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What are you reading part two

Posted: September 8, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Some time back I made a post asking the readers what they were reading. As a youth, I was asked this question a lot. The older generation wanted to know what I was reading because it was important to  read. The benefits for reading are vast. Besides simply building up a vocabulary and learning, reading opens readers and writers up to such a big world.  Reading opens up our imaginations, improves brain connections, relaxes the body and clams the mind.

If those reasons there haven’t convinced you to begin reading for entertainment, how about this gem, reading is great entertainment. I have read so many wonderful stories!  I am currently a quarter of the way through another. I love to read. I do a lot of reading at night before I nod off.  So there are a lot of reasons to read. So many and if you need one more reason to read. How about this, Saturday was National Read a Book day. Yeah it is a thing.

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In my mind, the most important case for reading is in that reading really is intrinsic to the human condition because when we read we experience connections. The reader gets to peek into the mind of the writer or writers and get an intimate view of the hidden intricacies that make up part of their psyche. For me being human has a lot to do with connecting with others and reading allows us to do this. The human  connections made through reading, go beyond the distance of time and space! You can read works from a current author in your home town or an author from the 18th century in a different county. Reading is an amazing journey and I encourage everyone to read as much and as often as they can.

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john3c

 

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Nostalgia is a funny word; lets see nostalgia is defined in Websters as a bittersweet longing for things, persons, or situations of the past. A few weeks ago a friend of mind was commenting on the youth who was serving him at a local fast food restaurant and how this youths lack of comprehension and understanding as well as his completely rude attitude made him nostalgic. He wanted for a time when the youth were polite, respectful and bright not rude disrespectful and dumb as they are now. See the funny thing about nostalgia is that we can and do usually only remember the good things about the past. We should say he was experiencing sentimental nostalgia I only say this is what he was experiencing because I truly do not think the youth of today are less smart than the youth of yesterday. Before you quit reading and walk away shaking your head allow me to explain this.. Thanks.  My oldest Kyle loves to read his new obsession is the Percy Jackson books (for those of you who are not raising a 12-year-old in North America Percy Jackson is an imaginary character in a series written by Rick Riordan in which Percy finds out he is the son of a greek god and adventures ensue) my friend would say that my son Kyle is the exception to the rule because the youth are not smart enough to read, however the over a million number would make his thought not true this is a 384 page turner whose target audience is middle school children and need I remind you of the best-selling Harry Potter series same target audience wildly successful. Having made my point to my good friend he wondered to himself out loud “well what exactly is the problem?” and of course being the rude and obnoxious friend I am I piped up “maybe the problem is not with education maybe it is a cultural thing”.  Once again let me explain my statement…  With my friend I really don’t think the problem was the young man not understanding my friends order I think the problem was with the young man not caring about my friends order. Engaging a child is a very important tactic when a child or adult is engaged great things happened when someone is not engaged but disinterested bad things happen. How can someone working at a fast food restaurant be engaged one might say you can be engaged by being challenged and encouraged. The good news for my friend is two-fold; first being the youth are not dumb and second would be that engaging individuals is as easy as instilling in them pride in their crafts and purpose in the job the perform. Please weigh in on this and let me know what you think Thanks

John3Corrigan