In “The Enlightening,” Merle Akeetheran gives the following advice to Ken. “…take a moment here and there to smell the roses, as they say. Come out here, to the park, and enjoy the natural goodness of your planet. If you can’t make it out to the park, or somewhere like this, you should be able […]
Stories of mythological and/or magical beings are probably as old as language itself. Regardless of their monstrous or fantastical capabilities, people have debated the reality and provenance of many of these beings for a very long time. One person’s myth is another person’s reality—that was true in ancient times, and it is still true today. […]
Pollution is a world-wide problem, as Merle Akeetheran points out in The Enlightening. Industrial-level pollution can follow the hydrologic cycle and be carried around the entire Earth. Merle pointed out that this defilement reaches areas as remote as the mountaintop in the Himalayas where he enlightened Ken as to the nature of electromagnetic energy and […]
In “The Enlightening,” Merle Akeetheran opines that overpasses and underpasses that allow wildlife to safely cross busy roads are a good idea. Merle points out that many people are killed and seriously injured each year due to vehicle/ animal collisions, and the carnage inflicted upon the affected fauna can be quite considerable. In fact, Merle […]
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In one scene of The Enlightening, Merle mentions that the song “Green River,” by Creedence Clearwater Revival, reminds him of William Wordsworth. In fact, Merle says that the song wouldn’t even be possible if it wasn’t for Wordsworth, who was perhaps the primary figure of the Romantic Era of English literature. English Romanticism valued emotional, […]
Have you ever missed out (or nearly missed out) on a great chance in your life, by framing things in terms of your own expectations? Perhaps it was a person who, at first glance, you judged negatively, and who later turned out to be somebody you would have liked to have known. Or perhaps it […]