Missing Dad

I lost my father a little over two years ago, a while back I composed this poem for him; thinking about my Dad a lot tonight, he was a wonderful man, and a fantastic horseman. He was my cowboy and my hero; So here is a little poem I wrote when I was sad and inspired one night not long after he died.

   MISSING DAD

With your leaving

A part of me left too

I can’t seem to stop grieving

But you wouldn’t want me blue

 

I’m reminded of you everyday

The things you said, animals you loved

Even if it was just the way

You looked to the stars above

 

Goodbye can’t be forever

I won’t believe that to be true

A father’s love will endeavor

Will see each other again, me and you

 

So ride the dusty trail cowboy

Hang up your spurs and rest

“Happy Trails” goes the song by Roy

Saddle your horse and ride to the west.

R.I.P. Gil Lynn Stephenson

Nov. 15, 1943- Dec. 13 2016

I Miss you every single day Daddy.

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Flash Fiction

I recently wrote a 100 word flash fiction story for a contest, well I learned the hard way I had to subscribe to their website in order to enter. Sadness… anyway, here’s me picking myself up again, like I always do; I decided to post the story on here for all to read and give feedback and add to my portfolio! 🙂 And maybe, just maybe I’ll find another flash fiction contest to enter it in the future. 🙂

The Garden

By: Amanda Lynn Rednour

100 word Flash Fiction Story

“Ana,” Grandmother called to the dark haired, young girl, “I must show you something.”

Ana scampered into the garden, a hint of spring in the March air, “Do you know vat these are? They’re crocuses, they ver your great-grandmothers’ favorite flower,” Grandmother’s accent was heavy.

Ana gazed at the delicate flower nestled in the snow, “Ve had them in our garden in Poland, ven they moved us to the camp, mother told me, be tough, like that flower. Because, it’s the first out in spring, grows anywhere, resilient, strong. This flower taught me survival, to live, to never give up.”

Instagram!!! Dun dun dunnnn…

Well, forever and ever I denied Instagram. But seeing as I’m trying to build up my writer profile, tonight I decided to give in and create an account. Mainly for my garden photography and to enhance my writing, and well I’ve heard it’s a good idea to help build your platform. So, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and my blog on here, that should be a pretty good variety to show off my creativity right???? Or do I just sound like a cheesey wanna be?? Oh well, doing the best I can, and trying to have fun doing it.

Btw Instagram me at gardengirl1990

Twitter @MandyLynn405

Amanda-Lynn

Getting Published

So I’ve been doing a little research about getting published and I have a few literary agents I have in mind who would be interested in work like mine. However, I feel like I should at least have something truly published, as in a magazine or journal. I just feel like I would be taken more seriously if I had at least one thing to my name. So, I found this website:

https://thewritelife.com/19-websites-magazines-want-publish-personal-essays/

And it lists many periodicals that take submissions, so I guess that’s what I am to do, start pitching magazines and see if I can build my writing profile!!! Here’s to on wards and upwards!!!! 🙂

It’s been a while

It’s been a while, I know, a lot has happened, but so I don’t bore my readers with details, I’ll make it short. I got married in July of 2016 and then my father passed away in December of 2016. After that I was laid off from my bartending job, I managed to find a job at my local hardware store, where I mange stock and take care of plants and help educate people on their gardens and lawns. I really enjoy it, but I don’t make all that much and along with gardening and horses, writing is something I can express myself in and maybe, maybe help me support myself while I work at the local store I love so much. So come along with me on my journey as I attempt to build up my writing profile and platform and realize my lifelong dream of being a real published writer. And i promise my next posts will be much more interesting. 🙂

Exciting News!!

Alright, so I haven’t blogged in a while. Well that would be because my love Lee and I go engaged on April 1st. Yep after 6 and a half years we have decided to make it official. Not sure how or when or where its gonna go down, but it will. I have this beautiful sapphire ring, with two diamonds on either side. Its so very exciting, I have already bought two wedding magazines. Of course Lee isn’t as excited, he is of course to be finally getting married, but I don’t think he wants to plan, not to mention we’re broke. BUT we live beside a beautiful lake and we just might get married right beside it. We have looked at beautiful rose gold wedding bands which will have our initials and wedding date on them, and more than likely will be writing our own vows (come on I’m a writer at heart, did you expect any less?) The hard part though is getting his family down here from Michigan, but ya know hopefully they will, at least intimidate family anyway. As for the dress, I already have something in mind. Short, simple, and elegant, and most of all its casual but still beautiful, now I just have to find something like it affordable. Its going to be very casual, neither of us like fan fare anyway. Just family and friends and maybe a small cookout afterwards. UNLESS, of course if I finish my book and get it sold, then I’m aloud to have a slightly bigger wedding. haha anyway something to work towards! Still can’t believe it, I’m getting married, crazy!! I’m even changing my name, so crazy, I have to have a whole new signature, I’ve been signing the same way for so long, Its going to be really odd to change. I almost feel like  a grown up, I get a book sold and then maybe I really will. As for kids… well neither of us are big fans, I won’t say never, but its not one of those major priorities. So in conclusion, I will try to write more interesting things when I have the time, and maybe even some wedding stuff. But for now, I’m going to go relax with my honey and watch some TV before bed and work tomorrow. night all

-Amanda Lynn

10 Tips to a Long Healthy Life With Your Pet.

As most of my readers know I’m a veterinary assistant at a local vet clinic. I’ve worked there almost 2 years and worked at other vet clinics prior to that. So I would like to share with you 10 Tips For a Healthy Pet. Simple things I have learned at my job to help your four-legged family member live a longer, healthier life.

Tip # 1

Take Your Pet for Annual Exams- I can’t stress this enough. We see so many pets only when they are sick, and over half of those things could be prevented or caught earlier by yearly check-ups with the vet. Six month check-ups and yearly blood work are recommended for older pets. Staying current with your pets vaccinations can keep your pet safe from many diseases, as well as the most important rabies vaccine. *In most states staying current with the rabies vaccine is required for all pets by law with no exceptions.

Tip # 2 

Food is NOT Love- No matter how much you think that extra treat or scrap from the table will win you extra love from Fido, it won’t. Just extra vet bills to treat an overweight and possibly diabetic pet. Overweight pets have twice as many health problems and more stress on joints can lead to early arthritis. Instead of that extra treat, throw your pets favorite toy around or just give a good scratch behind the ears and tell them you love them. Thin and trim pets live longer- This is a Fact!

Tip # 3

Heart-worm Prevention is Important- Heart-worms are transmitted by mosquitoes, and as we all know the annoying little buggers can get in the house as well. And no, heart-worms are not just a dog thing, cats can get them too (although the risk is lower). Once an animal gets heart-worms it can be costly to treat and most of the time the internal damage is already done even after the heat-worms are eliminated. A once a month preventative given orally or topically can be acquired by a prescription from your vet. Note- this is not an over the counter product in the United States, and if purchased over the counter may either, not be as effective ,or could even be harmful and does not carry the guarantee from a veterinarian.

Tip # 4 

     Practice Healthy Pet Care Habits- Trimming nails, cleaning out ears, regular brushing and observation can keep your pet happier and healthier. This can also give you an opportunity to make sure there are no problems or concerns physically that need to be addressed.

Tip # 5 

Practice Good Oral Hygiene-  Brushing teeth isn’t just for good for you, its good for your pet too, and some pets even learn to enjoy it and not find it scary if introduced slowly. Brushing your pets teeth with a pet toothbrush and toothpaste is the best way to prevent and reduce tarter on your pets teeth. Regularly checking your pets mouth is good too so you can watch for any issues such as a bad tooth or inflamed gums. Keeping your pets mouth healthy is a must as regular dentals by a veterinarian can get costly and your pet has to go under anesthesia. The VOHC (Veterinary Oral  Health Council) has a list of foods and treats tested and approved to reduce/prevent tarter on your pets teeth on their website. When searching in the store for dental products always look for the VOHC seal of approval on the product.

Tip # 6

Keep Your Cat Indoors and Get Your Pets Micro-Chipped- Keeping your cat indoors can keep them safe from wild animals and car tires. Not mention keeping your cat indoors can keep them safe from diseases like FIV (Feline AIDS) or FLV (Feline Leukemia). Micro-chipping your pet can increase the odds of them being found if lost. When a pet is picked up, nine times out of ten they are scanned for a rice-sized microchip between their should blades. The microchip brings up a number on a scanner which is run through a database and will bring up the registered owners name and information.

Tip # 7

Always Feed a Good Quality Food- Most of the pet foods on the market are okay but not the greatest, many are like pet junk food. Always look for meat as the main ingredient, which it is not in most grocery store brands. By-products, by-product meal, and brewers rice are some examples of low quality ingredients. Also remember that cats need good quality wet food even more than dogs, a pate’ style food is closest  in protein and moisture content to what your cat would be eating in the wild naturally. Fact- Cats require more protein than dogs and don’t break down carbohydrates as well as dogs do.

Tip # 8 

Be an Alert Pet Owner- This might sound kind of vague but it encompasses a lot of different things. Pets are like children, and like children can get into lots of things. Picking up trash and changing full trash cans can prevent pets from getting into it and swallowing harmful things. Clearing off counters of cooking pans, human food, rubber bands, twisty ties, ribbons, and other enticing objects can can keep your cat safe from ingesting things that could lead to a costly emergency room visit. Another way of being an alert pet owner is to be aware of your dog when he/she is outside, keeping your dog fenced in or on a leash can prevent dog fights and encounters with other animals that can also lead to costly vet bills as well. Just being observant is a good quality to have as a pet owner and can help your pet lead a long healthy life.

Tip # 9 

    Get Information- Read everything your can about pets and talk to your vet when you have any major questions. Take notes when you’re at your pets annual exam and don’t be afraid to ask questions, that’s why the vet went through seven or eight long years of expensive school. Remember, your aren’t just paying them to treat your pet or give vaccines you are paying for the vets time, make the most of it. So absorb everything you can, then you can be an informed and responsible pet owner.

Tip # 10 

SPAY OR NEUTER YOUR PET!!!!!- Probably the number one most important thing on this list. Getting your pet spayed or neutered is a simple procedure, but is the greatest thing you can do as a pet owner. Many unwanted pets languish in shelters every year because of unnecessary, preventable pregnancies. Raising litters of puppies and kittens may sound cute and fun, but what happens if those puppies and kittens don’t get adopted when they are little? They grow up, and then become ten times harder to place in a home. Spaying and neutering can also help your pet live longer. Serious medical problems like pyometra (infection of the uterus, can happen quickly and is life threatening if left untreated) testicular cancer, breast cancer and many other issues can be prevented by spaying and neutering. One other benefit is the probability of either preventing, or in some cases correcting, many behavioral problems like wandering, spraying and even aggression.

These tips are just some of the many things I have picked up working at a very rewarding job. Hope you found these tips informative and helpful. May you all enjoy long, healthy, happy lives with your pets. And be sure to check back for more posts like this. 🙂

-Amanda-Lynn

ugh, writing a novel is hard!!!

I am currently working on my first novel, tentatively called A Stone’s Throw. I have a good story I think, but keep hitting roadblocks!!! But I am not one to give up and I believe in my writing. When I get further along in the writing process I will post some of my story, but for now its pages and pages of outlines and character bios, I probably didn’t choose the best theme for a first novel, time travel, but its something that has always fascinated me. My main character Emily travels back in time to 1967 during the beginning of the summer of love in san Francisco. She gets to experience history and be a part of the free love hippie movement that fascinates her. She learns its not all she thought it would be but makes friends. That’s all I will say for now, the only real trouble I’m having is getting my character back to the present, still figuring that part out. Anyway time to head to bed, long Friday work day in front of me then a long weekend of working on my novel, maybe I can start writing my first draft from my outline before I go back to work Monday. Haha

Amanda Lynn

America and the Environment

To start off, since I didn’t give much of an intro on the last post, haha  While I am working on some ideas that are not ready yet, I would like to post some things I have written in the past. Most of these first few posts will all be papers I wrote in my college English courses at Germanna Community College. I am proud to say, I might add, that I received no lower than a B+ on all of these. 🙂

So here goes,this next one I’m posting is all about America’s roll in preserving the environment. My article talks about how America needs to do a better job at reducing its carbon footprint and resolving other environmental issues the U.S. has helped cause. I outline a few of the problems the U.S. has helped cause as well as other countries roll in trying to reverse these problems. That’s enough of an intro though, might as well let you read it for yourself, so here goes, America and the Environment

*you will find my list of references at the end of the article

America and the Environment

In America we always strive to do our best. Unfortunately we’re fallen behind in preserving the environment, something many of our fellow countries have not. America may only have “5% of the world’s population” but it is the cause of “more than 35%” of the world’s greenhouse gases (2). The U.S.’s refusal, under the Bush Administration, to sign a very important document, called the Kyoto Protocol, has set us behind many countries, such as Russia, Canada, and England. The Kyoto Protocol was set in 1997 to regulate greenhouse gasses from industries and factories. Although enough countries have joined to ratify the agreement it’s still lacking the signature of the biggest producer of greenhouse gases, the USA (Bates, par. 4).

While the United States has become more aware of the environmental problems and issues its helped cause, the U.S. still has a long way to go in order to reduce its carbon footprint and help preserve the earth for future generations.

Many people would think that the U.S. is doing a better job these days in preserving the environment, but unfortunately while the people might be doing better, the government itself has been lacking in its regulations of factories and industries. By letting businesses and factories choose whether or not to limit their emissions, the government is standing by and letting pollution happen. It’s not just the people’s duty, but the government’s as well to preserve this planet we live on, because, so far, it’s the only one we have. By refusing to sign the Kyoto Protocol, the U.S. “allowed its overall greenhouse gas emissions to rise by more than 15% between 1990 and 2004” (2). This is unacceptable if we want the planet habitable for our children’s children. As one of the world’s most powerful countries we should be setting a good example for developing countries, who are exempt from the protocol and still producing vast amounts of pollutants every day.

Not only should we preserve the earth for our futures, but also for the beautiful views, magnificent mountains, vast oceans, and the wide variety of flora and fauna that reside on this amazing planet. Although America has been neglecting to regulate its greenhouse gas release, its people have been taking matters into their own hands. Many concerned mothers now recycle and reuse products, as well as purchase only recycled goods, and organic foods that don’t contain pesticides or other harmful chemicals and steroids. Also many Americans have been switching to electric or at the very least, more fuel efficient cars. Still more Americans are doing their part by not using plastic bottles, as well as getting newspapers and bills electronically instead of wasting paper resources. The general public are not the only one coming up with ways to be environmentally conscious, new rules have been put in place to subject factory farms to” waste-runoff regulations” (1). Large factory farms all have to find a healthy way to dispose of animal wastes to as not to contaminate rivers, lakes or well water. This helps tremendously in keeping the fish and wildlife population healthy, as well as the human population living near the farms.

In the last fifty years the U.S. has been harder on the environment than most countries, with the exception of developing countries such as China and India, therefore it’s as much America’s job to clean it up as anyone else’s. Many positives come from cleaning up environmentally though, recycling, for one, has created many jobs for Americans in recent years. Not only are we putting jobs back in America, but we’re also paving a way to a brighter, healthier future. Recycling also cuts the cost of processing raw materials, mining and deforestation, not only saving the environment but also saving the country money (4). In recent years the U.S. and its citizens have been recycling more than ever, saving billions of trees and acres of untouched, unspoiled land. This along with tree farms, trees grown specifically for paper production, have made it so that the “timber supply is three times larger now than it was in 1920” (4).  Recycling combined with conservationist groups’ plans for rebuilding habitats and rehabilitating wildlife are saving our country’s unique geography and preserving its animals and landscape now more than ever before.

America has come a long way in preserving the environment in recent years. The advance of science and our understanding of climate and weather has opened the U.S.’s eyes to the importance of taking care of our country as well as the world. Even parents are taking action by informing their children about the importance of recycling and not littering, as well as preserving forests and reducing society’s carbon footprint. Studies have shown that “teaching ecological principles to children” really makes a difference in our worlds’ “future quality of life” (Bates, par. 1). If each generation gets better and better, eventually we will have a much cleaner country and a safer world to live in.

Another thing civil rights activists and other public officials have been looking into is environmental justice. Environmental Justice is “ensuring that all citizens… are equally protected from the negative effects of environmental damage caused by environmentally hazardous facilities” (1). This includes all people regardless of income, race, or religion. Environmental Justice, if regulations are set, will make sure that everyone is aware if a toxic pollutant will affect them where they live as well as where they shop or even vacation. It also will ensure that people who can’t afford to move will be protected one way or another from harmful toxins. Finding better ways of disposing of waste and regulating the release of harmful chemicals during production are just a couple of the ways the government is working to protect its citizens. In the near future communities as well as town and county officials will work with the government to compromise on what to do about Environmental Justice. Hopefully, if “interested parties can overcome their differences”, the United States will be taking another big step towards making the world a little healthier (6).

Not everyone sees being environmentally friendly as beneficial. People tend to ignore the health risks for personal gain and an easier way of doing things. The United States refused to sign the Kyoto Protocol under the Bush administration because he called it “an unsound international treaty” (4). The main reason for not signing: the Protocol sets unfair standards for wealthy nations and is rejected by the world’s leading polluters, China and India. “Backers [even] warn that U.S. compliance with the agreement would be detrimental to the nation’s economic interests”, citing that it would cost huge amounts of money to regulate the way chemicals are released into the atmosphere (4). Money seems to be the biggest issue when it comes to helping the environment. Recycling facilities may mean more jobs for America, but that must also be weighed against the cost for training and paying these workers. While many people are recycling, facilities for recycling cost a lot of money, as well as the trucks that haul off recyclables. Trucks also have to take more trips because recycled waste cannot be compacted like regular trash removal. Trucks making more, trips in the long run, means wasting more precious fuel. Besides the cost, recycling still has its own problems, such as what to do with the chemicals that are used in breaking down and recycling products. Many of the chemicals used in recycling are toxic to humans and require their own treatments to take care of them, something which is also expensive (3).

Besides the cost from a government viewpoint, it gets a little expensive for the average Joe to be environmentally conscious. Electric and fuel efficient cars are wonderful for the environment but not for an American’s wallet, many of these cars can cost upwards of $50,000. Likewise fees for picking up and dropping off recyclables in some states are too steep for some households, turning many American’s away from recycling. Also buying organic foods and recycled products can get expensive, many retailers set the prices higher just so environmentally conscious people will spend more. Unfortunately while this may work on some people, many people just can’t afford it. Aside from the expense of taking care of our planet many people are just plain lazy. Littering is still a big issue all over the U.S., even some people who can afford to recycle, either don’t, or do equally as negative things, like throwing trash out car windows. While some people have accepted that environmental clean-up needs to be done, many people still blatantly don’t care.

The road to preserving our planet is a long one that still has far to go. Soon, with the implication of Environmental Justice as well as long-time coming regulations for greenhouse gas emissions, the United States will be taking a huge step towards making the world a better place. People are becoming more aware everyday of the impact we have on this wonderful planet and what to do limit our carbon footprints. Recycling, educating children, and not littering are just a few of the ways American’s can help. Gradually we will be able to not only preserve this planet, but also fix what we’ve destroyed. America is more conscious than ever of what’s going on environmentally in the world and seems to be ready to take the next step to ensure that our grandchildren will have a beautiful and safe world to live in.

References:

Bates, Patty. “Protecting Our Children by Preserving the Environment- 10 Basic Issues.”Ezine

Articles. 2 Dec. 2007. Web.

“The Environmental Impact of Factory Farms.” Facts on File News Services. 2003. 31 Jan. 2003.

“Environmental Justice.” Editorial. Facts on File News Services. 2008. 5 May. 2008.

“Recycling.” Editorial. Facts on File News Services. 2004. 23 Aug. 2004.

“Update: Global Warming.” Editorial. Facts on File News Services. 2009. 12 Oct. 2009.

Books Vs. E Readers

This first article I wrote for my College Writing class is one of my favorite things I have written. I feel very personally about this issue. Books Vs. E Readers. I am old school, I like my books and how they feel in my hands. That being said, just read on to see how I really feel about E Readers and some of the pluses and minuses to both ways of enjoying the written word.

*my list of references is at the end 🙂

Books VS. Electronic Readers

Television didn’t cancel out the radio; Electronic Readers (E-Readers) won’t trump books. People need books in their lives. Although popularity for these devices has risen in the last four years many people are still not convinced. E-Readers may be convenient but they cannot replace the feeling of holding a book or looking at one’s collection of literature proudly displayed on a shelf. In short books have been around so long that it’s going to take more than a few plastic gadgets to get people to change their ways.

E-Readers are devices that allow one to read newspapers, books, magazines and other “printed material” on them in “digital format” (Cancio, par. 3).  Examples of these readers are Amazon’s Kindle, Barns and Noble’s Nook, and the Apple iPad. Some of these have internet capabilities, as well as games and movies, and some even add hyperlinks into the reading material to take the reader to similar articles. Although it sounds wonderful these devices have some downfalls. Besides not being a “real” book they have a few other negatives as well.  Some of these are: having a hard time skipping through pages, trouble reading in direct sunlight, and, in the Kindle’s case, only having a display in black and white. These are just a few of the problems one may have with an e-reader.

Although e-readers seem popular right now, a 2010 poll actually showed that many people, 80 percent in fact, do not even plan on buying an e-reader any time soon (p. 3, pie graph). They may be convenient little gadgets but they have cons just as much as they have positives. While they hold many books at a time, e-readers are unreliable: imagine being in the middle of the best part, about to find out whom the killer is, and all of a sudden… black screen. The batteries have failed and now the reader has to wait until their e-reader charges before finding out the climax. No one wants to go through that, at least not if they’re an avid reader. Besides the batteries dying, an e-reader can succumb to other things such as a crash, just like a computer or an iPod, of course then one has to go out and purchase a new four hundred dollar e-reader, or hope the warranty covers it Books are way more resilient than e-readers, they “never run out of power and survive drops, spills, and being run over” (Pogue, par. 5). A person spills one soda on their e-reader and that’s it, time for a new one, books usually live to be read another day regardless of spills and stains.

While most people are saying e-readers “could become the iPod of books”, dedicated readers and fans of books are not convinced (p. 4). E-readers are great, if a person only wants to choose from a certain number of books. Take the Amazon Kindle for example, a person can only buy books from the devices online bookshop, while this collection is vast, it is still limited. If the store does not have a book the reader is looking for, they would not be able to purchase it unless they went out and found the book in a store. Book sharing is another problem; most people love to share their collection with other avid readers. While e-readers have a program for book sharing it still has some limitations such as “time constraints” on how long you can lend out a book to someone (Cancio, par. 9). Another thing that deters a reader from purchasing one of these gadgets is plain old cost: for a decent e-reader one may pay up to five hundred dollars, not including warranty costs, and the price of books. Most books only cost about nine dollars but recently authors have been trying to up the price so they can keep their profits up without the cost of hardbacks and paperback editions. So when one adds in the total cost, is it really worth it? Not really. For people who love to visit secondhand book stores, go to the library and borrow books from friends, it would be a waste of money, that people in this economy, just don’t have.

One of the other major downfalls to e-readers is the loss of jobs, and maybe even public libraries. Tons of people are employed in the publishing industry, with all books going digital those people would be out of jobs. Not to mention, if everyone switched over to digital, there would be no more secondhand bookshops or chain bookstores. People would lose out on the whole social side of books. Many people don’t just visit bookstores to find a certain book; they sit down, discuss, and sometimes even argue with other people over their favorite books. These are things people like to do and without bookstores we would all be missing out. The same goes for libraries, many people love to browse library shelves looking for nothing in particular, it has a relaxing effect on us. Unfortunately many people “say books are passé and should be removed from libraries to make way for the ‘future’ that technology brings” (McLaren, par. 8). While technology is great we cannot forget staples in our lives, libraries are places of learning, fun, or just a nice place to read a good book.” Libraries would not be the same without physical books, [they] would not be able to fulfill their traditional role as [houses] of knowledge” and their very essence and atmosphere would be gone (p. 7). In short we need small bookstores and libraries; they are a part of our culture and our happiness.

The one good thing about e-readers though are the capabilities for students. Students are able to download their textbooks right to an e-reader. This not only saves money but also saves a student’s back from the weight of many textbooks. Although there are still problems with this, such as some textbooks might not be available and students also seem to have a hard time jumping “to specific pages during classroom discussions” (Reitan and Jawaid, par. 6). With this is mind, students still prefer hard copies of text as opposed to an expensive device that might not hold up through a student’s college years. This aside, people opposed to e-readers argue that hyperlinks, games and music that are on most e-readers are distracting to students and children learning to read. Children will get distracted with all the “extras” and forget to go deeper into the text if they even finish reading it at all.

In the end it all still comes down to personal preference. We must all weigh the pros and cons individually and come to our own conclusions.  “E-book reading, like online shopping, requires a trade-off. The customer must give up tactile and visual pleasures in return for convenience” (Grafton, p. 7). Although these little gadgets are gaining popularity, it’s safe to say book are likely not going anywhere. No matter how big technology gets, books will never be outdated because “there is an aura to books that is irreplaceable” (Bloom, p. 6) Books, like the radio, are something that will last. Books are special and comforting, something that can’t be replaced, and anyone who has ever curled up on a rainy afternoon with a good paperback, knows that.

Works Cited

Cancio, Colleen. “Are E-readers Making Books Obsolete?” 24 Feb. 2011.

electronics.howstuffworks.com. Web.

McLaren, Bruce. “Libraries without Books? Never?” Factivia. San Angelo Standard-Times.

  1. 15, June 2011.

Pogue, David, et al. “How Will E-Books Affect Reading Habits?” Facts on File New Services.

  1. 19, Sept. 2008.

Reitan, Cheryl and Fatima Jawaid. “E-Books on Campus: Gaining in Popularity.” SIRS

Knowledge Source. 2011. 26, Apr. 2011.

“E-Books.” Editorial. Facts on File News Services. 2010. 12, Apr. 2010