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Raising a lifelong reader

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I write a book column for Duplin Times in Kenansville, N.C. called the Book Nerd. This is my September column, which is about encouraging my son to be a reader!


“The whole world opened to me when I learned to read.”
— Mary McLeod Bethune

For me, my love of reading is like breathing. I can’t imagine not be able to do it.
It is something I have worked hard to instill in my son.
I read to him while I was pregnant. When he was an infant, I would read to him in funny voices or sing off-key. Anything to make it fun and have him learn.
I am proud to say that he loves to read.
A few weeks, Duplin Times Sports Editor Michael Jaenicke sent me a link to a story in the News and Observer about 50 books for children to read by age of 12.  I scanned the list and knew right away that my son had read most of them. Especially the “The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians” by Rick Riordan. My son loves anything written by Rick Riordan.
Riordan is best known for writing the “Percy Jackson” serie…

New Beginning

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Hello to anyone still there!

I started NotesFromtheVoices on Aug. 8, 2009. At that time, I had lost my job, was deep into my eating disorder, depressed and felt loss. Writing this blog was a way to help me find myself and to start the recover process.
I have shared my ups (adventures with son, new jobs and friends) and downs (being hospitalized, getting separated and more.)
For months, I have been trying to figure out what to do with this blog. I can proudly say I am a recovered anorexic. I still have body image issues from time to time but for the most part, I have silenced ED’s voice. Years ago, I would have never posted a picture of me especially one of me swinging. I have come a long way and am finally comfortable in my skin.
With that being said, I thought about moving on and shuttering this blog. I have decided to keep and focus on the other “voices” in my life—books, magazines, decorating, cooking and more.
Ihope it will continue to be a place where I share my life, thoughts an…