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The Phoenix, Tsarevitch Ivan and rebirth

The phoenix, or firebird, makes an appearance in the mythologies of many, many cultures.  The Russian firebird (zhar-ptitsa), the Chinese fenghuang (used to be feng and huang, but they were blended together), the Egyptian bennu, the roc (loosely connected in … Continue reading

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“Put your own shoulder to the wheel”

So I came out to my parents (for the second time – woot). That was interesting. One of Aesop’s (many) fables goes something like this: a merchant drives his cart into a pothole and the wheels get stuck in a … Continue reading

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