I just received a new book today


Receiving a book isn’t so strange around our house. I’m book-poor, well, maybe I am book-rich because books have served to inspire me all through my life.

The new book I received is called, “The Creative Age.” The subtitle is, “Awakening Human Potential in the Second Half of Life.” This peaked my curiosity. It was written by Gene D. Cohen, M.D., Ph.D. With these credentials I knew it could either be very good or a waste of time and money.

I scanned the front, then the back cover, then who he dedicated the book to. From there I moved to the table of contents. In my typical style, I began leafing through the book stopping here and there and reading bits and pieces. Now I can say that it seems it will be a very good informative read and study.

Yes, I don’t read books, I study them. I rarely read fiction, my wife does and loves it — especially mystery and historical-based novels. When she runs into something she thinks I would be interested in, she will read it aloud to me. Sometimes she ends up reading the entire book.

I love being read to. I go into an altered state and my visual imagination takes over. I don’t think I’m alone when I say I love being read to. As for the books that are more study books, I need to read them and reread some parts over and over.

The book before this purchase I originally got from the library, then I purchased it on Amazon. Good books deserve studied and reviewed. This book was, “Painting Beautiful Skin Tones With Color & Light” by Chris Saper. This book was more in depth than I thought it would be. I had studied a lot about light in my photography books but did not expect to see it in this book. A very pleasant surprise.

A lot of young people just don’t like the idea of books. Sometimes this is because of their association with school. Books to me are convenient learning. I can start and stop whenever I want. Books are so much more informative than TV. I have some good learning CD’s on good subjects, but if I really want to know them, I have to stand in front of the TV or I will go to sleep. I guess that’s just a part of me and my makeup.

A well-written book, a good musical piece and a colorful painting are some of the main focus points of my life now. That doesn’t sound very exciting to the young people but in truth I have had my days and years of excitement. Now I prefer a more gentle world. I guess that age might have something to do with this.

There’s large and small stacks of books in almost every corner of my house much to my wife’s chagrin. I am not particularly smart but I simply enjoy them. I get to meet the author through their ideas and words even when they may have left this earthly plane years ago. Some of my books I actually knew the author and it’s nice to visit them again through their words and ideas.

I have met many interesting people through their books. Many of them have added a great deal of pleasure to my life. I can only hope that books can and will do the same for you.

Harry Croghan is an artist, photographer, writer and teacher. He can be reached at 740-852-4906 or by e-mail at hrcroghan@icloud.com.