The Crow and The Eagle

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There lived a crow on a tree top. Everyday he used to watch with utter wonder the acts of an eagle.


The eagle had a nest high up on a mountain. He used to swoop down from there to get hold of a lamb and fly up again and all in one go.
The crow was amazed by the feat of the eagle.

One day he was so excited that he wanted to imitate the eagle. So up he flew as high as he could. From there he began to swoop down. He came down and down. But alas, he could not control himself. He crashed on the ground and broke his beak.

MORAL : Thoughtless imitation will end in danger.

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Studies on Left-handedness in the Hebrew Bible

Dr. Claude Mariottini - Professor of Old Testament

the-left-handed-painter-1982 Carlo Maria Mariani

Image: The Left Handed Painter

Artist: Carlo Maria Mariani

According to a recent study, about 10% of the population of the US are left-handed. In addition, about 1% of the population is mixed-handed, that is they are ambidextrous. Ambidextrous people are able to use both hands to do things such as writing or drawing.

In the Old Testament the warriors from the tribe of Benjamin favored their left hand in training for combat. There are several references in the Hebrew Bible to people who were left-handed or could use both hands.

The Bible says that Ehud, a judge in Israel was left-handed (Judges 3:15). In the army of the tribe of Benjamin, the best seven hundred soldiers were all left-handed (Judges 20:16). In David’s army, some of his soldiers were Benjaminites. These mighty men of war were ambidextrous. They served as archers who could shoot arrows and sling stones with…

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Judges 16:20

re-Ver(sing) Verses

Judges 16:20 - Then she called, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!”  He awoke from his sleep and thought, “I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him.

Then she called, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!”

He awoke from his sleep and thought, “I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him.

Judges 16:20 | NIV | Other Versions | Context


Samson is a Bible Character whom many would likely be familiar with, for his story was extremely dramatic. His story contained a little bit of all that literary devices that would make him a perfect tragic hero – there is nobility – though not by birth, bit at the climax of the story Samson was the judge of Israel, the leader of the people. There was hamartia (tragic flaw), there was peripetia (reversal of fortunes due to hero’s hamartia) or a downfall, there was anagnorisis (realisation that his  downfall was caused by his own tragic flaw), and there was a carthasis. To make the story perfect, Samson…

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Osoyoos to Rock Creek

A Place to Call Home

Distance: 61 km
Ascent: 1165 m
Cycling time: 4 hours 37 minutes

All the way down the Okanagan valley, people kept saying, “you do know about the mountain at the bottom – don’t you…?!”. Well, I do now. And I have to say, it wasn’t nearly as bad as the Coquihalla. But maybe that’s just because the sun was shining this time. Or perhaps because I wasn’t trying to do this mountain pass on my first day back after several weeks of sitting on buses… In any case, Anarchist Mountain is slightly shorter than the Coquihalla in both height and horizontal distance, and the road is so much quieter that I was able to dance my way up a good part of the ascent 🙂 (Climbing hills on a trike is such a leisurely and relaxed affair that it’s safe to take your hands off the handlebars for much of…

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