You can find serenity in teaching your kids some new tricks. At the beginning of each school year, parents think of all the things their children will learn in school over the course of upcoming year.  Undoubtedly parents are thinking about math, science, language arts, music and reading. However, there are many more lessons that parents must teach their children. Many things parents teach their children are things that the parents have learned on their own over the course of their lives and found important enough to pass to the next generation. Think about all the things you teach your children. Many of the things we teach our children are things our own parents taught us. Other things we teach our children are things we have learned at school. Still other things we learned by reading books. More »

It is sensational to read a book that gives a different view of independence. There are a few characters in books that I liked as a child and still like as an adult. One of those characters is the one of a kind, Sherlock Holmes. As a child Holmes seemed smart, interesting and weird. As an adult, I see Holmes as a one of a kind, smart, interesting and weird character. I interpret Holmes as an independent figure who says what he means, means what he says and does not bow to worldly conventions. There is an interesting independent edge that I see in the character of Sherlock Holmes.

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Some will argue that Holmes is a know-it-all, self-centered, drug addict. More »

It is sensational to develop a love of reading at a young age and to nurture it throughout life. Books can both be friends and help you make friends. Books can be something to love and teach you how to love. I love to read because books offer endless possibilities.

I love to read for too many reasons to count, so I shall share just a few of them. I like to read because books have always given me:

  • adventure
  • company
  • education
  • opportunity
  • pleasure

 

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When I was a child, children’s television shows taught me that reading is fundamental. Today, Dora the Explorer teaches my children that if they want to learn something, they should “take a look in a book.”  I have always found books to be a source of adventure. The first adventure story I remember from my childhood was Dr. Seuss’ And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street. I liked hearing the story the child created about wondrous adventures on the way home from school. As a teenager I fell in love with The Bourne Identity and  its sequels. When I become a young woman and moved into my own apartment, I lived alone for the first time in my life. Things were so quiet. I read books then because they kept me company. The characters in the books sometimes became friends that kept me company and made living alone seem not quite as scary

 

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As a student in college and law school, most of my reading was for educational purposes. I read to learn about organizational behavior, managerial economics, torts and contracts law. My reading had a purpose, a point. There were definite things I had to get out of each book I read. There was information I needed to obtain so that I could pass tests, write papers, draft briefs. I read in order to learn, to be educated. As a sole practitioner attorney and entrepreneur most of my reading was for opportunity. I tried to find opportunities for my law practice, my clients and their businesses. I looked for internal and external opportunities.

Now, I am at a stage in life where I still read for adventure, education and opportunity, but I make sure to make time to read for pleasure. I read things for the sheer pleasure of having the words roll around in my mind, creating pictures that only I see and appreciate. I enjoy reading or pleasure because it is relaxing, enjoyable and just plain nice.  This is really my favorite time in my life for reading because I can read for pleasure more than I was ever able to do as a younger woman. At the same time, because I am older and more experienced, there are more things that give me pleasure when I read them.
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I developed my love of reading as a young child and have spent the past 42 years since nurturing my love of books. So, the question for you this sensational day is why do you love to read?

What is more sensational 3,000 books in your purse or the smell of a new paperback?

Let’s start off with a basic fact. I truly enjoy words and books. I love to read. My Kindle 3G reader holds 3,000 books and there are another 1000 or so I own in the cloud. My library at home has about 1,000 hard copy books. I really like to read. I really like books. I like the look of them, the feel of them, the smell of them.
 Many of you who read this blog embrace technology and have among other pieces of technology an e-Reader. More »
It is sensational to learn to read so you can start a love affair with books.
 
I have always loved books. I learned to read when I was three years old. I remember my father bringing home a bunch of Dr. Seuss books. I read those books with my mom who taught me to read. I liked turning the pages, seeing the words and pictures. I liked how you could string together bunches of letters and those bunches became an interesting or fun story. As a child I learned to read just so I could play with my books and do what my teachers asked. As a teenager I learned to read critically, to look for points and themes. In order to pass exams in English class I had to learn to read for theme, point and character development. I learned to read to provide pleasing answers for high school teachers and college professors. As a law student I learned to read for black letter law, facts, issues and holdings. I learned to read to look for ways to apply legal principles to fact patters in school, on the bar exam and later as a representative for my clients. 
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As an adult I learned to read for sheer joy. More »
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