Fridays with Manny


Lessons From History

It takes me about twelve minutes to drive to my office. However, since I take Max to his dog walker three times a week, my journey extends to about forty-five minutes. I look forward to this extra time, since it allows me to continue my ongoing education. Almost forty years ago, I developed a habit of listening to audio tapes while driving. Originally, they were motivational programs, however, after I discovered “The Great Courses”, my listening became educational. 

Over the years, I learned a great deal about many subjects. The latest was a course taught by Professor J. Rufus Fears titled, “Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life”. The course provides a synopsis of thirty-two books written by many great authors like, Plato’s “Republic” and George Orwell’s “1984”.

There were many lessons conveyed by each book. One of the authors was Sir Winston Churchill, who won a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953. I can relate to his famous proclamation, “Never, Never, Never Give Up”. Some people like to read historical books, while others prefer to dress up in historical clothing, like these women I encountered in Golden Gate Park, who are members of the “Greater Bay Area Costume Guild”.

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