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    The Patriarchal Theological Seminary of Halki is located on the Turkish island known as Heyelbiada in the Bosporus straits. It was closed in 1971 by the Turkish government and is the subject of much controversy since it is the only seminary in Turkey and the position of Ecumenical Patriarch can only be filled by a Turkish citizen. Sign the petition to reopen it at www.greece.org

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09 August 2019

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Margaret

Stavros,

This morning all of your blog has disappeared to my view, save for this wonderful post in memory of your father. I hope it is just my computer playing up, or an easily remedied technical hitch, but I'm glad this post is still here for me to re-read, as I only read it quickly yesterday. You describe a man whose character was certain, who knew who he was and, unlike the reed in the wind, was not blown about by what other people thought. And yet there is no arrogance in your description of him, just a strong centre, as if he truly managed to be the stable bow which allowed you to do what you wanted to do, and be who you are. Thank you for sharing your memories here, and for reminding me what matters - not what others think but what we, having struggled, work out to be what we believe.

Margaret

Stavros

Margaret,

I hope you computer glitch has been resolved. I haven't experienced any similar issues which leads me think it may be related to your personal computer rather than Typepad.

Thank you for your gracious and generous comments. My father was indeed one of the most humble people I have ever known. He was far from perfect, as I have pointed out before, however, he was also someone who rarely criticized others for their faults, perceived or otherwise. He had dreams for me, yet to his credit he never sought to impose his dreams on mine.

My big regret was that I never really got to know my father better. Never got to know him as a person. He was always this larger than life person who I either idolized or at times, merely tolerated.

In many respects my own sons have a similarly alternating view of me. I suspect that they will have the same regrets some day. I hope that some day in the distant future that my writing may give them a peak into who I really am, even answer some of the questions that they are too young to ask just yet.

Back to the salt mines. I will try to respond to your other comments in a day or two. Pardon the delay.

Margaret

No worries. The issues are going nowhere and won't be solved tomorrow or the next day.

I hope you have a good week once the saltmines have finished with you for the day - we are enjoying the most glorious weather here. Since a fair proportion of our weather is your weather of a short while ago, I'm hoping that you're enjoying sunshine too.

It sounds as if you wish your father had written a blog, for the insight it would have given you into him. I hope that the future you speak of for your sons is tomorrow not distant. My elder daughter used to read my blog, often with her friends at school (cringe).

ares demertzis

One of your best, Stavro; moistened my eyes.
Your prose has evolved into a splendid
poetic writing style. Happy Father´s Day.

maria v

this was a very well written piece, and a wonderful tribute to your father

Stavros

Margaret,

The sun is hiding and I;m thinking about building an ark. BTW, when your kids and their friends read your blog it means you are "cool."

Ares,

That means a great deal to me coming from a talented writer like yourself.

Maria,

I know that you too have written movingly about your own father and how much he meant to you. May his memory be eternal.

GGW

That was a beautiful tribute, reminded me so much of the last days of our mother... No, maybe he didn't make the cover of Time, maybe he didn't have his 15 minutes of what we call 'fame', but that's not important, his memory lives on in you and your family and that's what life is all about - to be important to our loved ones...so much more significant than being on the cover of Time or anything else for that matter...

Thanks for sharing

Stavros

GG,

Thank you and good luck to your excellent blog.

GGW

Thanks very much for the wishes and the add...I've also added yours to mine...
Kali dynami

virginia

Beautiful words spoken so honestly..My father was much like yours , hardworking , salt of the earth, family man who had immigrated from Florina in Greece and integrated into Australian society. He loved his family deeply, they were his world.He taught us our values, a rusted on Labor voter, even our politics, our faith and our work ethic. Nothing good , ever comes easy..and we are here to do a good job of life. I talk to my young boy , Thimitri (Jamie), named after pappou ,about how wonderful my Dad was,some photos show a simple man, weathered by many years of work...but also many years of great memories,laughter, good times, and some sad ones too. Today marks his 17 years , since he left us , on a new journey...Happy Fathers Day Baba x

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