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  • Excerpts from Fairy Tales Uncovered: The Hidden History of Once Upon a Time

    Available at Amazon in print or for Kindle   EXCERPTS: From An Old Fashioned Debate:   "Views of scholars differ in the field of comparative literature, especially that of folklore. There is more...
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    • Writing is a lot of work

      "WAKE UP!" by Michelle Snyder     Writing is a lot of work. Not the lifting-heavy-things-standing-on-your-feet-all-day kind of work. But focused energy on a task. Time away from other things. Frustration. D...
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      • Busting the Cave Man Myth

        Knowledge is fickle. One day something is true and the next it is ridiculous. Discerning truth from deceit, lies, or just plain lack of knowledge is not as easy as we think it is sometimes. A colleague of mine speaks ...
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        • The sun in myth and symbol

          Sacred Marraige of the Sun and Moon, Michelle Snyder   Sun symbols have roots in ancient astronomical notations dating back more than 70,000 years; simple circles were used to depict the sun. Our ancestors watch...
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          • Symbology-Nest, Owls et. al at Cleveland Public Library Eastman Garden

            Reading Nest by Mark Reigelman   (2013)   A great field trip destination for homeschoolers, parents, and kids of all ages- this summer, Cleveland Public Library's Eastman Reading Garden features t...
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            • Symbols are for Babies

              Our modern world is full of symbols; they surround us every day. A compact form of communication, symbols convey a lot of information with a few lines and shapes. One can understand complicated written instructions mo...
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              • Song of the Bee

                      Bees in Spain 15,000 BC sketched by Michelle Snyder   Bee keeping is a prehistoric activity. In Spain, depicted on a wall, is an image of a human collecting honey, ca. 15,000 BC. In ...
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                • The Lost Unicorn, an original fairy tale

                  “Once upon a time, when great kings and powerful wizards ruled the earth, there was a small but charming kingdom called Tomenshire. Nestled on the banks of the Sparkling River at the edge of the Great Forest, To...
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                  • Tracing the cultural flow of symbols

                    Symbols flow like rivers through cultures: They migrate with people, and as they are used, adopted, and adapted they pick up layers of meaning, like water picks up elements from the ground over which it travels. Traci...
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                    • The mysterious Green Man

                      The Green Man, Michelle Snyder Green Man Video by Jay R and Michelle Snyder Here   Perhaps you know someone with the proverbial “green thumb.” It seems every plant they touch thrives. During the Atlan...
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                      • An Unlikely Hero: Stone Soup

                          Stone Soup is a fairy tale told in England, Ireland, the United States, Germany, and many other countries. Today it tells of the needy tricking the greedy into sharing food and lodging; usually a destitute sol...
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                        • The Mother Archetype

                          Madonna, Michelle Snyder   Have you ever seen “cookie cutter” kids? You know, a mother with kids in tow, and they all look like mini versions of her? What an amazing sight. Our hair, skin, and eye co...
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                          • Secrets of the Mermaids

                            Stories about mermaids have been told throughout the ages. They are related in symbolism to elementals and water spirits, and appear before storms and disasters strike. Mermaids and mer-men are associated with things ...
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                            • Dragons - who were they really?

                              Dragon Dreams, Michelle Snyder   Fascinating to young and old alike, dragons guard treasures, bring good fortune, kidnap princesses, and are slain by knights; we are in awe of their power and majesty. Yet, thoug...
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                              • The caduceus and Asclepius rods

                                   Caduceus and Ascleipus, Michelle Snyder   The caduceus evolved as a symbol long before ancient Egypt, where the winged rod with two serpents entwined was imaged with the Egyptian god Hermes. Later ...
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                                • Lexington man translates Ice Age language

                                  Gonnersdorf, Germany, 12,500 BC Inscription A showing the birth of a baby girl, B a woman at her loom, and C, how to make boots. Translated by Dr. Duncan-Enzmann      Our ancestors had abilities and k...
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                                  • The Elusive Unicorn

                                    Uni-king, Michelle Snyder   Unicorns are one of the most loved symbols in art. The mythology of the unicorn is ancient and is concentrated in the northern hemisphere. Placing symbols in historic context is import...
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                                    • Introduction to symbology: The double eagle

                                      Double Eagle, Michelle Snyder Pictures and images surround us every day, competing for our attention. They tell us about things we could have, do, and avoid. From road signs to computer icons they help us navigate o...
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