Kids learn more when they read

One of the most important ways we can help children learn is by reading to them.

  • It helps children develop the mental processes of motivation, curiosity, and memory.
  • It helps children develop early language skills.
  • It provides a time for one-to-one attention and affection, which encourages children to have positive feelings about reading.
  • It can help children cope during times of stress or tragedy.

Learn more at this link from the American Medical Association-

Reading to children-Advice for parents

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Find out how reading changed my life from my guest post at Let’s Create.

Reading-The fastest way to everywhere

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Creating a life that matters

Here’s the post I wrote to introduce part 2 of the guest post I did for Let’s Create. 

I hope these posts illustrate that creativity isn’t limited to the arts-music, drawing, writing., sewing.

We  use creativity anytime we plan and set goals;

when we try new things , or change the way we think .

Meeting new people and forming friendships and collaborations is creative.

Anytime we find new and better ways to do things, we have created.

We can create a life that matters.

 

Create the life you imagine

Arriving home from an evening out to a movie, I opened my email and found one from Kathleen of Let’s Create; she wrote that part 2 of my guest post had been published.

The timing was both amusing and amazing. My husband and I had just watched the movie I Can Only Imagine. The film portrays the story of singer/songwriter Bart Miller who wrote a best selling song of the same title. The single has sold 2.5 million copies, making it the best-selling Christian single ever; it has had over 2 million digital downloads.

Bart Miller-I Can Only Imagine

As a young boy and teenager, Bart endured the pain of physical and emotional abuse but survived by imagining a far different life. He dreamed of a successful career which seemed impossible, but with the support of friends and a mentor he saw those dreams unfold in ways  he never anticipated.

And by coincidence, that is what part 2 of my guest post is about- imagining, dreaming, achieving. 

Reading-the fastest way to everywhere (part 1)

In part 1, I told you about my childhood dreams and those of country music legend Dolly Parton. In part 2,  you’ll learn more about where our imaginations led us.

Every person is creative. We have the ability to be creative as we live our daily lives. Some from a young age have been encouraged to develop their creativity and so it comes easier for them to think outside the box.  Often the fewer resources we have the more creative we become.

Enjoy the conclusion at

Real Life Creative Lessons – Let’s Create.

And by the way, this post was one of the most viewed at Bloggers Pit Stop

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 Oklahoma’s Official State Inspirational Song

Bart’s band, MercyMe, lived in my home state Oklahoma for a few years and the movie was filmed here. So, Oklahoma’s governor has proclaimed “I Can Only Imagine” as our official state inspirational song.

Representative John Paul Jordan, the  author of the bill, said,

‘This song has its roots in Oklahoma and in the midst of these troubling times, what better time to focus on a song so full of hope? It represents our faith, our hope and where our peace can be found.’

 

 Here’s the whole story-

Imagine This: MercyMe Hit Now an Official State Inspirational Song

Don’t miss Bart Miller’s life changing song.

Bart Miller tells his story in this memoir I CAN ONLY IMAGINE

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Thanks for joining me to reflect on my dreams and those of some interesting people.

I hope  it has inspired you to imagine and keep exploring your dreams.

Always exploring the HEART of health.  Dr. Aletha 

Imagination- the path to anywhere

This is one of my favorite posts for several reasons.

It introduces a guest post I was asked to do for a fellow blogger, Kathleen Aherne. I was flattered and honored.

I share some of my personal life, which I don’t do very often.

It was a featured post at Blogger’s Pit Stop.

So here it is, and it’s actually two posts in one- a post I shared to introduce and link to the guest post. Enjoy and imagine.

Let imagination take you where you want to go

I’m a physician who studied mostly science classes in school, so I don’t think of myself as artistic.  This blog serves as a creative outlet for me, but that’s about where it ends.  I  find inspiration in multiple sources- my family and friends, nature, the patients I treat, music, and reading but I don’t think of myself as creative.

So when Kathleen Aherne asked me to write a guest post for her website, Let’s Create, I was a little surprised but also excited at the chance to share some of what has inspired my life. She asked me to write a two part story, so I am sharing part 1 with you here.

You can start reading it here, and then continue with the link to the rest of the post at  Let’s Create.

 

Reading-The fastest way to everywhere

I grew up as an only child, in a home that was not well off financially. With no siblings, and few neighborhood kids, I used  my imagination to have fun. I watched television shows but there was no internet or digital devices for entertainment. Mostly, I read books which became my favorite pastime.

I still have my three favorite books-      Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes,

Better Homes and Gardens Story Book, and   

The Golden Treasury of Natural History,

all of which have survived multiple moves in readable condition. I don’t read them now, but reading continues to be my favorite way to pass a relaxing evening or rainy afternoon.

When I was young, my mother enjoyed country music and she never missed a TV show featuring a pretty young blonde singer. With her bouffant hairstyle and frilly dresses, I thought the singer was a famous star. I didn’t know she was new to country music, trying to break into the business, and this was her first major opportunity.

Enjoy reading further at Let’s Create

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Introducing myReader Rewards Club  

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You can also earn points when you:
Join My Reader Reward Club to earn free books and Bibles

  • Shop at Tyndale.com or NavPress.com
  • Refer a friend
  • Write reviews
  • Take surveys
  • Sign up for e-newsletters and e-devotionals
  • And more!

My Reader Rewards Club is a great way to earn free books and Bibles for yourself, friends, and family! Your journey to earning free faith-based products starts HERE.

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Exploring health in fiction-3 books to consider

I hadn’t planned on writing book reviews when I started this blog. I love to read so  I started recommending health and medical books that I thought sounded interesting. After reading one myself, I thought it would make a good blog post, so my first book review was Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and The Making of a Medical Examiner- a review of words worth sharing

After that, I assumed I would review  non-fiction medical books, and most of them have been. I have reviewed  memoirs  and biographies,  medical history, health advice, dying, vaccination, nutrition, and medical care. I didn’t expect to review fiction, but I have.

That shouldn’t have seemed strange, since most fiction is based on real life, which is full of twists and turns related to our health and well being. Much if not all of what we do is based on our health, which can change suddenly and unexpectedly, and turn our lives upside down. Consider how many TV dramas are based in hospitals, involving health care workers, and sick or injured people.

Here are excerpts and links to 3 of my reviews of books that

explore health in fiction

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My Sister’s Keeper a novel by Jodi Picoult

Now I didn’t actually review this book. I used an excerpt  in a post about hair loss.

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The book tackles several cutting edge health technologies that can create touchy ethical issues that I haven’t dealt with here, but if I do, I’ll revisit this book.

Here is what I did write about My Sister’s Keeper ,a novel that touches on  several medical themes including cancer, genetic engineering, organ donation, and medical autonomy. The book was also a movie which I haven’t seen yet.

 

 

The story is about Kate, an adolescent who as a toddler developed a rare form of leukemia, and has spent the majority of her life either in the hospital getting treatment or recovering from them. After yet another chemotherapy regimen, she has lost her hair.

One day her mother, Sara, offers to take Kate and her younger sister Anna to the mall for a day out. Kate refuses.

“Don’t say it. Don’t tell me that nobody’s going to stare at me, because they will. Don’t tell me it doesn’t matter because it does. And don’t tell me I look fine because that’s a lie.” Her eyes, lash-bare, fill with tears. “I’m a freak, Mom. Look at me.”

Sara looks at her and says, “Well, we can fix this.”

“She walks out of the room followed by Kate and Anna. She finds a pair of ancient electric grooming clippers, plugs them in, and cuts a swath right down the middle of her own scalp.

“Mom”, Kate gasps.

With another swipe of the razor, Kate starts to smile. She points out a spot Sara missed. Anna crawls onto Sara’s lap. “Me next,” she begs.”

As Sara later remembers:

“An hour later, we walk through the mall holding hands, a trio of bald girls. We stay for hours. Everywhere we go, heads turn and voices whisper. We are beautiful, times three.”

Say Goodbye for Now- a novel by Catherine Ryan Hyde

I was drawn to this book because the main character is a woman physician. I started it just for pleasure, but once drawn into the story, I knew I wanted to review it for the blog. Here’s how my review starts:

In 1959, Dr. Lucille Armstrong, or Dr. Lucy as she is called, practices medicine of sorts in a small Texas town. Although she is a “doctor of human beings”, she spends most of her time taking care of stray and injured animals.

SAY GOODBYE FOR NOW- A Novel

SAY GOODBYE FOR NOW by Catherine Ryan Hyde

To support them and herself, she occasionally treats people; “ it’s not a hobby, I do it for the money.” But because “people there didn’t take well to a woman doctor”, her patients are not always the town’s model citizens.

Dr. Lucy lives alone except for the menagerie of injured animals she has doctored back to life. She likes her life the way it is, until she opens her home to three  unexpected and unlikely guests.

Continue the review here-

Say Goodbye for Now- a book review

Labor Day-a novel by Joyce Maynard

Leaving for a trip, I bought a book to read on the airplane. After reading a few pages, I realized it was also a movie I had seen. So my subsequent review was a book/movie review. The medical themes in this book/movie were subtle, but no less real.

Here is some of what I wrote:

Henry, who narrates the story, lives with his divorced mom in a small town. At 13, Henry seems more mature than he should need to be, while his mother Adele seems childish and naive for a grown woman. As the story unfolds, you begin to wonder  if Adele’s eccentric behavior is due to something more than immaturity.

Adele and Henry are in their small town store buying clothes for school when a man they don’t know approaches them asking for help. Frank seems nice enough and asking for help might not be a problem except for the fact that is is bleeding, and evasive about why.

He asks Adele to take him to her house and either due to fear or poor judgement, she says yes. Both she and Henry seem to realize that something dramatic is about to change in their lives, but what it is, they can only guess at this point.

You can read the entire post here.

Labor Day, a book more interesting than the holiday

 

 

 

 

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Happy reading! Dr. Aletha


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