Exploring Fairy Tales: A Touch of Magic

by Dr. Maria Tatar

Fairy tales, like all stories with a touch of magic, have a high quotient of weirdness. These narratives take us out of our comfort zones, roughing us up in the process and sometimes even rewiring our brains. Beans that grow into sky-high beanstalks, a bloodthirsty giant who grinds bones to make his bread, a goose

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Grandmother’s Mythic Kingdom

by Noorjehan Asim

I’ve always had a soft spot for the surreal. My fondest childhood memories are of my grandmother’s dark bedroom, dimly lit by a row of candles. Despite Pakistan’s notorious ups and downs with power generation, this darkness was deliberate. During my childhood, evenings were a gateway to a world beyond toys and television. The tedium

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My World

by Nusrat Angela

I have always thought “my world” is too small. Living in a crowded city in Bangladesh, I am surrounded by one “class” of people. I am rooted in a conservative society in which, from a very young age, a path is set for every child. Being different is met with disapproval; it means you have

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Why You Cannot Schedule a Daydream

by Jay Griffiths

Huckleberry Finn complains about the clockworked Widow Douglas: “The widder eats by a bell; she goes to bed by a bell; she gits up by a bell – everything’s so awful reg’lar a body can’t stand it… I can’t stand it. It’s awful to be tied up so.” The Algonquin saw something similar. When missionaries

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Limits to the Imagination

From the Editor

In this issue’s Big Question, writer Allie McIntosh muses that years ago the meadow where she is penning her article “held the most spectacular inspiration.” Now, she wonders, “Where are the words and the colors that used to dance around my head in a flurry of excitement and wonder?” What is the imagination? What is

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by Pie Rasor

Inspired by the Penderwicks at Point Mouette: I fear I have writer’s Great Wall of China. It circles the busy, bustling town of novels and fiction. It has trapped the hills that surround the small hamlet of poetry. Only good words are not caught. Pie Rasor

Deaf, Blind, and Different

by Lucia O'Corozine

I’ve been pushed into a slot For tying my hair a different way For having other things to say Things I don’t want to hear I don’t They think I should look at what they look at I glimpse something else around the corner Success is all they see Their neat and tidy boxes, with

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A Review of Inception: The Obscurity of Dreaming

by Madi Friedman

Inception is a sci-fi, action, drama, thriller, suspense, fantasy, and mystery all in one. It is about a man, Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio), who possesses the power to enter other people’s dreams. He and his team are sent on a mission to implant an idea into someone’s mind. This assignment, if it is successful, is

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Odyssey of the Mind: A Journey to Creativity

by Anya Dunaif

Typically, worldwide contests are for adults with life-long careers in a specific field, but the Odyssey of the Mind (often called OM) is a competition for students. Youth are given problems to solve creatively through teamwork. These tasks incorporate acting, play writing, set design and construction, musical composition, robotics, and other creative skills. Millions of

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