Bits of Time…Not Wasted

Last night I said to use one’s comments on other posts as an idea generating monkey. I didn’t actually use the term “idea generating monkey” and wish I had, but better late than never. I digress…

Carolyn Nicander Mohr wrote a wonderful post describing a number of apps that teach kids about our country’s presidents. I left a comment and then bought the first one she reviewed, for $1.99.

I think after you read my thoughts, you get why I did.

“I don’t have children. I loved this post, though. About two weeks ago, I found an app that teaches one the state capitals. I was cocky, thinking it would be fun to dominate. I did NOT dominate.

I remember studying with my mom for the 5th grade state capital test. She made me laugh with memory aids like, “Ark can’t saw a Little Rock”. I did well on that test. 5th grade was a long time ago.

The worst moment was when I couldn’t remember the capital of Maryland. I moved back to Iowa, a couple of years ago, after living in Maryland for 7 years. It was an embarrassing moment.

So, I’ve been playing with the app and I’m pleased to say that I’m pretty good with state capitals, again. I even had fun. I just may have to give a couple of these a try, because knowing more about the Presidents would be even better than capitals.”

(Note: The capital of Maryland is Annapolis)

You see, learning is a joy. I’m not sure why, but I find adding things into my mental file cabinet to be even better on my iPhone. I also like filling in little bits of time that often go wasted. These apps are perfect in that capacity.

I’ve studied state capitals while waiting in line, quite a few times. It makes standing in queue, as they say across the pond, much less painful.  The more I push myself, the better the old grey cells seem to work.

The other day I saw a puzzle similar to this one. The answer was obvious almost immediately. Admittedly, it isn’t a very tricky one, but I remember earlier this year when I pulled out one of my books that has this type of brain teaser and I struggled. I’ve done other things, like Lumosity, but the point is, the more you use your brain the sharper it gets.

So, go buy an app and learn something. Heck, if you have kids, you might even let them play it, too.  Then you will both know that the first vice president under our fourth president, James Madison, was George Clinton (when he wasn’t playing with Parliament and Funkadelic).

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