Author: Joe

Why I Write to Tell Your Stories

Why I Write to Tell Your Stories

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Updated June 5, 2019 | 6:01pm ET

As a kid, I was a huge reader. It’s probably why, at age 13, my teacher assigned me to read “The Cat in the Hat” and I fell in love with books. I read them cover to cover in my bedroom while I lay in bed and I have to say, when the lights were out, I read about five books a night for a year.

Since I was in elementary school, I’ve read more than 90 books in a variety of genres, including romances, mysteries, science fiction, and even some Christian fiction. (Don’t worry, I took my Bible classes).

I’m guessing not many people in my age group have read more than a couple of hundred books. Well, that’s about how many books I’ve read since becoming a parent.

What is it about reading that makes me so passionate about politics? Why do I feel most passionate about the government than anything else? What drives me to write to tell your stories and to ask questions about the issues that affect you?

Let me try to explain. When I write, I really believe about people. I was raised in a family where I was always encouraged to use the power of language to help bring about change where I could.

I believe that reading and writing have the ability to change the world for good. When I read about people who have faced injustice, I learn from it and I learn a lot from writing. It’s because I believe in people’s ability to change the world — I don’t believe in anything in the world being perfect — that I believe in people.

And as a mom, I believe that each person has a different perspective on their lives and the importance of sharing their stories with others.

I’ve been a reader since I was little and as my children grew, I started reading to them. When my youngest was a baby, I started reading to him. As he grew, I read him stories. As my daughter got older, I read her bedtime stories and in the years that she was in college, I learned to read her college-level papers.


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