Stories about Life

taletown.org multimedia English short stories about life or living, retold tales on Eudaimonia & the art of living with quotes & sayings about life & living well

  • $5 Note Seal Check

    From my fridge's POV :)

    "You want a Crash Course on Fridges", Isha laughed, "Sure. As with my tips on using stoves, hot water, laptops and energy saver bulbs, watch your power bill."

    "It tells you a lot if you are listening."

  • A Cup Too Full

    KyotoHe poured in his visitor’s cup. The cup was soon full, but Nan-in kept pouring.

    The tea rose to the rim and began to spill over on the table.

    Nan-in continued pouring.

  • Advantages Of Being Short

    the boy's first camping trip"Pa, I am the shortest in my class," complained Josh, "and people tease me for that."

    "Do they?" answered Rosh, "Well, they don't know the secret advantages of being short then."

  • Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 20

    Spooky MoonHis senses had been fogged by shock and confusion, and he had lain in his lair hungry and mentally shattered.

    As the day progressed, the fog surrounding his brain slowly cleared. It was replaced by pain.

  • Ali Baba And 40 Thieves 21

    LaredoThe Captain rose early the next morning.

    Disguised differently again, he rode back into the city.

    Dismounting outside a karvaan serai (caravan inn), he went straight to the Inn keeper, and struck up a casual conversation.

  • All Roads Lead To Rome

    Spider web"Abraham bought the lucky ticket at the Mecca Shop. And people have been buying tickets from it ever since. In growing numbers."

    "The same goes for any other holy place. The Vaticans, Varanasis and the like. In fact, bathing in the Ganges now is more likely to give you water borne diseases than to help you attain God."

  • Am I Rich Soil?

    lostDronacharya (Teacher Dron) taught archery equally to all his students, yet Arjun excelled the others in mastering it.

    The seed which falls in a rich and ready soil bears the greatest fruits.

  • Angry Buddha

    Fell On Black DaysMiss Nuyen started bubbling over with anger, but years of ritualistic practice held her down.

    "Namo Amitabh Buddh, Namo Amitabh Buddh..." she continued, trying to hurry through the 10 minutes frantically.

  • Animal Pets! Or Animal Pests?

    DSC_0344"Animals also have some special dietary needs," Josh agreed, "You can't feed your goldfish chicken bones."

    "The bone is probably bigger than the fish anyway!" Rosh joked, "And you can't get your dog to eat grass clippings".

  • Animals That Stammer

    Cat playing peek a boo"I don't think I could handle any more stammering animals, pet," Isha smiled down at him, "One's enough in this household."

    "And by the way, animals do stammer!"

  • Any Asshole Will Do

    Day 170/365 - God Loves Assholes"Senior Management is happy as it believes the workforce has become efficient, customers are happy because they believe the company is delivering value for money, and workers won't squeal because they need jobs. Whoever bells the cat, won't be making any friends. So, I guess for the moment, we have a stalemate."

    "As long as he pretends that you are getting a fair wage", she responded, "you can pretend you're working hard. Outlast him."

  • Auf Wiedersehen. Good Bye!

    Smeesh-Smosh the Stunt Man"No! No!" answer da tower, "Wus your altitude, an where your location?"

    "Pierre say, "Man, rat now ah got a positive attitude, an ah'm from Thibodeaux, Laweezeeanna!"

  • Awakening

    Birds in an Orange SunriseThe ranges stood tall and silent. Asleep. The downcast grass was rolled up into a carpet covering the soil, as if snuggled up to the warm stillness. Silence engulfed Hosh.

    Only a soft subtle humming drifted across the grassland from a nearby tea-tree bush. A few crickets lay nestled in the leaves. Hidden, despite the subdued moonlight.

  • Bang Bang!

    flying with the angels“How are you feeling, Richard?” Hosh asked.

    "I've never felt better, Doc” Richard beamed back, “I have a 20-year-old bride now. And she is pregnant with my child. What do you think about that?"

  • Banking On Insurance?

    Insurance“Since the cost of replacing floor coverings in most of the separate areas was individually less than my policy excess, they declined to pay most of the replacement cost on the grounds that each individual event within my claim was uneconomical."

    "Interestingly, the assessor had initially confirmed to me that the whole house would be covered and given me the go ahead to get it all replaced quickly to mitigate loss of rent while the house sat untenantable due to damages. The assessor later denied they had given me any verbal confirmations of cover.”

  • Barbers Don't Exist!

    Lift-off..."You know what?" he said to the barber. "Barbers don't exist."

    "How can you say that?" asked the surprised barber. "I am here, and I am a barber. I just worked on you. Have you forgotten so quickly?"

  • Best Raindrop In The Sky

    Dewdrop Inn“If we want to be great, we should learn to have habits of the great. Discussing people and their follies, like we are, is futile. In doing that, we become no more than the three raindrops.”

    “Raindrops?” Josh was perplexed.

  • Bull Running In Pamplona

    Bull running, PamplonaThe two sat huddled cozily in his bed watching Encierro, the most famous event of the festival of San Fermín held in the city of Pamplona, Navarre.

    With over a million global visitors annually, it had become probably the most internationally renowned fiesta in Spain.

  • Cancel Your Credit Card

    3D Shackled Credit by StockMonkeys.comBank: When she applied for the card, she agreed to and signed its Terms and Conditions.

    Relative: Perhaps you could resend her a copy of those. Would you like her new mailing address?

  • Carrots, Eggs, And Coffee Beans

    Latte Art"See, I can't even see what is so obvious to you. I am like these coffee beans soiling whatever they touch and completely useless thereafter."

    "Wish I were more like these other two, still holding their own after all their troubles."