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Grizzly Mama

There's a Grizzly who has escaped the City of Brotherly Love..(and she's going back to homeschooling!!)

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"All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth." Aristotle - Greek Philosopher.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Aesop's Fables Friday

The Quack Frog

Once upon a time a Frog came forth from his home in the marshes and proclaimed to all the world that he was a learned physician, skilled in drugs and able to cure all diseases.

Among the crowd was a Fox, who called out, "You, a doctor! Why, how can you set up to heal others when you cannot even cure your own lame legs and blotched and wrinkled skin?"

Moral of the story: Physician, heal thyself.

I love this one - it cracks me up. However I'm not sure that I agree with the moral of the story. There isn't a thing wrong with that frog - his legs and skin are exactly the way they are supposed to be, right? So shouldn't the moral be more about the Fox's inability to understand that differences between species are normal? Like - that Fox just thinks everyone should be like him? Help me here. Grizzly Mama is having a hard time grasping this one. Perhaps there is nothing to grasp other than the humor of it? I need to let go. Breathe. Enjoy.


Blogger DagneyT said...

Fox seems to be the subject of choice tonight...and parenthood. LOL

24 March, 2006 22:10  
Blogger skye said...

>So shouldn't the moral be more >about the Fox's inability to >understand that differences >between species are normal? Like -> that Fox just thinks everyone >should be like him?

A symptom of LCDD (Liberal Cognitive Dissonance Disorder)

25 March, 2006 12:25  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Skye - that's what I was thinking! LOL! I thought - oh dear, I must have been corrupted with political correctness somewhere down the line.

25 March, 2006 12:42  
Blogger Kermit said...

How could any animal speak so scadalously about Cousin Billy down at Billy's Bog. Why, my entire family and geneology is scandalized. Just because we look like characters from Sesame Steet DOES NOT MEAN THAT WE ARE LIBERAL.

I just feel soooo badly that I think I may eat bug. So take that...


OOH, ooh... I may be about to croak.


25 March, 2006 14:41  
Blogger dcat said...

It isn't easy being green! :)

25 March, 2006 14:50  
Blogger The Sparky said...

‘So shouldn't the moral be more about the Fox's inability to understand that differences between species are normal?’

I think your right there Monica, but there was one frog that advice came too late for!

Don’t know if you have heard this one. A frog in a jungle wanted to reach the other side of the river. But he held tight because he saw a crocodile in the middle of the water.

The croc got fed up waiting and swam to the bank where froggy was. He said to the frog do you want to go to the other side, the frog replied “Yes”. The croc said hop on my back and I take you, as there are some dangerous critters in these waters!

The frog said “No way you’ll eat me”. The croc said you have my word that I won’t. “Promise” said the frog, “Yes” said the croc. The frog hopped on his back but half way across, the crocodile rolled over and the frog went into the water, and was snapped up by the croc’s jaws. Just before he eat the frog, the frog said “but you promised”! And the croc replied “I know I can’t help it, but I lied, I am what I am”!

Now make some sense of that one Monica LOL
I take it as something along the lines of a cynic, you have this information on a subject that has always proved right in the past. Why change your mind, it could be detrimental to you!

25 March, 2006 15:21  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Kermit - that's why I was defending you! There is nothing wrong with your little frog legs and beautiful green skin! LOL!

Sparky - I've heard this one. Here's my take on the moral of your story - a liar's promise means nothing!

26 March, 2006 00:07  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Monica R,
Ever read Politically Correct Fairy Tales? Two volumes now, I think. They are hilarious. Even my ACLU father-in-law loves the satire.

26 March, 2006 12:14  
Blogger City Troll said...

Frogs legs taste good and frogs themselves make good bate for Bass

26 March, 2006 12:36  
Blogger tshsmom said...

Don't worry Monica. You're not being PC. You're just demonstrating a grasp of basic biology. ;)

26 March, 2006 12:54  
Blogger The Sparky said...

Too true, Monica

26 March, 2006 13:27  
Blogger Steve Donohue said...

I take it as meaning: Beware self promotion- especially from those covered in the evidence of their own incompetence.

The frog seems to be an ancient-day version of Kevin Trudeau.

26 March, 2006 23:40  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Troll - don't talk like that about Kermit! LOL!

Thank you tshsmom. I knew I could count on you to give me some support and encouragement!

Steve - nice to see you again! I could see that if the frog had a broken arm hanging down, an eye out, psoriasis, constipation and insomnia - but I think that frog is perfectly fine and for all we know he has been through decades of schooling in the healing arts! LOL!

27 March, 2006 02:23  
Blogger Kate said...

Oh yes, please do rake this one all over the political correct coals!!

Monica, this talk about Kermit reminded me how my daughter (when she was 4) spoke out loud for me at the grocery store. We passed by a book or toy or something with Barney's image on it. And she blurts out in her loudest voice - Barney is a liberal.
It was a day when everyone was stocking up on milk and bread for fear of some sleet down here. Yes, it was crowded. Yes, I got many looks! Wish someone was there to high five her!

27 March, 2006 13:39  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Love that Kate. If I had been there I would have laughed out loud and given her a high five! LOL! Out of the mouths of babes, eh? I cannot STAND Barney. Luckily the girls were never really into that show. They were into what I considered bizarre shows for little girls - Batman Beyond for one. It's my husband's influence on that one I'm sure. Scooby Doo was another big one for them.

27 March, 2006 22:59  
Blogger Kermit said...

This whole thing is about cannibble-ism. Can Nibble on frogs... Oh, Oh... I'm going to go hide in the bog before I become topping for a souffle!!!

Well, at least I'll be marinated in Brandy when you find me.

I think that I'm turning into a Grumpy frog.

LOL - Kermit

PS - for the ultimate on "GRUMPY FROGS" take a look at


28 March, 2006 06:57  
Blogger Kermit said...


Go to the original p[ost at that URL...

The discussion that led up to it is a rip. And I still don't have the teeth.


28 March, 2006 07:00  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Dang Kermit - the link doesn't work. :-(

Hmmmmm - Frog marinated in brandy. It could be interesting!

30 March, 2006 23:39  
Blogger The Sparky said...

Hi Monica tried to send you an email but was blocked, am I in the doghouse?

31 March, 2006 18:45  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Not at all Sparky - NO WAY would I ever put you in the dog house!! I did get an email this evening from you so I don't know what the problem is...

31 March, 2006 22:19  
Blogger The Sparky said...

Woof Woof Whoooo, I’m free LOL thanks Monica, I didn’t think you would lock me in the doghouse without an explanation. It must be those darned April Fools Gremlins at it again. LOL I’ll send a copy of what I sent yesterday, but could not get through.

01 April, 2006 08:04  

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