According to grandpa, “learning” came in at least two varieties. One was by “doing.” Like when you find a flat surface to put down an old, crooked nail and make it straight again. Of course, it helps if the surface is fairly hard and you are right particular just how you hold the nail.
The other being “book” learning, the kind a school boy should do when they have a desk and a book in front of them.
This is the variety my son Kevin will be doing on June 1 at 4 p.m. Thanks to the good folks at the Alabama Humanities Foundation, Kevin is leading a discussion of the book, American Nations, by Colin Woodard every Monday of June.
For more info on how you can sign up for this on-line adventure, go here.
As I’ve said before, this is one of the most interesting books I have ever read and I’ve gone to it many times, which is why my copy is so dog-eared. If you are like I used to be, when you studied the history of the United States you never paid much attention to how this country was settled and how the backgrounds of early settlers had great impact on the various regions of the U.S. And continues to do so even today.
I can almost guarantee that at some point in this exercise you will have an “ah ha” moment. One of those instances where a light goes off and you say, “damn, why haven’t I ever thought about that before.”
Hope to see you then.