NOTE TO READER: The following post concerns reflections on a challenging puzzle I posted a little over a week ago and also includes the puzzle’s solution. If you have not tried the puzzle, I encourage you to do so by clicking here. Secondly, the following commentary stems from a previous post which included a discussion … More A Puzzle to Challenge: Further Commentary
Last week I put out to the blogosphere a little puzzle (see A Puzzle to Challenge) which asked those who tried to connect nine dots using only four lines without picking up your pen/pencil and no backtracking. Seems simple enough and, apparently, was quite simple, at least for 5 of the 6 people who … More A Puzzle to Challenge: Solution and Commentary
All of a sudden, as if from out of nowhere, something happens, something we cannot control. We are overwhelmed, struggling to maintain, perhaps even entertaining the notion that everything will be different from this point on. It hurts, it hurts bad. We might even feel like we’re drowning, like we’re dying. Have you ever had … More Who is Poseidon anyway?
Ancient warrior myths help veterans fight PTSD Greek heroes struggled with battle stress, too (http://news.yahoo.com/ancient-myth-helps-veterans-battle-ptsd-153531485.html?soc_src=mediacontentstory) By Liz Goodwin, Yahoo News 15 hours ago Yahoo News 0 shares View photo . Ajax Defending Greek Ships Against Trojans (Bettmann/CORBIS) A soldier returns home from battle but has brought the war with him. He stares off into the … More Myths help fight PTSD
Early one Saturday morning in early May, my 12 year old son received news through Instagram a eighth-grade girl from his middle school committed suicide by sitting on the train tracks, waiting. He did not know her; I did not know her. These weeks later, I remember immediately choking up and as I compose this … More Re-Visioning Mental Health
Demeter, Hestia, Hera, Artemis. The Olympian goddesses, all unique, all clearly defined. All come from ultimately from Gaia, the primordial earth goddess and today, in honor of her, I ask the question, as I have of Zeus and Hades previously: Who is Gaia anyway? The “mother of the beginning, the mother of infancy” (Downing, Gods … More In Honor of Earth Day: Gaia
Aidoneus, the Unseen. Trophonios, the Nourisher. Polydegmon, the Receiver. Euboulos, the Good Counselor. Ploutos, the Wealth-Giving. Such are just a few of Hades’s many epithets, names used in Greek myth more often than the name “Hades” itself. In keeping with my “Who are the gods anyway?” posts, today I ask the question of Hades, god of the … More Who is Hades anyway?
In response to my earlier post, “Celebrating Spring with Rumi (and Pictures),” I received today the most likes and new followers for my young blog in any one day. So first, thank you all for your support. For those familiar with my blog, you may have seen two previous posts featuring photos from my garden. Needless … More The Therapy of Gardening
It wakes us up at night. It shatters the night’s darkness. It sears and cracks, shakes us to our bones, our foundations. Lightning. Zeus’s tool, Zeus’s weapon. The supreme deity of the Greek pantheon, the king of the gods, master of wind, rain, thunder, and lightning. Wielder of justice, bestower of judgment, Zeus, metering out punishment, embodies … More Who is Zeus anyway?
They are of inferior substance, of secondary importance to God. They have no souls. They are the gateway for the devil. How does the devil enter the world through a woman? Her sexuality of course. And if they get out of line, it’s okay–you can beat them… After all, you are not really beating her, you … More Re-Visioning Eve