No One Reads Anymore

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No One Reads Anymore.

‘The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries. “ Rene Descartes

It’s ironic that you are reading a blog about why no one reads  anymore. Obviously some people read books.

But readers are slowly dying off, easing into extinction as newer and flashier means of grabbing our attention evolve. Why? Because reading is hard, or at least harder than watching TV or movies or playing video games.

Reading books stimulates the brain, forcing us to focus, to remember and to perform various mental gymnastics. It provides enormous benefits. Reading reduces stress, keeps your brain sharp, helps you fall asleep, increases your vocabulary, writing skills and improves your imagination.

There are many other advantages to reading as well, including developing greater discipline and empathy, helping you better understand other cultures, building self-esteem and making you more interesting.

But a great many people still believe they don’t have time to read. Society floods us with sensory input. Our phones, our tablets, our laptops: all offer connectivity to the wider world. So we think that because we’re connected to it electronically, we needn’t pursue such an old-fashioned activity as reading.

I was not allowed to watch TV as a kid and getting lost in a book was a wonderful way to pass the time. But even I have trouble now forcing my brain to focus for that long. I’m using this gift of time to read great books and will you keep you posted on my favorites.

Reading this blog does not count, by the way. 

Stay safe,

JAZ

Twenty Five Things That I Wanted To Do In 2019 – Did I Do Them?

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Twenty Five Things That I Wanted To Do In 2019 – Did I Do Them?

“A goal properly set is halfway reached.” Zig Ziglar

Go to Sweden. Yes

Go to Iceland. Yes

Spend a day at the Blue Lagoon.  Yes

Be a better friend.  Trying

Go to the Galápagos. Not yet  but I went to the Pantanal in Brazil.

Plan less.  Trying.

Read at least thirty books . Yes maybe more!

Go to the Amazon. No but I went  to Bahia, Brazil.

Take it bird by bird. Trying

Drink one cup of coffee a day.  Yes – that was hard by the way.

Switch to Matcha Tea. Yes

Go to Sedona. Not yet

Walk on the beach a few times a week.  Yes when it isn’t cold and windy.

Do a street art tour in Los Angeles instead of just taking photos. . Not yet. I have no excuse.

See more of Australia. Not yet.

Walk my dog every day. Trying.

Eat breakfast in Venice at least one a week. No.

Go to the Faroe Islands. Not yet  but I went to Uruguay.

Work on being fearless. Trying.

Give him a drawer.  Yes. He got more than a drawer since we moved in together. 

Stay politically active. Yes

See the Grand Canyon. Not yet.

Always be grateful. Yes

Do more yoga Nope – less.

Meditate every day – Maybe if I put it last I will do it.   Really trying –  In fact I’m going to go do it now.

Fly Safe,

JAZ