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Senior Moments: Ways to 'book' an adventure

Emma Edwards
By Emma Edwards, Thursday, January 14, 2021

“Jingle All the Way,” the latest book that I’m reading, started out so very slow that a few times I almost gave up on it.

However, around the third chapter, the key character finds herself on the Amazon Explorer jungle tour being assured that she should expect an exciting two weeks in the Amazon rain forests.

I am a “read in bed person,” and last night I read till almost midnight. I especially enjoy reading books about real life experiences.

The author, Debbie McComber, lives in Port Orchard, Wash., with her husband and they had taken the trip featured in the book.

McComber mentioned they went kayaking in Antarctica. And she reminded readers that we don't have to go to the ends of the earth for adventure, suggesting that an educational cruise up the Columbia River is within our reach. Of course, that may have to wait until we conquer that “annoying pandemic.”

Sharing a good book, even if it is a slow starter, calls to my mind a quote by songwriter Zayn Malik, "There comes a day when you realize that turning the page is the best feeling in the world. Because you realize there is so much more to the book than the page you were stuck on.”

It seems that most days we are reminded to keep in prayer several of our family and friends who have had life-changing medical challenges. And especially now that we are seniors, we learn quickly that this "annoying pandemic" is no discerner of persons.

Norman Vincent Peale is well known for his meaningful sayings. Here’s one of them: “There is nothing in life so difficult that it cannot be overcome. This faith (in God) can move mountains. It can change people. It can change the world. You can survive all the great storms in your life (with faith in God).”

Getting back to reading books, many have asked if I have a Kindle or other method of reading books. I read an entire book on a Kindle one time and had to reread it as I kept falling asleep and then I had to figure where I was when I fell asleep. Same goes for listening to books on tape. I fall asleep. Reading with my own eyes and being somewhat of a speed reader seems to be my reading method of choice.

Almost sounded like “drug of choice.” Well, reading a good book can be therapeutic for many of us.

Several years ago, the University of Minnesota published a paper on the benefits of reading. It noted that a 2009 study at the University of Sussex found that reading can reduce stress by up to 68 percent. It works better and faster than other relaxation methods, such as listening to music or drinking a hot cup of tea. This is because the reader’s mind is invited into a literary world free from the stressors that plague one’s daily life.

With that, I will head for Angela Hunt's book, “The Canopy,” which takes me further into the Amazon Jungle. I would positively recommend both books.

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