Backyard Fiction a.k.a. the Great American Myth of Suburbia

Backyard Fiction a.k.a. the Great American Myth of Suburbia Suburbia is as much a fictional creation as it is a very real geographic place. The idea or myth of suburbia is just as real as the municipalities, shopping centers, living rooms, and schools that represent that idea. My reading of suburbia is framed by the … More Backyard Fiction a.k.a. the Great American Myth of Suburbia

Robin Hood

Robin Hood Ah Robin Hood; man who fought with quarterstaff and bow to defeat injustice and provide for the less fortunate. Or was it a murderer with a sword set out to exact vengeance on his personal enemies? Perhaps a little of both? Depending on how far back you go, you might be surprised to … More Robin Hood

Excalibur

EXCALIBUR Arthur’s Sword The Tradition: The Name “Excalibur” was first used for King Arthur‘s sword by the French Romancers. It was not the famous “Sword in the Stone” (which broke in battle), but a second sword acquired by the King through the intercession of his druidic advisor, Myrddin (Merlin). Worried that Arthur would fall in … More Excalibur

Malala Yousafzai

SHE IS MALALA YOUSAFZAI Malala Yousafzai is a young and bright Pakistani girl who stood up to the Taliban in her country. Born on July, 12, 1997, Malala fought, at the risk of her own life, in favour of children’s, and more specifically, little girls’ right to access education. Her bravery and action was saluted … More Malala Yousafzai

The Hero’s journey

  The Hero’s journey The Hero’s Journey is an archetypal story pattern, common in ancient myths as well as modern day adventures. This concept was described by mythologist Joseph Campbell in his book The Hero with a Thousand Faces and refined by Christopher Vogler in his book The Writer’s Journey. It can be boiled down … More The Hero’s journey