Sign Language Frappé

The very first lesson in my Greek Sign Language class was how to order coffee.  My standard order at the time was “frappé, sweet with milk:” a frothy instant coffee beverage practically synonymous with Greek café life.  The fact that coffee was our first lesson did not surprise me one bit – my coffee order…

Reminiscents: Greek Mountain Tea, Scent, and Memory

I hold the tea like a bouquet of flowers, thumbing the soft fuzz of leaves and buds clinging to brittle, woody stalks.[1]  I breathe in and smell incense: the inside of a small church on Monastiraki square where I stop to light a candle; a censor waved by the German teens who dress up as…

nostalgia, νοσταλγία, and saudade

“Which kinds of memories does food have the particular capacity to inscribe?” (Holtzman 2006, 363)             Holtzman reminds us that memory is multiple, that “what we homonymically label as ‘memory’ often refers to an array of very different processes” (2006, 362). In this exhortation for diversity, I read a call for nuance in types of…

In the grove

Olive trees in Longastra, Greece. May 2017. Captured on 35mm film.