Do You Read Books Regularly or Occasionally?

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  1. Bill Boggs

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    I'm going back to the library tomorrow. I mostly search the large print editions. I have much trouble reading regular print. In fact I have quit trying. It's either large print books or books on CDs, which I don't like as well. Most libraries don't have a large inventory of large print books. Because of that, I do a lot of reading on the internet. I didn't quite understand what you said about the Bible, Joe, but you reminded me I don't have one. I gave my bible that was once my dad's to my daughter. It was the King James Version of the Scofield Bible so I don't read the bible. I wouldn't if I had one probably but I start the day each morning playing my harmonicas. I play all the church music of my youth, first because those songs are the only ones I can remember and in fairness they are easier to play for someone trying to cope and forestall emphysema or COPD. I play an hour daily. This morning I played some country with Willy and a bit with Waylon Jennings, then rocked House of the Rising Sun. I guess that works as my daily devotion. I started out blowing a harp trying to dislodge some of the carbon monoxide from my lungs. I still do that, but now I play for the pleasure of it, occasionally learning new songs, and I practice. Playing an instruct is a life long endeavor. The lowly harmonica is no exception. Many people play; few can master it. Back to reading and libraries, I have two adventures periodically. Going to the library and growing is an adventure and going to the grocery store is my other adventure. It's what i do.
     
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    I bought myself a Bible for my 70th birthday, two years ago, and we went to the Christian bookstore and looked for a Thompson Chain, which is a study Bible that shows related verses in the margins, and like a chain...link by link you can study a specific topic.

    Well, they didn't have one. So I came across The Message Bible. REMIX: The Bible in contemporary language, by Eugene Peterson.. I really love it. It reads like language from the thirty's or forties, and gives a fresh look at familiar verses. We do a little devotional after Supper, and have used this version for the past two years. Some of the expressions are quite fresh and humorous, and bring a smile. I enjoy reading the Psalms the most!

    This version has been a breath of fresh air to me. It is a 5 x 7 book, with small print and very thin paper,but a good size to carry and handle. I later bought a Large print copy of this version for an older gent who lost his wife a few years ago, and likes to read.

    I never played the mouth organ,but have always enjoyed hearing it played. Most of the early cowboy movies had someone playing one. What a great idea Bob, to use it to improve your breathing! A fun therapy, at last! Here's one I found.

     
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    What I meant was that I printed up a few book marks with "The Bible in 50 Words" which I found :
    http://www.godswork.org/inpoem12.htm
     
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  4. Subrata Choudhury

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    I read regularly. Actually it is a passion for me. The time of my reading is at night. After dinner, I go to bed with a book and usually continue reading for 1 to 2 hours. It has become such a habit that if for any reason I don't get to read in bed, I can not sleep easily. I like to read thrillers but read anything if any book of my choice is not available. I think it has become an addiction.
     
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    After dinner I go to bed with a book and read for 1 to 2 hours. If I don't get to read, I can't sleep well. I prefer to read thrillers but in case I don't get books of my choice, I read anything, even newspapers. I think it has become an addiction.
     
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    I used to go to bed and read; sometime I still do but most reading is either at my desk or my easy chair if I can catch the television off and the room filled with silence. That's my best time.

    I have listened to harproli play his harp many times.I play a lot of religious songs because quite frankly I still know many of them and they are easier to play, for me. I play down in the valley as a warmup tune. I remember walking miles with my daughter during the first three months of her life. She had what they called the collic back in those days and I would walk the floor, sometime all night, singing Red River Valley and every other song I knew. Wheen I was learning to play the harmonica, Red River Valley is the first song I learned to play. Of course I couldn't play it like they played it in the movies, but I can now. Still what I can play now is limited because I ahave forgotten most of the music I once knew. I still like to play some of the stuff Ray Charles did over the years.
     
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    I've got an old iPod laying on a night stand by the head of my bed. I haven't been able to add any apps to it for a long time, years bec ause it's so out dated. There's an old ABC News app on it that I read every night before I go to sleep. I keep it plugged in because the battery drains in only a few minutes if not plugged in. I can't even get the battery replaced on this on this one. But I can read books on it, anything i can read on kindle cor the iPad. Mostly it's my got to reader at bed time.
     
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    @Bill Boggs ! ! I have been wondering if you were okay. We have not heard from you in a few days, and I thought you might still be trying to swim to safety, or maybe sitting on your rooftop waiting for a helicopter to come by and rescue you from all of the floods down there.
    How was everything in your area ? Did you get a lot of flooding there, or (hopefully) miss most of the bad stuff ?
    I have an old friend that lives in Fletcher, and it sounded like they had flooding there, too. He said that he was pretty much staying inside until everything dried back out.
     
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    We're okay. Water never got in our house but did a neighbors. We 've had 29.83 inches of rain this month. An all time record. Fletcher is a few miles SW of my location. We've all had flooding but now a few clear, dry days.

    I've had guests for several days and I guess preoccupied. Thanks.
     
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    I too am glad you are high and dry, Bill! :)
     
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    Reading great books has consuming effect. Next thing you know, you are in another world of the ancient history, great thinkers, conflicts, thoughts and adventure. Sometimes coming back to reality and to the present isn't fair and it isn't that bad after all.
     
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    One of my brothers received straight A's all the way from kindergarten through high school. For that, he received a full scholarship to Michigan State University, and received a Master's Degree in social work. He is three years older than me, and now prides himself on having never read a book since he graduated from college. He read and learned, largely for the grades, the degrees, and the benefits they provided, but took no pleasure in reading.
     
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    Strange. But I see this happening with my sons. One is under a scholarship grant. And he seems to study like Erato who "loved his Muse with poetry and music". I feel that my scholars are just "dancing to the beat of the drum" with school, not really loving learning. My actions of encouragements and feeding them good food when they come home sort of balances that. With our two other homeschoolers, we study for pleasure and interest. And they are a lot happier reading our many books.
     
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    Regularly, I prefer reading books than watching films, you can expose your creativity with reading and train your imagination.
     
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    Good thread, Ruth. :) I Love to read and do it regularly, both fiction and non fiction. Also am a night reader besides reading during the day and always read before falling asleep. If it's a really good book, sometimes I read too long before going to sleep. :rolleyes: Like Rufus, if I wake up at night and can't get back to sleep, it helps me to read for awhile, and then am able to go back to sleep.

    Have many books, but now I read ebooks on my kindle, getting them either from the library, or Amazon.com. With my kindle ebook reader, you are able to make the print larger, which would work good for those that mentioned needing to read large print.
     
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