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Yoga as a path for happiness: Irene Damanakis

"Only when you can turn your world upside down by performing a handstand,  can you do things that you thought were impossible to do" Irene Damanaki, yoga practitioner and trainer

“If I can stand upside down and can control my core so much that I am a straight line, there is nothing I can’t do,” says Irene Damanaki as she limbers her body into a vertical headstand. Acutely focused on ...

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A Greek American Girl Contemplates Fourth of July


                    As a first-generation Greek-American woman, I have bittersweet feelings about the Fourth of July. I became an American through no choice of my own.  I was barely five when I ...

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Summer in Greece: Return from Exile

flying home for Greek summer

The Greek Diaspora ritual for the summer is to visit the motherland.  It is something like what the geese do every winter; every summer Greeks flock to Hellas.  Walking around my local Astoria, it is becoming more and more apparent ...

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Mosaic of Greek Women of the Diaspora: Litsa Karathanassis from Jordan


NAME: Litsa Karathanassis WHERE IN THE WORLD: Amman, Jordan Briefly narrate the story of your life.  How did you get to Jordan? In Nov 1960 I was born in Jordan. My grandparents were from Asia Minor and they moved to ...

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Greece falls to #87 on World Economic Forum Gender Gap Report

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Greece has one of the highest rates of gender inequality, ranking in at 87 on the World Economic Forum’s World Gender Gap Report 2015, the lowest ranking for a European nation. It ranked below countries such as Bangladesh, Mexico, Kazakhstan, Ghana, ...

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