Friday, September 20, 2013

Flying into Fall

Fall begins this Sunday. Fortunately, the September weather has been wonderful - as nice as September here can get. Warm days and cool nights.
We took a trip to Cape Cod, Massachusetts and I even went in for a swim, or my version of a swim, which involves bobbing in the waves and trying not to get out of my depth.
As usual, time is rushing by. When I went out to work, I, like many people, thought wistfully of all the things I could do if I could just be home. Well now I'm home and you find out pretty fast that there are more things to do than you can ever get through. Not having a household staff, I, of course, need to take care of the house and many errands.  Forget the garden - barely any time.
The computer can be blamed for stealing a large part of my time. But of course, it also enables me to do the things I want to do. Right now I'm in the middle of a writing course and enjoying it greatly. This is the second course I've taken by the same teacher. Funny how some people can excite and inspire you as they teach, and others just don't have that ability at all.

At night, we watch Babylon Five. I only saw a couple of episodes when it was on TV - in the 90's I think. You really have to watch the whole thing to really "get" it. I'm enjoying the wonderful graphics of the creation of a space station. The plot is a little scary, now having relevance to our own times, as though the writers were a little clairyoyant.

I was thinking of various things, also, and it occurred to me that one of the things that should be taught in schools is critical thinking and decision-making. It's so important to make decisions based on true data, not emotions or hunches, although these definitely have their place. Some people have very good hunches but I suspect that these are based on their ability to gather data. That being said, it is also important to avoid "analysis paralysis.." When we are young, we, of course, are usually emotional and this can cloud our judgment. Being able to add some reason to the decision making might save us from the worst blunders. We all have to make mistakes in order to learn, but no need to go over the cliff!

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