pirates and other misbehavers

heroes and explorers: the odyssey - I would not heed them in my glorying spirit, but let my anger flare and yelled: Kyklops, if ever mortal man inquire how you were put to shame and blinded, tell him Odysseus, raider of cities, took your eye: Laërtês son, whose home’s on Ithaka. – (Book IX: lines 546-552) Because this was where my … Continue reading heroes and explorers: the odyssey
heroes and explorers: tales of the greek heroes - I remember first reading Tales of the Greek Heroes in middle school. I think the main purpose was to give us enough of an understanding of the Greek gods and classical heroes to be able to recognize references we would encounter as we continued our educational journeys through the literary canon. Green’s version of the … Continue reading heroes and explorers: tales of the greek heroes
scattered honey wits - Do you remember the image, I think it was of Winnie the Pooh, or at least I want that to be its origin, of fluff inside one’s head? That, being “a bear of very little brain”, white fluffy stuffing might fill the remaining void between the ears. This is how my brain feels today: fragments … Continue reading scattered honey wits
remember, the world is big - Remember — the world is big. You are very small, and yet you are of this world. The world calls you. You are not insignificant to it. As SU EN says, “everything is integrated in a dynamic balance.” Which contradictions, which tensions, which desires do you respond to? These choices — intentional or incidental — … Continue reading remember, the world is big
puzzle factory - This is a space where I can be confused by the world, think hard about its mysteries, and work out how a myriad of reclaimed and seemingly random pieces could all fit together in some fashion that can make some kind of a sense. Because I know others are as flummoxed by existence as I … Continue reading puzzle factory
kindness to strangers - “All this they did with simple kindness, talking to their guests and making them welcome, without the slightest idea that they were anything but human travelers as poor as themselves,” (Green, p44). In the Greek mythology that underpins so much of modern western ethics, the wandering man, castaways, strangers and beggars, are sacred to the … Continue reading kindness to strangers
heroes and explorers: the tragedy of julius caesar - I first read The Tragedy of Julius Caesar in my eighth grade English class. I remember enjoying it because it was finally a piece of Shakespeare that was easy to read and the drama of it was engaging enough to keep me turning the pages. One might assume from the title that it was a … Continue reading heroes and explorers: the tragedy of julius caesar