You Might Fly!

You Might Fly!

Most of us know that wearing wings doesn’t mean we can fly. Here’s the rest of the sobering news—most of us fail. No matter how hard we work, most of the time things don’t turn out the way we hoped. However . . . Just because we fail most of the time doesn’t mean we fail ALL of the time. It helps to remember that kids fly with their feet on the ground, running around letting their imagination be their wings. So this...

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Oola and the Hose Monster

Oola and the Hose Monster

Our dog really liked drinking from the hose, but she hated having it splash her in the face. So she worked and worked until she got it just right–the water flowing full force straight down her throat, no splash. Watching her arrive at that exact position was like watching her wrestle with some kind of splash monster until she’d won. And every time I watched her do it, I held my breath until she’d conquered  the Hose Monster...

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Release the Flying Monkeys

Release the Flying Monkeys

“It’s a good day when you don’t have to release the flying monkeys.” Love that quote. On second thought, I’m not sure what loving the quote says about me. Of course, everyone knows the flying monkeys from the Wizard of Oz movie. The movie and the story have become a staple of American culture. Sadly, in the end, good, sweet Dorothy melts the wicked witch with the flying monkeys. I know, I’ve got the story...

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Origin of All Fairy Tales

Origin of All Fairy Tales

Learned today that some scholars think the Panchatantra is the origin of all fairy tales. That’s probably not entirely true, but it is one of the oldest sources. It was written in Sanskrit in the 3rd Century BCE by Vishna Sharma who gathered his material from even older versions. Tales from the Panchatantra have spread widely. Today they can be found from Java to Iceland. The enduring/endearing power of folk tales is the subject of a...

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A Story and/or A Flower in A Teapot

A Story and/or A Flower in A Teapot

This photo makes me smile. I found it in a collection of internet photos. No credit. No explanation. But TEAPOTS filled with flowers decorating a handrail made me stop flipping through the photos and wonder. Who planted these? Who thought to do that with teapots? Now, that’s a person I’d like to know. Talk about making the world a little better. Talk about making a little part of your environment greener. Better than better, flower...

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Fairy Folk and Family History

A couple of local gents are drinking a pint in a pub near Cushendall, County Antrim, one evening when a redhead comes through the door. “Ah, there’s that Liz Weir who believes in fairies,” one says. Weir, an Irish storyteller with an international reputation, stops. “And you don’t?” He smiles and shakes his head. “So now, tell me, will you be cutting down that fairy tree on your place any time soon?” She means an old Hawthorne...

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