I am posting this blog again as it is just as true now as it was when we first posted it. This blog is different from most. This isn’t about reading.
It’s not about education and it’s personal, but I feel it hits home to many and I want to share it. It has to do with a mostly unnecessary controversy (in my opinion) that has started at the beginning of November in the last couple of years and now starts at the end of October on Facebook and in many emails–the controversy of how to greet people this time of year. There are those who label saying “Happy Holidays” or “Seasons Greetings” as being politically correct and want everyone to say “Merry Christmas” instead. The pontificating has bothered me, but I couldn’t put how I felt into words. A friend of mine posted the following on Facebook. With her permission, I am sharing it. Feel free to chime in.
As I glance at Facebook these days, I see so many postings objecting to the use of the term “Happy Holidays.” The word holiday comes from the Old English word hāligdæg (hālig “holy” + dæg “day”). It is a time when miracles abound. For Jews, the celebration of Hanukkah remembers the miracle of 8 days of light without oil…Christians celebrate the birth of the Christ child to a virgin mother…another miracle. Miracles unfold around us every day…if we just take the time to not…ice. This is a time we should find the reasons that cause us to be inclusive, not exclusive…a time to find common ground, not spotlight our differences. It is a season to celebrate God’s love for us all, no matter what God looks like to your neighbor. Yes, Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ, but the month has many holy days for many people. So, when someone says “Happy Holidays” to me, I know that they are acknowledging the many miracles that are celebrated at this time of year, and they are extending joy. I wish all my Facebook friends Happy Holidays. Know that I am expressing joy that the miracle that is YOU is here in my life.
I hope you all have joy with the ones you love at this special time of year, no matter what you call it and no matter how you celebrate it. We’ll be back to blogging about reading soon.
Posted in celebrations, holidays
Tagged Christ child, Christian, Christmas, Facebook, God, Hanukkah, Happy Holidays, miracles, political correctness, seasons greetings
‘It’s impossible not to be changed on the inside after being at the Seeds of Peace Camp,’ a refugee from Somalia told me (writer, Michele Borba). ‘Once you see that other people have the same worri…
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I have found that more and more it is harder and harder to concentrate and to get things done. And I teach people how to concentrate better! Most of the people I talk to about reading confess the same problem.
The New York Times Sunday Review published an article Addicted to Distraction by Tony Schwartz, the chief executive of The Energy Project, a consulting firm, and the author, most recently, of “The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working.” In it he talks about his problem with distraction and how he is working his way through it. The article has excellent suggestions. I plan to try them!
Posted in concentration, Distraction, information, reading, speed reading
Tagged addiction, attention, books, Facebook, novels, pleasure reading, reading, self-help books, The Energy Project, The New York Times, Tony Schwartz
In 1958 J. Edgar Hoover wrote a book called Masters of Deceit. It was about the Communist Party and was a classic for many years. Years later we found out he was a master himself. Now more and more are Masters of Deceit. Politicians come to mind. You have to go to Snopes, PolitiFact or Fact-Check.org for every statement. It is natural to do check out “facts” and statistics when you don’t agree with them, but I have come to realize that I also have to do it with statements that I want to be true. In my pessimistic moments, it seems that the only unifying idea in the country right now is that everybody lies! And when the lies are caught, they argue about whose lies were worse than theirs or they attack the fact checkers. I found an interesting article when researching this topic: How to Beat the Fact-Checkers. Sub-tittle of the article: “Politicians have figured it out: When caught in a lie, attack the truth cops.” It was from 2012 but is even more true today.
The trouble with quotes on the Internet is that you can never know if they are genuine. And that brings us to Facebook–the place where the truly gullible post outrageous things. There are people who make fake church signs. There are cute pictures with simplistic captions to support an untruth. There are doctored videos. And don’t even think that if you see pictures of respected famous people with quotes supposedly by them, that they ever uttered those words. I have been caught reposting something that supported my own beliefs without checking Snopes–now I don’t repost or I check it. If I check out something that is too outrageous to be correct, I’ll let the poster know if it is wrong. They are sometimes grateful–or they say the source of the correction is “biased.”
It also helps that I am a speed reader which makes it take less time to research and find the various sides of issues. It is important to read information from the “other side” as well as information that supports your beliefs. If you would like to be do research faster, you can check out some of our other blogs: Why Getting the Big Picture is Essential, Great Speed Reading Techniques That Save You Time.
To stay friends with people who naively post things without thought or care for accuracy, I am truly grateful that Facebook lets me block items from their unreliable sources and still enjoy their children, cat and dog pictures and read their fattening recipes.
But with all the negativity and false promises how do we trust and believe the honest and sincere? What Advanced Reading Concepts does is help people achieve goals even beyond what they thought was possible. In this era, how do people trust? How do people believe? How do people have faith? Let’s explore that in the next blog.
Posted in challanging, conversation, critical thinking, honesty, informed decision making, reading, skepticism, speed reading, speedreading
Tagged Facebook, Factcheck, J. Edgar Hoover, Masters of Deceit, Politicians, Politifact, Snopes, speed reading
“None of life’s strings can last, so I must be on my way.”–George Harrison
Time passes so quickly and with it the inevitable changes in life. When I started here at ARC my son had not yet started high school, and now he’s a freshman in college. I blinked and those four years flew by, and now it’s time for me to leave ARC. I look forward to the new phase of my life, even as I look back fondly at my time with Bonnie and Bob and Baxter and Bella.
You may correspond with Advanced Reading Concepts by emailing Bonnie at email@example.com or Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (614) 486-2473.
All my best,