Discussion of Aesop’s Fable The Boys and The Frogs

The boys are playing at the pond. They see some frogs and throw rocks at the frogs. Some of the rocks hit the frogs so hard that they die.

Are we having our pleasure at the expense of someone else? Every time we exploit someone we might be killing them inside. Are we contributing to misery somewhere ? Are we contributing to life or death? We should strive for life and realize that things may be so bad for others that if possible, we should not contribute to others demise. Are you trying to lift up life everyday? Are we trying to put out the vibes that we would like to receive? Are we clear about our intentions? Sometimes we put out a vibe subconsciously or unconsciously. If you are getting a vibe that you don’t like make sure you are correct and don’t assume. If someone is killing your vibe sometimes all it takes is to let them know. Sometimes people are trying to help and they have no idea they sent out the wrong vibe. Make sure you are on the same vibe.

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Discussion of Henry David Thoreau’s Life Without Principle


“An efficient and valuable man does what he can, whether the community pay him for it or not (Thoreau, 380)”

What if one day the only jobs left were those that did not get any pay? What if the most important jobs were those that never got any pay? Mothers do not get paid but without the good ones we would be left with horrible people. If we didn’t get paid to do what we do, how many of us would still do that job? How many jobs would still exist? Are we spending our lives efficiently by doing what we love, what serves the most people even if we never get paid? Would you still be working if you never got paid? Is your job that important? Some of us waste our lives doing something we could never love, while we judge others that don’t make much but only do what they love.

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Discussion of Grimm’s Fairytale The Cobbler and The Elves

The Cobbler is extremely poor and he is making shoes. He is about to run out of fabric so he lays out the last batch to make a pair in the morning. When he wakes up in the morning the shoes are made. They are so well made someone buys them for a higher price. The cobbler leaves out more fabric. The shoes are made when he wakes up in the morning. He sells them at a higher price. He and his wife stay up to see who made the shoes. They see some elves that are naked have made the shoes. They make the elves some clothes. The elves are so happy and the cobbler never has to be poor again.

Sometimes we have worked until we cannot anymore and someone comes along to save us. We never have to work so hard again. When you catch your stride or your purpose you never have to work hard again.

Have you caught your stride, your purpose, or your muse?

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Discussion of Wild Seed By Octavia Butler

Doro searches for Anyanwu. He needs someone immortal. He gives her to his son Isaac, but she loves him. Anyanwu marries Isaac, but she hates Doro for it. Later Doro takes Anyanwu as his wife. She wants to die because Doro is a killer.

Love is out there looking for us while we look for it. Usually it comes when we are not looking. It comes and destroys normalcy and logic. Logic and love don’t exist together. Sometimes love comes and we are not ready. Maybe they are not ready. I don’t think I’m ever ready for disruption. I like the waterfalls I’m used to, but in a sense I knew there was something out there waiting for me. I don’t want it, but it won’t go away. I tried everyday until I cried it away. Really all I did was give it a bigger space. The more I tried to erase, the more it took up space. I’m still at odds with it because it was easy before, but maybe this time it is more.

Discussion of How Anansi became a storyteller

Anansi wanted the stories to make people happy. He came to the sky god and asked for them. The sky god told him to bring him the python and he could be the storyteller. Anansi tricked the python and tied him to a branch. He took the python to the sky god. Anansi went through all this to make people happy so they could have their stories. What happens when we no longer treasure our storytellers? Are the people happy without their stories? We need our stories when we see our children bored, the stories make them happy. I hope we can continue to share our stories and make someone happy.

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Discussion of Aesop’s Fable The Fox and the Goat

The fox falls into a well and he can’t get out. He see a goat, who asks how is the water? He tells him it is wonderful he should jump in. The goat jumps in and the fox uses his horns to jump out. Sometimes we fall into something and it is hard to get out. Sometimes it is right where you belong. Sometimes it was going to happen all along.

Discussion of The Knight’s Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer

Palamon and Arcite fall in love with Emily. They are arrested and spend time in jail. They both get out and claim Emily. They have to battle to win her. Arcite wins but he is killed by his horse and he tells Emily to marry Palamon. Arcite’s love for Emily shows when he tells her to marry Palamon. He wants her to be happy because she cannot be with him. He knows that Palamon will love her and he gives his blessing.

Are we standing in the way of our friends happiness? Are we contributing to their happiness or are we a part of their downfall? If you ever have to wonder if someone is you friend, just think about all the times they supported you. If no one is around when you need support then all your friends are gone.

Discussion of the Friar’s Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer

The Friar speaks about the tax collector who goes around collecting money. He approaches a servant to collect taxes and they begin discussing their misdeeds. The servant is actually the devil and he gets away without paying. The Friar goes to collect taxes from a widow. The widow says that the devil should take the tax collector to hell. The devil obliges. When you consort with the devil he has everything he needs to use against you. Don’t think he won’t. Watch out who you talk to. Sometimes they have an ulterior motive.


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Discussion of Jonah’s Gourd Vine by Zora Neale Hurston

Jonah has a gift to preach, with that gift comes idolizing. Women are falling at his feet and Jonah picks them up even though his wife Lucy is at home. Lucy dies from heartbreak at 47. Before she dies she tells her daughter “Don’t you love nobody better ‘n you do yo’self. Do you’ll be dying before you time is out. (Hurston, 130)” How many women have heard that don’t love nobody more than you love yourself? I don’t think enough women have heard it. If they had so many wouldn’t be dying before their time. You either marry for love or money. When you marry for love you may end up as so many women do : loving someone who doesn’t love you. A man has to work for everything he has or he will take it for granted. Make sure you know your worth and all you may have to give up. Sometimes “It’s not your enemies that harm you all the time. (Hurton, 175).” Sometimes we set ourselves up.

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