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Book Trails: Reacquainting Children With Reading (VIDEO)

Bus 52 | Posted 11.04.2012 | Home
Bus 52

Before there were video games and the internet, there were books. Ask a baby boomer what it was like growing up and you'll hear about all of the wonderful outdoors and the magic that a good book has on the imagination.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 13)

James Stack | Posted 11.02.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Daddy ordered a beer as soon as we were seated, and a second one before we had ordered. He was on his fifth by the time we had finished eating. As he tapped on his empty glass, Gee said, "Daddy, I think you've had enough."

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 12)

James Stack | Posted 11.01.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

I let my pants drop to the floor and stepped out of them as I wrapped my towel around my waist and slid out of my boxers. I looked over to my right and there was a man with a big smile on his face. I was screwed. Even the adults were going to laugh at me.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 11)

James Stack | Posted 10.26.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

"How would you like a beer?" Daddy asked Gee. Then, before she could answer, he said, "Well, if you want one we'll have to stop 'cause there aren't any." Here he was, one minute being belligerent and the next being Mr. Nice Guy now that he needed someone to provide him with alcohol.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 10)

James Stack | Posted 10.25.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Gee had kept her eyes on Daddy, who was now smiling and licking his lips. It hadn't taken his nose long to smell alcohol. In fact, not too far from the United States Pavilion was, of all things, the Canadian Brewer's Pavilion. Daddy had a nose for hops because he started off in that direction. Gee motioned for us to follow.

An American Kid Joins the Premier League

Chris Fici | Posted 10.23.2012 | Sports
Chris Fici

I, a warm-blooded, (formerly) meat-and-potatoes American kid, have decided to join the worldwide multitudes who call themselves devotees of the Barclays Premier League.

Find Your Perfect Book

Anne Hilker | Posted 10.23.2012 | Teen
Anne Hilker

For teens like me who have a tough time finding the right books, I will make it easy for you. Here is a list of books that, in my opinion, are worth checking out.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 9)

James Stack | Posted 10.19.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

While we were in the United States pavilion, I would look over at Daddy and see him grinning and looking at me. It was his silly grin -- at least, I always thought it made him look silly. I knew he hadn't had anything to drink, so I suppose he was trying to see all the things in the pavilion through my eyes.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 8)

James Stack | Posted 10.18.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

We had to make sure Daddy didn't get drunk and belligerent and abusive because then the fun would end. So we had to decide who would be in charge of him. Would we take turns? Was I old enough to have such a delicate responsibility thrust upon me? At the tender age of 15 should I have had to be my daddy's keeper?

7 Things I Refuse To Feel Guilty About This August | Posted 10.16.2012 | Parents

I used to consider my perennial "August lazies" a parental failing, but I'm starting to believe that fizzling out near the end of the summer allows me to embrace September with more pep in my step.

How Do You Stay in a Story?

Rachael Berkey | Posted 10.14.2012 | Home
Rachael Berkey

Next time you're feeling yourself pulled out of a novel for whatever reason, give another medium a shot. You may find a new way to read in the process.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 7)

James Stack | Posted 10.12.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

One thing was clear: Daddy shouldn't drive. He wasn't acting mad about anything, but he did say something about World War II, which he sometimes did when he'd had too much to drink. It was up to us to be the adults and do the grownup things.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 6)

James Stack | Posted 10.11.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Gee shot me an All About Eve glance that said, "Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy night." She had discovered that Daddy had already been drinking. His morning alcohol consumption had made him docile. But now he was getting fidgety because he wanted more.

Slow Reading and Recovering Local Cultures of the Book

C. Christopher Smith | Posted 10.10.2012 | Home
C. Christopher Smith

The time is undoubtedly ripe for the emergence of Slow Reading practices, and I am convinced that as we discipline our minds and adapt to Slow Reading, these changes will ripple throughout every corner of our being.

Three Cheers for Boredom

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 10.10.2012 | Parents
Judy Bolton-Fasman

Allowing our kids to confront and overcome boredom is an important life lesson. Maybe we should start by having our kids regularly disconnect

Why I Don't Trust Book Reviews Online

Nina Badzin | Posted 10.09.2012 | Home
Nina Badzin

If every book is a "must-read," and "amazing," then how can people looking for suggestions take all this hyperbolic Tweeting and Facebooking seriously?

That Magic Something

Rachael Berkey | Posted 10.08.2012 | Home
Rachael Berkey

There are times that I read a story and think to myself: "Wow, what wouldn't I give to be able to write like that?"

At 2, He Couldn't Speak, But He Could Read and Haggle

Dafna Maor | Posted 10.06.2012 | Parents
Dafna Maor

Tal has come a long way since he was 2. He's learned a lot, but so have I.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 5)

James Stack | Posted 03.21.2013 | Healthy Living
James Stack

As the night dragged on, Dan kept refilling Daddy's glass. I wanted to get away, to go to the camper and into the bed, to my safe place. There was no telling what Daddy might do if he drank too much. And here Dan was, plying him and Bunnie Ann with alcohol.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 4)

James Stack | Posted 10.04.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

When Daddy found out there was no liquor in the camper, he wasn't angry at first. Instead, he acted confused. He turned to Gee and the twins with squinty eyes and furrowed brow and asked, "Did ya'll see any of the whisky bottles I packed?"

It's Our Responsibility

William E. White | Posted 09.30.2012 | Education
William E. White

Who's responsible for instilling in our young people an appreciation for history and citizenship? Many of us -- teachers, educators, and members of the public alike -- are very concerned about the demise of social studies.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 3)

James Stack | Posted 09.28.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

When I was eight, and Momma and I were home alone, she grabbed me out of the house and dragged me to where the woman who worked in Daddy's office as the receptionist lived. Momma told me to stay in the car and not to get out no matter who I saw or what happened.

FEARLESS MEMOIR: 'World's Fair' (Chapter 2)

James Stack | Posted 09.27.2012 | Healthy Living
James Stack

Whenever anyone asked, "Who is the best EENT doctor in Spartanburg?" they were told, "Dr. Stack." When they asked, "Who is the second best EENT doctor in Spartanburg?" they were told, "Dr. Stack drunk." That was my daddy.

Restart the Economy by Stopping Illiteracy

Rep. Hansen Clarke | Posted 09.26.2012 | Detroit
Rep. Hansen Clarke

The silver bullet for rebuilding our business climate, reducing crime, and restoring employment is as simple as ABC. It's time for bipartisan action to end the crisis of illiteracy.

Radical Pedagogy

Rachel Adams | Posted 09.24.2012 | Education
Rachel Adams

Last week my son Henry met his literacy tutor for the first time. This probably doesn't sound earth shattering, but what's different about our situation is that my son has Down syndrome.