Current Affairs

I share my home with two kids, one who just entered high school and another who just entered middle school.  I remember how valuable it was to have my older brother who would force me to read Time Magazine and the daily local newspaper. I began to develop a love for reading and grew up to become a faithful listener of NPR. I truly believe these events have benefited me tremendously personally, academically, and professionally.

I find it easier to engage in conversations or discuss topics because I know about current events occurring in my country and around the world. I enjoy having my opinion and being able to respond when someone tells me their opinion — it makes for good conversation with people of all ages.

Academically, it has helped me pick up any topic and argue for it — independently if I believed in the topic or not. You truly become a better writer from consistently reading rich content.

Professionally, writing emails has never been a chore. It truly surprises me when I come across emails from college graduates that are nowhere near being professional. Do you really want to send an unprofessional, poorly written email to someone you haven’t met yet? Digital first impressions are just as important as meeting someone for the first time. You have one chance to make a good first impression.

By the time this post is published, I will have subscribed to the New York Times in print and digital to encourage the kids in my household to read it.

From reading this blog, you are aware that I own my fair share of books, but after reflecting on my own childhood, I think it’s time I make them more accessible to the kids and hope they pick one up and even browse through the pages. Perhaps even leaving the New York Times on the coffee table and say, “hey did you check out this article?”

Who knows, maybe they too will despise me for sometime for asking them to read but they may also thank me just as I now thank my brother for pushing me to read all those years ago.

Do you have any essential reading material that you encourage your children/teens to read?


Reading Lists?

I’ve had reading lists before, but they seldom work out. Something about being confined to another “to-do” list on something I enjoy so much just turns me off. I like the idea of the list being a guide rather than a checklist.

I discovered a bookstore yesterday and went in without the slightest clue as to what I was going to buy. I was craving a book that I could get lost in, romance? mystery? history? theory? I didn’t know what it was. I browsed the isles for hours and finally settled on Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

The book is a mystery type and I enjoy it already. It wasn’t on my reading list, but now that I think about it, we shouldn’t have reading lists, but rather reading guides. Something to remind us what we are interested in reading next since usually we end up buying a book that wasn’t even on the “list” to begin with.