On Showrooming Amazon Books

This blog has been intentionally quiet for the past few months, as I work on finishing my novel and my book on myth and creativity. However, I had a little adventure last week, and I’d like to share it with all of you. As I’m sure many of you know, behemoth internet bookseller Amazon recently opened their first physical store…

On Truth, Lies, and Critical Thinking Skills

In our family we talk a great deal about both science and myth, which reflects the interests of my husband and myself. Our children, two boys ages 8 and 6, have thankfully developed a deep curiosity about both subjects, which keeps things lively in our home, to say the least. The boys often ask me to tell them myths, and…

On Myth and Landscape

I had the privilege of leading a workshop in Boulder, Colorado this past weekend. I had never visited that part of Colorado before, and I was blown away by the beauty of the landscape; the mesas and red rocks jutting up out of the mid-western plain like sentinels guarding. It reminded me profoundly of growing up in the Chugach Mountains,…

I feel like a 12 year old girl this week

I’ve spent much of this week reviewing my lecture and workshop materials, preparing for my talk in Boulder on Friday night and its accompanying workshop on Saturday morning. One of the myths that we delve into in both the lecture and workshop is the story of Inanna and her descent into the underworld to visit her sister Ereshkigal. Inanna’s journey…

Mythic Transformation

I’ve had the theme of transformation on my mind these past few days. Myth is so often about transformation after all, and the creative act is in its essence an act of transformation, from something to nothing. There are even some scholars who believe that the only true myths are creation stories, and that any other type of story should…

On Frigga, Queen of Midgard

In honor of Friday, her name day, I would like to dedicated today’s blog post to the high queen of the Norse pantheon, Frigga. Frigga, or Frigg, is the wife of Odin, and she is associated with both fertility and prophecy. In some images she is seen weaving the clouds from her spindle. She lives in Fensalir, which is a…