No rain until we got home after our 2PM lecture.

Another day at Learningville.

Typical house with multiple porches.  The place is a treat for the eyes.
Typical house with multiple porches. The place is a treat for the eyes.

 

 

 

 

Our 10:45 presenter, Roger Cohen of the NY Times was terrific as a first day guy.  He took us back 70 years in Europe’s history and put some of their current challenges in much more understandable perspective.  He feels that the European Union is in more jeopardy now than ever, but Cohen would bet on their further integration and expansion.

His background is tremendous over many years in Europe although he is a South African originally and in now an American citizen.  Excellent presenter.  Great at Q and A, too.

We strolled the grounds to hear a review of the book, “All the Light We Cannot See”.  Then, did the 2PM lecture at the Hall of Philosophy by a professor from William and Mary.

Along the way, we enjoyed the atmosphere, the architecture, the flowers and each other.

The kids get to frolic inside great architecture, too. This is a huge indoor basketball court. Down below we can hear (and feel) a drum circle practicing.
The kids get to frolic inside great architecture, too. This is a huge indoor basketball court. Down below we can hear (and feel) a drum circle practicing.
Railings in a rustic style at Boys Club leading down to Lake.
Railings in a rustic style at Boys Club leading down to Lake.
Black-Eyed Susans in profusion and height of bloom.
Black-Eyed Susans in profusion and height of bloom.
These plants must have been brought from Africa.  Many of the porches provide the perfect place to discuss the latest lecture.
These plants must have been brought from Africa. Many of the porches provide the perfect place to discuss the latest lecture.
Currently at Hall of Philosophy, awaiting next speaker. No rain yet; just sprinkles.
Currently at Hall of Philosophy, awaiting next speaker. No rain yet; just sprinkles.

The 2PM guy spoke in 78rpm, so we heard 100 years of history in an hour about Russia’s ideas about the Crimea and the Ukraine.  East vs. West in a modern 21st Century context.

Huge bench holds the Staffords and Nancy. A few raindrops coming.
Huge bench holds the Staffords and Nancy. A few raindrops coming.

The rain just began in earnest as we are nestled in our home with nothing heavy on the agenda for the night.  It enhances the discussion of who we heard and what everyone thinks they said.  The one guy with the book review started telling us the book’s story and we left and went for a walk.

Good meal planned.  All is well.

chiproach

Lifelong Philadelphia area Realtor. Now a 10-year citizen of Sanibel, Florida. Married to Nancy for 53 years. Three children (2 in Devon; 1 in Steamboat Springs, CO) and 5 grandkids. Helping with charities involving poverty, kids and education.

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