Monthly Archives: October 2014

Hel

In honor of Halloween, today’s post is about…Hel. Hel (“hidden”) is the ruler of the Norse realm, Helheim. Helheim is the Norse underworld, the place where dead souls go. But, unlike the drinking and feasting and good times that the … Continue reading

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Thor and the Cauldron

The gods of Asgard decided one day to hold a feast, but Aegir, the god who prepared the ale, told the other gods that he didn’t have a cauldron big enough to suit their needs. The gods knew of the … Continue reading

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The Man (or Woman) in the Arena

I’ve been contemplating this quote by Theodore Roosevelt for the past couple of days: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have … Continue reading

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I Watch TV

“I don’t watch TV,” a woman said to me not long ago, a self-righteous tone in her voice. “Except Downton Abbey.” Wow. I didn’t know how to respond to this, other than a feeble, “I watch TV.” Of course, that … Continue reading

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Woden’s Day–Odin’s One Eye

No pain, no gain. You can’t get something for nothing. Everything has its price. We’ve all heard these sayings, some of us, perhaps, even live by them. To attain what we want, whether it be a minor goal to get … Continue reading

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When the Song Fits the Mood

Every time I tested for a dan rank, I listened to one particular song or one particular band every time I drove to the dojo. This went on for the three months or so that I prepared for my test. … Continue reading

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Friday is Freya’s Day

Friday is Freya’s Day. Freya (“Lady) is the Norse goddess of love, lust, sexuality, war, and death. This beautiful goddess, along with her brother Frey, originally joined the other Norse gods that we know (Odin, Thor, etc.) as hostages. There … Continue reading

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