Junior Ganymede
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The Kites and the Swans

May 26th, 2017 by G.

THE KITES of olden times, as well as the Swans, had the privilege
of song. But having heard the neigh of the horse, they were so
enchanted with the sound, that they tried to imitate it; and, in
trying to neigh, they forgot how to sing.

from Aesop’s Fables

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May 26th, 2017 11:44:01

What’s Good for the Press

March 30th, 2017 by G.

A shambly bear was clumsily making his way through the woods, when he bumped into a tree, dislodging one of a flock of escaped parrots.  The bird flew up squawking and indignant.  “You, sir!”  it said, when it came back to roost.  “I’d like to ask you a few questions,” it said, glaring ferociously.

“You’re a parrot,” the bear said enthusiastically.  “Pretty bird!  I’d like to ask you a few questions too.”

“How dare you,” the bird said, and flew off in a huff.

Moral:  The media expects special treatment that it doesn’t deserve. (more…)

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March 30th, 2017 09:00:04

The Pious Rabbit

March 16th, 2017 by G.

A rabbit went a little way down a small woodland path, then stopped and turned as if to poke into some bushes on the side.

A serpent further down the path, perceiving it, hissed “Stay on the strait and narrow path!”  The rabbit, who was pious, desisted from leaving the path and continued to hop down it.

As it came even with the serpent, the reptile hissed, “Be still, and know that He is God!”  The rabbit reverently ceased to move and composed himself for contemplation.

The serpent approached, but fearing that the rabbit would see him and take to flight, hissed, “at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow!” Somewhat perplexed as how best his own rabbit anatomy would allow him to comply with this scripture, of which he had just been reminded, the rabbit settled on prostrating himself to the ground.

As the serpent approached nearer, the rabbit heard the rustlings and asked himself out loud, Can this be a snake approaching?”  The serpent gasped as offended.  “How unkind!” it said.  “Should you not love your neighbor as yourself?”  With that, the serpent struck.

The rabbit, imagining himself engaged in pious exercises when in reality only engaged in folly, died and was eaten.

 

Moral: The Savior never said, heed your enemies.

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March 16th, 2017 05:38:16

Small Promises

February 02nd, 2017 by G.

An old woman knew herself to be dying.  She called her son, a captain of soldiers, to visit her bedside.

“My son,” she said, “you know that I have something of the second sight.  I have told you that greatness can be yours if you but reach for it, but you have refused to try.  Now I ask for something less.  I ask you to make me a small promise.  On the first anniversary of my death, on that day, tell no lies.” (more…)

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February 02nd, 2017 10:10:59

The Optimistic Bull Calf

December 30th, 2016 by G.

An old horse looked sorrowfully over the fence at a bull calf in the next pasture and gave a long sigh. The bull calf respectfully asked what the meaning of these expressions of sadness were. (more…)

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December 30th, 2016 09:41:39

The Third Parable of Rule

December 19th, 2016 by G.

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The 3rd Parable of Rule is the point of the first two.

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December 19th, 2016 13:30:21

The Second Parable of Rule

December 15th, 2016 by G.

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These build on each other.  We’ll start with the First Parable of Rule again.

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December 15th, 2016 09:30:33

The Pigs and the Wolf

December 08th, 2016 by G.

Three little pigs lived contentedly in a house of brick. One day the wolf came humbly to the door. (more…)

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December 08th, 2016 07:00:53

The Critical Crow

December 01st, 2016 by G.

An old horse was looking over the fence into a brushy field where some goat kids were frolicking.  A crow settled onto the fence next to him.

After a time, the horse observed, “They are so full of life, aren’t they?  It makes me feel young again.” (more…)

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December 01st, 2016 08:43:47

The Coyote in the Fold

September 15th, 2016 by G.

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A tiny flock of lambs and their guard llama were kept in a small, fenced pasture.  A coyote in the neighborhood hungered after the lambs and made it his business to find some means of effecting an entrance. (more…)

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September 15th, 2016 09:26:25

The Traveler at the Ford

September 14th, 2016 by G.

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A traveler on a long journey came to a ford.  Due to recent rains, the stream was swollen to a flood.  The traveler was perplexed to know what to do and exercised his mind for a solution. (more…)

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September 14th, 2016 08:30:34

Greener Grass

September 07th, 2016 by G.

Some young cattle were boasting about their exploits to each other. One mentioned that she had snuck into the neighboring pasture and mentioned how green the grass had been there. A parrot heard. Later the parrot told another cow, “did you know the grass is greener on the other side of the fence?” “My, how interesting,” the cow replied, and went back to grazing. She later mentioned it to another member of the herd in off-hand conversation.  Between parrot chatter and the lighter talk of the cattle, soon it was a common, casual belief among the herd that the grass was greener in the other pasture. The animals’ behavior, however, was barely affected. They continued to graze as before. (more…)

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September 07th, 2016 06:18:20

The Bee in the Hive

September 01st, 2016 by G.

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A certain swarm of bees was led by a foolish queen to a location just on the side of small waterfall. One bee argued that early next spring when the waters swelled, the hive would be washed away. But most of the swarm shared the queen’s folly. Accordingly the bees built the hive alongside the falling water. (more…)

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September 01st, 2016 08:32:01

Lush Grass, Less Cattle

August 19th, 2016 by G.

A small herd was gathered into one corner of their great pastures to congratulate themselves on their prosperity.  “For indeed,” said one old cow, “our pastures are lusher and the grass is higher than ever.”

This speech excited the curiousity of a passing fox, who made it his business to remark on the causes.  “Why,” said the fox, “it is small wonder that the pasture grows ungrazed when your numbers are so few.  Where are the calves?  I see only one or two.  Such is the reason why your herd is diminished and why your grass grows ungrazed.  It is rather cause for lamentation than rejoicing.” (more…)

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August 19th, 2016 08:19:51

The Stream at the Flood

July 01st, 2016 by G.

One day in spring the fox saw a curious sight.  A horse was pacing along the swollen stream.  From time to time, when the horse came to a stretch of less rowdy water, he gently placed one hoof onto the water, until the hoof suddenly plunged in.  He then withdrew the leg, snorted and shook his mane in disgust, and repeated the performance at the next stretch of stream. (more…)

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July 01st, 2016 10:06:31