The Untold Tale of Grandpa Salamander

If you are familiar with the story of The Turtle Who Learned a Good Lesson you might recall that Lumpy, the toad, ran off to save Toby, the box turtle, from the scheme of a hungry vulture before Grandpa Salamander had finished telling Lumpy something that he had remembered about vultures.
You might also recall that the box turtle’s formal name was Tobias, but Lumpy had nicknamed him “Toby” because it was easier for the toad to pronounce.
After Toby made had friends with Lumpy and their adventures together, the easier nickname seemed to agree with the easier life Toby had achieved by regarding his turtle shell as a benefit, rather than a burden.
Part of the lesson that Toby had learned is to be careful how he thinks about himself. As time passes, you become whom you think you are and your world becomes what you think it is. He had learned that he could make his life easier or more difficult, depending on how he thinks.
Consequently, Toby was a much happier box turtle when he first met Grandpa Salamander. He had learned to count his blessings and had stopped grumbling about his heavy shell as he traveled between his home near the edge of the meadow and the berry patch in the forest.

Approaching the Bench From Inside the Immigration Court

This is a book about the immigration court seasoned with observations and some anecdotal humor. The book also serves as a practical guide for attorneys and laymen who are interested in immigration matters within the jurisdiction of the United States immigration courts. In addition, this book provides a historical overview of the evolution of immigration law in relation to the role of the Immigration Judge, including suggestions for improvements in the institutions that enforce and administer United States immigration law.

Al Estrado, Desde El Interior De La Corte De Inmigracin
(Spanish Edition)

Spanish Version of “Approaching the Bench From Inside the Immigration Court”.

The Tale of a Turtle
Who Learned a Good Lesson

Toby, a box turtle who is always complaining about carrying his heavy shell while admiring the agility of lizards, befriends Lumpy, a toad. Lumpy tries to convince Toby that being a lizard would not be as wonderful as he imagines, but Toby is unconvinced. Even when his shell saves Lumpy from a snake, Toby continues to complain. A crafty vulture takes advantage of the turtle’s discontent and convinces Toby that if he meets the “change monster,” he will be freed from his shell. Lumpy comes to the rescue just in time to push his friend out of the way of an eighteen-wheeler, foiling the vulture’s plan. Lumpy and Toby return home after Toby experiences a bad dream involving the snake. Toby learns to like himself and is grateful for both his friend Lumpy and his shell.