Friday, May 27, 2011

Meet Michie-

Portland, Oregon

27 years young
june 14, 1983/ gemini
currently single
eastern european
born and raised in skokie, il
bilingual yoga instructor/ holistic health educator
vices are chocolate and warm days

season spring time
color pink
food kale
city prague
song cello suite #1 unaccompanied, Bach

quote "breathe"

book hope for the flowers by trina paulus

yoga, bike riding, writing haikus, gardening, tea time, hiking, playing guitar and violin, arts and crafts

how do you define love
a magical experience of connectedness on all levels

first kiss
summer before 8th grade

first time you were in love

how many times have you been in love
twice, romantic love

do you believe in love at first site

do you believe in soulmates
why not, i hope so

have you ever cheated

have you ever been cheated on

have you been heart broken

how were you affected 
well, i have to make sure i nurture my heart even more, and in different ways than i used to

are you in search of love right now
always open to the possibility of experiencing it

whats your physical type
in shape, not huge muscles, not over 6', light haired

what do you find attractive in a partner
i am attracted to a certain type of body odor in a way which affects my pheromones in a positive way and somebody who has a balance of street smarts, book smarts, independence, can give me hugs when i need it and when i dont.  free hugs.  has a sense of humour.  who is also magical and inspirational

what are your turn offs
long dirty nails, egoism, rudeness, rapists, fat bastards, and womanizers..and dirty teeth, and ugly shoes (i vera, am about to pee my pants)

family upbringing
well, nuclear family, middle class suburbia, a lot of ethnic diversity
supportive and challenging
lots of pressure to be an ideal...was sort of confusing as times
had to search for my own definition of love and individuality

what sustains romantic relationships
honest open communication, willingness to grow and to have fun, trust

do you believe in monogamy
i'd like to, the way i prefer things as of date

do you want to be married one day
its on my radar, not on my to do list

do you want to be a mother
not really sure

whats one thing you need to do or see before you die
live by a warm beach, again

how old do you feel
between 7-320 years old

where do you see yourself in 10 years
i will be 37, it will be 2021
will have written and published my stories on peru, and will live in a small town on a beach, where i ride my bike everywhere and have my cute little apartment, speaking spanish, and or french, portuguese, italian...
and lots of farmers markets.

in love?

love in spanish

do you believe in God?
its a loaded question.
my own definition of God is universal energy that connects with everything..

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Meet Harry-

....from Athens

March 29


Greek Pastitsio



"you get what you fight for, not what you deserve"

Knowledge of Angels, by Jill Paton Walsh

Harry works in publishing, in his early 30's

Hobbies include:
motorcycle racing, soccer, basketball

How do you say LOVE in Greek?
αγάπη spelled a-ga-pee

ok, back to LOVE

What does love mean to you?
wanting the best for someone...

When did you have your first kiss?

How old were you when you first fell in love?

How many times have you been in love?

Do you believe in soul mates?

What is a soulmate?
Someone you can connect with instantly, common interests and curiosities from the very beginning

What sustains a relationship?
love, attraction, caring for the person

What is your type?
pretty, smart, confidant, modest, shares common values

What are your turn offs?
someone who smokes, is flashy and arrogant

What are your strengths?
confidant, honest

What are your weaknesses?
i am too kind and sometimes that is perceived as weakness

Do you believe in love at first site?

Whats your take on marriage?
marriage is just a title, but if that title means something in the society that i live in, i will accept it

Who do you love?
my family, my dogs, my other half (girlfriend)

Have you been heart broken?
once, but fortunately it was very early in life so i developed defense mechanisms

Have you broken any hearts?
I hope not- but i think that i have...

Do you believe in God?
orthodox christian
-and no, my partner does not need to share the same religious background

Are your parents still together?

How many siblings do you have?

"family is the most important thing I have. I came from a very loving family"

What kind of partner are you looking for?
Someone who cares for me and doesn't see me as just "fitting"

What is your philosophy in life?
live as lively as you can, enjoy nature, and do good to society

How old do you feel?

How do Greeks view love?
like any western country, i would say that most people view love opportunistically, if the other person fits their plans, they think that they can love them, but that is NOT true love.  it is conditional love and mostly the feeling of security that they receive from their partners. 


I have known Harry for several years now, and hopefully I will visit him in Greece one day soon..
and then i can get his real answers via eye contact ;)

Some of the greatest love stories of all time derive from Greek mythology..

Paris & Helena

Recounted in Homer's Iliad, the story of Helen of Troy and the Trojan War is a Greek heroic legend, combining fact and fiction. Helen of Troy is considered one the most beautiful women in all literature. She was married to Menelaus, king of Sparta. Paris, son of King Priam of Troy, fell in love with Helen and abducted her, taking her back to Troy. The Greeks assembled a great army, led by Menelaus's brother, Agamemnon, to retrieve Helen. Troy was destroyed. Helen returned safely to Sparta, where she lived happily with Menelaus for the rest of her life.

Orpheus & Eurydice

Orpheus and Eurydice story is an ancient greek tale of desperate love. Orpheus fell deeply in love with and married Eurydice, a beautiful nymph. They were very much in love and very happy together. Aristaeus, a Greek god of the land and agriculture, became quite fond of Eurydice, and actively pursued her. While fleeing from Aristaeus, Eurydice ran into a nest of snakes which bit her fatally on her legs. Distraught, Orpheus played such sad songs and sang so mournfully that all the nymphs and gods wept. On their advice, Orpheus traveled to the underworld and by his music softened the hearts of Hades and Persephone (he was the only person ever to do so), who agreed to allow Eurydice to return with him to earth on one condition: he should walk in front of her and not look back until they both had reached the upper world. In his anxiety he forgot that both needed to be in the upper world, and he turned to look at her, and she vanished for the second time, but now forever.

Odysseus & Penelope

Few couples understand sacrifice quite like this Greek pair. After being torn apart, they wait twenty long years to be reunited. War takes Odysseus away shortly after his marriage to Penelope. Although she has little hope of his return, she resists the 108 suitors who are anxious to replace her husband. Odysseus is equally devoted, refusing a beautiful sorceress'  offer of everlasting love and eternal youth, so that he might return home to his wife and son.

Can you live grand enough to create & share your own love story?

Monday, May 2, 2011

Fate, Travel & Soulmates

travel travel....led me sitting in between two very wise souls.
of course they have had plenty of life experience beyond my own..

this is what happens in life. you are given an opportunity, placed, to sit near two complete strangers, in tight quarters, and you then choose, to either share your thoughts or to just share the space.

i decided, well decided on an intuitive level, that these two people could share and even enlighten me in some way...

Ariana, fragile, classier older woman, with grey salty peppered hair, was jeweled with antique pieces from head to toe.  silvers that appeared from ancient ruins and shoes made in finland, delicately painted.  but all together, put together nicely and so surely. each in perfect place.

she intrigued me, she had beauty in her presence, beyond her pellucid blue eyes, that i knew i wanted to know more of.

we began a conversation after i had complemented her sense of style and fashion.
everyone loves a compliment, especially one which comes from a genuine place.

she had dignity and grace- had a firm voice..chose her words carefully and with conviction. i vaguely mentioned my quest for the definition of love beyond boundaries and ideals..and asked if she could share some of her stories...

Ariana- sitting to my right
69 years young
love in Finnish: rakkaus
super private, didn't want me to use her real name..
born and raised in Finland
met her husband at Dartmouth
was previously engaged
wrote letters to her now husband for two years before they married
he is a neurologist
she has 3 children
7 grand children
converted to Judaism for her love
believes in reincarnation

Ariana believes kids these days, have too many options, too many experiences and that the grass will forever look greener on the other side- therefore, she feels sorry for us in a sense.


she is definitely more traditional and conservative, believes choosing partners for your children may not be such a horrific idea considering she believes parents do know and want what is best for their offsprings...


Lynn, to my left.
in his late 50's
6'4- ish
super handsome
he knew it.

was previously married, on his second marriage.
believes she is truly his soulmate-
met her at a fancy hotel bar, she wasn't the most beautiful in the room,
wasn't as beautiful as his previous wife, but she was able to deliver something to his soul.
only he knows what that is.

has 3 step children he absolutely adores.
was apparently a popular prince charming throughout most of his early life.
i believe it.
he was the type of usual handsome man, who could enter a room and command everyone's attention, with ease.  perhaps even his worst enemies could submit to love him.

he invents things.
he is an inventor. i cannot get into it because thats for another blog.

but he said, in marriage, in any must 

1. accept the whole person. the person you fall in love with, will not be the same person in 1, 4, 10 years.
2. ask these three questions.
- can you commit, fully, to this one person
- do you trust this person
- do you like this person

they seem so simple- 

all in all, our separate conversations became one, and after 4 hours, one thing was evident.
our life and vision of what love was, derived from our own previous experiences, from upbringing to outside influences.  
what we think, is what is true.

i was exhausted when i got on the plane, and i left leaving with two new friends, who opened their hearts and minds so freely, fed me with so much inspiration and energy.

thats real energy, real love, exchanged. in a non-romantic form, obviously.

where was i off to?

...a wedding.

"we loved with a love that was more than love"
edgar allan poe