Month: October 2007

  • Archetypes: What are They?

    I’ve written briefly in the past about archetypes, but it appears that it’s time for me to explain a little more about them and how they work in everyday life–particularly, how they appeal to me in my life. One of the commentators on a recent thread asked about the anima, the female part of the male, […]

  • Daryl Sharp on Being Whole

     Earlier in the week, someone mentioned not knowing what I meant by wholeness. This was a good reminder to post now and again about what, exactly, I mean by writing about it. I begin with the Jungian idea that the typical person is a mass of unconscious, fragmented parts that must be recalled to the […]

  • Dumbledore is Gay, and I’m Mad

    I heard yesterday that Harry Potter series author J. K. Rowling announced that Albus Dumbledore, headmaster of Hogwarts School, is gay. A friend of mine sent me a text message giving me the head’s up. I found the news story at ABC News, and it’s true: Dumbledore is gay. I was disappointed to hear the news, but eventually my disappointment […]

  • The Miseducation of Children

    If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a thousand words must be worth ten thousand words. This is the case with Franz Kafka’s short story, “A Country Doctor.” In just a few paragraphs, Kafka is able to paint a picture of a society losing its internal moorings and turning from the spiritual to […]

  • The Middle Passage: Quoting James Hollis

    I’ve recently read Jungian analyst James Hollis’s book, The Middle Passage: From Misery to Meaning in Midlife. It is one of the best books on this developmental phase, and its many opportunities, that I’ve read. The author says that childhood lasts until around age 12, the first adulthood from around ages 12 to 40, and […]

  • Magical Memory

    In her book Holy Personal: Looking for Small Places of Worship, Laura Chester tells the inspiriting story of artist Michael Dowling. Dowling loved art from the earliest times he could remember, but its first great impression upon him occurred when he was in the first grade. “When I was six,” Dowling recalls, “I made a pattern of a […]

  • It’s all YOUR Fault!

    After breakfast, I complain about people’s rudeness and their insensitivity, invoking a gentler, kinder, more respectful world in which everyone is as kind, sweet, and mindful of others as I. Later that day, in the kitchen, my husband extends his hand to gently touch my shoulder and get my attention. In the middle of making […]

  • Making Peace

     Today I had an interesting day that ran the gamut from a hopelessly happy time with one person, to a simply hopeless experience with another. Though the latter experience, after hard work on both our parts, resolved in peace, it was still difficult. There were times in the past when I was such a finite […]

  • Hildegard von Bingen

    A favorite ice-breaking question at social gatherings is to ask guests to list eight to ten people, living or dead, who they would most like to invite to a dinner party. Besides Jesus Christ, Buddha, and Carl Jung I think that a person I’d simply have to invite would be Hildegard von Bingen. Hildegard, or Blessed Hildegard […]

  • Dear Writers, Love Walt

      “. . . let us go forth in the bold day and write.” From “Proud Music of the Storm,” by Walt Whitman