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Eleni Gage
Eleni N. Gage is the author of the novel, Other Waters, and the travel memoir, North of Ithaka. A journalist whose work has appeared on the covers of Travel+Leisure, Real Simple, Town&Country Travel and Budget Travel, she studied folklore and mythology at Harvard University and received an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. She lives in Miami Beach with her husband and their daughter, where she is working on her next novel and blogging at

Entries by Eleni Gage

A Life Less Ordinary

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 11:37 AM

Photo credit: Gary Kelley

On September 3, while 64-year-old Diana Nyad was swimming from Cuba to Florida without the protection of a shark cage, succeeding, on her fifth attempt in becoming the first person to do so, my 52-year-old cousin...

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The Metamorphosis in Miami: On Motherhood and "the Mati"

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 6:24 PM

When I walked into my bathroom this morning and saw a dying cockroach flailing it's little feelers and all six legs, that's when I knew I needed an exorcism. I know what you're thinking: An exorcism is a bit of an overreaction. Surely, some Raid would do the trick?


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The Littlest Critic -- What My Toddler Taught Me About Writing

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 6:08 PM

2013-05-24-MiamiBeach2013052302627.jpg When I wrote my first novel, Other Waters, I was a graduate student in the Writing Division of Columbia University's School of the Arts, so I had the benefit of hearing lots and lots of other people's opinions about my work. The...

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See No Evil: Easter, Facebook, and Where the Bodies Are Buried

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 5:44 PM

This past weekend was Orthodox Easter, which Amalia, my husband, and I spent with my parents in Worcester, Massachusetts. Amalia's arrival was greeted with delight by her grandparents/rabid fans. But somewhere amid the flurry of preparations for the holiest day in the Orthodox calendar, we learned that there was another...

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Laptop-Packin' Mama

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 11:41 AM

When I was a senior in college, I took a class called "The Literature of Social Reflection." The teaching fellow leading my discussion section of the course introduced herself by saying, "I'm a writer... and a mother."

At 21, I thought this was the most hilarious phrase I had ever...

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Remembrances of Teachers Past: A Thanksgiving Thank You Note

(1) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 10:22 AM


Proust had his madeleines, the taste of which brought back multiple volumes of memories of his youth. Mamina, my grandmother-in-law, has Mother Soniat's fudge. And she didn't even need to taste it; just holding the recipe in her hand called up the sweet taste...

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Act Like a Baby: Life Lessons from a 1-Year-Old

(5) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 6:36 PM

A week ago my daughter Amalia turned 1. One of the things that freaked me out about kids before I had one of my own was the way they serve as a physical manifestation of the passage of time. There are entire eras of my life where a year or...

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Burnt Toasts

(21) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 2:14 AM

When I blogged about why I cringe while listening to marrying couples read vows they've written themselves, I got called "cynical", "bitter", and (my personal favorite) "a little black cloud." (I just love that expression; it's really the perfect mix of adorable and evil. Kind of like me.)

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Childhood Revised

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2012 | 5:28 PM

Over the course of her 11 months of life, my daughter has become the proud of owner of not one, but two little teddy bears that say "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep," one dressed in blue pyjamas that recites it in English, and the other in pink jammy...

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Mazel Tov, Now Please Shut Up

(34) Comments | Posted June 7, 2012 | 11:10 PM

You've probably seen the proposal video that made the rounds a few weeks ago -- a gent in Portland organized about 60 friends and family members into a lip-synched song and dance number to the tune of Bruno Mars's "I Think I Wanna Marry You" in order to pop the...

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Dispatch From the 'Mommy Room'

(1) Comments | Posted May 11, 2012 | 9:12 PM

I was trolling Facebook on my phone and sloppily dribbling breast milk onto my skirt when I first saw the Time magazine cover asking me if I'm "mom enough." On the one hand, the breast milk confirmed I am, indeed, a mother. On the other, the question, with its sassy...

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Ashton Kutcher's 'Raj' Ad: Where Do We Draw the Line?

(49) Comments | Posted May 3, 2012 | 1:12 PM

Ashton Kutcher -- what were you thinking, dude?

I know it's hard to stay grounded when you're constantly surrounded by celebrities and security. But what part of you thought it would be a good idea to put on "brownface" and play a creepy would-be Bollywood producer named Raj, making dubious...

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Amalía Has Two Easters

(1) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 1:40 PM

A few weeks ago my mother, Joanie, called me up all atwitter, as she often does after reading not one but two newspapers first thing in the morning. (Bless her heart, she is singlehandedly keeping printed newspapers alive.)

"Guess what!" she chirped. "The newspaper says that according to the

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Confessions of a Bad Mother

(864) Comments | Posted March 30, 2012 | 8:45 PM

In the last two weeks I've been called self-satisfied, low-class, controlling, shallow, sexist, smug, priggish, crazed, repulsive, creepy, trashy, frivolous, provincial, disgusting, and just plain horrible. My crime? I pierced my six-month-old daughter's ears at the request of my Nicaraguan husband, an experience I wrote about for the...

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Spiritual Spring Break

(4) Comments | Posted March 9, 2012 | 7:12 PM

It's that time of year again -- empty beer bottles are sprouting in my garden like so many crocuses, flocks of young chicks in bikini tops and belly rings keep swooping into my neighborhood Starbucks, and, if the boys who have rented the apartment across the courtyard are any indication,...

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If We Ask Nicely, Can We Have Our Marbles Back?

(3) Comments | Posted June 22, 2009 | 3:45 PM

Eleni Gage

This weekend Athens is filled with dignitaries in town for the opening of the New Acropolis Museum, a state-of-the-art glass and steel structure at the foot of the Acropolis hill. Practically anyone in the hemisphere who ever rated a...

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