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I am pleased to announce that the Senior Learning Institute (SLI) of the College of Central Florida in Ocala is providing me another opportunity to present a geosciences topic that is near and dear to me.
IMPORTANT SPECIAL UPDATE (5-10-2015): The Senior Learning Institute no longer exists. It has become the non-profit Senior Learners, Inc. and classes are still taught at the College of Central Florida in Ocala. Here is a link:
IDENTIFYING AND UNDERSTANDING CLOUDS will be presented on Feb. 5, 7, 12, 14 (2013) – from 10 until noon (for a total of 8 hours). Click on the following link for my outline which will be distributed at the beginning of the first class meeting.
I have presented a dozen seminars at the SLI since 2006 and thoroughly enjoyed them. Since I taught a 12 hour course on clouds in April, 2007 I have received requests from a number of people who missed it and also from others who wished to do it again as a refresher.
SLI is a membership group composed of some terrific people who seem to consider “learning” to be an integral aspect of their life styles. When I am with them, though my official roll is that of a presenter, I learn so very much. I learn from them and I learn in the processes of preparing and presenting. There are some significant differences between these courses and the courses I taught for 41 years at colleges and universities: 1) the SLI seminars are non-credit courses, 2) they are short in duration compared to most college courses, 3) there are no academic prerequisites to the courses, 4) there are no exams to fret over, 5) there are no grades, 6) all who enroll are there voluntarily and, from what I can tell, gladly and 7) many have a great deal of experience acquired through time and by their sharing are able to enhance the quality of the course.
Though this is probably not news to you – as predicted in the previous posting – activity is picking up out there. That should be no surprise considering the time of the year. Once again, I urge you to be prepared for the eventualities of tropical weather if you live in hurricane country. Having experienced the destruction and aftermath of hurricane Andrew, I can assure you that it doesn’t always happen to “the other guy (or gal)!”
In my family we find that no matter what plans we make – we must not be surprised or angry or disappointed if Mother Nature decides to inconvenience us. In my opinion it is important to take one day at a time while doing our best to enjoy life and to be of service to others.
Please count on having to be self-sufficient for a while if a damaging/disruptive storm should come through. When the little things we take for granted are taken away – our lives can suddenly undergo a drastic change. For example, after Andrew we had no electricity for over 6 weeks. In spite of the fact that the majority of people who came down to Homestead to help our community were wonderful and extremely well-intentioned – there were some real opportunists too. A case in point: Generators were trucked down and sold from the back of the trailers for more than 5 times their suggested retail price – cash only – on the line! The 25′ travel trailer I bought to live in (our house was a total loss) cost $12,995 in our part of Florida before the storm and $17,995 after the storm. The good news is that my son-in-law found the same model for me from the dealer in Knoxville who sold it to us for $10,000 – and that included delivering it to my driveway in Homestead and showing me the ropes on how to operate the things I knew nothing about. He and his wife told us that when watching television in the comfort of their home they had been hoping that something would come up where they could be of significant help to a family. What special people they are!
Only one window was broken by the storm in our home and that was merely a crack. Why? We had them all protected with storm shutters. But – the roof failed! The shutters don’t protect the contents of a house when the roof comes off – LOL.
A friend of mine who worked at Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant had quit drinking a couple of years prior to hurricane Andrew. When I saw him a few days after the storm he told me how happy he was that he had quit because had he been drinking he would have merely sat in his recliner with a bottle (or bottles) and tried to ride out the storm in some state of oblivion. He said that the storm had moved that recliner 8 yards from its spot in his family room. I thought to myself, “8 yards – 24 feet – sure – I can visualize that happening – easily. After all – his family room was the biggest room in the house. BUT – what he meant was 8 “yards!” Yes – the chair had been repositioned 8 houses down the street coming to rest in someone else’s back yard.