The Storyteller from Kalo Chorio

After years of work, I have finally published The Storyteller from Kalo Chorio. This book tells the life story of Dafnis Panagides, a Cypriot peace activist, environmentalist, and all-around quirky individual who lived a fascinating life. The book is an absorbing narrative about a complex man who made a profound difference in the lives of many people.

Cyprus in Spring

I am seriously considering postponing my Cyprus tour from November 2022 to May or June 2023. Would you be interested in exploring Cyprus with me next spring? Because of the possible change of date, I need to know soon.

Cyprus is one of the safest places in the Middle East to visit. Rich in scenery, history, and culture, the island is a tourist magnet for Europeans. Although the population of the island is only a little over one million, nearly four million tourists visit Cyprus each year. Traveling to Cyprus before the peak season begins will allow us to avoid large crowds and summer heat—and get better deals on lodging and food.

Airlines have improved air circulation on their jets, thus reducing the threat of catching diseases during trans-Atlantic flights. And Russia’s invasion of Ukraine poses no danger to Cyprus, which is far to the south of Ukraine.

Let me know what questions you have about this trip. Cyprus is one of my favorite places in the world.

Michael

A cellar in Bella Pais Abbey. Those who have read Lawrence Durrell’s “Bitter Lemons of Cyprus” will know about the village in which this abbey is located.
Cyprus is a great place to experience a Greek culture. I took this photo during a special liturgy at a small, mountain church.
Cyprus has many interesting Medieval structures, such as Kolossi Castle just west of Limassol.
St. Nicholas Cathedral in the old city of Famagusta.

What a delightful read!

Last Summer Boys, by Bill Rivers

One of the best books I have read in years. I commend Bill Rivers for producing a wonderful novel. As my wife and I read it aloud to each other, at times we laughed out loud at the antics of the boys in the book. Narrated by 13-year-old Jack, the story brims full of levity of childhood and the angst rampant in the nation during the summer of 1968. I graduated from high school in 1968 and remember facing the draft and the very real possibility of going to fight in Viet Nam—a major theme in Last Summer Boys. I recommend this novel without hesitation, which is something I can do with very few books—especially those offered in Amazon’s First Reads.