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The Star Thrower

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 9:40 pm

I came across this little story not too long ago, read it, loved it, saved it. Just a simple story like this can touch people’s hearts.

I recently dug it up again while sifting through my emails. Glad I did.

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The Star Thrower, by Loren Eiseley (an adaptation)

Once there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work. One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean. He came closer still and called out “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”

“I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”

At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, “It made a difference for that one.”

Loren Corey Eiseley (1907-1977) Essayist, Philosopher and Literary Naturalist.

feelin’ cheesy

In Uncategorized on March 9, 2010 at 12:09 am

Woke up this morning with a block of cheese in my face. My dad just bought this Boursin cheese at the supermarket. I tried it out while I was eating my taters and eggs for breakfast. Well, I ended up eating half of the block of cheese in less than 5 minutes. And, I refuse to look at the calorie and fat content because I know the facts will not be delightful.

Though I ate it with an odd combination this morning, I’d imagine this would be perfect on a baguette, or paired with crackers and wine. It is a French cheese, after all. I highly recommend this. Heck, I liked it so much I dedicated a blog post to it.

(If you haven’t noticed, I’ve got a fascination with French everything.)