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Carol H Tucker

Passionate about knowledge management and organizational development, expert in loan servicing, virtual world denizen and community facilitator, and a DISNEY fan

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Today is the 4th day of the 34th week, the 21st day of the 8th month, the 233rd day of 2019 [with only 125 shopping days until Christmas], and: 
  • International Day of Remembrance and Tribute To The Victims of Terrorism
  • Internet Self-care Day
  • National Brazillian Blowout Day
  • National Medical Dosimetrist Day
  • national Senior Citizens Day
  • National Spumoni Day
  • Poet's Day
Quote of the day:
Read at whim! Read at whim!”
Randall Jarrell, American poet, literary critic, children's author, essayist, and novelist

 That about describes how I read and why I always have different books laying around in various stages of consumption.  Long before the concept of binge watching was known, I was immersed in binge reading and now that I live alone, there is absolutely nothing to stop me from diving into the printed page and not emerging until absolutely necessary.  Now and then, especially after I mention I have been reading, I get asked what I am reading.  Now usually if I rattle off the titles, there is a short silence and then the person who asks then talks about the books they would like to read.  Unspoken is the context of “purposeful reading”.  Now there are times when I am reading for information, but nine times out of ten? I am reading for pleasure and entertainment and that makes me rather sheepish when questioned because I seldom read non-fiction for those purposes. 

So, what do I read?  Science fiction.  Comedy.  Adventure.  Fantasy.  Historical romances.  Arthurian adaptations.  Short stories.  Sherlockian adaptions.  Fan fiction.  Lovecraftian horror.  Disney guidebooks, magazines, etc etc and so forth.  And I reread books – I have lost count of how many times I have been to Middle Earth, or played Ender’s Game, or agreed that God is an Englishman, shivered at The Stand, chuckled at Georgette Heyer, indulged in Harry Potter, flown with the dragons of Pern, visited the Source and Hawaii, or travelled to Darkover or Dune.   I could go on and on listing favorite books that because I read quickly I get to go back to again and again and again – Watership Down, Battleship Earth, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Cities in Flight, Little Women, The Last Unicorn, and the list grows and grows even as I think about it. 

When I say I live a 2nd life, I don’t just mean the avatars that romp through online worlds – I mean the world of imagination that I discovered as soon as I learned how to read.  In some ways my 2nd life has always been more real to me than this so-called “real life” we stumble through each day. 


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