You’ve probably seen them. Puffy groups of words that illustrate articles, especially those that you read on the internet. Yes, they have a name – Word Clouds.
Why are they seemingly so prolific? Word clouds are great visual tools because they help to communicate ideas in a very direct way by putting the focus on the most important words in a story. As an added bonus, there are free programs that easily let you create amazing word clouds in minutes! (More…)
Unbearable Florida heat and humidity, wives off on their own adventures, more than a slight danger of boredom—how are a couple of golden agers to spend their summer vacation?
Tim McMurrich and I have been friends for 45 years (although we lost contact with each other for 30 of those) ever since we were part of a stellar softball outfield in the ‘70s. We hatched our plan to tour Civil War Battlefields over cocktails during the Christmas holidays (not surprisingly our spouses began planning alternate summer plans the same evening). So, began an 8-day Odyssey (More…)
“Why bother with the past? It is not where you come from but where you end up.” This was a question posed by my younger son who was and is as American as Mom’s apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side. I smile at him as we sit around a kidney-shaped swimming pool with sparkling blue water; the bright Florida sun glinting off the calm surface of the water with occasional swirls from the underwater jets and filtration system.
My answer was unthinkingly swift and spontaneous, as I had heard this type of question before, posed by students who were impatient to get on with life. (More…)
In the late 1970s, I started researching my family tree. My paternal grandmother’s grandfathers were Union soldiers in the Civil War, so I obtained their military records through the National Archives.
Charles G. Dixon married his sweetheart two days before he enlisted in October, 1864, in Company E, 8th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry. Private Dixon served only 9 months before his discharge in July 1865. A year later, he and Emma Gleason became parents of my great-grandfather, William H. Dixon.
Sanford C. H. Smith was a married father of four children when he enlisted in September, 1862, in Company H, 7th Regiment, Ohio Cavalry. Corporal Smith was captured during the Battle of (More…)
OLLI-USF offers some excellent travel opportunities, many of which enable you to actually visit the places you learn about in OLLI classes.
But OLLI will have to call in Elon Musk—or perhaps a time travelling Jean Luc Picard—to let you visit the places Lt. Commander Fulvia M. Fiorani will cover in her class this semester: The Universe – A Cosmic Journey. (More…)
We’ve added a new permanent page to OLLI Connects: a gallery of members’ photographs. Most of our posts are “words in a row” illustrated with a few photographs. But some OLLI members, especially the OLLI Shutterbugs, see the world the other way around: vivid and powerful images, perhaps given context with a few words. We have a few of those images in our Gallery now, and we hope to add many, many more. (More…)
We descend through the last layer of cloud, and Mexico City is spread out below us, a red, white and gray metropolis covering the entire Valley of Mexico, and it’s climbing relentlessly up the sides of the valley. 21 million people – – isn’t it one of the planet’s biggest cities? – – live here.
Mexico City is, of course, a Spanish colonial city, built by Cortes after he had destroyed the original city of the Aztecs. The modern city has a European flavor: the tree-lined Paseo de la Reforma is modeled after the Champs Elysees; sleek cars stream down the boulevards and sleek people lounge and stroll. (More…)
If you have a Bluetooth enabled hearing aid and an iPhone, your iPhone may be able to detect your hearing aid and work with its settings to improve the sound on your phone calls. Made for iPhone (MFi) hearing aids can help you hear more clearly on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Read on to learn how to pair your hearing aid with your iOS device, control it and more. (More…)
Over the years, I’ve dabbled in oil painting, knitting, needlepoint in its many varieties, and I currently enjoy my passion for writing. I have always been fascinated by what can be done with wood, particularly wood carving. Having had an epiphany that I was hanging around in my head too much, I decided to give this craft a try. (More…)
There are many advantages to being an OLLI member, and several current members are enjoying one of them now.
It’s OLLI-USF’s “Behind the Scenes” and Performance Series: an opportunity to see a marvelous performance at the STRAZ (aka the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts) and enjoy an exclusive pre-show discussion with a knowledgeable guide. (More…)