My mother’s greatest fear was that I would not be able to read. Don’t get me wrong. I am fortunate to not have any major problems that may impair my cognitive abilities, but still, my mother feared. This fear, as I later discovered, shaped the way she raised me. Mom told me that when she …

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Fun with Fountain Pens

I am a heavy writer, both in volume and pressure. Over my last Christmas break, I wrote so much that I finished three ballpoint pens across about sixty pages advanced study, journaling, and drafting. As you know, ball-point pens require some degree of pressure to make them write, but I would always overdo it. In …

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My Intercontinental Reading Challenge

If you want to read the world, if you want to encounter it with an open mind, the world will help you - Ann Morgan Last year, as I mentioned in a previous blog post, I discovered a problem with my bookshelves. They were loaded with bestselling novels by award-winning authors who provided vividly evocative …

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