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Elementary schools throughout the nation participate in a reading program for which students get prizes for documenting 'x's number of 26 minute blocks of reading for pleasure. An enormous amount of time and money I'd spent on this quest to motivate kids to become better readers. More and more my personal reading has increased.
Previous yo this year I rarely read a book for pleasure but once every five years. Tonight I found myself switching among three genres. John E. Milligan's text "celestial navigation by h.o.249 has thus far made the subject undetstandable he behind with simple diagrams explaining longitude, latitude and declamation. Even his intro to basic mathematical operations. Have so far been at a level my average intellectual can absorb.
As simple as it is to comprehend, every paragraph is filled with mind challenging concepts.

To break up the monotony of reading conceptual texts I dusted off a copy of Chichester's "Gipsy Moth Circles the World." More than a tale of the trials and tribulations of a 70+ year old man's self determination, Chichester also includes some mathematical formulas that I was able to grasp. Did you know that the theoretical speed of aboard can bedetetminrd btyakingthedquare rootof its length? Then you multiple the answer by 1.3 or 1.4 or 1'.5. Play with these figures on your own boat to see for for yourself how this pans out.

ENOUGH math! I declared as I dropped Chichester's book onto the floor. Then ad I curled up for the night I slipped a purele pleasurable read out from under my pillow. What caused this transitionfrom hardly reafingat all to juggling 3 booksat a time? One, year ago I cancelled all subscriptions to television. Want kids to read? Save money unplug the TV.

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Comment by John V. G. Mayton on August 29, 2012 at 12:17pm

My Daughter spent her first two years aboard our 40 foot sloop in California without a TV.  Both her mother and I read a lot and read to her as well on a daily basis.  She loves to read today and often has more that two or three books going at a time.  I went TV less in June and have not really missed it all that much.  Internet gives me the weather in port and the VHF works along the coast, otherwise I'm deep into my Kindle Fire leaning back in the cockpit, solon, or in my bunk in the aft cabin.  Old eyes don't do some of the print in books now days but the Kindle allows me to change the font to something I can see a bit better.  Boats and books just seem to go together.

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