This isn't a politically motivated post. Rather, it focuses on a different aspect of learning.
I've often written (ranted, complained, whined) about the change in educational focus as regards to English and reading. It would be remiss of me not to mention that my education was lacking in History.
I've often listened to a news report that would that would refer to past events or leaders like Churchill, Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and wish I could make the connection. Unfortunately, between memorizing when Magellan crossed the equator and learning about emerging countries in high school, there is a blur where there should be facts. Having A's on report cards for Algebra and Geometry have surely helped in my work career, and I wouldn't trade my comfort with numbers for anything. But I wish I knew more about the New Deal, the Cuban missile crisis, WWI and WWII, the settling of the Northwest territories and Alaska, French and Italian governments (I vaguely remember Charles DeGaulle), and why the troubles began (and continue) in several African countries. I often wonder what finer points I've missed due to this weak spot in my education.
I've been stocking up for winter. Putting in supplies to keep me going. However these supplies are fuel for my mind instead of my body. History books. I've been gathering some older secondhand books and hope to have a small collection of 15 to 20 by November. Chances of reading all of them by spring are light, but I plan to read some and use others as starting points for future research. This is my collection as of today:
Franklin D Roosevelt and the New Deal (Wm E Leuchtenburg)
The Wilderness Hunter (Theodore Roosevelt)
The Roosevelt I Knew (Frances Perkins)
The Story of America in Pictures (Alan Collins)
The March of Democracy (James Truslow Adams) 2 volumes
A History of the United States (Wade, Wilder, Wade) a schoolbook
Of these, I would begin with The Story of America in Pictures and A History of the United States. I will also use the resources at the local library. Any suggestions of reading material will be welcomed and added to my "wish list."
Realistically, I will not be able to read these cover to cover, but I'll focus on the areas (eras) where my knowledge is the weakest.
The Old Farmer's Almanac is predicting a colder winter for the Northeast. I plan on being ready.
What a beautiful end-of-summer Sunday morning! It's quiet here except for the falling acorns. Later I'll be going for a ride at the shore, then baking some whole wheat bread and crackers. Rest and Relaxation. I hoping you have a peaceful day, too!