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If you spend time here, you will satiate your ongoing pursuit of knowledge, wisdom and cultural literacy for personal and professional development.   Learning is not confined to an academic classroom, but through exposure to intellectually stimulating material anytime in your lifespan. So if you’re motivated to initiate this inquisitive pursuit of knowledge, this site contains material on a wide breadth of subjects such as creative aging, cultural pluralism, comparative religion, health and wellness, cultural literacy, career development and much more. By ingesting our material you'll discover endless opportunities to enrich your life through this immersion process.  I'd encourage you to dive deep, learn and integrate. 


On my Lifelong learning page, you will see biographies and videos of great writers, philosophers and theologians in addition to famous lives who have impacted the course of history.  There are free booklets for you to download on the Booklets to Download page and they include titles such as comparative religion, cultural pluralism, health and wellness, a guide to writing your memoir and how to write an ethical will.  

If you are a student there is a page titled Academia where you can review curriculum I have written for classes I teach at Long Beach City College, Pasadena City College, University of Redlands and Southern California University of Health Sciences. 

There is educational material on mental illness on the page titled Literature on Mental Illness and you can watch a 40 minute documentary filmed at Founders House of Hope, a 97 bed residential care facility I work at in Artesia, CA   If you are interested in reading an anthology of poetry written by residents living with Schizophrenia Spectrum and other psychotic disorders please review these books on the page titled Founders House of Hope.  Undoubtedly, you will be impressed with the program accomplishments the residents at Founders House of Hope have achieved in the last several years. 

It's Time to Dive Deep, Learn and Integrate 

The fundamental principle we operate with is that delaying action or the self-initiated learning process will diminish the quality of your life.  Research has demonstrated that ongoing learning beyond the traditional classroom, especially in later adulthood generates meaning and purpose in life, which increases our quality of life.   

So, now that you've decided to activate this learning process, you are initiating a process of self-discovery that will reveal desires and interests left dormant in you for years. Exposure to the greatest writers and poets of the world or strategies to lead more healthy and purpose driven lives will result in added fulfillment and discovery of new leisure interests.









These are my Norwalk Senior Center students, some of who have been attending my class each week for the last 20 years. 

The best use of a life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.  
                                                                   ------ William James

Anything that has real and lasting value is always a gift from within.  


                                                                  ----- Franz Kafka

Art by Jay Michael Derifield
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