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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Back to School: Frugal Bliss

I've been off in my still-frugal universe. My colleague Merton (still teaching at 72) and I were discussing financial issues. I told him that he can probably loosen up and spend more. To which with characteristic  Zen wisdom he replied: "Frugality is my life." Selfishly, I don't WANT Merton to retire. He is my only frugal colleague and he is a good mentor to me.

Aside from being back AT school, I have gone in a sense back to school. In addition to practicing my French via Duolingo, though I have been rather a slacker at that of late, I have been blissing out at Yale. That is, at the FREE Yale on-line courses.

This seems to have been an idea that came and went, since all the courses were posted in 2005 or thereabouts. If you bliss out taking in an excellent academic lecture: here is your chance. So far, I have watched courses on the Old Testament and the New Testament. It is easy enough to read the primary texts under discussion.

Even if you think these will be boring, based on your memories of college days, give them a try. I am a way better student now than I was then. There are quite a few available, by the way.

I am really dying to watch/listen to a good art history course. Does anyone know of one?
Any other good courses available?

5 comments:

une femme said...

Oh wow, I need another 3 hours in my day to take a bunch of those courses!! Right now going back to school would be the ultimate luxury.

tess said...

look up Sister Wendy,lively and lovely

Frugal Scholar said...

@unefemme--Well, pick a course and listen to 2 lectures a week. That's what the "real" students are probably doing. We probably pay more attention too. It definitely feels like a luxury.

@Tess--Thanks. I just watched a few. Love her!

Science Muse said...

Take Diana Kleiner's course.

Frugal Scholar said...

@DK--On my list! thanks!