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The Shepherd and the Sheep

The Shepherd and the Sheep

Once there was a shepherd. Every night he counted and gathered his sheep. He was sure never to overlook any of them. 

One night, he saw some wild sheep had joined his herd. He hoped to acquire the newcomers. 

It snowed that night. In the morning, the shepherd couldn’t take his sheep out of his lodge. Instead, he had to feed them inside. He gave a small amount of wheat to his own sheep. But he gave more of the food to the wild sheep. He thought the extra wheat would discourage them from leaving.

It snowed for several days. During that time, the shepherd’s sheep ate very little. The wild sheep, however, ate very well.

At last, the snow melted, and they ventured outdoors. As soon as he opened the door of his hut, the wild sheep started to run away.

“ Wait! This is how you repay me? After I treated you so kindly, why do you run away?” the shepherd asked. His voice was full of hatred.

The wild sheep stopped and turned toward the shepherd.

“ We’re leaving because you fed us better than your own sheep,” one of the wild sheep replied. “ You tried to deceive us with your ridiculous plan. Yesterday you treated us kindly, but tomorrow you might be different. If more wild sheep joined your herd, you would treat us as inferior sheep.”

As the wild sheep ran away, the shepherd understood his offence. He knew this awkward situation was his own fault. He had not been a satisfactory caretaker. He was a fake friend to the wild sheep. Because of this, he had neglected his own herd

The Goal – Leonard Cohen

This is from Leonard Cohen’s posthumous album Thanks for the Dance,produced by his son, Adam Cohen. The album was released on November 22, 2019. It features tracks recorded by Leonard Cohen during the sessions for his last album before his death in 2016. First heard on Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast Broken Record. I can’t leave my […]

Nha Trang Early Afternoon

The view from my Nha Trang apartment’s terrace floor, early afternoon. What the hell am I doing lolling about there when there’s work to be done? I’m trying to rebuild some muscle by stair-climbing in between jags tapping away at this keyboard. I think it’s probably shrivelled a little after a long time without any […]

The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

Story eight of The Best American Humorous Short Stories by Alexander Jessup, editor. This librivox recording is in the public domain. Story eight, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County (1865 ) by Mark Twain. [From The Saturday Press, Nov. 18, 1865. Republished in The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, and Other Sketches (1867), […]