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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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the fable of the old man & the bumpkin

THE FABLE OF THE OLD MAN & THE BUMPKIN An old man sitting in a tree begged a young bumpkin passing by on the path below to carry him across the river. The lad gladly complied… but when he reached … Continue reading

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A Good Assumption

  I’m disappointed to learn that the verse below is not actually a fable… …because I so enjoyed fables as a boy–morality delivered with a wicked sense of humor. In fact, I appreciated Aesop’s fables much more than the parables … Continue reading

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Unambiguous Response to the Ambiguous Hero

  Thinking about our hero stories (see last post)… …brought me to consider the stories of my boyhood. Like most American boys of my era, I wanted the adventures of Daniel Boone and Tarzan. I wanted stories about unambiguous heroes … Continue reading

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Resurrecting the Resurrection

  They didn’t spend as much time on the resurrection. Or so it seems to me, looking back years later. As a boy, every Easter, I would hear the story of the crucifixion in my Sunday School class. Along with … Continue reading

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The Gift of the Wound

  Once again, a magical dream shows me a universal truth… …a mythological truth. In the dream… …I see a full-grown sheep among some lambs in a field. The sheep moves away from the lambs, then gets wounded in the … Continue reading

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What Fears to Fear?

“We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”                                               — Franklin Delano Roosevelt I have often echoed this famous quote to myself.  However, I feel it is incomplete.  I believe what FDR wanted to communicate was, that though fear is … Continue reading

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