On The Subway

Michael J Armijo

Marina Del Rey, United States

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I was on the subway…standing. I saw this woman and quickly grabbed by Sony Cybershot—thank goodness I had it handy bcuz I couldn’t have taken this shot with my big Nikon…so I shot without a flash and captured her. She seemed such an ideal subject. I love to photograph candids like this…and if I get them while they’re reading it’s a very opportunistic moment.

The Benefits of Reading
by LeAnn R. Ralph

Did you know that reading can keep your mind active and engaged well into old age?

Several years ago when I was working as a newspaper reporter, I interviewed a woman who was a resident at a local nursing home. She was 100 years old. And she read at least one book per week. Mostly novels. She was bright, intelligent and fun to talk with.

“I love to read. It helps me keep up with what’s going on in the world,” she said. “A friend of mine brings me a new book every week. I look forward to her visits and I look forward to the books. We talk about the books we’ve read.”

Reading has other benefits, as well.

For one thing, reading a good story can help you forget some of the problems in your own life.

“I can’t get around much anymore,” said the 100-year-old woman who lived in the nursing home. “When I go somewhere, I have to go in a wheelchair now. But when I read, I can go anywhere, anytime I want. And no one has to help me!”

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