New Writing

Like A Girl

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
I Had A Midlife Crisis and Didn’t Realize It At The Time

Extreme Athleticism is The New Mid-Life Crisis provoked me to wonder if a series of ultra-running events I did

I Had A Midlife Crisis and Didn’t Realize It At The Time
Making Room In My Mind: Notes from A Third Quarter of No Shopping

The last week I’ve dreamt more than once that I accidentally bought a new article of clothing, only to remember

Making Room In My Mind: Notes from A Third Quarter of No Shopping
Running into my mojo

I’m giving a talk in Nashville this weekend at HT Live! The topic is identity alignment and authenticity, so that

Running into my mojo
How To Run Like A Girl

A big hello to Fit Is A Feminist Issue readers! I know that some of you may have heard from me before about mountain

How To Run Like A Girl
previous arrow
next arrow
Slider

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

The Toad

A poem from La Légende des Siècles, by Victor Hugo, translation by Mina Samuels A lot of us are asking ourselves

The Toad
Friendship Is Not Simple: Socrates’ Word

Last Monday I handed in the new book I’ve been working on. Stay tuned for more on that. Publication will be early

Friendship Is Not Simple: Socrates’ Word
We Need Our Hearts More Than Our Brains Right Now: The Stag Who Saw His Reflection in Water

I think of my partner as the King of Kensington. That’s a reference to an old Canadian television show set in the

We Need Our Hearts More Than Our Brains Right Now: The Stag Who Saw His Reflection in Water
How To Be Decent In A Time of Rage: The Lion and The Rat

We’ve been degraded again in the U.S. I’m enraged by yet more setbacks for women, immigrants, people of color,

How To Be Decent In A Time of Rage: The Lion and The Rat
How To Stop Harassing Women: The Dog Who Had His Ears Cut Off

To be a man of power and importance these days one has to be squeaky clean. Every infraction, no matter how long

How To Stop Harassing Women: The Dog Who Had His Ears Cut Off
Authenticity is the Straight(est) Path to Fulfillment: The Monkey and The Leopard

I’m giving a talk in Nashville this weekend at HT Live! The topic is authenticity and identity alignment, so that

Authenticity is the Straight(est) Path to Fulfillment: The Monkey and The Leopard
previous arrow
next arrow
Slider

See All Fableogs

MENU