So it is with music. Our folk music as well as the symphonies of Mozart or Beethoven draw an unlimited number of persons into the same soulspace. Perhaps our greatest resource for peace is in an awareness that we enrich ourselves when we share our possessions with others. We discover peace when we learn to esteem those goods whereby we benefit ourselves in proportion as we give them to others.
The very structure and functioning of the universe and of the planet Earth reveal an indescribable diversity bound in an all-embracing unity. The heavens themselves are curved over the earth in an encompassing embrace. Here I would recall the experience of Henry Thoreau, an American naturalist of the midth century who lived a very simple life with few personal possessions. At one time he was attracted to purchase an especially beautiful bit of land with a pasture and a wooded area.
He even made a deposit. But then he realized that it was not necessary to purchase the land because, he reasoned, he already possessed the land in its wonder and its beauty as he passed by each day. This intimacy with the land could not be taken away from him, no matter who owned the land in its physical reality. So indeed that same bit of land could be owned in its wonder and beauty by an unlimited number of persons, even though in its physical reality it might be owned by a single person. Such was the argument of Mencius, the Chinese writer.
He taught the emperor that he should open up the royal park for others, since it would be an even greater joy to have others present with him, just as at a musical concert each of us enjoys the music, not diminishing but increasing our own joy as we share it with others.
So, too, in the Boddhisattva tradition of India there were those such as Shanti Deva, in the fifth century of our era, who took a vow to refuse beatitude itself until all living creatures were saved. For only when they participated in his joy could he be fully caught up in the delight of paradise. It has taken these many centuries for us to meet with each other in the comprehensive manner that is now possible.
While for the many long centuries we had fragments of information concerning each other, we can now come together, speak with each other, dine with each other. Above all we can tell our stories to each other. Tonight we might recall the ancient law of hospitality whereby the wanderer was welcomed.
So it was with Ulysses in his long voyage home after the Trojan war. When exhausted and driven ashore on occasion and surrounded by a people that he had never met before, he was consistently rested, invited to dine with the people of the place, and then in the quiet moment afterward was invited to tell his story. Finished with Chocolate Wafer and generously drizzled with crazy Chocolate Fudge. Go on! Try it! Willow knows you want to. In the deep tropics of Southeast Asia where there is abundance of sunshine and rain, Mangoes can grow practically everywhere.
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Distinct traits will be noted in each of the circas in which a character happens to appear. Strawberry Shortcake is the protagonist and the title character of The World of Strawberry Shortcake franchise. She is a bright and energetic little girl with red hair and freckles with a big, adorable smile, said to be about six years old.
She usually wears a red dress with a white pinafore, and a large pink bonnet decorated with strawberries. In the s, Strawberry Shortcake and nearly all of her friends wore green-and-white stripes in the design of their costume, usually involving but not limited to striped stockings. In her earliest adventures, Strawberry's home was a shortcake surrounded by well-tended strawberry vines, but in she moved into her "Berry Happy Home", a large and ornate mansion. Strawberry is kind, resourceful, and always ready to help a friend in need. Other than her friends, Strawberry Shortcake also loves her cat , Custard and her dog , Pupcake.
Her adversaries are the Purple Pieman and later, his colleague Sour Grapes. Huckleberry Pie is one of Strawberry Shortcake's friends, who lives, not surprisingly, in a large Huckleberry Pie-shaped cabin, just down the road from Strawberry Shortcake's house. The obvious inspiration for his character was Mark Twain 's literary creation Huckleberry Finn.
Huck bore more than a passing resemblance to the more famous Huck Finn, from his straw hat and overalls to his tendencies towards fishing and general laziness. Huckleberry Pie was, for the most part, the sole boy character in a female-dominated franchise. Blueberry Muffin has been Strawberry Shortcake's friend since the very beginning. In the s, the character was depicted with blue hair in pigtails. Speaking with a Southern drawl, she was also known as being more than a little forgetful.
Both of these traits were downplayed as the series progressed. Her pet mouse was named Cheesecake. Apple Dumplin' was the first of several "baby" characters introduced in the vast world of Strawberry Shortcake. Smaller and less independent than the older Strawberryland kids, Apple has also proven to be more than capable of taking care of herself when the situation warrants. Apple's hair is bright orange and she wore a yellow bonnet with small green polka dots.
Her beloved pet, that she often rode on, is Tea Time Turtle. Apple Dumplin' wore a yellow sleeveless onesie with a large apple on it, and green-and-white striped booties. Raspberry Tart wasn't exactly mean or spiteful in her earliest appearances, but she could deliver a cutting, tactless comment before her brain could catch up with her tart tongue.
Gifted with a full head of bright pink curls, the Raspberry Tart doll produced by Kenner depicted an unusual interpretation of her standard Strawberryland dress-and-bloomers attire: both items were combined into a one-piece playsuit-type outfit. Her pet monkey was named Rhubarb. The last of Strawberry Shortcake's original s friends, Plum Puddin' was the bespectacled genius of the group. A surprisingly non-token second male character in Strawberry's early adventures, Plum Puddin' vanished from Strawberryland in , only to return to the series in as a brainy female.
Strawberry Shortcake seemed not to notice. Plum remained Strawberry Shortcake's scientific adviser through the franchise's disbanding in Her pet is an owl called Elderberry. Orange Blossom followed Strawberry home at the conclusion of her trip, and has been at her side ever since. Orange Blossom's pet butterfly , Marmalade , actually predates the introduction of Orange Blossom's character, and the two were merchandised as a team a year before "Pets On Parade" supplied every resident of Strawberryland with an animal companion.
Another of Strawberry Shortcake's new friends from her trip to Big Apple City, Lemon Meringue is a primping beauty known around the city as a famous model. With curly lemon-blonde hair and green eyes, she is nothing if not photogenic.
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When pressed for details, however, she admits that her "pictures" are mostly owned by members of her immediate family. It seems unlikely that a glamorous girl such as Lemon Meringue would choose a frog for a pet. Honey , a brilliant British scientist, is a rather obscure character in the Strawberry Shortcake pantheon. At the end of the "Big Apple City" adventure, T. But T. Honey was never seen again. Plum Puddin', Strawberry's other glasses-wearing friend, disappeared around this same time until She was voiced by Julie McWhirter.
Apricot Bunny is a little white-haired baby with an unusual vocabulary of oversized words. Honey, and like Meringue and Honey, she re-located to Strawberryland at the conclusion of Strawberry Shortcake's visit. Butter Cookie is probably Strawberry Shortcake's youngest friend ever, a baby just learning to crawl. As such, she hasn't yet developed any interesting personality traits, but is plenty adorable nonetheless. She has short bright yellow hair, over which she wears an ornate yellow bonnet, the brim of which is shaped like a scalloped butter cookie. She wears a white, cookie-printed nightdress, which ties into a bow at her feet.
Her pet is a yellow Teddy bear called Jelly Bear. Lime Chiffon was a bubbly and flighty ballerina in the s series, always dancing and spinning to and fro with her parrot , Parfait , who often seemed to be the intellectual one of the pair. Lime Chiffon wore a pink hat with a green bow on it, over her bright green short curly hair. She also wore striped tights, a green dress and green shoes. Cherry Cuddler was another baby character, known for her propensity for hugging and being hugged by her friends. Cherry Cuddler wore a bonnet that looked like a cherry, over her pink short curly hair.
Cherry wore striped tights, a white dress with cherries on it and soft pink slippers. Her pet is a goose called Gooseberry who also wore a cute little red bonnet. Overly polite Angel Cake seemed to take the "Angel" portion of her name a little too seriously and never engaged in intimate activities. Never missing an opportunity to say "please" and "thank you", she even went so far as to play the harp and wear a gold halo-shaped headband in her hair.
Angel Cake's hair was often depicted as a lavender color in the greeting card illustrations and the cartoon, but the dolls and toys made by Kenner had white hair.
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Angel Cake imagined herself as having a weight problem, seeing as angel cakes are supposed to be "light", but was also seen constantly eating candy and ice cream. Her direct quote: " If you don't think about it, the calories don't count. Almond Tea was one of the many new friends met by Strawberry Shortcake during her trip around the world immediately prior to the TV special. A native of China Cup , Almond Tea returned the favor and visited Strawberryland to help Strawberry Shortcake celebrate her move into her Berry Happy Home with a huge housewarming party.
Her short purple hair and vested pants outfit led some customers in to believe that she was a boy! However, she was issued in in the "Party Pleasers" doll line in a fancy party dress, firmly quashing those rumors. A provocative and unexplored facet of Almond Tea's personality is that she is said to possess psychic powers, and was able to, on occasion, see glimpses of the future. Her pet Marza Panda had a similar gift, only it worked in reverse, and only allowed him to see flashbacks. She is said to be adept at handicrafts such as weaving.
She wears a pink and white sombrero style looking hat over her auburn curly hair, tights, a white dress and a poncho over it. Her pet is a donkey called Burrito. She later traveled to Strawberryland to surprise her new friend at her "Berry Happy Home" housewarming party. She is quintessentially French, and speaks English with a thick French accent. Billed as the best cook of all of Strawberry Shortcake's friends, Crepe Suzette has also been described as a bit of a perfectionist.
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She pushed the thematic green-and-white stripes of the Strawberry Shortcake character's stockings to the limit, wearing them as a full-length leotard as part of her street dancer's costume. She wears a little tan beret over very curly blue hair. Her pet is a blue French poodle called Eclair. Mint Tulip was a pretty girl from the Netherlands -inspired Hollandaise.
Mint Tulip wears tights, a green dress, a white tulip flower shaped hat over blonde hair and wooden clogs. Her name is a play on the beverage, mint julep. In the s, her flower gardens were said to be the finest in all Strawberryland, and her pet is a duck called Marsh Mallard, who wears a little green hat with a marshmallow on it. Mint Tulip was featured in the "Berrykins" line of Kenner Dolls.. Although the same size as other babies in the series, the twins seemed to be especially precocious.
Not only did they speak quite well, they even finished each other's sentences. It was difficult for residents of Strawberryland to tell the twins apart; only their pet sheepdog Sugar Woofer seemed to know for sure. Lem wore a yellow and green cap, a bib with a lemon on it, and yellow checkered britches that looked like diapers with side knots. Ada wore a big green hair bow, a bib with a lime on it and white britches with dots on them. Peach Blush debuted near the end of Strawberry Shortcake's initial run in the s.
Peach Blush had full curly pink hair, and wore a yellow hat, pink gingham dress, and tights in the "Party Pleaser" series. She also appeared in the "Berrykins" series, with long curly pink hair with a big white bow, a pink skirt and white top along with the Berrykin multi-colored striped tights. Peach Blush's pet lamb, Melonie Belle, appeared in limited media a Kenner coloring book under her original name, "Honey Lamb".
Baby Needs-a-Name was the last of the younger characters to be introduced in the classic s version of Strawberry Shortcake. She wore a pink bonnet over her blonde hair and a pink dress. Her gentle nature endeared her to everyone who met her, and she had but two wishes in her young heart: to have a pet, and to have a name, for no one had been able to think of one for her. One of these wishes came true during Strawberry Shortcake's annual camping trip in the special, when the baby encountered the unusual but adorable "monster" Fig Boot, a play on Bigfoot.
Fig Boot is an oversized as far as Strawberryland pets are concerned purple reptilian creature, but is depicted as a baby of whatever kind of animal he is. The Baby and Fig Boot bonded instantly, and, following the foiling of a plot by the Purple Pie Man and Sour Grapes to exploit the creature, remain inseparable. The final friend of Strawberry Shortcake to be introduced in the s, Banana Twirl was an energetic exercise enthusiast. Because she came along so late in the line, she was never featured in American Greetings artwork, and remains noteworthy due to the scarcity of what merchandise of her was actually made.
Unlike the other characters, she did not own a pet.
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Sun is just that—the sun in the sky, anthropomorphed into a friendly character with a face, who keeps a watchful eye on most all the goings-on in Strawberryland. As such, he also officiated as the narrator of the six s-era Strawberry Shortcake TV Specials, and on more than one occasion acted as the deus ex machina means of resolving Strawberry Shortcake's storyline conflict therein. Sun was voiced by Romeo Muller in the first three specials, and was voiced by Chris Wiggins in the final three shows. In the more recent Strawberry Shortcake revival, the sun has been depicted with a smiling face, but has yet to interact with the characters of Strawberryland.
Lucky Bug is a tiny ladybug. Normally merely a benign observer of the goings-on in Strawberryland he can be seen in much American Greetings artwork, perched inobtrusively on a leaf , Lucky Bug was enlisted by Huckleberry Pie to spy on Strawberry Shortcake in the initial TV special, in order to learn what she wanted for her birthday. Lucky Bug communicates with a series of musical buzzes, which are well understood by the inhabitants of Strawberryland, even including the Purple Pie Man.
Years and years before the internet and e-mail made the term "Snail Mail" popular, Escargot is believed to have originated the term, to describe his own extremely slow method of postal delivery around Strawberryland. An enormous snail with a French accent, Escargot was voiced by Bob Holt, and appeared in the first two Strawberry Shortcake Specials of the s.
He was merchandised by Kenner as a plastic toy, which pulled a berry cart behind him as his head moved from side to side. While Strawberry Shortcake's friend Orange Blossom has a small, delicate butterfly for a pet, Strawberryland also sports butterflies of the enormous variety, such as Flitter-Bit. This obvious disparity of size doesn't faze the inhabitants of Strawberryland in the slightest. A gigantic yellow-and- green butterfly, large enough for the residents of Strawberryland to ride on his back, Flitter-Bit comprises Strawberryland Airlines, and flew Strawberry Shortcake from Strawberryland to the bright lights of Big Apple City.
A bright plastic Flitter-Bit toy was produced by Kenner in , the year that he made his sole animated appearance in the "Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City" special.
Another, smaller solid plastic version was included with the Strawberry Shortcake Play-Doh playset. Recently, however, large yellow butterflies that greatly resemble Flitter-Bit were featured in Strawberry Shortcake's "Sweet Dreams Movie". Tamale is a large, furry Mexican mole, with an apparent poor sense of direction. While tunnelling underground as moles do to Acapulco, Tamale somehow surfaced in Big Apple City, just in time to assist Strawberry Shortcake and her new friend Orange Blossom avoid a sabotaged traffic light, by digging a tunnel to Orange Blossom's home in Spinach Village.
Like many other supporting characters featured in the "Big Apple City" adventure T. Honey, Horseradish , Tamale decided to relocate to Strawberryland following Strawberry Shortcake's heart-warming description of her small-town life. However, for reasons that remain unknown, following this mass migration, none of these characters were ever seen again. For reasons that remain unclear, Tamale has also been billed under the unlikely name "Guaca-Mole" in some media. Prior to Maple Stirrup, Strawberry Shortcake's first horse acquaintance was a buck-toothed blue horse called Horseradish.
Horseradish never appeared again following this adventure, and he was not merchandised as a toy. Billed as "The One-Man Network", Coco operated the cameras, ran the production booth, was the entire orchestra, did voice-over announcements, emceed, and even dressed in drag as a lovely spokes-model.
Good-natured but weak-minded, Coco befell hypnotism and mind-control at the fiendish hands of The Purple Pie Man, but came to upon tasting the actual entries in the Bake-Off. Despite expressing an interest in giving up the "Brat Race" and relocating to Strawberryland, and even giving up his job s at the TV Station, Coco Nutwork was NOT seen accompanying Strawberry Shortcake and her new friends back home in the closing scene of the Special. Berry Busy Bug is some sort of strange purple insect, with six legs one pair functions as hands and a long squiggly tail. He pushes a wheelbarrow as he pulls a series of flower-shaped trailers behind him, merrily transporting Strawberry Shortcake and her friends to and fro.
As a character, however, Berry Busy Bug is absolutely minor. A walk-on cameo appearance in the "Pets On Parade" adventure is all the storyline treatment he ever received. Clad in a top hat, bow tie and tweed suit, Philbert also wears an ornate saddle with twin sidebaskets, so that Strawberry Shortcake can ride on his back, as he bounces along at a surprisingly quick pace. He answers to the sound of a whistle, as though he were performing a taxi service, and has been known to "spook" when someone brings up the subject of fishing.
His toy was billed as the "Berry Merry Worm". Maple Stirrup was the first Strawberry Shortcake horse character to be merchandised as a toy. A warm brown pony with a bright green-and-white striped mane and tail, Maple Stirrup pulled a light two-wheeled carriage called The Oatsmobile. And yes, this little horse did indeed smell of maple syrup. However, it is unclear if American Greetings was planning to revive this filly for the franchise revival.
The Berry Princess is a beautiful fairy who possesses amazing mystical powers. With a wave of her magic wand, she can appear and disappear in a shower of sparkles, cleanse the skies of pollution, and even make hair grow to fantastic lengths instantly! Supposedly the Guardian of The Berrykins, a group of elf-like beings who are charged with giving fruits and berries their sweet fragrances, the Berry Princess nonetheless entrusted her charges into the care of Strawberry Shortcake and her friends in , which was the last year that Strawberry was produced in the s.
The known Berrykins are:. The primary antagonist of the show, the Peculiar Purple Pieman of Porcupine Peak was introduced in Strawberry Shortcake's first adventure, The World of Strawberry Shortcake , where he succeeded in flooding Strawberryland and stealing all the berries in the valley. This was the closest the Pieman ever came to a decisive victory over Strawberry Shortcake. From there, his crafty machinations devolved into half-baked "get rich quick" schemes which always seemed to involve making off with something of Strawberry Shortcake's.
In Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City , it is said that he has an 'evil conscience', and he often refers to himself in the third person, doing a tap dance and chanting an odd fanfare while doing so: "Yah-tah-tah-tah-tah-tah-tah-tah, tah-tah-tah-tah! The Pieman possessed a magic pie tin, which he used to spy on the residents of Strawberryland. While he was a clever liar and cheat, and a convincing master of disguise, he was an admittedly poor baker. He dislikes snakes and Sour Grapes' singing, but hates Strawberry Shortcake's 'Berry Talk' that is, to substitute "berry" for any word that rhymes above all else.
Sun describes him as a "misanthropic fathead with a skinny physique" in Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City. The Purple Pieman has a flock of purple Berry Birds, which he used to steal berries and eavesdrop on the denizens of Strawberryland. The largest Berry Bird was called Captain Cackle. In the special, she introduced herself as the Purple Pieman's old partner in crime.
She sang when excited, much to the Pieman's chagrin, as her singing was loud and off-key Her 'song' was introduced as a "yogurt-curdling yodel" upon her first appearance, but was later modified into a shrill operatic pronouncement. She was very fond of her pet snake , Dregs , whom she frequently wore as a stole. Usually featured with purple and blue long hair in a swept up hairstyle, long purple dress and long green gloves. She is Sour Grapes' adolescent niece. Raisin was featured with purple hair, grapes as earrings, a purple dress and shoes along with striped tights.
In her first appearance, she was enlisted to infiltrate Strawberryland's annual pie baking contest. By the end of this adventure, Raisin realized that she wanted to be friends with Strawberry Shortcake and her companions, but her loyalties were still with her aunt and the Purple Pieman.
Her pet is a worm named Durt. Due to her comic only appearance, she remains a fairly obscure character. Her name is a pun on the phrase "raising Cain".
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Throughout the reintroduction of the Strawberry Shortcake series, a number of recurring characters appear. Strawberry Shortcake is the protagonist and the title character of the Strawberry Shortcake franchise. She is said to be the "unofficial princess" of Strawberryland,  and is often seen wearing a pink hat with strawberries printed on it. In this version, she lives in a large strawberry. Many of Strawberry Shortcake's days are spent in the simple pleasures of tending berry vines.
Strawberry also likes to spend time with her friends, so she frequently visits nearby lands.
Strawberry is always cheerful and is ready to help her friends at any time. This version of Strawberry Shortcake appears slightly older than her s counterpart, and was voiced by Sarah Heinke from until the franchise's reboot in She is also the only character who has been in every single episode, since she's the main character. Apple Dumplin' was the only "baby" character in this updated continuity of Strawberry Shortcake. Apricot would eventually appear, but was depicted as much older than Apple though still younger than Strawberry Shortcake and her peers , and Cherry Cuddler would have a PlayMates doll issued, but was never featured as an actual character in a story.
This time around, it is revealed that Apple Dumplin' is Strawberry Shortcake's baby sister residing in their berry-shaped cottage, which more or less explains why a young girl is seen taking care of a baby unattended. Apple's hair is blonde in this version, and she wears a red shirt with an apple-printed dress. Voiced by Kate Labosky. Ginger Snap is an all-new character for the s reboot of the franchise. Ginger Snap is an expert inventor, and purveyor of every known kind of cookie. Her massive gingerbread factory in Cookie Corners combines these two interests neatly. Her pet is the cleverly named Chocolate Chipmunk.
She is voiced by Samantha Triba.