The Story Begins

Thanks for joining me as we relive a golden era of storytelling from the early years of the Atomic Age.

I never was any good at this. — Ponyard Kipling

Born a Star

A picture of a Muscovy Duck

Muscovy Duck finished his impromptu audition before the talent agent’s desk. “So? What do you think? I got a face for radio, but I can sing and dance. And wow, can I dance!”

Tourist Trap

a hamster Photo by Ricky Kharawala on Unsplash

Gray Dwarf Hamster lead the party across the valley floor. “See there, the grass is not greener nor is the sky any bluer. And look, the trees. No two trees are alike. Uncanny, isn’t it? Forward, we must press on. We mustn’t be here after dark.”

Self Incriminating

A photo of a carolina chickadee bird

“C’mon, take the cuffs off at least?” Carolina Chickadee whined from the back seat of the patrol car. “It was a simple mistake. I didn’t know you were selling tickets to the policemen’s ball. If I had, I wouldn’t have shot at you. I mean, you know, it was really kind of funny when you think about it. One day we’ll all look back and laugh at this, right? Right?”

No sun up in the sky…

A Lion Photo by Cassie Lafferty on Unsplash

“Furl the main sail! There’s a storm brewing!” Ethiopian Lion barked at the crew. “Helm, bring her into the wind. We want to be looking at the waves, not running from them. Secure all the hatches, you swabs!”

From the Top

A Giraffe Photo by Sian Cooper on Unsplash

“You see, it was all just a misunderstanding.” Masai Giraffe finished to Pygmy Marmoset. “I would never have drawn you into a conversation about our height difference, that would be unconscionable. I assure I would have done it in private without you even being aware. Oh, I can tell by your face I’ve done it again, haven’t I?”

Easy Breezy

A Calabria Pine Vole Photo by ahmad kanbar on Unsplash

“Tanuki’s Taco Hut?” Pine Vole spoke into the phone. “Yeah, I’d like to place an order. Big order, dude, big one. Yeah, you know what? I’ll just come down there. How about that? Yeah, chill my dude, I’m on the way.”

Cover Story

a chipmunk Photo by Jan Haerer on Unsplash

“Don’t be so surprised,” Uinta Chipmunk chided. “I come from the hidden forest, you know. Clandestine is my middle name. What other kind of work did you think I would do?”