Homeside Financial - May 2020

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May 2020

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A Window to Other Worlds


S ometimes fact is crazier than fiction. The world is a crazy place right now, and let’s be honest, we could all use a little escape. For most of my life, one of my go-to ways to unwind has been reading. At the time that I’m writing this, most of the country is still on lockdown as a result of COVID-19. That means many of us are probably holed up in our homes, trying to find things to do, TV shows to binge, or new books to devour. What better time to talk about reading than now? From the time I was really little, my parents had a few books lying around the house for me to read. I don’t remember exactly what they were, but I remember trying to read them before I started school. When it finally came time for me to start first grade, I got my first look at a school library. In

always check out far more books than necessary, but I would still read them all.

Some of my favorite books I remember from my childhood were “ Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott and “Heidi” by Johanna Spyri. Almost all the books I read at that age were about kids who got to go on adventures. My family didn’t have a lot of opportunities to travel, and when we did, we didn’t travel too far from home. Even though the characters in my books were fictional, I felt like I got to see how other people lived, and I lived vicariously through their adventures. Of course, at that age I also really liked it when the stories had animals in them.

Today, reading is still a part of my routine. My day starts at 5:30 a.m. every morning, and one of the


“That being said though, I think reading is one of the best ways to learn, grow and open yourself up to other people’s perspectives.”

If I find a good enough book, I can read the entire thing, cover to cover, in one sitting. The last book I did that with was “Almost Alchemy” by Dan Kennedy. I know reading isn’t for everyone. My husband and my brother both hate reading. That being said, I think reading is one of the best ways to learn, grow, and open yourself up to other people’s perspectives. So why wouldn’t you get lost in a book for a little while?

a word, I was fascinated by it. I would get lost in the rows and rows of books. I remember using the Dewey Decimal System to find whatever book I wanted. Flipping through all the codes to find the books I wanted felt like a treasure hunt. I would

first things I do is try and read something, whether it’s just a chapter of a book or a newsletter. I know a lot of people are fans of the Kindle, or they have an Audible account for listening to books, but to me nothing will ever be as good as reading an actual hard copy of a book. I love the feel of a book, the smell of the paper, and the look of the actual print. As a visual learner, I also think I retain more information from a print book than I ever could from an audio book.

-Jamie Harrington



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