Destiny’s Song

Destiny’s Song

“Destiny’s Song” came to me when I was working with the Italian fairy tale Catherine and her Destiny. When Catherine was a young woman, her destiny appeared to her as a goddess and offered her happiness. But she could only have it for half of her...
Song of a Spinner

Song of a Spinner

During the 1990s, when I was enduring the worst of the symptoms of chronic pain and fibromyalgia, I moved inward and shifted my attention to the feminine characters in fairy tales. They seemed to know a lot about being cast out of the mainstream and thrown into...
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...
Rat Oratio, The Rat’s Speech

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 and free...

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