journalThe Waffler was born in the Year of the Rat in Athens, Greece. She is a Taurean and it shows (beware of the horns!), but she also has a very strong Gemini streak, which means she craves communication.

She is married to a wonderful Englishman, for whom she uprooted herself from the land of democracy and has been coping with the transplant to Old Albion for some time now. She is a doting,  if somewhat disciplinarian, mother of a boy, whose school run provides her daily cardio quota, and a suitably wicked stepmother of a girl, who is finally an adult by any legal code.

The Waffler is a linguist specialising in Romance languages and a qualified language teacher, primarily EFL. Bilingual herself, in Greek and English, she enjoys translating as much as original writing. Almost as much as reading, even. Check back for side project updates!

The Waffler is very much interested in history, anthropology, theology, and psychology, all with a definite feminine – and often feminist – bent. She’s growing less and less inclined to put up with misogynist BS with age, and more likely to be vocal about said disinclination.

The Waffler is a practising Eastern (Greek) Orthodox. The ignorance or dismissal displayed by the Western world towards a Christian sect much larger and much older than most ‘popular’ denominations is a pet peeve and she is usually quite vocal in battling it. No confusing tolerance with acceptance here.

The Waffler has been practising yoga since the mid-80s and hopes to teach sometime. Yoga was the gateway that took her into the world of complementary medicine, especially herbalism and ayurveda. She is an accredited 3rd degree reiki practitioner, 13th generation in the Usui lineage, but no longer practises.

The Waffler is also a self-confessed gamer geek who loves pen-and-paper RPGs, especially White Wolf’s Old World of Darkness. If you happen to be a fan, by all means leave a message!

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24 Responses to “About the Author”


  1. 1 Katrina Wogoman November 11, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    “I’m not a feminist; I’m a womanist; which means I believe it takes more than having XX chromosomes to be a woman.”

    Hear, Hear! You have a wonderful blog and I have greatly enjoyed my time here. :) I will definitely be checking back!

  2. 2 randylewiskemp November 18, 2008 at 1:43 am

    Assetia:
    Thanks for the addition about the Greek Orthodox position on hell. I found a wonderful article on the topic, at http://tinyurl.com/6hawnj. Actually, we both have much in common. I have a life long Greek Orthodox friend, who knows fluent Koine Greek. She has a PhD in Biblical Archeology from Oxford, and a Masters in Social Work, from the University of Chicago.
    I have also been initiated into Reiki, know homeopathy very well, and practice Yoga.
    Randy
    Blog: http://randylewiskemp.wordpress.com

    Randy – Thanks for the link. It’s bookmarked, and I’m going to share it with as much readership as possible.

  3. 3 Stacey Nam December 11, 2008 at 11:08 am

    I heart your blog and the voice your writing carries.

    Shalom,

    Stace.

  4. 4 Dogran December 23, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    “I love pen-and-paper roleplaying games, especially White Wolf’s Old World of Darkness. If you happen to be a fan, by all means leave a message and I’ll be back to you presently!”

    I loved Vampire: The Masquerade; never really had much to do with Requiem. The old clans still seem more ‘right’ to me anyway. :o)

    I’m more a Changeling person, myself – although I admit I never played or read ‘Dreaming’ and only discovered ‘Lost’ a year or so ago. Sadly I don’t know anyone nearby who’s interested in playing it, but I had to buy the C:TL book anyway because it’s fantastic. Not to mention (strange expression) that it parallels much of what I suspect about the world anyway (partly why I refer to Fae and goblins in my blog).

    I’m much more of a Mage girl myself, but I have dabbled in, more or less, the whole range. Looking forward to DA: Fae?

  5. 5 Dogran December 24, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    “Looking forward to DA: Fae?”

    To be honest I’ve always preferred the modern-era stuff. I don’t know why, since I love history too. I might well have a look at it – but unfortunately they’re just reading books for me at the moment anyway… :o]

  6. 6 Jillian LaDage March 3, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    I found your lovely posts and reviews on arts and music. After reading through a few I found you may be interested in my eclectic Celtic music, although I am hesitant to recommend myself but perhaps maybe more of an introduction. I recently released my first album, The Ancestry. It contains nine new songs with an array of influences and instruments journeying through medieval Turkey through the moors and legends of the ancient Celts. Receiving comparisons to Loreena McKennitt for the evocative vocals and harp-playing it has been described as “a sophisticated recording…a truly rich polyphonic soundscape.”

    I hope you enjoy what I have to offer.

    Jillian LaDage
    http://www.tarithcote.com

  7. 7 knowledgetoday March 28, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    I love your site. Keep it up !

  8. 8 Christy May 2, 2009 at 3:19 am

    Im in heaven. My wish has come true, but like all of my wishes there are challenges. The wish is that there finally be a course on women studies…well not only is it going to be, but its offered through the philosophy course. This is a big deal. Challenge is for me to recruit.No problem!

    What does any of this have to do with you? I love your quotes. Therefore in my mission to intice some peers for this totally awsome chance I quoted your beautification of the analyst, the thinker within CG jung the wisdom well.

    Well, wish me luck! I hope that we stay in touch. This summer I will have a blog set up as well. Until then you can reach me via e-mail or check out my rinkydinky facebook.

    Sincerely
    Christy Cianelli

  9. 9 notesalongthepath June 15, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    Love your blog! I’m a Taurus, too, so maybe that’s it. Keep up the great work, your great variety of interesting takes on life.

  10. 10 sensitivesisters September 23, 2009 at 10:21 am

    You may be Greek in origin but that “english” sense of humour comes through- loving it. Keep blogging- I too agree with being feminine but not feminist, am a Piscean astrologer, magazine feature writer, teacher, anthropologist, alternative medicine practitioner and yoga nut from many cultures (having an identity crisis as we speak!) and have lived in many countries now “settled?” in Australia by the beach :)

    I shall keep your site tagged and follow with interest. Check out mine if you like, although its still all new and frightening to 40 something me :)

    Thanks bunches! I seem to run into Aussie kookiness (bred or cultivated) everywhere, and love it as much. I’ll definitely keep tabs on your site – feeling stalked yet?

  11. 11 sensitivesisters September 24, 2009 at 1:22 am

    oh please.. stalk me stalk me!

  12. 12 contoveros December 5, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    My father was Greek Orthodox and I finally saw the monastery he made an offering at before he left the Island of Nysiros and came to the USA a hundred years ago. I am a “lapsed” Catholic and call myself a “Zen Christian.” More Zen with a touch of “New Age” spirituality mixed in. A Lot of Meditation and a great reverance for Plato, and not Aristotle.

    Like how it looks here and hope to return to peruse the spiritual grounds my father’s father followed.

    Thanks for your insight.

    michael j

    (Contoveros is my father’s name. Some English-speaking Irishman in Ellis Island shortened it to “Contos” and pronounced “Charlie” as my father’s first name after being unable to properly say “A Chil les.”

  13. 13 Rachel Besserman July 3, 2010 at 4:19 am

    Thanks for the Ophanim yoga article.
    Beautiful blog,
    Rae

  14. 14 Susanne Koenig July 31, 2010 at 12:16 am

    How are you? I stumbled across your blog while tooling through Google images of all things. I am an American and an orthodox convert so I found your posts and opinion interesting. I understand.

    Curious about the pen and paper role playing. Never heard of that.

    Nan

  15. 15 contoveros August 2, 2010 at 12:15 am

    Why is my mug shot the only one of two that is not “made up?”

    OK. I did comb my hair, and posed with my head tilted in a way to get my best side. But I don’t mean that “Made Up.”

    I’m talking about the pet pictures and the different colored line thingamajigs.

    Is it because I am only half Greek and someone doesn’t like the Hungarian part?

    Good to visit again.

    michael j

  16. 16 antiphonsgarden December 18, 2010 at 11:52 am

    I don’t confuse tolerance with acceptance either and it surprises me often, how obviously open minded people repeat unquestioning learned religious patterns up to be defending them, without being too regarding of the historical background of the human creation of such world visions.

    I tend to be more nonplussed by the political patterns myself, which don’t even have the claims of divinity backing them up. But then I’ve given up trying to understand people as a whole. One by one doesn’t overload me so much.

  17. 17 lori78 January 22, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Been on the for more than six hours. Haven’t read anything of yours yet, but i’ll be back! Just need to feed first and go meet the humans i’m with LOL. Your blog in a quick glance promises to be great. Be back :-)

  18. 18 MeriSalope Damascus June 21, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Desperately seeking one barmaid to serve a vast array of nonsensical quaffs not limited to bloodwine and the like. said maid MUST be incredibly wise, have vast knowledge in all things medieval, and answer to the name honeycup. direct all inquiries to merisalope

  19. 19 Solitary Nereid December 2, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I fumbled on your blog as a recommendation from elsewhere and trust me I enjoyed browsing through..I will surely visit again.

    One request – pls write more from Greek Mythology..about Amphitrite, specifically!

  20. 20 coconutspeak December 23, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    I heartedly approve of your blog and existence. Please honow me with your opinion on my words
    http://medicatedwordzallowed.wordpress.com
    http://coconutspeak.wordpress.com

  21. 21 LFFL July 5, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    I love the name of your blog!

  22. 23 Mary Contrary May 26, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    That’s because I’m not a Twitard.

  23. 24 contoveros May 26, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    We are in the west all have a little Greek in us!

    Contoveros is my father’s name which I use despite the name change st Ellis Island when he came to America at age 15. His island of birth, Nysiros, did nota receive electricity until the 1960s.

    Yet, a neiva ring island, Kos, gave us an electric bolt in being the birth place for the father of medicine, the one in which doctors around the world today take his oath not to do any harm!


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