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The Interior Design Benefits of Meditating

Yesterday I hit Day 45 in my meditation streak. The streak was inspired in part by the utter randomness my meditation

The Interior Design Benefits of Meditating
Not Running in Paris

I was in Paris for the month of December. Two weeks in my back started hurting for no discernible reason and I

Not Running in Paris
Making Room in My Mind: A Year of No Shopping

January 2019 is one week old and I haven’t shopped for more than a year now. I just finished my annual challenge

Making Room in My Mind: A Year of No Shopping
Can 180 Seconds At −245°F Improve Your Health?

Cryotherapy is a new-to-me wellness trend. Easy and scary, cryotherapy is a process by which a near-naked human

Can 180 Seconds At −245°F Improve Your Health?
Why Is The Wellness Industry Growing By Leaps and Bounds?

The wellness trend is surging, so we’re told. Women are taking care of themselves more these days. Prioritizing

Why Is The Wellness Industry Growing By Leaps and Bounds?
Now That Getting Stoned Is A Legal Training Option

Yesterday the recreational use of cannabis became legal in Canada. As if I needed another reason to miss my homeland!

Now That Getting Stoned Is A Legal Training Option
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fa*ble*og [fey buh l awg]: fable + blog = fableog

My current passion project.

I often feel a sense of helplessness confronted with the world in all its complexity. Making sense of what is driving current events, never mind my own motivations and impulses, seems impossible. The challenge of making change appears too monumental, our problems insoluble.

These fableogs are my simple offering in the face of such enormity.

Fables have always provided a way to comment on the age the writer lives in—the corrupted power of the church, the despotic caprices of the kings, not to mention our other vanities and, of course, love and death. Today our politicians and celebrities have mostly replaced the church and royals.

In 17th century France, Jean de La Fontaine was the master of fables. He drew on the works of Aesop, Horace, Seneca and the list goes on and stretches from the Greeks and Romans across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Think Scheherazade. Think Bocaccio.

I have undertaken new translations of La Fontaine’s fables, deploying their universality to comment on current events and the challenges of our very human nature.

I believe that the power of the fables shines from their light hearts, which enable us to look at the world or ourselves through new eyes, to remember what we already understood, without having our spirits crushed by the darkness of that knowledge.

Recent Fableogs

How To Think About Gillette’s Believe Video: The Young Rooster, The Cat and The Baby Mouse

Gillette released its Believe video last weekend, stirring up much controversy. The video takes a bold stand against

How To Think About Gillette’s Believe Video: The Young Rooster, The Cat and The Baby Mouse
To Make Change Requires Us to Reach: The Fox and The Grapes

I feel helpless in the face of the enormous endemic problems in the world. Rampant consumerism, environmental degradation,

To Make Change Requires Us to Reach: The Fox and The Grapes
Let The Winds of Change Topple Capitalism: The Oak and The Reed

Last week I suggested we get rid of capitalism (The Sooner We Start Mourning Capitalism, The Sooner We Can Move

Let The Winds of Change Topple Capitalism: The Oak and The Reed
The Sooner We Start Mourning Capitalism, The Sooner We Can Move On: The Young Widow

I’m in Paris for the month of December and just passed through my first weekend of the Gilets Jaunes protests.

The Sooner We Start Mourning Capitalism, The Sooner We Can Move On: The Young Widow
Let’s Share The Work Of A Better Era: The Fly and The Ant

Has the Holocene Era ended and the Anthropocene Era begun? And with this new era comes a host of indoor pathologies

Let’s Share The Work Of A Better Era: The Fly and The Ant
What If We Didn’t Shop This Holiday Season?—The Rat and The Elephant

Last week was exciting, intense and exhausting. I was at the University of Illinois for auditions to cast my first

What If We Didn’t Shop This Holiday Season?—The Rat and The Elephant
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