Recently a number of people have asked me what my first novel, The Story of the Four is about. Honestly, that is a tough question, for it is really about a lot—it is one of those so-called “big concept” books. Usually I respond it is an epic fantasy rooted in history and grounded in myth … More What is “The Story of the Four”?
So I just picked up one heck of a fascinating book. Titled Cosmology, Ecology, and the Energy of God and edited by professors Donna Bowman and Clayton Crockett of the University of Central Arkansas, it is a collection of essays that situate theology within the context of 21st century science, particularly in relation to what science … More Prometheus, Orpheus, and the Energy Crisis
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
“What goes around comes around.” This is the inevitable answer I hear from my students when I ask them what karma means. I also hear things like “what you give comes back to you,” “If you do something bad, something bad will come back to you,” on and on, one answer just another way of … More iKarma
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
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
Roughly two weeks ago I wrote two posts concerning the importance of myths in our lives (“Homo mythicus”) and briefly wrote on the characters of those myths–the gods, in an effort to situate the context from which future posts on “things mythical” would proceed (“Who are th gods anyway?). I had intended my next post … More McMansions and the Extinguishing of Hestia