SAGE Classes


Posted on March 15, 2010. Filed under: Learning and Retirement, Learning in Retirement, Retirement Learning, SAGE Classes, Senior Study Discussion Groups |

We, the learning in retirement members of our enjoyable Sage Society, have many diverse interests that challenge our curriculum committee to regularly present a balanced agenda.

But it often puzzles me that so many choices offered relate to the past: past history, literature of the past, music and art of the past. Yes, many interesting topics are offered as well, but because so many our members are so intelligent and well versed in so much, I continually wonder why most of the classes offered are not about the important issue of today. This surely must be science–the sciences of everything could dominate the agenda!

Science can not only be difficult, it can also be depressing. It is, indeed, an inconvenient truth to get people to understand the earth science that is needed to help this planet begin to heal the slights of human overuse.

To vent my angst I offer this to my SAGE friends who are apt to give a rebuttal.

Earthʼs Anger

Call a God anything you want
But know this:
Gaia is good and mad

Sheʼs shaking our planet
Like crazy

Breathing on the pristine white
Top and bottom of us as the innocent
Polar mother loses sight of her cub

As cows she never made
Eat grass where the forests she made
Became furniture for
People sheʼs so sorry she made
Sheʼs got them
Knocking each other out

With words of advanced killing weaponry
Taken from the soil where her microcosms
Know enough to keep things even
Some will call it like Noahʼs ark
After the bombs and bashing
Finish thinning us out

Hope that she has no idea of
Daring an asteroid
To do the clean up
Because sheʼs so dam mad
At this age of stupid

–Bette Simons

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Tell Us about Your Classes

Posted on April 7, 2009. Filed under: Learning and Retirement, Learning in Retirement, Retirement Learning, SAGE Classes, Senior Learning, Senior Study Discussion Groups |

I am looking forward to our new classes starting. I am presenting next week all about P. T. Barnum in Famous Con Artists. I am very interested in hearing lots of news about the great presentations from the other classes. Please don’t forget to write a little note for us so we can all expand our knowledge.
You don’t have to write a lot to send it to Reuben so it can be posted. To add your comments, you just need to click on the word “Comments.” Don’t even worry about the spelling…we all forgive when our fingers hit the wrong keys. –Susi White

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Posted on March 17, 2009. Filed under: Learning in Retirement, SAGE Activities, SAGE Classes, Senior Study Discussion Groups |

For how many years has a certain time honored tenet of SAGE been ignored?
It’s not “Please tell, don’t read, your research information.”
It’s not “The dog ate my outline.”

It’s the need to let the curriculum committee know a first, second and third choice of classes you would like to take. It’s coordinators sometimes accepting more than 15 people, the curriculum committee going soft because members have stubbornly ignored directions.
This means that those who submitted a subject for study and those who wanted it will see a class has failed class for lack of  enrollments.
Is it fair to hold SAGE hostage by saying classes other than a first choice are not worthwhile topics, as if members in a class have no  influence on how well a class can be  valuable to learning?

Once there was a solution for signups that tempt over enrollment: Offer that class to be available again for the next session.
Is there a solution for consideration of our learning in retirement society to be a more learning to be considerate group?

Submitted by “sour grapes.” A study of the United Nations needs a lot of wise people to know how much it is needed in today’s world.
Yes, I will take it to Hot topics–all alone. –Bette Simons

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Posted on March 17, 2009. Filed under: Learning and Retirement, Learning in Retirement, Older People Education, Retirement Learning, SAGE Activities, SAGE Classes, Senior Citizens, Senior Education, Senior Learning, Senior Organizations, Senior Study Discussion Groups |

For over 20 years the SAGE Society has stressed the fact that people are never too old to learn. Members in their 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s are quite mentally alert and have stretched their minds by participating in study groups exploring all facets of literature, science, history, politics, culture, music, art, religion, and current events.
With this SAGE Society Blog we are embarking on a new learning adventure involving a new form of communication. In other words, we oldsters want to keep up with what’s new.  We don’t want to be left behind. Almost all of our 150 members are on the internet and have email addresses.

When SAGE took its initial formative steps to become a learning-in-retirement organization in 1987, there were no blogs. That didn’t happen until the 1990’s. Now we want to be part of the action by sharing our wealth of experience and information with each other and the world.

One form of communication we currently possess is our organization’s website at that gives a comprehensive picture of SAGE and its activities.
The website features a pdf version of SAGE Observations, our quarterly publication printed and distributed to all the members and other learning-in-retirement  organizations.

In the coming weeks, months, and years we hope to fill our blog with
•    Comments by members about their experiences at SAGE
•    Reflections and views about any current issue
•    Reviews of books, movies, plays, and other events they would like to share with fellow members and the world
•    Pictures of SAGE members and their activities

We’re never too old to learn!

–Reuben Allen

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