Posts Tagged ‘Learning’

At Least That Had BETTER Be What They Meant

March 9, 2020

The other day it came up in conversation that I’m currently studying the Hawaiian language.  It’s nothing serious, just something I poke at here and there (Poké pun unintentional in this case), so I wasn’t prepared when someone boggled at me.

“You mean that you’re studying a new language at your age?!”  (I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt that what they meant was that most people study languages when they are in school or college, and I am admittedly above the average age for a college attendee.)

“Don’t be ridiculous!” I snorted.  “I started a year ago.”

Scaling Back My Caffeine Intake, I’m Looking At YOU!

October 21, 2019

It’s incredibly satisfying watching my son grasping a new concept.

It’s incredibly humbling to go back over some past entries here and getting a fresh reminder that I’m still struggling with some decidedly old concepts.

You Learn Other Things As Well, Of Course

September 4, 2019

Babies are on my mind today (and, let me be clear, not because one is coming to this house), and children really are amazing creatures.  If you want to learn things about yourself that you never wanted to learn, raising a child is an intensive course in that subject.

Now What Was I Supposed To Do Again Today? Oh, Hey, That Looks Interesting . . .

June 19, 2019

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.

Zen Proverb

When the student is not ready, distractions will appear.

– My personal addendum

It Still Counts Though . . . If Only Barely

August 30, 2018

Some days you don’t “learn” so much as realize that you’re tired of (and from) making the same mistake over and over.

No Thanks

August 22, 2018

As I continue to explore the practical limitations of my current mobility, I do admit to finding myself marveling once again at how something as simple as a relatively minor injury can have dramatic impacts.  And while this is interesting to me, let me make it abundantly clear that I am not grateful for this learning opportunity.

As my Grandfather never used to say, “If you learned something from getting snake bit, then good for you.  Opportunities for learning can be found almost everywhere . . . but that don’t mean you’ve got to thank the snake for biting you.”

He Got An “A” For His “Cupcakes!” Answer (He Also Got Cupcakes)

August 3, 2016

Today I decided my son needed to spend his school time working on “life skills.”

Specifically on public social graces (i.e., how to be considered well-behaved when going out to eat for breakfast and trying new things), basic logic (“We have no more milk in our house.  The milk is in the store.  If we want more milk in our house, we must go to the store.”), and critical thinking (“Now that we are in the store to buy milk, do we need to buy anything else while we’re here?  Something that goes with milk, perhaps?”).

True Enough, But Storm Season Seems To Be Running Long This Year

July 29, 2014

There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.

Willa Cather

Wait . . . Did That Sound Right To You?

April 9, 2014

Recently a friend of mine was lamenting her failed attempt at dyeing some cloth, and she was finding only minimal comfort in that she had learned something from the experience. Wanting to be supportive, I smiled at her and said, “Dye and learn. That’s the way it works, right?”