Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Short Attention Span Philosopher #288

#288 Lewis Carroll

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The Raggedy Man by James Whitcomb Riley

Some feel this poem was the inspiration for Raggedy Ann. It’s a child’s eye view of a hired hand who was very good to his employer’s children.

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Little Orphant Annie by James Whitcomb Riley

A scary poem about the goblins who’ll get you if you don’t watch out. James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916) was known as the Hoosier poet.

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The Short Attention Span Philosopher #287

#287 Ambrose Bierce

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The Hypnotist by Ambrose Bierce

A young man has the kind of eyes that engage others. He is a natural hypnotist and also a sociopath. As a teenager he routinely takes the lunch of a young girl who is convinced that she has eaten it. … Continue reading

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An Imperfect Conflagration by Ambrose Bierce

A father/son team have committed a burglary and are dividing the spoils when the father holds back a fancy music box and denies he has it. This causes the son to end their partnership. He accomplishes this with a handy … Continue reading

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The Realm of the Unreal by Ambrose Bierce

A hypnotist trained in India is skilled at infusing others with illusions.

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