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mouseA mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package..  “What food might this contain?” The mouse wondered.  He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap.

Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed this warning: “There is a mousetrap in the house!  There is a mousetrap in the house!”

The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, “Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me.  I cannot be bothered by it.”
The mouse turned to the pig and told him,  “There is a mousetrap in the house!  There is a mousetrap in the house!”

The pig sympathized, but said, “I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers.”  The mouse turned to the cow and said, “There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!”

The cow said, “Wow, Mr. Mouse. I’m sorry for you, but it’s no skin off my nose.”
So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer’s mousetrap . . . Alone.

That very night a sound was heard throughout the house — the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught.  In the darkness, she did not see it.  It was a venomous snake whose tail was caught in the trap.
The snake bit the farmer’s wife.

The farmer rushed her to the hospital.

When she returned home she still had a fever.  Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup..  So the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup’s main ingredient:

But his wife’s sickness continued.
Friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock.  To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.

But, alas, the farmer’s wife did not get well… but died. And many people came for her funeral so the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough food for the funeral luncheon.  And the mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness.  So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and you think it doesn’t concern you, remember —

When one of us is threatened, we are all at risk.  We are all involved in this journey called life.  We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another.

oak glade

 Once there was an aspiring dervish.  While wandering, he came upon an oak glade.  He stayed and prayed and meditated, once a week going out for food.  Year after year he aspired, and did his practices.  But no response came, and sometimes he thought that his prayers couldn’t escape the tree branches.  But it was so beautiful that he stayed longer and prayed harder. 

The oak forest seemed to grow grander.  But he became despondent and left in the middle of the night, stole away, never to return.  All that night the glade gave off a shimmering glow.  

In the morning a young beggar came by, wasn’t particularly intelligent or spiritual:  he entered and began to pray in languages and songs that he never heard.  The next morning he was enlightened. 


 One very bright, sunny afternoon, Mullah Nasruddin was sitting in the shade of a walnut tree, admiring the view. The Mullah sat with his back to the broad trunk of the walnut tree, and was pleased how mucup_treeh shade the big tree gave him from the scorching hot sun. Sitting in the cool of the large shady tree was very relaxing.

 Near to the tree, Mullah Nasruddin looked at a field of watermelons growing. The watermelons were large and ripe, with beautiful shiny green stripy skins which gleamed in the sunshine. They looked delicious and thirst-quenching to eat on such a hot day. Read More »