American Story

taletown.org multimedia English short stories & retold tales about America or Americans, in, on, or of Americas, set in or from North or South American continent, mentioning America, or related in any way to America, or American people or culture

  • Assassin

    AssassinSci-fi crime thriller: Assassin

    The assassin knew that one bullet, one kill, was all she needed. Did she succeed?

    A suspense-full murder mystery

  • 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!"

  • Fair Share Of Tax Cuts

    Throwing Money Away"I oppose tax cuts," Isha was saying, "because they benefit the rich. The rich get a lot more money back than the ordinary taxpayers like me. That's not fair."

    “You’re not the only one who feels that way," Rosh replied, "what you forget is that they’ve paid a lot more in the first place, so it is only fair that they get more of it back."

  • Get A Worry Doll

    Worry DollGet a Worry Doll, Rosh tells Isha, and delegate your worrying to it, like the Guatemalan indigenous ancients did.

    They created Worry Dolls to cope with stress

  • Helen Keller Listened

    Helen Keller in India“Only after an infant learns to identify words, can words start to have meanings.”

    “This little girl was therefore doomed to a life of loneliness, silence and darkness."

    "She could see nothing, hear nothing, and couldn’t say much.”

  • How Tax Cuts Work

    2014_06_210005 - tax avoidance“Even mathematically, tax cuts are not fair to the rich, just like they don’t benefit the poor much. They are skewed in favor of the middle class – the majority.”

    “Perhaps the restaurant owners all over the world are afraid of being beaten up by the five men in the middle. Historically, it has been the working class that has usually caused all the trouble."

  • How To Create Music?

    ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♪♪ ♫"Ethereal music flows from a blooming personality. It is the sound of Life, of Being."

    "But we live in a world that values Becoming over Being. If you must create, create that inner silence that metamorphoses naturally into music. Create that deserving conduit, through which the Anaahat can express its Naad."

  • Life Of Pi

    Life of Pi"I have left so much behind", Pi said, "In the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go."

    "But what hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye."

  • Life Of Pi Reviewed

    135/365²: Life of Pi"It is easy to criticize cannibalism in retrospect."

    "With filled tummies, and from the safety of a detached moral, social or religious high ground."

    "I am however, not convinced that any rational being would not have taken the route he took."

  • Pebbles Of Providence

    I am Free"If she picks the black pebble, she would marry me and your debt would be forgiven."

    "If she picks the white one, she need not marry me but your debt would still be forgiven.”

  • Scammed In Santiago

    Money, that's all I Want“If 10,000 pesos is about 20 NZD”, Josh calculated, “he’s just paid a scam artist $160 for a fare that should have been $0.16.”

    “That’s not like taking a 100 pesos for an 80 pesos fare”, Isha was gob smacked by the magnitude of the scam, “that’s taking over a 1,000 times more than was due!”

  • The Coldest Winter Ever

    Are you kidding me?"Absolutely," the voice confirmed, "I'm telling you man, it's going to be the coldest winter on record."

    "How can you be so sure?" the Chief wanted to be positively certain. Even the experts can get it wrong sometimes despite all the technology in use.

  • The New Healthy

    Smile at a stranger“Beer – helping people enjoy sex since about 5,000 BC - is also made of grains. All healthy stuff. Drink more, be healthier. Have sex, be even more healthier."

    "Beer also helps a man show his emotions. Spill one and he'll cry.”

  • The Richest Man Ever

    John D. Rockefeller"To become rich," Rosh said, "you have to become different first. Do things differently, see things differently. From the majority."

    "It takes vision to see what others can't see yet. And faith in your vision to convert it into a reality. And resources to make it happen. And courage to actually do it."

  • The Right To Life

    The old Man and the Sea"Within the current legislature, the UK Court could not justify the right to kill under an individual's private affairs despite voluntary consent, as this would cheapen the right-to-life for others."

    "The protection of all its citizens by State was deemed to be of greater importance than the respect for an individual's autonomy."

  • The Sniper - Reflections

    From PIGs to HOGs the Scout Sniper way [Image 4 of 7]Reflections on Liam O'Flaherty story, The Sniper.

    War makes enemies out of brothers & neighbors.

    In the darkness within & without, do they know who they shoot at or why?

  • The Sound Of Space

    Birth of a universe - Galaxies“There used to be a saying: No one can hear you scream in space! But NASA says there is sound in the Cosmos."

    "Do you want to hear the sound of Space?" Hosh asked his brother.

  • The Wolves Within Us

    Hierarchy"I sometimes feel like doing some damage," Josh's eyes were filled with tears, "they are so unfair. They are not my schoolmates, but curses that plague me constantly."

    "It annoys me so much, I don't know what to do with them... Or myself... Anymore."

  • Then Helen Keller Spoke

    Hellen Keller in IndiaIn 1955, this 75 year old battler embarked on one of her longest and most grueling journeys.

    A 40,000-mile, five-month-long tour through Asia.

  • Why Aging Kills Us?

    El cafetó i el solet a la cara"Biological aging happens at two levels - one at the level of my whole being which you call Pa, and another at the part level of my individual cells that make up my body."

    "The age of my whole body is different from the age of my individual cells just like the age of your toy car may be different from the age of its individual parts.”