April 10, 2013 Edition

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Reading habits can
reveal one's state of mind

John Bland

Like many people, I enjoy reading and especially so before bedtime as a way to unwind. What one enjoys reading may depend on what's available at a given time, but in my case, I think it reveals my state of mind.

A regular reading staple at our house is Guideposts magazine, which features true and inspirational stories about regular people, as well as an occasional celebrity or sports star. These stories always leave you with encouragement and good thoughts before going to sleep. Another publication, by the Guideposts publishers is His Mysterious Ways, featuring true stories that are "more than a coincidence." If something is bothering you or nagging at your subconscious, these stories always seem to leave you calmer and ready for a good night's sleep.


In February, having attended the Walnut Ridge Elementary assembly to launch the One School, One Book program, I received a copy of "The Mouse and the Motorcycle" by Beverly Cleary. I joined the students, their families, teachers and staff in reading it. Even though it is a children's book, it was just the right level to match my attention span at the time. I really enjoyed it!


John Grisham's books are always a favorite of ours, and his latest, "The Racketeer," is no exception. We like the way you can escape into his books, getting lost in the adventures of the characters. They often live on the edge of danger and suspense. In this story, and some of his others, he mixes in a little Caribbean travel to further the excitement and depart from the mundane. His characters are usually clever, and they make you feel a little smarter when you read how they think.


Speaking of feeling smarter, if you watch AETN, you might have seen a program on "Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness and Spiritual Well-Being," by Deepak Chopra, M.D., and Rudoph E. Tanzi, PhD.

Tanzi was speaking on the Arkansas Educational Television Network program, which happened to be part of the network's pledge drive. He talked about ways to keep one's mind sharp and to stave off Alzheimer's disease. It was an interesting program, but it is a little harder to get into the book. Hopefully, the effort will be worth it.

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