My father
My father was an exceptional man. He may not have been a perfect man. But he was a good man. And he loved us. All I wanted to do today was to give him a dignified…sending. Is that really so much to ask? So... Maybe... Maybe he had some things he liked to do. Life isn't simple. It's complicated. We're all just thrown in here together in a world full of chaos(混沌,混乱) and confusion, a (混沌,混乱) world full of questions and no answers, with Death always lingering(徘徊,沉思) around the (徘徊,沉思) corner. And we do our best. We can't always do our best. My dad did it best. He always tried to tell me, you have to go for what you want in life, because you never know how long you're gonna be here. And whether you succeed or you fail, the most important thing is to have tried. A parent can only drive you in the right direction. In the end though, you've got to run for yourself. You have to grow up yourself. So when you leave here today, I'd like you to remember my father for what he really was--a decent and loving man. If only(要是……多好) we could be as giving and generous and (要是 多好) 多好 understanding as my father was. Then the world would be a far better place.
Aping a Beauty 东施效颦
Xi Shi, a famous beauty, had a pain in her bosom(胸部) , so she had a frown(皱眉) on (胸部) (皱眉) her face when she went out. An ugly girl who lived nearby saw her and thought she looked very beautiful. Therefore when she went home, she also put her hands on her bosom and had a frown on her face. When a rich man in the neighbourhood saw her, he shut his doors tightly and did not go out. When a poor man saw her, he took his wife and children and gave her a wide berth(保持 ( 安全距离) 安全距离) . She only knew Xi Shi's frown looked beautiful but she did not know the reason for its beauty.
The fawn who misses the class
Once upon a time, there was a herd of(一群) forest deer. In this herd was a wise and (一群) respected teacher, cunning(狡猾的,巧妙的) in the ways of deer. He taught the tricks and ( 猾的,巧妙的) strategies of survival to the young fawns(小鹿,小动物) . (小鹿,小动物) One day, his younger sister brought her son to him, to be taught what is so important for deer. She said, "Oh brother teacher, this is my son. Please teach him the tricks and strategies of
deer." The teacher said to the fawn, "Very well, you can come at this time tomorrow for your first lesson." At first, the young deer came to the lessons as he was supposed to. But soon, he became more interested in playing with the other young bucks 雄鹿) and does. He didn't realize how ( 雄鹿) dangerous it could be for a deer who learned nothing but deer games. So he started cutting classes. Soon he was playing hooky(逃学,旷工) all the time. (逃学,旷工) Unfortunately, one day the fawn who played hooky stepped in a snare(陷阱,圈套) and was (陷阱, trapped. Since he was missing, his mother worried. She went to her brother the teacher, and asked him, "My dear brother, how is my son? Have you taught your nephew the tricks and strategies of deer?" The teacher replied, "My dear sister, your son was disobedient(不服从的,违背的) and (不服从的,违背的) unteachable. Out of respect for you, I tried my best to teach him. But he did not want to learn the tricks and strategies of deer. He played hooky! How could I possibly teach him? You are obedient(顺从的,服从的) and faithful, but he is not. It is useless to try to teach him." ( 顺从的,服从的) Later they heard the sad news. The stubborn(顽固的) fawn who played hooky had been (顽固的) trapped and killed by a hunter. He skinned him and took the meat home to his family. The moral is: Nothing can be learned from a teacher, by one who misses the class.
The Moon and the wind
Once upon a time, there were two very good friends who lived together in the shade of a rock. Strange as it may seem, one was a lion and one was a tiger. They had met when they were too young to know the difference between lions and tigers. So they did not think their friendship was at all unusual. Besides, it was a peaceful part of the mountains, possibly due to the influence of a gentle forest monk(僧侣) who lived nearby. He was a hermit(隐士) , ( 僧侣) ( 隐士) one who lives far away from other people. For some unknown reason, one day the two friends got into a silly argument. The tiger said, "Everyone knows the cold comes when the moon wanes(衰退,月亏) from full to new!" The (衰退,月亏) lion said, "Where did you hear such nonsense 胡说, 废话) (胡说, 废话) ? Everyone knows the cold comes when the moon waxes from new to full!" The argument got stronger and stronger. Neither could convince the other. They could not reach any conclusion to resolve the growing dispute. They even started calling each other names! Fearing for their friendship, they decided to go ask the learned 博学的) forest monk, (博学的) who would surely know about such things. Visiting the peaceful hermit, the lion and tiger bowed respectfully and put their question to him. The friendly monk thought for a while and then gave his answer. "It can be cold in any
phase of the moon, from new to full and back to new again. It is the wind that brings the cold, whether from west or north or east. Therefore, in a way, you are both right! And neither of you is defeated by the other. The most important thing is to live without conflict, to remain united. Unity is best by all means." The lion and tiger thanked the wise hermit. They were happy to still be friends.
Natural enemies can become best friends
Before the time of this story, people in Asia used to say that there would never be a time when an elephant and a dog would be friends. Elephants simply did not like dogs, and dogs were afraid of elephants. When dogs are frightened by those who are bigger than they are, they often bark very loudly, to cover up their fear. When dogs used to do this when they saw elephants, the elephants would get annoyed and chase them. Elephants had no patience at all when it came to dogs. Even if a dog were quiet and still, any nearby elephant would automatically attack him. This is why everybody agreed that elephants and dogs were 'natural enemies', just like lions and tigers, or cats and mice. Once upon a time, there was a royal bull(大型的,公牛似的) elephant, who was very well fed (大型的,公牛似的) and cared for. In the neighborhood of the elephant shed, there was a scrawny(骨瘦如柴 ( 的) poorly fed, stray(迷路的,离群的) dog. He was attracted by the smell of the rich sweet (迷路的,离群的) rice being fed to the royal elephant. So he began sneaking(潜行) into the shed and eating (潜行) the wonderful rice that fell from the elephant's mouth. He liked it so much, that soon he would eat nowhere else. While enjoying his food, the big mighty elephant did not notice the tiny shy stray dog. By eating such rich food, the once underfed(营养不良的) dog gradually got bigger and (营养不良的) stronger, and became very handsome looking. The good-natured elephant began to notice him. Since the dog had gotten used to being around the elephant, he had lost his fear. So he did not bark at him. Because he was not annoyed by the friendly dog, the elephant gradually got used to him. Slowly they became friendlier and friendlier with each other. Before long, neither would eat without the other, and they enjoyed spending their time together. When they played, the dog would grab the elephant's heavy trunk, and the elephant would swing him forward and backward, from side to side, up and down, and even in circles! So it was that they became 'best friends', and wanted never to be separated. Then one day a man from a remote village, who was visiting the city, passed by the elephant shed. He saw the frisky(活泼的,欢闹的) dog, who had become strong and beautiful. He (活泼的,欢闹的) bought him from the mahout(管象人) , even though he didn't really own him. He took him (管象人) back to his home village, without anyone knowing where that was.
Of course, the royal bull elephant became very sad, since he missed his best friend, the dog. He became so sad that he didn't want to do anything, not even eat or drink or bathe. So the mahout had to report this to the king, although he said nothing about selling the friendly dog. It just so happened that the king had an intelligent minister who was known for his understanding of animals. So he told him to go and find out the reason for the elephant's condition. The wise minister went to the elephant shed. He saw at once that the royal bull elephant was very sad. He thought, "This once happy elephant does not appear to be sick in any way. But I have seen this condition before, in men and animals alike. This elephant is grief-stricken, probably due to the loss of a very dear friend." Then he said to the guards and attendants, "I find no sickness. He seems to be grief-stricken due to the loss of a friend. Do you know if this elephant had a very close friendship with anyone?" They told him how the royal elephant and the stray dog were best friends. "What happened to this stray dog?" asked the minister. "He was taken by an unknown man," they replied, "and we do not know where he is now." The minister returned to the king and said, "Your majesty, I am happy to say your elephant is not sick. As strange as it may sound, he became best friends with a stray dog! Since the dog has been taken away, the elephant is grief-stricken and does not feel like eating or drinking or bathing. This is my opinion." The king said, "Friendship is one of life's most wonderful things. My minister, how can we bring back my elephant's friend and make him happy again?" "My lord," replied the minister, "I suggest you make an official announcement, that whoever has the dog who used to live at the royal elephant shed, will be fined." This was done, and when the villager heard of it, he released the dog from his house. He was filled with great happiness and ran as fast as he could, straight back to his best friend, the royal bull elephant. The elephant was so overjoyed, that he picked up his friend with his trunk and sat him on top of his head. The happy dog wagged(摇摆) his tail, while the elephant's eyes sparkled with (摇摆) delight. They both lived happily ever after. Meanwhile, the king was very pleased by his elephant's full recovery. He was amazed that his minister seemed to be able to read the mind of an elephant. So he rewarded him appropriately. The moral is: Even 'natural enemies' can become 'best friends'.
On her own, but not alone
Marjorie Baer used to joke about her retirement plans. She wasn't married and had no kids, but she didn't intend to be alone?she and all her single friends would move into a fictional (虚构的,小说的) home she called Casa de Biddies. Instead, Baer developed terminal brain 虚构的,小说的) cancer when she was
  52. But just as she'd hoped, her friends and family provided her with love and care to the end. Baer's friends Lee Ballance and Mary Selkirk were walking their dog one afternoon in July 2006 when they saw an ambulance in front of her house. Baer had had a seizure and collapsed. Ballance, a physician, hopped in 上车) his car and followed the ambulance to the (上车) hospital to be at Baer's side while doctors tried to figure out what was going on. When they did, the news wasn't good: She had glioblastoma multiforme(多形性成胶质细胞瘤) , a (多形性成胶质细胞瘤) particularly aggressive form of brain cancer. Ballance was only the first of Baer's friends who became her unofficial caregivers. Until her brother Phil Baer put his marriage and work in Los Angeles on hold to care for his sister during her final weeks, they cobbled(铺) together a system to watch over their friend and allow ( her to keep some of the privacy and independence she cherished. Baer's good friend Ruth Henrich took the lead. That seemed natural: Henrich, then 58, and Baer both worked in publishing and lived in the same duplex(占两层楼的公寓套房) . Though ( 占两层楼的公寓套房) busy in her job as an associate managing editor at salon.com, Henrich took Baer to doctors' appointments and helped her deal with all the aspects of life that were becoming increasingly mysterious to her?answering machines, TV controls, and even phone numbers. After Henrich sent out an e-mail request, a group of volunteers signed up to ferry Baer back and forth to radiation therapy. Others in Baer's circle offered up particular talents: A nurse friend helped Baer figure out how to get what she was due from Social Security and her disability insurance; an attorney pal(朋友,伙伴) helped Baer with her will; a buddy who was an (朋友,伙伴) accountant took over her bills when she could no longer manage them. "There was this odd sense that the right person always showed up," says Ballance. Not that it was easy. "I had to know at all times who was going to be there and anticipate what Marjorie would need n
 

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