… I managed to get published. I won’t bore you with the details; it’s just something that happened with me. It makes me feel like “Alice through the looking-glass.”

serendipity if you will. I, the most unlikely in the genre – poetry – that is, have actually put together a collection of words that someone found worth with. Life just keeps gettn’ better!

That brings me to my main argument: Does one make one’s reality … or is it mere chance one ends up at a certain point that has been predestined, if you will? Is it luck or fate? What an endless argument that can be. I’ve been doing a bit-o-reading during the holiday break from university. In effect: The Bhagavad Gita, the Christian Bible, and a few other philosophies of the Chinese persuasion; all have interesting points of view; all hold my interest with the up most sincerity; and all, correlate with each other closer than I had earlier perceived.

The “ages of time” involved here are immense; yet the age of man is only a “sprinkling in the sand” of the hour-glass compared to this planet we inhabit. What an astounding fact that is!

Is it mere chance or predestination? What a question that is!!!!!!!

As always, best to everyone and have a great and inspiring 2014.

G.

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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.

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.

I’ve decided on this subject, the day after the Fourth of July – our Independence Day, in my home country of the United States of America where we CAN go to school: at any age, being of any race, and any gender or religion – to say – Jezzzzz: “HOW FORTUNATE WE ARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

This is probably “ol’ hat” to some folks and I’m sure at lot of the people who live in this land take this simple act of becoming educated as a given right, but we should all remember – it hasn’t always been this way. The lives that have been given in battle both on foreign soil and here at home to allow us this “gift.” During the decades of racial inequality of all colors not only black; this dicriminatory issue of our ongoing quest of who as a nation we are. Look back on the days of women’s suffrage (I can’t imagine my mother not being able to read or write – her cursive penmanship: an art she was so proud of), child labor, and other things that should have never been in our history. How far we’ve come and how far we have to go!!

If you want an experience in moving forward, the reality is only a “click” away. Sense the  people all over the world through the simple act of “blogging” being able to tell of their hopes , dreams, and imaginations to anyone who cares to look. Jezzzzzzzzzzz “HOW FORTUNATE WE ARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Everyone should celebrate their good fortune of being literate at any level. Dream to learn more, imagine more, and share more! I’ve the good fortune of being a student at university and taking my own small opportunity to endow scholarships for my peers I attend class with. But, one of my biggest quests is being involved with my local city library where the people there provide such great services to my surrounding community with: reading programs, visiting authors, teaching programs for the illiterate in english (U. S. citizens and non-citizens alike), book giveaways, and so much more. YES, HOW FORTUNATE WE ARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How VERY fortunate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gooddae 2ya!

G.