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Knowledge is Power (and very distracting)

By the time my blog day comes around, I’ve usually gotten worked up about something, or inspired by someone, or wanted to express an opinion, or even ask advice. This week?

Nothing.

Nada.dictionary

Zilch.

I thought I’d cobble something together about a study I’m doing and headed over to the Miriam Webster online dictionary. Suddenly, my ADD-addled brain was distracted by a series of quizzes underneath the search bar.

How Strong Is Your Vocabulary? Well, I’m a writer and I’d really beefed up my vocab skills a few years ago (okay, maybe a decade ago) when I thought I wanted to go to graduate school, so I clicked on the link and did surprisingly well. Yep, my vocabulary isn’t bad.

Next, I couldn’t help clicking on the True or False quiz about stuff worth knowing. Stuff worth knowing? I want to know stuff. Heck, I’m trying to write about stuff, so of course I clicked on the link. Turns out I know some stuff. Not all stuff, but a good amount.

Next came Name that Thing, a visual vocabulary quiz. I’m humble enough to admit I didn’t do so well with this one. Maybe I’m not a visual learner.

But I’m no fool, because I didn’t even click on the Spell It: commonly misspelled words quiz. I know I can’t spell and I thank God daily for spell check and auto correct.

Speaking of auto correct, here’s another complete waste of time that makes me laugh. Every. Single. Time. Autocorrect blunders.¬†Adult humor, folks. No kids allowed.

Now that I’ve managed to distract anyone who happens to read this blog, you’re welcome. Yes, I’m a geek with a sick sense of humor. I promise to do better next time ūüôā

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To Study or Not to Study (No Question)

To study, by dictionary.com’s explanation, is¬†to apply oneself to the acquisition of knowledge, as by reading, investigation, practice, or reflection.

I made the recent decision to, as my kids jump into¬†another year of school, devote time and energy to some independent¬†study for myself. It makes sense, expounding upon my understanding of particular subjects, especially those which fascinate me, and I’m not sure why I never thought of it before. I mean, I know that I’ve been a (sometimes) willing student of life, and a voracious reader,¬†but¬†I suppose I’ve kept so busy working and parenting and simply being, that¬†I’ve¬†never, as an adult, thought about¬†actively pursuing¬†topics I’m interested in to research and absorb.

There’s suddenly something so appealing about reading and studying in ways that are natural to me. Now that I’m years-removed from my¬†classroom¬†education I can recognize the ways in which I most effectively approach learning and content retention, and control them myself. Plus, now I can do it for simple enjoyment¬†and personal gain, not because I’ll be tested, or because it’s necessary for advancement.

For sure I’m interested in philosophy and religion, and also the writing craft (something I’m not unfamiliar with, but need to deeply review), so these are¬†first up on my list.

So far I’m several pages into each of these books:

books

What’s hardest is choosing which to pick up¬†any given moment of spare time.¬†Are any of them familiar to you?

Down the line, I’d like to delve into psychology and forensic science, as well. Are there any titles related to those topics you would recommend?

What would you study now if you could find (or make) the time? What would you apply yourself to for the sake of knowledge?

I challenge you: Pick a topic, buy a book about it, and study.

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