1.10.2012

Dusting off the old brain


Hey there! So I've been seized once again by the January desire to dust off my old brain, dull from the comfortable routines of carpooling and errand running and negotiating. I found a free online class that I am here committing to finish . The one I chose, about Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe, is good for me because it doesn't involve reading tons of books (just 4 short-ish ones) but I foresee that it will push me out of my reading comfort zone and make me think a little (I can tell you that I would never normally pick up Uncle Tom's Cabin for some light reading). Here's the site if you are interested in seeing all the great free online classes that are available. The list keeps getting bigger and bigger.

So! If you, like me, need a little Huckleberry Finn in your life this winter, take the class too, and we can discuss. I'm hoping that as an adult reading these books by my own choice I might get a little more out of them than when I read them as a distracted note-writing high-schooler (although, come to think of it, constant distraction is still a main theme in my life - which I totally blame on this dude

and this lot, now)

16 comments:

Becca said...

And it would give you a great excuse to visit the Mark Twain and H.B. Stowe house in Hartford!

lynne said...

That would be so cool!! I never made it there when we were it CT...

Rachael said...

You and your people are lovely! Happy New Year Lynne.

Liz R. said...

love it! cute distractions too!

sue said...

Thanks for the linkage! I will look into dusting off the old brain too!

Tricia said...

Uncle Tom's Cabin is one of my very favorite books! Good for you for taking an online class. I took a political economy class online while pregnant with #5, and the brain-dusting-off hurt! But such satisfaction to feel the wheels cranking again!! Maybe it's time to do it again...hmmn. Good luck!

lynne said...

Tricia, it's been on my mind b/c I remember reading on your blog about how much you love it. Thanks for the recommendation!!

melissa said...

My brain needs lots and lots of dusting...

Amy Robinson said...

I love that last photo. Wish it was my room, my house too. Such a cool space.

Samantha Holcomb said...

Um, that photo is fantastic!!! Thank you so much for sharing the free classes info.

chibiwow said...

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Jana said...

I read Uncle Tom's Cabin a couple of years ago, and it became one of my all-time favorite books. It made me so happy that I had named my daughter Eva. I think you will love it.
It was fun to see a picture of you. I'm not sure I've ever seen a picture of your face in the entire time I've read this blog, so I had no idea what you looked like. You're so pretty! (And your kids are darling, too.)

lynne said...

oh jana, you are so nice! it's a blurry photo which helps! :)

you've made me excited to start uncle tom's cabin. thanks!!

sofa said...

HI
Dusting off the old brain
I'm quite pleased with the ifonrmation in this post.nice and useful!
thank you!

Lauren said...

Yes Lynne come to CT!! You can bring your kids too:) I love the picture of them (and your amazing kitchen in the back).

Sophie said...

Happy New Year and thanks for sharing this brilliant link!