What a great semesterr it’s turning out to be. I’m taking two English literature classes that are just amazing. My poetry class is wonderment, and, as usual, LATIN is kick’n my butt. As I say; at 66 I’m gett’n smarter by the minute.

What a great “side-passion” continuing education is. And, it doesn’t have to be structured “academia.” Join a reading group, quilting, fishing, river conservation, stamp collecting, etc., anything that will get your mind in motion and off the mundane of everyday.

Go out and see things, talk with people you don’t know about interests; leave the “telly” off for the weekend and rent a canue, go to the beach fish’n pier and see what fish’n folks are fish’n for. Take in a rodeo, or a bike race or even better take a “short” road trip.

Go down to the local museum, or gallery. As Froto said, you never know where your feet will lead once you step out the door.

Thanks and have a great dae!

G.

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Ever wonder what it would be like to be exposed to only:  one existence, one opinion, one outlook, or just one mind-set? I believe that would be similar to being an amoeba. Seems I learned that somewhere, sometime.

The human species talks of the five senses. Some folks get along with only four … some less. I believe with university, as with blogging, you have a choice on what you want to see, hear, smell, taste, and feel.

TUNE-IN! TINE-OUT; both those characteristics can be good and bad. How much does one miss with tuning-out? I try not to miss anything, then I let my brain process that input and either save-it or sent it to the trash. Being tuned-out … how much does one miss??

University is like that for me. Being a bit older than most of my peers, I suffer from “too much information at times.” But if I pay attention, I get to experience a brand-new world. Why would I want to miss “stuff,” even if I really don’t like, approve or am confused by it. All, shows a different world I know so little about … but, my horizons do broaden. After-all, isn’t that why I came back to school?

That’s what blogging offers me – mental expansion. One gets to know, be exposed, hear, read, see, feel and taste (through referral) so much the world has to offer. Some blogs, hold no interest for me at all. Some, on the outset, appear to be written for some other audience, and then one little tid-bit will catch my eye, and send me down a path I’d never thought of before. I mean: “how kool is that?” A person can be exposed to people’s of the world with so many views, tastes and visions, I could never be connected to through just by the university itself.

That’s why I applaud anyone that wants to travel and be exposed to other cultures. The world we live in is so global; WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT TO BE AN AMOEBA?

Thanks for visiting. Until next week!

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.

That may not be a big deal to some folks, but, 2 me, I believe it’s a rare and opportune moment in my life.  This marvel of my ability started in 1973; I was a freshman at GSU. Just back from the wars and ready to party. College, that’s what Georgia Southern University was at that time, a small home-town college. But, the beer was cold, weed was flowing and the women were well “playful.”

I flunked out in my second quarter. That didn’t take long ….. did it?

 So that was the start of a life long search, …. kind of “quest in search of the golden goose.” Little did I know then, this search would take me full circle right back to GSU – forty years later. Now, I’ve finally made it to within 20 semester hrs of gaining that piece of paper that tells “me … I am officially EDUCATED.” 

For what that’s worth?

Well, for me, it’s a goal long sought after. Fortunately, I didn’t need that “parchment” to make a relatively good living in this country I call home. Would I have been better off having gained a degree in my 20’s and then taken on the world …. that, nobody will ever know. The one really great thing about this country we live in: Everyone has the potential to become financially prosperous or “homeless.”

I was having a conversation with a young lady at the university – her being in the student advisement dept and all – about this exact subject: If I should have turned “right” instead of “left” way back then. All I know is if I had maybe I wouldn’t be here today, going to university and having the ability to form and project my own scholarships to help financially the students I go to class with everyday.

Odd – how things work out!!

That’s about it! If you have time,  please visit my website “linked” to this webpage there at the top. It’s called “George K. Brannen English Scholars Fund. org,” and you can get to it via this page or the web. If you would care to help me with it … me and all the students it represents would appreciate you. If you feel that’s not right for you, then maybe it will inspire you to do something on your own. It really doesn’t take a great deal of $ (just a commitment on your part) to create a scholarship, and most colleges and universities are more that happy help with matching funds or whatever and for you join them in their mission. Especially now, with the financial situational cut-backs from Congress; those folks have really put our educational system in a bind.

Bye for now!     

G.