Reading – You Are What You Read

Reading, Big Red Car?

Big Red Car here on a coolish, slightly sunny morning in the ATX. The sun is late on station this morning.

I have been reading the Ron Chernow book on Grant.

This book is 1,000 pages and has small print. I am halfway through. It is a little dog eared from trips to Savannah, Miramar Beach, Phoenix, Charlotte. Until finished, it is my constant travel companion. I try to read 15-60 minutes every night. I WILL finish this book this month.

Reading, why, Big Red Car?

It is simple, dear reader.

What we read, provokes our thinking.

What we think enriches our speech.

What we speak of, we explore and do.

What we do sets our character.

And, dear reader, our character informs, marks, guides our lives. So, pick what you read carefully. Let it inspire you.

Ron Chernow

While on the subject of Ron Chernow, let me recommend two other great books:

The Chernow book on Washington is one of the best reads I have ever had on the First President of the United States. I was surprised to learn what a great entrepreneur George Washington was before he emerged on the stage of history as the Commander-in-Chief of the Colonial army. [Make a commitment. It is about 1,000 pages and has the same small print.]

The Chernow book on Hamilton is an extraordinary read. I knew a lot about Washington, but next to nothing about Hamilton – the builder of many of America’s governmental institutions such as the State Department and the Coast Guard.

This is the book which inspired the play Hamilton. It is a great read.

Another 1,000 pages of small print filled to overflowing with history, vital American history.

So, there you have it, dear reader. Reading!

But, hey, what the Hell do I really know anyway? I’m just a Big Red Car. Be good to yourself. Say a quick prayer for world peace and the Trump-Kim summit.