Monday, February 20, 2017

Monday Muse - Lifelong Learning Part 1


"Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow."

~ Anthony J. D'Angelo

Like many Americans, I did not have a viable opportunity to learn another language in my formative years.  I opted out of Spanish in High School, thinking I would rather learn French.  I took French in college, the first time around, but when life derailed my college education, learning another language was set aside for later years. Self study options were limited at that time.

I briefly took a community education course with my mother-in-law; again in French.  I was able to put that study to a very brief use as I traveled through New Brunswick and Quebec provinces in the late 1980s.

In my mid forties, the chance to resume my much belated college career arose.  In addition to pursuing my degree, I was thrilled to have another opportunity to learn a second language.  This time around, I chose Spanish, believing it to be practical to my anticipated role as an elementary teacher. To my delight, I found Spanish to be a fluid and musical language that I took pleasure in learning and speaking.  I maintained that interest through three requisite college semesters.

Since achieving my degree, I have continued to study Spanish, but these days, I engage in daily practice through the website and app known as Duolingo.  I have only rare opportunities to speak Spanish in person and find that I am a little shy in speaking it with a native speaker, but I understand it in spoken and written form fairly well.  Duolingo is a fun way to learn and offers instant feedback, which I appreciate.  When I feel confident enough with Spanish, I plan to tackle another language. There are so many options from which to choose!

What about you?  Are bilingual or multilingual?  Are you a lifelong learner?  If so, come visit this my Quiet Country House each Monday for the next several weeks as I review a few other opportunities for continuing to learn through all stages of life!

Where ever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you curiosity and delight!


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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday Stroll - Tree Line


Let us walk beneath these blue winter skies,


up through the field 
full of summer memories.


Let us walk the tree line
that runs from east to west
defining the northern boundary 
of this simple homestead.


Let us look beneath the trees,
at the unpretentious works of art
that Nature has generously provided.





Where ever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you a heart full of joy.


Sunday Stroll Invitation - On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!



Wouldn't it be fun to grab your camera (or your phone!) and GO?  Would love to have strolls across the continent, even the globe, to view this evening as my day winds down.

Please join me today for a Sunday Stroll. 



If you do snap a few photos of nature in your neck of the woods today, please share a link in the comments, and I will add you to a list of strollers so that we may all share the beauty of this world, one little bit at a time.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Saturday Snapshot: From the Shoreline



I hear the lake water crashing against the ice
that has gathered along the shore.


I see blue sky,
green boughs,
white ice,
and brilliant sun.


I  taste anticipation.
Is that Spring I smell
rolling in with the white-capped waves?



I feel content.




Where ever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you contentment.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wordless Wednesday - Rare Blue Skies











(all photos from Monday 2/13/2017)

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sunday Stroll - Dog Days of Winter

When the snow drifts, go with the flow.




 Follow the shoreline,





and when you must,


 step out of the wind
and up into the woods.






As you breath the crisp air,
the sound of the winter surf
will add a counterpoint to the
laughter and the footsteps
and the whisper of falling snow.


That is the sound of winter's song,
in these northern hills.


Where ever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you laughter and good company.

Head Out on the Prairie for birds, deer and more with Steve!


Sunday Stroll Invitation - C'mon Join the Fun!



"There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing."

~ Sir Rannulph Fiennes



Another snow storm here, but we have folks coming over to go for a long hike at a nearby state park. We'll bundle up, load our dogs into all the four wheel drive vehicles we can round up on short notice, and go!

Please join me today for a Sunday Stroll.  Even a few photos from the back deck will do, if you s.l.o.w.  d.o.w.n. to a Sunday Stroll pace, breath deeply, and notice what nature has to offer in the midst of February.

If you do snap a few photos of nature in your neck of the woods today, please share a link in the comments, and I will add you to a list of strollers so that we may all share the beauty of this world, one little bit at a time.

Head Out on the Prairie for birds, deer and more with Steve!