“For one who reads, there is no limit to the number of lives that may be lived, for fiction, biography, and history offer an inexhaustible number of lives in many parts of the world, in all periods of time.” ― Louis L'Amour

I’ll add to Louis L’Amour’s words that, for me, learning from the lives I read has been a way to gain clarity on my own human journey, so I wrote “likes to read” to enjoy a partnership with another soul who learns from others. Reading creates a richness to life that I simply can’t imagine living without.

I was reluctant to love reading early in my life, but in 4th grade, my school librarian handed me a copy of “The Secret Garden,” and my world practically exploded. It took me to the other side of the world and then through a gate into a mysterious and enchanted garden, and showed me Mary, the girl whose curiosity and strength of will changed her own life and the life of others. I was hooked. Books helped me transcend my quiet, rural life on a farm of rolling hills in Central Kentucky, have been a source of my life’s work (I’m formerly an English teacher), and teach me about being human.