Reading resolutions

Christmastime and A Christmas Carol

On Monday I attended a local one-man performance of Charles Dickens’ beloved story, A Christmas Carol. This story is one of my favorites to read during this time of year—and experiencing it along with other community members was a fantastic start to the week. I love this story. I love reading about Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation from misanthropic miser to generous and good-hearted gentleman.

Something small

Tutoring is something small that has great results

“It started with something small.” Last week, in our Daily Herald article, Jim Evans (former mayor of Orem, COO of Xactware, and member of United Way of Utah County’s Board of Directors) described the impact that something small can have on the community. Xactware is known for its community engagement, and great things are happening because its employees are getting involved.

Happy holiday reads!

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is spending time with family members. Occasionally, my family will go out and do something festive like pick out a Christmas tree or drive around the neighborhood looking at everyone’s decorations. But most of the time, we like to stay home by the fire and watch movies, play games, or read together. There’s nothing better than snuggling up with blankets and hot chocolate and listening to a great story! This Christmas, why not check out a few of these great reads to add to your family’s list of holiday traditions?

Giving thanks

It seems like each year at Thanksgiving, everyone is grateful for the same things. At my family dinners, everyone goes around and says what they are thankful for, and usually the top contenders are family, shelter, and food—the basic necessities of life. Those things are important, and we should always express gratitude for them. But this year, why not mix things up a bit and think about some other gifts that are equally important? One thing that I’m grateful for this year is the gift of reading.

Great books about gratitude

Gratitude has always been recognized as an important attitude. Over 2000 years ago, the Greek philosopher Cicero argued that gratitude is “not only the greatest, but also the parent of all other virtues.” His claim that all other virtues are rooted in gratitude makes gratitude an essential characteristic for us to lead happy and productive lives.

Picking favorites

“What’s your favorite book?” This is a question that most of us get all the time, and it’s one that I’ve never known how to answer. There are so many great and good and interesting books out there; how could I possibly pick just one favorite? Sometimes I list my top five or top three, sometimes I dodge the bullet by naming my favorite genre of books, and sometimes I avoid answering the question altogether. The best response to this question, though, came from the very wise, very adorable, four-year-old daughter of my cousin.

Six spooky stories for Halloween

Halloween is almost here! In just two days, kids (and some teenagers who dress up as kids) will be canvassing neighborhoods across the county in search of delicious treats and scary holiday fun. As you finish the last few details on your costumes and buy the last few bags of candy, take some time to revel in the spooky fun of these Halloween reads! Click on the images for more information about each of these books.

Can I make a difference?

Last week, I spoke with some pretty amazing members of our community that are making reading a priority in their lives. They were all doing different things (and you can read more about their stories in the Daily Herald this week), but they were all making a difference in the lives of other community members. My conversations with them started me thinking about the impact that one person can make in someone else’s life.

Make time for reading

Fall is a busy time of year for everyone. School’s finally in full swing, the holidays are coming up, and sometimes it seems like there’s no time to do anything extra. How can you make time for reading with your family when it seems like every spare minute is already spent? Here are five ways to incorporate reading into your daily routine without adding extra time stress to your life.

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