What is Wrong with Education?

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I love to learn.  If I’m curious about anything, from the origin of a word to where a country is on the map, I’ll look it up (my geographic skills are very limited, and I’m always looking at maps).  I have an insatiable curiosity regarding almost anything to everything.  I will ask strangers all kinds of questions in order to get to know them.  I’m not pushy, and I try to do it in a friendly way.  I feel that there is so much going on the world and so many stories out there that are so interesting.  Most people are dealing with all kinds problems and I’ve been told that the very fact I ask them how they are makes them feel special.


My curiosity includes education – of course.  I decided while I was at college, that I’d get two majors instead of the usual combination of a major and a minor.  I had a few interesting conversations with the Dean of Students over this decision, but due to my high grades they let me persue it.  When my children were in school I asked them to tell me one thing they learned that I didn’t already know.  When I home schooled them, the thing that I liked best about it was how much new information I was learning.  There is nothing like learning new things that gets me so excited.  When I first learned who Rachel Carson was, I wanted to be just like her. Most of my heroes are people who not only are highly intelligent, but also people interested in helping others.  The only way forward into a better and more equal future is through education.  Done right, education creates compassion and understanding.  No one who reads a wide variety of international literature can claim no compassion nor understanding. Once you feel what other cultures have experienced, your mind has been opened to new pathways.


Of course, the point of all this waxing on about education is that a new study by Pew Research Center has shown that the majority of Republican voters believe that higher education is “bad” for America.  That being said, I wonder if they are prepared to forgo Doctors, Nurses, Engineers and computer experts.  All these people do have degrees from universities.  Indeed, many of them have advanced degrees.  These are the people responsible for many of the “little” things that make life a lot better – such as advancements in communications, infrastructure, safety and health care.  This finding simply flabbergasts me.  Please feel free to leave your comments on this subject.  I’d love to find out what other people think of it.





Camp NaNoWriMo


This month, I’m going to be attempting the April session of Camp NaNoWriMo.  I’m trying, once again, to finish my short chapter book for a little boy I know.  It feels like I’ve been working on this forever (mostly because I have).  But, I really want to get this done and move onto other projects.


Writing can often be the most difficult thing to do.  There are so many things that sound great in my head, but once I get them down on paper I find that they’re not that great at all.  Also, it’s so easy to be distracted.  Ever since I stopped going to the library to write, my progress has slowed down to – no progress.  I’d like to go back to the library; however, I don’t feel that I should leave my elderly dog on her own.  There would be no one here if she needs help, and of course I just can’t do that to her.  I just have to learn how to not get distracted by things.


Is anyone else attempting Camp NaNoWriMo?  Let me know how it’s going for you.  Maybe we can  commiserate – or more hopefully, celebrate together.

International Women’s Day


When I was initially talking to my husband about International Women’s Day he wondered why women needed one.  At first I was taken aback.  Seriously?  Then I realized that he looks at the world in only one way – as a man.  So, I thought that I’d make a list of why there needs to be an International Women’s Day.

Equality – women in general are paid less, however that’s only the tip of the iceberg.  Maternity leave is not a paid for; as well as a higher cost of health insurance for being a woman.  Clothing marketed exclusively for woman is sold at a higher cost.


Poverty – women and children are the largest group worldwide to live in poverty.  At any given time 795 million people go to bed hungry.  This number is on the rise due to war and the number of refugees.  More women and children live in poverty than any other group.

Restriction of Rights – women’s rights around the world are restricted in various ways.  Some include how they are “allowed” to dress; whether they can attend school, drive or even leave their houses by themselves; in some areas women are restricted from voting and owning property.   A woman’s right to many forms of health care has been restricted.  In many countries the kinds of work that a woman can legally perform is restricted by law.


Violence – girls as young as 12 are routinely married in many countries; rape and domestic violence against girls and women is rising worldwide.  Sex trafficking has become rampant world-wide.

These are just a few of the reasons that there is an International Women’s Day.




I’ve Been Sick All Year!


I had so many plans for how I was going to start off 2017.  However, I’ve been sick for more than a week, and this has been my only post this  week.  So, no, I haven’t put a single plan, goal or step into effect yet.  The weather has been nuts for months now. One day it’ll be 20 out and the next 55. My sinuses have been going crazy, but I was lucky for months and months.  While everyone I know got sick numerous times from sinus problems, I just went along with only headaches to contend with.  However, last week my luck ran out, and by New Year’s Eve, I was sick.  For the first time in years I didn’t even stay up until midnight.

I’ve been spending time watching the X Files, and reading.  I’ve managed to drag myself around and get dinner on the table, but that’s been about it.  I finally went out grocery shopping yesterday, and made another trip out to get cat and dog food.  I’ll have to go to Tractor Supply on the weekend to pick up some bird food, also.

Hopefully on Monday I’ll have my list of goals for 2017 finished, and be feeling better so that I can start on my list.  Hope you’re all feeling healthy and happy!


Things that I’m Still Waiting For


Once again, it’s the end of a year, and I have to admit that I’m still waiting for some things.  So, here’s some of the things that I’m still breathlessly waiting for.

The sound of the Tardis. Where in the heck are you Doctor?  I’ve been a good girl all year (he**, I’ve been a good girl for years and years now), and I keep waiting for the sound of the Tardis.  There is a small niggling feeling that maybe I’m an unknown Donna Noble?  Please say it isn’t so.  I’ll move to England if that makes it easier for you to find me.  Please, Doctor, please!


And, speaking of Doctor Who, I must admit that I’m waiting for some form on non-lethal Adipose. Yes, I know those cute little guys kill, however, I want the non-murdering kind.


My letter from Hogwarts. Come on, it’s been missing for years.  I must have the most lost, confused owl bringing mine.  I know there has to be a letter out there for me, since my Muggle family was almost as bad as Harry’s


My unicorn. I’ve been waiting for years and years now.  This is not some new thing that I want to see.  A unicorn has been on my list for a long long time.  Is it too much to ask for?  I don’t think so.


While I wrote this post, the only word to describe the world for me is gray.  We’ve had no sun for a number of days now, I always get the after-Christmas blues, and looking forward to 2017 brings a great deal of trepidation.  Hence, the silliness of the things that I’ve been waiting for.  I could have been more “sober and serious”, but I simply didn’t want to.  After all, what good is a life if we can’t have a fantasy world that we’re waiting for?  What is it that you’re still waiting for?

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life


As huge fans of the show, my daughter and I looked forward to this revival.  I must say that we did enjoy it.  Yes, I realize that not everyone was a fan of this new revival.  However, I found it to be both interesting and simply fun to watch.  Poor Rory has been pretty much raked over the coals, however I must ask, how many people always know what they’re doing, and where they’re going?  As someone who has spent much of my life floundering, I’m sure to raise my hand and jump up and down with a resounding yes.  Personally, I never worked in the field that I got my college degree in, I never had what could be considered a “career”, and for much of my life have been more than a little lost.  By the way, I’ve met 90-year-olds with the same dilemma.


My take-away?  I enjoyed the show.  In response to the nitpickers out there, it’s a television show people.  I was just as surprised as everyone else that Rory didn’t have a fantastic career.  The fact that Lorelai was having relationship issues with Luke was to be expected.  Luke doesn’t do communication well, and other than wise-cracking, Lorelai isn’t that great at it, either.  I absolutely loved the wedding – it was spot on.

Premiere Of Netflix's "Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life" - Arrivals

There are things that I’d like resolved.  What about this letter that Emily is so angry about?  Let’s find out about that.  I hope that we’ve got more Gilmore Girls coming.  After all, there’s a new baby on the way.  And, just so you know, after my Dr. Who series watching is done, Gilmore Girls is on the re-watching list.

Winning NaNoWriMo & Goal Setting


I know I’m a little late to the party (what else is new), but I wanted to share that I won NaNoWriMo this year.  Yes, in my own little way I wrote over 50,000 words last month.  I didn’t finish everything that I wanted to, but such is life.  I did however, get down things that had been rattling around in my brain for quite a while.


When I finished this goal a few days early, I thought that this is what I need to do to keep on writing.  So, I’ve come up with a new, more achievable goal for every new month to come.  I’ve decided to write 5.000 words per week.  I’m not going to state that those words must be on just one project, because frankly, sometimes I tend to get stuck on one thing, but still have ideas on something else.  So, I will just include all the words that I write, whether it’s a Haiku, short story, editing, posts, or my children’s book, I’m going to count all of those words.   Writing is writing is writing.