Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Lifelong Learning Thursday

Nancy Merz Nordstrom, author of Learning Later, Living Greater: The Secret of Making the Most of Your After 50 Years will share the benefits of Lifelong Learning on Thursdays.

The Secret for Making the Most of Your After-50 Years.

Lifelong Learning in Your Later Years…
A Health Club for Your Mind, Body, and Spirit!

Ah Italy…

Once we arrived in Verona, Italy we were treated to a lecture on the opera “Aida,” which we were seeing later that evening in an outdoor, 1,000 year-old Roman amphitheater! The amphitheater held 20,000 Italians who took their opera very seriously. As the opera began you could hear a pin drop, the audience was that quiet. The performance, enhanced by our lecture, was spectacular, complete with live animals, a cast of 200, and a full moon bathing the entire area in a golden glow.

The next day, after a lecture and a walking tour of Verona, our bus departed mid-afternoon, driving to the village of Dorf Tirol in the Italian Alps.

Dorf Tiro was beautiful–a perfect little Tirolean Village with signs in both German and Italian. We knew about the dual signage because of the lecture we had listened to before leaving Innsbruck. Sentiment about the Austrian loss of the South Tirol in 1918 still ran deep in the villagers, and even today unrest simmered in these northern Italian mountains.

The next morning found us walking down the mountain to Brunnenburg, the castle home of the late poet, Ezra Pound. His grandson now lives there, and has established the Tirolean Lifestyle Museum. Pound’s grandson gave us a very special guided tour and a lecture on the life and times of the controversial poet.

Lectures and visits to old Italian towns and medieval walled cities, completed our Italian stay. Five days later we found ourselves back in Innsbruck visiting castles, wonderful churches and cathedrals, art museums, and even meeting an actual descendant of the Hapsburgs.

Next week…On top of a glacier!

Euripides said, “Experience, travel - these are as education in themselves” So true! Never in my life had I felt like I was learning so much and enjoying myself at the same time. For more information on Learning Later, Living Greater visit You can purchase Learning Later, Living Greater at

Till Next Time…

Nancy Merz Nordstrom is Director of the Lifelong Learning Department at Computer School for Seniors (

1 comment:

Sage said...

Love your Secret! and I agree. We are leaving soon to spend the month of March in our little corner of heaven.