Patty Craig: A Slice of Time
Even though I’m still enjoying this summer weather, I’ve found time to read. Most recently, my reading has included information about Alzheimer’s disease, the benefits of reading, and the book of Proverbs. Each has been interesting in its own way.
First, I read a newspaper article from July that I didn’t have time to read then, entitled “Outpouring of Interest: FDA’s Approval of Alzheimer’s Drug Reignites Battle over Disease’s Underlying Cause” (Daily News of Bowling Green, July 6, 2021, p. 3A). The article reported the status of Alzheimer research and treatment. In the conclusion, Gil Rabinovici, a neurologist at the University of California at San Francisco stated: “This idea of combination therapies is becoming more and more key to approaches to treating Alzheimer’s disease.” Many of us have known someone affected by this debilitating disease. I hope the scientific and medical fields can soon provide effective, affordable treatments.
Second, in the August issue of Better Homes & Gardens (p. 98), I read: “The average 15- to 44-year-old spends 10 minutes or less reading daily. But research shows that reading reduces stress levels by 68 percent. It can also help strengthen your mind, boosting your memory and thinking skills. It’s worth digging into a book as a daily habit….” This information is good to know; I can personally use it to justify my love of reading.
Third, because of a challenge from social media, I am reading Proverbs this month – 31 chapters in 31 days. Proverbs is a unique book in the Bible, most likely written for instruction. Some of my favorite verses have been:
Proverbs 3:5 (NIV) – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
Proverbs 6:6 (NIV) – Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise.
Proverbs 13:11 (NIV) – Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow.
Proverbs 15:3 (NIV) – The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.
Proverbs 17:6 (NIV) – Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.
Much of Proverbs is made up of short statements about human behavior and the book’s reverence for God is clear. My daily readings in Proverbs have been a pleasure.
Finally, Leonardo da Vinci said, “Learning never exhausts the mind,” and Mahatma Gandhi said, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever” (https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/learning-quotes). My recent readings about Alzheimer’s disease, the benefits of reading, and the book of Proverbs have been educational and enjoyable. So, once again, my reading hobby is justified.