Category Archives: peace

fable of the strong fearful woman

For years, our heroine—we’ll call her “Elizabeth” because she likes the name—had struggled to create security for herself. She’d moved to area untroubled by tornadoes, hurricanes, or earthquakes… …then entered well-paid profession that promised future stability.  Her employer—a large but … Continue reading

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why the world spins: an incomplete myth

WHY THE WORLD SPINS At the beginning of our small but heavy planet a woman and a man stood up from the ooze of mud but while the woman examined the curious aspects of her body the man looked all … Continue reading

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Island of the Lotus Eaters, revisited

I’ve revised a story from Homer’s Odyssey: the brief episode on the island of the Lotus Eaters. First, consider the book version: After Odysseus drops anchor at that island, he sends forth three of his crew to investigate… The three … Continue reading

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fable of the angel, the ship, and the big step

An hour before departure, I stood gazing up at that monumental ship—that grand silver tower—knowing it would deliver me to new worlds…faraway lands…beyond old borders… This voyage of exploration would expand my mind, my perspective in ways I couldn’t conceive. … Continue reading

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fable of the little bird who died happy

One afternoon, a fledgling bird, fresh from the nest and still unsure of its wings, came to rest on a wire strung between two tenement buildings… As the bird took a breath, it suddenly felt an odd stirring in the … Continue reading

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Icarus & Daedalus, revisited

We know the story of Icarus well… We know how the boy flew too close to the sun… …which caused the wax on his wings to melt… …which caused the feathers to drop off… …rendering his wings useless. And so, … Continue reading

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fable of the mouse who lived as a rat

A poor street mouse, desperately looking for a home in the cold rain… …found the backstage door to a theater open.  There, under the facade of a house front propped against the wall, a mother rat nursed her litter.  The … Continue reading

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