Academy for Lifelong Learning (A.L.L.) is a community made up of adults age 50+ for whom learning has never gone out of style. We are located in the CyFair area of Houston at the Lone Star College-CyFair campus. We look forward to you joining our group.

A.L.L. classes are held in HSC 106 unless otherwise noted.

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CURRICULUM COMMITTEE

The Curriculum Committee needs YOUR help in planning classes. Please get involved. Contact Lou Master or Donna Smith to schedule a class. Lou's email lou.n.sue@comcast.net, phone 832-687-4175. Donna's email smithill@comcast.net, phone 832-392-2295.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

The History of Libraries

We covered a lot of ground in the class learning about the history of libraries from thousands of years ago to today. Jane Stimpson, CyFair librarian, gave us great insight to how history of libraries and history of civilizations are tightly interwoven. Great discussion ensued.

To see Jane's presentation, click here.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Reason and Being Human - Philosophy

Philosophy Professor Grady Watts once again made us think!!  Today's topic was about "reason" and "being human".  What sets humans apart from animals other than the power to think and reason?  We reviewed several philosophers that were in praise of reason and others that were in doubt of reason.  We then touched on the "belief in God".  Professor Watts feels that everything humans do can fall into three categories that progress toward "Fact".  The first category is everything that humans believe, have an opinion on, or taste.  This is where most people's thoughts remain. Philosophers try to take a belief into the next category which is "Argument" where pro and con arguments are made for a certain belief. If an argument could ever be finalized it would move into the third area of "Fact".  In relation to God, people have many beliefs, some philosophers will argue for the existence of God while others will argue against the existence of God. So far, that argument has not moved to the category of "Fact".  We always love having Grady....he makes us think beyond our everyday lives.  To view his PowerPoint click here.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Fit for ALL - Vitamins and Minerals

As we started the new year, Ronnie Nespeca, Chair Kinesiology at LSC-CyFair, shared some tips regarding nutrition for our members. We discussed the amount of vitamins, minerals or other supplements people may be taking. What do we really need? What can we get from wise food choices? Are their cheaper/better sources for those vitamins and minerals? Of course, discuss any changes with your doctor first.

Ronnie's handout on Vitamins and Minerals is here.
His handout from the National Institute on Aging regarding supplements is here.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Intro to ALL and CyFair Campus

Welcome ALL members, new and returning, as we kick off the Spring 2016 semester with an introduction to the ALL program and the LSC-CyFair campus.  There is so much to do and see with ALL, the college and the public library.  Attendees were given a tour of the campus highlights by the college's Student Ambassadors.

To see the presentation, click here.

Zentangle

ALL member Marianna Wood introduced the class to a meditative drawing technique, aptly named Zentangle. Drawing out the artist within each of us, the main principle of this technique is - there are no mistakes in Zentangle. Let the creativity flow with just pen and paper.

To the right, is a finished assembly of Tangles, by ALL member R.J. Eckhardt.   The top of the grid is "favorites" and the down side, "least favorite". This grid is a great way to practice before we meet again at some, as yet, undetermined time. 

Monday, December 7, 2015

Relativism Philosophy Discussion

We were honored to have student philosopher Zenon Lys lead a discussion on Relativism. He presented info from three supporter philosophers and three dissenter philosophers. His discussion questions can be seen in his presentation by clicking here.   

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Origins of Antisemitism and Recent Rise in Europe

Emily Sample from the Holocaust Museum Houston returned to our classroom with her colleague Michelle Tovar to present the background of Antisemitism and how it is currently manifesting itself in Europe. We also discussed how similar sentiments are also on display with other groups in events happening today. When you have a chance, visit the HMH and attend events. You can access the HMH website here.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Women's Self-Defense Tips

Associate Professor Tim Mousel came to present to our ALL group on Tuesday, November 17th. Unfortunately, due to the bad weather, there were few in attendance.  However, Tim did give me his handout that he was going to review on Women's Self-Defense Tips. To see his handout click here.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Off the Beaten Path in Brooklyn and Manhattan

Sharon and Marty Samson shared their travels through Brooklyn and Manhattan to visit their son. The trip was packed with visits to interesting places that are overlooked by many tourists. Sites include Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, High Line Park, "love locks" on the Brooklyn Bridge, Green-Wood Cemetery and a Russian jazz band. To view pictures of their trip click here.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Moo Shu Chicken & Vegetables

ALL member, Lou Master, gave us another lesson in the use of a wok. He prepared an American version of Moo Shu Chicken and Vegetables. It contained shredded chicken (from a roast chicken), broccolini, sliced snow peas, shredded carrots and cabbage cooked with hoisin sauce. This was served in Chinese pancakes with more hoisin sauce. Small servings of hot and sour soup and egg drop soup were also served. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the class. For the recipe - click here.