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All day yesterday, I had fun mulling over today's Ten on Tuesday topic, Ten Things (Subjects) You Wish You Knew More About.  Just what was I interested in learning more about?

Then, when I got home, I pulled this out of my mailbox:

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A catalog from The Great Courses.  (80% off the Pure Joy of Learning!  Act now!)

I get these catalogs from time to time, but I've never actually opened one and looked inside.  Today, though . . . it seemed like serendipity!  So I looked inside.

Their courses are much cheaper than I expected -- and cover the gamut of subjects:  Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior.  Daily Life in the Ancient World.  Practicing Mindfulness.  Fundamentals of Photography.  Rediscovering the Lost Art of Cooking.  How to Listen To and Understand Great Music.  Nutrition Made Clear.  Latin 101.  Financial Literacy.  Great World Religions.

Truly. . . something for everyone.

But I don't think I'll be signing up for this one anytime soon:

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Yeah.  The Joy of Mathematics.  (Although I must admit to being charmed by the lectures titled "The Joy of the Imaginary Number i" and "The Joy of the Number e."  Not so much though with "The Joy of Proofs" and "The Joy of Differential Calculus.")

If not The Joy of Mathematics, then. . . what Ten Things DO I Wish I Knew More About?

  1. Italian.  I wish I knew a few handy phrases . . . like . . . "Another glass of chianti, please."  Or "Where are the bathrooms?"  Or "How much for this exquisite leather bag?"  (I think I can do something about this one before September!)
  2. Photoshop.  I have taken 3 (count them. . . 3!) Photoshop classes.  My problem?  I don't practice enough, and then I forget.
  3. Dog Agility Training.  I think Jenny and/or JoJo (but not both at once!) would love agility training.  
  4. Piano.  It sits right there in my living room every day.  All I have to do is practice.  (See Photoshop, above.)
  5. Art History.  Especially before I go to Italy.  (Maybe I should take a closer look at the offerings in The Great Courses catalog, huh?)
  6. Weaving.  But I need another fiber art in my life like I need a hole in the head.
  7. Astronomy.  I'd love to look up at the sky and know more about what it is I'm seeing.
  8. Quantum mechanics.  Really.  I wish I could get my head around this one even just a little bit.
  9. Electricity.  But I give up.  (Actually, I'd be happy to just understand how to get the MENU to show up - reliably - on my TV screen.  But I guess that's not really electricity.  But I bet some of you will understand.)
  10. French cooking.  Like . . . real French cooking.  


How about YOU?  What do you wish you knew more about?

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Carole

Astronomy is one that should have been on my list, too. There's just not enough time to learn everything!

Bonny

Very interesting list! I'm really tempted by some of The Great Courses under $40; thanks for the link. It's probably a good thing that The Joy of Mathematics is more than my budget will allow right now, or I'd be watching 12 hours of math video. If it makes you feel any better, Richard Feynman (really smart & funny physics guy) said, "I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics."

Dianne

Wonderful list! I'm with you on the piano too :-) It looks great in my living though! LOL

margene

Astronomy was at the top of my list, but I ran out of time yesterday (too busy work day). Your list is full of wonder and learning any one thing would be an accomplishment. Photoshop scares me to death and Smith runs the TV so I'm ok there. :) xo

Vicki

They have some pretty good sales on those Great Courses courses sometimes!

Jo

Those courses are definitely a temptation...however, it would be important to add a touch of commitment if you know what I mean. There is so much to learn and explore--it always makes me wish I had a bigger brain haha!

Marilyn

My piano just sits there too. I play at Christmas...a little!
DH & I always thought we'd like to take a dance class...maybe we still should.
I took an Access (Microsoft Office) class...it was totally over my head. /sigh

Donna

Beware of the weaving. It's addictive. Mostly because it goes so fast. I would love to know more about dog agility. I know my dog would do great in it.

Patty

If I were participating today piano would be #1 on my list. But...I don't think it's meant to be. Now there is a recently delivered guitar out on the porch...;-) Great list Kym!

Patti

Thanks for sharing about the company/catalogue -- I'm definitely going to sign up for that catalogue. Your list is so much more intellectual than mine -- I feel like a lightweight. lol

Sharon R.

Prego, un altro bicchiere di chianti.
Dove si trova il bagno?
Quanto costa questa borsa di cuoio squisito?

Yes, I speak Italian fairly fluently. It's a fun language to learn and speak and the pronunciation is pretty straight forward. There are some combinations that you'll need to learn, but it's consistent.

Mary

re the Italy visit, yes yes yes to Art History! the guidebooks and the museums themselves were pretty good about telling you which works were important and why, but it would've been nice to anticipate all of that. Sara was so fortunate to be taking Art History as part of her study abroad in Europe...she even remembered some of it! and you don't need to know much (any?) Italian. I was fine with si, non, ciao, grazie and buongiorno although I did use google translate a few times with the menu. this was a fun topic...hope y'all do pursue some of these!

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