Interview with Joseph Silver – Norse Mythology Enthusiast and Avid Reader

[Editor’s note: This interview was conducted by Miriam Ruff on February 19, 2018, and it is the first installment in what will be a series of interviews about the different approaches people take to discover and learn new topics.] MR: We’re talking today with Joseph L. Silver, a comic artist, illustrator, avid reader, and Norse … Continue reading “Interview with Joseph Silver – Norse Mythology Enthusiast and Avid Reader”


Giving Life to Words

In our technological Information Age, we spend our time “speaking” primarily by text, email, eBooks, or online forums. Gone seem the days of deep, personal conversations; cursive, handwritten letters; and real-paper, printed books. We defend our choices with their efficient outcomes, but few of us stop to consider what we might be losing in the … Continue reading “Giving Life to Words”


Humans Hard-Wired for Speech but not for Reading and Writing

Humans communicate naturally by speech – that is to say, without any special training besides hearing individuals speak to each other. The reason is the structure of our brains. Researchers have shown that there are two specific centers in the human brain that oversee and control language acquisition; both are in the brain’s left hemisphere. … Continue reading “Humans Hard-Wired for Speech but not for Reading and Writing”


Understanding Dyslexia – Part 3

[Editor’s note: This is Part 3 of a four-part series on dyslexia. Links to the other parts are included in the blog.] Last week, in Part 2  of this series, we discussed how dyslexia is diagnosed and the number of different possible interventions that exist within the school system to help dyslexic students. Today, we’re … Continue reading “Understanding Dyslexia – Part 3”


The Need for Reading

In our social media-obsessed world, there seems to be less and less time for reading books. Gone are the days when kids would plead with their parents at bedtime for “just one more story,” and when they would hide out under the covers with a flashlight and a book, hoping not to get caught reading … Continue reading “The Need for Reading”