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How Humans Learned to Give Thanks

So easy for me to forget to give thanks—even on Thanksgiving.  HOW HUMANS LEARNED TO GIVE THANKS Because the first human was as he was he demanded the fish and the deer and the bird lay down their lives so … Continue reading

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fable of the hero’s return

author’s note: To be clear: the returning hero could just as well have been a heroine.  FABLE OF THE HERO’S RETURN (aka SHARING THE PRICE OF FIRE) I laid myself down on the mountain top until the thunder god finally … Continue reading

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the fable of the old man & the bumpkin

THE FABLE OF THE OLD MAN & THE BUMPKIN An old man sitting in a tree begged a young bumpkin passing by on the path below to carry him across the river. The lad gladly complied… but when he reached … Continue reading

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A Good Assumption

  I’m disappointed to learn that the verse below is not actually a fable… …because I so enjoyed fables as a boy–morality delivered with a wicked sense of humor. In fact, I appreciated Aesop’s fables much more than the parables … Continue reading

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Unambiguous Response to the Ambiguous Hero

  Thinking about our hero stories (see last post)… …brought me to consider the stories of my boyhood. Like most American boys of my era, I wanted the adventures of Daniel Boone and Tarzan. I wanted stories about unambiguous heroes … Continue reading

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Resurrecting the Resurrection

  They didn’t spend as much time on the resurrection. Or so it seems to me, looking back years later. As a boy, every Easter, I would hear the story of the crucifixion in my Sunday School class. Along with … Continue reading

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The Gift of the Wound

  Once again, a magical dream shows me a universal truth… …a mythological truth. In the dream… …I see a full-grown sheep among some lambs in a field. The sheep moves away from the lambs, then gets wounded in the … Continue reading

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