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The Dragon

The Dragon

An evil dragon lived in a castle in the remote southern mountains.
One day the monster landed in a town. The dragon commanded the people, “Give me food now, or I will eat you!” 
The dragon lifted its wings so that its lungs could be completely filled with hot steam, and breathed it upon the people. A man turned into a stone statue!
The people submitted and brought food. The dragon ate all of it and left.
The people sent a boy to ask for help from a wise old man. He resided in a temple.
The boy told the old man about the dragon. Then, the old man counseled the boy. 
“A meteor will fall in the northern sky. It will make a huge explosion. Find the meteor and bring it to me. I will use it to make a sword for you.”
The boy did as the old man said. Soon, the sword was ready.
“ Use this to kill the dragon. But be careful. You must cover yourself with weeds that smell bad. That will ensure that he does not smell you,” the man said.
The boy traveled for many days to find the castle. He went to the upper level and opened a door. 
He could see the dragon’s tail. It was sleeping, so the boy killed it. Then, he took the dragon’s gold and jewelry and returned to his town. 
The people were happy.

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), […]

The Lion’s Daughter

The Lion’s Daughter by Kahlil Gibran This is a librivox recording. All librivox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit The Lion’s Daughter, by Kahlil Gibran. Reading by Matt Ferrard FOUR slaves stood fanning an old queen who was asleep upon her throne. And she was snoring. […]

The Five Boons of Life

Section 12 of The $30,000 Bequest and other stories This is a librivox recording. All librivox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit The $30,000 Bequest and other stories, by Mark Twain. Section 12 The Five Boons of Life Chapter 1 In the morning of life came […]