Category Archives: folktale

the fable of going from well to well

A woman of natural curiosity went from well to well over the course of her life. Though many didn’t care what she did… …there were those who said: “Why can’t she find what she wants in any of those wells? … Continue reading

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three ways of celebration

I’m not a Pagan…I’m not a Christian… …I’m not much of a partier… Yet during this Solstice season, I’ve become a bit of all three: I’m enjoying the deep mystery of darkness, as any good Pagan would—a mystery that speaks … Continue reading

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the best of both realities

  According to an ancient Japanese myth… …the Moon began as a tear from the god Izanagi’s right eye.  The Sun was a tear from his left. Before these tears fell, Izanagi had gone to the land of darkness, hoping … Continue reading

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seeking my inner Sasquatch

  When I first turned my gaze to the Himalayas, I wasn’t seeking Shangri-La*… …I was pondering the one known as “The Abominable Snowman”… …the one we now call Bigfoot or Sasquatch. I wanted to believe in those solitary giants. … Continue reading

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my visit to Shangri-La

  I’ve been to Shangri-La… Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to stay very long. Many have searched for this legendary paradise.  Here’s the problem: As with most places of lore, we only have a general idea of its location.  If you … Continue reading

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the one and the ones

  All public figures to some degree are transformed into symbols… …but only a few, such as Nelson Mandela, become lasting symbols. For future generations, he will symbolize strength—the strength of patient endurance, the strength of conviction. However… …while recognizing … Continue reading

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medicinal story

  Instead of struggling and fumbling to explain my ideas the last two weeks… …I could have simply offered up this short Chinese folktale: One summer afternoon, a young man is out gazing his horses on a green country hill. … Continue reading

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