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Tyr’s Day

Today is Tuesday, or Tyr’s Day. In case you didn’t know, Tyr is the Norse god of battle and courage. Men would often inscribe their swords with Tyr’s rune and pray to him before going in to battle. Tyr’s story … Continue reading

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The Uneasy Deal

**April 5th, 2014 was the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death.  I wrote this short story thinking about him, his death, and the deaths of many other musicians at a young age.** The Uneasy Deal by Kim Barton  Jeremy grabbed … 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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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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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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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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Favorite Book?

I recently came across this meme: Lucky for me, I only have one child so I wouldn’t ever have to choose my favorite! However, I could never choose a favorite book, or even a favorite author. How could that even … Continue reading

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Vikings Review

I’ve had a few people ask me what I think about the new History Channel show, Vikings. All I can say is…it’s complicated. When I watch historical movies or television shows based on a time period in which I’m familiar, … Continue reading

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The Gift of Mortality

In his mythology, Tolkien has his gods (or spiritual beings), the Valar, create the races of Elves and Men. The Valar give Men the “gift” of a mortal life. In Tolkien’s view, mortality isn’t something we should fear or strive … Continue reading

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