Children and Television

The most important thing we've learned,
So far as children are concerned,
Is never, NEVER, NEVER let
Them near your television set --
Or better still, just don't install
The idiotic thing at all.
In almost every house we've been,
We've watched them gaping at the screen.
They loll and slop and lounge about,
And stare until their eyes pop out.
(Last week in someone's place we saw
A dozen eyeballs on the floor.)
They sit and stare and stare and sit
Until they're hypnotised by it,
Until they're absolutely drunk
With all that shocking ghastly junk.
Oh yes, we know it keeps them still,
They don't climb out the window sill,
They never fight or kick or punch,
They leave you free to cook the lunch
And wash the dishes in the sink --
But did you ever stop to think,

The dead could occupy the same world as the living

Medieval records evoke the time when the dead were always with us.
The Abbot of the Monastery of Burton-on-Trent recorded an uncanny series of events that occurred around 1090.
"There were two villagers living in Stapenhill, who ran away to a neighboring village. The very next day at the third hour , they were suddenly struck down dead.
Soon after their corpses were buried, word came of two alien beings roaming the woods. Now they appeared in the shape of men carrying wooden coffins on their shoulders. Now in the likeness of bears or dogs."

The villagers were in were in mortal terror of the two phantom dead men who roamed the countryside at night.
The Bishop authorized the villagers to dig up the dead bodies.

Story Time- Summer of 1994

For the sake of argument we shall assume the following tale is true. And by that i mean make up your own mind. But let me warn you, this story is not for the faint of heart, because when you stare into the Abyss, the darkness there stares right back at you.

They say that man has inside of him the potential to be a force for good and for evil. The eternal struggle of a person to control his naffs is ever on going. They say that the devil is likely to tempt us at this time, during our weakest of moments. I call this tale:


7 Word Story

No, not a whole story in just seven words. That would be very difficult to have character development and/or a compelling twist at the end.


A story that we write together (thus serving the useful purpose of Ummah unity and all that jazz), seven words at a time.

There have to be some rules, which I will now go through with you.

1) All posts must be relevant to story.
2) All posts must be seven words only.
3) No more and no less than seven.
4) I really mean it; I'm utterly serious.
5) Don't think I'll make exceptions; I won't.
6) I am the boss of the story.
7) There must be no Star Wars references.

OK, so those are the rules. Only seven rules, each has only seven words. There's a beautiful simplicity to it, isn't there?

The Story of the Man, the Fish and the Ring.

One of my students told this true story to the class today, it's quite amazing, I think you'll agree:

A few years ago he was out fishing, and he dropped his ring into the lake and it started to sink and was swallowed by a large fish. He thought that it was lost forever.

Two years later he went out fishing on the same lake, and caught a huge fish. He took it home to grill it for dinner. He cut open the belly of the fish to fillet it, and when he opened it up, you can guess what he found inside...

Nothing. Either the fish had sold the ring for a profit, or it was a different fish.

That is just SOOO inspiring and amazing! I don't know if it's true or not.

The Wolf, Dog and the Collar

A comfortably plump dog happened to run into a wolf. The wolf asked the dog where he had been finding enough good to get so big and fat.

'It is a man,' said the dog, 'who gives me all this food to eat.'

The wolf then asked him, 'And what about that bare spot there on your neck?'

The dog replied, "My skin has been rubbed bare by the iron collar which my master forged and placed upon my neck.'

The wolf then jeered at the dog and said,' Keep your luxury to yourself then! I don't want anything to do with it, if my neck will have to chafe against a chain of iron!'

[Aesop's Fables, Laura Gibbs]

Shadow Company - Introspection

Something that is up on and was written a good couple of years ago, inspired by another Firefly based fic called .

If you have not seen Firefly AND read some other fan fic out there, this will most likely mean absolutely nothing. Even if you have, some of the subtleties may not be easy to spot.

Read review and rate please.

Shadow Company - Introspection