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fable of the man who tripped himself

When I tripped and hit the ground… …I suddenly felt too weak to raise myself. Well, why not stay down in the weeds? I thought.  I’m not making much progress up there anyway. Yes!—I would free my tired mind from … Continue reading

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the fable of a dove reborn

While walking along a country road one summer morning long ago… …I did as boys often do: I stepped on something dead.  Yes, deliberately.  A dove with a twisted neck lying in the dust and gravel. I’m embarrassed in my … Continue reading

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Death to the Zombie

  Do zombies belong in our new mythology? After all, they remain popular in our culture.  So we must be responding to the metaphor… …a metaphor involving human beings who can’t feel, can’t think… …who react to the world with … Continue reading

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Full Employment

  The woman feared that her dream—a quiet nightmare—foretold a difficult future… In the dream… She’s arrived in North Carolina and can’t find a job. Because the woman—a co-worker of mine—was actually preparing to move to North Carolina, she wondered … Continue reading

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Shaw’s Fable

  “I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig.  You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.”                           —  George Bernard Shaw  When I first heard that quote, I said, “Clever!” However, after some thought, I realized that … Continue reading

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My Three Metaphors

  Temple or tree? Which one is this body of mine? In a recent radio interview*, author Florence Williams said that she used to think of her body as a temple… …but now she thinks of it as a tree. … Continue reading

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The Lizard Within

  Do giant lizards actually rule our planet, as self-proclaimed visionary David Icke tells us? Is a secret society of shape-shifting alien reptiles pulling the strings?  Controlling governments?  Manipulating world markets? Well, in a sense, yes—we are all subject to … Continue reading

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