A child who reads…

A child who reads

We know it’s important to feed our children nutritious food, to provide exercise and fresh air and to nurture and love them. I would argue that it’s equally as important to read to them when they are small and encourage them to continue to read as they grow older. It is through reading that they will grow to be truly empathetic, compassionate human beings, because, as Joyce Carol Oates says, “Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.”

Would there be war, greed and intolerance if we could, indeed, slip into another’s skin?

I don’t think so.

And another quote by an unknown author. “I have never met a bigot who was a reader as a child.”

Neither have I.

(Photo credit: (Patricia Polacco)

The Real News

I found this on Facebook and thought it was brilliant. There are so many items I’d like to add under the What You Should Know About heading. I’d also like to change the YOU in the captions to WE on the left side and US on the right.                    news

Sadly, I’m afraid if the news did tell us what we should know about, no one would read it. It’s just too difficult to hear, unless there was always a how- an- individual-can-make-a-difference component added on. That’s really what we need to know.

Wrapping food the healthy way…

…. for you, your food and the planet. Made from hemp, cotton, beeswax, tree resin and jojoba oil, Abeego is a lovely smelling new food-wrap product.  It’s a reusable, biodegradable and antibacterial alternative to plastic wrap. You simply mold it over a container or around your left-over food. AbeegoFlats

No, I don’t own shares in the product. I simply tried it after reading a newspaper story about the young woman entrepreneur who created it. Now I love it so much that I’m buying it for all my friends. It’s everything it claims to be and I no longer have to feel uncomfortable about using that plastic throw-away (never to decompose) film. Every little bit helps our ailing planet.