Delving into Reading

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Benefits of Reading

Travelling, watching movies, reading and writing are some of my favorite activities. Taking my mind to places where my physical body has not been, is what reading does for me.  Reading allows me to explore places beyond my physical boundaries. I can visit the chilly Chicago Navy Pier, and swim with the Dolphins by the Shedd Aquarium. I have flown kites on the roof in Afghanistan with Omar in ‘A Fort of Nine Towers’, have my heart melt in ‘Lord of Scoundrels’ and fallen in love in ‘Crispen Points’. That is the mesmerizing power of written words.

Reading not only stimulates your mind and keeps it active, but in a study of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences they found that older people who read regularly were two and a half times less likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s or Dementia. While reading a well written book, it is not unusual for me to try to figure out the plot and analyze each situation to see if I will arrive at the conclusion that the writer intends. That is for me one of the joys of reading; it provokes the mind and turns me on to issues I may not have necessarily been exposed to.

As a writing enthusiast, I not only enjoy reading because of the entertainment factor, albeit a rather inexpensive one at times, but also because it challenges me to be more, grasp opportunities and be the best me possible. Depending on the genre, I may get overwhelmed with emotions of excitement, breathless anticipation or blinding rage. So not only do I garner new information, improve my vocabulary and writing skills, but as the saying goes ‘use it or lose it’ reading also exercises and relaxes my mind.

Assignment – Week 4 Clauses

In your writing journal, you will begin to practice building sentences with adjective and adverbial clauses. For this journal entry, discuss some of the advantages of the place where you live. Using the lists associated with each of these types of clauses, write at least three (3) sentences including adjective clauses and three (3) sentences including adverbial clauses. Underline the adjective and adverbial clauses. Consider their function in both as a modifier and an aspect of your writing style.

Adjective Subordinate Clause

  1. The supermarket, which is close to my home is quite convenient.
  2. Winsome who is the President of the neighbourhood watch is very resouceful.
  3. I am happy that the crime rate in the community i live is low.

Adverb Subordinate Clause

  1. Although our neighbourhood is relatively safe we still need to be vigilant.
  2. So that you know what to do if something were to happen, we receive regular safety tips from the police department.
  3. Because it looked as if it might rain, i did not walk to the plaza even though it is close by.

The neighbourhood in which i live is known for being a safe one. Although our neighbourhood is relatively safe we still need to be vigilant. We also boast a very active community neighbourhood watch programme. So that we do not become complacent, we receive regular safety tips from the police department at schedule community meetings.The venue for these meetings are usually held at the newly refurbished community centre. The centre is sometimes rented out for use to host social events, this is a great way for us to raise funds to complete necessary community projects. Although we are close to most of the necessary ammenities, the disadvantage is that the ammenities are also easy accessible to other nearby communities. As such the plaza is usually crawling with activity on weekends, patrons buzzing around like bees descend on the stores and service agencies. For someone who is clauserphobic the sight would be a nightmare !.

Assignment – Week 3: Journal 1 (Subjects & Verbs)

There does not seem to be an underline tool so i used Bold to highlight my subjects and Italics for my verbs.

(The scene I chose was a cocktail function held for a retiring staff member)

We arrived early for the cocktail event and found the band already playing familiar songs. The MC was at the podium looking over his sheet. Guests were milling around,some ordering drinks from the bar while others sneaked an appreciative peek at the cake ordered for the guest of honor. Friends and coworkers greeted each other warmly. Soon the guest of honor arrived with his daughters. I took my position to the front of the room. The MC announced that the festivities was about to officially begin.

We arrived early for the cocktail event and found the band already playing familiar songs. The MC was at the podium looking over his sheet, while talking to one of the host.The arriving guests were milling around. I was thirsty so I visited the bar and ordered a cranberry juice while my coworker got some ice cold orange juice. Some of the guests sneaked an appreciative peek at the cake ordered for the guest of honor. Friends and coworkers greeted each other warmly. Soon the guest of honor arrived with his daughters. I took my position to the front of the room. The MC announced that the festivities was about to officially begin.