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Mark Atwood
Self Improvement Addiction.
Anyone who follows my LJ knows that I submit myself to a personal trainer 3 times a week, and have a weekly piano lesson.

It's starting to spread. I've actively thinking about taking up Tai Chi again when the training sessions have run out, and I'm researching taking the Washington Motorcycle Safety class, and the other day I was browsing thru a friend's copy of Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain, and found a bit where the author talks about her intensive 5 day all day class that will teach anyone how to draw, and thought "Me want that...".

There are worse habits than self improvement. It's not a terribly cheap habit, though.

This is part of what makes me so angry about public education. Somehow they've taken something that should be attacting kids to the point where you have to beat them back with sticks, and have turned "education" into an ugly thing, a "hiss and a watchword".
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From: (Anonymous) Date: May 5th, 2003 07:23 am (UTC) (Link)

The Teenage Liberation Handbook

There's an AWESOME book that I recommend even to adults.

It's called, "The Teenage Liberation Handbook."

It's for teens, on how to get your parents to get you out of the mandatory prison/day-care, and educate yourself and do interesting things.

Sadly, it's one of my books that gets heavy rotations and isn't in right now, so I won't be able to show you on Tuesday. {:(}=
From: missdimple Date: May 5th, 2003 08:53 am (UTC) (Link)
As someone who draws semi-regularly (and taught myself how to do it for the most part), the key to becoming skilled at drawing is practice. Just like you have to practice at exercise, you have to practice drawing. And don't expect to be fabulous with your first stroke. You don't start learning to run by entering a marathon contest, right? The other thing to work on is observation. Observation while you're creating and observation while you're not. Pay attention to what strikes you in the world and what doesn't. You'll start to see the world as a serious of artistic renderings. (That's one of the things I taught zzbottom when he first picked up a camera.) Good luck!
xenologue From: xenologue Date: May 5th, 2003 08:10 pm (UTC) (Link)


I think all the stuff you do is fabulous. You're like my role model for self-improvement :) But then, you Atwoods all do a fair bit of that.

You're right that it's not cheap... heck, I can only afford to have one session a week with a trainer. But, money is there to be spent, and what better way to spend it than on developing your body, your musicality, or your artistic abilities?

Just got back from a late-night session at the gym to burn off all my hyperness from a day spent making arrangements for... da da da DAAAAA... my new car! I'll update in my Livejournal soon.

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