Mother’s Day Reading: Circe by Madeline Miller

The literature classes that I teach for middle and high school students ended this week, and Sunday is Mother’s Day. I decided to acknowledge these two occasions by staying in bed late this morning to finish reading a wonderful book, Circe by Madeline Miller. In The Odyssey, Circe, the so-called “witch of Aiaia,” is one … More Mother’s Day Reading: Circe by Madeline Miller

Meditation Monday: Three Weeks of Hope

In the ancient Greek myth of Pandora (the world’s first woman, not the music-playing service), this “all-gifted” woman accidentally released all the world’s evils–famine, sickness, war, pain, death–when she opened her jar (later translated into a box).  The king of the Greek gods, Zeus, left her only one force with which to deal with all of … More Meditation Monday: Three Weeks of Hope