How to Attend MIT…..for FREE!


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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is unarguably one of the world’s premier establishments of higher learning.  Leaders from all over the world have graduated from MIT, including Benjamin Netanyahu, Ford Motor Company’s Executive Chairman William Clay Ford, Jr., and the founder of E*Trade, William (Bill) Porter.  It’s also home to some of the world’s brightest young stars in the areas of energy management, poverty relief, and cognizant studies.

Being one of the world’s best universities bestows on MIT an obligation to make the world a better place, not only by providing the kind of education that shapes leaders and molds think tanks, but by making that education accessible to everyone who has access to the internet.  Sure, you’re not going to get any credit or earn a degree from MIT, but you CAN “attend” the university and have access to its course materials, syllabi, videos of lectures, exams and more.  Why?  Stated simply by Dick K. P. Yue, a professor in MIT’s School of Engineering, “The idea is simple: to publish all of our course materials online and make them widely available to everyone.”  How beautiful is that?!

I have always wanted to major in Political Science, but the years that I was able to attend college have passed me by.  I don’t have the time, nor the funds, nor the energy to do so now.  I DO have a burning desire for learning, an internet connection, and access to MIT’s course materials in Political Science.  Nirvana!!  Other disciplines offered include biological engineering, physics, and music and theater arts, something for almost everyone!

Try it, there’s always something new to learn!



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Himalayan pink salt


I have about a pound of this stuff at home, I use it when I make bath salts. It’s FANTASTIC. GET some!

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Himalayan pink salt is a natural rock salt which is unprocessed and unrefined and  is extracted at the foot of the Himalayas. And is considered the most valuable one of all salts . Its unique pink color is derived by the high concentration of minerals and trace elements such as iron and copper.  Properties and benefits of this salt rosaProprio have a particular origin , the pink salt has acquired some beneficial properties that differentiate it from the common salt . The normal table salt, in fact , reflects the current pollution of the seas. The Himalayan salt , however, is the purest salt because it is simply removed and washed without being subjected to any refining treatment . It is the only one that contains the right proportions of the minerals and the trace elements we need . Thanks to these features , the pink salt has some special…

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I have recently discovered a love for Filofax binders, and planners in general.  Printing my own inserts for them, decorating, writing in many colors, stickers, and more.  It’s really FUN, but wow……I’ve come to realize that I move from one obsession to the next….seeking something….but never finding it.  Or, finding it briefly and then moving on again.

Previous loves include photography, shoes, making candles and soaps, handbags and……shoes.  I don’t love the past obsessions any less, but once I’ve moved on, I don’t usually return.  Except for the shoes, of course, ’cause c’mon…..SHOES.  I’m also a long-time lover of pens and paper….the nicer, the better.  Smooth Levenger and Rhodia paper are my favorites, and I’m currently in love with my Lamy fountain pen.  Especially since I just put a purple cartridge in it!

What is it that I’m looking for, though?  I can’t help wondering what kind of fulfillment I’m missing that I have to fill it with a string of, “currently obsessing over…” items.  It seems some deep soul-searching might be in my near future.

Meanwhile…..I’ll be at my desk….doodling in my planners.  :)


Time Flies…

It gets away quickly when you’re not paying attention, doesn’t it?

It’s been a dismal start to the year so far, but I have HIGH hopes for the rest of it…beginning tomorrow.  Why?  Because it’s Chinese New Year, signifying the beginning of the Year of the Horse.  Guess what I am?  Yep…..a Horse.  :)


Not everything I’ve read has agreed that Horses tend to have a good year in the Year of the Horse, but more often than not they fare better than in many non-Horse years.  Hopeful, right?

So far, I’ve managed to NOT keep ANY of my New Year’s resolutions.  My excuse is that tomorrow actually signals MY “new year,” and so I will become accountable beginning then.  Hey – that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

How about you?  New Year’s resolutions trashed or on track?  How has the first month of 2014 treated you?  What hopes do you have for the rest of the year?

2013 in review

I love that WordPress does this automatically every year, it saves me from doing it myself!  Ha!  Here’s the 2013 Year in Review for

HAPPY NEW YEAR, everyone! :)

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 25 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.