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Imaginary tales

For as long as I can remember, I loved the library. In elementary school, my mom, peeking out from behind the book stacks, would watch me follow the librarian around from section to section, asking for one more story for this week’s haul. I would leave with a pile of books taller than me, and I couldn’t wait to flip through those pages and travel through time and space to land in the heart and soul of someone’s journey. Always learning something about them, and often learning something about myself in the process too.

Although I read non-fiction as an adult, I adore fiction. Those imaginary tales take you to places you’ve never been and introduce you to lives you’ve never lived. Gaining empathy and self-awareness and emotional intelligence along the way. Continue reading

Ben Franklin effect

I recently heard about the Ben Franklin effect and it is fascinating.  When Ben Franklin was a politician in the 18th century, there was a rival politician who wouldn’t give him the time of day.  Ben heard that the man had a collection of books and that one of those books was very rare.  It was a prized possession.  So Ben wrote him a note and asked if he could borrow the rare book.  The rival sent it immediately, Ben let the book sit on his shelf for a week and then returned it with a thank you note.  The next time he saw his rival in the legislature, the man spoke to him for the first time and they remained friends from that day forward. Continue reading

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