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Medusa and Athena

By Glenn Hefley © 2011 It is difficult to transcribe, from across time, the myths of the Ancient Greeks and Romans, even more difficult to grasp the full meaning. All that we can do is attempt to understand the myths from what we know about the people, the culture and the values those people had at the time of the telling.  We also have to keep in mind, especially with the Ancient myths, that these stories were as much art as they were religion, and like art, often sought to render meaning that the people did not possess at the time of the telling – to bring to the populous a new perspective – so, it is very likely that the full meaning of some of these myths, was not understood by the original audiences. All we have is perspectives. So this writing will not be a conclusive evaluation of Medusa’s story, only a perspective.   The story of Medusa, by the poet Ovid, is one that deserves a closer examination, much closer than is popularly rendered by our own storytellers.  The origin stor

Keeping it going

Keeping a relationship going is a daily thing, but I was suprised to discover the advice of Dr. Gary Neuman in his book  Connect to Love  suggested that what women really want is time spent with their spouse.  Of all the things we talk about women wanting, according to a vast amount of research, time with their spouse is number one. The majority of women in happy relationships get 30 minutes of uninterrupted time with their husbands each day. Twenty-four percent of women who claim to be in unhappy relationships spend fewer than five minutes a day with their spouses.   Uninterrupted time means time spent without iPhones and Blackberrys, a conversation with nothing else on .  Thirty minutes? Seriously? Sometimes we have to adjust our perspectives a bit and ask if we really are doing what we think we are doing. Thirty minutes of uninterupted time a day, in the course of normal life, can feel like a very long time... and if we inventory, or audit how much time we give those we truely love,