the basics…

I have received more than a few requests to tell more about myself. Which made me wonder, why not? So, to answer some questions…

Heritage: Greek American. Being the proud Greek person I am, I find it necessary to be a bit more specific. My Greek family is from Chios, Kythera, and Cesme (which is in Turkey).

Married: No, absolutely not. I have some philosophical problems with engaging in a practice that has a history rooted in ownership of women.

Religion: Haven’t found one that really appeals to me yet. Buddhism comes close. They all have good ideas. I try to take the best from all of them.

What about Christianity: Oh boy, I am going to get some emails on this one. I cannot help but think that Jesus is really disappointed in modern Christianity. Let’s not even talk about the history of war, genocide, book-burnings, witch trials, discrimination, repression and civil rights violations that plague Christianity. If you look at what this brilliant man [Jesus] said; well, most Christians just do not practice it. And, if they do, it is a minuscule part of their ministry. Not to mention the general lack of focus on really educating themselves on the history of the Bible and the context under which it was written. I have studied many, many religions and have found Christianity to be, in general, populated by adherents who are not educated about the social history and development of their religion. And I refuse, absolutely refuse, to back a religion which tells me that women cannot have the same roles and/or duties as men. Now, before I get a zillion emails about how wrong I am, I am speaking generally. I know there are some churches that are better than others. I know that some have granted women equal rights. But, generally people, generally. And, if one day, a religion exists that drops the concept of original sin, the necessity of church, and only follows what Jesus had to say (i.e. it is written in red and includes the Gospel of Thomas) then I might be interested. But that religion will not be modern Christianity; because without the concept of original sin and the necessity of church, you have to rewrite most of the bible. Just not the parts that are written as direct quotes from Jesus. Which is kind of interesting, isn’t it?


There are a few around the site.

Quotes that are important to me…

See here.

Favorite Movies…

citizen ruth¦ alexander payne

rosencrantz and guildenstern are dead ¦ tom stoppard

city of god ¦ fernando meirelles

princess mononoke ¦ hayao miyazaki

bubba ho-tep ¦ don coscarelli

curse of the golden flower ¦ zhang yimou

dawn of the dead ¦ george romero

adaptation ¦ spike jonze

ong bak ¦ prachya pinkaew

Favorite Music…

See Here.

Favorite Color(s)…

red ¦ red is intense and passionate. it symbolizes love, desire, death and war. but mostly i just love the way it looks on and around me.

purple ¦ while red suits me when i am feeling passionate and tempestuous, purple fits when i desire something. there is more power in purple than red. but mostly i just love the way it looks on and around me.

Favorite Books…

See Here.

What do I like to do…

I am not sure how to interpret that question, so I am going to read it as, “what makes me happy?”

(1) my daughter, always. she is perfect, even with the flaws, she is a study in perfection.

(2) finding beauty in life every day. it’s everywhere, i promise, all you need to do is shut up and ‘look’ (a little less with the eyes and a lot more with the part of you that feels beauty). here is a hint… when you ‘see’ it, your heart will ache.

What meds am I on…

Lamictal ¦ 200mg a day at least, sometimes up to 400.

Adderall ¦ 60mg a day at most, I have to decrease my dosage when feeling manic.

Vitamin ¦ with zinc and selenium to combat hair loss caused by Lamictal. Also contains a high level of vitamin D.

Omega 3 ¦ fish oil caplets.

What treatments work for you…

Nothing really works. Listen, my life is indescribably difficult to manage. Bipolar is bad enough, bipolar with co-morbid ADD is a whole other world. The main thing has been completely restructuring my existence to fit my diseases. My life is about managing my meds and reducing my stress. Everything I do, everything, is done while considering how it will effect my stress level. I cannot allow myself to feel obligated to live my life in the traditional way. It will not work for me. My ethics, priorities and goals are very different than the vast majority of people I know.


Pleasure is the beginning and the end of living happily….It is impossible to live pleasurably without living wisely, well, and justly, and impossible to live wisely, well, and justly without living pleasurably. – Epicurus


~ by aikaterine on July 14, 2007.

27 Responses to “the basics…”

  1. I just wanted you to know you’ve been blogrolled (a page for ‘off-topic’ discussions and notes can be nice…).

    But, since I’m here…

    Three Movies you will love after seeing:
    Our Lady of The Assassins
    The Americanization of Emily
    Run Lola Run

    Four Songs you will love after hearing:
    Haunted, The Pogues
    Icebound Stream, Laura Veirs
    Marinella, Tino Rossi
    Sweet Jane, Cowboy Junkies

    Five Books you will love after reading:
    Cocksure, Mordecai Richler
    Out Of Sight, Elmore Leonard
    The Boomer Bible, R.F. Laird
    Three Day Road, Joseph Boyden
    Collapse: How Societies Choose To Fail Or Succeed, Jared Diamond

  2. haha, I was actually heading to the bookstore tomorrow to pick up an order. Collapse: How Societies Choose To Fail Or Succeed is intriguing, I will pick it up.

    I keep meaning to do the off-topic post. Thanks for suggesting it in the first place and reminding me. And thanks for the blog-roll.

  3. It can be a little ‘text-booky’ at times, but… I don’t know, insert hyperbole sounding expletives here. It’s one of the more important and revelatory books I’ve ever read. He also wrote “Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates Of Human Societies” which won him the Pulitzer.

    I need to go culture shopping soon as well…

  4. If you have not read City of God, you should.

  5. You must be an ugly lonely man-hater.

  6. I tried to see the movie when it came through but missed it… I had no idea there was a book. I’ll look for it the next time I’m in Ottawa.

    Looks like you either have a friend with a weird sense of humour or you’ve been tagged by your first troll. Either way, congratulations.

  7. The movie (which is not based on the novel I was referring to) is fabulous. You should really rent it. But the book is completely different, written by E.L. Doctorow. It is hard to describe. So, I am quoting Penguin Classics here:

    “City of God opens a vast window on a range of religious, scientific, historic, and aesthetic concerns. E. L. Doctorow’s novel promises to strike readers as a wonderfully unusual novel with a liberating narrative technique that breaks many of the so-called “rules” of the novel and also echoes and riffs on styles and themes from a wide range of literary and historical antecedents. The works of such disparate authors as John Dos Passos, Virginia Woolf, Walter Benjamin, Tony Kushner, Elie Wiesel, and Jorge Luis Borges might be discussed alongside City of God with fruitful results.”

    He tells three stories at the same time; interspersed with a ‘jazz-club themed’ deconstruction of famous lyrics, he even throws in some Wittgenstein.

    I do not know who the IDHC2 person is; but definitely not one of my friends.

  8. IDHC2 –

    You got me, I hate men. I really, really do. The way that they are always trying to be so nice – horrible. And sex, all the pleasure men provide, how dare they please me – bastards.

    And, your right, I am horribly, horribly ugly – scary, even. Little kids run from me in the street.

    And I am alone, so very alone. I’m going to go cry over my glass of pinot noir and talk to some imaginary friends about your stunningly intelligent and thought provoking comment right now.

  9. I love Greece. I love the food. And the crazy people.
    I have spent a fair amount of time in Greece as my dad is obsessed with Halki (Chalki) and has been going there for years and years. Recently bought a villa there to renovate…currently looking somewhat like a bombsite but a couple more years and I might have somewhere to sneak off to to recuperate ;)
    I visited Corfu a few times as a child and developed an unhealthy obsession with Baklava. Food of the gods I tell you.

  10. darkentries,

    Your love of my people and homeland is understandable, just kidding – kind of. How wonderful that you will have someplace to go there. Now that my sister has moved to the Netherlands (Gouda), I have reason to be in Europe more often. Which means more opportunities to spend time on the islands.

    Halki is near my side of the mediterranean, beautiful water.

  11. Hi Aikaterine. I had read your comments on Gabriel’s blog and then today you left some very interesting questions on my blog…got me thinking. I came here.
    I really like your views on religion and to a great extent they match with mine. I too have not found any religion which is good…buddhism comes close.
    I love men though. :)
    I am adding you to my blogroll.

  12. Gouda…cheesy goodness. My favourite Dutch cheese in fact is Gouda.
    We should have a big blogger get together in Holland. We can get flights to the Dam for mere pocket change in the UK…

  13. Nita –

    Thank you for stopping by, I have been reading your articles for a couple of months and very much enjoy your writing. The story yesterday just struck a cord. Please do not hesitate to comment here whenever you feel the urge.

  14. darkentries –

    I know, Gouda is good cheese. I’ll let everyone know the next time I am over that way. I am totally behind the blogger get together.

  15. woot. The first annual madblogcon is on!

  16. yay! I don’t know yet when I will be there next. But I imagine it will be within the next several months. God time changes as you age. When I was younger several months seemed like an eternity. Now it feels like next week.

  17. I’ll second that. I think it has something to do with having virtually no free time.

  18. Your blog design is simply beautiful. The colors, layout, and template, match the content of what you write about so perfectly!

  19. thank you. I think the same of yours.

  20. Your daughter is very beautiful :)

  21. A –

    Welcome and thank you very much. She is amazing.

  22. Gabriel,

    You make me laugh. In sooooo many ways, you make me laugh.

  23. hahaha..
    btw in my native lang Marathi, Aika teri na = Please listen. A little variation Aka teri ne = In a way ;)

  24. I never thought of it that way, Priyank! Dhanyavaad! (Thank you!)

    And doesn’t she make others listen? And herself listen so well?

    Shows how Marathi can sometimes not sound Greek to foreigners! :-)

  25. Hmmm… interesting to read such personal stuff about you, A.
    I am sure your kardios is in the right place, but am not so sure about the kephalos!!
    Hey, I am just kidding, as most times!
    Seems you have a bunch of Indian fans. I think you look beautiful, as do most Greeks.

  26. Priyank –

    I like that, please listen. Actually, I tell myself that a lot. Stop, slow down, listen. I think most people need to do more of that.

    Mahendra –

    haha. Even Greek can sound Greek to me. Interestingly, in this little town in Wales that I am not in there is a pub owned by a Greek man. I think we are the only two Greeks here. I cannot say the name of the town, hold on, let me find it…Pencader…I think…or maybe Maesycrugiau. One of those. It’s crazy Welsh. I cannot pronounce the name of the town I live in. How funny.

    Rambodoc –

    What a wonderful compliment to wake up to. Keep them coming. I love that you used my native language, my heart and head are loving it here. And I am getting more existentialist by the minute.

  27. It’s about time… it’s refreshing to hear someone speak with some sense and logic…
    I agree with a lot of what you state… generally, speaking…
    the ‘new religion’, I suppose would be the mind… the ‘new’ way that ppl are starting to use it.
    btw, Ong Bak… if I could knee someone like that, I’d probably go into business as a superhero…
    another thought, this is a very nice site, I don’t even know where to begin to start something like this…

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