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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Resolution of the Day: READ

Want to get lost in an alternate reality?  Find new ways to live in this one?  Understand how corn intersected with politics to shape food prices in the 70s?  See Cajun culture through the eyes of a literate detective? Learn how to make artisan bread? 

Do all that without spending any money?

Head to your local library.

A mega study by the National Endowment for the Arts found that reading, especially reading for pleasure, was on a steady decline in the first several years of the millennium.  Less than half of 18-24 year olds had read a single book for pleasure the year of the study.  While they may be mixing apples and oranges, the NEA also noted a correlation between lack of reading and many negative outcomes such as lower employment levels, poorer writing skills, and less involvement in civic life, especially activities such as voting and volunteering.

I'm a print surfer. I typically have a dozen books going at once, and they range from escapist novels to lengthy single-subject dives.  It keeps my mind growing and provides relaxation.  I love going to our local library and browsing the New Reads section.  I end up reading books I never would have considered, and all for free. (I do garner the regular overdue fine-- and make an additional yearly donation-- but they don't require that).

To see  the reads that rocked the worlds of a few friends and acquaintances, check out the lists in the August Door Number Two blogs.  Ask people you know about their Top Ten.  Then go get lost in a book.

Quote of the day:  She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.  Louisa May Alcott, 1873

Web-read of the day:  10-benefits-of-reading
Song of the day:  Paperback Writer --the Beatles

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