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Lights Go On: Part XLVII -- BEGINNING

06/17/2015 11:22 am ET | Updated Jun 15, 2016

Today

I am so happy to report that

ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE

A TALE OF ÆSOP

has become a bestseller!
Thanks to all of

YOU!

I am grateful beyond words

When I was informed of this

it was even more exciting than receiving

my first

GOLD RECORD

Soon

I found myself

reminiscing about this journey

and thumbing through

many media pieces...

I came across

my first blog

and

I want to share it

with you

although some of the humor is

dorky

It kinda put things

in perspective for me

Hope you enjoy it!

Here it is

btw

While there is some cool information in it

It is lengthy

so if you opt out here

who will know?

And if I ask you about it at a cocktail

party sometime,

Just say something like

"Yeah, I enjoyed your book"

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My first blog
Let's start at the beginning...

It was in September 2008

we sailed to the island of Samos, Greece

aboard Chase Leavitt's

magnificent

Oyster 72...

As we approached from the south

and Samos came into view,

I perched myself on the

second rung of the

bow pulpit

like Leonardo DiCaprio in "Titanic"

I felt a strong sense of homecoming

I had been studying

all known sources of information

about ÆSOP since 1979

and told his story

that had come to me over these years

through several different forms...

now I was about to walk where he walked...

see the landscape he saw...

I was beyond excited

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Samos
is among the most lush

and verdant islands in all of Greece

boasting
two prominent mountains

Kerkis and Ampelos

with the latter bisecting
the island from east to west

as you can see in this

NASA photograph

from space

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On
this island Pythagoras was born around 600 B.C.

this was an
extraordinary time in history

as superstition began to give way

to
methods proven by their ability

to repeat the outcome of the feat in
question

take Thales for instance

during this time,

he placed a stick in
the ground

and by measuring the speed

at which the shadow caused by the
sunlight

moved around it

Thales calculated the speed

at which the
earth revolves around the sun

(much later

the Vatican's book of
history

must have had pages stuck together

around this subject...see
Galileo)

so the Greeks called Thales

the "Father of Time"

btw

Thales is also considered the

first philosopher

and one of the

'Seven Sages of Greece'

who's quote:

"Know Thyself"

was so revered

that it was placed upon the front façade

of Apollos Temple in Delphi...

Find these tidbits interesting?

They are all integrated into my novel

of ÆSOP's life entitled:

"Anything Is Possible"

While
my story of the life of ÆSOP

is re-imagined,

so was his first biography

which was written in 400 B.C.

The writer remains
anonymous

(coward)...I'm admitting to it...:)

Legend
has it that ÆSOP was born

on the island of Samos

other areas
such as

Thrace, Phrygia and Lydia claim him as well

I chose Samos...

For the first historian

Herodotus

writes of ÆSOP

as being a slave there


Back
to our first visit to Samos

when we arrived at the marina in

Pythagoria Harbor,

our captain Will had arranged

for someone to show us
the sites

as we had but two days scheduled there

Irene Haralambakis

became our guide

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When we told her about my enduring love

for ÆSOP and his history,

Irene engaged us with interest...

She was a superb guide

as well as an authority

on many antiquities of interest on
the island for,

in addition to being a top notch guide,

Irene is also an
archeologist!

Lucky us...

Over
time, Irene has become my contact in Samos

and has arranged for an
apartment

for me to use as my base

as I now return for an extended
research trip

for my next book.

I'll
begin my research

in Samos

with the first aqueduct,

the Eupalinos
Tunnel

constructed in 600 B.C.

(see how many cool things were going
on in 600 B.C.?)

For more information on this aqueduct, CLICK HERE

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The
Eupalinos Tunnel was constructed

with the aid of the

Pythagoras Theorem

and
dug out of limestone

over a period of 10 years

using hand tools!

The dig began simultaneously

from two points as illustrated in the sketch below

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for more information, CLICK HERE

It was a feat

that Herodotus proclaimed

as one of the greatest achievements of mankind...

This
tunnel will play an important role in my new book

it was built by
prisoners from the island of Naxos,

known then as the 'prisoners
island'

any prisoner alive at the completion of the tunnel

would be
set free

interesting concept

San Quentin

are you listening?


Also
on the island of Samos is the Heraion

believed to be the birthplace
of the

Goddess Hera

wife to Zeus

yup

right there under that tree

well...a tree...probably not that one

the
legend says that it was a Lygos tree...

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The temple of Hera (the Herarion)

was first constructed in 800 B.C.E.

it was a wonder of achievement.

It boasted

155 columns

each 20 meters tall

(that's over 60 feet!)

Created as the
greatest tribute to the Goddess

(See overhead sketch below)

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This
temple also plays a key role in my new book

I am enthused about
spending time

in and around this ancient ground

to see what my
characters saw

to experience the elements

that do not change
significantly over time


From
Samos I'll venture to Sardis

the capitol of ancient Lydia

where King
Crœsus ruled

who is, by the way,

one of the principal characters in my
first novel of

ÆSOP

entitled, you guessed it

"Anything Is Possible"

Do you remember the phrase "Rich as Crœsus"?
I grew up hearing it every so often and wondered what it meant

here's the 'Tom Notes'

(Cliff is so last year)

about him...

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Crœsus' Lydia

became the richest

and most powerful kingdom in the world

through the
gold gathered and mined in an around

Mount Tmolus

which you can see in
the background of the picture

above

I am eager to walk this land as my characters did

I want to gaze up at mount Tmolus' majesty

then walk on the banks of the River Pactolus

kneel to savor the cool waters of that body

that transported so much of the gold

that built the Lydian empire

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For more information about this river, CLICK HERE

ÆSOP

after a long life of slavery

became, as a free man,

ambassador to King
Crœsus.

(Do you see what drew me to him?)

He then lived in Sardis

representing the King Crœsus,

traveling over the known world on his
behalf

sometimes things went according to plan

other times...

well
that's what's fun to read about...isn't it?

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I shall also travel to Egypt

Where Crœsus' good friend Amasis ruled as king

I am eager to walk that land and see what Amasis saw


Point
of interest

there is little left

in regard to ruins in Sais,

now
called Sa el Hager

(wow...Sammy Hagar has a city named after him!)

due
to water damage over the centuries

as well as the pillage of stonework

taken south to Rosetta

and yes,

the Rosetta Stone came from Sais


These are the places I'll research on my journey...

I
am excited to experience

the energy of these historic cities

that play
such an important role

in my books about ÆSOP

and the people that were
in his life.

I invite you to join me on my journey

(End of original blog)

And today

Thank you to all my friends

for making

ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE

A Best Seller!

Love to all,
Thomas
Tommy
Thom
T