Since 2003, there has existed on Paros a small but efficient Rescue Team consisting of volunteers prepared to face almost any emergency situation on the island and in the wider area of the West Cyclades.
Barely publicized and quietly conducted, the New Symposium on Paros again brought together a sparkling group of writers, all well known, to discuss culture, enact rituals of intercultural exchange, and enjoy Paros – not hard to do in flowery May.
Five Dutch artists who have been living and working on the island - either permanently or periodically - are showing their work which has been inspired exclusively by Paros at the Aegean Center for the Fine Arts this month.
It isn't hard for me to say that I am a family and marriage counsellor, nor is it hard for me to say I am a mother, wife, friend or newly retired academic professor. Yet it is very hard for me to say "I am an artist" and for this reason the provocative title of the art workshop I came upon in cyberspace grabbed my attention. "Artist? Artist!" What was this about?
This year The Paros Symposium is co-organized by Greek poets Liana Sakelliou and Siarita Kouka, and U.S. poets Susan Gevirtz and John Sakkis. It will run from June 23-29 at The House of Literature in Lefkes. Evening readings and events are open to the public.
"An idea whose time has come" is how John Pack, the director of the Aegean Centre for the Fine Arts described his decision to switch to alternative energy sources. In Paros we are blessed with surplus wind and sun and it is a waste of these resources not to make good use of them.
The Aegean Team with 14 speed boats and the medical boat "Minas" arrived on the small island of Sikinos on 8/5. Of the 65 passengers there were mostly doctors of every specialty with the mission to perform medical tests on the citizens of Sikinos and to treat them.
During our annual holidays visiting Paros from Holland we always go for a walk after dinner and on the evening of 14th May we passed by the Farangas Beach parking area. Suddenly we heard the cry of a little creature near the garbage container...
About every second Greek would answer positively to the question. This explains why Greece usually ranks either in first or second place among all European countries in the per capita consumption of cigarettes. Statistics prove also that, in spite of the general trend worldwide to reduce smoking, Greece does the opposite.
The temperatures are soaring, the layers are being peeled off, and the bright Greek sunlight exposes all the winter's body "insulation", which for many of us is more padding that we would like to be showing in our swimsuits.