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My wife and I enjoy visiting Books-A-Million. We are like two kids in a candy store, except the goodies are books. We were in Books-A-Million one day last week and I was perusing the biography section as I do every time that I go. Good books have been my mentors ever since I was old enough to read. One important advantage to reading is that you can meet anyone that you desire; no matter when they lived.
While I was in the biography section, I could feel my emotional gears beginning to excite the passion that I have for reading about achievers. A well-written biography is loaded with life lessons. As I picked up a book about John Wooden, the legendary coach at UCLA, I saw that he had a chapter on mentors. Mother Teresa and Abraham Lincoln were two of his mentors.
There were so many books from which to choose, but I had to be careful not to break the bank. After enjoying our stay at Books-A-Million, I was able to keep my number of books to seven. Donna had a stack of magazines about homes, decorating and southern living.
I was anxious to get home so that I could begin reading. When I read, I usually alternate between books. I read a little from each book. If one or two of the books become more interesting, I spend more time reading them. This method of alternating the books keeps my interest for longer periods of time.
For the full column, see Page 6A of this week's Citizen.
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Robert Charles Payne is an inspirational writer who lives in West Monroe. He can be contacted by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.