There’s plenty of joy to be found in the written word

10/15/2013 2:04 PM

10/15/2013 2:04 PM

You’re spending some of your precious time with a newspaper column, so I’d bet that someone early on ignited in you the joy of reading. Emily Parnell recently found a way to get that spark to catch in her son, which she shares this week in 816 North.

And that reminds me that it’s about time for

All Hallow’s Read, a movement author Neil Gaiman started to give gifts of scary books for Halloween. Even little kids can get in on the fun with a tale that has just a hint of spookiness, something like my son’s library favorite, Monica A. Harris’ “Wake the Dead.”

It’s a blast to read out loud, and a great way to pass on the joy of reading.

There’s plenty more to read in these pages: a look at doctors who are guided by their faiths, an update on the troublesome Broadway Bridge lights, the inspiring story of a 96-year-old woman who still volunteers for her community. I hope you find it as engrossing as Emily’s son came to find his books.

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