Summer is in full swing. There are no early nights, but rather the day fades into evening rather nicely. There is something about the less frantic summer months that allow us all to slow down. We are constantly reminded to shut off distractions. Some people don’t pause as much as they like but the intent is there.
Summer is here and the Greek festivals are in full swing. There are many upcoming events happening here in Chicago. Be sure to attend a Greek festival and enjoy the long days of summer. The Greek Star’s next issue date will appear the week of July 17. Enjoy and get outside and make your summer plans!
‘Loneliness has become the most common ailment of the modern world’ Yesterday I fell upon an interesting video. It is called The Innovation of Loneliness from Shimi Cohen. http://www.shimicohen.com/The-Innovation-of-Loneliness
The eye-opening animation by Shimi Cohen will have you transfixed on how your time on social media is in fact not social but the exact opposite. I know this is a distorted view to naysayers but look through the lens Cohen presents. It might make you reconsider your next post a little more carefully.
Interesting news coming out of Washington from the Archons: “Just days after the Pew Research Center, in the largest political survey in its history, found that Republicans and Democrats are further apart ideologically than at any point in recent history, the Senators of the Foreign Relations Committee provided a stunning counterpoint: regardless of party, they agreed unanimously on one of the most vital issues of our day -- that in dealing with the United States of America, religious freedom trumps diplomatic expediency.
“In a striking show of solidarity, all ten Democrats and all eight Republicans on the Committee signed a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to support religious freedom for Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the spiritual head of Orthodox Christianity, the second largest Christian Church in the world,” said Dr. Anthony Limberakis, National Commander of the Order of St. Andrew -- Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
“We greatly appreciate the leadership of Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Ron Johnson (R-WI), the Chairman and Ranking Member, respectively, of the Senate European Affairs Subcommittee, who initiated this letter,” said Andy Manatos, who heads the Order’s religious freedom efforts in Washington, DC.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is urging President Obama to press Turkey to grant the Ecumenical Patriarch full religious freedom. The letter said, “The restoration of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s religious freedom would benefit people of all faiths, America’s national interests, and the best interests of Turkey as well.”
So often we hear unfavorable or sad news about yet another teen’s life gone wrong. However, today, I’d like to share quite the opposite. Arianna Vranas, the daughter of Nikos P and Ellena Kontos Vranas, DDS, is a junior at Naperville North High School who recently was the top fundraiser at her school, raising almost $8,000 by shaving her head for St. Baldrick’s. This national charity funds research to help find a cure for childhood cancers. Arianna followed her heart by participating in this event in honor of her aunt and cousin who both died from cancer and for her grandfather who is undergoing cancer treatment. This is not an easy feat to many, but to Arianna she is a teen filled with goodness that is pouring out to others.
BBC Radio’s 1Xtra, a national station in the UK for hip hop and R&B fans, hand selected rapper, record producer, and songwriter Drew32 to be one of 32 rappers in the world to participate in their 2014 World Cup Freestyle competition. The 32 rappers, coinciding with the 32 countries participating in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, each spit a 32-bar freestyle rhyme about their country. Drew32, a Detroit native and Greek-American, was selected to represent Greece. He quickly put pen to pad and laid down a Greek-flavored track that not only embodies his pride in his motherland, but also captures the fierce competition of the games.
Every Sunday here in America, millions of people attend church and proclaim their Christian faith. There is freedom to worship here in America. However there is a terrible tragedy taking place in Sudan where freedom to proclaim your Christian faith is absent.
Youngstown, OH--- L&L Importers LLC, Importers of Classic Greek Products, has discovered organic olive & aloe based hair, skin and body products that naturally benefit your hair and skin. The search to finding these products was as interesting as a Homeric tale.
Exhibition Result of Partnership with National Hellenic Museum
Chicago 06/02/2014—The Field Museum announced today that it will open The Greeks: From Agamemnon to Alexander the Great in November of 2015. The exhibition will take visitors on an extraordinary journey through more than 5000 years of Greek culture—from their Neolithic origins to the expansion of Greek culture into Asia and Africa under Alexander the Great. Drawing from the collections of 23 Greek museums, it will be the largest exhibition on the ancient Greeks in North America in 25 years.
This weekend, Americans will gather to celebrate Memorial Day. The quintessential BBQ is the goal of most Americans celebrating this weekend, but I encourage everyone to stop and pause from those occupying thoughts and rather give thanks for the whole reason Memorial Day is held. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving.
“As America celebrates Memorial Day, we pay tribute to those who have given their lives in our nation’s wars.”
—John M. McHugh
Attention Readers: Looking ahead to the summer months, we are busy working on our Annual Summer Book Guide. Also, please be advised that there will be no newspaper during the week of July 7.
The National Hellenic Museum, 333 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL presents a lecture by Dr. James Wright, Director, American School of Classical Studies at Athens, on Tuesday, May 13 from 6:30-8 pm. The event is titled: Saving Greece’s cultural heritage: The treasures of Nemea. The event is free with museum admission. Doors open at 6 pm.