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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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It’s really starting to sink in … this is my final year of being a senior!!! 

Of course, I was a senior last year, and the year before that; but this year – IT”S FOR REAL.

As a lot of folks around me might “text” …. OMG!!!

My friends on “Facebook” may actually acknowledge me ……LOL!!!!!

I started this gauntlet in 1972, in a community college in Virginia Bch., Va. And as life would have it; its only taken a mere 41 yrs to get to B a serious graduation threat. I have bunches of hours from bunches of schools I’ve attended through my “maturing years;” but, now, I’m close. I can see the cap & gown actually having to be “let-out” because I’m not 23 anymore. ………………… Sweet!

Their probably gonna have to get me a chair on the podium so I can rest once I get up there …….. Sweet!

I wonder if they’ll let me: bow, or dance a victory “touch-down” dance like them football guys, maybe wave the school flag in one hand and my “blank” makeshift diploma to be mailed later after they make sure all my “fees”, parking tickets and such have been paid.

Monday morning, I’m gonna sit in the parking lot before anyone gets there … daybreak should be soon enough … and glory in my potential. I’ll get to watch all the “freshman” running helter-skelter being: LOST, LOST, LOST!! If they ask me directions, which usually happens because I’m old enough to look like I’ve been there a long time and know where every class is, who teaches it, and what it’ll take to get an”A”; I’ll nonchalantly yawn, a boring yawn, and “roll my eyes – and then put back on my dark-sunglasses. (I’ll have those even though it’s supposed to rain).

My first class isn’t until 10:45; I’ll arrive fashionably late. I’ll slowly survey the class over like Humphrey Bogartt trying to be aloof while cigarette smoke is ‘burn’n’ his eye. Dr. Lloyd will look up from his teaching podium, and indicate the front row seat nearest the door that he has been saving for me.A hush will fall over the class. All will be anxious to see if I’ll actually stay for class or fawn illness.

 AHHHH the trials and tribulations of being a SENIOR.          SWEET!!!!!!!!!

Best until next week!

G.

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.

“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.

 

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.