Thank you to Deborah Gordon for choosing to teach An Immigrant’s Story. I am honored that the abridged version of The House of Six Doors, was used for both the winter and spring quarters at UCSB, in an Extension Reading and Discussion class for foreign students. There were students from all over the world in this English class.
The abridged version was published to offer speakers of languages other than English, content they would be able to relate to. At the end of each quarter I was invited to meet the students, I was delighted that they had many thoughtful questions.
A big thank you to all the students. I enjoyed your questions and comments tremendously.
Last year, for the first time, I needed reading glasses and because I was starting graduate school, I thought I’d treat myself to a new pair this year. I decided to go to my son’s optometrist, whom I myself had never visited before. To my surprise I learned that there is a lot more to vision then meets the eye. (No pun intended!) It is possible to have 20/20 vision and still have hidden visual handicaps. I found out that my eyes didn’t track, which meant that when I read the words and sentences didn’t line-up. As a result I made a lot of mistakes when reading, and got tired reading very fast. Up to now I mostly listened to audio books. But this is changing. To my delight I now have a pair of glasses that help my eyes line up the text on the page. Books look completely different with my new glasses and reading is much easier. I wish I had gotten these glasses years ago. They would have saved me a lot of tears and frustration. But I sure am stoked now!