Dedicated to Professor David L. Miller Father of Monsters. Father of Hel. Bloodbrother and Benchmate of Odin. Clever. Deep-minded god of plunder. Giant’s Son and God of 1,000 Masks. Such are just but a few of the many kennings for Loki the famous and (it seems to me) quite popular god of Norse mythology. But … More Who is Loki anyway?
Zaghali chuckled, his deep mint green eyes’ emerald-like sparkling setting Rahim at ease. “Are you a seeker?” “A what?” “A seeker. For what do you search?” “Oh.” Rahim toyed with a pebble between his legs. “Someone I lost.” “A young lady perhaps? Aah…yes…I see. A young lady indeed.” He leaned back, held his knees. “I … More Mercy speaks about Love
“It’s not you, it’s me,” she said in her letter. “Good luck finding someone who suits you better.” I’ve got them query letter writin’ blues. “It’s not you, it’s me,” she said in her letter. “Good luck finding someone who suits you better.” Oh, yes, I got them low down dirty query letter writin’ blues. … More Them Query Letter Writin’ Blues
In the third Beatitude, Jesus lauds a quality that has little place in a society that prides itself on individual pursuit of happiness and success is defined by achievement which is, in turn, quantified by how much money one makes. This quality is meekness. In addition to “meek,” the Greek praus, the term used in … More Blessed are the Meek…
Jen exhaled his relief and lowered his hands to his aching knees. A large village, perhaps a small city even, before them. People. People to talk to. As much as he’d enjoyed talking to Sherme since they trekked along the Yuanwuling Gorge, he’d almost run out of things to say. He explained the empire—its past … More Topics We Don’t Discuss and Questions We All Ask
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
“The first major hell is called Thoughts. The second is called Black Rope. The third is called Crushing. The fourth is called Moaning. The fifth is called Great Moaning. The sixth is called Burning. The seventh is called Great Burning. The eighth is called Unremitting. The Hell of Thoughts contains sixteen smaller hells. The smaller … More The Hell Realm (Bhavacakra Pt. II)
“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
Translated as “The Wheel of Life” or “The Wheel of Becoming,” the Bhavacakra is a symbolic representation of cyclical existence (samsara) as understood by the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Commonly painted outside monastery walls, it is believed the Buddha himself designed the Bhavacakra as a means to transmit his (often difficult) teachings. In short, the Bhavacakra depicts life … More Bhavacakra: Buddhist Wheel of Life (Part 1)