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The Many Worlds Interpretation

The Many Worlds Interpretation (Photo credit: EJP Photo)

Today would normally be Book Review Monday.  I’m behind in my writing.  Sorry.  Life has been a bit more “interesting” of late than I expected it to be….in a good way.

So this is instead a little news post.

I’m going back to college.  After years (literally) of considering the pros and cons of going back to school for something that I feel quite passionate about but felt unready for, I decided I will be going back to school for Psychology.  It’s all part of the joy I gather in learning about people, trying to help people, and just learning in general.

Next, be prepared for a change in both design and format of this blog as it becomes my primary and I work to slowly retire Many Worlds.  You may see posts here that seem to have little to do with this blog’s general theme as I port all my older posts over.  They aren’t that alien in truth.  Writing, creativity, passion…  Here or there, I have always strove to experience and share them.

Tachycineta bicolor English: A Tree Swallow in...

And I will be sharing all of these things here….

For the moment though, let me share with you an image of a little guy (not him exactly, since his brief time with me was spent being held and nursed, not with cameras flashing at him) who shared my morning with me today.  Not of his choice exactly.  I’m sure he thought he had more time than he did as he tried to swoop in front of our car.

Did you know that it’s believed that tree swallows were once considered a sign of good fortune for seamen?

What makes someone an underachiever?

It’s not as simple as throwing a few descriptive terms into the pot and stirring; I know that much. In this recipe everyone has his or her own specialty, a seasoning blend that stands out, marking one as a true “master of the craft”.

Problem is…it gives everyone who tries it indigestion.

This is the first in what may be a series of posts on paths: the ones we choose and the ones we end up on despite all our intentions.  Nothing here is meant as a criticism to those who were involved in deciding my own path and/or helped direct me to where I am now.  If anything, it’s a living testimony that the things that often seem so very terrible when they occur are the exact things we need. Read the rest of this entry »

I love watching TED lately.

About a month back. my husband downloaded MIRO, and we’ve been delighting in the return of what we call “good television”. After lovely presentations by Sarah Jones, Ken Robinson, Pilobolus, and so many more I find myself hitting my Facebook profile intent on sharing every single video with the world. Of course I can’t. I can put the links out there and HOPE that friends will look and want to pass the links on as well. I cannot dictate that other should be as delighted as I am with the pieces, and I can’t sit next to them as they turn on their PCs and direct them to the links.

Seems so futile at times, yet when I get a comment back from someone about how much they enjoyed a piece, or how they thought X was good, but that the speaker should have focused on Y…. It’s nice to know that I gave another person something that had been important to me as well.

So when I shared Sugata Mitra’s piece on How Kids Teach Themselves, it stuck me as odd that instead of joy, I felt wrong after I had shared this piece.  I wondered if the concept of unschooling, which seems to be the focus of this  piece in the main, meant that teachers and their gift were not only unnecessary, but actively detrimental to the process of learning.  A discussion with my husband later brought back my smiles.  For all that Dr. Mitra had not been around for the actual learning process, he HAD taught those children how to use a computer.  He had offered them something that mattered to him, computer literacy, and placed it where it could be studied, used and tinkered with.  And just as I post links to Facebook (and here).

A good teacher offers new opportunities, opens new doors, presents things that people aren’t even aware they didn’t know….


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