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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

Just Because Facebook is Foxy Doesn’t Mean We Need to Be Goats: The Fox and The Billy Goat

Facebook has mad amounts of information about us. And Google has magnitudes more data about us, though the Cambridge

Just Because Facebook is Foxy Doesn’t Mean We Need to Be Goats: The Fox and The Billy Goat
Cambridge Analytica Is Not The Most Important News: The Man and The Flea

Front page above the fold on a typical day at The New York Times: “Syria is Blamed in Gas Attack” right next to

Cambridge Analytica Is Not The Most Important News: The Man and The Flea
How Hard It Is To See Our Own Gifts: The Peacock Complaining to Juno

If you never compare yourself to someone else, you can stop reading. For the rest of us, how many times do we need

How Hard It Is To See Our Own Gifts: The Peacock Complaining to Juno
The Second Amendment Has Us By The Throat, Repeal is the Only Solution

The NRA has perpetrated a fraud on the Second Amendment. So former Supreme Court Justice Stevens reminds us in

The Second Amendment Has Us By The Throat, Repeal is the Only Solution
Serve Integrity Before Any Other Master

There’s a whirlwind of staff turnover in the Trump administration. How much does he instigate with his sow-utmost-confusion

Serve Integrity Before Any Other Master
Don’t Die Twice, Do Something

Most of us have gotten complacent. Until recently, in North America and Europe, stable governments brushed a Goldilocks-just-right

Don’t Die Twice, Do Something
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