I once had a small car that would only run properly when it was being driven every day. If I left it in the garage over the weekend, it would be difficult to start Monday morning and would run sluggish until it hit the open road. It seemed as though the car just loved to do what it was made for.
I believe our minds are no different. They are designed to learn and grow. If we leave them in storage, they'll get sluggish and run rough.
It's hard to describe, but there seems to be something magical that happens when we read something fascinating or watch an informative television program one that nourishes our minds instead of eroding them. This uplifting feeling is even more obvious when we take a trip to a new land or attend a workshop or class. Learning rejuvenates us and enables us to look at our world with a renewed sense of wonder, fascination and appreciation.
The Rim country is fortunate to have a fountain of learning right in our own back yard at Eastern Arizona College.
At the Payson campus, students can learn gardening from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays.
Discover yourself with an acting class from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays.
Unleash the writer in you by taking a short story writing class from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays.
On Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. you'll find a color and design class that will cover the elements of line, value, shape, texture and color.
Experience beginning T'ai Chi from 5:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, or kick up your heels at a beginning Western dance class on Tuesday nights.
Getting registered is easy and affordable. If you are over age 55, you can attend classes for free with scholarships available at EAC's administration office.
The deadline to register for academic classes is Tuesday, Jan. 16. Enrollment for activity classes such as art, wellness and gardening closes Tuesday, Jan. 23, and classes are starting right away.
For a complete class schedule, call EAC at 474-2224, or stop by the campus at the northeast corner of Mud Springs Road and Highway 260.
Richard Haddad, publisher