For this issue, we asked our contributors, “What’s the best thing anyone ever taught you to do?” Click on the pictures below for their answers, and for links to their individual websites.


Ysolda Teague

My younger cousin taught me to read. With a near photographic memory I could “read” my reading books, but nothing I hadn’t memorized. All he did was point out the obvious seeming but rather crucial information that the sounds of the letters join together to make up the words. I’d just assumed that I had to memorize the shape of every single word. That one conversation and the books it opened changed my life, and the memory is a useful reminder never to assume that something is obvious.