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No, My Darling Daughter!

Eleanor’s eyes brimmed with tears. “Not tears of sorrow,” she thought, “But tears of frustration. Why did I have to be born in such a boring family? There’s a world out there, beckoning. I want to be where the action is. I want to breathe the air of freedom and enjoy myself, instead of being stuck on this stinking old …

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The Cocoon And The Butterfly

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly that he brought home. One day a small opening appeared in the cocoon. He sat and watched the cocoon for several hours as the butterfly struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed to stop making progress. It appeared as if the butterfly had gotten as far as …

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True Essence of Christmas

In 1994, two Americans answered an invitation from the Russian Department of Education to teach morals and ethics (based on biblical principles) in the public schools. They were invited to teach at prisons, businesses, the fire and police departments and a large orphanage. About 100 boys and girls who had been abandoned, abused, and left in the care of a …

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Safe Under Her Wings

After a forest fire in Yellowstone National Park, forest rangers began their trek up a mountain to assess the inferno’s damage. One ranger found a bird literally petrified in ashes, perched statuesquely on the ground at the base of a tree. Somewhat sickened by the eerie sight, he knocked over the bird with a stick. When he struck it, three …

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Beauty In The Eye Of The Beholder

“They had never imagined that the ‘ugly duckling’ would find a handsome mate.” I had stayed up all night supervising the decorations in the hall. Multicoloured balloons festooned the walls and buntings hung in loops from the ceiling, giving the place a festive air. Each table was covered with pink damask, with a solitary red rose in a long necked …

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If Only I Knew

Road-Traveller

I drove down that road, on my way back and forth to work, several times a day. She was always there come rain or sunshine, with her bewitching smile, beckoning to potential customers to come buy her flowers. I don’t know why it annoyed me so much to see her cheerful. What has she got to be happy about? I …

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Sand in my Sandals

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LIVING TOGETHER CALLS FOR CHANGES WHICH, IF WE LEARN TO MAKE, CAN HELP BUILD HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS. “Every evening you hide yourself behind your newspaper! I’ve had a bad day at work! Why can’t you help me by at least taking care of the children, while I get the supper ready for us?” The harassed wife threw these words angrily at …

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