Aesop’s Fiddling Grasshopper–Yeah!!

How we tell our stories makes all the difference. For example, my grandma Melba had an original spin on Aesop’s famous fable of the ants and the grasshopper. According to Aesop, (620-560 B.C. Greek slave and famed storyteller) the ants were busy, as ants usually are, putting food away for the coming cold. The grasshopper preferred to sun himself and fiddle. Of course, when the seasons changed, the grasshopper found himself hungry and without...

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Cats Talk

Overheard in the grocery store. Younger child: “My cat doesn’t like that.” Older child: “How do you know?” “He told me.” “Cats don’t talk,” “They do in stories.” Indeed! Every story has an other-worldly, magical quality where anything can happen. What if . . . cats could talk? What if . . . I were braver, smarter, funnier? What if . . . What if . . . What if . ....

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Exaggerated!! All Lies!

    I know someone who claims to hate all stories because they’re embellished, exaggerated. Not true. Just elaborate lies.   She’ll have her mud puddles pristine, thank you. Never mind that the experience of splashing in one has always been more about a feeling of freedom than wet dirt. It’s the fun, not the mess, that matters. And, yes, most of us will lie about how the mud got on our shoes if we don’t think the real...

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