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fable of the tightrope walker who lost his nerve

After years of performing, one night the tightrope walker looked down. He’d learned from beginning to keep his attention focused forward.  But that evening, as he stood poised on his high perch, ready to step upon the rope… …for some … Continue reading

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fable of the woman with seven special daughters

A woman, hoping for one special daughter… …instead received three simultaneously.  Yes, triplets. She named them “Faith”, “Charity”, and “Modesty”—hoping those virtuous names would cast a positive spell. Well, maybe they did—but not a positive one.  That trio became miniature … Continue reading

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the fable of the astronomer & the mushroom picker

The astronomer of our story often wandered the fields at night, his eyes and mind lost in the vast array of stars above… But on this particular night, his steps took him toward a pit dug into a country field. … Continue reading

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we’ll throw him off our backs

Disgust… disillusion… a desire for national stability. According to historian Paul Johnson in Napoleon: A Life, a populace sinks down into such feelings after a time of revolutionary upheaval. From the people there then arises “an overwhelming demand for a … Continue reading

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the symbol lives again

In the late 1960s, my generation suddenly “discovered” the yin-yang symbol… Many of us were looking East, because those religions and philosophies seemed to jibe with who we truly were, with who we wanted to be… We liked the Eastern … Continue reading

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holiday season balancing act

  While watching the “video” above, you may wonder… Where’s the new mythology in all those silly cartoons? Well, I think one function of any religion/mythology is to help us create balance… And during the Winter Solstice—the darkest time of … Continue reading

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no burden of happiness upon me

I’m happy I’m happy I’m happy I’m happy I’m happy I’m happy and I’ll punch the man who says I’m not!         — from the song “I’m Happy” by Ivor Cutler I define “happiness”, very generally, as a sense of well-being… … Continue reading

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