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July 25, 2018

Reading Aloud Teaches Attentive Listening

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Listening to each other has become increasingly difficult. Perhaps there is no real need to listen anymore. Texting is a convenient, silent way to converse, easily done during funerals, birthday parties, or while enjoying an intimate candlelit...

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June 14, 2018

Stories Will Save Our Souls, Part 5: Jesus's Parables Are the Best Fiction Ever

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My neighbor often asks me to pick up books for her. She loves books that detail terrible things about people: books about the gravely ill, victims, and survivors. Some of them are redeeming in nature, others are not. The main criterion seems to be...

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May 4, 2018

Stories Will Save Our Souls, Part 4: What Should Children Read?

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Our library is like the pantry of my childhood. My mother’s pantry, small but compact, housed the best of summer’s labors in beautiful sun-filtered jars; tall towers of red tomato juice, deep purple plums, auburn applesauce, and the seemingly...

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March 19, 2018

Stories Will Save Our Souls, Part 3: Reading Teaches Empathy. Gaming Teaches Egotism.

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My mother’s shocked face met my vacant look. “Dorothea, do you know what time it is?” We both looked at the wall clock faintly visible in the gloom. It was two o’clock in the morning. I remembered being sent to bed at nine. How I came to be back at...

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