The tale of a skinner, who drives around in his dogcart to collect dead horses, two murderers and a bewitched horse - a Dutch legend of the Veluwe
The Reverend William Spooner is remembered for mangling phrases, an affliction that carries his name.
Bullies on the Web can be sung to the same rhythm and beat as “Riders On The Storm” (by, The Doors). A video is included. Enjoy!
An analysis of the imagery used in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s most famous speech, "I Have a Dream" and why it was so effective.
I wrote this one for fear if I did not get it down in words, the percentage of me not remembering (all of) the text would be very high.
A brief look at a book that describes the stages of grief the author went through in the time just after his son's death.
The Wild Hunter of the Netherlands, storming and raging across the Fallow Lands - a Dutch legend of the Veluwe
In life, she refused to touch the ground. After death, the ground refused to take her. This is a Dutch legend of the Veluwe.
A small ship sailing across the suddenly rough sea is visited by the devil - a Dutch legend of the Veluwe
Ccarlstead via Flickr CC-BY 2.0 The Lord’s Prayer is one of the basic and fundamental prayers in Christianity and most children grow up knowing it. In some schools, it is taught in the elementary level. However, to a person who is new to the...
“Riders On The Storm” (by, The Doors), is the choice rhythm and beat in which this short story, made into fun song lyrics, (below), can be sang to. Video included. Enjoy!
An oral storytelling performance can be both entertaining and educational. Prose, poems and songs can all tell a story. Myths and traditional tales are often shared orally.
How a goblin came to marry Echo, whom you can still ask questions even now - a Dutch legend of the Veluwe
“Love Hurts” (by, Nazareth), is the choice rhythm and beat in which this short story, made into fun song lyrics, (below), can be sang to. Video included. Enjoy!
“I Can’t Drive 55!” (by, Sammy Hagar), is the choice rhythm and beat in which this short story, made into fun song lyrics, (below), can be sang to. Video included. Enjoy!
This folktale from Shropshire describes how villagers were saved from drought by a fairy cow, until a wicked witch stepped in.
“Enjoy The Silence” (Depeche Mode), is the choice rhythm and beat in which this short story, made into fun song lyrics, (below), can be sang to. Video included. Enjoy!
Tzvetan Todorov is a literary critic who developed a theory for defining the structural parameters of "the fantastic," his own take on a literary genre which has little to do with fantasy.
Ever want to blame all your bad luck on a creepy haunted doll? Well I did and here's the letter to prove it.
The Sound of Silence (by, Simon and Garfunkel) is the choice rhythm and beat in which this story, made into fun song lyrics, (below), can be sang to. Video included. Enjoy!
“Killing Me Softly” (by, Roberta Flack) is the choice rhythm and beat in which this short story, made into fun song lyrics, (below), can be sang to. Video included. Enjoy!
Suddenly, they were there: three giants. The trees they planted still guard the land, but then, they were planted by giants - a Dutch legend of the Veluwe
Quite often it’s the not so life-threatening confrontation with life that we feel most threatened by. The standard of human fear is thus without definition. Everyone lays claim to a different host of particular sensitivities. We all have them,...
William Wallace's battle cry, "Freedom!" resonates a deep chord in Americans' hearts. Perhaps it is the powerful war-voice of the bagpipes, the poetic thunder of a thousand hooves of Highland-bred horses, the brilliant flag-blue war paint on sweaty...
Do you know what euphemisms are? This article takes a look at what euphemisms are and some of the most common euphemisms for death, sucide, pregnancy, going to the toilet, etc.
“Another One Bites The Dust” (by Queen), has the intended rhythm and beat that my song lyrics “Reality Bites The Dust”, below, can be sung to. Enjoy!
“I Ran” (Flock of Seagulls) is the choice rhythm and beat in which this short story, made into fun song lyrics, (below), can be sung to. Video included. Enjoy!
“Highway to the Danger Zone” (by, Kenny Loggins), is the choice rhythm and beat in which this short story, made into fun song lyrics, (below), can be sang to. Video included. Enjoy!
Who is Perseus? Perseus is a hero of ancient Greek mythology who slew dragons--the Gorgon, Medusa, and the sea serpent, Cetus. He married Andromeda after rescuing her from Cetus.
A look at a story drawn from Norse mythology, concerning efforts to bind the great wolf, Fenrir, who was destined to play a significant role on Ragnarok - the end of the world in Norse myth.
An analysis of Harold Pinter's 'The Homecoming' with particular attention to the glass of water scene.
A look at a story drawn from the myths and legends of China, in which the world is threatened by the rising of ten suns.
During a dark, starry night, a man has a vision of a military camp and a funeral - a Dutch legend of the Veluwe
An introduction to Dutch artist and writer Gust van de Wall Perné, his legends of the Veluwe and the area in the Netherlands that inspired his work.
A Dutch legend about fishers and farmers along the coast of the Low Countries who were not required to pay taxes to the Franks but had to ferry the souls of the dead to the island of Brittia instead.
A look at a story drawn from the myths and legends of ancient Greece - that of a contest between three goddesses, and the judgement made by a seemingly simple shepherd.
Weary of her brother’s violent rampages, Amaterasu the Shinto Sun Goddess hides herself in a sacred cave. Thus plunging both heaven and earth into a freezing darkness.
A ship is sailing across the dark sea...or is it? Visions and foresight - a Dutch legend of the Veluwe
You don't have to be a college dropout to be a successful writer. Here is a short work at a few who have created their best work, while employed at a major college or university.
A look at a story drawn from Hindu mythology, concerning the benevolent goddess, Lakshmi, and her encounter with a clever washerwoman.
Pen names, or pseudonyms, have been used throughout history for various reasons. I use the pseudonym Cydro, although I can't cite a reason for source. Check out these authors that were a lot more successful than I am, and the reason they chose their pen names:
An in-depth analyzation and comparison of two of Mr. Poe's most famous works, "The Black Cat" and "The Tell-Tale Heart".
Carl Sagan (1934-1996) envisioned a cosmic aim for humanity. Though humanity will not be the final species to go extinct, according to Sagan, the Earth is ours in the meantime.
Even after three hundred years, arguments abound as to Milton's true proclivities towards the female gender. Is he a misogynist, a product of his time, or a closet feminist?
In the classic Marlowe play, Dr. Faustus makes a bargain with Mephistopheles: for twenty-four years of unlimited power he trades his soul. Unfortunately, Faustus learns too late that he got the raw end of the deal, but he turns his back on any chance of redemption.
A Dutch legend: "Near the mounds, in the mists of autumn you'll find them, the White Women, wrapped in their veils of fog."
Traces of the Norns in the Netherlands: a hollow tree near the village of Hoog Soeren, where the White Lady sits at her spinning wheel - a Dutch legend of the Veluwe
He told her he would come for her after the harvest, and even death couldn't stop him - a Dutch legend of the Veluwe