Albert Einstein was once confronted by an anxious woman who wanted to know how to raise her son to become a successful scientist. “What kind of books should I read to my son?” she asked.
“Fairy tales,” said Einstein right away.
“Fine, but what should I read to him after that?”
“More fairy tales,” said Einstein.
“And after that?”
“Even more fairy tales,” he declared, waving his pipe in the air with the satisfaction of a wizard who had just pronounced a happy end to a long adventure.
—from Jack Zipes, Breaking the Magic Spell
Welcome to my website! Over the years I’ve seen how fairy tales have worked their magic with many different people, some of whom are dealing with mental and physical health issues, personal losses and radical career changes.
The stories, which have been passed down to us through the oral tradition and through great mythic writers—like George MacDonald, L. Frank Baum, and Hans Christian Andersen—provide a well of inspiration during difficult times. In my books and my courses I am showing people how they can go to that well, make contact with the fairy tales that speak to them, and enter those other-worlds as a way back to themselves.
Mythic stories can take us somewhere and bring us back with a new perspective on life. They have healing power.
My thanks to Arlene Moscovitch, Daniel Grant and David Adkin for helping me to produce the video clips you’ll find on the site.
You can click on any illustration or icon on the right side of some pages to discover more.