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  • Vincent Ehindero Blog Award

    January 23, 2021 by

    I’ve received a nomination for a Vincent Ehindero Blog Award from Lotus Laura! If you haven’t already checked out her awesome blog, I recommend stopping by. She recently made some design updates while continuing to post on a variety of personal, spiritual, and cultural topics. Thank you, Laura! The Rules: Thank the person who nominated… Read more

  • New Year’s Updates 2021

    January 13, 2021 by

    Well, we made it. It’s 2021. I know it’s a bit late, but Happy New Year, everyone! I was hoping to get this posted last week, but then things got a bit crazy. How about you? How has 2021 been for you so far?

  • The Mythology of Ice Fantasy, Part 2

    December 31, 2020 by

    Welcome to Part 2 of my exploration of the mythology behind the Chinese drama Ice Fantasy! In Part 1, I focused entirely on the original show with only a brief mention of its sequel series, Ice Fantasy Destiny. This time, I’d like to touch on a couple points connected to the sequel as well as… Read more

  • The Mythology of Ice Fantasy, Part 1

    December 26, 2020 by

    It’s that time of year again! In the northern hemisphere, winter has arrived, and in the southern, summer is in full swing. Contemplating these contrasting seasons existing simultaneously has me thinking of Ice Fantasy, the first Chinese drama I ever watched. At first glance, it’s easy to see it as a Chinese interpretation of Western… Read more

  • A Pair of Thin Places, Part 2: Kilauea

    December 12, 2020 by

    Volcanoes inspire both wonder and fear. Around them rock can flow like water and burn like fire, reshaping the landscape. It’s not surprising, then, that many have developed the layers of tales and rituals that mark a long-term thin place. In Part 1, we looked at Devils Tower/Bear Lodge, which is not a volcano but… Read more

  • A Pair of Thin Places, Part 1: Devils Tower/Bear Lodge

    November 23, 2020 by

    There are many thin places around the world. Some are built by human hands and some are natural landmarks with human meaning attached to them. I’d like to cover two of these nature-made thin places in this two-parter, starting with Devils Tower/Bear Lodge. This immense rock formation appears to sprout out of the ground in… Read more

  • Quarterly Bestiary: Japanese Toilet Ghosts: Look Behind You

    October 31, 2020 by

    Japan boasts a robust collection of ghost stories, with one small group focused on an unusual habitat: the toilet. These specters are a variable lot. Some are relatively modern legends while others are quite old. Some are mostly irritating and some are downright deadly. Collectively, they represent centuries of anxiety around a place often treated… Read more

  • Liebster Award from Chocoviv

    October 23, 2020 by

    Chocoviv nominated me for my second Liebster Award! If you haven’t yet met Chocoviv, I encourage you to check out her lifestyle blog. She is a fabulous mommy blogger who posts on a variety of topics with a sunny, can-do attitude. Whether it’s notes and photos from her travels, reviews of books and shows, beauty… Read more

  • Thor and Loki in Modern Media, Part 2: So Far, So Close

    October 9, 2020 by

    Welcome to the second part of my discussion on modern media portrayals of Thor and Loki! Each of these movies, TV shows, and book series could easily take up a whole post, so I’ve split things into two. The first part looked at brotherly depictions from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Norwegian show Ragnarok.… Read more

  • Thor and Loki in Modern Media, Part 1: Brother Bonds

    September 29, 2020 by

    Chances are if you know any Norse gods by name, Thor and Loki are among them. Along with Odin, they are the stars of the Norse pantheon, appearing frequently in modern movies and novels. Sometimes they feature separately, but I find Thor and Loki most fascinating when they appear together. They’re such a study in… Read more

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