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

11 responses to “Learning something new….

  1. InsideJourneys

    Welcome to Powerpoint, Judith.
    Hope it helps make your presentations sing!


  2. ” 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. ”

    Brava! Good for you, Judith!

    I don’t know much about Powerpoint, but you’ve got me curious now.

    Love that last quote from Alice In Wonderland!


  3. I have to confess, I do not know how to use Powerpoint. I’ve never had the occasion to use it, much less learn it. But you’re probably right about the grandchildren. My granddaughter, who just turned 6, likely knows all about it. 🙂


    • I think you are right about your granddaughter – what are the words of that Louis Armstrong song – “I watch them grow, they’ll learn much more than I’ll ever know’.


  4. I always like to learn new things too, Judith! One caution about Powerpoint…so many people use it now that it’s becoming a bit of a cliché…younger people may unintentionally tune out if the presentation isn’t interesting!



  5. Thanks – I hear what you say about Power Point and thanks for dropping by.


  6. I too do not know much about Powerpoint, but you’ve got me curioust now. We can always learn, I don’t think we ever grow too old to learn something new. It’s all in the process of aging and wisdom we have gained.


    • Hi Penny – I am planning to keep learning new things so that my mind doesn’t atrophy. I think that is what happened to my Mother. It is not nice towwatch somebody with dementia so I am working hard to save my children from having to see it in me. 🙂


  7. I just read this right now and today we went to Lucille’s Southern Restaurant. (We live on the West Coast, CA)so it’s a fun place for us to get a little of the Southern United States. On my daughter’s child’s cup were pigs with wings. My 5 year old stated “Oh, I have to take my angel pigs cup home and show my brother!”


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