Beth Meadows

I've always been an addict

Before school each day when I was younger, I'd make my breakfast of choice, pick up the newspaper, and turn straight to the comics section. Over the years, my dad would say things like, "I'm so glad you read the paper everyday. It's great that you want to know what's going on in the world." He knew I never strayed far from the one section.

Today, part of my job is clipping articles about historic preservation, architects, development, and history. On one level, it's a base task, but I enjoy and appreciate it because, unfortunately by nature, I am not a reader of text unless there is an interesting image next to it.

During this daily task, in an effort to continue my comic reading ritual, I treat myself when I reach that alluring, colorful section. My favorites are Mutts, Arlo and Janis, Peanuts, Bizarro, Lio, and sometimes Brevity, Zits, Non Sequitar, Get Fuzzy, and Pearls Before Swine. I typically skip the rest.

And the Sunday Comics? I take those with me to read in the morning with a cup of coffee.