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A Matter of Perspective

If you want it, you can probably buy it on Amazon.

Have you ever searched on Amazon? Most of us probably have. Now and then, I will search some obscure things just to see if they are available.

Just for giggles and grins, I searched a “popular” but not real (at least at the time) course for underwater basket weaving.

Yep. You guessed it. There was stuff for sale related to underwater basket weaving, including a shirt! That must make it real!

I am pretty sure you could find almost everything you could imagine and some things you can’t imagine. I’m not going there though!

I mostly buy Kindle books on Amazon. I like the convenience of the Kindle books because I can carry my entire library with me wherever I go. I never have to be bored because I always have a good book with me!

I think reading and reading well are very underrated skills these days. We don’t do enough of it. I have talked with some adults who have not read a book of any kind in years!

How do they do that? I can’t imagine life without books and stories.

Life without books and short stories and newspapers and essays and blogs would be boring. At least for me.

Poetry—well, that I can take it or leave it but even life without the beauty of a well-crafted poem can be less magical.

Yes, I think that is what reading and stories do for us—they give us magical experiences.

Don’t believe me? Think about the last time you read a book that you got into. While you were reading, didn’t your mind begin to develop pictures of what the characters looked like? The house they lived in? The 200-foot monster that was terrorizing them?

If that isn’t magic, then I don’t know what is!

A book can transport us over time and space and make us believers in a world that looks nothing like the one we are living in.

I think that is amazing!

I even get transported when I do my fiction writing. I can be fending off the onslaught of zombies or basking in the glow of being a hero.

I know that science and math and more practical applications and theories are beneficial but I believe that the ability to read is the most important thing we can teach our children. If they are readers when they are young, they will likely continue to be readers when they get older.

Readers make the world go around!


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