There’s A Shark In The Pool

When I was a kid, I used to imagine that there was a shark in the pool. Well, I should qualify that statement: when I was the first person in the pool, I used to look into the pool and objectively know it was empty. I also would objectively know that a body of water that size could hide jellyfish, sharks, or the occasional moray eel. Or stingray. Or whatever else lives in the ocean and tries to eat at you...

May The Dinosaurs Be With You

I told the children a story Sunday. Well, I told the entire congregation a story during my sermon. The children are hardest to reach, you know? When the music stops and the service is almost over, all they're really doing is waiting for me to shut up so they can go out and play. I can't say I blame them. Not really...

The Tunnel of Books

Imagine a tunnel. It doesn't matter where it is, but you're inside a tunnel. You walk along, in the dark, and you have no idea where you are, or what the walls are made out of, but it doesn't feel like stone, or anything else you might expect to find in a tunnel.

What Babies See In Mirrors

A baby crawled along the bedroom floor, exploring. There was a bed skirt to pull on, a closet door to push at (wouldn't open), a dresser drawer to pull on (too heavy), and, oh! What is this now? Who's here?

How Eggs Became A Breakfast Food

"Go get some eggs Jimmy!" called Jimmy's mother. It was dinner time on the frontier, and dinner meant eggs for Jimmy and his family. Everyone at eggs for dinner at that time, in those parts. "When it get's dark, go to where the chickens park!" his grandmother would say, he could hear it even now. Jimmy however, had other plans...

A Creation Myth From The Ants

Long ago, in the burrows of old, there was a tunnel that reached down further than another other.  No one knows where it came from, but it's said that the first of our kind wandered the land, until the day came that they passed between the tall green trees, and came up to the base of one of the pillars of heaven.  Between two of the large roots of the pillar, was a mound of dirt, and a hole that lead deep into the ground...

The Last Light Of The Watchtower

A bird fluttered away from its nest for the first time today. It didn't make it too far, as it was still learning how to fly, but when it stopped at the top of a rock to rest, it saw something. In the distance, on the top of another rock, thing, there was a light glowing. The bird tweeted to itself, and turned around, looking for the sun. The sun was behind the bird. Turning its head around, looking every which way, it found the moon, off to another side. There was a light behind the rock, thing...