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Growing Up Greek Style: The Phenomenon of Success behind a Greek Aussie Gal’s Love of Culture

Memes from Growing Up Greek Style: nostalgia, pride and poking fun at growing up Greek

If you are on Facebook or Instagram, no doubt you have seen it–posts from Growing Up Greek Style.  This is an Instagram community with close to 24K followers and over 115K followers on Facebook.  If you measure success by followers, ...

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When Baba Makes Less than Mamma


The wage disparity between men and women is an old story. According the most recent reports in the US, women earn 78 cents for every dollar made by a man. But, parallel to these statistics is the growing rate of ...

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Refusing Food at a Greek House: Bad Manners or Healthy Choice?

How can you stay true to your fitness and health goals but not offend your welcoming Greek host? Roula Marinos Papmihail has the answers.

      Rewind a few years back –my husband and I were dating. I went to my then future mother-in-law’s house often and she offered food often. I usually refused. Being young, in love and oblivious to all other ...

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Being Greek and Martin Luther King


For my 13th birthday, my parents, immigrant Greeks who settled in the melting pot of NYC, surprised me.  “Yes, you can have a birthday party,” they said.  Otherwise, closed to “American” traditions and sort of insular, they allowed me to ...

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Holy Transvestites! The Story of St Apollinaria and Other Cross-dressing Female Saints of the Desert

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The Venerable Apollinaria:  Feast Day January 5th While January is powered by Epiphany and the many name days of John, Ioanna, Basil/Basiliki, and Gregory, a less-known female saint by the name of Apollinaria goes by unnoticed.  But her story is ...

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