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A Fable about Giftedness

A brilliant botanist developed a method of introducing quality protein into regular potatoes. Aside from this potential for ending Third World hunger, the scientist was also an exceptional chanteuse.

Her voice suggested warm chocolate with a touch of fresh-squeezed coconut milk trickled on vanilla ice cream - a sound that relocated any mind into nebulous enchantment. Her renditions, whether of pain, contentment, rage, or solitude, were sublime and regularly reduced cabaret veterans to maudlin displays.

As would be expected, career choice, became a quandary for this Twice-Talented One. Until, ingenious as ever, she decided on a subterfuge dependent on pseudonyms.

Thereafter, all her scientific papers and enterprises were ascribed to foreign language terms suggesting 'butterfly', as for example, the Danish word Sommerfugl, or the French, Papillon, or the Spanish, Mariposa.

Still, for such publications, her favorite nom-de-plume was Sommer.

Her songstress persona was "Smoke."

Moral: Talent and Fame can be mind-benders.

(c) Kelvin Christopher James