I’m having one of those nights.  I’m fidgety.  There is so much to do. Everything I should be doing isn’t appealing: I don’t want to clean up the mess in the kitchen or pack for my upcoming trip. The laundry basket is full of clothes that should be folded and put away. The light bulb on the front porch needs to be changed. The recycling box is overflowing and the trash needs to be taken out. All of these “chores” nag me!

I want to read!  Yet, where do I begin?  Do I pick up today’s Lansing State Journal or The New York Times; both lay at my feet?  To my right is the book I started a few nights ago.  There are two more books close enough for me to reach. Piles of magazines and other books can be found next to my bed.  Each one of them seems appealing.  There are to many choices.  I decide to forgo reading tonight.

I go online to clean out my email folder and find a message sent to me months ago from a friend. He suggests I watch an 18 minute video on Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Adichie.

WOW!  SUPERB!  BRILLIANT! are words that come to mind after I watch the video.  This is a great way to spend 18 minutes. I’m less restless and more contemplative.  Forget all the chores, reading and emails.  I am going to find out more about this author and probably add additional books to my growing “must-read” list. 

Here’s the description of the video:  Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.


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