Folk and fairy tales of a pandemic

… and how to face our fears and grief The year 2020 will go down in history books as a year that was dominated by the pandemic. As of now, there is no end in sight. One thing that becomes obvious is that societies around the world are deeply divided. Divided in those who fear…

Top 5 Summer Solstice and Midsummer Tales

Ever since prehistoric times summer solstice has been a day of great importance. Rituals and traditions have evolved in many countries around the day. In many European countries bonfires are lit to celebrate the longest day (and therefore the shortest night) of the year. Summer solstice is not only celebrated in Europe though, however, some…

THE RED SWAN (The Indian Fairy Book, 1869) BY CORNELIUS MATHEWS

Three brothers were left destitute, by the death of their parents, at an early age. The eldest was not yet able to provide fully for their support, but he did all that he could in hunting; and with this aid, and the stock of provisions already laid by in the lodge, they managed to keep…

The Colours of Pomegranate

An evening with Albanian songs and legends Have you ever wondered about The Colours of Pomegranate? Well, I did and was surprised to find out that it was kind of dark. But, let’s start from the beginning. After many years I had decided to visit Albania again and spend some time in the city of…

THE SQUIRE (REYNARD THE FOX, 1920) by JOHN MASEFIELD

An old bear in a scarlet peltCame next, old Squire Harridew,His eyebrows gave a man the grueSo bushy and so fierce they were;He had a bitter tongue to swear.A fierce, hot, hard, old, stupid squire,With all his liver made of fire,Small brain, great courage, mulish will.The hearts in all his house stood stillWhen someone crossed…

THE GOLDEN AGE (REYNARD THE FOX, 1920) by JOHN MASEFIELD

Charles Copse, of Copse Hold Manor, thrustNext into view. In face and limbThe beauty and the grace of himWere like the golden age returned.His grave eyes steadily discernedThe good in men and what was wise.He had deep blue, mild-coloured eyes,And shocks of harvest-coloured hair,Still beautiful with youth. An airOr power of kindness went about him;No…