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fable of the man who believed life was better

He believed his life had changed for the better… …because a new king had been crowned. Maybe so…but… …his faucet still dripped… …and his roof still needed mending… …and he still needed to exercise more and eat less starch… …and … Continue reading

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the fable of the truly powerful penguin

One morning, a little penguin, hoping to escape his feelings of littleness, swam out to an iceberg. As he hopped onto the berg to bask in the sun, he imagined life as a powerful giant… …but soon fell asleep and … Continue reading

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fable of the man who tripped himself

When I tripped and hit the ground… …I suddenly felt too weak to raise myself. Well, why not stay down in the weeds? I thought.  I’m not making much progress up there anyway. Yes!—I would free my tired mind from … Continue reading

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fable of the poor man who raised the sun

The rising of the sun depended upon the pharaoh. Or so the people believed… …because every morning just before dawn, Pharaoh went to the riverbank…opened his arms to the horizon…recited a prayer to summon the sun… …and—lo and behold!—the sun … Continue reading

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the fable of the man, the wind, and the oak tree

You’ve probably already heard about the contest between the sun and the wind… The bet was: who’d be the first to get the man to remove his jacket. When the wind blew, the man only clutched his jacket more tightly. … Continue reading

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something to regain

“Freedom’s just another name for nothing left to lose.”       — from Me and Bobbie McGee, by Kris Kristofferson When I first heard that line, years ago, I thought to myself, “What a beautiful idea!” But I now see a dark … Continue reading

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our man, our mirror

As I see it, we’ve chosen a mirror… …a big-mouthed mirror… …to be our next president. According to my theory… …we elected this mirror because we’re trying to wake ourselves up.  Shock ourselves awake. We’re saying to ourselves: consider that … Continue reading

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