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
The Broken Promise
By Andrew Lang (1894) ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) A long time ago, an Indian hunter built himself a house. It was in the middle of a great forest, far away from all his people. His heart was gentle and kind, and he was tired of the evil deeds... Read more
Driving Motivation (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Professor Harry Harlow thought that he had created a difficult puzzle. He placed a hinge on a block of wood. A hook held the hinge closed. A pin blocked the movement of the hook. To open the hinge you first had to remove the... Read more
A Horseman in the Sky
By Ambrose Bierce ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Carter Druse was born in Virginia. He loved his parents, his home and the South. But he loved his country, too. And in the autumn of 1861, when the United States was divided by a terrible civil war, Carter Druse, a... Read more
The Story of Tavwots
By Mary Hunter Austin (1904) ReadOasis Step 3 The woman made baskets, so they called her The Basket Woman. Her eyes were dark, and in her eyes, you could see the wisdom and sadness of her people. The Basket Woman told stories about her people. They were native Americans... 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
Saved by the Belt
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Michelle ran out of the church. She got into her red Porsche, started the engine, and drove away. She turned onto Mulholland Drive and headed west, away from Los Angeles. With the top down, her white wedding veil and black hair blew in the... 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
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
The Death of Sir Philip
Retold By James Baldwin ReadOasis Step 3 Sir Philip Sidney by Unknown Artist A cruel battle was being fought. The ground was covered the blood of dead and dying men. The air was so hot that it was hard to breathe, and the sun shone down without pity on... 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
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 North Wind and the Sun
ReadOasis Step 3 Image Gutenberg.org One day the sun and the wind had a quarrel. The wind said, "I am stronger than you." "No," said the sun, "I am stronger than you." While they were disputing, they saw a traveler coming down the road. He wore a heavy coat.... 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
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
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
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
A Musical Money-Making Machine
ReadOasis Step 3 Carrie Underwood by Eva Rinaldi (Creative Commons) Carrie was a country girl from Checotah, Oklahoma. She lived on a farm, and in the mornings, she would help her father feed the cows. Carrie loved to sing. She started singing at church when she was 3 years... Read more