How some Music in the Local Library helped me feel close to my late Grandfather.

My grandfather was an amazing person and I loved him very much, unfortunately he passed away years ago while I was in College.

He loved Classical Music and Opera (just like I do) and had a great collection of vinyl records, also, the best memories I have from him are associated with music.

Yesterday I visited the Local Library to pick up a book and to take a look at the books in the Store.

When I was leaving I heard a piano and singing (what seemed to be Opera or something similar), at the beginning I thought it was a recording but, after walking a few steps, I saw that it was a woman inside a meeting room.

I sat in a bench in the hallway and during some minutes I listened to her singing and playing the piano, the music and her voice were beautiful and I got caught in the moment.

I thought about my grandfather and how much he loved music, I thought about the moments I spent with him and how much I miss him; while I was sitting in that bench I felt him close to me and for that I’m grateful.

The Local Library has always been one of my favorite places and after this last experience I love it even more.

Hobbies and E-learning: Acquiring new skills on Music and Cooking

IMG_20130209_233500

 

A few months ago I found an excellent website where you can take different online courses, the site is http://www.cousera.org.

The first course I took (for free) and finished two months ago, was Fundamentals of Personal Financial Planning provided by the University of California, Irvine. In this course I learned some basic aspects of IRS, Insurance and Retirement.

The course format included video lectures, quizzes, readings, some peer asignments and you can also interact with your peers through discussion forums.

Like besides reading, other of my hobbies are cooking and music, I recently started other courses on the same website (also offered free of charge):

-Introduction to Guitar by Berklee College of Music
-Child Nutrition and Cooking by Stanford University

The first week of the guitar course was interesting (of course first I had to convince my husband to let me use one of his guitars to practice), the video lectures were entertaining, I learned to identify the different parts of the guitar and even though my fingers hurt at the end of the practice, I felt satisfied because I learned how to play the first two chords 🙂

This week began the course of Nutrition and Cooking, and I’m anxious to start my first assignment in the kitchen.