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5/9/14 1:39 A

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Hi Goanna2,

It's me, Julie.

I was really moved by your story about your Mom. Would you say that your Aunt kind of filled in as your Mom? My best friend (who is coming to visit me in a few days!!) lost her parents to a murder/suicide when she was 9. Then, her mother's sister took over as Mom (not raising her, her older sister did that, but just as being the older lady for advice)

I believe your Mom is still with you in some way, I say that because you feel her so deeply. I am a Christian and don't believe in hocus-pocus (as it may sound like I do) but I do believe in angels looking out for us. Maybe it's because I have had a lot of loved ones pass "too young" as well.

I've never been to Rhodes. Have you? Maybe you mentioned it in the post and I didn't remember. Our all-time favorite Greek island is Milos. We used to go to new ones all the time, everywhere somewhere else (since we don't go to the village anymore), but then we went to Milos and well, we fell in LOVE!!! It's so beautiful there. Our village home is in Istiea, that is in Northern Greece. But, it got so decrepit and old, we had to tear it down. Now the boys are older, they don't want to go to the village much.....

I spent the past 2-3 weeks eating out of control. I talked to my doctor about it (my psychiatrist) and she said it is a form of hurting myself (just like when I used to have anorexia). So, I am trying to be strong and not binge. I gained a lot of weight - 3 kilos! I had worked so hard to lose the 2 kilos and then I gain back 3. V. Frustrated!! But, it's a journey and along the way I guess we learn about ourselves.

I look at your ticker and how well you are doing - I get jealous! But not in a mean-spirited way at all.

Hope you are doing well. Yours, julie



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5/7/14 7:31 A

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I have been to both islands. I loved Nysiros and my sister and I want to go there again. My mum died in Rhodes in 1950 and I never knew her. 3rd of May was her chronos and I always feel such a profound loss and sadness as it is so close to Mother's Day. Still, my mum's younger sister is here and I consider her as the closest to a mum I will ever have.

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5/1/14 9:58 A

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We're neighbors, My mom is from Kos and I partially grew up there and my dad, God rest his beautiful soul is wasfrom Nisyros.

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5/1/14 8:55 A

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What island are you from? I am from Rhodes originally.
I wanted to go back for the summer but will have to go
next year, God willing. Have fun wherever you go.

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4/30/14 5:36 P

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I don't want to keep going back just to see relatives, there is so much beauty and glory in the homeland that t seems silly for my husband and I to fight over who's area we get to spend more time in. Besides, I'm from an island, it's more summery, what the heck are we going to do around Patra all summer?

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