Category Archives: Gawain poet

Facing the Cold

Imagine being a knight in armor (Sir Gawain) and getting pounded by the recent snow and freezing temperatures.

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Choose Life over Needless Sacrifice

Trump wants people to gamble with their lives to open up the economy. These works remind us that life is too precious to be sqandered this way.

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The Green Knight on Handling Death

“Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” is one of the most profound works I know for dealing with death.

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