The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

You’ll have to forgive the absence of my stories this week. It has been a rough week. There was a bit of redeeming light in it. I have finished a book that I wasn’t even sure I wanted to read once upon a time. I found it both encouraging and reassuring.

 

Too often we find stories and philosophy separately, even though they are almost always intertwined. This is one of those rare occasions where you find both at the same time. Realizing as you read the story that there are lessons here.  Continue reading “The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho”

The US Declaration of Independence

There is a line from Disney’s original version of Mary Poppins that I never really understood. “Sometimes a person we love, through no fault of his own, can’t see past the nose on the end of his face”.

At the time I didn’t really know what that meant. As I got older I began to see what this meant both coming from myself when I couldn’t see past mine, and from others as I Continue reading “The US Declaration of Independence”

A horse is a horse of course, of course…

Not so this horse

This part in the saga is probably the most well known. The Trojan horse has been taught since we explored Greek Mythology. In many cases, I believe it is because the horse is truly a symbol of so many things.

Trojan horse

  • Things may not always be what they appear
  • Deception
  • Cunning
  • To be wary of your adversaries offering you gifts

In fact, the phrase “beware Greeks bearing gifts” comes from this story. See if you can spot it. The words are slightly different in order but the sentiment is still there.

Laocoon

Along with that phrase is another form this story. While less known to myself than the former, it is still familiar to me: “the face that launched a thousand ships…”. To mean a beauty so rare that it would cause men to go off to war.

ships

This brings this particular saga to a close. I hope you have enjoyed the journey.

The Wooden Horse as read from

Classic Myths to Read Aloud

by William F Russell

Book cover

 

Tim R.

It is a privilege to read to the world.

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Pride can lead to excess

Achilles was a man of great pride, and so a man of great excess.

Notice his character was given the extremes of being the most handsome, most skilled, the bravest, etc… of all the Greeks.

Achilles

With that came excessive pride. It was this excess that caused him to refuse to budge when it came to Agamemnon. As a result, many Greeks died in the battle that might otherwise not have. Including his great friend Patroclus. It is Patroclus death that is the impetus for Achilles great rage which we see in this instalment.

Patroclus

On another note, you will meet the Roman god ‘Vulcan’ today. We’re not talking about Mr Spock, we’re talking about the lame son of Zeus and Hera. He is the forger of all things required by the gods. He is also with us today in language as the origin of something we are all familiar with hearing about.

You see Vulcan works in a cave with molten metal and rock. While in times past it may have been seen as a workshop to the gods, today we see this place as a ‘Volcano’.

volcano-05

There is another name of note that we can take a look at. That of ‘Achilles’ himself. The story goes that Achilles was dipped in the river Styx when he was an infant, so making him invulnerable to all harm. However, he must have been held somewhere while this was being done or he would have been lost at that time. Turns out he was held near the ankle. Today we call the tendon that runs from the heel bone to the calf the ‘Achilles’ Tendon

Achilles tendon

Come, “once more unto the breach dear friends…”

As read from: Classic Myths to Read Aloud

by William F. Russell

Book cover

Tim R.

It is a privilege to read to the world.

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