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  •  On reading and being read to (3+ / 0-)

    Back in the dawn of time, my dad would read Mark Twain's Roughing It to me and my sister.

    Anyone else remember ChexExpress on the back of Wheat Chex and Rice Chex?

    As a 12 year old or so, read Lord of the Rings, Harlan Ellison, Azimov and the like; also Thurber and Robert Benchley.

    When I had kids, I actually read the whole of Lord of the Rings to my son, Ramona (Jackson not Cleary) to my daughter, and of course Harry Potter.  They had the set of Tintin I had as well.  Now I am saving it for my grandchildren.

    For punishment I would threaten to read from one of my economic textbooks.

    A book the changed my life - when I was 12, I picked up a copy of Dalton Trumbo's Johnny Got His Gun - one of the most powerful anti-war novels ever written.

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