Margaret Harmon

Fables are psychological power tools. We use them to become who we want to be, doing what we want to do.

When the world around us changes, we need new fables that fit the new world. This is the first time and place in which women are responsible for our own lives. Our grandmothers' normal strategy for financial and social stability was to find the best available man, marry him, and make him as successful as possible. Make HIM the mayor or successful shopkeeper or farmer, to be the wife of a mayor/​shopkeeper/​farmer. Now, a woman can become a mayor, shopkeeper, or farmer. The biggest difference is that she is expected to make her own life work. The women in these fables are complete, whole people.

And relationships between equals-but-differents are new. Fascinating and fun explorations include "The Woman Who Loved Her Husband," "Freeing the Genie," and "A Bite of Toast."

Among the twenty-two fables, three very different genies appear. We can use all three!

A Field Guide to North American Birders--A Parody
This is a field guide to birders--identifying, describing, and illustrating the humans roaming North America in search of birds. Each species of birder is paired with an appropriate bird species and is illustrated with that bird's head on a human body.

Features include:
* Full color illustrations of 39 birder species.
* Each birder's common and scientific name, dimensions, description in "guidese," Voice, Range, and Habitat. (For language buffs, the Latin is accurate.)
* Sections on technique, equipment, avoiding injuries, and trail etiquette for all serious birder-watchers.
* Everything we need to celebrate our Personal Birding Style.

The Man Who Learned to Walk In Shoes That Pinch, Contemporary Fables by Margaret Harmon
These sixteen fables explore crucial issues of personhood--becoming a separate individual, creating healthy relationships, building our health and career and fortune. The endearing characters are fabulous animals in that primeval forest that never quite existed, and humans we'd love to meet.

Lovely Sylvia in "The Woman, the Boyfriend, and the Car" is so nice, so adaptable to every situation, so unwilling to offend, that she makes herself an expert on exactly which parts of the earth the meek will inherit.

A "beautiful young Elephant" marries a "well-established Rhinoceros," and they both have plans for each other. But as they live together, day after long hot day, they realize why they fell in love . . . and why they feel betrayed. Angry and hopeless, they need precisely the talents they both brought and sought on their wedding day.

"The Three Wishes" explores the power of magic in daily life. "The Toad Who Knew It All" demonstrates the inevitable result of believing we know it all.

"The Rug Weaver and the Collector," "The Spider Who Had Potential," and all the others deal with current dilemmas--spinning them in a spotlight so we see them from every side to solve their mysteries and take control of consequences.

Our favorite fable characters walk beside us for life, encouraging our virtues, warning us away from their weaknesses: our own quirky troupe of mind/​body guards.

Look for the word $pinnzapp in my newest book. What do YOU think it means?

Selected Works

A New Book of Modern Fables
An American Aesop's newest fables help us become who we want to be --alone, together, or in a mob. Perfect for troubled times, fables are problem-solving tools.
Birding Humor
Birders watch birds--and other birders. That's the premise of Margaret Harmon's laugh-out-loud parody in classic field guide format. It identifies our favorite companions on the trail--and the few we'd like to strangle. "[It shows] why birding is so much fun." BIRDING Magazine
Modern Fables
explores life's most serious issues--by playing with them. These sly tales, surprising and rich, empower as they amuse."Hedonistic and luxurious"Los Angeles Times

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