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the myth of Tantalus, revisited

According to Greek myth, Tantalus is eternally tantalized… Whenever he tries to grab one of the fruit dangling above him, it leaps from his hand. He stands neck-deep in a pool of water.  But if he tries to take a … Continue reading

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fable of the bumpkin who walked down the road

One afternoon, as the young bumpkin worked his small bean field… …he spied, in the distance, an old man slumped with fatigue beside the road. Being kind by nature and upbringing, he filled a pitcher from the well bucket and … Continue reading

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fable of the woman who wished to return to twenty-one

As the woman reflected back on her life, she said what so many have said in such moments: “If only I could go back in time.  I’d do things differently.” But in her case, those words actually cast a magic … Continue reading

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the fable of the brighter man who’s still kinda dim

While grazing through some old photographs today… …I took a long look at a young man sitting and grinning under a wispy willow tree. I peered at him from a great distance—across a gulf many years wide. He seemed like … Continue reading

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the fable of a dove reborn

While walking along a country road one summer morning long ago… …I did as boys often do: I stepped on something dead.  Yes, deliberately.  A dove with a twisted neck lying in the dust and gravel. I’m embarrassed in my … 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 dragon who lost his fire

Unable to find suitable employment after graduation, a dragon accepted a job at a company of cows… He was careful, of course, to hide his dragon-ness.  He restrained his breath, lest he shoot out a mouthful of fire. He tried … Continue reading

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