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

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 word,...

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!

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 seem to negatively...

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...

Speaking with Hansel and Gretel

At the Storytellers of Canada conference in Peterborough this month, Mark Jenkins and I had the privilege of spending the day with a fabulous group of storytellers and exploring the ‘thresholds’ in our fairy tales and lives. As we led the group through the...

Rat Oratio, The Rat’s Speech

A few years ago, when I was exploring Charles Perrault’s version of Cinderella, I had quite an enlightening chat with the rat. You might remember that when the fairy godmother shows up, she puts Cinderella to work. She has to fetch a pumpkin from the field...

What the Bee Knows

According to Pamela Travers, who wrote What the Bee Knows (and Mary Poppins, and a raft of wonderful essays for Parabola magazine) the bee is one manifestation of the miracles that are everywhere in nature. "The natural is enough," she writes....

Solidaire

I dreamed that I had been asked to come and speak at a school. As I was waiting to go inside, I watched a group of 12-year-old boys and girls playing in the schoolyard. And I thought, There is not one of you that I could not love. Then I found...

Moving With Melusine

In the past few weeks I’ve been very much engaged with the French legend of Melusine, which we’re exploring in the Threads workshop series this year. The story has haunted me for over a decade. Back in 2002, after writing How to Ride a Dragon,...

True Marriage

When I think of my real-life heroes and heroines, I think of people who meet sorrow and death with love, lighting the passage for those who follow. I also think of people who don't make decisions based on political or market forces but rather on what they know in...

Canoe Dream

This audio blog is based on a dream that I had some years ago. It has to do with a 'canoe lesson' and the difficulty that an exquisitely advanced teacher had when he took me on as a student. It has prompted many insights over the years, but recently I've...

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