As part of my goals for 2014, I plan to continue my education by occasionally attending a seminar, a speech or a class that teaches me something new. Today, I had the pleasure of a warm cup of tea with about 15 Fairhope citizens as we listened to a gentleman share stories about Fairhope in the days of Stimpson Sawmill. The Fairhope Museum of History invites the residents of the fair city to “Tea for Two” on each Tuesday of the month.

My city by the bay.

My city by the bay.

 

I was particularly interested in this Tuesday’s talk because my Pappy worked in a sawmill, but died when I was only 2 years old. I know very little about him or about what it was like to work in a sawmill. I could only imagine the heat, the shrill buzzing of the saws, and the smell of sawdust in the air.

While I learned a lot about the sawmill, that is not what I’m writing about today. I’m writing about staying young, informed and sharp. Education doesn’t have to cost $$$ thousands and all education is valuable.¬†Education for education’s sake is worth more than the salary you earn as a result of all that studying. Therefore,¬†I want to encourage all women over 40, no matter their profession, to continue learning now and well after retirement.

We are concerned with our looks, our health, where we will spend our twilight years and how much inheritance we will leave our children. Let part of that inheritance include a legacy of continuing education.

Here are some suggestions to get us started:

Stephen Savage, a great photography instructor.

Stephen Savage, a great photography instructor.

Photography lessons.

Local libraries have book clubs.

Photos by Stephen Savage

Photos by Stephen Savage

There are affordable art classes at local museums and craft stores.

Fairhope Art Center

Fairhope Art Center

Since Dancing With the Stars hit the screen, there are several dance studios that offer affordable classes.

Fairhope Roses

Fairhope Roses

Take up gardening.

Simon Island, GA Lighthouse

Simon Island, GA Lighthouse

While traveling, get as much info as possible before you reach your destination.

College campuses offer lecture series to the public on various topics.

Documentaries offer some true stories of history.

AL.com offers this lecture series in Mobile for 2014 and there are several I’m excited about. Check it out if you are in the area.

http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2013/12/learning_lunch.html

Whether you live in Mobile, AL, England, Canada, France or Spain, if you know of something that might be beneficial for women, please leave a comment about what is going on in your town.

Hollyrood Palace

Holyrood Palace