hero’s journey

Rick Riordan’s ‘Golden Fleece’

2017-08-18T13:19:57-04:00April 20th, 2008|Dare Dream Do, Personal|

In Rick Riordan's book 'The Sea of Monsters', the second in a series of children's novels loosely based on ancient Greek mythology, the magical tree that guards Camp Half-Blood has been poisoned. Perseus (Percy) Jackson, a half-blood son of Poseidon, and Annabeth, half-blood daughter of Athena, have only days to find the Golden Fleece, the one magical item, that will heal the tree before Camp Half-Blood is overrun by monsters. After the Golden Ram was sacrificed, the Golden Fleece hung on a tree in the middle of the kingdom.... It's striking that as Psyche continues her journey to really grow up, her second task requires her to gather fleece that has the power to heal.

Getting In the Game

2017-08-18T13:19:57-04:00April 12th, 2008|Dare Dream Do, Personal|

I went to a Celtics game last week -- my first actually. I was neither a player, nor a cheerleader, but a spectator. But you know. I didn't feel like a spectator. Perhaps because my friend Kim had purchased four tickets at the East End House's Cooking for a Cause benefit, and invited two up-and-coming professional women, and myself, along. There is something empowering about paying our own way. Remember the Destiny Child's song, "all the honeys making money, throw your hands up at me?" Well, I'm throwing my hands up at Kim. Then there were the remarkably short lines in the women's bathroom...

Children and the Call to Adventure

2017-08-18T13:19:58-04:00December 27th, 2007|Dare Dream Do, Personal|

My 11 year-old son, David, recently got a 100% on his geography test. I was thrilled. In part, because I've handed my own ambition to him (if he looks good, I look good), but it was more than that. David had studied, and because he'd studied, he knew the countries and capitals in Asia cold. In light of a conversation we'd had just a few weeks prior, this was quite important. Here's the redux. "David, you got an 18 out of 24 on your Wordly Wise exam. I don't quite understand how you can be so articulate and not do well on vocabulary tests."

Parenting and the Hero’s Journey

2017-08-18T13:19:58-04:00September 30th, 2007|Dare Dream Do, Personal|

My friend's daughter will go away to college next year. Her daughter is bright, hard-working, a leader, and could have gone pretty much anywhere, but elected to go to what most would consider a 'safety' school. The decision has been tough for both. Daughter, because she wants Mom to be proud, and the 'safety' school wasn't Mom's first choice. For Mom -- for all moms -- I wonder if it's tough because we are afraid, feel fear? The fear that we inevitably feel at the start of a hero's journey as we prepare to walk into the unknown? Except that when it's our children...

Looking Back Can Be a Good Thing

2017-08-18T13:19:59-04:00September 22nd, 2007|Dare Dream Do, Personal|

There was a detail about rock-climbing that I purposely omitted. What detail you ask? Well.... I stopped climbing a few feet short of the summit. Now I can almost hear you thinking "Whitney, you were so close. It was within your grasp. Why didn't you go for it?" At least I think I hear you thinking this, because I have a tendency to think it. But on that day of rock climbing, I opted (with from my belayer/mentor Laurel) to look down rather than up. Back, not forward. Just days before, I'd had another opportunity to look back.