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The following paper was written for my Buddhist Traditions class, led by Dr. Patrick Mahaffey. The original presentation that inspired this paper can be found here. Tintin in Tibet was written in 1960 by Belgian writer Hergé, neé George Remi. The comic features the title character Tintin in search for his friend Tchang, whose plane has crashed in the Himalayas. When the search turns up nothing, Tintin fears the worst. Despondent, he takes refuge in a Buddhist monastery to recover from his grief and his near-death experiences in the mountains. The ageless and inquisitive reporter is the subject of numerous comics spanning over five decades—from the late twenties to Hergé’s death in the eighties. The comics’ popularity is due in part to the comics’ sweeping international landscapes, daring adventures, and Hergé’s expressive artwork; but the character of Tintin is one that draws people in. He is the iconic youth, always optimistic and progressive (as symbolized with the forward and upward style of his hair—an icon in itself). Along with mystery and adventure, the stories express central themes such as tolerance, chivalry, and most importantly compassion. His selfless defense of not only his friends but of the oppressed is an example …

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EElectrocuting dead bodies is fun. Well, the smell isn’t so nice, but hey! They twitch. That’s what matters, right? In fact, this so excited European scientists at the turn of the nineteenth century that they thought electricity must be the Spark of Life. Sound familiar?   One of my favorite novels is Frankenstein, Or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley, published anonymously in 1818, then republished (with edits) under her own name in 1831. It was a landmark piece of work, the first-ever science fiction novel, and a treatise on science, politics, feminism, mythology, religion, … need I go on? Those who know me well know this has been brought up because I’ve been applying for graduate school again, for a PhD in Mythological Studies with Emphasis in Depth Psychology. As part of the application process I needed a ten page writing sample. What better subject to write about than a modern myth that has continued to evolve for two hundred years? After all, science was changing the world and breaking the barriers of superstition. And yes, I’m talking about electrocuting dead bodies. They called it Galvanism. Catchy, isn’t it? Edit: This paper certainly does not reflect the …

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  Yes, it’s been a while. Yes, I’ve been immersed in research. Yes, I’ve been madly prepping for NaNoWriMo at the last minute. Sue me, I’m an artist. ‘Nough said. I do, however, want to bring something to attention. There’s a little fisherman’s pier a little north of the Port of Everett and the Naval station and that’s where I’ve been going to learn the clutch on my 66 Mustang. I was there for the first time a couple of weeks ago, thinking it was just another empty parking lot. Boy was I wrong. When driving into the lot you will see a derelict blue shed to your left half hidden by a giant sign advertising a new marina. Coming back at it, however, you can see the wooden hull of a ship peeking out under the roof of that shed. It turned out when I pulled over that the rotted-out hull was the schooner Equator, built in 1888 in San Francisco as a copra (dried coconut meat) trader. She was converted to steam in 1897, then eventually diesel and gasoline before being abandoned in Everett harbor in 1957. But that’s just her work history. Take a look at the …

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