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R is for Read!

Part of the ABC’s of Learning Beyond School Series. Brought to you by the Letter R.

R is for Read. A poem about reading from A-Z. Original artwork by Carrie Svozil. ABC's of Learning Beyond School at


Read aloud

Read in bed, read between the lines

Read ‘cause you can

Read dreary doctrines.

Read everyday!

Read fine print, read for fun and with friends.

Read google and giggle,

Read hardcovers to get through hard times.

Read into.

Read journals

Read Kant if you’re inclined.

Read literature, for leisure and laughing good times.

Read mysteries,

Read non-fiction.

Read often,

Read poetry, prose and piteously poor rhymes.

Read quotations

Read reflections and research

Read seriously

Read topics telling the times.

Read under covers.

Read voraciously to verify.

Read widely.

Read while drinking good wines.

Read in Xanadu .

Read year-round,

Read  zealously.

Read for joy and discovery and to be You at all times.


I  absolutely love to read, can you tell?  What are you reading right now?

Do you know someone else who loves to read? Please pass this on! Thanks, Lisa

9 thoughts on “R is for Read!”

  1. Pingback: S is for Share. | Lisa Nalbone

  2. I am still looking forward to taking a field trip to your workshop instead of just reading about your new works of ukelele art..

  3. Reading the wood is an interesting notion and it is very true. As I’m building you can feel the variations in the wood… how it cuts, how it sands, how quickly or slowly it glues it’s an intimate process. I think that’s part of the reason I name each ukulele I build. Each one is definitely an individual no matter how much alike they might appear.

    I can relate to your penchant for reading about things as opposed to actually doing them. I like to read adventure survival stories but I would unlikely put myself in situations like those I read about.

  4. Hi Dave, thanks so much for adding your thoughts. Tried and true is a comfort, I agree. I am not so much of a re-reader myself, maybe because since I was a child books have really been a window into realms of possibility. I have more of a problem with reading about things instead of doing them. Resorting to comfort rather than challenge seems a natural tendency to me. I was wondering how being able to read the wood you work with helps your craft?

  5. Thanks, Suzie. I was having fun playing. Reading is such a source of pleasure and inspiration for me I couldn’t contain myself.

  6. I have a habit of re-reading books that I’ve read before. I like to do that because I know they are great, but it seems like a waste of time since I coud be reading something new. It’s like this restaurant we go to…I always order the same thing, pork chops with apple sauce. I always order it because it was so awesome that I don’t want to risk trying something else for fear the new item won’t measure up to the known awesomeness of the pork chop. Diana and I only go there once in a blue moon so I’ll be kicking myself for quite awhile if I order something else that is not as awesome. But it’s beginning to gnaw at me that I could also be missing something even MORE awesome since the very first and only thing I’ve eaten there is consistently awesome. It’s a curious conundrum. I feel I’m fairly adventurous in most things but apparently not in reading or pork chops. My point? Hmm… I’m not sure to tell you the truth, but I did enjoy reading your post. Man, a pork chop with apple sauce sure sounds good right now.

    Dave (aka thehappyukulele)

  7. Wow, ABCs within the ABC–clever and well executed! You really brought home all the different ways and circumstances under which we are filled by reading.

  8. Thanks, Rosemary. Thanks som uch for commenting!Sounds perfect for my beside list of really important recommended reading. And all the more reason to keep working on library issues.

  9. I just finished a very provocative book titled “The Googlization of Everything (and why we should be concerned).” The author, Siva Vaidhyanathan, is no anti-Google luddite, but rather is asking pretty deep questions about how much we have given of our personal information and may be prepared to give of the knowledge collected in books over the ages, to the care of a barely 15 years old corporation, even with its mostly benign promise to “not be evil.” He urges public libraries and universities to consider a “human knowledge project” similar in ambition to the human genome project, to insure that our collective knowledge remains in the public sphere rather than under the control (however benign) of a for-profit company. It’s given me a lot to think about.

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