Lifelong Learning

Go with the flow

During the spring and summer of 2007 I wrote a series of articles for (Regence is the largest health insurer in the Northwest/Intermountain Region of the US including Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Utah). The series was entitled “The Lifelong Learner” and it covered a range of topics, most having to do with helping people understand learning styles, memory, and, at the end, perspectives on parents and endurance events. The latter two categories make sense to me inasmuch as I learned a lot from both subjects. These articles are meant to be easy to read and informative in an instantly applicable way. There were among my favorite writing projects from 2007.

Learning to Learn

Here’s a profoundly simple truth: you never stop learning. Once you determine what kind of learner you are, the practical applications to your life — personal, professional, recreational — are pretty much limitless. Learning what kind of learner your spouse, children or grandchild are makes communicating with one another so much more pleasant. Read the rest here.

It’s About Time to Learn

Along with learning how you learn best, it is also crucial to know when you learn and remember. Here’s a question to ask yourself at the end of a typical day: When do you remember what you remember from your day? Is it 8 a.m. to noon, the post-lunch grind, the free-at-last 5 p.m. to 10 at night period or a combination of snippets throughout the day? Read the rest here.

The Long and the Short of Memory

As we age, we forget. Memories fade, eventually failing. How, then, can we better remember? To answer, let’s look at the three areas of memory: long-term, short-term and active working. Read the rest here.

Afraid to Learn

How do you react to a situation that really makes you think? As a student, what was your response to a challenging math problem or an essay question? As an adult, what happens when you get a call from a co-worker with a problem that needed to be solved three hours ago? Read the rest here.

School Smarts

Being good at school doesn’t necessarily mean you’re smart. Does that mean the opposite is true? Being bad at school doesn’t necessarily mean you’re dumb? The answer is yes. Both are true. Read the rest here.

Visualize Learning

If you have taken the mini-quiz and think that you might be a visual learner, read on and see how to use your visual learning abilities to your advantage. If you are not a visual learner, read this article to understand how visual learners think and how you can incorporate some visual learning into your dominant learning style. Read the rest here.

Listen and Learn

If after taking the mini-quiz you think you might be an auditory learner, read on to see how your auditory learning abilities can be used to your advantage. If you are not an auditory learner, read this article to understand how auditory learners process information and how to incorporate some auditory learning methods into your dominant learning style. Read the rest here.

Parenting Through the Eyes of a Teacher

In twelve years of teaching, I’ve worked with over a thousand parents, yet the parents I see the most, unfortunately, have children in trouble. Working with parents during troubled times has allowed me to see parenting at its best and worst. While most parents mean well, teachers see a clear distinction between negative and positive parenting choices. Read the rest here.

Enduring Endurance Events

I completed my first endurance event, a 100-mile long Century bike ride, soon after my father died from leukemia. I joined the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s “Team in Training” and had coaches helping me train while raising money for blood cancer research. My cause got me on my bike on a cold, rainy Saturday morning. I would think, “This event is bigger than me.” Read the rest here.

And, in case you were wondering, I never got to write articles about hands-on (kinesthetic) or social (interpersonal) learning styles. Will I someday? I certainly hope so.



I’m constantly impressed with the leaps and bounds neuroscience is taking these days. The combination of technology and advocacy is helping to make the science of the brain easier to understand while also helping spread the message that we need to understand and take care of this most vital organ. As well, the more we understand about how our brain works–sometimes for us and sometimes against us–we can better understand how we perceive and react to the world around us. This page is a place where I can link to some of my favorite contributors to the conversation.


2 Replies to “Lifelong Learning”

  1. A wise man once told me, “When you go to bed and wake up with beauty everyday, sometimes it is hard to see it.”
    I did not relly get let it sink in until I was driving home.
    I love your website and am very impressed. I would like to know the next time you have a speaking engagement in the KC metro.

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