Notes on Self-Directed Learning

Self-directed learning is challenging and liberating. It's hard, because it's all on you -- success, failure, and vision. It's liberating, because it gives you the freedom to learn exactly what you want, however you want, without having to conform to anyone else's standards. It's the purest and most effective form of education there is. As follows are my top five rules (or perhaps tips) for being successful in your endeavors with self-directed learning: -feed your…

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Thoughts on Writing Every Day for Almost a Year

Actually, to be precise, eleven months. I started this daily-writing thing at the end of January 2017, after talking about it for months and throwing around the word "someday" and never actually doing anything about it. I'd watched my friend do it -- he'd started writing every day in the fall of 2016, and he went from shitty to good in a matter of months. I'd watched, and I was impressed, and I wanted some…

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Notes on Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence

Sons and Lovers was my first taste of D.H. Lawrence. I'd heard good things and wanted to try, but ultimately it was one of those books I picked up because of the cover, got hooked on by the summary, decided to give it a go. My old coworker had a copy, was moving and giving it away, so I picked it up. I was pleasantly surprised. It was better than I'd expected.   Sons and…

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Five Misconceptions About Not Going to College

Three years ago right now, I was trying to figure out what on earth I was going to do with my life. Three years ago, in December 2014, I was a senior in high school. I was homeschooled, immersing myself in recorded college lectures and books and self-directed learning, and I had no clue what I'd be doing six months in the future. I'd always had a bias for academics, so most people assumed I was college-bound,…

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12.16.17: Sketch: Fiction

Fiction excerpt; Northwestern Ohio, summer 1938 "The train marked the passing of time on the farm. When another train went by you knew a certain span of time had passed. They broke the days for the men in the fields in sections, made the girls look up from their work in the kitchen until their mother clicked her tongue at them and stared at them to make them get back to work. When they came…

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Catching Sunlight: musings on farming, photography, and seeing

When I first started farming (my first job, in my junior year of high school), I became fascinated by the way the weather changed.   I was working outside for hours on end, full days -- from seven in the morning until 3:30 in the afternoon -- I was in the full elements. The sun, the wind, the gray, the rain. I met this truth abruptly -- I remember on my third day it poured, the sky opening…

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