On the Wings of a Story

Won’t you take fifteen minutes to view this short story in video form? There’s not a word of dialog, yet I’m betting you’ll find a story that takes you on the wings of a story. This is the kind of story that flies. A story that can be interpreted in different ways.

The video was filmed in 2011. It won more than a dozen awards including an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film. If you want to learn more about the video go to the official website, morrislessmore.com or to  Wikipedia. You’ll learn about the inspirations, the production process, and a lot more.

The best stories take you on a journey.

If you’re like me, you might just want to enjoy the story.


Did you watch it?

What did you think this story was about?



Would You Want to Know?

. Have you seen the commercial for Overstock.com where the woman squeals excitedly about her engagement ring? Then, the guy says he saved thousands of dollars buying it at Overstock.com? I don’t think I’d want to know. Would you want to know?

I would like to know how many women out there would be as thrilled as the lady in the commercial to learn that her husband-to-be was cheap frugal.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for saving thousands of dollars. But I submit that there are times when a husband, or husband-to-be, should not confess how much he spent on his wife. For example, my husband surprised me with a gift the other day: a beautiful, red shamagh (pronounced “schmog”).

Fashioned from a square, cotton scarf, a shamagh, also called kuffiya, is a headdress. You can wear it a variety of ways. It provides protection from the sun, keeps blowing dust and sand from one’s mouth and nose, and will keep your neck warm. Several non-Arab countries, including the U.S., have adopted it as a fashion accessory (see one way to wear a shamagh here and another here.)

I’ve admired my husband’s shamagh for a long time. So I was thrilled to get one of my own. That is until he proudly told me that it only cost him $1.99. I punched him on the arm and told him, ‘Don’t tell me that!’ Whether it cost a lot of money or a little, I don’t want to know.

It’s not that I don’t value the gift for the gift’s sake. I want to feel special. I don’t feel as special when I’m told how little the person spent.

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Me and my shamagh

How about you? If your significant other gets you a gift, do you want to know how little much he (or she) spent?