Do you know the story about the Zen master and the little boy? There was a little boy, and on his 14th birthday he gets a horse. And everybody in the village says, “How wonderful! The boy got a horse.”  And the Zen master says, “We’ll see.” Two years later, the boy falls off the horse, breaks his leg. And everybody in the village says, “How terrible!” And the Zen master says, “We’ll see.” Then a war breaks out, and all the young men have to go off and fight, except the boy can’t ’cause his leg’s all messed up, and everybody in the village says, “How wonderful!” And the Zen master says, “We’ll see…”

                                    ~Charlie Wilson’s War

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The Silence of the Veal

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There are probably 1,000,0001 reasons I could never be a farmer, but the story I got to hear multiple times yesterday would have to be listed as number one with a bullet.

What’s amusing to me is how absolutely normal the event is in the farming world. While not a daily occurrence, it does happen often enough for a farmer to not even bat an eye while carrying out such a chore.

My wife’s sister visited their grandmother—who lives on a farm surrounded by her sons and their beef-cattle farms—and then came to visit us. Here’s the tale she brought with her…

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A Nose for all that is Unholy

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The most difficult thing to do when writing is to translate a personal moment into something with universal appeal. Case in point: in my opinion, the funniest things in life are not jokes everyone can relate to—“OMG, isn’t traffic crazy??”—no, gut-busting laughter usually comes from a memory shared between two (or several) people, an event so specific that the mere mention of what happened sends all involved into uncontrolled hysterics.

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I Was a White Knight… Once

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  • “This book makes you cry and smile, and at times, you just want to seek him out and give [Nathan] a great big hug.”
  • “Humorous, uplifting, and wonderfully tragic.”
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  • “There is nothing better than a book that ignites an emotional response and creates nostalgia. This book did both.”
  • “By the time I finished I felt I had gained a friend, one who made me laugh, cry, and look into myself.”
  • “All in all, the author makes a journey, and one that this book takes with elegance and heart.”
  • “Timmel delivers the truth in all of its beauty, all of it’s sadness, and all of it’s unpolished splendor.”

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I Was a White Knight… Once is also available for the Sony Reader, and will soon be available for download as an mp3 Audio Book.