Inspired to Learn? Not!

hatting with a college instructor recently, it was disappointing to hear that the Covid pandemic has dramatically disrupted student learning, and apparently the subsequent outcome of this disruption is problematic! Just how is/was student learning disrupted?

Schools were closed due to public safety laws, leaving students subjected to online classes given by teachers mostly unfamiliar with that style of scholastic delivery. The problem? Students didn’t like the new mode of learning. The result?

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THE ART OF AGING – Part XIV: Life balance. . . You’re kidding, right?

ife Balance… we’ve all heard how we’re supposed to balance our daily involvements so they don’t go out of whack, and that maintaining balance in all we do creates harmony in our being, and harmony in our being brings good health, happiness…


I’ve lived long enough now to know from experience, both personal and otherwise, that experiencing life balance from one day to the next is almost impossible. If it isn’t the kids home from school with chicken pox which means your mounting files at work are abandoned for a few days, or the aging parent falling and thus requiring hip surgery, or the internet failing which brings an abrupt halt to your online business, or relatives invading your life unexpectedly, or the sudden argument with your loved one… daily life balance is skewed indeed.

Who hasn’t been subjected to seminars by well-meaning facilitators who show diagrams of how our daily lives are supposed to be managed! What we learn in those seminars is that typically, work/job/career is the Number 1 culprit for offsetting life balance!

Before moving forward with this topic, if you’re wondering whether or not this discussion applies to you, check out 11 Signs You Lack Work-Life Balance. If you’re a millennial, apparently there are only 9 Signs You Have No Work-Life Balance.

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uppies are cute, energetic, entertaining, troublesome, and EXPENSIVE! 

“Expensive?” you say. “We got our puppy for free from a friend.”

Whether pup was free or $5,000, pups cost hard earned cash! And, they keep on costing!


(Song to a film clip from Lady and the Tramp)

$3,724 is what Canadian pet owners paid on average for doggy care in 2021. Highest expenses included food, pet insurance, and dental care. Source  Dog owners can easily expect to pay $1,500 to $9,900 per year.

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THE ART OF AGING – Part XIII: Too Much Too Little Too Late

Do you ever have one of those moments when you’re asking why Life has delivered TOO MUCH TOO LITTLE TOO LATE? Check out a terrific rendition of this song by Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams. Key lines from the song can leave us older adults wondering—

Guess it’s over, the kids are gone

The chips are down

What’s the use of tryin’ to hang on?

Nearly all our bridges tumbled down…

Somewhere we lost the key…

Too much, too little, too late to ever try again!

Lyrics written By Nat Kipner & John Vallins

Considering that too much too little too late happens to most of us at one time or another, then next to explore is to ask what it is that we are hanging on to that leaves us questioning Life in the first place. Are we hanging on to what we think or believe is our life’s purpose? To our relationships? Spiritual teachings? Hobbies? Possessions? The community we feel a part of? Life itself? Have we had too much or too little of any of these, and did they come too late?

Hanging on takes energy. As we age, we become protective of waning energy. Simply put, there are days when we’re just TOO TIRED…

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THE ART OF AGING – Part XII: Power—Want it?

Power . . . the one thing that everyone wants and spends a lifetime seeking!

Power creates and destroys. Power fuses and dismembers. Power is a universal dream and a universal regret.

Dictionaries summarize power to be: The ability to do or act; a particular faculty of body or mind; government, influence, or authority; mechanical force; nature.

As far as humans go, we’re drawn to various types of power, such as —

1. Authority

Battled, balked at, and sought after, authority is an expression of power exercised by politicians and waitrons alike.

One of five gold crowns from the Silla Kingdom 1st Century BCE 7th Century CE

2. Money

Money may be the proverbial root of all evil, but it’s a heavy-duty magnet to those who believe it is fundamental to feeling and being powerful. Did you buy your lottery ticket for this week’s draw?

3. The Helper

Medical personal, life coaches, missionaries, teachers and the like can feel powerful as they come to the aid of others, perhaps expressing altruistic power. Amazing is the self-sacrificing power of those who nurture their offspring, especially young parents whose boldness in daily situations is but a brief reflection of how they hold the future of a young life in their hands.

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