Reading to Spark the Flame

Posted On Jan 5 2014 by

I remember walking home from the bookmobile one spring day in 1980. I had three novels stacked in my arms, one of which was a one volume set of When Worlds Collide and After Worlds Collide. Indeed, I was heavy laden. My best friend and fellow Navy Brat, Doug Stephenson, saw me coming and said, “You’re going to read those for fun?” Despite my odd behavior, Doug and I remained friends until my dad was transferred. Such was my childhood. My happiest moments were those where I was surrounded by books. The musty library at the Yorktown Naval Weapons Station …