The Importance of Reading and Books to my Legacy


 “Books are a delightful society. If you go into a room and find it full of books, even without taking them from the shelves they seem to speak to you, to bid you welcome.”

This quote attributed to William E. Gladstone, speaks to the friendship found in books and reading.

Books encourage our minds to travel to far off locations and the stories heighten our sense of adventure and develop our imaginations. Children who are read to regularly become good readers. Children and youth  who read regularly become good writers. If a child is a strong reader there is no subject that cannot be mastered and no skill that cannot be self-taught. Reading is personal power.

Books can also be a lot of fun, as they allow us to interact with figments of other people’s imaginations as we read. Books can be a wealth of important and thought-provoking information. Books can create controversy and meaningful dialogue.

I taught each of my six children to read and to love books, just as my own mother taught me.   Each of my children are very accomplished in their academic pursuits. As adults they each continue to enjoy reading and hopefully will teach their own children to love reading as well.

Books encourage the reader to explore the unlimited creativity and endless artistic possibilities that lie within each of us. Books can be a mode of transportation from one geographical location to the next. Books can trigger the next best seller within a writer.

Books vary in subject matter and length. Not much time? Read a short book. A long riding journey or quiet afternoon? Read a book of many pages. Reading can be a good source of relaxation. Reading and books are very important and it is always a good time to read.

I strongly believe that the most valuable legacy that I can leave for my children, my grandchildren, and my future posterity, is to be remembered as a woman who loved  to read, who respected books, and who loved each of them enough to teach them by example to read and to love books. By purchasing books as gifts for holidays and birthdays for my family and friends, both adults and children, I’d hoped to instill a sense of adventure, a respect for the arts and a thirst for higher knowledge. I wanted to show the value I placed on the ability to read and the enjoyment of reading as entertainment and pleasure.  I hope they got my intended message.


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Writers Write–Period!

ImageI have had writer’s block for the last two years and I’m not sure why. I have been posting to Facebook everyday, but can’t seem to draft a complete essay. I’ve been over thinking this thing for the past few months and I’ve come to a conclusion. I guess its called an epiphany or an aha moment. Drum roll please. Writers write–period! So instead of thinking so much and making this complicated, I just need to write–period.

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Seaman Apprentice Curtiss Church, Jr.

Seaman Apprentice Curtiss Church, Jr.

My 5th born , Curtiss Church, Jr., in whom I am well pleased.

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November 25, 2012 · 9:30 pm

Ocean Waves: Bringing Peace In and Taking Stress Out

Neptune festival 005Sundays have now become my family’s day of bonding. Each week, schedules permitting, my abbreviated family which currently consists of my husband, Curtiss, myself and our youngest son, Christopher, venture out to enjoy events going on in Hampton Roads, my new adopted home. Recently we ventured to the ocean front to enjoy the beauty of the beach, the houses that line the coast, and the wild life that is ever present. It was a wonderfully peaceful day!

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November 25, 2012 · 6:46 pm

Writers Write–Period.

This morning I decided to stop practicing insanity–that is, doing the same things but expecting different results. Instead of my usual ritual of waking up, peeing, going downstairs to my computer, logging onto Facebook, turning on the television and writing myself countless notes; I decided to revisit my blogs. What I found disturbed me greatly. It seems that several years passed since I posted a fresh idea. This fact has many implications. Where did this time go?

  • I reflected  briefly on what excuses I could offer myself that would be believable to me. The list was short. I decided to blame ‘writer’s block’. That seemed as good an excuse as any for my lack of motivation for written self-expression in over two years until I heard a small voice in my head and heart exclaim, “That’s bs, Vanessa! Writer’s write–period.

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Publisher’s Clearing House spokesman Ed McMahon dies


Longtime television personality, game show host and Tonight Show sidekick Ed McMahon died in a Los Angeles hospital Tuesday, June 23, 2009. He was 86.

Perhaps best known as Johnny Carson’s straight man, whose bellowing “H-e-e-e-e-e-ere’s Johnny!” opened NBC’s Tonight Show, McMahon had dreamed of being a radio announcer since he was a child.

 Hey Ed, I’ve been waiting all these years to win the Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes and have you come and ring my doorbell and present me a check. Since you’ve gone on to be with the Lord does that mean you ain’t coming now?

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Farrah Fawcett: My favorite Angel

gal_fawcett_25Actress Farrah Fawcett whose layered blonde  swimsuit poster transformed the “Charlie’s Angels” star into a ’70s icon, died Thursday. She was 62.

I fondly remember taking the gorgeous picture of a red swimsuit-clad Farrah Fawcett to the beauty shop and showing the pic to my beautician and saying, “I wanna look like her.” She was talented and gorgeous beyond belief. Women and men adored her.  She seemed sweet enough–after all she use to be married to Lee Majors the 6 million dollar man.

Farrah Fawcett waged a courageous three-year battle against anal cancer and died shortly before 9:30 a.m. in Santa Monica hospital. The Texas-born actress chronicled her valiant fight for survival in a two-hour documentary.  ” Farrah’s Story”.

Rest in Peace, Farrah.

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