Making Work Fun: The Levity Effect
A manager at a company was interviewing a job candidate. The manager said, “We need a very responsible person for this job. We need someone who can take charge.” The candidate’s eyes lit up, and he responded with great enthusiasm. “Sir, your search ends here! I’m the one. In... Read more
For Want of a Nail
ReadOasis Step 3 It was a cloudy and rainy day. Men sat high up on horses, riding through the stone streets around the king's castle. The metal sound of the horseshoes bounced off the walls of old buildings. At the end of the street, a metal worker was putting... Read more
The Good in Nature (Step 3)
By Max L. Knowles ReadOasis Step 3 In November 2004, the BBC News reported this extraordinary story. Near the North Island of New Zealand, lifeguard Rob Howes was training in the ocean water. He was with two co-workers and his young daughter. Then, like a frightful scene from a... Read more
William Tell and His Son
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Creative Commons photo by Lex Kravetski Switzerland is a beautiful country of mountains, rivers, and lakes. About 100 of its mountains stand around 1,000 meters tall. Over 1,500 of its lakes hold great treasures of fresh water, and the rivers of Switzerland flow to... Read more
The Story of Theseus
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Many years ago, at the foot of a very high mountain there lived a little boy. His name was Theseus. Theseus was from an important family. His father was the king, and his grandfather was a brave and wise leader in the country. Theseus... Read more
Meaning to Live (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Viktor had just married Tilly. She was the love of his life. He was a young doctor in Vienna, Austria. And Viktor and Tilly should have envisioned a bright future together, but Nazi Germany was occupying Austria, and Viktor and Tilly were Jewish. In... Read more
Evolution by Natural Selection
ReadOasis Step 3 Evolution is a process of how living things change over time. Natural selection is the basic mechanism of evolution. It was introduced by Charles Darwin in 1859. He compared natural selection with artificial selection. In artificial selection, humans choose traits for breeding. For example, we can... Read more
The Goodbye Bacon Blues
ReadOasis Step 3 With apologies to all my pig farming and hog farming friends, I wrote this song, a blues song about bacon. Today I read the news. They say that bacon is bad for you. For effect, it’s like a cigarette. If you eat a lot, you'll be... Read more
Big Thinkers Win (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) George turned over in bed and covered his head with a pillow. The alarm clock had been ringing on and off for a long time. It was noisy. The neighbors could hear it through the walls. George finally opened his eyes and looked at... Read more
The Artful Geisha (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 Geisha are traditional female entertainers from Japan. They are skilled at various Japanese arts, such as classical music, dancing, and poetry. The word "geisha" comes from (GEI) meaning "art" and (SHA) meaning "person." Thus, in a literal sense, a geisha is an artist. In the modern... Read more
The Monkey and the Cat
ReadOasis Step 3 A long time ago, a Monkey and a Cat lived together as pets in the same house. They enjoyed great friendship. They always played together, and for fun they caused a lot of trouble. Above all, they enjoyed searching for something to eat. More than anything... Read more
Captain Cousteau
ReadOasis Step 3 Jacques Cousteau (June 11, 1910 - June 25, 1997) studied the sea and all forms of life in the water. He was a French naval officer, explorer, scientist, photographer, author, and film producer. "Captain Cousteau," as people called him, became widely known because of his many... Read more
The Beautiful Bird
ReadOasis Step 3 The forest was thick, and the grass was tall. We walked quietly and carefully by the bank of the river. We were in the shade of the trees, but the river danced with the light of the afternoon sun. "Watch out for snakes," my father said... Read more
The First Lady of Song
ReadOasis Step 3 After her mother died, Ella had a lot of trouble. Her grades dropped at school. She couldn't find a good place to live. She became an orphan, a child whose parents are dead and gone. Eventually, she was sent to the New York Training School for... Read more
The Blind Men and the Elephant (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Print by Hanabusa Itchō (1652–1724) Once upon a time, a long time ago, there were six blind men who stood by the roadside every day. Day after day, at the same place, they begged for food and money from the travelers and wanderers who... Read more
The Boy and the Wolf
ReadOasis Step 3 There was once a shepherd-boy who kept his flock at a little distance from the village. He thought it would be funny to play a trick on the villagers, and he could have some fun at their expense. He ran toward the village crying out as loud... Read more
Playing Global Business on a Level Field
ReadOasis Step 3 A Review of The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century By Thomas L. Friedman. We are entering a new era where the world is one massive marketplace. Old powers had the advantage, but the playing field is leveling now. New powers are... Read more
A Story of Robin Hood
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) In the rough and hard days of King Richard and King John, there were many great woods in the land of England. The most famous of these was Sherwood Forest. It is the place where the king often went to hunt deer and other... Read more
Global Warming Blues
ReadOasis Step 3 The sun shined white-hot. John could feel it, almost burning his skin. The air was thick and hard to breathe. The noise and smell of cars surrounded him in a cloud. He looked at his watch. "I'm late," he said to himself, and he started to... Read more
The King and his Hawk
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Creative Commons Photo by Fran001@Yahoo Genghis Khan was a great king and warrior of the Mongol Empire. He led his army into China and Persia, and he conquered many lands. In every country, men told about his daring deeds. They said that since Alexander... Read more