Enchanted Keys

Week 42: Read Me A Story

Dear Enchanted Journeyers,

The new site has launched!!!!! It’s right where it has always been, at www.DrTerrySegal.com, but it’s all re-enchanted! Be sure to stay on the journey with me by filling out the form with your name and email address, even if you think I have it. Then take a look around the beautiful site that web designer, Paige Rollison, created for me. She understands enchantment from the inside out, which is obvious from the beauty of her work.

Now, on to the enchantment of the week. Books!

If you love to read, this will be an easy one. If not, it may be challenging. Dragons will appear on the path to taunt you. “Why don’t you like to read?” They will ask and expect your answer, “Because it’s boring!” Or maybe they’ll whisper your lines to you. “Why should I read a book when I can watch the movie version?”  Whatever words they have used to convince you not to read, you can be sure that they are robbing you of magical adventures.

Take a few deep breaths in and out before your recall your childhood experiences with books. Think back to your elementary school library. What was the name of the librarian? Mine was Mrs. Altman. She wore bright pink lipstick and spoke about the Dewey Decimal System like it was a box of Valentine’s Day chocolates.

Harold and the Purple Crayon was one of my favorite books. My mother read to me all of the time, even after I learned to read, myself. When I had chicken pox, she read the Louis Slobodkin books to me. I can look at the timeline of experiences in my life and tell you what I was reading at the time.

When I was in fourth grade, I liked non-fiction books about health issues and the functionality of our bodies. One day, Mrs. Altman presented me with a book she had selected for me about Babe Ruth. I was a girly girl and couldn’t understand why she would have picked that for me. However, I read it and fell in love with it. Then I was hooked on biographies and autobiographies. That single act on her part, expanded my world.

For years, I immersed myself in non-fiction, listening to Dragon chatter that fiction books “drivel,” and a “waste of my mind and time.” Then I read one. Again the doors to new possibilities flew open. And so it goes. I continue to find great joy in reading, having read to all of my children each night before tucking them in at the corners, having become a published author of both non-fiction and fiction (horrified by what I used to think about fiction novels) and I read to my grandson.

Close your eyes for a few moments and recall your favorite childhood story. Remember how the book looked. If it were from the library, it likely had that plastic jacket on it, with the pocket inside for the list of borrowers. Did it have a certain smell to it? How about the texture of the pages? Feel how it felt to hold the book in your hands or to watch the face of the person who read to you.

For a quick journaling exercise, jot down the names of favorite books, authors, and stories you’ve enjoyed. Note what they had in common. Have you continued to read or are you “too busy” or “too tired” now? (calling the Dragons out.)

Trick or treat? The Dragons will trick you and I invite you to treat yourself to a delicious read. There’s lots to read on the Internet, but pick up a book or magazine and snuggle into bed or rest on a park bench, with the sun on your face, and embark on a journey. Reading is a great way to de-stress.

Adventures await!

Please share this post if you enjoyed it and do let us hear from you about what your favorite books or genre are.

Your first stop can be to read the Upcoming Events section. I’m doing a book signing on Saturday, October, 24th, with some talented authors, in celebration of National Book Fair Month.



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