Reading is one of the essential building blocks of cultivating a self.

October 22, 2018

Storytelling plays a big role in the process of development and is not something that belongs in childhood, only to be left behind as we grow up.  As we tell stories about the lives of others, we learn how to imagine what another creature might feel in response to various events. At the same time, we identify with the other creature and learn something about ourselves. As we grow older, we encounter more and more complex stories — in literature, film, visual art, music — that give us a richer and more subtle grasp of human emotions and of our own inner world. The stories we read offer us the opportunity to think what the stories mean to our own lives; the best of literature speaks to what a human being was and could be. To read is to build a self.

One of the best pieces of advice I ever received— You have to live with your mind your whole life, therefore, understand the value of building it, make it worthy.





“Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well.”

August 18, 2018

Human beings were never born to read. Reading is a human invention that reflects how the brain rearranges itself to learn something new. Reading changed the brain and changed the way we think and feel. And now we are seeing how technology is transforming the brain and a question we are beginning to get some […]


Conversations are how we connect with others

June 26, 2018

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 improves each time we read to […]


Prose talks and Poetry sings

May 19, 2018

I have the privilege to get to know people through reading with them I am always impressed and rewarded by the many ideas brought to me in our shared reading. Just recently I was introduced to a poem by a 6th grader—she made the connection of this poem to the many ideas embedded in the […]


Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.

May 14, 2018

I am not much for the Hallmark Holidays and Mother’s Day ranks right up there, but I do like the sentiments that can be inside Mother’s Day. I share a few below A favorite Jewish Proverb and one I whole heartedly believe in. God could not be everywhere and therefore he created mothers. One of […]


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