Welcome, December, one of my favorite months. We're getting our first good snow of the season, about five inches so far and maybe a foot or so by the time it stops tomorrow. This makes me happy. I know there are people who don't like snow. I've heard them griping, and I understand that they exist. I just don't understand why, and am especially confused about why they live in places where it snows a lot. Everything is quieting, slowing,...it's like meditation without the work, the end of industrialism without the death and suffering. Ahhh.
Along with the snow and crisp sunny days and icy beards, December brings birthdays to the males of my family. If the three of us make it through another three weeks or so, we'll be up to 234 years between the three generations.
I learned of something very cool today. Want to know what they're studying at MIT? It's all free online here. Courses, readings, assignments, even lecture notes. And it's not just engineering; there are literature, history, anthropology, and lots of environmental and planning courses. Makes for some interesting browsing, but it's still the same old way of looking at the world. If some of the following schools follow suit, I'll really be interested. And if you know any good teenagers, make sure they know about schools like these.
Audubon Expedition Institute
College of the Atlantic
Green Mountain College
Warren Wilson College