Angelia Vernon Menchan

Angelia Vernon Menchan is an author, publisher and public speaker who owns two publishing companies, MAMM Productions and Honorable Menchan Media. Mrs. Menchan is also a Budget Officer and former Job Corps Counselor. To date she has published twenty-three books of her own work, both fiction and non-fiction and more than eighty ebook novellas on amazon.com. You can access her bibliography on www.amazon.com search words: Angelia Vernon Menchan




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Website: http://acvermen.blogspot.com
Email: acvermen@yahoo.com
Phone numbers: 904 714 2272 904 303 2679

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

READ,,,Who Me?

The past couple years I have spent so much time writing books, reviewing books, talking books…but I never stopped reading books…so I temporarily forgot that there are lots of non-readers, who are quite proud of it, almost snobby about it….
This morning as I drove in, I remembered some of my non-reader encounters and had to chuckle to myself, glad it was still dark, because at some points I was flat out laughing…
I remember living in Kentucky in the early eighties, I was in my dwindling-twenties, with a two year old, living in military quarters…I had an interesting mix of neighbors, all ages, races, nationalities…cool…
However, there was the woman next door, a sister, who I enjoyed talking to, she was pretty funny, but she thought my life was a bit soft and by default so was I. One of the things that set her off was my reading….didn’t make sense to her…
One day a bunch of neighbors was playing volleyball, I love volleyball, right after basketball and before track, those were my sports….
I was invited to play…she of course had to chime in with…’She can’t play, she probably wants to read a book…”
I did of course go back to reading after we beat her team to dust, and I spiked all over her a few times…if you gonna bring game, I suggest you stop by Parker Brothers…
The next scenario was many years later, I was working on a Wildlife Refuge and one of my favorite things to do at lunch was read, most of the teachers, counselors, administrators found that a good time to gossip about the kids we were supposed to help and I didn’t want to partake…from across the room a woman chimed…
“I heard that readers live through others, they would rather read than do.”
Most days I would have waved her off but I felt I a little b#yatchy so I said,
‘Please share, tell me what scintillating, globe-trotting, avant garde activities you have partaken in lately, then we can compare notes…’
“Huh?’
Psssssst, exactly, when you come to the fight, get strapped…
And the one that really tosses me these days is when a WRITER says, ‘I don’t READ’…
Whew…I haven’t even come up with a comeback for that one…
What I will say is that one of the coolest things about writing has been to introduce people who didn’t previously read to books….
So many people I know and by default people they know have read my work, many saying they hadn’t read a book since they were in school and many have been out of school for years…Cool
With my latest book, my greatest pleasure have been hearing parents say to me,
“This is the first book my child read or read in it’s entirety… one parent even said,
“My daughter usually watches trash talk TV when she is home, but she read your book and told me it was just as fun, but with a good message” Cooler…
But the coolest thing is when I walk past a group of youngsters and their eyes are fastened to the pages of a book and all they can concentrate on is the words on the page…
I take time to tell them what a lovely activity one they can take anywhere...
While they are sitting a bench somewhere resting from their latest athletic endeavors….they can read…
While riding in a car, sitting in an airport, flying through the air, or lying on a beach…
They can read…
Reading doesn’t take away from anything, it only adds to and enhances while expanding one’s mind…WAY COOL

Love and Blessings,
Angelia

http://www.angeliavmenchan.com/

7 comments:

Gwyneth Bolton said...

Here! Here! All I can do is co-sign. :-)

Gwyneth

Angelia... said...

Thanks Lady G,
my fave co-signer...

blessings,
angelia

Yasmin said...

And the one that really tosses me these days is when a WRITER says, ‘I don’t READ’…

H-E-L-L-O...I wish authors would stop shaping their mouth to say that because an author who doesn't read is one who doesn't appreciate the craft or the profession as far as I'm concerned.

My daughter is finally starting to read...now if I could just get her to broaden her horizons...sigh...but hehe babysteps...Rome wasn't built in a day and neither was Timbuktu...lol.
xoxo

Angelia... said...

Yas,
Babysteps are STEPS...little steps can take us big places...

smooches
angelia

CapCity said...

LOOK AT MAMA DEEP - talkin' SMACK! LOL! I.LOVE.IT! But, Sis when i got to this: "..WRITER says, ‘I don’t READ’…" my HEART almost STOPPED - but then it dawned on me: THAT'S the problem I have with much of the self published street lit - the evidence that the writer DOES NOT READ!! Lawd, he'p meh!

But, I'm with U - when u can spark that interest in a child - even for a MOMENT: it's all worth it! One of my FAVORITE teaching memories: We had a funky snow storm in DC that hit at that awkward time - too late to announce school closing, so an odd number of us made it to school. Couldn't really proceed w/ any plans - too many kids out, but had to do something: too many showed up! ;-) It was a 2nd grade class. I put on soft music & told the class the ENTIRE DAY (except for recess, lunch, etc.) would be a DropEVERYthing & Read Day. U know that was the ONLY day w/o ANY discipline problems? When they talked to each other it was about sharing books! (yea it was a private school & it's one of my fave teaching moment;-)....thanx for the memory, Sistah Angelia!

JC Martin said...

I must say I agree with you all the way. Reading is one thing that would hurt me if taken away from me. Lord hell me if my sight gets any worse...I guess I can learn to read braille. I will not give up reading.

Angelia... said...

Cap...
Mama can talk smack with da best of 'em...they better know... and a reading child is a blessing indeed...both my boys (men) are readers...

smooches,
angelia

Jen,
I want to take Braille, just to know it...

blessings,
angelia