Category Archives: Books

Writing in HD

I’ve been rewatching Game of Thrones and it came to me recently that one thing I love about the show is its production value. Forget the story, the characters, the scenery, or the costumes…the cinematography and sound production of that … Continue reading

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The Supernatural–A Modern Deus Ex Machina

*I’m on vacation and reblogging this from a few years ago!*  Deus ex Machina—this phrase means “god from the machine” and was originally a stage device used by the ancient Greeks in which a god would be lowered to the … Continue reading

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The Saddest Story

Puff the Magic Dragon is the saddest story I have ever heard. Sadder than Shakespeare, sadder than a Greek tragedy. It’s the story of growing up and losing the magic in life. What could be sadder than that? A song … Continue reading

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Defeating Evil with Compassion

Recently I was telling a friend who practices Aikido and likes Lord of the Rings about my blog and that I like to write about both. A joke went around the table about Frodo doing Aikido. I laughed but it … Continue reading

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Unn the Deep-Minded

In celebration of International Women’s Day, I want to make mention of one of my favorite Viking women—Unn the Deep-Minded. Unn’s story is told in the Laxdaela Saga, one of the Sagas of the Icelanders, stories written down in the … 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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Tolkien Reading Day–My Favorite Scene

Today, March 25th is the day the Tolkien Society has deemed Tolkien Reading Day. Tolkien fans around the world get together and read his works aloud or they sit and read them alone. However it’s done, it is a day … Continue reading

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Books to Movies–Show Some Respect

I was involved in a discussion recently about Peter Jackson’s movie adaptations of Tolkien’s books. One person suggested that the reason Tolkien fans and scholars are so critical of The Lord of the Rings adaptations and not The Hobbit is … Continue reading

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Battle of Hogwarts Anniversary

Today, May 2nd, is, in the Harry Potter world, the 15th anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts. For those not in the know, the Battle of Hogwarts was the final battle between the forces of good and the forces of … 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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