Learning Never Stops

We don’t have back to school in our house. We have an empty nest. But with so much of our lives lived online these days, it’s almost impossible to not be affected by your friends or family getting the kids ready for another year. Personally I love September.Young Girl Does Her Math Homework

It’s a time for review, a reminder if you will, about tasks that need to be completed before years end. The weather is cooling a bit, so it’s time to dig out all the wonderful recipes you don’t make in the summer because they require using the oven. It’s the holiday train at station 3 ¾ picking up steam headed straight into, dare I say it? I can’t bear it. Let’s just say some sort of holiday or reason to shop for something from here on out.

It’s also a time I use to assess my writing, what I’ve accomplished through the year, and what I still want to learn.  Yes, learn. Advertisements are starting to show up for next spring’s writer’s conferences, along with requests for leading workshops, and teaching online classes. I don’t know many writers who aren’t either attending some sort of class about something do to with writing, or teaching the same.

But I don’t always take classes about writing. Let’s not forget all the jokes people make about romance writers and research. Certainly some of them are true. I’m just not at liberty to say which parts. In order to suspend disbelief for the reader we need to understand the settings we’ve placed our stories in, as well as the jobs our characters have, and many other things. In short we need to give our readers something to identify with. It’s true that we’re not born knowing everything. If only that were the case!!

If I weren’t a writer I’d probably be a professional student. I love learning new things. I’ve taken classes on weaponry, witchcraft, serial killers, army infantry, knitting, calligraphy, and many other things. As writers we are always working to perfect our craft. And that’s at best an elusive goal. But the journey is one I wouldn’t trade for anything.

I think my favorite class was the one I took at a community college to learn calligraphy. I didn’t realize just how much there is to the alphabet.

Is there a class you’ve taken that you absolutely loved?


About Beth Rhodes

Beth jumps into life with both feet...or head first. Impulsive and spontaneous to a T, she joined Passionate Critters and never looked back. She loves writing and reading, which made this wonderful group of woman a perfect match for her.

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About Beth Rhodes

Beth jumps into life with both feet...or head first. Impulsive and spontaneous to a T, she joined Passionate Critters and never looked back. She loves writing and reading, which made this wonderful group of woman a perfect match for her.

8 Responses to Learning Never Stops

  1. Back to school holds a dear place in the heart of this retired teacher…….I feel like something is missing on the Tuesday after Labor Day……I’m suppose to be somewhere, aren’t I? Well….I am…..but life is different…….now comes the time to explore the bucket list, the to-do the things I always wanted to do but only had 83 days of summer in which to do them. I can read the paper, have my tea and watch the school bus pass by the window. I sigh……seeing the sight of smiling faces peering out from the window (well, they’re not actually at the front door of said school yet) eager to head off for a new day. But, (sigh here) I’m not at the door waiting to greet them and show them how much fun learning mathematics can be. Over the course of 31+ years of teaching the hormonal teenager, I taught 4397 students and I miss each and everyone…….and I remember them all, believe it or not, as if it were yesterday. Thank goodness for the invention of Facebook and emails——students from long ago have hooked up once again. I take pride in their life accomplishments as much as I take pride in those of my own kids. But now I can cross that line, be a friend, a mentor. The greatest days are when we get together when someone comes to town—-we have a “drink”. And the things I’ve learned (and oh, how I’ve blushed) about growing up and dating in the 21st century!…..What fun. I may not have grandchildren yet, but I am a “grand-teacher”. So many I can’t count. This summer I have three more weddings to go to. So the next time you go to parent night take a good look at that teacher who has captured the heart of your child and hope that the bond of respect and friendship last forever.

    • Sutton Fox says:

      How very wonderful, Laurie! It is fantastic to be able to keep in touch with people who’ve had such a profound impact on one’s life.

      It’s great that your students keep in contact with you. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Honestly, I would be a professional student too! My dad “forced” me to graduate because he was only paying for 4 years. LOL

    I took a classical music class my sophomore year that I absolutely LOVED.

    • Sutton Fox says:

      Now that I’ve had kids in college I totally see your dad’s point. lol!

      Classical music is fascinating. I bet that was fun!

  3. Bethanne says:

    I haven’t done that in a while…taken a class at all, much less one I loved. But I did walk into my son’s music lesson place and think…hey! anyone can take a lesson! I could take a lesson! Even if it’s just one lesson to refresh my guitar playing skills.

    And my husband Matt says he wishes he played piano… and why not? When did I start thinking, this is it, this is who I am, the buck stops here?

    I don’t know. But it doesn’t!

  4. It’s been a long time since I stepped foot in a classroom for me…I’m trying to remember what classes I loved in college and besides the classes on mythology and philosophy – I’m coming up short. I take my share of writing classes online and love the conference workshop where I learn something new, but you know I’d love to take a class on something just for me. Calligraphy would be so fun.
    Now you’ve got me thinking. 🙂

  5. Nina Croft says:

    I take lots of online classes about writing, but I’d love to do some face to face stuff – maybe go to a conference – off to look at those advertisements you mentioned…

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