Sunday, January 15, 2017

Week in Review 1-15-2017

My craft and study space. Not much studying going on here right now.

This was a crazy week. Gary and I both started school full time. Although we were both exhausted by the end of the week, we came through it relatively unscathed and excited for the semester. I also came through it relatively less sore by Friday than I was Tuesday. Wow. I'm going from a pretty sedentary life to walking about 5 miles each day, uphill both ways. Fortunately, I bought some new boots at the beginning of December that are both comfortable and warm.

These tiles make me smile. It feels like the designer was just doodling.

My favorite quotes and observations from the week:

From Spanish-
My teacher looks remarkably similar to a woman I know in Kentucky, has the same mannerisms, accent, and way of talking. She knows of no connection. Also, she uses the contraction "y'all" to signify the plural form of you when conjugating verbs, which amuses me to no end.

The view on my walk to school. Don't be jealous.

From Anthropology:
"That's a whole different bag of rabid monkeys."
My anthropology professor may be my favorite professor this semester, although he's running a close race with my physics professor. And, of course, it's early days yet.

Sometimes, if you can't see the sun, you just need to turn around.

From Physics:
"We're all stuck here because of gravity." Said immediately following a discussion on the fact that many of the students are in the class because they're required to take a science course to graduate.

An observation about the idea that in science, no theory, law or principle can ever be proven, only disproved.- It is a hard ting to accept, that you must always question everything you know, that advances or changes can come at any time. We are a species that likes hard and resolute facts. We have difficulty allowing fluidity into our thought process.

Quintessential desert architecture is all over campus.

From Honors course:
A little background- Fort Lewis, the college we're attending, does their honors program differently than other colleges. Rather than providing core content in more difficult classes, with more homework, more papers, etc, the school gives honors students a minor in philosophy.

My favorite moment with the honors course actually came during our orientation last Saturday. The director of the program described it as, "a community of people who are working to become better people so that they, in turn, can make the world a better place." I love that.

Bear has been with us for a year this week!

From English:
We're studying emojis, not my favorite thing in the world. I'm willing to embrace change, and even to attempt to change the way I do things. However, I question whether we should abandon one thing because another comes along, which may be easier but not better. We are a thinking species. I do not believe we should water down our thoughts to make them easier to deal with.

So, my thought from this class is this, and I would love for anyone interested to discuss it with me:

If we say that people are not reading, do we abandon the written word, or do we make sure people know how to engage with the written word, to struggle with it for the sake of the struggle and growth, to critically analyze the thoughts that are brought about by that reading?


  1. I certainly think we should engage people in reading and deeper thinking, analytical thought. If we lose the ability to focus and think we will lose so much. The current philosophy with teaching children is to let them read anything in an effort just to get them to even learn how to read , but kids need to be challenged as they read, and taught to think and question what they read. I just finished an AWESOME book that I recommend, for anyone really but especially parents and teachers. Its called Deconstructing Penguins. I don't remember the author and my phone is not conducive to looking it up... But its a recent book, so easy to find with just the title.

  2. I do think it is important to introduce children to the joy of reading by allowing them to read the things they enjoy. I also, though, think that as they learn to read, we should introduce them to things that challenge their minds and hearts. I've heard of that book. I'll have to look it up. Thank you.

  3. Well, I agree that kids should be allowed to read JUST for fun, I just think they should be challenged as well....

  4. Absolutely. And, they should be challenged consistently throughout their lives.


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