All of us want to leave a mark on our world. We want to be remembered for the good we did. This is the dilemma for author Ellis Parker Butler, a contemporary of Mark Twain. In the case of Butler, he found that the more he followed rabbit trails and gathered 'goat-feathers' without actually doing much to finish the work he thought was more important, the less fulfilled he became. Filled with humor and wit, this author's lamentation is both understood and smiled at.
Ellis Parker Butler (1869-1937) was an American author of more than 30 books and more than 2,000 stories and essays. He is best known for his famous short story "Pigs Is Pigs", in which a bureaucratic stationmaster insists on levying the livestock rate for a shipment of two pet guinea pigs, which soon start proliferating exponentially.
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A comedy of misunderstandings and idealism. Mr. Moorehouse arrived at the train station to claim his baggage and other items. He believed he was being overcharged, but Mr. Flannery wouldn't budge. In time Mr. Flannery wished he had. A fun listen from start to finish. Narrated by Glenn Hascall.
This is the story about Ed, Sam, and Pete - and Pete's a horse. This delightful classic shares the vision of boys who want the best futures by dreaming big dreams. Ed is a follower, Sam is a know-it-all, and Pete, well he's not much to look at. A delight for all ages.
"Geoffrey's Panklaggephone" is the equivalent of a sponge – for sound. This short story from humorist Ellis Parker Butler demonstrates that even the best inventions will have their quirks. Sometimes those quirks can make the invention useful in an application no one suspected.
Mike Murphy sat in the Governor's office seeking a pardon for his son. Murphy knew that if the Governor remembered who he was there wouldn’t be a chance of success. The Governor did remember Murphy, and the bullying he received at the hands of his much younger self. He also remembered how the struggle they had as boys helped him become the man who governed a state.
Ellis Parker Butler is known for his humor and he doesn’t disappoint in this tale. Imagine a cat who intentionally snuffs out each of his nine lives. Imagine the trauma and “paroxysms” endured by the family that watches the cat with such personal disrespect for limited second chances. While Butler tries to present this as a factual account there are many word pictures that will amuse, entertain, and allow you to relate to a melancholy cat.
If you’ve ever participated in an "over the hill' party you know they can be a fun way to roast a friend who reaches a mythical milestone. Acclaimed author Ellis Parker Butler wrote a wonderful story about facing life at 50 and his observations may seem different, yet very relatable. Welcome to a world where some lifelong pains become friends, where some of the best work in life begins, and where things that once seemed so important are relegated to the dust bin of vanity.
Two older men are set to oppose each other for sharing a similar interest in business. Once a pie is mashed into the head of one, and a bit of a 'raslin' match is concluded, the elderly men set about making up while planning the largest business in the nation. If their plan works it would change America, but would their wives approve? Will the men even be bold enough to share their idea with their brides?
This short story takes you back to the start of radio in America. Filled with just the right amount of humor this story takes a millionaire's final wish and makes it possible for him to broadcast an approved message through a loud speaker in his headstone. This captured the attention of the nation, but no one expected the worst case scenario, but it is just this scenario that empties a cemetery. Narrated by Glenn Hascall.
Follow the tale of a traveling writer as he sought the particulars of the origin of "Lover’s Leap" when the town was situated on flat prairie. Kildare resident 'Uncle Billy' was quite pleased to explain the where and why of lover’s leap. Humor is abundant in this delightful short story by Ellis Parker Butler.
Two mature neighbors are weary of seeing a young boy raise rabbits and chickens that always annoyed the old men. The two elder neighbors sought to teach the boy how to raise livestock. What ensues is a misadventure with comic moments throughout. A tale of simple times and men who are funny, even when they don't know they possessed the skill.
A quintessential ghost story that both suggests the presence of ghosts and the belief that they don't exist. And as 'lil Mose meets visitors at the end of October, a ghost story/comedy ensues. Ellis Parker Butler was a contemporary of Mark Twain and is well known for his storytelling ability. Written with a specific dialect present, this memorable tale was interpreted by narrator Glenn Hascall.
War is on and an enemy has infiltrated the country looking for ways to fracture American resolve. While the enemy had little success they latched onto an idea that could bring the country to its knees. Would they get away with it, or was failure the common theme of their work on American soil? Part detective story, part science-fiction, this classic tale is narrated by Glenn Hascall.