A collection of biographical stories and poems about fascinating people in history whose real dreams made a real difference. Developed in performance, these stories bring old tales to life for contemporary readers in a way that is both entertaining and informative.
Martha Cinader, a published writer and recording artist, has shared stories and poetry with audiences in libraries, schools and nightclubs and at jazz and theatre festivals in America and Europe.
Currently living in Greenville SC, with her husband and three sons, she blogs about being a virgin homesteader, among other things. Her forthcoming novel, Marvelina, is a fairytale for grown women.
This ancient story of Mella, who became a queen, is the source of the python medical symbol that we still use today.
It's also just a great story about a young woman's courage, honesty and love for her father. It has always been a favorite of mine and my children...
“You say your simple love is more powerful and mighty than your fear of me? Would you be willing to turn your back and allow me to slide right up to you?”
Mella had no time to waste wondering what was on his mind. She turned without a word and peered into the darkness of the watchful and waiting jungle.
“Your love more powerful than your fear of me? Would you allow me to wrap myself around you as I would if I were going to eat you for my dinner?”
All the little animals she had greeted along the way started calling to Mella, cheeping, whistling and snorting warnings that she was in a no-win situation.
She stood still as a pillar of stone while Python Healer wrapped his giant body around her little frame. Together they looked like an alien beast with long legs and a pretty face.
Python Healer had eaten more than ten thousand delicious dinners in his life, but Mella stood straight and started walking back to her father.