Well, firstly, well done with the jobs . I think you'd be a really cool baby sitter to have
Secondly, wow those paintings are awesome! I love them. I'd never seen any of them before, but I'm glad I have now .
Thirdly, I guess you learn something new every day, I'd never heard of those words! . That class you talked about seems very interesting but kinda fun at the same time
hahaha, Virg, that is a SPLENDID word! I missed out by not knowing this one!!! Thanks for telling me about it; I LOVE it! Thanks; I love these paintings too! I'd actually seen both of the top two paintings before but I didn't know it was by the same man. As to you being the poor poet, though, nah, you're too good! I used to do the same thing with having books stacked at the side of my bed, but now my room is arranged so that all my bookshelves are a step away from my bed. As for the taxes, well, so it begins .
Rich, Bosch is WEIRD in every sense of the word. I think I've only seen his "Garden of Earthly Delights" tryptych, but it's just...strange...That's a cool title for a comic book though.
There was a comic book series titled Chiaroscuro which is the only reason I was aware of the word. Have heard of Bosch who is revered by many of the fantasy readers as I recall.
What a great blog Andy.
Now you know what it's like to pay taxes. Actually I can't believe they are taking taxes from babysitting. My God. If it breathes, they will tax it; if it moves, they will tax it.
I love that painting you've chosen for your profile. I've seen it before but never knew who painted it. And that poor poet, that could easily be me if I wasn't an engineer. In fact that's what the side of my bed looks like, a pile of books scattered and stacked. It drives my wife crazy.
I love the word 'chiaroscuro'. It's one of my favorites. That and 'sprezzatura.' Now you'll have to look that up, unless you've already know it. Which wouldn't surprise me since you are pretty much a genius.
I too hope you get great results Adya! knowing you, you will! :
I hope that you get good results, too, Andya.
And the way you are is a good way to be. You are conscientious, hard-working, true-blue, and the list goes on. These are admirable traits, the world needs more Andya's in it.
Andy, as much as I'm sympathetic to your views, I do not think it is proper to talk about politics on lit net. It can only lead to trouble.
I hope you get some really good results . And I can relate to the second last paragraph you wrote - I'm like that too most of the time . I'll check out that song, it sounds cool
oooh, they have industrial - that's good. THANKS!
I haven't explored their world music yet, but yesterday I must have downloaded over fifteen soundtrack songs.
They are a good place to get world music
Rich ah, thank you. "Not preparing students for the real world"--teach them to THINK and they'll conquer anything. Virg thank you very much for your two comments. Yes, a few butterflies with the last year stuff. It's not so much that I mind ending it, it's just that it IS ending. On top of the hierarchy -- I forgot about that! I remember when I was ten and seventeen seemed more unattainable (is that a word??) than a thousand-page classic. One of the PHC lit majors has begun emailing me and telling me about the program; it sounds like heaven! I haven't been accepted yet, but it seems like my chances are good because so far they keep calling with me and seeing if I have any questions, that sort of thing. Hopefully, however, I won't have to leave the litnet. I'm praying . Definitely applying to more colleges, though we're not entirely sure which ones yet. All I know is that I would like to attend a Christian school for my undergraduate degree. As to Freire, THANK YOU!! It makes me feel ever so much better to know someone else who completely disagrees with him. It would really drive me nuts because where would that theory of his put me and other responsible homeschoolers? They go out of their way to absorb knowledge, and they do it of their own accord. Go figure. California... Her education system is royally screwed. Becca yeah. It's not bad, it's just surreal . Thanks for commenting.
Let me just comment on that teahing theory of Paulo Freire. I was going to write up a long post, but you handled all the issues Andy. There's not much more I could say, and you say it without my typical anger. Needless to say I consider it moronic. As if a student magically absorbs knowledge. How is someone supposed to understand the laws of physics? Is each student expected to be a Newton? Engineers typically consider the liberal arts as easy and silly. They shouldn't but they do and it's because this type of mentality runs amok. As if creativity is stifled from disciplined learning? Where is the evidence of that? Andy, all you ever have to do if anyone questions disciplined learning and creativity is to point to John Milton, one of the greatest poets ever who knew almost everything because he absorbed every bit of knowledge he could. I thought they did away with this theory. I thought California had screwed up so badly in the 1970s with this that it had no credibility any longer.
Perhaps a year of changes would be a better way of looking at it?
Oh thank you Andy. All I did was ask if you were still writing. There's a bit to respond. Let me just respond to the non-teaching stuff on this comment. The teaching stuff requires a full block of its own. I'm sure you got butterflies on all your last year stuff. Don't worry, it will be fine and you will so enjoy your college experience. Enjoy your "lasts" as well. Senior year can be really fun too. You're on top of the hiearchy now. Patrick Henry College sounds interesting. It's an fascinating concept, that of debating as a method of learning. I love it. It reminds me of a medival approach to learning. Of course then when you come back to lit net I'm sure you're going to kick my butt in a debate. I'll have to watch out. It doesn't take government money? OMG, what a concept! Have you already been accepted? I looked it up and it's relatively small, so I hope you don't put all your eggs in one basket. You may want to apply to several colleges.
I see a future for you in commenting on education its flaws and values. Having work with college students as co-workers over the years and seen a few in the military I have rarely been impressed by their overwhelming intelligence or grip on reality with of course the exceptions to the rules. I liken it to the miltary--we are here to do a job not babysit. High schools have been almost criminal in NOT preparing students for the 'real' world. Often I hear students sating they'll get a degree and then get that dream job with all the perks. It's good to dream but patience and perseverance will stand them in better stead. Virgil shopuld and no doubt will be honored by your presentation. Mary SUe you have a tremendous grasp on WHO YOU ARE as a person--never lose sight of that or the beginner and finisher of your faith.
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