Discussion of Grimm’s Fairytale The Cobbler and The Elves

The Cobbler is extremely poor and he is making shoes. He is about to run out of fabric so he lays out the last batch to make a pair in the morning. When he wakes up in the morning the shoes are made. They are so well made someone buys them for a higher price. The cobbler leaves out more fabric. The shoes are made when he wakes up in the morning. He sells them at a higher price. He and his wife stay up to see who made the shoes. They see some elves that are naked have made the shoes. They make the elves some clothes. The elves are so happy and the cobbler never has to be poor again.

Sometimes we have worked until we cannot anymore and someone comes along to save us. We never have to work so hard again. When you catch your stride or your purpose you never have to work hard again.

Have you caught your stride, your purpose, or your muse?

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Discussion of Wild Seed By Octavia Butler

Doro searches for Anyanwu. He needs someone immortal. He gives her to his son Isaac, but she loves him. Anyanwu marries Isaac, but she hates Doro for it. Later Doro takes Anyanwu as his wife. She wants to die because Doro is a killer.

Love is out there looking for us while we look for it. Usually it comes when we are not looking. It comes and destroys normalcy and logic. Logic and love don’t exist together. Sometimes love comes and we are not ready. Maybe they are not ready. I don’t think I’m ever ready for disruption. I like the waterfalls I’m used to, but in a sense I knew there was something out there waiting for me. I don’t want it, but it won’t go away. I tried everyday until I cried it away. Really all I did was give it a bigger space. The more I tried to erase, the more it took up space. I’m still at odds with it because it was easy before, but maybe this time it is more.

Discussion of The Knight’s Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer

Palamon and Arcite fall in love with Emily. They are arrested and spend time in jail. They both get out and claim Emily. They have to battle to win her. Arcite wins but he is killed by his horse and he tells Emily to marry Palamon. Arcite’s love for Emily shows when he tells her to marry Palamon. He wants her to be happy because she cannot be with him. He knows that Palamon will love her and he gives his blessing.

Are we standing in the way of our friends happiness? Are we contributing to their happiness or are we a part of their downfall? If you ever have to wonder if someone is you friend, just think about all the times they supported you. If no one is around when you need support then all your friends are gone.

Discussion of the Friar’s Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer

The Friar speaks about the tax collector who goes around collecting money. He approaches a servant to collect taxes and they begin discussing their misdeeds. The servant is actually the devil and he gets away without paying. The Friar goes to collect taxes from a widow. The widow says that the devil should take the tax collector to hell. The devil obliges. When you consort with the devil he has everything he needs to use against you. Don’t think he won’t. Watch out who you talk to. Sometimes they have an ulterior motive.


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Discussion of Lost Daughters by Mary Monroe

Lost Daughters is about Maureen and her daughter Loretta. Maureen is trying to escape the tight grip of Mama Ruby and she loses the grip on her daughter. Loretta runs off with Maureen’s husband, Mel but she allows her to come home after Mel leaves her.

How many times do we forgive women? Do we forgive our mothers because they may not have known what they were doing wrong? Do we forgive our daughters because we may have forgotten to let go of our grip and they never became adults? Do we forgive our daughters for needing so much from us when we need them too?
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Discussion of the Hand I Fan With by Tina McElroy Ansa

Lena was different and so was her man. She had been fanning everyone else all her life and now it was time for her to find someone to fan with. What if a ghost was the love of your life? Could you live with a spirit or do you need the real thing? Is it love if you can’t take him anywhere and no one would ever understand? If you saw a ghost and he talked to you would you run? If you saw a ghost and it kissed you would you faint? What if it’s a kiss to build a dream on?

Discussion of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

We are spiritual beings having an earthly experience. Santiago goes on a quest to find treasure. He was happy being a shepherd, but something was telling him to go find the treasure. Sometimes we are searching for happiness, but it is always inside of us. We may think we are looking for a destination, but we should be looking for the journey. It is not about the destination. It is about finding who you are and what is really important because everyone who is looking for a treasure outside of themselves is lost.

Discussion of Beloved by Toni Morrison

Beloved comes back from the dead to be with her family. When she comes back she may be Sethe’s mother or she may be Sethe’s daughter. When she comes back she causes chaos. She is like a baby in a teenage body. She helps Denver escaped the haunted house. She makes Sethe recognize the pain she has caused by trying to kill her children to keep them from slavery. Beloved represents the past and how it is coming back to you whether you like it or not. Are you ready to deal with it?

Discussion of Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Lauren travels California after it has been devastated by climate change. The price of water is high. Violent nomads roam the streets robbing people. Lauren has created her own religion because she believes God is change. Lauren’s family has a neighborhood that is safe most of the time. Her family life is destroyed when marauders come in and kill people. Lauren has to leave with her safety pack that she made for this day. She travels and gathers followers. Lauren has to protect herself from the pain of others, because she has hyper-empathy. Lauren is protecting others after she has learned to take care of herself. We must take care of ourselves first and then when we are strong we can protect others.