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Writing is such a personal venture; yet it acclaims suffrage on so many levels. I had a visiting author tell me once: “Nobody likes to write, they just like it after it’s done..

Hummmm, I wonder if that’s true?

I, myself, write lots of different stuff > for different reasons> in different genres; and , I agree I do like it when I’m done.

But, sometimes, just banging on these keys: words flying, mental disorder abounding, a locutional discharge at such a rate I’m barely maintaining control.. The stimulus, at times, far outweighing the meaning.

-But not today!

Today, my rationale is: Why write at all?

To look back over my half-century plus and remember the starts and stops of this passion for me along the way; it, my writing, tells a story about me. Not so much an autobiography told in letters and photos; but, a history told in “bread-crumbs” dropped along the way; more like a trail so my path will remain visible as I wonder the greater uncertainties that lie ahead.

Writing is like that – a synonym for life lived. 

I always think of Justin Torres’ novella, We the Animals. In it, his narrator says about life: ” We wanted more. We wanted much more.”

A keyboard to me: that “silver-tongued devil” that feeds my psyche and the lives of so many others.

Have a blessed New Year!!!!!!!!

best,

G.

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AFTER 43 YEARS … I have finally achieved being “educated.” Or, have I??????????????

what I mean by this is …. it is my understanding by “unsourced” definitions in today’s society, anyone who has achieved a bachelor’s degree from an institution of higher learning has officially joined the ranks of the educated. So, at the ripe young age of 67, I have finally gained enough university credits to graduate with a B.A.

That being said, and to be brutally honest, this “paper chase” has, in reality, become just a part of the life I have and am currently living. To that I will add: What a great experience it has been and continues to be.

I stand amazed at the truth held by that statement for me.

I have worked, as have many others, to achieve academia … I thought there would be more of a mental “fire-storm” experienced.  It seems possible the exhilaration expected has been dulled by the time spent chasing.

I believe though, I’m missing the bigger picture.

To live this long and achieve what I’ve done in my life …. I have been blessed.

best,

G.

 

Do you ever think about what really brings you happiness? Some people say it’s the small things, some believe only a major achievement “trips their trigger,”and there are folks that are completely “bah-humbug” 24/7-365.

Contentment comes in odd packages. And, for-sure, nobody knows what tomorrow holds.

FOR MY NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS:

I believe if I can carry contentment of my own self and live those values … all-else should fall into place.

Everyone ….. have a great 2014!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Best!

G.

I suppose “Bah-Humbug” is in order. Or a piece of coal. Or a Mr. Grinch!

“I think not.” I believe I am exactly where I should be, and doing exactly what I should be doing.University is out for the holidays. I’ve only 12 more months until I am officially “educated,” and at 66 1/2 years of age………………..that ain’t a bad deal!!!!!!! This little academic quest I’m on will total 42 years in the making (1972-2014). I mean, how silly can you get. Little did I know, when I began this gauntlet in the 70’s, my life would go full circle and I would be back in the same building, in the same university (it was a college then), chasing the same piece of parchment. 

I believe that’s called perseverance

University is so much more fun when your older than your professors … there be some irony there. I love academia, I just don’t want to be an academic.

I want to go fishing.

Life is good ….I wish all great holidaes!

Be safe and NO text’n and driv’n!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

G.

“Highschool, verses 2 yr. tech school, verses 4-yrs and beyond; all have their rewards and disappointments. I personally think everyone would gain advantage of their self-worth with some type of advanced study. It doesn’t have to be degree seeking. Knowledge through structured educational courses can be a powerful stimulus to constantly improve.There are some great ways to educationally advance and to open mental doors.”

That was a comment I made earlier in the week on a great blog written by a writer arguing the good, bad, and uglies of graduate school. I have taken the liberty to  paste the blog address for anyone’s interest. There are some great essays concerning education imbedded in the blog site. Maybe there will be something of value for you also.

.http://knoweducation.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/finding-a-job-with-a-high-school-vs-college-graduation/

As I’ve said earlier in another blog, I have taken to the habit of drinking my morning “joe” and reading blogs concerned with education and university. I must say, with a new semester preparing to start; there are a whole gambit of great blogs out there to read, hopefully to draw your comment on, and gain some vast wisdom that was already hiding inside you. It just takes the right person to say the “rite” thing …. and there you go – “off and running.”

Now, back to my blog theme. I believe there was a time in the world where the need for a vast and varied knowledge base wasn’t so important to achieve great things and make an enormous impact in the communities in which a person lived. Then came the World-Wars and peace time existence got very complicated. Small communities became larger cities with immigrants from other parts of the world, speaking different languages and worshiping in a different place and manner. The community became universal. Look at the instructors in our schools, colleges, and universities today …. multi-cultural … I’m sure!  IS IT BETTER?…. YES, I BELIEVE MY WORLD IS BETTER. But, that brings to the table a NEW calamity – competition of resources.

An UNEDUCATED person in the country of their residence is at a giant disadvantage. That person’s resources are terribly restricted; which in turn, affects everything they do and “reach” for. One way to remedy this: with the wonders of the internet, anyone can exceed in what ever they wish. An example: I can study college Algebra (ugh!) online by downloading a sample study course and probably do OK. Or, I can download that same course and go to “U-TUBE,” and study under an online instructor complete with everything a structured classroom has available and exceed greatly.

I must add: the Algebra course I used is questionable for me. I audited a n Algebra course in summer session and I used “U-TUBE” for assistance. I have to admit, it helped me a lot. (I’m an English major.)

Most individuals are used to some type of research whether it be cook books or model building. I, as an English major, research a lot of “time periods” which concern my course of interest. At times, and this happens to me a great deal, the reasearch source triggers off to a subject that only slightly holds value to my research subject, but great interest on a different level that may benefit me in other ways. This same issue of research can affect a person interested in-car mechanics, and inadvertently gets side tracked into computers and they decide to take an online course, or enter a tech school to enhance their understanding. This diversion could prove to be turning point in their lives and take them on an unforseen life path.

How many students do you know that change their major’s????

Some leave the university altogether. In 1973, I did.  I ended up my career in the “oil fields.”

But, I only succeeded because of structured industry shops and tech manuals. Even now, I’ve never earned a “proper” B.A.; but, I’m working on it.  And if fate will have it; in 2014 I will become a university educated person. (It’s only taken 41 years … but, whose counting!)

To end: Structured education will not guarantee one’s success; but, it sure helps. 

Until next Friday, have agreat week!

Best!

G.