Reading Is Fundamental

woman reading a book

By Jerry Lambert

Watching Saturday morning cartoons as kids, we were always snowed under with commercials for sugary cereals, and the latest “Must Have” toys. However, there was a recurring public service announcement that kept popping up called RIF, or Reading Is Fundamental.  You couldn’t get through an episode of Jonny Quest without seeing it.  RIF tried to inspire us kids to get away from the TV for a while and get lost in a good book. And miss the latest adventures of Jonny and Hadji? Never!

Nowadays, our choices of reading material are vast, as well as the devices to read them on. We’ve got paperbacks, hardcovers, phones, kindles, ipads and computers.  Not to mention audio books. You name it, we’ve got it. However, what happens when you have all these options to read? You may find that you don’t take time to read at all. At least that’s what happened to me. Life is so busy these days and there are just too many choices. It’s like surfing through Cable TV for an hour without really watching anything. Time wasted.

When I was a kid, I was a voracious reader. If I got hold of a good book, I read it from cover to cover as fast as my current reading level would allow. However, I’m a slow reader, and that limits my ability to get through even the best Dean Koontz book quickly. Even my own sister’s book (shameless plug: Power Play by Cynthia Lambert) took me a while. Though I must admit, I savored that one. Now that Fall is approaching, I look forward to one of my favorite activities. Going into our basement with a cup of hot cider, flipping on the fireplace, and reading a good book by the glow of electronic flames. It doesn’t get much better than that. Reading is indeed, fundamental.

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  1. Bravo, big brother! And I mean that in the most literal sense; not in a 1984 way. If I could add to your column: reading calms the soul, excites it and teaches it. Reading is a wonderful activity — to be savored every day!
    And thanks for the shameless plug for my book!

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