New Knowledge Adventures Luncheon: May, 2017

Cathy McPherson and Rebecca Williamson

Cathy McPherson and Rebecca Williamson

Diane Porter and Barbara Dailey

Diane Porter and Barbara Dailey

Pauline Havens

Pauline Havens

Sylvia Papenberg

Sylvia Papenberg

Pete & Audrey Cole

Pete & Audrey Cole

Barbara Bain

Barbara Bain

Deborah Jeppson, Sharon & Jim Manning

Deborah Jeppson, Sharon & Jim Manning

Janet Boehm and Deborah Jeppson

Janet Boehm and Deborah Jeppson

Mary & Bob Gehrke

Mary & Bob Gehrke

Betty Holbrook and Nancy Dafoe

Betty Holbrook and Nancy Dafoe

Ann & Kelvin Smith

Ann & Kelvin Smith

Erica Lothepeich, Jane Thornley and Helen Beitia

Jane Thorley, Erica Lothepeich, and Helen Beitia

Susane Miller and Betty Holbrook

Susane Miller and Betty Holbrook

New Knowledge Adventures Annual Meeting and Woodcarvers Show

Pocatello has a wide variety of restaurants, musical events, theater presentations and much, much more. Beyond those attractions, Pocatello has beautiful surroundings and opportunities for learning. All of those can create enrichment and stimulation which should help each of us to generate happy thoughts and outlooks.

Looking at and experiencing many of the activities that can stimulate positive reflection and action, first prize should go to New Knowledge Adventures (NKA). It offers an array of opportunities, whether you want to share an area of your expertise or learn new techniques and/or approaches to artistic or intellectual perspectives. Every year, this group of more than five hundred adults (aged fifty years and above), picks classes from a catalog newly printed every semester. This catalogue contains amazingly interesting and informative descriptions of available classes.

Having presented three or four programs over the years, I can continue to say, with great enthusiasm, that it is just as much fun to help others learn as it is to participate in learning. During the last two years I have introduced Barn Quilts and the outcome obtained from each of the classes has been worth every bit of the time and care that was involved. Further, each person had fun while learning this skill.

The main thrust of this article, however, is to point out what learning does for any and all of us. As birthdays go by, we can become a victim of thinking “my learning days are over”, “I’m tired of having someone inform me about things that are of no consequence “, and “I don’t think I can take in anymore information because my brain is already  full.” One could continue advocating for other reasons as to why learning is just too much trouble, but let’s look at the contrary side of this argument.

Our lungs need oxygen to breathe, our stomachs need food to replenish energy, our bodies need water in order to keep all systems and especially the brain functioning; our muscles and bones need exercise so that all of the nutrients can make their way throughout our bodies (and the list goes on). So, if we decide that learning is ‘old hat’, then we are denying our capabilities to make use of ourselves.

Proof of a need to learn, gain enthusiasm, have interesting or newly gathered information to share with others, or just get out of the rut some people fall into can be seen in those who lead NKA and participate in its offerings.  Why? First of all, it is much easier to face the world when we are happy. And, while happiness comes from within, it is absolutely important that we use our senses to generate new ideas, achievements and/or proficiencies.

Being listless, lacking humor, ideas, or perspectives and the like can put us individually into a somber attitude that cries out, “Don’t talk to me because I won’t have anything to say in order to respond. Besides, I am too old to get excited, interested or merely able to be happy.”  To those who feel that way, I say take a class, learn to paint, get new information and/or attitudes into your brain and you will be amazed as to what can awaken you to new ideas, views of the world and the like.

Today, our world needs positive thinking, understanding  (for example) of history,  artistic ways of brightening our immediate surroundings, the rule of law and the wide variety of traditions and customs held by people from different parts of our world. Most of all we need happiness. That comes from inside us, but one sure way to arouse that feeling  is to do things that stimulate our ability to think, wonder, inspire and more.

So, here we are with a choice of events fitting into curriculum, social events, history, travel, and community service. In addition there is always a need for officers, committee chairs and others who are willing to put in time and energy to help keeping this organization moving forward in its beautifully positive manner. For only $35 per semester, you can have it all. For more information, call Shirley at 282 4789 and she can direct you.

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