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...
The White Snake

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Here is an unpublished parable I wrote a number of years ago, inspired by the Grimms’ fairy tale, “The White Snake.”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...
A Few Words with the Troll

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...
The Idiot Box

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 “The Idiot Box” is an original, unpublished story that I wrote a number of years ago.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...
What Did Sleeping Beauty Dream?

What Did Sleeping Beauty Dream?

I’ve been trekking back into the Grimm’s story, The Briar Rose, in preparation for a “Story Talk” I’ll be giving on January 22. A decade or so ago, I repeatedly told the story to many different groups, including people living with various forms of illness. I invited...

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