Posts Tagged ‘Columbus Academy of Lifelong Learning’

My Dell with Windows Vista Doesn’t Know me Any More

October 8, 2013

Here I was, all set to write a post on my recent visit to Williamsburg, Virginia replete with pictures when BAM! my 6-year-old Dell laptop with Windows Vista decided it didn’t know me any more.  A notice came up saying that my Profile Service service had failed. That meant I couldn’t get to my pictures which had been transferred to my PhotoShop 6 from my camera card.  I have since learned I can get a camera card adapter for my iPad, which fortunately still works fine, and I’ll take care of that tomorrow.  So maybe I’ll be able to to do the post on Williamsburg tomorrow.

Then, again, if the Columbus Academy of Lifelong Learning class we call What’s Happening, a current affairs discussion class, produces some espeically interesting information on the subject “Why Has the Georgia Legislature Abandonned Public Education?” I’ll probably do a post on that and wait till later on Williamsburg.  Georgia State Sen. Josh McKoon, a Republican, and Rep. Carolyn Hugley, a Democrat,  will participate in the discussion at the CSU Turner Continuing Ed Center.  There is a good chance that someone will try to refute the premise of the subject and tell us that the Georgia Legislature has not abandoned public edcuation.  It should be interesting.

Meanwhile, my ailing Dell with Windows Vista is in the shop,  and hopefully will soon be back on line.  I probably should get a new computer.  6 years is probably considered ancient for a computer by the in-the-know computer aces.  I’m thinking about a MacAir.  I understand there is a learning curve when switching to a Mac, but learning new things is supposed to be good for seniors like me.

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20 Years of Keeping Brains Healthy

March 11, 2013
Ruth Kiralfy and Gerda Smith, who have been memberss of C.A.L.L. since inception.

Ruth Kiralfy and Gerda Smith, who have been members of C.A.L.L. since inception.

When my old friend Gerda Smith retired from her many years of teaching elementary school students, she decided she needed “something  to do after retirement to keep my brain healthy.”  That’s why she became a charter member of the Columbus College Academy of Lifelong Learning in 1993.  Columbus College is now Columbus State University, so, I guess that would have been a little  long for the group’s name so it was shortened t0 the Columbus Academy of Lifelong Learning, or C.A.L.L.

Gerda was happy to be among the current C.A.L.L. members who gathered Saturday to celebrate the organizations 20th birthday.  Since I have been a member for a number of years, I was there, also.  I need to keep my 82-year-old brain healthy, too.

You don’t have to be as ancient as me to become a member.  I think some of our members are in their fifties, mere babes.  If you do become a member, you’ll be offered a whole array of classes that range from Beethoven to current events to line dancing, and lots more, including card games and social events. So if  you are retired, keep that brain active and healthy and have some fun at C.A.L.L.  

For more information go to this link.  

CALLING on Montgomery

April 30, 2012

We had another nice CALL trip Saturday. ( CALL stands for Columbus Academy of Lifelong Learning.)   A bus load of us went from the parking lot at the Columbus State University Elizabeth Bradley-Turner Center for Continuing Education  to Montgomery, Alabama to soak up museum and theater culture.

First, we went to the Montgomery Museum of Art.  It is a beautiful facility with lots of interesting classical  and contemporary art, plus impressive displays of glass sculpture.  As I commented to some fellow travelers – I couldn’t have called them that in the 1950s because Sen. Joe McCarthy would have investigated us – the Montgomery and Columbus art museum buildings are more artistic and beautiful than the big High Museum in Atlanta.  I realize that such judgements are subjective –  but then isn’t all of art?

After that, we had lunch at Montgomery’s Olive Garden.   It took  so long for our big crowd to get served, I was afraid we would miss the play at the Shakespeare Festival, but, alas, we didn’t. The food was worth the wait. I had  Venetian Apricot Chicken.  It’s grilled chicken, asparagus, and brocoli, covered with an apricot sauce.  It’s was maybe a little too sweet for me, but as I got use to the abundance of sugar, it started tasting good. I don’t know why restaurants think they have to over-sugar and over-salt everything.  As everyone knows, it’s easy to add salt and sugar,  but impossible to take it out of food.

The weird play at the Shakespeare Festival was not by Shakespeare.  They mix them up.  They are doing some Shakespeare later in the season. The play we saw was a spoof of the famous Alfred Hitchcock 1935 movie cloak-and-dagger thriller The 39 Steps.  Four actors – really good ones – played all of the parts a la Springer Tuna style, but with four people  instead of just  two. Once one gets into the hang of the thing, it’s fun.  It is broad, slapstick farce, sort of like the early TV Show of Shows with Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca  skits, only this skit was a full-length play, or maybe another way of putting it is that it was the Four Stooges with British accents. The actors got a lot of laughs and a thundering standing ovation when it was over.

All in all, it was another enjoyable CALL excursion.  If you are retired and want to enjoy lifelong learning with a bunch of freindly fun-loving folks,  when the CALL classes crank back up in the Fall, come join us.  There is a fee, but it’s reasonable.

CALL on the Road

February 21, 2012

We don’t just sit around classrooms all the time listening to lectures, having discussions, and playing bridge. We also go places and see things together. When I say we, I am talking about members of the Columbus Academy of Lifelong Learning of the Columbus State University Turner Continuing Education Center.

Check out this incredible porcelain art.

A bus load of us saw that at the Massee Lane Gardens Stevens-Taylor Porcelain Gallery at Fort Valley, Georgia.

I was able to get a lot of the folks together for this group shot.

They had just returned from touring the gardens, looking at beautiful flowers like the ones Betty Auten is checking out.

There were more men in the group than usual, it seemed. It could have been because the next stop on the tour was the Robbin’s Air Force Base Museum of Aviation.  Not that the men didn’t enjoy great porcelain art or beautiful camellias, nor that the women didn’t enjoy great aircraft, because everyone seemed to enjoy both.  I’ll show you some of those great aircraft on our next post.