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Tougher Bodies and Minds

Anne220 Wrote: May 26, 2012 10:48 AM
I'm nearly 64 and could answer most of the questions. I'm going to forward Mr. Payne's article to our daughters and sons. All but one have collegedegrees ; two have advanced degrees. Our older son is a CIA graduate (he's a chef) and knows more about geopolitics and history than I'll ever know. Obviously, given the generation gap, I expect all of them (except the chef) will know far less than I. My husband had the advantage of being able to take Latin courses in junior and senior high so his grasp of etymology is far greater than mine. As a result he is able to learn foreign languages (well Romance languages) far better than I. Anyone remember diagramming sentences in elementary school??
PammyFaye Wrote: May 26, 2012 10:17 PM
I'm almost embarrassed to admit that diagramming sentences was the highlight of my grammar schools years - I LOVED it!!
PecosPete.38 Wrote: May 26, 2012 11:54 AM
Yes, Anne, diagramming sentences & also memorizing poems. In the UK, it's nothing for people to be able to recite some of their famous poets. Here, zero, among the young.
Are we tough enough? I'm working on a piece about the root of our problems and our ability or inability to endure pain. The thing is becoming an opus. On that note, the essential question around the world is how tough people are and how much they are willing to sacrifice and invest in blood, sweat, and tears. I think we have to take it out of neutral and somehow find a way to push ourselves. In the meantime, the government has to find a way to make decisions that would hurt at first but be liberating down the road.

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