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The Gift of the Magi
By O. Henry ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. These pennies were saved one and two at a time. To save this money, she had to fight with the vegetable man, the meat man,... Read more
The Meaning of Haiku
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) An old man is walking along a rocky river bed. He is a traveller, but he is carrying only a few things. He can hear the songs of birds and the breath of the wind. The sound of the River Fuji is clear in... Read more
Bartleby
By Herman Melville ReadOasis Step 1 (Part 1) I am an old lawyer. I have three men who work for me. My business grew, so I hired one more man to help write legal papers. I have met a great many people in my life. But the man who... Read more
Making Work Fun: The Levity Effect (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 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 answered with great confidence. “Sir, your search ends here! I’m... Read more
The Californian’s Tale
By Mark Twain ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) When I was young, I went looking for gold in California. I never found enough to make me rich, but I did discover a beautiful part of the country. It was called "The Stand". The Stand was like Heaven on Earth.... Read more
The Girl Monkey and the Pearls
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 1) Pearls by Saucy Salad (Creative Commons) One day the king went for a long walk in the woods. When he came back to his own garden, he sent for his family to come down to the lake... Read more
Burning Fields of Rice (Step 3)
A Retelling of a Traditional Story ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Once there was a good old man who lived up on a mountain in Japan. All round his little house the mountain was flat and the ground was fertile. On this lovely piece of land grew wonderful fields... Read more
Master of Words: Bob Dylan
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) It was January 1961. In the cold north of Minnesota, a young man of 19 years packed his bags. He was going to New York City. By car, the trip would take over 18 hours. And he was travelling by his thumb. In other... Read more
Habit Power (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 Will walked into the large office area and looked around. He was carrying a cup of coffee, and he spilled some on his hand. “Ouch!” he said. “That’s hot!” He looked around, but all the other workers were busy. They didn't even notice him. He walked over to... Read more
The Father of the Game Boy
ReadOasis Step 2 As a boy, Gunpei loved to play with toys and machines. He often took his toys apart to see how they worked. Then he put them back together again. One day, Gunpei took apart his father's expensive watch. He wanted to see how the little machine... Read more
The Rabbit: A Traditional Story (Step 2)
With special thanks to storyteller Hugh Lupton. ReadOasis Step 2 In the south of Oregon, near Lake of the Woods, young John Jones was walking through the forest. As he walked, he enjoyed the fresh air and the tall green trees. He came to an open field. The grass was... Read more
The Dead Wife
By Andrew Lang ReadOasis Step 2 Once upon a time there were a man and his wife who lived in the forest, very far from the rest of their tribe. They often spent the day hunting together. But after awhile, the wife had so many other things to do... Read more
Be a Starter: Poke the Box
ReadOasis Step 3 I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. Pablo Picasso, Artist. It is a basic secret of success. To get skill, we need to do new things. Depending on the task, doing something new can... Read more
The Drama of Darwin (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 Little Anne Darwin was her father's pride and joy, and she loved her father with a special kindness. But in 1849, Anne became sick with a high fever. Her father tried long and hard to help her. But Anne didn’t get better, and she died. So... Read more
The Father of Fantasy Stories
ReadOasis Step 3 An Image of a Hobbit Frodo is a little man. Well, he's actually a hobbit. A hobbit is like a man, but only smaller. Frodo is small, but he has a big heart. He also has a big job. He holds a ring. It's a magic... Read more
The Weight of a Nation (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 The sun had just set on Waikiki Beach. A soft wind from the sea ran through the trees. Friends came together to hear music, Hawaiian style. One woman, in particular, was caught up in the music. Tears ran down her face as she listened to the... Read more
Reading Power
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) When people ask about English language ability, what is their first question? Usually, they ask this. “Can you speak English?” The total number of native English speakers in the world today is around 375,000,000 people. And about a billion people are learning English. The... Read more
Happy Memories
By Dr. Richard Wiseman ReadOasis Step 2 This exercise is all about re-living happy memories. Research shows that reflecting on what went well yesterday, no matter how trivial the event will make you feel happier. So simply think back about the last 24 hours and focus on what went... Read more
How to Feel Happier
By Dr. Richard Wiseman ReadOasis Step 2 Creative Commons photo by Benjamin Smith This exercise is all about the power of smiling. Obviously you smile when you’re happy. However, research shows the opposite is also true. Smiling actually makes you feel happier. So each day, put a smile on... Read more
Gratitude Attitude
By Dr. Richard Wiseman ReadOasis Step 2 This exercise is all about the power of gratitude. Research shows that thinking about aspects of your life for which you’re grateful will make you feel happier. So spend a few moments thinking about just one thing for which you have a... Read more