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The Hills of Hay
By Robert Louis StevensonReadOasis Step 4 Through all the pleasant meadow-sideThe grass grew shoulder-high,Till the shining blades went far and wideAnd cut it down to dry. Those green and sweetly smelling cropsThey led in wagons home;And they piled them here in mountain topsFor mountaineers to roam. Here is Mount... Read more
Master of all Masters
ReadOasis Step 4By William Byron Forbush (Public Domain) A woman went to a job fair because she was looking for a job as a cleaning lady. At last, a funny-looking old man offered her a job. When she got to the man's house, he told her that she must... Read more
Confucius: An Icon of Chinese Culture
By Max L. Knowles ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 1) The teacher spoke his mind. He told the truth as he saw it, and this apparently offended leaders who had great power. And so, the teacher, whose name was Confucius, was forced into exile. He had to leave the state... Read more
Moving to Think (Step 4)
By Cielo Vera ReadOasis Step 4 Gillian Lynne could not sit still. She was eight years old now, and her teachers were concerned about her performance at school. Perhaps she had a learning disorder. (Today a psychologist might say that she had attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD, but that... Read more
Why Philosophy? (Step 4)
By Max L. Knowles ReadOasis Step 4 Philosophy is a discipline for thinking about the world, the universe, and people. Philosophy is abstract. It’s about ideas and thoughts, such as love, beauty, or truth. But philosophy also deals with the real world. Ethics is a part of philosophy, dealing... Read more
The Lion and the Mouse (Step 4)
By Aesop ReadOasis Step 4 It was a dark and gloomy night, deep in the Gir Forest of India. A great Lion was sleeping under a magnificent teak tree. As he slept and snored, his breath sounded like gusts of wind. Every time the Lion opened an eye and... Read more
Daniel Pink’s Advice about Work
ReadOasis Step 4 The scariest word in the economy right now is the word routine. Anything that is routine is disappearing from this country, and routine is work you can reduce to a spec sheet, to a script, to a formula, to a series of steps that has a... Read more
A Culture of Bribery
ReadOasis Step 4(Part 1) It was two hours before closing time. But Mr. Lee had to ask his customers to leave the store. “I’m very sorry. You have to leave now. I have special business to take care of.” His wife looked sad. "The store is so busy, but... Read more
Words that Remade a Country
ReadOasis Step 4 Smoke, fire, and the booms of big guns. The pounding feet of horses. The flashes of silver swords in the sun. Loud shots in the air. The buzz of bullets in the wind. The cries of men at war. Rivers of blood. The white cracking sounds... Read more
The Biggest Band (Step 4)
ReadOasis Step 4 It was a hot August night in New York City, 1965. Two thousand policemen supervising security watched anxiously as 55,000 fans filled Shea Stadium. But this was not for a baseball game; it was for the first ever stadium concert in the history of rock and... Read more
The Moon
By Robert Louis StevensonReadOasis Step 4 The moon has a face like the clock in the hall;She shines on thieves on the garden wall,On streets and fields and harbour *quays,And birdies asleep in the forks of the trees. The squealing cat and the squeaking mouse,The howling dog by the... Read more
The Hawks and Their Friends
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. BabbittReadOasis Step 4(Part 1) Creative Commons Photo by Hello I'm Chuck A family of Hawks lived on an island in a lake not far from the great forest. On the northern shore of this lake lived a Lion, King of Beasts. On the... Read more
The Queen of Glamour Rock
ReadOasis Step 4 "I thought up the name Queen. It's just a name, but it's very royal, and it sounds splendid. It's a strong name, very universal and immediate. It had a lot of visual potential and was open to all sorts of interpretations."  Freddie Mercury Queen formed in... Read more
ET and Intelligent Life
ReadOasis Step 4 The film ET charmed the hearts of millions of children and adults. It was humorous and compelling, and it told an inspiring story about love and companionship. In one scene, ET points his finger to the sky, and he says, "ET phone home." This simple phrase... Read more
Speak Not Ill of Thine Competitors
By Tom Peters (Creative Commons)ReadOasis Step 4 Does this require more explanation than the Golden Rule (“Do unto others ... ”): Badmouthing competitors diminishes you. Period. “Win” with better product.“Win” with better relationships.“Win” when your industry is prospering and has a good reputation. (Think consultants, ad agencies, lawyers, for... Read more
Work on Your Story!
By Tom Peters (Creative Commons) ReadOasis Step 4 He/she who has the best story wins! In life! In business! The White House! Consider the following: “A key — perhaps the key — to leadership is the effective communication of a story.” — Howard Gardner, Leading Minds: An Anatomy of... Read more
The Pig and the Sheep
Adapted from Aesop ReadOasis Step 4 One day a Shepherd saw a fat Pig walking about in a field. The Shepherd left his sheep for a moment and quietly walked towards the Pig. But the Pig saw the Shepherd coming, and it screamed, “Oink, oink, oink” and ran away.... Read more
Metal Music and Metallica
ReadOasis Step 4(Part 1) I am an alcoholic and an addict and I didn't want to see my children do the same thing. Ozzy Osbourne, heavy metal singer Heavy metal is a style of rock music developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It has roots in the... Read more
Einstein Equals Genius
ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 1) Albert’s father pulled the compass out of his pocket. He placed it on the table. The needle moved and then stopped, facing north as it always did. It was pulled by an invisible force, a magnetic field. For young Albert, the magnetic field that... Read more
The Trial of Galileo (Step 4)
ReadOasis Step 4(Part 1) Ideas on Trial Galileo was old, weak, and ill. But he had to make the 200 mile journey to Rome in the middle of winter. Why all this trouble? The leader of the Church, the Pope, demanded it. Galileo must go on trial for a... Read more