Six months came and went. Moraitis didn’t die. Instead, he reaped his garden and, feeling emboldened, cleaned up the family vineyard as well. Easing himself into the island routine, he woke up when he felt like it, worked in the vineyards until midafternoon, made himself lunch and then took a long nap. In the evenings, he often walked to the local tavern, where he played dominoes past midnight. The years passed. His health continued to improve. He added a couple of rooms to his parents’ home so his children could visit. He built up the vineyard until it produced 400 gallons of wine a year. Today, three and a half decades later, he’s 97 years old — according to an official document he disputes; he says he’s 102 — and cancer-free. He never went through chemotherapy, took drugs or sought therapy of any sort. All he did was move home to Ikaria.

via The Island Where People Forget to Die –



  1. Hi Penny,
    I remember reading this article years back and finding it so completely inspiring. And reassuring. How great to see it here on your site. So good to “see you!”

    1. Oh yes! I didn’t realise it was 2012. Hi Veronique! Glad to see you here (and that someone is reading LOL)

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