“We’re not on our journey to save the world but to save ourselves. But in doing that you save the world. The influence of a vital person vitalizes.”  ― Joseph Campbell

My son is just like other boys, he loves adventure stories. He’s taken to watching the show ‘Heros’. It’s a little cheesy but Mohinder is pretty hot so I watch it with him and, truthfully, there are a few things I like about it. One thing I like is that most of the “heros” are not represented as all good or all bad. They are not black and white and neither is life. Like all real hero’s they are on a journey to discovering the mysteries and power that lies within them and it is their choices that make them heroic.

Part of the truth about JJ is that he had a hard enough time telling his parents that he wanted to go back to school to study literature. He wanted to follow his own path and I was very proud of him for doing it. It’s seems like it is a difficult thing to do in his culture even for more modern families. But he would have never told them about me. He made up excuses why he didn’t and it’s likely he believed them himself. Sometimes it is the smallest of things that makes us a hero like telling your parents you choose something different, something out of the ordinary. It sets us on our own path rather than following someone else’s.

The problem I have with literal-religious people (those who cannot see religion as metaphorical) is that they are looking for a hero outside of themselves. Jesus, Buddha, Yahweh. What ever name they think he or shes goes by. They do not realize that those people are a way, not a thing. You don’t even really need to be religious to confuses a person for THE thing, the hero, the savior. JJ is a prime example of someone who searches for a hero in another. He did not realize that I was in many ways his path. Instead he saw me as a thing, a prize to brag about to his friends, a person who he first believed held some profound answers for him which would transform him. I am not a thing. I, like every other person, am a way. It was through me, through his relationship with me, that  he would have found those answers for himself. Not because I am special, but because I am not the path that would have been chosen for him. I am the path he would have needed courage and self-assurance to choose.

In comic books heros always seem mysterious to others. I think JJ loved the idea of mystery, of being mysterious himself and he is attracted to other he believes are mysterious. But the only real mystery lies in ourselves. We are the heros of our own lives.

Salmon Salad with Avocado and Mushrooms (GF)

  • 2 (6 ounce) fillets salmon
  • lemon
  • white wine
  • brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted and divided
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 ounces Shitaki mushrooms, sliced
  • 12 grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 8 ounces leaf lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1 avocado – peeled, pitted, and cubed
  • 5 sprigs fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 fresh jalapeno pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 1 ounce Cotija cheese, crumbled
  1. Squeeze your lemon onto your salmon, add white wine and smear a bit of sugar on the top. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for about an hour or two.
  2. Preheat the oven broiler. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place the salmon on the foil, and brush with 2 tablespoons melted butter. Season with salt and pepper. Broil 15 minutes, until fish is easily flaked with a fork.
  3. Melt the remaining butter in a skillet over medium heat, and saute the mushrooms until tender.
  4. Place the tomatoes in a bowl, and drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. In a large bowl, toss together the salmon, mushrooms, tomatoes, lettuce, avocado, cilantro, and jalapeno. Drizzle with remaining olive oil and the vinegar. Season with salt and pepper, and sprinkle with cheese to serve.


“We have only to follow the thread of the hero path.
And where we had thought to find an abomonation,
we shall find a God.
And where we had thought to slay another,
we shall slay ourselves.
And where we had thought to travel outward,
we shall come to the center of our own existence.
And where we had thought to be alone,
we shall be with all the world.” ― Joseph Campbell


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