Ship of Fools

Ship of Fools

Lately, I’ve been doing some research on the history of madness and the way the fool is portrayed in literature and fairy tales. The fool has always fascinated me, but especially these days. It’s not difficult to feel that we’re all on a “ship of fools,” floundering...
My Old Friends

My Old Friends

At the end of this Thanksgiving weekend, I went looking for an old poem that was coming back to me. I feel the same way today as I felt then about my old friends. This one’s for you. My Old Friends Memories bubble light to the surface Pockets of air in a pool— A...
Mermaid Wisdom

Mermaid Wisdom

Here is an improvised recording I made a little while ago. On that morning, a mermaid swam up from my depths to speak. And sing … if you’re willing to wait for it! Mermaid Wisdom by Michelle Tocher...
Sensitivity

Sensitivity

At the risk of talking about a sensitive subject, I’d like to offer a fairy tale perspective on “sensitivity.” Lately, people have been using the word “sensitive” to describe audiences who are reactive and easily triggered by words that...
Real Nightingales

Real Nightingales

Lately I’ve been using WonderLit to explore the Anderson story, The Emperor and the Nightingale. You might remember that the story is about a nightingale who is captured and taken to the palace of the Emperor of China. She has a voice of unparalleled beauty and when...

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