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Does Lifelong Learning Only Apply to Degree Seeking Moms?

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Ms Sassy Pants guest posts. She is a single mother living in Cowtown, WI, a self-proclaimed nerd who would gladly go to school for the rest of her life if only someone would foot the bill. She currently satisfies her nerdy needs by planning seminars for an adult learning program through the University of Wisconsin. You find her sassy style of writing at Ms. Sassy Pants.

When I was a girl I would sit at my desk in my room and make up homework to do. In short, I was a little nerd and I never quite out grew it. I need to be growing and learning but financial and time constraints derailed my dreams of being a professional college student. So what’s a girl to do? I’m glad you asked.

I joined my first “club” four years ago but only because I was lured there with the promise of wine, lots and lots of wine. Spending evenings with the ladies of “BookIt”, I learned so much more than I did in many of my college lit courses. Rather than approaching a book with a learning agenda, we let the conversation take us wherever. For instance, did you know that the narwhal whale is believed to have spawned the myth of the unicorn? I learned that while discussing The Whale Rider with a woman who studied marine biology in Melbourne.

Book ClubYour browser may not support display of this image.Shortly after my stint with the book ladies, I started stamping with a wonderful group of women. I have never been a visually artistic person. Ever. I was convinced that I would be a complete failure at this stamping thing. But with laughter and a truckload of patience, they taught me how to tap into my dormant artiste.

Your browser may not support display of this image.Wine clubs are not only an opportunity to get tipsy with friends but also to learn about soils and climate and ITALY. Who doesn’t want to know more about Italy, the birthplace of pasta and Raoul Bova? Mmmm, pasta.


Who needs a college professor when we have each other and Google? We are the educators and the students. Each of us has something to share and something to learn. Mom-o-matic just blogged about the magazine: Semi-Homemade by Sandra Lee and since I’m semi-domestic I had to check it out. You should too. You just might learn something.

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An active part of the Mom It Forward team, Jyl primarily writes about parenting, social good, and all things travel related. In a past life, Jyl was an award-winning copywriter and designer of corporate training programs for Fortune 100 companies. Offline, Jyl is married to @TroyPattee; a mom to two teen boys and a beagle named #Hashtag; loves large amounts of cheese, dancing, and traveling; and lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Topping her bucket list is the goal to visit 50 countries by the time she's 50.

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