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Into the Woods

Today’s post comes from Jennie LaFortune, who is a prose editor for Segullah journal.

“Only when we’re brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” – Brené Brown

Repeat after me – “once upon a time …. on a dark and stormy night…. and then, the knock at the door”. C.S. Lewis said that eventually you’ll be old enough to read fairy tales again. I guess this is why it wasn’t until I was an adult that I saw the darkness in tales such as Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, Rumpelstiltskin, and Hansel and Gretel. They are dark and magical. Fast forward a few hundred years or so and we have dementors, Voldemort, and the Capitol in Panem. I remember trudging into class my last year in college for a seminar in Gothic literature. See, I wanted the coveted courses on the Renaissance, Early American Art, or something equally as pretentious. But they were full with the other idealistic seniors who also had convinced their families that a degree in liberal arts and humanities would in fact be very practical. I joked with my roommate that I should borrow some Gothic clothes and black combat boots with a blood red lip to go to class the first day.

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