I have no wish to offer partisan politics, but recently ran across a quote from Winston Churchill saying, “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
For some time I've kept this comment from Morgan Freeman:
In that spirit I went looking through the 15 books I own that this year entered the Public Domain. Starting alphabetically with Carolyn Sherwin Bailey, I have two books newly Public Domain and the first, In the Animal World, right away grabbed my attention when I saw her section, "Of Cats and Dogs." Bailey's Table of Contents gives the author of "The Quarrel of the Cat and the Dog", as Gertrude Landa and her acknowledgements say the book is Jewish Legends. Actually that's not quite correct as the book is titled Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends and that link would take you to Project Gutenberg to read the entire book, including today's story. It seems a metaphor for the current lack of political unity in the United States, but it's also a story cat and dog lovers can appreciate for itself.
I know there are cats and dogs able to live together, but it's rare enough to be noteworthy.
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If some pets are able to live together, now is the time to show citizens and politicians are able to do at least as well.
- There are many online resources for Public Domain stories, maybe none for folklore is as ambitious as fellow storyteller, Yoel Perez's database, Yashpeh, the International Folktales Collection. I have long recommended it and continue to do so. He has loaded Stith Thompson's Motif Index into his server as a database so you can search the whole 6 volumes for whatever word or expression you like by pressing one key. http://folkmasa.org/motiv/motif.htm
- You may have noticed I'm no
longer certain Dr. Perez has the largest database, although his
offering the Motif Index certainly qualifies for those of us seeking
specific types of stories. There's another site, FairyTalez
claiming to be the largest, with "over 2000 fairy tales,
folktales, and fables" and they are "fully optimized for
phones, tablets, and PCs", free and presented without ads.
Between those two sites, there is much for story-lovers, but as they say in infomercials, "Wait, there's more!"
- Zalka Csenge Virag - http://multicoloreddiary.blogspot.com doesn't give the actual stories, but her recommendations, working her way through each country on a continent, give excellent ideas for finding new books and stories to love and tell.
You're going to find many of the links on these sites have gone down, BUT go to the Internet Archive Wayback Machine to find some of these old links. Tim's site, for example, is so huge probably updating it would be a full-time job. In the case of Story-Lovers, it's great that Jackie Baldwin set it up to stay online as long as it did after she could no longer maintain it. Possibly searches maintained it. Unfortunately Storytell list member, Papa Joe is on both Tim Sheppard's site and Story-Lovers, but he no longer maintains his old Papa Joe's Traveling Storytelling Show website and his Library (something you want to see!) is now only on the Wayback Machine. It took some patience working back through claims of snapshots but finally in December of 2006 it appears!