The Rock on the Shelf

The Rock on the Shelf

“When I was about 20 years old, I met an old pastor’s wife who told me that when she was young and had her first child, she didn’t believe in striking children, although spanking kids with a switch pulled from a tree was standard punishment at the time. But one day...

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Poem: “A Solar Eclipse,” by  Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Poem: “A Solar Eclipse,” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In that great journey of the stars through space About the mighty, all-directing Sun, The pallid, faithful Moon, has been the one Companion of the Earth. Her tender face, Pale with the swift, keen purpose of that race, Which at Time’s natal hour was first begun,...

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Nine Jars of Compassion

Nine Jars of Compassion

A Folk-tale of the Latter-Day Dobunni They say that He of the Horns looked upon his people and his heart was moved with compassion at their suffering. For an age and an age, two ages, he wept, and the tears of his weeping filled nine jars. And when his weeping was...

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Poem: “Experience,” by Carl Sandburg

Poem: “Experience,” by Carl Sandburg

This morning I looked at the map of the day And said to myself, “This is the way! This is the way I will go; Thus shall I range on the roads of achievement, The way is so clear—it shall all be a joy on the lines marked out.” And then as I went came a place that was...

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The Speck and the Log

The Speck and the Log

Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, "Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye," when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You...

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The Nature of the Bug

The Nature of the Bug

A man saw a bug floundering around in the water. He decided to save it by stretching out his finger, but the bug stung him. The man still tried to get the bug out of the water, but it stung him again. On seeing this, his friend told him to stop saving the bug that...

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Compassion Here! This Week in SATX

Compassion Here! This Week in SATX

Homeless Children In Texas Prep For New School Year | UIW med students will make house calls in community health project | Proposed $2.7 Billion City Budget First to Use ‘Equity Lens’ | Free program works to reduce maternal mortality rates | University celebrates 20th anniversary of Continuing the Heritage | Going to where the hunger is | S.A. Special Olympics softball team headed to North American Championship | San Antonio Inner City Reinvestment District Approves Funding for ChildSafe Campus, Student Housing Projects | San Antonio’s Confederate Monument Controversy Reflects A Nationwide Debate

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The Little Flower of Compassion

The Little Flower of Compassion

There's been a story floating around for a long time about Fiorello La Guardia, who was the popular mayor of New York during the depression.No one is really sure if it is true or not, but the very fact that the story persists tells us something important about La...

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The Crow-Rat Discourse

The Crow-Rat Discourse

This Indian folk tale is attributed to Vishnu Sharma, who is believed to have written the Panchatantra collection of fables sometime between 1200 BCE to 300 CE. After he saw how Hiranyaka had helped Chitragriva, Lagupatanaka came down from his tree perch and called...

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The Wonderful Tar Baby

The Wonderful Tar Baby

A friend recommended the story of the tar baby, the second of the Uncle Remus stories. Br'er (brother) Fox, in his never-ending battle with Br'er Rabbit, sets a trap: a small doll covered with tar and turpentine, placed attractively by the side of the road. The more...

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