Daily Archives: May 1, 2011

Learning something new….

You learn more quickly under the guidance of experienced teachers.  You waste a lot of time going down blind alleys if you have no one to lead you. W Somerset Maugham 1874-1965, English playwright, novelist and short story writer.


I had such a teacher today.  For several years I have been running courses on Stress Management using flip boards, overhead projectors and hand outs.  Today I decided to move into the 21st Century and move to Power Point.  Yes I know that you all learned Power Point at school and my grandchildren have been using it for years – but we didn’t even have computers in the dark ages when I went to school.  So I think for such an elderly lady I am doing quite well.

Fiona and me

Fiona is one of my young friends as you can see from the photo.  But she is always willing to help and as she is a computer whiz and can teach Power Point with her eyes closed, she was the one to whom I went today.

I had the words I wanted to use on the various slides but with a few magic strokes Fiona transformed a very ordinary presentation into a masterpiece.  So thanks Fiona.  I certainly owe you one.

I am now going to put all the other courses that I run onto Power Point.  What’s that you say “It’s gone to her head”? I am sure you are right.  But over the years I have found that when I learn something new, and something that I like, I keep using it again and again.  And in using Power Point often I may get close to being as good as Fiona.  Whoa – a big pink pig just flew over.

flying pig

And from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

‘But then, shall I never get any older than I am now? That’ll be a comfort, one way — never to be an old woman — but then — always to have lessons to learn!” Charles Dodgson aka Lewis Carroll 1832 – 1898. English author, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer.

Title page Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Title page of the original edition (1865) Wikipedia