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Category: Amazing Tales

9 Jun

Yankee Perspective Tales

         One of my dreams is, eventually, to retire on some beach in North Carolina.  However, as I have discovered, when any Yankee travels south of the Mason-Dixon, there are some rules you really should know. Unfortunately, I don’t find out about them until, well, too late.           For example, RULE #48:  Evidently, in the south, it’s considered polite conversation to ask about one’s mama.  As in, “How’s your mama?”  Now this wouldn’t sound so odd if the mama in question belonged to a friend or even to an acquaintance.  But no – this applies to any mama belonging to anyone you meet.           So okay, not my thing exactly but, hey, I’m open-minded – go ahead – ask.  But no again.  Apparently...
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30 May

The Problem with Mountains

            Once upon a time, there was a young man who longed to climb a mountain.  He’d seen pictures of the tall, dangerous mountain called Everest, its peak shrouded with blizzards; pictures of the craggy peaks of the Rocky Mountains, white-tipped with snow in August; and movies with James Bond speeding down a steep Alpine peak on skis, spraying glittering snow as he flew.

            The problem was that the young man didn’t like snow.  Too cold.Mountain

            No worries though, he thought.  There were other mountains – ones, he was sure, more suited to his climate tastes.  There were, for example, lush mountains in China and Brazil, blanketed with breath-taking forests, mysterious jungles and – oh, yeah – snakes.

            Well, he thought, maybe not China or Brazil.  But he continued looking because, you know, he really wanted to climb a mountain.

            Then it occurred to him: Hawaii had a mountain or two!  Not, of course, as high or majestic as Everest (what was?), but no doubt there would be a fair-sized mountain somewhere there. Except that, as the young man discovered, Hawaii’s mountains tended to be volcanoes – which would never do.  What if he stepped on some volcanic glass and cut his foot?  Or worse – what if he stepped in some lava??

            Moreover, the young man realized that many mountains in Japan, Chile, Guatemala, Italy, Iceland, Alaska and Washington were also active volcanoes – and many other such mountains existed as well (500, to be exact).

            Nevertheless, the young man really wanted to climb a mountain.  But it would have to be a remote mountain, somewhere which few, if any, people had ever gone.

(After all, you can’t conquer a mountain with a McDonald’s on it.)

So that ruled out the eastern mountains: the Catskills, the Adirondacks, the White mountains, the Appalachians, and especially, the Poconos.

            By this time, the young man was beginning to become discouraged.  Where on earth would he ever find a mountain to climb which was high enough to be off the beaten path – but not snowy?  Or a mountain that didn’t have snakes?  Or one that wouldn’t suddenly blow apart underneath him . . . ?

            Years flew by as the young man became a grown man, then a middle-aged man, then a very old man.  And then the day came when the old man could no longer leave his bed.  After one very long day there, the old man’s young grandson came to visit him.

14 May

“The Cracked Pot”

This story is an old one but it makes a beautiful point. No matter what our perceived "flaws," we are perfectly made to accomplish the purpose which God created us to accomplish. Be encouraged. A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck.   One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master's house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots...
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