Learn Something New Every Day!

About My Blog

Learning. It is what we do everyday. But–more importantly–it is what makes life worth living. Whether we are undertaking a new hobby, starting a new class or just stumbling onto life lessons as we make our way in the world, we are all life-long learners. This blog is dedicated to capturing some of those lessons through a bit of reflection and sharing. I am hoping others will eventually chime in with what they are learning as well.

Many of my best life lessons will undoubtedly come from Nature, since that is where I go to find some balance and solace when the world gets too demanding. At the start of this post are a few of my favorite photos from some of those traveling adventures. They demonstrate a lesson that surfaces over and over again: When rushing through life, take time to stop and notice the wonder around you, no matter where you are.

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  1. Like the photos; looking forward to seeing more.

  2. I look forward to reading and seeing your blog on a regular basis. You will be leading me to “Learn Something New Everyday” in a beautiful way. Thank you

  3. I’m impressed with your blog and look forward to reading it, and learning from it, on a regular basis. Your photography is beautiful — a nice complement to your insightful blogs.

  4. Thanks for the feedback. It is nice to hear that people are finding my musings of interest. I sure am having fun!

  5. Sherry D'Attile said:

    My Dear Patti,
    As I have always told you, you write beautifully! What an incredible gift God has given you: The ability to see the wonder (and the contradictions of life) surrounding you, and the supreme ability to put your thoughts into eloquently crafted context! Wrap all of this up with the exquisite eye of a gifted photographer, and my friend, you are able to infuse our lives with ever-increasing knowledge, inspiration, and understanding. Thank you!

  6. Thanks, my dear, you are always so sweet. I sure am having fun!

  7. Sherry D'Attile said:

    You may call me sweet, but I am honest–just ask Cheryl–she’ll vouch for me 🙂 So, Dr. Ross,no avoiding the praise!

  8. Brilliantly said (about learning). You have a wonderful site here, and hopefully I will remember to return.

  9. Patti, you have a lovely idea here. If you would like to share it with more readers (e.g. me), you may wish to add some more ways for them to connect with you. Adding an RSS feed box is one way, and adding a Google Friend Connect (GFC) button is another. This allows people to follow you in a way that is convenient for them (e.g. I like to follow blogs via Google Reader, which I can do when I am able to subscribe via RSS), rather than having to subscribe via mail – particularly for people who subscribe to many blogs, this can be overwhelming.

    Please do let me know if you add an RSS or GFC button, and I will return to follow! I LOVE to learn new things, I love stellar writing, and I love your photos!

    • Thanks for stopping by! I also appreciate your suggestions on how to more fully advertise my blog. I think there is a way for me to advertise somehow via Google, so I will explore that with the next post. I know I have seen RSS on other sites but I am not certain what that is nor have I seen that as an option I can request with my theme. I will see where I can ask questions about making that a possibility.

      I found you today via your guest blogger–and will stop by on your site over the next several weeks.

  10. Merry Christmas Patti. I invite you to drop by for some holiday cheer and select a present under the tree. http://afrankangle.wordpress.com/2011/12/24/on-a-time-for-gifts/

  11. I recently started blogging as part of a living / learning / writing journey. I also find the beauty of nature inspirational and have uploaded a few of my own favourites. It’s great to come across your blog and I’m now signed up to follow.

    • Thanks for stopping by. I started my blogging journey not really knowing what to expect and have discovered I really enjoy the sense of community. Keep writing! I hope to stop by your site soon to see your posts.

  12. Hello Patti,

    So delighted to find you and all because I was posting some postcards on Christo’s Umbrellas on eBay. Up front disclosure: I borrowed a couple of paragraphs from your post about the joint exhibits. Hope that’s okay. If not, I’ll remove them pronto.

    Now on to the discovery. I think you and I have been driving the same highway for many years. I grew up in Bakersfield – wanted a horse when I was a kid rather than an elephant – and now live in Santa Monica. I’ve always loved the Gorman hills, in all their clothes, wildflowers or snow. Just seeing them makes me feel like I’m coming home. A lot more so than the first sighting of the Valley now that it is so often covered with haze/smog.

    Love to meet you at some point. If you’re living in LA, or visiting on the right day, I’m extending an open invitation to be my guest at Bookies. We’re a great group of women, a book club that sometimes chooses books for our list based on where we want to dine for our meeting. We always choose at least one Chinese book because Bobbie fixes the best Chinese.

    Warm regards,
    Pat Becker

    • Thanks for stopping by. It is always fun to connect with a kindred spirit. I still live in Bakersfield so drive this route several times a month–and still love it! On my last drive, there was some snow falling over the mountain. I loved it! Through our email exchange, you agreed to take down my umbrella comments from your ebay site–I appreciate that. I have been struggling with copyright ideas lately and just was not comfortable with my words being used to help sell items. Thanks for asking, and responding.

  13. I came to you by way of AFrankAngle! Looking forward to more of your posts 🙂

  14. Thank you very much for stopping at my blog and commenting. Besides reading we have in common that we like nature. I love my garden and the sea.
    Tomorrow I will blog the second part of the of “Apples, Newton and Other Eccentrics in Cambridge”.
    Greetings from the coast of North Norfolk
    Klausbernd and his chirpy Bookfayries Siri and Selma 🙂 🙂

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  16. I actually lost track of the fact that I visited your blog first! In any case, I’m so glad I met you here.

  17. You weren’t kidding then Patti, you did it, you decided to join the small clan of Uncle Spike followers…. That makes me a happy blogger now – I really appreciate you making that special mouse click.

    Hope you like my upcoming posts and if you get bored one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too.

    If you have any likes, dislikes or suggestions about my blog, just let me know, either through ‘comments’ or via email. Always welcome reader input 🙂

    Have a great old day…


    • Oh, I expect to enjoy your upcoming posts. And maybe you will inspire me to post more frequently. I am a now and then blogger at best. But a home project is winding down, well, getting more manageable, so I hope to get back to at least blogging once or twice a week. Thanks for stopping by.

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  19. Hi Patti — I found my way here by following the link from your comment on Becca’s Nurturing Thursday post, and I’d like to compliment you on this excellent blog. Your scenery photos are breathtaking, and there’s a lot of wisdom in the lessons! I very much agree that we are all life-long learners.

    This year I’ve resolved to improve my mindset and bring more kindness and joy to the world by visiting and commenting on a positive blog each day, keeping a list on my own blog for reference. I’ve added your site as my entry for today. 🙂

  20. I’ve always believed we can learn something from everyone we meet, and many things from those we don’t; through Nature — I’m also a quiet time type; and through how we react to our environment. You’ve included some beautiful, contemplative photos!

  21. hillerman said:

    I was thrilled to find your recent blog about my Dad, author Tony Hillerman, and so pleased that you included my books, too. You did a wonderful job of characterizing his work, and I appreciate your good words about my first novel. The photos were great as well. For your information the next book in the Chee/Leaphorn/Manuelito saga, “Rock With Wings” will be released by Harpercollins in May.Thanks a million! Anne Hillerman http://www.annehillerman.com

    • Anne: Thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate hearing that I offered a fair assessment of your dad’s work–and yours. I will watch for your next novel in May–thanks for the heads up. I hope to visit a bit in the Southwest this spring–I do love those vistas.

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  24. Hi, you quote in one of your posts an extract of an afterword by Kurt Vonnegut to “Free to be You and Me”. Could you share the citation (including the page(s)? If it were’nt much trouble for you, I’d love to have a scan of the afterword if it’s not very long. I’m from Argentina and don’t have access to it. Thank you for sharing!

    • Hello. I love this little book that has been around since it was first published in 1974. Since then it has been revised and updated. Free to Be You and Me was first published by Ms. Foundation Inc. The Afterword is short. What I quoted was it in its entirety. I can dig out the book–it has to be on a shelf here somewhere–and scan the page and its actual layout–as well as the official citation for the book. At Amazon, if you look up the newest revision and take advantage of the “look inside” feature, you can get to the Afterword page to see its layout. I do not think I can attach a PDF to this exchange, so it might be easier to be in touch via emails. I can be reached at pattiross@aol.com. I should be able to find the book and have the scan ready in a couple days. The whole book is a delight!

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  26. Patti your pictures are inspirational. I love seeing what you see through your camera. Thank you.

  27. Rod & Bambi said:

    What a gift you have Patti . Being able to catch the LORD’s beauty and calmness in your photography . Thank You for sharing
    your gift with us !

    • Thanks. I am hoping to get out to Bishop again this year to see some amazing fall foliage later in the season. Take care. And thanks for stopping by.

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