Category Archives: Myth

The Man Who Would Be King: Why Trump’s Character Matters

  In an interview with Time ten years ago Holocaust survivor, author, and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel was asked to name his favorite Biblical hero. Wiesel, who died July 2nd at age 87, selected Moses as a great legislator, commander-in-chief … Continue reading

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Tribute to an Early Mentor

In Once and Future Myths: The Power of Ancient Stories in Our Lives, author Phil Cousineau includes a chapter on “The Mythic Power of Mentorship.” Here he recounts the role of wise counsel played by the figure of Mentor in … Continue reading

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Mythfire Goes Dragon-Hunting

Contrary to what was promised in the last post, Mythfire is putting any and all blogs on Harry Potter or other subjects on hold for the time being.  A little thing called a doctoral dissertation beckons to be finished. One … Continue reading

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Harry Potter & The Spiritual Dimension of Play (“The Miracle of the Present Moment”)

“These are dark times, there is no denying. Our world has perhaps faced no greater threat than it does today.” These ominous and dreary words are the first ones uttered in the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I. If you have … Continue reading

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Ralph Waldo Emerson & Other Renaissance Men (“Every Thing is Significant”)

Robert D. Richardson, Jr. begins his masterful biography of 19th century essayist, lecturer, poet, and Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson with these lines: “On March 29, 1832, the twenty-eight-year-old Emerson visited the tomb of his young wife, Ellen, who had been … Continue reading

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