Category Archives: mythology

A Myth is Not a Lie Pt. 2

The Writer’s Journey “Mythology is not a lie, mythology is poetry; it is metaphorical. It has been well said the mythology is the penultimate truth—penultimate because the ultimate cannot be put into words.”  —Joseph Campbell[1] “The Hero’s Journey is not … Continue reading

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A Myth is Not a Lie Pt. 1

INTRODUCTION: When I originally wrote this essay, I succumbed to the temptation of so many writers in quoting the famous speech by Chief Seattle. It’s probably the most quoted speech of any noted aboriginal figure in Western history. There’s only … Continue reading

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The Delusion of Invulnerability

A Review of The Desolation of Smaug Less action, more magic. I could stop at that and it would be a fitting review of this movie. The current craze for ultraviolence in mega-budget movies made possible by CGI too often … Continue reading

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Gilgamesh and Civilization

For months now I’ve been intending to publish this essay to coincide with the exhibition of Mesopotamian antiquities at the Royal Ontario Museum. (http://www.rom.on.ca/en/mesopotamia/home) Unfortunately the Lemon Creek jet fuel spill happened this summer so I didn’t get to Ontario to … Continue reading

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The Book of Invasions Part 2

2. Raiders in Armani Suits When I visited Ireland for the first time in 2009, the Aha! moment was when I realized just how alive with myth, song and story the Irish landscape is. It woke me up to the … Continue reading

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The Book of Invasions

This week I’m publishing the first of a series prompted by recent events in connection with Hurricane Sandy, the most devastating storm in North American history. As usual mainstream media makes no attempt to relate this event to global climate … Continue reading

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