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Digital or Paperback?

Digital books may be easier for you to read because of convenience. But when is the last time you read an actual paperback or hardback book? Allow yourself the pleasure of spending an hour browsing in a bookstore. Notice the different sections instead of gravitating only to your favorite interest.  READ MORE »

Making Time to Read


Families in America typically lead hectic lives in this rat race society. Those who have long-distance commutes to jobs, like a few people I know from So Cal’s high desert that drive “up and down the hill” every day, get their reading in by listening to CD’s. That works. Do whatever you can do to see that reading doesn’t become a lost art in your home.

Parents juggle schedules, jobs, school functions, and soccer practice. By the time they get home in the evening, there’s only enough time for homework, preparing children for bed and making lunches for the next day. If there is any time left, that’s spent watching TV. No time is left for reading unless it’s when they finally make it to bed. Then sleep overcomes them after a page or two.

Kids love to read. Parents can join their children in a program like Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library where nearly 700,000 kids are registered. See about launching this program in your area.

Phantom Seven display at Glen Avon Library Festival

A lady in her fifties that grew up in Southern California was telling me yesterday she stays at home and takes care of her young grandchildren. We were reminiscing about how it used to be when women like our mothers stayed home. We read books like Bambi and Goldilocks. My parents purchased a record player for me, and I listened to “books on record”. My favorite? Jack and the Beanstalk. Then we graduated into Nancy Drew mysteries. By middle school (or junior high like we called it), I loved checking out biographies and autobiographies – hence, my love for memoirs like Phantom Seven that I published.

Two Christian radio hosts were talking one day this week about a kitchen staple that our mothers or grandmothers used that is not used as much today. They asked listeners to call in to guess the item. What is your guess? I was surprised that one of the first callers guessed it so quickly. The answer was an apron. This is an example of how home life has changed now that most mothers work outside the home. Little reading. Little good old-fashioned home cooking. But more about that in my kitchen blog if you’re interested in life in the kitchen.

Reading requires time management priorities in the busy lives that we live. This week I decided that I will finish reading Eliyahu Goldratt’s The Goal, a business management book. It has not been on my top-priority list. Birthdays, holidays, anniversary, and other important things have taken precedence. The book is 408 pages long. Reading up to ten pages daily of The Goal’s 408 pages would take over a month to complete – too long. I’ve had the book since before Thanksgiving last year. My solution? “Complete The Goal book” has been placed as a top priority. What changes are you needing to make in your time management priority list? Start reading more books perhaps? I’d love to read your comment about how you make time to read or how you include reading as a family activity.

Learn to Read

1-IMG_5779This may seem like a ridiculous subject to blog about since one needs to read in order to read this blog, but according to a federal study, the reality is that about one in 20 adults in this country is not literate in English.  This means that there are  11 million people who  lack the skills necessary to handle many everyday tasks.  Another disturbing fact is that even though there are more people getting a formal education, the literacy level in this country is not rising.  In fact, the US illiteracy rate hasn’t changed in 10 years.  Granted, there may be those who are illiterate in English but able to read and write another language,  but the inability to read English fluently affects even their earning potential.  Studies show that those people who are unable to perform challenging and more complex reading tasks will earn to 55% less per year than those who can.  That’s a huge difference especially in today’s economy.

According to the Department of Justice, “The link between academic failure and delinquency, violence, and crime is welded to reading failure.” This is supported by the following statistics from 85 percent of all juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate, and over 70 percent of inmates in America’s prisons cannot read above a fourth grade level.  You may be wondering what this has to do with you.    Obviously, you can read, but the odds are good that if you look at 20 people that you know, you will find someone who struggles with reading.   It may be a teenager, an adult, or an immigrant.   I know a man who was fairly successful at hiding his illiteracy from those around him for years before someone figured out that it was more than a need for glasses that made him ask people to read his mail for him.  That discovery prompted him to swallow his pride, admit that he had a problem, and get some help.

All of our local branches of the San Bernardino County Library have an adult literacy program.  Through that program, anyone who desires to learn to read can receive reading instruction.  All of this instruction is done at the library by trained volunteers.  The  instruction is free, confidential, and provided one on one so there is no need to be embarrassed by an inability to read.  If you know someone who struggles to read, tell them about these programs.  Offer to accompany them to the library to start the process of getting a tutor.  It can be difficult or embarrassing for some people to ask for help, and they may appreciate the support.

One more thing….

Since you are able to read, consider attending the Literacy Tutor Training program this Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 10:00 am at the Newton T Bass Library located at 14901 Dale Evans Parkway in Apple Valley. Sometimes, there is a long wait to get a literacy tutor.  It would be nice if there were more of them around.  Being a Literacy Tutor is like being a super hero.  Your efforts might help save someone’s life, or at the very least, it might help change the direction they were going.


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