Stillness Rising – A Song for Earth Day

Stillness Rising – A Song for Earth Day

"Stillness Rising" is a meditative song that takes us into a quiet place to consider what we might hear from the Earth with the rising of stillness.Stillness Rising There is too much noise between usNo stillness yet,Listen for it and so shall IAnd the channel will...

Original Thoughts

Original Thoughts

Pity the tight, constrained, over-edited lines living their conventional lives lined up in perfect order little scouts, doing what they're told unable to speak for themselves… Original Thoughts Oh, do you mind? May I break through the lines to ask a few questions on...

Daughter of Erysichthon

Daughter of Erysichthon

In Metamorphosis, the Roman poet Ovid tells a story about a man named Erysichthon whose exploitive behavior leads to a harrowing end. At the same time, he has a daughter who offers a very different way of thinking about humanity's relationship with the natural world....

The Falcon’s Cry

The Falcon’s Cry

Over the holiday, I rediscovered "Down in Yon Forest," a mysterious old ballad that I performed at the Toronto Storytelling Festival many years ago. I stood alone on stage and sang it in a childlike a cappella voice, imagining it to be sung by an absolute innocent....

Missing Pieces – A Reverie

Missing Pieces – A Reverie

Early this morning I woke thinking about the steadfast tin soldier. He often comes to me at Christmas time, that noble fellow who has lost a leg in the manufacturing process. The boys who play on the floor with the soldiers don’t use the one-legged soldier, so he’s...

Latest Flight of the Broad Mind!

Latest Flight of the Broad Mind!

Every now and then I hear about the flights that my little book “The Broad Mind” has been making around the world. The other day I received a note from Colleen Reichrath-Smith, a certified Global Career Development Facilitator who is working in the Netherlands. She...

To Perform or Not to Perform … That is the Question

To Perform or Not to Perform … That is the Question

I love creating things that can be shared with an audience, but I struggle with the notion of performance. It’s hard to go out there and put myself on the stage. I’m not a natural extrovert, and I know I’m not the only performer who feels reluctant to leave the wings....

Oliver Sacks on Awakening

Oliver Sacks on Awakening

No story has gripped me more than the real-life "sleeping beauty" story that Oliver Sacks tells in his magnificent book, Awakenings. For years I have been fascinated by the symmetry between his experience of patients with encephalitis lethargica and the fairy tale,...

Voices from “The Dark Princess”

Voices from “The Dark Princess”

In mid-April, I held an online course called "THREADS" in collaboration with Storytelling Toronto. THREADS is an annual workshop series that invites participants to move into a single fairy tale and find their own threads of meaning. This year I chose Richard...

Fairy in the Grass

Fairy in the Grass

On the first day of the first year of the new decade, I had a dream. I am walking through the grass in a garden. I look down and see a tiny feminine figure curled up in the midst of the green shoots. She has a blond bob with bangs and she’s a little bit plump. I think...

The Dark Princess

The Dark Princess

Over the years, I have been fascinated by Richard Kennedy's modern fairy tale, The Dark Princess. It's a story about a princess whose light is so bright that she blinds anyone who looks at her directly. She is utterly alone in the world until she meets a fool who sees...

“I Carry You” A Song of Tribute

“I Carry You” A Song of Tribute

I've been having a recurring image of us sailing away from the harbor of the world as we knew it. Some of us are reaching back, wondering how to recover the security we had before. Others are groping in the fog to find hopeful possibilities. Then there are the people...

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