Tag Archives: Animals

Dreaming with animals

“What is the single greatest predictor of a hero’s success in folktales around the world?” A professor who had studied the subject at length once posed that question in a psychology class. The answer, he said, was finding an animal … Continue reading

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The season begins…

While strolling through Petco this morning to pick up some dog food, I decided to get a new rope toy for Kit, the older of two our two rescue dogs.  She never tires of chewing these things and nagging humans … Continue reading

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The Wet Rat Brigade

Back when I was in grade school _______________ (insert a phrase like, “When dinosaurs roamed the earth”), school resumed after Labor Day.  To add salt to the wounds, there really were essays and/or discussions along the lines of, “How I … Continue reading

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Washedashore.org: art to save the sea

Meet Lidia the Seal. She stands as tall as I can reach, in a vacant lot in Bandon, Oregon, the creation of artists and volunteers of the Washed Ashore Project. The group’s goal is to turn plastic and other ocean … Continue reading

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Coexistence

This is a scene I often pass during morning dog walks, behind a church that borders on a park. For at least a month, a lone rooster has joined a half-dozen feral cats who gather at this spot to enjoy … Continue reading

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Notes on Trickster stories

Many of you will have heard the old Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times.”  We do, beyond any question.  With a longstanding interest in folklore, I often find myself wondering which, if any, of the old tales can … Continue reading

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The Annotated Wind in the Willows

“The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home.” So begins one of the great literary adventures of my life, The Wind in the Willows, published in 1908 by Kenneth Grahame. I’ve written about The … Continue reading

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On New Year’s Resolutions…

Gotta love this, even if some of the filmmakers have way too much time on their hands… Much better than the Jingle Cats, don’t you think?

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