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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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Sock It To Me

    Violence comes in many forms.  There are many ways to hurt someone besides conking him over the head. Lately, I’ve been wondering how our new mythology might persuade us—the perpetrators of violence—not to perpetrate… I’m using the “us” … Continue reading

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A Fable from Science

  Often psychological studies are used to prove something that has long been obvious to us… Sometimes what is “discovered” by scientifically studying human behavior has already been told—and told better—by fable, legend, or myth. However, on occasion, science delivers a … Continue reading

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