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Preeti Shenoy (so called best-selling author!)
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Preeti Shenoy is a best-selling Indian author who is based at Bangalore.  She has many best selling books to her credit like ‘Life is what you make it’, ‘The Secret Wishlist’. ‘The One You Cannot Have’, ‘Everything Happens For A Reason’,’Its all in the Planets’, ‘Tea For Two And A Piece Of Cake’, ‘Why we love the way we do’ etc.  Preeti Shenoy started her writing journey as a blogger. With the success of her blog, she started getting writing assignments from newspapers and magazines and eventually rose to fame with her debut novel ‘’Life is what you make it.’

I have read all her books except one . I find her books quite simple and lacking in depth. Even after writing so many books, you fail to find any improvement in her writing style. She writes books with predictable plots with hardly anything new in it. The problem with the current lot of Indian writers is that they prefer to write chicklets and write for the masses. The same is the case with Preeti Shenoy. You can read her books for time pass but they won’t help you to grow in any way. Forget about any insights or philosophical thoughts, you won’t even hope to improve your English by reading her books.  Be it Chetan Bhagat, Nikita Singh, Preeti Shenoy or Durjoy Dutta, all are the same who prefer to write what they think will sell among the masses. They may be best-selling authors but are definitely over-rated and certainly not great authors.

I like Preeti Shenoy as a blogger because her blog posts are interesting but she fails to impress as an author. However she is a renowned author with so many books to her credit but I fail to understand how her books become best-sellers which lack in content as well as depth.

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A New More Accurate Map
March 22, 2017
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We all know the ‘Mercator’ map.   It’s used world wide.   We can probably visualise it in our minds, because it is seen every where.  That the map of the Earth.  Right?   That’s what the Earth looks like, Right?

Wrong.

The Mercator Map is not accurate and never was.

The way it was created tended to make the top and bottom continents seem bigger than those in the middle.  Now a  new map called the Gall-Peters projection  is being used.  It displays countries according to their actual size.

Mercator shrinks Africa and South America, making Europe and North America appear much larger than they really are.  This might be a colonial mentality on the part of the map maker which no longer is of much value.

The move to replace the Mercator is beginning in Boston public schools where it is said they are going to “decolonise the curriculum.” Europe will no longer be the centre of the world.

The Mercator map was created in 1569 by cartographer Gerardus Mercator and quickly became the standard.  No one questioned it for hundreds of years.

However, considering the views from space the fact it is inaccurate and offers a Eurocentric portrayal of the world’s landmasses has brought it into question.

If you look at the Mercator map you’ll see that Greenland is larger than Africa despite being 14 times smaller and  Alaska  seems larger than Mexico, although it is much smaller and can fit inside of it.

Europe is always in the middle of the map on the Mercator projection, making North America and Europe larger than South America and Africa.

This is inaccurate and ought not be used as the standard.

The Gall-Peters projection map was created in 1974 by Arno Peters, using a projection made by cartographer James Gall.   It removes the distortions of the Mercator projection and more accurately portrays the world.

The image featured here is of that Gall-Peters Map

To Teach Kids How To Write Is Just Let Them Read And Write
March 22, 2017
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I just finished reading an article with the title “The Wrong Way to Teach Grammar“. I agree with what the author said, students learn more from simply writing and reading.

 

My eldest son is already 8 years old and he is supposed to be a second grader. I have not really spend time teaching him how to read and write yet, hence I am searching online for how Waldorf schools teach the students to read and write, then I came across this article.

 

I agree that we need to teach the kids how to write grammatically by letting them write, instead of just giving them the traditional grammar lessons. I do not know how native English speakers learn English or grammar, but as English is my second language, I was struggling in learning English when I was in school. I like English since I was young, and I think this is because I went to a kindergarten where encouraged the children to read and the teachers told us stories, instead of we just sat down there and listened to the lessons. It was an English speaking kindergarten where everyone has to speak English there, and the teachers were friendly. I guess that is why I like English.

 

When I was in primary school, we started to have English lessons by having grammar lessons and memorizing the vocabularies, but not by reading and writing. So, I was one of the people that the author mentioned that kept thinking of whether the sentence is grammatically correct, instead of enjoyed writing or expressing myself. As I did not get to read more English books or articles, I merely remembered the grammar lessons I learned and the limited vocabularies I could remember to write any essays. The worse is, I actually translated it from my native language in my mind and wrote down on paper in English. I always wanted to improve my English when I was in high school, and I just kept memorizing the vocabularies and reminding myself about the grammar. That was the way what I knew about learning English.

 

Until I went to college and met some English speaking friends, they told me how they learned English was via reading, reading and reading. They did not even know about grammar, what noun or verb is, but they could just write a beautiful article in no time and give a wonderful speech with confidence. Then I realized how I learned my native language, Chinese. I did not really learn how to write, but I just wrote. I did not care whether my grammar was correct and I did not memorize the vocabularies too. I just read many Chinese books, and always converse in Chinese, and that is why I can write and speak. It is habit of reading and listening, and just keep writing and speaking.

 

I started not to translate my sentence from Chinese to English when I learned to go online, chatted more with others in English and read more English articles. The more I read, the more I write, the more I listen, I do not even remember since when I can just write in English, without translating from Chinese. Though there are still a lot for me to learn and improve, I am happy I can at least just write and express myself, without keep worrying about the grammars and vocabularies.

 

This is also what I want to teach my kids – not to learn the grammar, not to memorize the vocabularies, but to enjoy reading and writing.

 

How did you start learning English? What do you suggest kids in learning how to write?

 

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Are you a workaholic, person who can do many works at the same time?
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There are people who feel happy by having one specific area of interest, and all the life purposefully dive into the deep. However, there are also the workaholics – people whose brains are genetically encoded to be interested in many things, and to plunge for a long time into one of the activities is the same as to dry in a desert without a drop of water. Interests of Aristotle, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Leonardo da Vinci or Benjamin Franklin’s were really scattered. They freely were jumping from one project to the next and never finished some of their works even when they have been paid for them.

These days no one believed that it is bad to try to do everything at once. L. da Vinci had no thoughts to justify the fact that his interests included painting, architecture, sculpture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, anatomy, poetry, geology, astronomy, botany, history, literature and cartography. J. W. von Goethe also did not feel the slightest guilt, that wrote novels and at the same time he studied optics. All of them were actually true workaholics.

In the modern world people often look with skepticism to the workaholics people. They think that workaholic is a dilettante, mindless, distracted, not finding himself. It is estimated that it is impossible to make money for life, constantly changing activity and trying to embrace a bit of everything. After all it is clear that employers hire people for specific positions and require only a few, but deeply aware capabilities. However, how it is in reality?

Are you a workaholic? If you would like to describe themselves, quite likely that you are a special kind of workaholic. Are you a person who dives in a one career and in order to make higher scores tend to cover everything that excites your inquisitive mind?

Or you are person who settle down in one area, got fun there, and feel free to give up and go to the more attractive activity? That is why the surrounding thinks about the workaholics as about dilettantes and reproach for a number of unfinished works. However, such an assessment is not correct. Workaholics are not so ambitious or desperately seeking a goal as skilled specialists in one area, but it is because they are very eager to try everything and not afraid to make mistakes. More than anything in the world they are afraid of boredom. Workaholic the boredom perceives as a ship crash and tiny uninhabited island, where there is only one palm tree. He is suffocating without the use of his properties such as curiosity, creativity and learning. And this is not some kind of personality disorder or lack of will.

If you are workaholic, congratulations – you have the brain with lots of talents and you do not need to fit into any standard frames, to which probably the surrounding is trying you to squeeze in.

Future labor markets increasingly will need universal human, rather than a single expertise in the area, as more and more frequently is chosen to work in small teams or individually. Of course, those who create own business or employees on fixed-term contracts at home, the properties of workaholic can help to achieve higher goals and to earn more from individual activities. It is not enough just to be perfect in programming; you have to be at least a little familiar with many other areas.

Thus, the broader range of knowledge you have, the more you will see the world, and the greater the chance that you can do what you want.

The world needs workaholics, but they want to and are capable of so many things that are very often disrupted, cannot launch any single idea and often throw out without beginning. This encourages them to feel bad and cause great fear to die, without using up wonderful ideas.

The main concern of universal persons is constant endeavor to make decisions. In one study were monitored workaholics brains, where they were questioned about career choices, and then about their hobbies. Workaholics talking about new ideas, the part of the brain called an almond that controls anxiety, fear and other strong emotional feelings, quietly rested. However, after just started to get around one life’s choice selection, brain strongly became more active. So perhaps it’s time to relax a little and begin to do what you dream of. And not necessarily one thing. Perhaps you will succeed more if start few things at once.

Then you will not feel bad that working with a single idea, you cannot implement others. After all, people feel most successful and are satisfied when their activities are consistent with the natural talent and attitude to life. If the foundation of your being is multiplicity, diversity, constant change, and you have more than one talent, it is not necessary for you to choose a profession for whole life.

You can engage in a number of gainfully employed simultaneously. Take a look at everything in a creative way and do not be afraid to take responsibility for your unusual brain. Take advantage of them!

I do not think that, in fact you would like to explore everything in the world, or to work in all of the world works. Certainly there are things that you are not interested in; you do not have to achieve all possible careers. What will provide you the most pleasure? Think about your desired type of activity, whether it should be a freelance work, own business, working in a foreign company, or maybe all together?

All work can be valuable. This advice sounds pretty radical, but you do not have to complete all your projects. Do not give up on pleasure to at least try to implement wonderful ideas – perhaps you will imperfectly learn a new language, but will master the basics. Let some ideas will be just simply feast for your brain cells, while knowledge may someday be useful in life. Even before completing the project you can get a great deal.

Your heart knows the way to your desires and talents, and trusts it, and it will take you where you want it. And in no way ever foreswear your workaholism, but take the most of it. Lack of a vocation can be enchanting thing that makes you as original, innovative and fun man. Therefore, forget the teachers or the surrounding talk about one professional path. They encourage you to give up on a part of yourself and become someone you are not. Is this fair?

 

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42 Amazing Weird Facts You Probably Don’t Know
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1. The longest time between two twins being born is 87 days.

2. The world’s deepest postbox is in Susami Bay in Japan. It’s 10 metres underwater.

3. In 2007, an American man named Corey Taylor tried to fake his own death in order to get out of his cell phone contract without paying a fee. It didn’t work.

4. The oldest condoms ever found date back to the 1640s (they were found in a cesspit at Dudley Castle), and were made from animal and fish intestines.

5. In 1923, jockey Frank Hayes won a race at Belmont Park in New York despite being dead — he suffered a heart attack mid-race, but his body stayed in the saddle until his horse crossed the line for a 20–1 outsider victory.

6. Everyone has a unique tongue print, just like fingerprints.

7. Most Muppets are left-handed. (Because most Muppeteers are right-handed, so they operate the head with their favoured hand.)

8. Female kangaroos have three vaginas.

9. It costs the U.S. Mint almost twice as much to mint each penny and nickel as the coins are actually worth. Taxpayers lost over $100 million in 2013 just through the coins being made.

10. Light doesn’t necessarily travel at the speed of light. The slowest we’ve ever recorded light moving at is 38 mph.

11. Casu marzu is a Sardinian cheese that contains live maggots. The maggots can jump up to five inches out of cheese while you’re eating it, so it’s a good idea to shield it with your hand to stop them jumping into your eyes.

12. The loneliest creature on Earth is a whale who has been calling out for a mate for over two decades — but whose high-pitched voice is so different to other whales that they never respond.

13. The spikes on the end of a stegosaurus’ tail are known among paleontologists as the “thagomizer” — a term coined by cartoonist Gary Larson in a 1982 Far Side drawing.

14. During World War II, the crew of the British submarine HMS Trident kept a fully grown reindeer called Pollyanna aboard their vessel for six weeks (it was a gift from the Russians).

15. The northern leopard frog swallows its prey using its eyes — it uses them to help push food down its throat by retracting them into its head.

16. The first man to urinate on the moon was Buzz Aldrin, shortly after stepping onto the lunar surface.

17. Some fruit flies are genetically resistant to getting drunk — but only if they have an inactive version of a gene scientists have named “happyhour”.

18. Experiments show that male rhesus macaque monkeys will pay to look at pictures of female rhesus macaques’ bottoms.

19. In 1567, the man said to have the longest beard in the world died after he tripped over his beard running away from a fire.

20. The Dance Fever of 1518 was a month-long plague of inexplicable dancing in Strasbourg, in which hundreds of people danced for about a month for no apparent reason. Several of them danced themselves to death.

21. Vladimir Nabokov nearly invented the smiley.

22. In 1993, San Francisco held a referendum over whether a police officer called Bob Geary was allowed to patrol while carrying a ventriloquist’s dummy called Brendan O’Smarty. He was.

23. Sigurd the Mighty, a ninth-century Norse earl of Orkney, was killed by an enemy he had beheaded several hours earlier. He’d tied the man’s head to his horse’s saddle, but while riding home one of its protruding teeth grazed his leg. He died from the infection.

24. The Dutch village of Giethoorn has no roads; its buildings are connected entirely by canals and footbridges.

25. A family of people with blue skin lived in Kentucky for many generations. The Fulgates of Troublesome Creek are thought to have gained their blue skin through combination of inbreeding and a rare genetic condition known as methemoglobinemia.

26. Powerful earthquakes can permanently shorten the length of Earth’s day, by moving the spin of the Earth’s axis. The 2011 Japan earthquake knocked 1.8 microseconds off our days. The 2004 Sumatra quake cost us around 6.8 microseconds.

27. The first American film to show a toilet being flushed on screen was Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.

28. Melting glaciers and icebergs make a distinctive fizzing noise known as “bergy seltzer”.

29. There is a glacier called “Blood Falls” in Antarctica that regularly pours out red liquid, making it look like the ice is bleeding. (It’s actually oxidised salty water.)

30. In 2008 scientists discovered a new species of bacteria that lives in hairspray.

31. The top of the Eiffel Tower leans away from the sun, as the metal facing the sun heats up and expands. It can move as much as 7 inches.

32. Lt. Col. “Mad” Jack Churchill was only British soldier in WWII known to have killed an enemy soldier with a longbow. “Mad Jack” insisted on going into battle armed with both a medieval bow and a claymore sword.

33. A U.S. park ranger named Roy C. Sullivan held the record for being struck by lightning the most times, having been struck — and surviving — seven times between 1942 and 1977. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot in 1983.

34. The longest musical performance in history is currently taking place in the church of St. Burchardi in Halberstadt, Germany. The performance of John Cage’s “Organ²/ASLSP (As Slow As Possible)” started on Sept. 5, 2001, and is set to finish in 2640. The last time the note changed was October 2013; the next change isn’t due until 2020.

35. There’s an opera house on the U.S.–Canada border where the stage is in one country and half the audience is in another.

36. The tiny parasite Toxoplasma gondii can only breed sexually when in the guts of a cat. To this end, when it infects rats, it changes their behaviour to make them less scared of cats.

37. The katzenklavier (“cat piano”) was a musical instrument made out of cats. Designed by 17th-century German scholar Athanasius Kircher, it consisted of a row of caged cats with different voice pitches, who could be “played” by a keyboardist driving nails into their tails.

38. There is a single mega-colony of ants that spans three continents, covering much of Europe, the west coast of the U.S., and the west coast of Japan.

39. The largest snowflake ever recorded reportedly measured 15 inches across.

40. An epidemic of laughing that lasted almost a year broke out in Tanganyika (now Tanzania) in 1962. Several thousand people were affected, across several villages. It forced a school to close. It wasn’t fun, though — other symptoms included crying, fainting, rashes, and pain.

41. The Romans used to clean and whiten their teeth with urine. Apparently it works. Please don’t do it, though.

42. There are around 60,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body. If you took them all out and laid them end to end, they’d stretch around the world more than twice. But, seriously, don’t do that either.

Home tuitions- A good way to earn extra income
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These days both of the parents are working and have hectic work schedules leaving them with no time to teach their children. On the other hand, the school assignments are sometimes so tough and complex that even the stay-at-home mothers are unable to comprehend it and help their kids with their homework. The result is that increasing number of parents are now opting for tuitions for their children. Mathematics and Science tutors are much in demand but there is also demand for other subjects like English, Economics and foreign languages etc.

Seeing the demand, taking home tuitions can be a good way of earning some extra income. Even college tuitions can take up home tuitions for primary kids to earn their pocket money. Now the question is ‘How much fees should home tutors charge?’

Tuition centers charge a fixed fee for their services, plus a registration fee. The rates are variable when it comes to home tutors and can be negotiated. Home tutors may charge anything between Rs. 1000/- per month to Rs. 5000/- per month depending on various factors. Home tutoring is much in demand nowadays days due to a number of factors. Children also benefit from having a tutor to help them out with studies. Deciding the fees of tution is a key dilemma for many who are starting out in the field of home tutoring. Here is a checklist to help you decide!

  • Education level and experience of the tutor is a prime factor in deciding the fee. College students aspiring to work as home tutors should charge less while a certified teacher with relevant experience is entitled to a higher tuition fee. A trained teacher for children with special care can charge even more.
  • Tuition rates also depend upon the location one is residing in. In metro cities with higher cost of living and where daily commute is time consuming & expensive, home tutors charge more compared to the ones in smaller cities. Rates may differ even within a city. For instance, people living in the posh localities can afford to pay a higher fee.
  • Demand for your subject is another major deciding factor. If the demand of home tuitions for your subject is more, then you may demand a higher fee but you must take into account what other tutors with similar credentials are charging.
  • Difficulty of the teaching subject is another factor to determine the fee. Mathematics or Physics teachers may charge higher than an English teacher.
  • Tuition fees also vary according to the age group of the student. Home tutors charge less for primary students than the ones who give tuitions to high school or college students.
  • The fee can also be charged depending on the length of the teaching session and the number of days per week.

One should take into account the above factors while deciding to start home tuitions. The reputation of the teacher plays a big role in his success as a home tutor. The more sought after you are, the more you can charge and the more money you can make.

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The Advantage of Google StreetView in Job Hunting
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I am on a job hunting. Before, whenever I received a response from a future employer about my application, the time when the interview schedule sets in, I will have a followup question. I asked how can I get to their office. At present, asking for the complete address of the company will give them the impression on how lazy you are. Remember, you found their job advertisement and yet you did not research for their complete address.
After researching for their complete address, the next step is how to get in their office. There are lots of ways to do it, especially if you have the internet. There are lots of blogs and websites online that will help you to find places. They even shared how to get there. Might as well take the initiative to research it first. Find the place on your own and it will be your advantage.

 
Before, I only rely on the internet. I rely on Google map. I try to capture the landmarks near the exact office. Landmarks are my guide to find if I am near to that place. I discovered Google Streetview in early 2015. I find it useful and convenient. It not only guides you in reaching the specific place, it provides you the exact picture of the place you are going to. You can see how it looks like.

 
It is easy to use. You can just click the arrow going right to move forward and left for backward. You can click on specific buildings to able to see how tall it is, how many floors, and the exact look of it. It had helped me a lot during my job hunting. I only need to type the complete address. However, sometimes there are places in my country that have no Google Streetview options so I rely on Google map on that.

 
It is very useful for job hunters and travelers, or if you are just simple a person that needs to find a specific place in the metro. In the future, for sure all of the places in the world will have a Streetview. I tried searching for our house using Google Streetview, it shows the street but not the lane. Our house is in the lane. I guess one should ask the people around where is our house in the lane.

 
Right now I learned that you can even view an active volcano using Google Streetview. I just type one volcano from other country using Google Streetview and me able to see it. I even see the lava in it. The view will start from below to the peak. It is amazing. Google is working hard to improve their Streetview service and I can’t wait to use it always. I even see the exact house of a friend in Thailand using Streetview. She is amazed at how I can tell how her house looks like and she never believed me when I said I only use Google Streetview. She thought I went there already that is why I can tell exactly.

 
Google Streetview is the most helpful service Google provides for their users besides being a reliable search engine. We should all take advantage.

 

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Truth is a Complete Defense
March 19, 2017
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It doesn’t matter what you are accused of, how bad, how ridiculous; if it is true, the accuser stands firm.

Although it seems obvious, there have been many cases in which someone made an accusation, another sued him or her, and lost, because it proved true.

The most famous case is that of Oscar Wilde.

Oscar Wilde was at the top of society.  A play write, a poet, the author of a novel, a leading commentator on daily events.   He was a society lion, invited every where, befriended by everyone.

One day, when he entered his Club, for high class British gentlemen belong to Clubs, he found a note left by the Marquis of Queensbury, (the one who created those boxing rules) calling him a ‘Sodomite’.

All of Oscar’s friend said he should sue the Marquis for libel.   And Oscar made the mistake of his life.  He sued the Marquis of Queensbury.

Oscar was a homosexual.  Everyone knew it.   Although homosexuality was illegal in the United Kingdom, no one said anything, no one bothered him.   He kept it to himself, (as much as one could) and mingled in society without hindrance.

The reason the Marquis was so annoyed, is because Oscar and his son were lovers.   He found out about it, was totally humiliated and annoyed that his son should be a homosexual.   He left the note to Oscar, not planning on going any further than to express his displeasure at the situation.

Had Oscar tossed the note in the fire, nothing would have happened.   The Marquis would do no more than mumble, and Oscar would go on with his life.

But…

Oscar sued.

And when he sued enough evidence was brought to prove that Oscar Wilde was a homosexual, and so, he lost his case against the Marquis and was promptly arrested and charged with Sodomy.

Oscar was convicted and went into prison, where he spent two years.

When he emerged his life was over.   He was nobody, nothing, and moved to France where he could live in relative secrecy and died at the age of forty six.

Why did he bring the case?   Why did he let his ‘friends’ tell him what to do?   He knew he was a homosexual, did he think there was no evidence?  Did he think the Marquis would cave in?

Too many people think they can ‘get away’ with it; that by attacking they can avoid the truth.   They can create ‘alternative facts’, so that their fantasy world triumphs.   It doesn’t work like that.   If one is accused and is guilty, turning around and suing the accuser leads to a very bad ending.

Seeing Someone Slipping into Senility
March 19, 2017
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Peter Abrahams was murdered in Jamaica.  He was a famous writer.  Born in South Africa, migrating first to England, then to Jamaica.   He was a well known journalist and commentator for many years.  He was on television, his voice on radio.

But I did not learn of Peter Abrahams in Jamaica.   I learned of him  in 1973, when I saw a young man, holding book, tears rolling down his face.

That young man was reading a book called Mine Boy, by Peter Abrahams.

I had to read that book, and much of it was so powerful I don’t think of it.  But I recall parts of it, and especially that image of that man, so struck by the book, he was crying.

When I heard Peter Abrahams died, (for it wasn’t realised he was murdered at first) I contacted that man, over forty years since that day.

I contacted him by email.

He didn’t know who Peter Abrahams was.   I reminded him.   But despite this being an email conversation I could see, as clearly as if he stood in front of me, that he did not remember.

I can understand one forgetting some program on television in 1973 that they watched with half an eye.  Or some tune that was playing in the background of a genre one didn’t enjoy.

I can not understand how he could forget this writer.

It gets worse

When Peter Abrahams death was ruled to be a murder and a suspect taken into custody, I contacted this man again.  I assumed that between the death and this arrest, over a month, that he would have remembered, or at least done a search to remind himself.

I wrote to him telling him of the murder and the arrest.

He said he didn’t recognise the name Peter Abrahams.

I knew then that he had passed into the realm of senility.

One might forget a book they read forty years ago.  But forget an email sent a month ago?  To write; “I do not recognise the name,”?

I realise that this person I’ve known is slowly drifting away.

Desires in Life In Spite of the Age
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Do you have something that you wanted to learn, or do you always desire to acquire new skills in spite of your age?

I got inspired to write about this reading from the comment of a friend here, Ruby, who posted about her desire to learn how to knit. I commented on her post that I knew how to crochet, sew some clothes, to embroider, but not knitting. I followed the tutorial on Youtube, but I can’t make it. Maybe one of these days, when I have time, I’ll go back to it again and learn the new skill.

Learning In Spite of the Age

This could be the reason why Alternative Learning Schools(ALS) became popular. In our country, even elders can go to school; grade school, high school or secondary level and tertiary level or college. There are night schools available for them so that people with day jobs can use their spare time after work to go to school. Classes usually start at 5 p.m. till 9 p.m.

The Alternative Schools are usually run by the government, but now I think there are some private schools opening night classes for people who are already working, or for stay-at-home mothers who could not attend daytime classes.

More Opportunities

The Alternative Learning School was created primarily for house helpers (domestic helpers), laborers and out-of-school youth to help them acquire new skills or educational advancement to make them qualified for other high-paying jobs. This is for personal advancement.

There are also vocational schools or technical schools that offer courses like welding, carpentry, automotive repairs, aircon repairs,electronics, massage therapy, beauty culture (hair and make up) or beauty salon skills. These courses are offered free of tuition by the government. It aims to provide job opportunity for unemployed people especially the youth to take them away from vices like illegal drugs.

Continuous Learning

Learning should never stop. Whether you are so young, or so old, you can learn something. By learning new things, you can still improve your life, or just aim to acquire new skill that will make life less boring, or you still want to be fruitful and contribute to the family coffers despite of your age. Learning how to knit is one, or learning new crafts which can be turned into an enterprising activity by your family. It can be a start for a business.

As long as we are alive and capable of doing things, even if the physical body could not do it (manually), we can use our brains, like what we are doing now writing blogs to earn something, be busy, and make life more exciting. We can still do painting, pottery, consultancy work, etc. even if we are already old to have regular day jobs.

There are so many benefits of learning new things. But the most important thing to have it is : desire and determination.