So far, so good with this round of tornadoes and torrential rain. Again, trees had the most damage. Schools were called off today because of a bridge being out and trees across roads. The electricity stayed on here. I still think the TV stations could scroll information along the bottom of the screen and break into shows briefly to give important warnings and news. This constant coverage is too much. We get it. I for one can wait until the regular news reports to find out about a lot of this. They say the same things over and over and interview people who don't say much.
Last night was the last night of classes I've been auditing. It's easy to get to know people in a writing class and to feel close to some of them. Since it was a nonfiction creative writing class, we shared things from our lives with each other through our writing. I enjoy auditing the classes and appreciate how welcome they've made me. If any of them read my blog, I hope they'll comment. (Melanie!)
There's one more class I plan to audit this summer and then no more unless Dr. Steve Ryan teaches one or another class seems interesting. I like being in class just for the pleasure of learning and without the pressure of writing papers, taking tests, and being concerned about grades. I read the books and joined the discussions and learned new things.
Vanderbilt and David Lipscomb are private universities that have classes for older students who are interested in various subjects. I have considered taking those and might do it eventually. I'd be with others around my age even though I've enjoyed being in class with students of different ages. Also these are graduate English classes, and I'll probably audit more of those, too. That's a good plan for state colleges and universities to offer those of us 60+ the opportunity to audit classes free. Options!
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