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February 2009 Archives

sm_donna2008.jpgAs a new year gets underway, many of us find ourselves making resolutions or vowing to "finally make that lifestyle or career change" we've been thinking about. It's a time of reflection, and of planning for the future.

Now, for those who want to plan their next career or re-evaluate their life path, LearningLife is offering life skills workshops that offer ways to get inspired, think about the future, and strategically plan out a blueprint for true life change. One upcoming workshop, Your Next Chapter: Exploring Life/Work Options, will be led by career consultant Donna Bennett.

Designed to help people think about their future and make meaningful decisions about their next steps in life, the workshop was initially intended for older adults considering an encore career. But now, however, when the job market and economy are tight, it is especially applicable to anyone who is looking to make a change in their lives.

coming up...February 2009

Career consultant Donna Bennett helps participants take proactive, planned steps towards achieving their goals in Your Next Chapter: Exploring Life/Work Options. Saturday, February 21, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Financial Planning for Life, Monday, February 9, 4:30-8:30 p.m.

Beyond the Book dessert discussion with Katherine Hirsch. Tuesday, February 12, 7-9 p.m.
Check out the online discussion.

From Farm to Fork: Becoming Part of the Slow Food Movement. Mondays, February 23-March 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

“...suddenly India, with more than a billion people, seemed small and closely knit, and I was stunned at how close terrorism had come to people I knew.�

Catherine Watson’s mind-expanding monthly blog, the open road, reflects on how travel changes one’s outlook on life and global events. Read more from the award-winning author at the LearningLife Web site.

Talk about an inspiring global perspective...J.L. David Smith, a University professor in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, thinks globally, and teaches his students to do so as well. For over 25 years, he has studied tigers in south and southeast Asia. Here at the U, he has established the Collaborative Lab for Asian Wildlife Studies (CLAWS), has led field classes of University undergraduates in Thailand, and has worked with a U graduate student to train former poachers to be forest rangers.

How does this relate to Minnesota? “Maintaining biodiversity is a regional, national, and international issue,� Smith explained in an interview with Legacy magazine. “Minnesotans understand that being global citizens means caring about global ecosystems.�