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Education, yours and mine

How do you learn best? There are more schools of learning than most of us consider. We can learn from our children as it says we will in the bible. We can learn by the “seat of our pants” and the end of our fingertips, which I call experimental learning. That’s how I do most of mine I admit. Very painfully and expansively most of the time. We can learn from each other perhaps anecdotally or culturally. We can learn from books, magazines, the internet, facebook, and google. We admit we know where that comes from.

  Too many to keep track of? Perhaps - and that’s not always good as they may be very good or totally unreliable. There’s also the “rumor mill.” Boy, there’s watch material. Yowza! Maybe yuk.

  When we learn a favorite style, we tend to stick with it until it leaves us high and dry when we’re just trying to keep our boat afloat.

  Skepticism is a bit on our side. We want to know where it came from and “how was that figured out.” It’s not bad to be a “doubting Thomas” if you have time to check out every angle.

  Too many times we’re in a pressure spot and have to “fly with the seat of our pants.” “Just go with it.”

—Dave Swenson


Thanks, Monte!

I would like to take a moment to recognize Montevideo area U.S. military veterans, Monte­video baseball, volunteers, local businesses, and the community of Montevideo. Our Junior Legion baseball team participated in the state tournament that was hosted by Montevideo last weekend. It was an impressive display of community togetherness, and the people we met went above and beyond to make this tournament welcoming to all who participated and attended the event. The organization and quality of the field and complex were amazing, and we truly appreciated everything your great community did. You should be proud of yourselves.

Thank you!

—Phil Talmage

International Falls