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Half Blind Faith

The Mystery of Reading

The Mystery of Joe Durepos

Somedays, I think I owe everything good in my life to Frank and Joe Hardy.

I was born with a congenital eye defect, sometimes referred to as Amblyopia. It’s hereditary, the males in my family all have some form of it. Mine is severe enough that all I have ever been able to see out of my left eye is light. This condition affects my depth perception, and of course my peripheral vision.

With my right eye, the good one, I can’t see in the distance without blurring, this is commonly referred to as farsightedness. With glasses, I’m fortunate because my right eye corrects to 20/20 vision.

With one good eye, you’re a not likely to become a surgeon, a fighter pilot, or a major league baseball player. But with one good eye, you can become an avid reader.

I read the first two Hardy Boys mysteries in a couple of days over Christmas break my third-grade year. After that, I was never the same. I had accidentally discovered the power of story, and specifically, the magic of getting lost in a book. My entire life has been guided by that discovery.

I experienced first-hand at ten-years-old how a book can take you out of your—boring, snow-bound, already played with all my new toys—life.

I still crave that experience of my first reading of The Hardy Boys, which was followed by similar experiences with Tarzan, Conan the Barbarian, Sherlock Holmes and an ever-widening world of beloved characters.

I wanted to call this blog The One-Eyed Reader, but my web designer suggested Half Blind Faith. I loved it, because much of what I’ll be writing about is offered with half blind faith.

One of the stark truths I’ve learned about the publishing business, is that nobody really knows anything.

More on that next time.

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Brinn Colenda
Brinn Colenda
27 janv. 2020

Joe, your experience with the Hardy Boys almost perfectly mirrors my own...except I was in fourth grade...I read every adventure I could...impatient for the next Hardy Boys release, I started reading almost everything I could get my hands on including Nancy Drew, biographies, action/adventures, sports books, dog books, histories, travel books, everything...haven't slowed down...I didn't have an eye problem and did fly jets in the Air Force (did I mention I read a lot of flying books, Tom Swift and Tom Swift, Jr?) age 40, I went from 20/20 to trifocals in two years...still reading now which has launched me into the world off storytelling and writing. Thanks for your story.


Kathleen M. Rodgers
Kathleen M. Rodgers
12 déc. 2019


Your new website looks great! Hopped over to read this blog entry. Love how you said, "I had accidentally discovered the power of story, and specifically, the magic of getting lost in a book. My entire life has been guided by that discovery."

Books and helping authors is your calling. Glad you are still answering the call.


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