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Oct 21 2011

Deadly Disease

“There’s only one fatal disease, I’ve concluded.  It’s called hypochondria. And it is deadly”. Keith Richards

I was writing in my flat the other day, enjoying the beautiful warm sun shining through my big windows, listening to Neil Diamond, finally seeing a potential good day ahead of me, when the phone rang. “Hey grandma, how are you”? She exhaled. “Angeliki, be honest with me… Are you drinking enough pomegranate juice”? I held back from sharing all my thoughts with her. “No, grandma. I really am not”. It turned out I should have lied. “Angeliki, listen to me. This is not a joke. This is not something to write on your blog about. This is your health, this is your body. Do you know what I heard? I found out that pomegranate juice saves you from breast cancer, prostate cancer –“. “I think I’m safe in that area grandma”… “It protects the bones, the teeth, the heart. Do you know that if you drink two glasses of pomegranate juice a day you have 50% less chances of having a heart attack”? “Grandma, why would I ever have a heart attack? I’m 29 years old, I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, I don’t drink coffee –” She immediately went crazy. “Yes Angeliki, but you don’t drink pomegranate juice either”! I sighed. “No, that’s true. I don’t”. “And I can’t help but worry”… I left her for a few seconds to calm down. “In any case, I went to the supermarket today and bought a few kilos of them. You see, I haven’t given up on myself completely”. “Ok, grandma”… “I don’t like playing around with my health, you see”…

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Apr 26 2011

It’s not you… It’s Saturn.

I accepted today that there may be intelligent life on other planets. Just not on this one.

This morning I sat at a bench to read my Louis Theroux book, but soon I found myself lost in the conversation of two women sitting nearby. ‘It’s Saturn. Everybody’s going through a rough time right now because of Saturn… Just hang in there’, said the one woman, trying to encourage the other one as much as possible. ‘Yeah, I guess… And I’m a Cancer… A water sign. You know how uncomfortable Saturn is in the water’, her friend said, and they both sat silent for a while, just nodding to themselves. ‘Ah… Only if you were a Pisces would you have it any worse’… ‘I don’t even want to think of how complicated my life would be right now if I were a Pisces’. They both agreed that there were a lot worse things happening out there. Her friend exhaled and touched her knee, letting her know that everything was going to be ok, even with Saturn uncomfortable in her water. ‘You’re healthy and that’s what matters. Now, everything else is going to be fine, just be patient and wait for Venus to come and fix everything in a couple of months’.

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