This podcast deals with illiteracy and why we must learn how to read and read well. You can read this podcast in Blog format at my blog site of the same name as the podcast The Critical Thinker at www.thereadingcircleblog.blogspot.com . The blog post has the same title WHY WE MUST READ. There is a difference between decoding words, fluency and comprehension.
We must read with our children and have our children read to us. We must turn off the TV and other electronic devices and take some time to just read an old fashioned book. You are welcome to tune into The Reading Circle with Marc Medley on Saturdays at 6 a.m. ET on gobrave.org and WP88.7 FM. You are also invited to follow me on Twitter @thinkcritical01 - Tumblr @thecriticalthinker01.tumblr.com and Instagram @readingcircle01.
For the written blog version of The Critical Thinker visit http://www.thereadingcircleblog.blogspot.com/2013/03/q-what-do-you-want-to-be-when-you-grow.html#.UU5xIBdJP4s
"After having invested most of his life in basketball and having no educational degree or professional skill, Ray Williams struggled financially and filed for bankruptcy in 1994."
Take a listen to my experience at a relatively upscale restaurant on Valentine's evening while at dinner with my wife.
This podcast deals with the disrespect that our children and teens have become so accustomed to that they feel they can disrespect anyone regardless of title, age, or gender without suffering any consequences. It is clearly seen in this YouTube video of a teenager who disrespects a sitting judge in Florida http://youtu.be/3BxJa_G9XQk. I also address the issue in The Critical Thinker Blog at www.thereadingcircleblog.blogspot.com. I invite and welcome you to follow The Critical Thinker on Twitter @thinkcritical01 and to read The Critical Thinker Blog at www.thereadingcircleblog.blogspot.com
As I write this post I write not only to you the reader but also to myself. Since the new year arrived, I have been posting on Twitter and Facebook for us not to carry our luggage from 2012 and before into 2013 to remind us how luggage can and does slow us down. Of course like many things, it is easier said than done; however, we must find a way to check our luggage at the counter, curbside or at a kiosk of 2013. The metaphor of luggage is truly appropriate in terms of the things that we carry from one year to the next that constantly weigh us down. When you think about it, even at the airport you are only allowed to check a certain amount of luggage with each bag only allowed to weigh but so much. Ironically, dependent upon the airline you are travelling with you are now even charged a fee to check your luggage; so luggage costs. The luggage of life also costs. So let us go into 2013 determined to be able to run like Jerry Seinfeld is running and not be bogged down by luggage like Elaine (see YouTube link below). I wish all of us a blessed, luggage free and prosperous new year.
http://youtu.be/3Mlc4-luWU8 (Seinfeld The Airport - Running)
May you have a blessed and prosperous 2013. Take a listen to the first Critical Thinker Podcast of 2013. It is my New Year's greeting to you.
Merry Christmas everyone!! Please take a listen to my Christmas Day podcast. I think you will find it thought provoking providing you with some things to reflect upon about Christmas. Enjoy your day with your family and friends and remember what Christmas really is all about. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @thinkcritical01 and the blog at thereadingcircleblog.blogspot.com I am on facebook under the name Reading Circle and Inistrumental Jazz. I look forward to sharing with you for the remainder of 2012 into 2013. Be blessed.
"It's alarming, especially in Newtown, Connecticut, which we always thought was the safest place in America." Every time one of these incidences occur, reporters always find someone who says, "We didn't think that could happen here." My question when I hear that is , where is it supposed to happen? Why could it not happen "there." This whole notion of anywhere being the safest place in America is absurd. We must come out of denial and face the brutal truth that anything can happen anywhere at anytime. Read between the lines or decode what the statement really says. It says it could happen somewhere else, but not here. Why? Because it is quiet and has tree lined streets? I truly wish the reporters would remove that line from the scripts. This also holds true for the phrase "Quiet tree lined streets" said in a hushed tone. Does the fact that the community is quiet and have tree lined streets make them exempt from tragedy? Take a listen to today's podcast. It is The Reading Circle with Marc Medley in its entirety for December 15, 2012. The show is heard live on Saturday mornings at 6 a.m. ET on WP88.7 FM and is web streamed around the world on www.gobrave.org. My prayers are with the people of Newtown, Connecticut and everywhere else these tragedies keep occurring. Something has got to give because enough is enough. Follow The Critical Thinker on Twitter @thinkcritical01 and follow the blog at thereadingcircleblog.blogspot.com
Read both What's Wrong With These Pictures Parts 1 & 2 by visiting the links below:
Part 1 - http://thereadingcircleblog.blogspot.com/2012/11/whats-wrong-with-these-pictures.html
Part 2 - http://thereadingcircleblog.blogspot.com/2012/12/subliminal-racism-or-whats-wrong-with.html