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The Path of Animals

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A Badger and a Stone

Animals sense our walking.

I don’t mean merely that they know our presence. I meanthat, in moments, they sense the intentions of our hearts—whether our hearts are walking forward or backward.

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You may wonder at my saying this. There was a timewhen I wouldn’t have believed it myself.

But then I met a badger with a stone.

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It happened not long after I escapedthe land of winding cliffs.

My moccasins had ...

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