You Might Fly!

You Might Fly!

Most of us know that wearing wings doesn’t mean we can fly. Here’s the rest of the sobering news—most of us fail. No matter how hard we work, most of the time things don’t turn out the way we hoped. However . . . Just because we fail most of the time doesn’t mean we fail ALL of the time. It helps to remember that kids fly with their feet on the ground, running around letting their imagination be their wings. So this...

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Peeing, Pissing, Urinating or Laughing–Which Story?

Peeing, Pissing, Urinating or Laughing–Which Story?

We have a new puppy who is peeing, pissing, and urinating on the living room rug, which can get old before the dog does, so I’m kinda sorta glad I could still laugh when I saw Richard Jackson’s sculpture adorning the Orange County Museum. Puppies will be puppies. Ours is a Great Dane. Jackson’s is a Labrador. Plenty of labradors walk their owners by my house and stop at the corner of my neighbor’s fence. When we first...

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The Grimm Brothers Murder Women’s Spinning Tales

The Grimm Brothers Murder Women’s Spinning Tales

Maybe the Grimm brothers didn’t set out to kill women’s stories, but they did. Here’s what happened: Rumpenstünzchen was a spinning tale, part of a large number of spinning tales that European women shared while spinning and weaving flax into cloth, an arduous task that was usually done in the evening after all the other tasks were completed (children cared for, meals fixed, animals fed, eggs sold, laundry washed—you get the...

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Family History: What’s Your First Memory?

Most people remember events tied to a strong emotion, smell, or some other sensual detail. That’s especially true of first memories. Mine is a box of kittens my father brought home. I was two and a half, maybe three-years-old. I don’t remember why he had a box of kittens, where they came from, or whether we kept them. What I remember are the sensations–the fur, the claws, the smells, the sounds, and how they squirmed when I...

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Once Upon A Time . . .

Don’t be fooled. The little folk of fairytale and fable are the keepers of the wisdom. What’s more, they’re not stuffy about it. Worldwide, no matter the tradition, folk tales challenge the norm, encourage creative problem-solving, even question who you are in order for you to grow into someone else. We need these stories. Proof is in the fact that if our families don’t provide, we will look elsewhere for them. I have a...

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