Lee Love on mon 18 oct 04
On the news today, there was a piece on a 124 year old woman, born in
1880. This is about when my father's father was born (he passed away in
the 60s at 80.) I did a Google search and couldn't find the details on
this person, but I think she is from some Latin country, maybe Spain.
She seemed mentally sharp and physically able to get around. I'm
thinking that maybe a 55 year old woman ain't the same as a 55 old woman
when Mel was that old. ;-)
My math teacher in high school was Colonel Bush. Col. Bush started
teaching h.s. math when he was 72, after retiring from the Air Force and
attending the university. That man was the only person who could make
algebra make sense to me.
Instead on focusing on "the half empty glass", and limitations, maybe it
would be better to ask folks to think about possibilities. There are
different ways to teach and not all are at the University. Many of the
potters I respect get part of their income from doing workshops. Another
thing to think about, is how the right MFA program might help you make a
living as a working artist/craftsman.
I disagree too with Mel about liberal education. Yes, an MFA can simply
be for "self improvement." A "moral" choice? I can't categorically
dismiss anybody. It has to be person by person. But if the decision were
up to me to choose between a person who was trying to improve themselves
and a person who simply wanted to get rich, there is no question which
person I would choose.
"Anything you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. "
"Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always
ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is
one elemental truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and
splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then
Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never
otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision,
raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and
material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his
- William H. Murray, The Scottish Himalayan Expedition
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