Essays

Reading to escape

“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” ~W. Somerset Maugham, Books and You

Beam me up with a good book / Cindy La Ferle

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While staying informed is always important to me, our country’s nonstop political turmoil has taken a measurable toll on my blood pressure as well as my emotional wellbeing. 

I know that pulling the covers over my head — or otherwise dodging the current reality — isn’t healthy, either. Still, I find that limiting my exposure to national news — as well as oppositional or combative people — really helps. 

And so does reading. Lately I’ve been revisiting the work of my favorite authors, or driving to the bookstore just to look around. Even the scent of printer’s ink on paper has a calming effect on me. Whether I escape between the covers of a novel, a biography, or a self-help guide, I feel lifted, validated, recharged, and renewed. My peace of mind is restored — as long as I can tune out the news. ~Cindy La Ferle

Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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