May 9, 2008
"The Donkey and the cucumbers", a simple little folktale from
India, is somewhat similar to Aesop's fable about the fox and the
crow, a warning that sometimes crowing too loudly will cause you to
have to eat crow later. We enact it with the aid of our special
guest star Cassia, who is visiting us for a few days from
Massachusetts. Who ever heard of a red-haired donkey? But it was
her real-life fondness for cucumbers (some might say an obsession
with cucumbers) that prompted our selection of this story.
We come to you from the beautiful city of Seattle and vicinity, where we're presenting a series of performances for the King County Library System. Previously we were in Portland, where Zephyr and Cassia met up with some friends, and dropped in at Powells, the fabled bookstore that may be the world's largest.
And speaking of books (which Dennis keeps doing in this podcast) we had to put in a plug for a new book called "50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth". We know, there's already been a book by that title. But this one, by the same author (John Javna, assisted by his teenage son and daughter), is not just a revised edition of that bestseller, but a whole new volume that addresses the realities of the Twenty-First Century more effectively. We're recommending it not just because John's a friend of ours, but because it's an informative and important book.
Dennis (Washerman and Watchman), Kimberly (Narrator), Zephyr (Fox) and Cassia (Donkey)