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The Avalanche

The Avalanche

The Avalanche

Randy was a forest ranger. Because of his job, he was secluded in a cabin in the wilderness.
One day, the radio reported, “Convection in the atmosphere is causing a lot of clouds to form. A serious storm . . . ” Suddenly, the radio went silent. The signal was lost.
He went outside and looked at the overcast sky. Anybody else would have taken the dark sky as an omen of a very bad storm, but not Randy. His upbringing had taught him consistency. He had done this job for years, and nothing could stop him. Besides, he thought nothing could hurt him.
Today, he had a very important task to do. The snow was starting to pile up high on the mountain. If too much accumulated, it could cause an avalanche. But Randy had an apparatus to get rid of the snow. It used dynamite to shake the snow and make the top layer of snow come down.
As the snow started falling, he thought about returning to the office until the storm stopped, but he decided not to. Suddenly, he heard a loud noise behind him. It was an avalanche! He started to run, but within seconds, he was knocked sideways and buried by the snow and rubble from an old cabin that had been destroyed. 
An aerial rescue team came quickly. Randy was just a speck amongst the great pile of snow, but the team found him thanks to his brightly colored jacket. They quickly took him to a hospital.
After a few hours, Randy woke up in the hospital. He looked at the sober faces of the doctors and saw his wife sobbing.
“What’s wrong?” he asked. He didn’t remember what had happened.
“You were almost killed!” his wife said.
“You broke several ribs. But the rest of you is still reasonably intact. You are really lucky to be alive,” the doctor said.
After five days, Randy was discharged from the hospital. The experience had taught him a poignant lesson: he was a mortal, and nature was much more
powerful than him.

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. […]