Brownie Bites: It’s Just a Fairy Tale!

  Disney's adaptation of the literary fairy tale for the screen led to a number of changes in the institution of the genre. Technique now takes precedence over the story, and the story is used to celebrate the technician and his means (Zipes 94). If  you were to ask an average bunch of people -  … Continue reading Brownie Bites: It’s Just a Fairy Tale!

Brownie Bites: A Practicality of Becoming a Buddha

"If you follow your bliss, you will always have your bliss, money or not. If you follow money, you may lose it, and you will have nothing."  Joseph Campbell When I was a kid, and had fully learned how to read, books became my candy: my secret, guilty pleasure. At school, instead of attending math … Continue reading Brownie Bites: A Practicality of Becoming a Buddha

Brownie Bites: Archetypes 101

Archetypes. The word is gratuitously used and abused just as badly as archetypes themselves. Most of us associate archetypes with characters: the hero, the villain. the wicked witch, the wizard and so on. But this is often confused with other terms like stereotype or trope.  For us writers, whether we work with fantastical or more … Continue reading Brownie Bites: Archetypes 101

Brownie Bites: The Declaration of Independence-A Transpersonal Transposition

We all need to declare our "independence" from time to time-be it from a person, place or thing. For some, it can be a matter of life and death: either literally or figuratively. May this "transposition" of Thomas Jefferson's  Declaration of Independence  be a guide in finding your way to the freedom you need. Personal … Continue reading Brownie Bites: The Declaration of Independence-A Transpersonal Transposition

Brownie Bites: Please enjoy this video intermission…

I am patiently waiting for Persephone's return from the Underworld with fresh Bites. It happens. I also am miserably sick with a summer cold. And so, thank you for your patience and stay tuned.... ....in the meantime, please enjoy this lovely TED Talk video on Creativity by Sir Ken Robinson ( no relation, but don't … Continue reading Brownie Bites: Please enjoy this video intermission…

Brownie Bites: The Myth of Persephone-Outtake #4-There and Back Again

The very cave you are afraid to enter turns out to be the source of what you are looking for. The damned thing in the cave that was so dreaded has become the center. Joseph Campbell Hades is an archetype of what Jungian psychology calls the Shadow: a component of the unconscious mind that contains … Continue reading Brownie Bites: The Myth of Persephone-Outtake #4-There and Back Again

Brownie Bites: The Myth of Persephone- Outtake #3: The Deal

The politics of the Gods is very similar to the politics within our own psyches. Think of all the voices in your head, clamoring to be heard, or to be in the driver's seat.  They have their own agendas and make their own deals. In the post-Hellenic version of the myth of Persephone, it is … Continue reading Brownie Bites: The Myth of Persephone- Outtake #3: The Deal

Brownie Bites: The Myth of Persephone- Outtake #2-Depression

The Depression of Demeter Excerpt from The Road Less Traveled by M.Scott Peck. M.D. "The Healthiness of Depression" …the feeling associated with giving up something loved- or at least something that is a part of ourselves and familiar- is depression. Since mentally healthy human beings must grow, and since giving up or loss of the … Continue reading Brownie Bites: The Myth of Persephone- Outtake #2-Depression

Brownie Bites: The Myth of Persephone – Outtake #1: Creativity

When I was at school, and at home,  I was shamed and scolded constantly about being a "daydreamer". But when I learned to read for my own pleasure around the age of 11, I was swept away by my vivid imagination and daydreaming . I failed math class because I would read stories in (and … Continue reading Brownie Bites: The Myth of Persephone – Outtake #1: Creativity