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 Wise Women by Julie Marks

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I dedicate this bark art photograph and
narrative to the authors of literary
masterpieces penned by the priceless
classics of children’s literature;books to inspire
all who do not know the message
of the fox to “The Little Prince” or the
arresting metaphoric themes of George
MacDonald’s brilliant children’s literary classics
who among other generational writers of
their time inspired CS Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia.

Among the less known literary classics of children’s literature, MacDonald’s priceless books are reflected in his series
of mythopoeic books for children
of all ages including “The Light Princess,”
“The Wise Woman.” “The Golden Key”,
“The Princess and Curdie” and
“Back of the Northwind.”

This piece is part of my series of photo art
that includes my tree stories including
“Every tree tells a story”and “Abstracts from Nature” that integrate bark art and the brilliant literary classics for children of all ages.

I have posted several photo abstracts
paired with literature including, “The
Giving Tree,” “The Velveteen Rabbit”,
“Lifetimes,” “Goodnight Bush,” (a parody)
and the extraordinary Ursula K. Le Guin’s
science fantasy classic literature best known for poignant tales of Jungian metaphoric epics and mythical tales of prophecy
that include the brilliant "Earthsea Trilogy, “A
Wizard of Earthsea” "The Tombs of Atuan
and “The Farthest shore.”

“Lavinia,” another extraordinary book in my
series, “Bedtime books for Molly” (my dog) that speaks to a minor character from Vergil’s Aeneid and creates a thoughtful, moving tale of prophecy and self-fulfillment. Lavinia is the teen princess of Latium, a small but important kingdom in pre-Roman Italy.

Fortunately I have several painterly
photographs of mythical, historical and magical landscapes including a photograph of Molly who is moving into womanhood (Irish Setters are slow to mature :))). Molly feels pressure to choose one of her many suitors as both her husband and the Future ruler of a kingdom knowing that
“wise woman” have the infinite wisdom
to have the loyalty of the wolf and the
strength of a “kosher” Bear!!

The oracles of the sacred springs say she will marry an unknown foreigner. This stranger is none other than “Phantom” Vergil’s Aeneus, proud hero, king without a country, and the man who will lay down the foundations of the Roman Empire. Their marriage sparks a war to control the region; while readers don’t see the glorious battles, they do get the surprisingly moving perspective of the home front through Lavinia’s/Molly’s eyes. Best known for her works of fantasy, Le Guin takes a more historical approach by toning down the magical elements; gods and prophecies that have a vital role in the protagonist’s life presented as concepts and rituals, not as deities playing petty games with the lives of mortals. This shifts the focus of Vergil’s plot from action to character, allowing the author to breathe life into a character who never utters a word in the original story. Lavinia is quite compelling as she transforms from a spirited princess into a wise queen who makes a profound impact on the people of the labyrinth and “Ilaria,” the Zora Guitarist of Hyrule. The author’s language and style are complex, making this a title for sophisticated teens, adults
and healers with “the magic touch" who also know the secret and wisdom of the fox in Saint
Expery’s classic novel, “The Little Prince.”

The wise fox tells the little prince who is saying goodbye to his small “asteroid” for “universal” travel and most importantly like “Yoda”
in the wonderful series of cinema, “Star Wars,” the words of the fox advise the young “prince” to
protect his beloved and sacred rose by putting her under a glass globe. I am hopeful
that we all can and could have the
wisdom of the fox when he advises,
“Goodbye” to the Price’s curious
mind to travel to the Sahara Desert. “Goodbye,” said the fox.

I have read and re-read this
magical book many times. Quoting
part of this story is the first in
a series of my photo-art stories that
tell this magical and inspirational story.

“And he went back to meet the fox. “Goodbye” he said. “Goodbye,” said the fox. 
"And now here’s my secret, a very simple secret: 
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; 
what is essential is invisible to the eye."

“What is essential is invisible to the eye,”
the
little prince repeated, so that he would
be sure to remember."

“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”
“It is the time I have wasted for my rose–”
said the little prince so he would be sure to remember.
“Men have forgotten this truth,” said the fox. “But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. 
 You are responsible for your rose…”
“I am responsible for my rose, "
the little prince repeated, so that he would be sure to remember.”

From “The Little Prince” by Antoine de St. Exupery, part of a lovely chapter from a
profound and poignant book of literary classics

What, then, do you do after you’ve been tamed, and when you’ve “wasted” so much time on your “rose”, and when you hear the wind in the wheatfield and it makes you think of a golden-haired boy…but nobody comes to meet you at 4:00 anymore? What, then?”

(Is everything still a wheatfield?)

I will be adding additional titles
to this series including the classic
stories of Oscar Wildes’ poignant
and mythological collection
that includes "The Happy Prince,”
“The Light Princess, The Wise Woman,
" C.S. Lewis” Chronicles of Narnia
the arresting sci/fantasty book, “the Earth
Sea Trilogy” and the mastermind of
Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings" and other
animated multi-media literature for
any generation

Pairing stories with art enhances the artistic presentation and reflects my extensive library and respect for the phenomenal ageless books
written for children of all ages.

Recommended reading:
The Wise Woman and Other Stories
(Fantasy Stories of George MacDonald)

Complete Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde

Lavinia
The Earthsea Trilogy
Tehanu (The Earthea Cycle, Book 4)
Ursula K. Le Guin
Earthsea DVD – Shawn Ashmore

The Chronicles of Narnia
C.S. Lewis

Lord of the Rings
Tolkien

Tenchi Universe: Collection DVD

The Little Prince
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Silent Mobous: Complete Collection

I am in the process of completing
an extensive list of children’s literature
and books for mental health professionals
and healers on “Planet Earth and Beyond.”

This and other literary and multimedia
recommendations will also be posted
in the forum of the group I host,
“The Healing Journey.”

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Molly just walked in with a box
of kleenex in her soft mouth
to tell me it is 9AM and time
for mommy to go to sleep!!
She dedicates this story,
“Lavinia” to her beloved aunts
Sonia Riha and Sally Omar, both
poets of the soul who have
the ability like the fox to tame
doves and creatures who
soar with unclipped wings.

Molly told me that the story is
also a tribute to the passing of
Sally’s beloved husband and
father and a lover of birds
and to all the wildlife on
our damaged planet who sadly are
struggling to survive. Like the
little prince’s rose, Molly wants
Sally to know that her wonderful
aviary and our family’s friend who
nurtures Sonia’s “Sapporo Garden”
that is dedicated to our mountain friend, Gail (“Into the Mist”) are safe places for birds
and bird dogs!!

Molly has written a poignant story
in the “Fur Face News” that she
will also publish on my redbubble
page. She has many stories to tell.
One is a secret about a young man
named Phantom…

….to be continued.

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Comments

  • walstraasart
    walstraasartover 4 years ago

    A great title for this fantastic abstract Julie

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Thanks Ray. I have some closeups in nature that
    I won’t post now unless you would love to see
    me as a six year old without my three front teeth
    in a horror film!! :)))) Just say cheese!!

    – Julie Marks

  • Julie Marks
    Julie Marksover 4 years ago

    Thanks Thea,
    I wish I could keep up with my brain. After several periodontal
    surgeries and another this week (I spelled it weak), appropriate
    slip to the healer who is healing until the next round. Lately,
    I have felt like a punching bag. I have a lot of new work
    to upload and am just finishing the rewritten guidelines
    and fun forum topics. Humor is so important to healing so I
    will send you a joke for today. Among others to add to the
    forum is related to the movie, “Who is coming to Dinner” staring
    the amazing Katherine Hepburn and Spenser Tracey before
    he died. Sidney P. the black surprise guest led me to think
    about who I want to come to a party of 12 or a larger party
    that would include more invitations. I have not reread the
    narrative, but many of the children’s authors would
    be invited along with favorite musicians, bands, songwriters.
    We are baby-boomers so who can beat the music of the
    60’s, a cultural revolution, especially as an undergraduate
    in LA or Berkeley. MacDonald’s works are amazing as
    are Tolkein and of course Ursula. I would love to invite
    you too!! Thanks for your wonderful comments, my dear
    friend!!

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherover 4 years ago

    Beautiful

  • Druidstorm
    Druidstormover 4 years ago

    Such beauty for the minds who write for the child at night! Bravo my friend!!!…)o(

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 4 years ago

  • Crowmanic
    Crowmanicover 4 years ago

    Magnificent colours/textures … well done …

  • Johnheartsphoto
    Johnheartsphotoover 4 years ago

    Such a superb abstract. Love the choice of title too.

  • Carol Berliner
    Carol Berlinerover 4 years ago

    Sooooo coooool Amaaaazing work as always! instant fav of course!

  • Pagly4u
    Pagly4uover 4 years ago

    Awesome work……….amazingly done………

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