Help! Im becoming Dumb! - page 3

This thread perhaps should go into the 'off the topic' section so please forgive. Because of the fatigue of work and lifes responsibilities,it seems I can only 'zone out' in exhaustion in front of ... Read More

  1. by   Tweety
    I used to do a lot more continuing ed classes and was working on a BSN.

    I stay away from politics. I used to listen to NPR all the time when I had a longer commute.

    I've gotten back to reading the last year though which is good I think, but mostly just mind candy.

    For me getting the internet several years ago has strayed me away from books and other pursuits because I'm an internet/BB junkie...sigh...but that can be stimulating enough.
  2. by   shrinkyrn
    Thanks to Lilgirl for the interesting link and info on Ala. mounds. I have learned alot of things since I have been reading the threads here, we are all very interesting contributors. I am relatively new here, workin' on 50 posts Most of the nurses I've known over time have been into some hobby, sport, travel venture that I have found interesting-- not always what I would choose, but talking to others about their interests is learning something!! Too often we are too busy at work to share at work and too tired when we get home. Sometimes there is intellectual programming on the tube--and sometimes it's even interesting to watch:roll I love to read. There is just so much to learn everywhere. I appreciate being able to exchange ideas here.
  3. by   melissa24
    My advice...If you're feeling exhausted, take a nap rather than watch television. You just might feel refreshed enough to go to the library or take a class. And they don't have to be college courses, although those are good...even a community education class would be good...Something where you are learning something new...broadening your horizon.

    Like Dennie, I too did not see what President Bush's reading habits had to do with yours. But, for the record, I have often heard reporters give comments on what book he is currently reading or his opinions of a certain book, etc... He is an incredibly busy man, but I'm sure he reads at least a little here and there.
  4. by   CherryRN
    I love to read. All kinds of books. I try to read more than one at a time. For instance, a fiction novel, non-fiction and maybe something like a self-development book.

    I also like to do puzzles or play online games. Boxerjam has pretty good word games online.

    I love to learn just for the sake of learning. If I were rich, I would not work, I would be a perpetual student. Going to different universities. LOL

    I don't want to pursue degrees in nursing, however. I would love to study literature, art history, etc. Whatever I want.

    I need to go back to school for a bit. I need to stretch my brain and remind myself that there is more to life than being a staff nurse.

  5. by   LilgirlRN
    Hard to believe that the largest city in North America was in Alabama, but then it is beautiful here. We are second in geographical diversity, only California beats us. We have mountains, plains, beaches etc. Oh yeah and if you wanna stretch your mind a lil bit, as corny as it sounds, do crossowrd puzzles.
  6. by   Mattigan
    Originally posted by frannybee
    . My latest historical obsession is Richard III, and having lived in Yorkshire I got to know a lot about his life. After I've exhausted that avenue, I'll move on to Welsh history, since we're now in Wales. It helps that it's gorgeous here and you can't help but learn by osmosis. (I can even say Llanelli properly now).
    OK I'm jealous!!!! I have a thing with Richard III- I have decided he did not off the Princes. Have been reading all I can about him but particulary enjoyed the " Daughter of Time" Josephine Tey's mystery novel about why he didn't do it. I was suprised to read that
    the American Chapter of the Richard II Society endorse it- they are out to prove he's innocent.

    Sharon K. Penman and Diana Gabaldon are great. If either has a book out I NEED it in hardback- right then.

    I'd love to go to Wales and see where LLewellyn and Joanne were. I have a friend who recently had to go to Wales- meant nothing to her, by the way, and brought me a replica of the celtic cross at Glamorgan.
    (big sigh ) I envy you,living in Wales.
    Last edit by Mattigan on Feb 27, '03
  7. by   MarnnaRN
    I spend my nights at work and my days with a 3 year old and a 9 month old. We read Hop On Pop, and Thomas the Train. We count to ten, we color, we go to the library for storytime. I can tell you anything you want to know about Bob the builder, Dora, Blue's Clues, or anyting nick cartoon. I have no clue about what is going on in politics or the world, but, someday, maybe when the baby goes to kindergarten, I will take a class or two a semester, I think that would be great.
  8. by   ohbet
    What do Presidents Bush' reading habits have to do with mine? Let me see.....perhaps the President is caught up in the 'Dumbing of America' and all he can do at the end of the day is to 'zone out' in front of the tube or maybe his habits dont have anything to do with mine and the President chooses Not to read....I surely hope its the former and not the later.The Presient does find time for daily physical excercise,got to give him credit for that.
  9. by   Allison S.
    Three things:

    When I exercise, I have more energy for other things, like reading, cooking, really USING the internet to learn (I consider this reading), calling folks on the phone, crafts.

    When the Sunday paper comes, after I get the coupons, I highlight the TV guide and only watch things that I have highlighted. This is starting to catch on with my husband, too.

    Fortunately I get very fustrated with stupid tv, and shut it off in disgust. Unfortunately I then zone out with public radio. It may be slothful, but at least it is educational.
  10. by   JNJ
    ohbet - thoughtful posting, so you can't be quite vegged out yet.
    I am vehemently anti-TV, but appreciate it's hard for people with families to change TV habits. Some suggestions:

    Try renting more movies, substituting these for TV and then exchanging just a sentence or two about the movie with whoever watched it with you. Because it's so hard to read when others want to watch TV.

    Many current movies are also current novels - read the novel before or after the movie. You'll find yourself thinking about the differences. I'm thinking along the lines of Nicholas Sparks (Message in a Bottle), Anita Shreve (Weight of Water) and many others. It's a lightweight way to start. Try a second hand bookstore if you don't want to try the library.

    I did an MA in moral philosophy a few years ago. I'm not actually recommending it, but since then, I've not stopped thinking. One philosopher sticks with me: Ayn Rand and her idea that our first duty is to ourselves. Try that idea on a stressed out colleague some time and see what response you get. There is a film with Helen Mirren as Ayn Rand - not lightweight, but different.

    If you don't want to leave home for a class, there's a magical little book called, "Learning to Look" - can't find it at the moment, so no further details. Helped me to look at art, buildings, nature with fresh eyes and was so easy to read.

    Is there anything creative you'd like to do while the TV is on? I'm thinking of sewing, knitting, tatting, crocheting, sketching - a small project that sits in your hands.

    I don't disagree with the above posting suggestions, but I do think you might need to start with small changes, built around the TV watching you already do.

    Just because you're thinking about what you don't do or know, I believe you'll be able to move to where you want to be. Enjoy the journey!
  11. by   semstr
    I've been living among historical sights, since the day I was born, in the Netherlands.
    Now I choose to live in a country with even more histories, I know a lot of them, no not all, what shall I do?
    Learning more and more languages is an option for me.
    at the moment Greek is mine to learn,
    Very hard too! it is written different and it is hard to compare with another language. Fun though!
    And of course I am reading English books every day.
  12. by   rebel_red
    Hi Ohbet!

    My two cents:

    I believe that curiosity is the hallmark of intellect, and that being curious keeps us involved and invested in life. What are you curious about? Start there! Look at all the available resources: the library, the internet and of course, the personal experiences of others.

    Me, I am a library head. I treat it like many do the local taproom. I go in, belly up to the counter and ask questions like "Why is monotheism considered to be the sign of an advanced civilization?" (Our head librarian was a seminarian.) Next thing you know the other patrons have scooted over to join in the discussion. I randomly pull books off of shelves, settle in the middle of the stacks and start reading. We also have a fantastic ongoing booksale. Hardbacks are 25cents and paperbacks are a dime. I highly recommend Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, and "Pillars of Stone" by Ken Follet. Interested now in reading Sharon K. Penman thanks to the other posters!

    I regularly talk with my friends via messenger. Their interests are so varied from my own that I always learn something. Also letter writing is becoming a rarity, so I send my friends "scrapbook" letters on sketching paper. Long phone calls also keep me sane.

    As to tv I rarely use it for anything that would be perceived as intellectually stimulating....pure escape for me via StarGate 1, FarScape and CSI (vegas only can't get into the Miami gig).

    Also with folks that aren't necessarily "Bookheads" like myself, I chat up to learn what they are interested in....they may be crafters, artists, cooks, etc. Everyone has a story to tell and contrary to popular belief, everyone's story is interesting and holds life lessons.

    We also homeschool. I think I have more fun than my son building Mayan ruins and doing science experiments....planning lessons etc... Watching him "get it" makes everything fabulous.

    Also imho, there is nothing wrong with "just" zoning. I have been known to lay in bed for hours, staring at the ceiling, just letting my mind wander.

    Then there is journal keeping.....

    Ok starting to wander so:

    It really boils down to: What will bring joy to Ohbet? (or substitute joy for peace, contentment, excitement, depends on what you are searching for, really searching for......)

    Wish you well in your journey!

    Off to practice yoga....if you hear a big "THUNK" it's just
  13. by   angel1971
    I believe in the Conspiracy Theory!!!! WE THE PEOPLE have less time to stand up for what we believe in. Remember during the late 60's and early 70's when the cost of living was a lot less and the money we brought in was better in comparison, that WE THE PEOPLE went out and protested and stood up for our rights? If no one else can see this, maybe I need psychiatric help. I believe it will only get worse. Go to your local tavern and play NTN trivia it will let you think you are intellectual and it is very competitive.