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RITA ANTOINETTE BORG

My two favourite words in the whole English Language are: Creativity and Imagination.

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By Aimee Fry, Feb 13 2017 01:13PM

My library on Riverside Drive in New York City was the only place my father let me go to on my own. The

Adult Book Section was upstairs: the Children's Books Section was downstairs.


One day downstairs, I read the last page of a picture book" Tikki Tikki Tembo" by Arlene Mosel.


Then, I whispered to the librarian," Where can I find the book," The Good Earth", by Pearl Buck?"


The librarian smiled and said, " That's upstairs. Are you ready to read the upstairs books?"


I nodded, but I wasn't sure.


"My teacher said to read "Good Earth"', I said, clenching my lips together.


"All right then, " said the librarian, who knew me well, " You can go upstairs, Rita. It's on the very first shelf. If you can't reach it call me."


I ascended the staircase as if landing on an alien planet, deep in outer space. Breathing in, I gazed around the new floor. I had made it. I bounded to the first bookshelf.


I found the book.


I couldn't reach it.


I climbed one shelf, two shelves, three shelves.


I grabbed the book, held it tight and jumped down. The pages fell open.

There and then, I departed on my first adult voyage to China.


Rita Antoinette Borg grew up near Central Park in New York City. Always reading and learning, she writes magazine articles, poetry and stories. She visits schools as a storyteller and children's author. She has seven books published, and a picture book about an alien is soon on its way; along with a long poem about dolphins in an anthology. Rita has three kids, a husband who is a microbiologist and a border collie named Dakota. Rita now resides in Malta, but misses New York City very much.

By guest, Aug 13 2015 11:22AM

When I was younger, I thought the best superpower was Telepathy- the gift of reading minds- to be able to know what someone’s thinking. Wouldn’t that be great? You get to learn secrets, ideas, learn if a person is good or bad… so many things.


Way back in 1974, Mrs. Walsh, my 7th grade teacher, asked the class to write about the year 2000. She wanted us to write about what we wanted for our futures and what new invention technology will come up with.


I knew I wanted to be a writer; so that was easy.


But a new invention…now that was hard to imagine.


After much thought, this is what I came up with: A machine that would answer all my questions and be able to read minds. Yes, it was that important to me to read minds. I wanted to know everything. I was a curious kid. I wanted to know why the moon looked like cheese. I wanted to know how tall the Empire State Building was. I wanted to know if George, a boy I was crushing on, liked hotdogs. I wanted to know the true feelings of people around me and what could I do or say to make them laugh; not at me but with me.


In 2000, I was a writer. YEAH!


The world had Google that answers almost any question. YEAH!


But we still don’t have a Telepathy machine. YEAH!


(Two out of three isn’t bad, don’t you think?)


Why do I not want Telepathy superpower anymore?


We can’t have telepathy in this world because we need to be more tolerant of each other first. We need to write personal letters, call each other, give more hugs, understand and love each other more before we can read each other’s thoughts. Remember what Spiderman says,” With more power, comes more responsibility.”


So now, I don’t want to probe minds; now I prefer to read hearts.



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