Never Ending Learning

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I have begun another online learning class. It is through Edx.org. The class is A Global History of Architecture.

Now, why would I take that?

Since grade school when my art teacher had us draw a house I became fascinated with houses. I knew I wanted to be an architect. Like any other kid I also wanted to be a writer, artist, and archeologist. LOL  🙂

But my main passion has always been houses.

In High School, I took drafting and enjoyed it a lot. I designed a mansion with a hot tub that had a waterfall to it which recycled the water. A sink in every bedroom and more windows than a skyscraper! I won a blue ribbon at the Industrial Arts Fair! 🙂

Then college happened.

I did not get to go where I wanted to go because my family didn’t like it. Too far, too expensive, etc. etc.

I still believe it would have been the better route.

But, hey, what does a teenager know?

My first choice was the Art Institute in Denver. We visited it and I loved it. My thought was to do the degree in art, find a job where an Architect program was and work my way through school. I’d be doing something I enjoy while achieving my dream. But, no, family vetoed it.

Instead they convinced me to go somewhere a current family member was going. There was a pre-architect program plus interior design degree. I was ok with it but there was a bit of me that was sad. It wasn’t my choice.

Many times I did try to change schools but obstacles got in the way. I did about three years but not always good grades. I did meet lots of great friends and had fun, so not all was lost.

Sometimes the mind wonders if the effects of the choice of school didn’t create my lack of finishing certain things. I wonder.

Life directed me back to my hometown. No college there, too small, but there were outreach classes and a two-year college was 40 miles away.

I went back to getting that art degree in Graphic Design plus business classes. I took my time. Good grades were the result.  I finished the degree after meeting my soul mate. He was a big supporter and that’s what I needed. He has always encouraged me. I got my Associates Degree of Art in 2004. All four of our kids plus my grandma got to be at the graduation. 🙂

Then I got the bright idea to apply to the Art Institute online program. I did good but I felt my art was not up to par. Most in the class were already people in the field and their art was superb! Got me down. I dropped out, plus it was expensive.

Now, that I have debt in student loans, I have learned to take the “free courses”. 🙂 Don’t earn a degree but it makes me happy learning. 🙂

This Edx.org class is free but you can earn a certificate which is 49.00. Pondering that one.

I may be one of those 80 yr olds who appear in the news for completing her degree but yet too old to be hired. LOL

Meanwhile, I will enjoy the learning and keep my brain active. My grandma had dementia. I really don’t want it. Miss her.

Who knows, may pick up some research for a new book or story!

Cheers to learning! Never to young or old! 🙂

Music Is Our Friend

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Taking a look around one of my favorite online music stores, Musician’s Friend, I found the discount music equipment  under the open box gear category. Several great buys.

I particularly like the Xylophones!

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I had a grade school music teacher that liked to play the Xylophone for us.

Loved that class!

He introduced us to several instruments and that is how we learned the making of music. There was a board game he had on his wall that was like the memory game only with music notes and such. It was fun to play and definitely did the trick to learn them.

Maybe if I asked Santa to bring me a xylophone for Christmas, I could learn to play one! 🙂

For now, I will close my eyes and remember the sounds. 🙂

What was your music class like? Do you think it still needs to be in the school’s curriculum?

I do.

Catch The Beat

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The beat production software from Guitar center is a great item to have to put rhythm into your music. It has rhythmic music from all styles of music.

Examples:

  1. Pop
  2. Rock
  3. Techno
  4. etc.

Create the music you have dreamed of for years!

They say music eases anxiety! What a great fun way to do it! 🙂

The best part of this software, in my opinion, is it was inspired from the drum playing of the 80s and 90s! Yes, the best music ever! 🙂

There is a long list of features for this software. Very intriguing.

Check it out! Beat production software! 🙂

Do you play any instruments?

Here We Go Again.. Or I Could say Lose Again

Lights, Camera, Action

To be honest, I’m not sure where or when I began to make my way back to the unhealthy train; it could have been somewhere around the time we lost our baby girl Naya between 15 & 17 weeks, when I didn’t get to graduate last spring, or it could have been over the summer as financial struggles set in. All I know is that over the past 6-9 months I have steadily creeped my “weigh” back up the scale and onto the Naughty list for the Army, known as the Height & Weight Program.

Last time I was here, documenting my progress and more importantly, my journey, helped me reach my goals quickly and I received some positive feedback from others, that I was a bit of motivation for them; with that in mind, I’m going to document the journey again and hopefully do it more consistently too.

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