The Courage to be curious

July 8, 2019

Curiosity drives one to know what is not easily apprehended. It takes courage to go where your curiosity takes you. Good readers are curious people, they strive to know. While reading an essay on the significance of reading in a person’s life, I came across an anecdote of a child who dares to ask big questions. Like a mountain to be scaled, such a child can look a question in the eye and does not let fear foreclose looking, seeing and understanding.

Reading encourage people to tackle the big questions as we vicariously inhabit a story. The best of stories are a route to scale the mountains of questions. Not all  ‘readers-travelers’ know the route and books are a great help since they contain the choices of so many other explorers and mountain-climbers. They are the ones who can point out the best trails and reveal the most secret passages.

So if you want to  stare the enormous question in the eye, you’ll be glad you brought some books in your backpack.  The person who reads holds this world of exploration in their hands.  Through curiosity they come to know, like the highest peaks in the world, questions love to be scaled and pondered.

A new U.S. poet laureate, Joy Harjo

June 19, 2019

Joy Harjo will become the 23rd poet laureate of the United States, making her the first Native American to hold the position. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, she is a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation. In her own words— “It’s such an honoring for Native people in this country, when we’ve been so disappeared and disregarded,” Harjo says. “And yet we’re the root […]


Make the most of summertime reading—strategies to avoid the summer slide.

June 8, 2019

We know from extensive research that without continued reading in the summer, students fall back in their reading achievement. The good news is that the latest research shows students who read at least 4 books over the summer maintain or even increase their skills. Reading is a skill that continues to improve through practice. The […]


Why read?

May 3, 2019

The following is the most heartfelt writing I have met in a long time that makes a case for why we read, written by Alain de Botton, a Swiss-born British philosopher and author. “We wouldn’t need books quite so much if everyone around us understood us well. But they don’t. Even those who love us get us wrong. They tell us […]


Your life story

March 26, 2019

I just had the pleasure of  teaching Man’s Search for Meaning, by Victor Frankl which is a book that can’t help but influence how you see life as it poses the all important question that the best of literature asks, what is the meaning and purpose of a life? Here is the quote that framed […]


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