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When I was but a wee child enrolled in a small, rural schoolhouse, we had a book mobile that would visit , if I recall rightly, once every week or maybe two. I remember when the book-mobile was scheduled, recess was immediately called, and the whole of the student population (all 23 or so of us along with the one schoolmarm) would be allowed to plunder the book rows seeking a literary adventure.

That was the spark!

The fire has never been extinguished.

My book titles have grown up a bit; I’ve moved from Uncle Arthur’s “Bedtime Stories” > J.R.R. Tolkien >Justin Torres’ “We The Animals,” and everywhere in between.. Signifcant is my passion for the authors of the Romantic  &  Modernistic Era’s.

So, you may ask, what the heck has this got to do with anything.

I would like to think that the  youth of Generation “Z” will suffer the same passions as I.

Look at the commercials: cell-phones for 8 year olds …. really? On the bright side: there is an app for book downlods, audio books, and more information on the WEB then all the hardback “Encyclopedias” I could have ever purchased. All my books that I have retained, possessed, given-away, thrown- away, and thought of, but never obtained, can now be held in the palm of my hand. I must say – that is impressive..

I do have to admit: it just doesn’t sound the same … about “snuggling up with a good ipad.”

It’s a brave new world out there.

Happie New Year Everyone!

best,

g.

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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.

Everyone has their favorite blog subject or tags. Mine happens to be education. It’s a subject I care deeply about. Being an active university student at the age of 66; I get the best of both worlds. I can connect with my student peers on their levels – their wants, needs, worries, and how they see their future. I also have the pleasure of connecting with the instructors, department chairs, and most of the secretaries that the university would be absolutely lost without. So, I get to see a relatively total picture on whats happening to our education system through the eyes of the economically effected. The people who are directly effected by the rules and regulations sent down from our “elected officials.”

“Irony:” We can give away $Billions$ to world dictators that won’t educate their own people – but, we can’t find the money to fix or our schools.

“Irony:” We can give away $Billions$ to military contractors who always go over-budget, and usually produce a product that doesn’t live up to its hipe – but, we can’t give our teacher’s a raise.

“Satire:” We, the American people, sit and watch this shameless tragedy going on and “to-date” – the same people stay in office and “pee” on our heads.

Is there no honor left; or, is greed going to commodity for a politician???  

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OK! I’ve had my “little” rant.

Every morning, I’ve taken to reading the blogs under the education tag while having my morning “cupa-joe.” Sometimes I comment, at times I “like” the blog, and sometimes I skip-over someone’s article that I should have read, and I apologize for that. I’m not sure how many of you know,  how many people really care about their children’s education – BUT, there are a lot. What a bunch of “caring” folks to take the time to share their stories with me and so many others. I applaud you all – you are the best. 

It dazzles me to read: about what people of “home-schooling” undertake; about teachers who care enough about their students to actually give so much of themselves so the students will have a chance to experience life from a different view; the agonies of students who want to learn and excel, but are so chastised by money,class, economy, race, or other such B.S..

I stand amazed at the “givers” so other folks can succeed. Kids working to help their community centers so everyone can enjoy it. And, the “field-trips just knock me over. Jezzz … I remember being a little guy and the field trips – “train rides to wonderland.”

The pics are all “wonderment.” Just makes one just want to get out there and yell … Whatup?

All of you help start my day just a little-bit better, and I thank you for that!

So, that’s what I had to say. All, please be careful this week, and I’ll look forward to reading you under the “education” tag.

Until next Friday …U B WELL!

G.

I was reading a piece by Warren Buffet the other day, and the subject he and other philanthropists were contemplating was the setting up and organizing a university course on philanthropy. He wrote; ” it’s not so much how much your able to give that is the point; it’s that you find something you care enough about to give.” Also noted was the point of a person’s “giving” did not have to be monetary. It could be time: labor, mentoring, tutoring, anything that would go forth and effect others in a positive way.  

One of the most important reasons I founded my own foundation (listed under my blogroll) is due to the fact the young folks that attend university with me are such great philanthropists with their own time. GSU, and I’m sure this is true with most universities, works tirelessly with the school’s Student Organizations on: food drives, the United Way, the Cancer Society, and so many more. GSU has a lot of student ORGS and they cover a lot of needy areas and causes. I’m proud of them!!!

I know a lot of folks think going to university is all about the movie “Animal House,” and I’m not saying that there aren’t some “parting fools out there …cause, I used to be one; but, they also do a lot of great work to; not only for my medium-sized town, but the country as well.  I’m proud of them!

Why don’t you look around your community? See what you can do to help your community be better. I realize everyone’s not retired, or doesn’t have a lot of money,or have a family their busy with. A lot of the folks at my local library volunteer a couple of hours a month to teach reading skills, one older couple does the farmer’s market every Saturday and hands out free children’s books donated by our local library. Theres all sorts of opportunity if you just look. 

I’ll be proud of you, and maybe it’ll lighten your own load!”

That’s about it for me. I’ll be back next week.

U B WELL!!

G.

This summer at the university, I decided to audit a 1000 level college algebra class. Why you ask???? Well, I would like to take the GRE exam for graduate school sometime in the fall of this year and my university offers a GRE Workshop in Sept. That being said, the last college Algebra class I took was in 1973 [(That’s 1973!!!!) that’s only forty years – but, whose counting.] … and to tell the truth, I didn’t want to appear totally ignorant – a little maybe, just not a lot!!

BUT, THAT’S NOT REALLY WHAT THIS STORY IS ABOUT.  The young people I sit in class with are anywhere from in-coming freshman to sophomores. All, but a few, are having a nightmare of a Term: B in this  CORE class.

The instructor, a middle-aged woman from China with a doctorate in Math appears to be very astute  and concerned that the large number of students are having such trouble getting through this basic calculus. (It’s important to remember here that this is a summer-class and all the material is compacted from a 3-month semester time period, into a one month “crash” course; so, the heat is on and the amount of information to be covered is considerable.) The professor takes the time everyday to totally go over the material which is then backed up by the appropriate homework. As a side note; in the Math bldg, there are tutors for math and science available from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. everyday. The text-book, covers in detail explanations in theory and the problems to be addressed. (Due to the time of a summer class – five weeks total many of the students don’t bother to purchase/rent the text due to the price).

My question: At what price is knowledge worth??? Students and parents alike think nothing of paying for apartments, cellphones, great clothes, a very useable vehicle and membership for cultural Orgs on campus; all these things are for an entertaining university experience. So, at what price is education worth? The price of a “keg-o-beer” will rent a student a calculus textbook for summer semester B. Also, basic college algebra is a “core” course – YOU HAVE TO HAVE IT TO GRADUATE. 

Everyday I hear people complain that the instructor is doing a bad job at explaining the problems. Everyday, I hear the same students talk about their nightlife, etc.. I realize I’m considerably older than my student peers ….well, a lot older actually.

And then I wonder….. was I like this in 1973 – my freshman year at GSU???

Evidently so ….. I FLUNKED OUT MY SECOND QUARTER!!!!!!

I would like that to be food for thought. I’ve chewed that “cud’ for 40 years. The taste of crow leaves a lasting taste!!!

Well, once again I’ve had my sae. Thanks so much for visiting me and if you get a chance …check out my other website in the Blogroll section under comments.

Till next week. All be blessed and help someone to understand better the world in which they live.

Best!

G.