My illness has allowed me the luxury of time and thus a flurry of blog posts, from Logan songs to Logan story bits. Now I'm back in the woodshed. I'm two chapters away from completing The Far Side of the World, and I got The Reverse of the Medal from Half Price Books yesterday, as well as the 'last zombie pirate action figure' for $2. But that's not the coolest thing.
|How is this not Heaven?|
All ye brethren know that the creme of maritime museums is Mystic Seaport. Over the summer I noticed that they had a one-month institute for teachers called "The American Maritime People" under the auspices of the Frank C. Munson Institute of American Studies. This made me drool: stay in an old building at the seaport, take a series of seminars from the top names in American maritime history, gain access to the Seaport's archives, tour local sites and ships. Being a Left Coast dude with no money, there was no way I could go. But I've done the next best thing: I'm going to reproduce it right here. The syllabus was put online, and "Santa" (my parents) are gifting all the books. Better yet, I have established direct communication with Dr. Glenn S. Gordinier, co-director of the Institute, who has given me direct encouragement and promised a copy of the course reader. I have also added a few extras, namely Konstam's bio of Blackbeard and Clifford's account of the Whydah.
The point is this. Over the next several months I will be homeschooling myself in American maritime history. There will be a lot of reading. I am academic enough to know that reading is not sufficient, and so with a little guidance from Dr. Gordinier I will also be writing "papers" on the course material, with no fear at all of scholarly debate. And who gets to read these first: YOU!
|The Munson Room|
My Christmas present is the open door I've been looking for, the way to get back into the scholarly sports, if you will, but with a new game. To quote Dr. Gordinier: "I can relate to your interest in the maritime past. After ten years of teaching public school, I changed my career because, having taken the Munson courses, determined that I wanted to work at Mystic Seaport. I've been here now 33 years making the salary of a staffer at a not-for-profit, but never regretting the move."
I hope you will join me in this new phase of Lou's adventures, one that damned well might be life-changing...