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...

The White Snake

Here is an unpublished parable I wrote a number of years ago, inspired by the Grimms’ fairy tale, “The White Snake.” I wondered who the white snake could be, and how he might be faring these days with so many humans starved for his wisdom. The White Snake by Michelle...

Trust

Trust. By definition, trust is a firm belief in the reliability, truth, or strength of somebody or something. Numerous fairy tales speak to the value of trust and the problem of breaking trust. Typically, a group of older brothers will betray the trust of...

Including US

What is the knocking at the door in the night?It's somebody wants to do us harm. No, no, it is the three strange angels.Admit them, admit them. D.H. Lawrence, “Song of a Man Who Has Come Through” I have been thinking a lot about inclusion lately. I would...

The Fish Girl

I'm doing something a little different and posting a video blog, inspired by my dear friend Jean Sheppard who did the most extraordinary thing on my birthday. I was so overcome that I sat myself down in front of the camera to tell the story of why Jean's...

Dwarf Song

Imagine that you're walking in a snowy forest when you meet a dwarf. What will the dwarf show you in the "mines of the heart"? This little five-minute audio was improvised by me and arranged by composer Wendalyn Bartley. Our New Year's gift to you!  LYRICS Hi .... Oh...

A Few Words with the Troll

Last week, the Washington Post published a report detailing how officials at the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention had been banned from using words such as “diversity,” “fetus,” “evidence-based,” and “science-based.” The report caused an uproar, and while the...

Friendly Giants

Kahlil Gibran once asked a chilling question: “What will be the destiny of your country and mine? Which giant shall seize the mountains and valleys that produced us and reared us and made us men and women before the face of the sun?… Which one of you...

The Idiot Box

Given that the "trick or treat" season is upon us, I thought I’d offer my own treat. "The Idiot Box" is an original, unpublished story that I wrote a number of years ago. I've blown the dust off it recently because it seems more relevant than ever....

Thanksgiving

You know there’s a lot of bad news in the world right now, Old Man. Eh? Oh, bad news, yes. Well, you always know what to do, Old Woman. What sort of magic should we be drumming up? I don’t know. I just want to hold you tight and be grateful for every good...

Out of Register

I had a dream the other night that was in a gym watching a lean young man stretching his thighs. I had x-ray vision and could see that his right thigh bone was weaker and thinner than the left. He was holding a heavy weight while doing the stretch, and...

The Sunchild

This is my retelling of the heart-rending story of the Sunchild, written by Marie, Queen of Romania, under the title The Miracle of Tears. I feel that it’s a unique and important story because it wrestles with the problem of being deeply compassionate....

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