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Where do I start? Where does one start? I was blessed with wonderful parents who tried to encourage me to read from an early age. Man, did they try... By middle school I had read very little; although I did become excited about one "classic" book titled Roger Crozier: Daredevil Goalie. Have you ever read that? I thought not...
However, I was not one to be encouraged by an activity that I considered void of movement and excitement. By the end of high school I was still not reading much at all. I had (what I considered successfully) skipped reading Shakespeare by depending on Cole's/Cliff's Notes. I lived on Cole's/Cliff's Notes and I actually thought I was clever; I was not. By the end of my undergraduate years' at university I still had not read many other books (other than minute parts of textbooks). However, thankfully, I was exposed to two of Henry David Thoreau's Classics namely Walden and an essay called Civil Disobedience.
At this time in my life I had three, well maybe four significant interests. These included, a beautiful woman named Kate, the sport of ice hockey, the outdoors/wilderness and the study of history. It was significant that I enjoyed the wilderness, during my summers between undergraduate semesters I was employed by Kimberly Clark as a timber cruiser and surveyor. This actually placed me into a situation where I had significant time to read (my environment was void of T.V. and other distractions). I began to increase my reading and thus, like many things in life that we practice, I began to enjoy it. I soon found that reading enabled me to be transported somewhat into the environment that I was reading. Go figure... Sometimes I read through the night to ensure i finished what I was reading so that I could continue with my "other existence."
I fell in love with a beautiful woman; yet I also fell in love with reading. Especially a science fiction trilogy by Isaac Asimov (which influenced me later when I eventually became a psychologist), some of Henry David Thoreau's works, A guy named J. R.R. who quickly became my favorite in the 80s; especially one that he originally named (working title) There and Back.
Well in the early 90s I attended graduate school and became a licensed school psychologist and subsequently a professor. Now I was reading more and more. Was I becoming obsessive compulsive about reading? Towards the end of the 90s I began to author some short non-fiction pieces. Nothing serious. Yet I still enjoyed reading during any moment that I was spared. I had been transformed, transduced and/or morphed.
In the next milinium I found myself coauthoring a worst-seller and reading even at a most rapid-rate. I did not begin to read C.S. Lewis until this Milinium (what a idiot I was last century)... What a wise philosopher and he has shared so much enveloped in significant history (i.e. WW II). Malcolm Gladwell has added to our wisdom by his research and reflection more or less through his social science lense. I did not truly understand the timing and logic of the American Revolution battles until I read and re-read Christopher Ward's work. Our Revolution began when it did only because of a complete blockade of a hockey-town, no not Detroit rather Boston. Dr. John Medina has authored two wonderful books that bring to the surface many issues that are indeed wrong with our society. Wonderful and invaluable guidance for raising children...
If only I had read The Blue Zones by Dan Buettner when I was 17 (not 17 for the 3rd time). Wow, could I have added longevity to my reading years... I contest one of the most effective health classes in high school would be to read and discuss this book...
Blue Zones by Dan Boettner
- Blue Zones - Live Longer, Better
Blue Zones is the best place to learn how to live a longer, happier life.
Brain Rules by Dr. John Medina
- Brain Rules: Brain development for parents, teachers and business leaders | Brain Rules |
Brain Rules by John J. Medina is a multimedia project explaining how the brain works. It includes a book, a feature-length documentary film, and a series of interactive tutorials.
C. S. Lewis: Mere Christianity
Isaac Asimov's Triology
- Isaac Asimov - The Foundation Trilogy : Isaac Asimov : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Arch
The Foundation Trilogy concists of: 1. Foundations 2. Foundation and Empire 3. Second Foundation The Foundation Trilogy is an epic science fiction series...
Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers
Henry David Thoreau's Walden
J.R.R. Tolkien's Fellowship of the Ring
- The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Review of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien