Monthly Archives: January 2011

It Don’t Mean a Thingli If It Ain’t Got That Zwingli

I’ve already written about Martin Luther, and I’m sure I’ll get to John Calvin in due course (quite possibly next week), but today I’m focusing on the Protestant reformer who doesn’t get as much attention, perhaps because his name is … Continue reading

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Authentic Calypso

Seeing as how I finished the Odyssey this week, I figured my mythology post should be related to the epic poem. I’ve actually already touched on much of it, but even though I’ve previously discussed nymphs in general, I haven’t … Continue reading

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Tangled Up in Blonde

Tangled – I still can’t get used to the computer animation when it comes to people. They come across looking like plastic toys. Attractive and expressive plastic toys in this particular case, but somewhat plastic all the same. That said, … Continue reading

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Arachna Phobia

The Yellow Fog, by Alexander Volkov, translated by Peter Blystone – The fifth book in the Magic Land series involves a giant sorceress named Arachna, who had been put into an enchanted sleep 5000 years previously by Hurricap, the guy … Continue reading

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Wishing and Hoping

One common theme in fairy tales is an item or character who grants wishes. Honestly, I find this idea to be problematic, because they’re so ill-defined. Can a wishing item or creature grant ANY wish, or do they have limits? … Continue reading

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I’m Not Ulysses

Having been a fan of Greek mythology since childhood, I had always meant to read the work of Homer, but I somehow never got around to it. I was given a copy of the Odyssey, translated by the late Robert … Continue reading

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PC World

A few years ago, I saw a comment to the effect that the term “politically correct” had come to be too vague, and to encompass so many different things that it’s unclear what someone is actually talking about when they … Continue reading

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