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   When I was eight years old, I saw a movie about a mysterious island that had an erupting 1)volcano and 2)lush jungles filled with wild animals and 3)cannibals. The island was ruled by a beautiful woman called Tondalaya, the Fire Goddess of the Volcano. It was a terrible low budget movie, but to me, it represented the perfect life. Being chased by 4)molten 5)lava1, blood thirsty animals and savages2 was a small price to pay for freedom. Idesperately wanted to be the Fire Goddess. I wrote it on my list of things to be when I grow up, and I asked my girlfriend if Fire Goddess was spelled with two d's. 

   Through the years, the school system did its best to mold me into a no nonsense, responsible, respectable citizen, and Tondalaya was forgotten. My parents approved of my suitable marriage and I spent the next 25 years being a good wife, eventually the mother of four, and a very respectable and responsible member ofsociety. My life was as 6)bland3 and boring as a bowl of 7)oatmeal. I know exactly what to expect in the future. The children would grow up and leave home, my husband and I would grow old together, and we'd baby-sit the grandchildren.

   The week I turned 50, my marriage came to a sudden end. My house, furniture and everything I'd owned was auctioned4 off to pay debts that I didn't even know existed. In a week I had lost my husband, my home and my parents who had refused to accept a divorce in the family. I'd lost everything except my four teenage children. I had enough money to rent a cheap apartment while I looked for a job or I could use every penny I had to buy five plane tickets from Missouri to the most remote island in the world, the Big Island of Hawaii. Everyone said I was crazy to think I could just run off to an island and survive. They predicted I'd come crawling back in a month. Part of me was afraid they were right. 

   The next day, my four children and I landed on the Big Island of Hawaii with less than $2,000. Knowing no one in the world was going to help us. I rented an unfurnished apartment where we slept on the floor and lived on 8)cereal. I worked three jobs 9)scrubbing floors on my hands andknees, selling 10)macadamia nuts to tourists and gathering5 coconuts6. I worked 18 hours a day and lost 30 pounds because I lived on one meal a day. I had panic attacks that left me curled in a knot on the bathroom floor shaking like a 11)shell-shocked soldier.

   One night as I walked alone on the beach, I saw the red orange glow of the lava pouring out of Kilauea Volcano in the distance. I was 12)wading in the Pacific Ocean, watching the world's most active volcano, and wasting that incredible moment, because I was 13)haunted by the past, exhausted7 by the present and terrified of the future. I'd almost achieved my childhood dream but hadn't realized it, because I was focused on my burdens instead of my blessings8. It was time to live my imagination!  Not my history. Tondalaya, the Fire Goddess of the Volcano had finally arrived.

   The next day, I quit my jobs and invested my last 14)paycheck in art supplies and began doing what I loved. I hadn't painted a picture in 15 years, because we barely 15)scratched out a living on thefarm in Missouri, and there hadn't been money for tubes of paint, canvases and frames. I wondered if I could still paint or if I had forgotten how. My hands trembled the first time I picked up a brush. But before an hour had passed, I was lost in the colors spreading across the canvas in front of me. I painted pictures of old sailing ships and as soon as I started believing in myself, other people started believing in me, too. The first painting sold for $1,500 before I even had time to frame it.

   The past six years have been filled with adventures. My children and I have gone swimming with 16)dolphins, watched 17)whales and hiked around the 18)crater rim9 of the volcano. We wake up every morning with the ocean in front of us and the volcano behind us. The dream I had more than 40 years ago is now reality. I live on an island with a continuously erupting volcano. The only animals of the jungle are wild 19)boars and 20)mongooses and there aren't any cannibals. But often in the evening, I can hear the drums from native dancers on the beach. 

   I'm free for the first time in my life. I am Tondalaya, the Fire Goddess of the Volcano, spelled with two d's and I'm living happily ever after.


                             琳达.斯 达社德









1) volcano  n. 火山      

2) lush a. 青葱的   

3) cannibal  n. 食人者,吃同类的动物

4) molten a. 熔化的      

5) lava  n. 熔岩,火山岩

6) bland a. 冷漠的,缺少刺激的            7) oatmeal n. 燕麦粥,燕麦片

8) cereal n. 谷类食品                     9) scrub  v. 擦洗   

10) macadamia  n. 澳洲坚果树                  11) shell shock 炮弹震荡症,战时精神病

12) wade10 v. 涉水    

13) haunt v. 心头萦绕    

14) paycheck  n. 支付薪水的支票

15) scratch out 勉强做某事            16) dolphin  n. 海豚   

17) whale n. 鲸鱼

18) crater  n. 火山口,喷火口 

19) boar  n. 公猪,野猪  

20) mongoose n. 猫鼬



1 lava v9Zz5     
  • The lava flowed down the sides of the volcano.熔岩沿火山坡面涌流而下。
  • His anger spilled out like lava.他的愤怒像火山爆发似的迸发出来。
2 savages 2ea43ddb53dad99ea1c80de05d21d1e5     
未开化的人,野蛮人( savage的名词复数 )
  • There're some savages living in the forest. 森林里居住着一些野人。
  • That's an island inhabited by savages. 那是一个野蛮人居住的岛屿。
3 bland dW1zi     
  • He eats bland food because of his stomach trouble.他因胃病而吃清淡的食物。
  • This soup is too bland for me.这汤我喝起来偏淡。
4 auctioned 1a9ab53832945db108ff2919e21fccc6     
v.拍卖( auction的过去式和过去分词 )
  • It was sad to see all grandmother's lovely things being auctioned off. 眼看着祖母那些可爱的东西全都被拍卖掉,心里真不好受。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • TV franchises will be auctioned to the highest bidder. 电视特许经营权将拍卖给出价最高的投标人。 来自《简明英汉词典》
5 gathering ChmxZ     
  • He called on Mr. White to speak at the gathering.他请怀特先生在集会上讲话。
  • He is on the wing gathering material for his novels.他正忙于为他的小说收集资料。
6 coconuts wwozOr     
n.椰子( coconut的名词复数 );椰肉,椰果
  • We found a bountiful supply of coconuts on the island. 我们发现岛上有充足的椰子供应。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Coconuts provide "meat", drink, oil, soap and fiber for fishing line. 椰子提供“肉类”,饮料、油脂、肥皂和做钓(鱼)丝的纤维。 来自百科语句
7 exhausted 7taz4r     
  • It was a long haul home and we arrived exhausted.搬运回家的这段路程特别长,到家时我们已筋疲力尽。
  • Jenny was exhausted by the hustle of city life.珍妮被城市生活的忙乱弄得筋疲力尽。
8 blessings 52a399b218b9208cade790a26255db6b     
n.(上帝的)祝福( blessing的名词复数 );好事;福分;因祸得福
  • Afflictions are sometimes blessings in disguise. 塞翁失马,焉知非福。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • We don't rely on blessings from Heaven. 我们不靠老天保佑。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
9 rim RXSxl     
  • The water was even with the rim of the basin.盆里的水与盆边平齐了。
  • She looked at him over the rim of her glass.她的目光越过玻璃杯的边沿看着他。
10 wade nMgzu     
  • We had to wade through the river to the opposite bank.我们只好涉水过河到对岸。
  • We cannot but wade across the river.我们只好趟水过去。
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