Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, get-to-know-us question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.
QUESTION: If you could learn about and master anything, what would that be, and why?
Lisa J. Jackson: I would absolutely love to learn how the brain works. It’s such a powerful organ yet it’s difficult to know how much of it we’re actually using. Are there portions of it we could have removed with no effect? Are there ways to use it to its full potential? Is there a way to use the brain’s power beyond 100%? I really want to know. Science has never been a strong subject for me, but learning all about the brain and how it works is something I’d absolutely love love love to know and share with anyone else who’d like to know.
For now I enjoy doing different types of puzzles and reading new-to-me topics — when I can feel my brain ache a bit, I know I’m exercising it — and I love that feeling.
Jamie Wallace: Oh! This is a Tough One. Because my curiosity makes me want to Learn. All. The. Things. Dozens of skills spring to mind: ballroom dancing, French cooking, speaking the French language, speed reading, ridiculously flexible yoga, kick ass meditation techniques … oh, so many things. I’ll be honest, though, the first thing that popped into my head was martial arts. I’ve always wished I was the kind of gal who could surprise the hell out of a would-be attacker by going all Ninja. Hmmm … interesting that “writing flawless novels” didn’t even occur to me.
Wendy Thomas: Epidemiology. (I know, I know, how weird is that?) The absolute best class I ever took was a graduate course on Epidemiology. It was tough, but I did well because I loved the material. To be an epidemiologist you have to understand trends, you have to look at statistics and come up with theories, and you have to be a world class detective to figure out how a disease or condition was passed. I am having the time of my life right now following this Ebola outbreak (and I mean that in a tongue-in-cheek way – of course the impact on people and communities is devastating.) If I could I’d go back to study the field full-time.
I used to be able to tell my kids that in the HISTORY of mankind, only one person has survived rabies. Since I learned that fact in my class, however, in the last few years a 15 year old girl managed to survive. So now there are two. Bring that little fact to your next party and watch other people be amazed.
Diane MacKinnon: I’d like to go to culinary school and master cooking. I love to cook and I love to try new recipes, but I’d love to be so knowledgeable and facile with cooking that I can whip together a delicious, simple meal in 30 minutes. Usually, I can’t. I can make some great meals, but I need time to make it all happen. And sauces, I’d love to be able to throw together a great sauce, but it’s all a mystery to me right now.
I used to think I’d go back to school and get a masters in creative writing, but these days I feel I’m better off just writing as much as possible.
Deborah Lee Luskin: I’d like to relearn French, in which I was once fluent, because I hate that I’ve lost it. And maybe learn Spanish and Italian, too. Spanish because it’s so part of our culture, and Italian because it’s so melodic (and I love opera). I’d also like to learn how to play the piano better, including improvisation. Currently, I’m practicing yoga and crosswords – both new to me. But mostly, I’m open to learn whatever it is that comes my way, including how to use technology better. As of yesterday, I’m signed up on twitter! Follow me! @debluskin