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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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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 hero’s return

author’s note: To be clear: the returning hero could just as well have been a heroine.  FABLE OF THE HERO’S RETURN (aka SHARING THE PRICE OF FIRE) I laid myself down on the mountain top until the thunder god finally … Continue reading

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freedom fighter

As most children do, I dreamed of being free… Finally (a century later, it seemed), I got my freedom.  At the age of eighteen, I left home and over the years, moved here and there, to one city after another, … 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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two types of hero

A presidential candidate has me pondering this question… What is a hero? If you’ve endured a prisoner-of-war camp, do you automatically qualify as “hero”? I once knew a man—a pilot—who’d spent years in a POW camp.  During that ordeal, I … 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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