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Seven decades of reading... There must be something in it!

I recall a reading explosion when I was an eight year old. It started with The Voyages of Captain Cook (1700s, book written in the 19th century). Soon followed the other 16 books in the school library, (one teacher school, one room, 3 classes - and I was off.

The previous week's newspapers would arrive at our farm on a Monday so I could bring my parents up to date with world happenings and local social activity. My father claimed that I read the spots off the paper. I could give him the tide heights and shipping information for the Mackay Harbour, forty miles away~ useful information for someone on a sugar farm I'm sure.

At 10, I started a column for the Saturday paper (In the Bush with Billy Whiz). It ran for five years. I learned a lot about language and also about coercion, bribery, and suggestion to get my hand written copy into the city by the deadline. I practised on anyone going vaguely in that direction for whatever reason. I soon found that love-sick country boys with girlfriends in the city were easy targets for manipulation.

And so we come to the present. I am sure my current holdings must rival the Library of Congress. (I used to compare them to The National Library in Australia, but I have since moved, and my available books are arriving in deluges.

Hard copy, computer, tablet, other peoples' books, used books: all come to my purview.

I get a tremendous amount of reading material from Scribd.com. The covers here are from my latest sampling. These are my non-fiction challenge for the next few days, although the content is providing me with an education to last me a lifetime; they fill a gap in "what I don''t know that I dont know''. Both are high content books with 1,000 pages between them. 10 pages a day would last 100 days. I have chosen to go the opposite at 100 pages a day at least, as I have other things to read already.

A couple of hours a week I spend tutoring reading at the local elementary school. Today's students are encouraged to go for speed and comprehension; recognition of words has superseded correct spelling.

My main message is the development of a love of reading. With hindsight I can recognize its benefits and rewards. The young are yet to see this for themselves.

Back in the days when I lived with the dinosaurs...



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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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There is much to be said about reading, many have not experienced it Larry O'Sullivan 

Mar 19, 2015 02:08 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Great job Larry, a ton of knowledge is available for those who are dedicated to a little daily reading.

Mar 19, 2015 04:51 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Larry, love to read and try to set aside time everyday! Does not always work, but I am working on it! Enjoy your day!

Mar 19, 2015 08:50 PM
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Good grief.  I read incessantly.   I don't go anywhere without something to read.

I've been known to read the label on bathroom tissue wrappers. 

Mar 19, 2015 10:54 PM
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Tom - it would be sad if reading becomes a lost art.

Bob - reading has been one of my better habits.

Wayne - A regular routine for reading ensures daily relaxation.

Lenn - I know the feeling well. I am famiiar with a book niche designed for bathroom reading.


Mar 20, 2015 04:13 PM
Cat Zwicker, CRS
Desert Sky Real Estate, LLC - Redmond, OR
Down to Earth Service; Out of this World Results!


 I love to read and realized I never seemed to have the free time. This year  I added reading to my exercise regime. I log 15-17 miles in the morning on my exercise bike and tackle a few chapters of my book of choice at the same time. In the evening I dedicated 15-20 minutes prior to going to sleep to capture a few chapters as well.  It's been rewarding to see my pile of " books to read" diminish and know I can add to it without the frustration of wondering when I'll every have time. There is nothing better than a good book!  

Mar 31, 2015 05:49 AM
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT


All praise to your excessive exercise regime. With reading as multi-tasking, you must be in the dangerous category. With no legs I get to take the dog for her walk in my power chair. Not quite an exercise bike but the sentiment is there

ps. I still manage a cardio workout ~ accompanied by discs or tapes.

Mar 31, 2015 08:37 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

John, I have loved to read ever since I learned the alphabet. Reading had me travel around the world and back and it has helped me in so many ways in life.  However, I still prefer a "real" book over the digital form.  

Jul 02, 2015 10:55 AM
Larry O'Sullivan
Sandy, UT

Silvia - us dinosaurs have to take what we can get. I had read Abundance by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler on Scribd, but their new offering Bold would not be with me until early next year ~ I weakened and obtained a hard cover version through Amazon, definitely worth the effort. I am attacking it at 4.30am. I have made a pin I read. I know things.

Jul 02, 2015 08:34 PM