Monthly Archives: May 2010

The Stray Dogs of Athens (7)

by cheri block I’m in Paris now and have  just returned from touring. My feet are screaming at me from within my little shoes, so we are resting in our small boutique hotel on the Left Bank ( in honor … Continue reading

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Demeter Winks (6)

by cheri block The class meetings concluded today, and after 12 hours of listening to stimulating discussion about  both Socrates and Alcibiades, I have so much material to share with you all. I haven’t had any time to organize my … Continue reading

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The Athenian Persona (5)

by cheri block I am the only one in my group who likes Alcibiades. We have read and discussed Thucydides and two of Plato’s Dialogues, Alcibiades I and II. This morning, we will begin analyzing the historian Plutarch’s take on … Continue reading

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Pause to eat breakfast (4)

By cheri block Yesterday (May 19, 2010) 1st Class on Alcibiades The gods divided our seminarians into two groups of 15  people and off we went to our places around the table. Five women and ten men comprise our group. … Continue reading

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Hermes on Assignment (3)

By Demeter Reporting from Athens, Greece May 18, 2010 The Parthenon Your correspondents are happy to report to anyone who stumbles upon this blog, looking for entertainment or knowledge (or both), that Cheri and Judge Blah did make it to … Continue reading

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Who was Alcibiades? (2)

by cheri block I am trying to ready myself to board a plane and fly away, far from my pastoral field. But something or someone is in the air. Instead of anticipating my trip to Athens tomorrow with the heft … Continue reading

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Demeter and Hermes visit Northern California (1)

by Demeter Mt. Olympus is restless. The Gods sit and squabble. For example, yesterday my sisters Hestia and Hera got into a raging fight over matches and who would light the kitchen fire.  I interfered. Is this petulance about cooking … Continue reading

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The Greeks

by cheri block Long ago when I was a naive girl, I tried out the Greek sorority system. *   *   *    *    * “Hello, Cheri. My name is Leslie. Welcome to Kappa Kappa Gamma. That’s a cute dress. How are … Continue reading

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To the Lighthouse with Mrs. Dalloway

 by cheri block I read Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse several years ago. At first, I resisted her style, often harrumphing about her scattered stream of  consciousness and disorder that defy categorization. Irritated, perhaps, by the stop and start … Continue reading

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