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Those of you who know me, know when I don’t have something to do, or something to learn I start to go stir crazy. I was reading one of those advice columns (one of my many guilty pleasures) and the columnist recommended that the person take some classes. Then she recommended two different places where you can get free classes from top notch schools. So I looked into it.

I am now taking a class called Artificial Intelligence Planning from the University of Edinburg through the website Coursera.org. It is a 7 week on-line class in something I have always been interested in. I am signed up to start a 12 week course on Feb 4, called introduction to Computer Science and Programming from MITx and starting March 4th I start a class called Social Network Analysis from University of Michigan through courser.org. I wish I had known about these classes earlier I would have been taking classes all along.

I love learning. I cannot imagine living a life where I don’t learn something every day. I am so lucky to have this opportunity, I have time – not that I wanted to have the time, but I would have made it – and I have the ability so I am going to take advantage of it. There is a class on quantum physics that I would really like to take but I need to brush up on some of the math aspects before I take it. I don’t want to get in there and be completely lost. I don’t want to take some ones spot that can do it better. But I will be taking it someday.

I have included the links to the websites below.  I hope you at least look at them. Well I have to get to work . . . 🙂

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

 

https://www.edx.org/courses

https://www.coursera.org/courses

 

 

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I am sitting here indulging in my one guilty pleasure the trash tv show, America’s Next Top Model.  The show cracks me up, I have only seen a couple of the girls in actual ads, and neither of them were the “winner.”  If my girls act the way these girls do I would have squashed them like a bug!  They are some very bratty people.  But I still like watching it.  I don’t watch a lot of “reality tv” so there could be worse things to watch. 

My friend, XH, made this comment on Facebook: 

walking for lunch and seeing two bald eagles! boy I luv living in the northwoods

It got me thinking, I really like living here, but I take it for granted.  Every day when I am walking I see eagles and deer.  When I am walking I see deer tracks and other animal tracks everywhere.  At night when I turn the lights off I can see stars.  When I look up at the stars I can see in the infiniteness and it makes me feel small.  There is so much beauty it can take your breath away. 

I think there are a lot of things we take for granted in this life.  We are so lucky because we have so many alternatives, food, water, shelter, our health, our very lives.  Look at your life and let me know what you have been taking for granted.

I walked two miles today. Steve and I walked to the creek and back.  There were lots of tracks and there was something that Steve was very interested in.  I am lucky because I have the dog with me, and we make a lot of noise so I am pretty sure we will not surprise anything (read this as bears) as we walk. 

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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