Mellissa Briley

Mellissa is a U.S. expat residing in Athens, Greece, where she integrates her love for philosophy and mythology into her professional life as a screenwriter.

Posts by Mellissa Briley

Winter Solstice in Pictures

  About an hour before sunset a band of clouds swirl across the Corinthian Gulf, creating an illusion of mountain tops suspended in air. It’s a bright and chilly day. The air is fragrant of sea, pine, and eucalyptus. Winter Solstice approaches. Winter Solstice arrives. Winter Solstice Last bits of rays silhouette the mountains. Venturing
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The Cloud that Decided to be a Bird

  The Cloud that Decided to be a Bird Today’s image of the day is a shot of the Corinthian Gulf right after a fantastic thunderstorm. The cloud looked like a giant bird stretching its wings across the sky, ready to take flight over the mountains.

The Conflict of Belonging

The Conflict of Belonging One of the most difficult things about living abroad is obtaining a residence permit. The process is time consuming, ulcer inducing and a little soul shaking. I was up early, armed with caffeine and a folder bursting at the seams with documents. Ready for the one hour train ride from Corinth
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Iris in the Clouds

  Many gods and goddesses played a role in the weather. Zeus with his thunderbolt was often referred to as the cloud-gatherer while his wife Hera ruled the air. Ancient Greeks believed stories were told in real-time as clouds changed shape. Mystics observed closely for omens. They also recognized a realm between the sea and
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Corinthian Moonset

 “From her immortal head a radiance is shown from heaven and embraces earth; and great is the beauty that arises from her shining light.” Homeric Hymn to Selene There are two special times of the day that are very important to film makers and photographers. It is called magic hour, the moments before the sun
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Perachora: The Land Beyond

  In 1929, young British archaeologist Humfry Payne was convinced that there was something special about Perachora, though nobody took him seriously. Humfry started digging for pot shards and ancient walls, but what he found was a miracle. Temples, alters, roads, watch towers, a beautiful system for water storage; reveled themselves to the Mediterranean sunlight
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Mysteries of Greece

As I pause and stop in wonder at an archaeological dig, my friends smile politely and say, “Ah you’ve been here before.” “What do you mean?” “You’ve had a past life here obviously.” Perhaps. Through continuous reading and endless conversations with locals, my brain is overwhelmed by a thousands fragments of information struggling to fix
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Behind Closed Doors

    Here are two stories that escaped from behind closed doors and captured my heart.   A Door Opens In Athens there was an old woman who every morning stood on her balcony, dressed in black while silently watching the world go by. One morning something stirred in her. Without an umbrella she ventured
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Vatazi Street

Growing up in a small New Jersey town, I always had this nagging feeling that there was something more out there. As a child playing on the beach, I would squint as far as I could into the ocean’s horizon and wonder what was out there, who was out there, and if anybody was squinting
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Where the Muses Hide

The Spring Water In the Ancient world, inspiration was thought as a divine moment. Even Homer invoked divine inspiration in the first line of the Illiad “Sing, goddess, the anger of Peleus’ son Achilleus and its devastation, which put pains thousandfold upon the Achaians” Poetic frenzy was admired. Bards (the news reporters of their time)
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A Touch of Kindness

  I just read this and  feel it is so important to share. I am going do this in Athens during my coffee run!   “We enter a little coffeehouse with a friend of mine and give our order. While we’re approaching our table two people come in and they go to the counter –
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Ancient Greek Quotes

Ancient Greek quotes from  some of the most fantastic minds of Ancient Greece. Praise old wine, but new poetry.  Pindar  The prosperity of a fool is a heavy burden to put up with.  Aeschylus  To much sleep becomes a pain.  Homer Any man who can blush has some honesty in him.  Menander  Poverty is the
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