Real Nightingales

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 beauty and when...
What the Bee Knows

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....
The Fish Girl

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...
Say YES to the RE-Dress

Say YES to the RE-Dress

Since the advent of television, the fairy tale has been put to work by the advertising industry, but I don’t know any story that has worked harder than Cinderella. In the 1950’s she was recruited to sell a variety of products, including a cleaning solution called...
Artists of the Sea

Artists of the Sea

When the little soul fish has transformed and he’s looking out at the sea, he finds himself longing to join the current, to be “impressed upon by every wave and fan, to carry the stamp of the sea through time.” After Richard Row had completed the...

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