Book lovers, I have decided to em barque on a journey. This journey is more physical than the land you travel to when you are reading your favorite novel. This is instead the land that encompasses it. Let us call it our literary universe.
Every day I hear people around me say how much they hate reading and they hate writing. Children in schools say that they get frustrated in reading because of standardized tests that make them feel like they aren't good enough. It isn't the child who can't read, it is the teaching and testing that lacks passion for a subject that is built on passion. Literature, like theater and music, can transform your world, take you on an adventure, and free you from all of your insecurities. In 2017, reading in schools is just another hurdle that schools must help children get over so they can continue to get funding and so they won't be considered a failure.
Here is my challenge and my goal. I would like to visit 5 of the best libraries in the United States in order to promote reading awareness. This will not be an easy task so I have set up a Fundly account to help with the costs. The plan would be to spend one day and night in each city, but arrange a reading circle with a local school or non-profit at every stop. I will take plenty of pictures of all of the beautiful places and report back on every single one. If this is successful, I will make my first trip in July and move to different places throughout the year.
The libraries I have chosen are:
Boston Public Library
Library of Congress
Indianapolis Public Library
Morgan Library, New York
The Seattle Central Library
Join me in this cause by donating or joining me at a location should I succeed.
Many years ago, one of my dear friends' mother gave me a book that people call a must read. The book was "1000 Places to See Before You Die" and I always swore that reading that book was on my list of things to do before I died. Well I finally did it. I finally took it off the shelf. I think some of the reason is because it is summer, I am 30 years old, and my last vacation was 10 years ago to Forks, Washington. Wishful dreaming.
Here they are... my places I want to see before I die.
1.The Northern Lights - Norway
2. Glastonbury - Great Britain
3. Rome - Italy
4. Venice - Italy
5. Blarney Castle and Burnatty Castle - Ireland
6. Hardangerfjord - Norway
7. Vatican City
8. The Ice Hotel - Norway and Sweden
9. Odense - Denmark
10. Midsummer Eve - Sweden
I take it that I really like Europe and history. Anyone want to go on an adventure?
I have been hearing a lot about mentors lately. It wasn't until I worked in higher education that this word became a part of my everyday vocabulary. Some people are uncomfortable by them and some people swear by them. I just want to know where you get them?
I have had the privilege of working with amazing people, men and women, at all of my places of employment. I looked up to these people, attempted to model myself after them, but I don't know if I could call any of them mentors. Mentors seem more like a reciprocal relationship where one person knows that they are hot stuff and the other is not. The cool guy/gal is in turn supposed to be very Yoda like and teach the young Skywalker how to be just like them.
Here is my ad:
Young perfectionist, hard worker, and who probably needs to broaden her horizons, is seeking mentor. Mentor should be friendly, yet honest and to the point. No sugar coating. Mentee may need to be reminded what life is like outside her bubble. Mentor must love volunteering ant the community so mentee and mentor and make huge strides together.
PS This is unrealistic. If so many careers are advocates and even require mentoring relationships, should this be a normal step in order for young employees to advance?
Experiencing interpersonal relationships with people who are not your direct co-workers can be very rewarding. Maybe we can learn to get to know each other and learn something new.