Karkinos Farm is an allegory.
Karkinos Farm is a memoir.
It is a book on its way to the publisher. True to the life of the Farm's residents new chapters open up unexpectedly and old ones get written perpetually. It is a memoir of no final end. Each time I think that this is the end chapter - a new one unexpectedly opens up.
Real people, real dog, real Karkinos

Mandy (Menahem) Lender, MD was an associate professor of medicine at Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood IL, and a clinical associate professor of medicine at the Chicago Medical School, North Chicago, IL.

In 1961 (age 20), Mandy was on-site member with the archeological expedition at Nahal Mishmar in the Judean Desert exposing the 442 artifacts of a Chalcolithic era treasure dated back to 3,500 B.C. (Learn more here    Watch photographs here).

In the 1998 Mandy trekked (again) the Ruta Maya - this time visiting Palenque, Yaxchilan and Bonampak among other sites.

Mandy in Palenque 1998

Minna Rozen is professor of history and Chair, Department of Mediterranean Studies at Haifa University. She lived among other places in Istanbul, Turkey; and Princeton, NJ. She trekked in China and Saharan Morocco.

Minna is a prolific author. She published way too many books to mention. Her recent book title is: "Homelands and Diasporas. Greeks, Jews and Their Migrations", Published by I.B. Tauris, London, New York 2008.

Minna with her back to Jurassic Park water fall 2006

Pirhia Lender seen here feeds a pigeon at the Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy 1992.

Venus was born in 2004. She lived all her life on Karkinos Farm. She was a mother of fifteen off-springs conceived with the loving assistance of her boyfriend - Zeus. She passed away in 2012 after putting up a valiant fight against Karkinos.

Mandy, Minna and Venus the matriarch 2010
Where are we today?

Mandy stays mostly in his farm house in Mid-Michigan. He writes, volunteers as a physician and travels. Mandy speaks before his fellow public speakers club members, who like to hear his tales, gathered during times of war and peace, on and off the road.

Minna Rozen lives in her home located on a slope of the Hill of Moreh overlooking the Valley of Yizreel to the south and just below Nazareth to her north.

Pirhia rests where she was born - in Afula Israel.