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I was thrilled to read this morning about Captain James Arruda Henry, who, after hearing about another man who learned to read and write in his 90’s, decided to learn too. Now, the notes that he wrote about his life and experience have been made into a book that has become an inspiration to other functional illiterates.

Fan mail pours in from inspired families and he cries when he reads some of them. He has also become a speaker in schools to encourage the importance of reading and writing.

I personally know how illiteracy keeps one from functioning as largely as one could. A person’s reach in life is kept small, out of unknowns and embarrassment.  Reading, writing and speaking one’s language correctly is fulfilling and life expanding.

Olivia

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