I love to read, but I spend less and less time doing it.  In fact, the only thing I read on a regular basis is my Bible.  I continue buying books, but the reading itself just seems to make it to the back burner.  I wish someone would tell me how to fit it into my schedule, but the reality is…I just don’t have the time. 

I think that’s why I’m afraid to go back to school.  My boss is getting his masters and has encouraged me to do the same.  The department will pay for almost all of it, but the concept of going to school scares me to death.  I have been out of school for so long that I don’t remember how to write a paper or even study effectively.  On the bright side, I think I could pretty much nail gym class.  Maybe its something I should think about for this new year.  Or maybe I’ll just start reading more. 

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I can relate to the 'buying books and not reading them' issue. I've recently promised myself that I'll buy no more books until I have read some of what I have on hand. The bad news: it's hereditary... my daughter has the same problem.

I think you should seriously consider going to school again. I didn't go to college after high school because my parents were not the type who encouraged education for girls. I probably wouldn't have been a successful student at that time anyway. I started college at age 53 (in 1999)... to get a technical certificate to update my skills in the field of my past work experience... (accounting). I hadn't worked in quite a few years and needed to go back to work. I have never enjoyed anything so much in my life! I found that being "mature" was a tremendous asset. I mixed well with the kids and found it a very positive experience. At the end of my 36 hours tech. certification, I changed my major to Liberal Arts and hope to get back to school, at least at night, in the future. I have always been a writer and want to get some English hours in.

I'm looking forward to reading your blog in the future. I am a civilian employee with a small county agency bordering Houston, Harris Co., Texas. We have two female law enforcement officers; one is a detective and the other is an evidence deputy. I serve on the Interview Board here and I am extremely interested in the subject of Women in Law Enforcement.

Posted by: Joy | Jan 19, 2005 6:45:23 PM

Hi Joy,
Thanks for your comment and encouraging words. I will consider going back this year and will keep in the back of my mind your experience and how much you enjoyed it. Maybe I will start to read a few books and get myself ready for school. I guess it is never too late to go back.
I have never been to Houston but if it's anything like the other Texas cities I have been too the people are very friendly and the food it great!
Take care and Happy New Year,

Posted by: Jan | Jan 23, 2005 11:27:59 PM

Hi again Jan

I was feeling a bit 'stretched' today and doing some boring old filing. Came across our previous contact, so decided to visit again.
You might like to know that my youngest daughter, after being quite successful, decided to go to University. She'd originally left school at 15, so thought it might be too hard.

She graduated with honors in a Law Degree. It wasn't easy, she was having to still work - albiet part time - just to survive. But her work since then has taken her to very high in Public Service in our National Capital, Canberra (Australia). What a waste it would have been if she hadn't done that.

With the wisdom you've already shown, wouldn't it be a waste if you don't progress yourself to a position where you can be a teacher to many more of your associates too?

Much love


Posted by: Beryl | Feb 3, 2005 12:08:26 AM

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