Quote for Today: Lao Tzu

If the Great Way perishes there will be morality and duty. When cleverness and knowledge arise great lies will flourish. When relatives fall out with one another there will be filial duty and love. When states are in confusion there will be faithful servants. --Lao Tzu Public Domain Image via Pixabay  

Through The Eyes of Betrayer and Betrayed: Fractures

Is it possible to empathize with those who have made choices that inflict pain on themselves and those around them? These three poems, Fractures, were written in 2012 for an operatic recital called The Other Woman. They were also part of the inspiration for an earlier blog post called Of Mud and Poetry Contests and are … Continue reading Through The Eyes of Betrayer and Betrayed: Fractures

Undercurrents of Sensuality and Aggression in Bram Stoker’s Dracula

The most famous of vampires is Dracula. Why are we mesmerized by this character created more than a century ago? We owe our acquaintance with Dracula, a figure who has laced himself through western culture and has been portrayed on film more than Sherlock Holmes, to the mind of Bram Stoker, who wove him from … Continue reading Undercurrents of Sensuality and Aggression in Bram Stoker’s Dracula

From a Bygone Era: The Art of Kissing, 1936

1936 was a memorable year: Hitler's Germany hosted the Olympics in Berlin and broke the Treaty of Versailles by stationing troops in Rhineland; Italy occupied Ethiopia; Franco rose to power in Spain; China declared war on Japan; Hoover Dam, then known as Boulder Dam, was finished; The Green Hornet debuted on Detroit radio; Life Magazine was … Continue reading From a Bygone Era: The Art of Kissing, 1936