God's Total Quality Management Questionnaire
It's Not Fall Until September 22

Loving Learning

Lately I've been working on a project that started with because I read about how to use PowerPoint to create branched scenarios. I thought I might be able to apply the technique to a course I was developing, so I kind of jumped right in and explored and tried different things and finally learned how to do it.

Oh, I can already hear you snoring, but bear with me.

This was fun for me. I love figuring that stuff out.

Several years ago, I took the Strengths Finder test from Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham. You answer a bunch of questions, click Submit, and receive your four main strengths. One of mine is Learner.

Huh. Makes sense.

I've always thought that if I ever won the lottery, if there was ever a time when I didn't have to earn a living, I'd go back to school.

Oh, I wouldn't go back to earn a specific degree or certification or anything like that. I'd go back to school to learn whatever struck my fancy. Courses in writing, or storytelling, or legends and myths. (One of my favorite courses in college was "Arthurian Legend.") I once took a course called "Cosmic Evolution" to fulfill a science requirement; it turned out to be pretty fascinating. I'd probably delve into history, or art, or even mechanical things -- wood shop!

I'd audit all these courses or take them pass/fail, because I don't want the pressure of exams hanging over my head. I just want to learn what interests me, to jump the rabbit hole and see where it takes me without having to worry about grades or GPAs or credits. In fact, if I started taking a course and didn't like it for whatever reason, I'd just drop the course and find another one.

If I managed to qualify for a degree, great. If not, no problem.

I want to be like a woman I met through STC. Lottie Applewhite (isn't that a fabulous name?) was old when I met her years ago. Lottie's from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and has the most gorgeous southern accent. At the 1998 conference, I had breakfast with her; she must have been in her 70s at the time. I asked her what she had been up to lately.

"Well Mary, Ah just earned mah fifth mastuh's degree!"

"Fifth master's degree! How'd you do that, Lottie?" I replied in amazement.

"Well, Ah jest keep takin' courses at the universuhty, and every once in a while they give me anothuh degree!" she said.

I want to be her. Someday I will.