Monthly Archives: April 2013

Princes Who Turn Into Monsters-Old and New

This is something I wrote a while back when I was pondering medieval tales, the lessons they teach, and how that translates into our modern world and our modern stories. Here are a few lessons: Don’t go into the forest … Continue reading

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Defeating Evil with Compassion

How do we fight evil? With more force, bigger weapons, anger, hate? What do our stories teach us? Let’s look at my favorite three examples: Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings. In each story, there is a … Continue reading

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Farewell, Freebie

Yesterday was a sad day for me. My beloved dog, Freebie, was put to sleep. She was 13 and had a problem with her leg that ended up with a wound that would not heal. Freebie was the best dog … Continue reading

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The Gift of Mortality, Part II—Choosing to Die

J.R.R. Tolkien gave his Men the “gift” of mortality. They could die, unlike the Elves, whose lives were connected to Middle Earth itself. As I wrote in a previous blog, Tolkien thought that mortality was a blessing given to his … Continue reading

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Anticipation–On and Off the Aikido Mat

Anticipation. We often think of it positively, like a child getting excited for a birthday or Christmas, or an adult looking forward to a big event. But there is a downside to anticipation—prediction. To anticipate something is also to predict … Continue reading

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Book Title Poetry

The public library in my town, Pima County Public Library, is doing a fun project in April for National Poetry Month. It’s called book-title poetry or spine poetry. To create a book-title poem you stack books with the spines facing … Continue reading

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