Sunday, February 21, 2010

Diligentia maximum etiam mediocris ingeni subsidium.

The title of this blog means "Diligence is a very great help even to a mediocre intelligence."

Hello All,

I am trying to be better about the blog. I am excited the semester is almost half over. Not as much because of the classes and exams...I really enjoy learning in college. I realize more and more what a privilege my ability to go to college has been. Really amazing to have a world of knowledge ready for the taking and the fact that with the great benefit of the learning it self comes a better opportunity when you get a job and a plethora of knowledge that will help me teach my kids someday.

I just went to lay outside and read and talk with my friend Mariah. She is open to new things and is always receptive to new thoughts and things like that. I had been thinking for a while about how I could get more out of learning. I fee like I get into the habit of doing well in school that I lose most of the purpose of learning. I get so focused on the A's in my class so that I will feel like me GPA will be high enough when I graduate and look for a job that I forget that the point of learning is to be able to understand the world and the people in it. Learning when really internalized helps increase my "knowledge vocabulary" so that I may better be able to articulate my thoughts or better understand what I may be able to do in my life, understand what God tries to tell me. I really do thing that knowledge help increase compassion. As I have learned more I have been humbled more since I feel how much more I need to learn.

I am babbling now...:) So I talked to Mariah about my new idea about learning better. I had just gotten done reading Benjamin Franklin Autobiography which was really interesting. The greatest thing I got from it, was my answer to get more out of learning. Ben Franklin would get together with friends and they would discuss topic or languages they wanted to understand better. They would pick a topic and then get together each having researched the topic and then shared and discussed the topic at their last meeting. This helped me decide to find a friend or tow who wanted to get together once or twice a month to do the same. Maraih said she would love to and had been wanting to get more out of learning herself. We are both in graduate school. We are getting together at the park ever other Friday. This Friday we are going to prepare and research homeopathic remedies and herbs uses. I will post how it is going.


Saturday, February 6, 2010

Reading books.

Good Morning,

Well, I have wanted to read more books for pleasure. The past semesters I have just read my scriptures and my text books as that was all the time I could give without sacrificing the spending time with people in my life. I have a partial list of books I have read, am reading, and want to read on which is on the right column of my blog. I have tried to read for 30 min or so a day, the most recent one that I finished yesterday was, Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. I loved it. It is a old sci-fi book but it blurred allot of lines; age, ethics, straight, etc... I felt myself asking myself what I thought about many situations in the book.

I thought I would attach this picture of Zakopane, Poland as I was fondly remembering my backpacking experiences and the many things I learned on my Europe expedition.

This is short, but needed to update:)