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Mythologist, Fire Fighter

Betrayal and Transformation Through Myth

Betrayal and Transformation Through Myth Benjamin Dennis PhD Given the events of these last months (and years), it seems appropriate to consider the nature of betrayal and its various implications. Politics, wars, our many hopes for change in our country’s … Continue reading

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Despair and isolation

CONTEXTUAL-CONCEPTUAL THERAPY (CCT):    Going Deeper into the Suicidal Experience with the Suicidal Person For some time now I have been looking into issues surrounding suicide. The news is full of statistics and heartfelt stories of families caught in the … Continue reading

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Tumult and Order

Tumult and order We humans love tumult just as much as order. We love cacophony—the wildness of ocean, mountain, romance, and youth. Yet, we also love order, concert, fine craftsmanship and straight or fine curves. Look at the “lines” of … Continue reading

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Shop Class

I was just reading in one of my motorcycle magazines about a shop teacher who is able to keep his shop program alive by putting out a quarterly newsletter, “Quarter Inch Drive” (I love the title). He does this  by … Continue reading

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Interview with Hephaestus…

Interview with Hephaestus… This is a piece of fiction inspired by the story of Hephaestus. By taking the elements of this character from a variety of sources, “The Iliad,” “The Odyssey,” Hesiod, Apollodorus, and others, I wrote as though I … Continue reading

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Underlining Passages

I was recently musing on something Joseph Campbell said (anecdotal as of this writing): “My spiritual practice is underlining passages in books…” It occurs to me that a complaint may be leveled at Campbell for looking at human endeavors as … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Associative Mythology

“The Territory” Benjamin Dennis, PhD (also seen at:    http://www.mythsinger.net/profiles/blogs/thoughts-on-associative-mythology-series ) This is the first in a short series on Associative Mythology. Coming out of a combination of many years of study of myth, poetry, performance, and ritual, as well … Continue reading

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Zombies in Our Midst

The image of the zombie suggests that a fusion of African and indigenous Caribbean religious traditions have migrated into the psyche of modern Western society. Reflecting upon the “indifference” of Western colonialism, fast-changing variations on the theme of the un-dead … Continue reading

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Abstraction

As biological beings we are intimately tied to the terrain our feet touch. Where we walk is always where we are. Regardless of airplane and automobile travel, we are connected to the landscape, the air, the planet, and all of … Continue reading

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The Lack of Imagination

It seems that education is directly under attack. Whether it is economic circumstance or a concerted “conspiracy” to dumb down the general population, there is a growing and significant need for people with diverse and comprehensive educational experience (and this … Continue reading

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