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Christmas at a Gas Station

by Anonymous The old man sat in his gas station on a cold Christmas Eve. He hadn’t been anywhere in years since his wife had passed away. It was just another day to him. He didn’t hate Christmas, just couldn’t find a reason to celebrate. He was sitting there looking at the snow that had been …

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9/11 – The largest evacuation by boat in history

In nine hours, boats streaming in from all over the Northeast evacuated 500,000 people trapped on Manhattan Island by the complete shutdown of all trains and bridges in the wake of the fall of the twin towers. (Compare that with history’s second-biggest evacuation, of 339,000 soldiers and civilians from Dunkirk, in WWII, which took nine …

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The Song of Hiawatha – Selected Chapters

by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, from U of Virginia Library and Longfellow poems Introduction Should you ask me, Whence these stories? Whence these legends and traditions, With the odors of the forest With the dew and damp of meadows, With the curling smoke of wigwams, With the rushing of great rivers, With their frequent repetitions, And their …

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Shay, Shay, all the Way

At a fund raising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its Dedicated staff, he offered a question: When not interfered with by outside influences, everything nature does, …

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The Violin Player

Washington, DC, Metro Station, on a cold January morning in 2007. The man with a violin played six Bach pieces during 60 minutes. During that time approximately 2000 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After 3 minutes: A middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He …

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