Over at John's http://journals.aol.com/johnmscalzi/bytheway/entries/3961 He is a big fan of literacy. First, of course, his livelihood -- here and elsewhere -- depends on people being able to read, and to read more than simple instruction or direction: He needs people to read to enjoy reading. So there's an element of self-preservation to my admiration of literacy. Second, it's just an essential skill for everyone: From reading instructions on a can of food to intelligently voting in an election, reading makes a difference in how all our lives turn out. Third, and most importantly, reading is simply a joy: The best way to get lost in another world, where all you need to travel are words on a page (or a screen) and your own imagination. You can't beat that. And so, in recognition that literacy rocks -- I agree with you 100% John, the skill to have when you're having skills -- I present this week's Monday Photo Shoot:
Your Monday Photo Shoot: Picture something that represents literacy to you. People reading, a street sign you wouldn't want not to read, a favorite book: Anything that conveys the significance of words.
This is Autumn being read her favorite bedtime story, "The Scariest Monster in the World", I love reading it too her so I can make the monster noises, and she always really get's into it. This is her mom Amanda reading it too her.