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I experienced a childhood that encouraged reading. Before I could read myself, I had to be read to by someone else. On Sundays, the newspaper had a wonderful section just for children, with comics, puzzles, and stories. It was the highlight of the week for me. But I had to wait until my father finished reading the rest of the huge Sunday paper before he read this special children's section to me. Having to wait made me want so much to be able to read for myself. Ever since then, I have been an avid reader.
I'm from an Irish background, where storytelling and reading were large parts of our lives. We borrowed books from the library every 2 or 3 weeks, we read out loud at school, and we were read to a lot. I really like to read to others. There's something quite wonderful about a human voice reading beautiful words, sentences and ideas in stories, and the listener losing oneself in the words heard. It's kind-of like listening to music, just a different language.
About 15 years ago, I became a volunteer broadcaster for a radio station for the blind in San Francisco, reading newspapers, magazines, and the grocery store ads. In 2000, I became a volunteer broadcaster for a radio reading service on the East coast, for whom I recorded the Wonderful Short Stories program, which is a selection of short stories and other readings. In 2006 I recorded a CD entitled Read Me A Story, which is available on iTunes and CD Baby. I do readings of stories at libraries and other places.
on July 25, 2011 :
What a delightful gem of a book this is. It sparkles with exceptionally written, truly poignant and simply delightful stories. Mary O’Toole’s way of storytelling is so very memorable and her writing style is simply outstanding. I loved each and every page of this book. I honestly can’t wait to read it again!
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)
on July 08, 2011 :
A Little Bite - And Other Stories is wonderful. Many of the stories are such fun to read; some absolutely hilarious. Others are truly heart-warming and inspirational. I love this book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)