders.

So, more power to the people as these governments are only bringing us closer to war and to our extinction!

Big Butterfly/Μεγαλη Πεταλουδα

A big butterfly-the largest I’ve ever seen- landed in my garden yesterday.

Μια μεγάλη πεταλούδα – η μεγαλύτερη που έχω δει ποτέ – προσγειώθηκε χθες στον κήπο μου.

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” -Nathaniel Hawthorne

Strawberry Supermoon

Yesterdays’ strawberry supermoon is the last supermoon of 2021, and the first full moon of the summer. It is named the strawberry moon because it coincides with the strawberry harvesting season.

The moon was too far away. I needed a larger lens or a telescope to capture a clearer shot! It was still pretty from a distance though.

My strawberries are looking great and they taste delicious too. They need a lot of water and are persevering with the crazy, hot Greek heat.

Beauty in the Minor Things

Καλο Μηνα! Happy new month!

I’m feeling a lot better. My arm has improved just in time because I have new creative ideas. You can’t stop me world!!

The world can be a very negative place and sometimes you can get caught up in it’s negativity. I think it’s crucial, for the sake of inner peace, to tune out some times and get closer to nature. And just notice even the small beautiful things that we normally don’t pay attention too.

When you are more peaceful inside you see a lot clearer and you do attract better things into your life. And you are much more equipped to handle anything that may come your way. 🙂

Νιώθω πολύ καλύτερα. Το χέρι μου έχει βελτιωθεί πάνω στην ώρα γιατί έχω νέες δημιουργικές ιδέες.:)

Ο κόσμος μπορεί να είναι ένα πολύ αρνητικό μέρος και μερικές φορές μπορείτε να εμπλακούμε στην αρνητικότητα. Νομίζω ότι είναι ζωτικής σημασίας, για χάρη της εσωτερικής γαλήνης, να συντονιστείτε και να έρθουμε πιο κοντά στη φύση. Και παρατηρήστε ακόμη και τα μικρά όμορφα πράγματα που συνήθως δεν προσέχουμε.

Όταν είσαι πιο ήρεμη εσωτερικα, βλέπεις πολύ πιο καθαρά και προσελκύεις καλύτερα πράγματα στη ζωή σου. Και είστε πολύ πιο εξοπλισμένοι για να χειριστείτε οτιδήποτε έρθει στη ζωη σου.

Gazanias/Γκαζανία

I love the sunny gazania flower, and I make sure to add it to my garden every year. It is native to South Africa and is named after the 15th century Greek-Italian scholar Theodorus of Gaza. It needs full sun and can handle drought conditions-perfect for Athenian summers and is very low maintenance.

Λατρεύω το ηλιόλουστο λουλούδι Γκαζανία, και φροντίζω να το προσθέτω στον κήπο μου κάθε χρόνο. Είναι εγγενές στη Νότια Αφρική και πήρε το όνομά του από τον Ελληνο-Ιταλό μελετητή του 15ου αιώνα Θεόδωρος της Γάζας. Χρειάζεται πλήρη ήλιο και μπορεί να χειριστεί τις συνθήκες ξηρασίας-ιδανικό για τα αθηναϊκά καλοκαίρια και δεν θελει πολύ συντήρηση.

No Restrictions/Χωρίς περιορισμούς

The lock down measures are slowly lifting in Greece and the rest of Europe. The cases are still high though so we are not out of the clear yet. People are understandably restless after a year of lock downs, but caution is still needed.

So in the time of loosening of restrictions I found the perfect time to fracture my right shoulder after a terrible fall. It’s been a week and I feel that I will have speedy recovery. As a result of my accident I wasn’t able to take the photographs that I would normally take this time of year. I will be publishing photographs that I have on file ready to be published.

In this terrible time of fear, negativity, sickness, and anger etc. etc. Ignore the naysayers and fearmongers and stay positive, take care of yourselves and believe in your recovery (whatever may be ailing you) and in the future. 🙂

Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.”-Dr Steve Maraboli