Sunday, October 14, 2018

Fall Course Catalog

     B and I are in the midst of our fall term at the Center for Learning and Retirement, held at our local university in Pennsylvania. So I'm in a classroom three times a week, twice as a student and once as a teacher.

     I know many of us are interested in pursuing our education, whether for profit, leisure or cultural enrichment -- whether we go to our local adult-education class, attend an OLLI course at a nearby university, or take off on an educational trip with Road Scholar.

     In that spirit, I offer you a list of opportunities from our blogging group's course catalog. See if you want to take a class on . . . 

     Fashion. Rebecca Olkowski in Flattering Clothing for Mature Women tries on a cascading vest and tee shirt from Covered Perfectly, a company that caters to women over 50. According to our expert the outfit is comfortable; it covers up middle age bellies; and it looks cute. I myself am no expert. But it looks good to me!

     Financial Analysis. Meryl Baer of Six Decades and Counting was tempted not by money, but by re-establishing a connection with long-lost relatives. So she took a risk and opened Spam Email in Another Language. What do you think she found? Go ahead (don't worry, you won't get spammed) and open up her link to find out.

     Health Insurance. Rita Robison reports on the increase in rates of people who don't have health insurance. Texas tops a list of states with the highest rate of uninsured, at 17.3%, and Massachusetts has the lowest at 2.8%. For a full report -- and to see how your state stacks up -- check out Uninsured Rates for Health Insurance on The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide.

     Marriage. Stroll down the aisle to Kathy Gottberg's 7 Thoughts on Marriage and Relationships. As a relative newly wed myself, I found her advice both useful and relevant.

     Networking. Jennifer Koshak of Untold and Begin presents How to Get the Most Out of a Blogging Conference based on a recent conference she attended in Florida. She shares highlights from her experience, and offers tips on how to get the most out of any conference you attend, as well as ideas on how to find the conference that's perfect for you.

     Sociology. Laura Lee Carter, who has a master's degree in history, offers up some political analysis in Who Voted for Donald Trump: A Cohort Study. I wonder if you'd agree with her.

     Stress. Carol Cassara reminds us that stress can hit even in retirement, and suggests that we might not know as much about stress as we think. In How to Manage Stress she offers some perspective, plus a few tips on how to refocus your days in order to better manage your life.


Kathy @ SMART Living said...

Hi Tom! You always manage to come up with clever ways of sharing the posts of others....and as always I appreciate when you include mine. It's true, I think that one thing us bloggers enjoy doing is learning new things and then sharing them with anyone who is interested. So yes, we do offer a sort of "Class Catalog for Life-Long Learners!" And even better it's free for those who take the time to read them. Thanks again and happy Fall! ~Kathy

Olga Hebert said...

So important to keep learning something new. Applause!

gigihawaii said...

Congratulations on your recent wedding to B.

retirementreflections said...

What a brilliant way to share these posts. I'm off to check them out now.

Wisewebwoman said...

Excellent post.

I'm about to start giving a Life Long Learning workshop here in my building - I was surprised at the interest - so these are really useful links.


Rebecca Olkowski said...

Very clever summation. I love it.

Diane Dahli said...

I'd go to Carter's course—I'm still fascinated by who voted for Trump. I suspect many of our generation did, and if so, it may not be good for my blood pressure to learn that truth!