Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Old dogs and new tricks…

Duffy Brown here talking about learning new stuff. One of the ways to do that is taking classes. I just love taking classes …well usually I do.

A few months ago I took Italian classes. It wasn’t that the class was so bad but that I was so bad at it. I just stink at languages. I think some people have a language brain and can pick up languages way better than others. I quit the class half way through as I got soooo far behind. When they started conjugating verbs I knew I was way over my head.

I just finished taking two cooking classes. One was terrific the other horrid. Hard to believe that a cooking class can be that bad but it was and I didn’t even bother to bring home the recipes.

Then there was the good cooking class!! It was one of those classes where the chef did the cooking as a demo while we all watched. Usually I like the hands-on cooking classes where we in the class cook the food but this was good in that we got to see how the pros do it. I learned a lot just watching him.

Here is the slowcooker pork shoulder recipe: 4# bone in pork shoulder with s&p browned on all sides. Add coarse chopped onion, celery, carrots, 2 cups red wine, 3 bay leaves and cook for 6 hrs. Yummmmmm!!

I’ve taken Zumba for years and that’s kind of a class as I
show up and the instructor take us though the routines to the music, and I’ve gone to makeup parties where you learn your colors and learn how to put on makeup. Let me tell you a makeup brush is the key to good makeup.

I went to CPR class that was really good and scared the heck out of me. I passed put said a prayer when I left of Oh dear Lord, please do not let anyone’s life depend on my ability to perform CPR! I would do it but would be scared spotless.

So what about you? Attend any classes? A good one? One that sucked? Maybe you taught a class? What did you teach?

Here’s to learning new stuff.

Hugs, Duffy


Anonymous said...

I've taken lessons and taught watercolor painting which I love almost as much as drawing. There are two special experiences I've had. First, I've learned both from preparing to teach and from my students. Second, I've learned to watch what the teacher does rather than be distracted by the progress of the results - method over image - when taking a class. Oh, and there's something else. When I was asked to teach the same students over a long period of time, I flopped because I tried to teach techniques in which I had little in-depth knowledge and little interest. If I had the interest, I might have prepared more thoroughly. I didn't want to admit that I wasn't the teacher for the job, and then I was ashamed of the results I created. I'm now teaching two beginners and love it, and say "I don't know, but I'll find out what I can" when appropriate. I still like to learn about new techniques and new subjects in my "senior" years. Smiling, Zena

Karen in Ohio said...

Most recently, I took a four-week drawing class that was excellent. And for most of the last year I've been taking Master Gardener and Advanced Master Gardener classes. Even though I've been gardening for most of the last 50 years, I learned so, so much. Including how much I still don't know, which is a LOT. Interestingly, the most fascinating unit was the day we spent learning about harmful and beneficial insects. Everyone in the class agreed that it was incredible. Who knew?

Anonymous said...

One of the best non-academic classes I ever took was photography (back in the dark ages when you still had to process the film in a dark room). I can't draw or paint as my maternal grandmother did but I did get her eye for composition which was really enhanced with the class. Even with digital cameras, you need composition to take a nice photo. My most rewarding teaching (not a class) was working with adults who were illiterate. Cordella

Duffy Brown said...

Watercolor!! Wow you are one talented person. Post some of your work on FB I’d love to see it. I think students learn at different rates and I bet that person you taught learned a ton and will use it all their life.

Duffy Brown said...

Where did you take the gardening class??? I would love to do that. I’m no master but maybe a beginner class. Sounds amazing!!

Duffy Brown said...

Hi, Cordella. This sounds fantastic. I need to take class and maybe get a new camera. I just love pics with the fam on vacation and having fun.

Unknown said...

A feline rescue group that I volunteer with has had Paint and Sip fundraising events. You send a picture of your pet to the artist and she has it transferred to a 16x20 canvas in black and white. At the event, she brings the canvases and all the paints and supplies for you to paint your pet - using the picture on the canvas as a guide. We (the rescue group) provide beverages, a chocolate fountain and other snacks (they insist they won't do the event if I don't bring my deviled eggs - LOL). For evening events we have wine (which is where the "Sip" comes in). It is a lot of fun and I have painted at every event (13 of them). When I look back at the first ones and then the most recent ones, I can see the difference. So many people to the event saying - This is going to be bad, I can't paint. But the artist is really good with instructions and most walk away amazed at what they created. I ran out of pets to paint and started painting gifts or doing pics for other people. I learned so much from the events that I feel comfortable doing them on my own now.

Karen in Ohio said...

The Master Gardener program is a big deal, much bigger than I thought it was when a friend talked me into joining her for it. In order to get the designation you have to take a 15-week class, four hours each, with two big exams. And then you're expected to volunteer 40 hours the first year (30 each subsequent year), and take continuing education classes, too.

But... you can take lots of short, very informative classes at the various Extension offices around: Hamilton and Clermont Counties in Ohio, and Boone, Campbell and Kenton Counties in NKY. Plus, the Civic Garden Center gives lots of classes on gardening topics. You should also try to go to their annual Herb Sale, which is always the first Saturday of May. Loads of plants for sale, not just herbs.