An Indian Legend About The Creation Of Man And Woman

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When he had finished creating the man, the Creator realized that he had used up all concrete elements. There was nothing solid, nothing compact  or hard left over to create the woman.
After thinking for a long time, the Creator took the roundness of the moon, the flexibility of a clinging vine and the trembling of grass, the slenderness of a reed and the blossoming of flowers, the lightness of leaves and the serenity of the rays of sunshine, the tears of clouds and the instability of the wind, the fearfulness of a rabbit and the vanity of a Peacock, the softness of a bird’s breast and the hardness of a diamond, the sweetness of honey and the cruelty of a tiger, the burning of fire and the coldness of snow, the talkativeness of a magpie and the singing  of a nightingale, the falseness of a crane and the faithfulness of a mother Lion.
Mixing all these non-solid elements together, the Creator created the woman and gave her to the man. After one week the man came back and said:
“Lord, the creature that you have given to me makes my life unhappy. She talks without ceasing and torments me intolerably, so that I have no rest. She insists that I pay attention to her all the time and so my hours are wasted. She cries about every little thing and leads an idle life. I have come to give her back to you, because I can’t live with her.”
The Creator said: “All right”. And he took her back.
After a week had passed, the man came back to the Creator and said:
“Lord, my life is so empty since I gave that creature back to you. I always think of her– how she danced and sang, how she looked at me out of the corner of her eye, how she chatted with me and then snuggled close to me. She was so beautiful to look at and so soft to touch. I liked so much to hear her laugh. Please give her back to me “.
The Creator said: “All right”. And he gave her back.
But three days later , the man came back again and said:
“Lord, I don’t know — I just can’t explain it, but after all my experience with  this creature, I’ve come to the conclusion that she causes me more trouble than pleasure. I pray thee, take her back again! I can’t  live with her!”
The Creator replied: “You can’t live without her either!”

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And he turned his back to the man and continued his work. The man said in desperation:
“What shall I do? I can’t live with her and I can’t live without her!”

Excerpts from the book titled LOVE IS A FEELING TO BE LEARNED written by Walter Trobisch

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Goodreads’ June Young Adult Newsletter

THREE, TWO, ONE…CHAT!
Colleen Houck
All the way from her home office in Oregon, the author of the mesmerizing Tiger’s Curse series talks about learning sign language, the hero-potential of different animals, and her new prequel, Tiger’s Promise!

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The author of Keeping You a Secret is back with Lies My Girlfriend Told Me. She answers your questions about dealing with critics, cheaters, and runaway emotions as well as the changes in LGBT teen lit.

Next month:
Are you in love with the Divergent series? In July Veronica Roth is back with the collected Four stories, told from Tobias’s perspective.
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YA MOVERS & SHAKERS
These titles have been racing up our popularity charts this month!
The Murder Complex
by Lindsay Cummings (Goodreads Author)
What happens when the murder rate is higher than the birth rate? Meadow, a 15-year-old girl who is already a trained assassin, and Zephyr, an orphan whose kindness veils his deadly secret, navigate this dystopian world.
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Say What You Will
by Cammie McGovern (Goodreads Author)
For her last year of school, Amy – who was born with cerebral palsy—ditches her adult helpers and hires students, including Matthew, a fellow senior struggling with OCD, in this honest, heartfelt, slow-burn of a love story.
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The Truth About Alice
by Jennifer Mathieu (Goodreads Author)
A stall in the high school girls’ bathroom is vandalized with salacious gossip, including vicious rumors about Alice, who is blamed for the star football player’s death, in this scandal-laden teen novel.
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Otherbound
by Corinne Duyvis (Goodreads Author)
Nolan is in Arizona, but every time he closes his eyes, he sees another world through Amara, a servant and healer, who is on the run with a cursed princess. Nolan and Amara discover their connection in this gripping portal fantasy.
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Best Of Friends

Francis Bacon once wrote that
“Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some to be chewed and digested. That is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read, but not curiously; and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.”

We all have the freewill to choose our friends. We could also decide to have as many friends as possible. But few have the sense to choose wisely. Only a few of us choose the friends that’ll complement us and bring out the best in us.

Like cultivating a very beautiful garden, building a long lasting friendship takes a lot of time and hardwork. You have to show sincere interest in whatever your friend is doing without expecting anything in return. You also have to spend considerable time in each others company. By doing this you could become best of friends.

While I was younger, I had just a handful of friends. The main reason was because I preferred to stay indoors and read books then than spending time with my friends. I even spent less time with my family. The second reason was because I don’t make friends easily. Although I now have more friends and socialize more, the number of friends I have is still modest when compared to the number of friends other people have.

Martin Tupper said that “A good book is the best of friends, thesame today and for ever”. This is quite true because I have read quite a lot of books that I consider as my best of friends. I enjoy reading a lot and its something I’ll keep on doing. You might find this weird but I spend more time with my books than I do with my friends because we are best of friends.

ADEWUYI

THE TWELFTH COMMANDMENT (thou shalt do what you feel is right)

Have you read The Eleventh Commandment(thou shalt not get caught)? If your answer is no, you need to read this good thriller by a great author, Jeffery Archer.

Since there’s already an Eleventh Commandment, I’m writing about the Twelfth.

Although most people claim to be Christians and even go to church regularly, they don’t adhere to the ten commandments (Exodus 20:3-17). They find one excuse or the other not to follow what the ten commandments says.

The Twelfth Commandment (thou shalt do what you feel is right), on the other hand, is a commandment that almost everybody use daily. I must confess that I’m also guilty. I’ll like to focus on our special country NIGERIA.

Nigeria, is a land flowing with milk and honey but most of the citizens are suffering. Countries that don’t have half as much resources as Nigeria are living comfortably and they’ve got a good economy. Our so called leaders are greedy and selfish. They embezzle public funds and they usually don’t get punished. The annoying part is that those that claim to be christians are sometimes the worst.

The fact that our leaders don’t adhere to their oath of office has also affected most of the citizens. A friend once told me that he was going to steal as much money as he can whenever he gets appointed to a public office.

There’s this Chinese saying
“live as if there’s a God, if there’s a God you will gain eternity, if there’s no God, then you will loose nothing”

We should try as much as possible to do what is right morally and not what we feel will benefit us alone. Whenever we find ourselves in a difficult and tempting situation we should ask God for guidance. We should try as much as possible to use the twelfth commandment for the right reasons. May God grant us wisdom. Amen