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Leisure, Learning and Jazz - Thanks EdX

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It doesn't say so on the certificate but I passed this class with a 95% grade!

I didn't become an expert but I am so proud of myself on two fronts -- first I started something and finished it… and I did develop a new appreciation for jazz through my first (free) course on EdX.org.

An added bonus, I discovered Jazz 24 -Vermont Public Radio's non-stop jazz programming.   It's a constant stream of great music from all of the eras covered over the course of the class. The music is presented by very knowledgeable hosts who are a pleasure to have around the house.

I found Jazz 24 on a search of the Internet radio app TuneIn, my new favorite source for finding music.

But back to the subject at hand - jazz appreciation and EdX and lifelong learning.

I figured I should be doing something constructive with all of this free time I have since my self-imposed hiatus began in January. I decided to take classes. Being free and online, EdX presented the perfect opportunity for me to …

Back "Home" and Blue After Life in New York City

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Readjustment - to adjust or arrange again


I'm in a period of readjustment, arranging life again in my old home after an extended period away in the most intoxicating, exasperating, exciting, energetic city in the universe.
A few short weeks ago I said goodbye to "New York" and made my way south.

A week in the relatively calm Turks and Caicos capital, Provodenciales, parked on Grace Bay, one of the world's most beautiful beaches…..


Followed  by several days in sunny South Beach….



That was my transition from life in a luxury hi-rise in a frenetic neighborhood to my 40-year-old "it's-time-to-replace-everything" townhouse in what feels to me now like a dead zone.


You can go home again. But i don't think you can recreate - exactly -- the place you left. Especially so, after the place you've been for the past two years is so different. I knew I couldn't live there forever. It's too expensive. The overbearing crush of people, the cacophony, th…