We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Mrs. BD and I listen to Teaching Company cds in the car. Well, it's called "Great Courses" now.
Best college course I ever sat in on is Bob Greenberg's How to Listen to and Understand Great Music. It's on sale now. I cannot express how absorbing and wonderful he is to listen to. It's life-changing, even for somebody musically-disabled like me.
Handel wrote Messiah - 50 gem-like and unforgettable tunes - in 24 days.
I've been listening to a ton of these courses lately, while driving or doing long painting projects outside. It's getting to where they send me emails every day or two enticing me with sales. I've been considering for quite a while whether to try one of Greenberg's well-reviewed courses, and this morning they finally offered me one so cheap -- $10 -- that I couldn't resist. I downloaded the Tchaikovsky lecture series and am looking forward to it. If I like it, I can get four or five more Greenberg music lectures this weekend for a similar price.
The 60-lecture series "The Joy of Science" is terrific. I've got it loaded in my car and have been working away at it for many weeks now.