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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Note to Fairy Godmother: Seven Things Better Than a Fancy Dress

Note to Fairy Godmother: Seven Things Better Than a Fancy Dress

My granddaughter wants to go to space camp. Not cheap, but I think we’ll make it happen. Made me think about Cinderella and that ball gown–those glass slippers. What else might have changed Cinderella’s life? books—they open the whole world airfare–travel broadens and leaves the traveler more likely to embrace different people and different ways lessons–music or dance or art or photography or sewing or...

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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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Origin of All Fairy Tales

Origin of All Fairy Tales

Learned today that some scholars think the Panchatantra is the origin of all fairy tales. That’s probably not entirely true, but it is one of the oldest sources. It was written in Sanskrit in the 3rd Century BCE by Vishna Sharma who gathered his material from even older versions. Tales from the Panchatantra have spread widely. Today they can be found from Java to Iceland. The enduring/endearing power of folk tales is the subject of a...

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Fairy Godmothers, Disney Princesses, and a Big Question

Fairy Godmothers, Disney Princesses, and a Big Question

I’ve just finished a book I’m calling PAY ATTENTION TO THE FAIRY GODMOTHER. Title comes from a twist my grandmother gave the ending of the  Cinderella story. At the end of that classic tale, she would sit back and say, “The prince is nice. Nothing better than a fine, handsome prince. But YOU pay attention to the fairy godmother; she’s the one who got things done.” Here’s the thing. She was my fairy godmother....

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Fairy Folk and Family History

A couple of local gents are drinking a pint in a pub near Cushendall, County Antrim, one evening when a redhead comes through the door. “Ah, there’s that Liz Weir who believes in fairies,” one says. Weir, an Irish storyteller with an international reputation, stops. “And you don’t?” He smiles and shakes his head. “So now, tell me, will you be cutting down that fairy tree on your place any time soon?” She means an old Hawthorne...

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