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Learning the Hard Way

Learning the Hard Way

"If you don't continue to learn, you learn the hard way. If your mind and your heart isn't open to change, you become a vegetable or a piece of stone. And who wants to live like that? So if that means going back to school, fine. If it means bringing school into the retirement community, that's even better. As long as I can learn a little bit every day. You learn about yourself and you don't always like yourself, but as long as you learn you are alive."

Flossie Lewis, 90, is a writer who spent 38 years as a high school English teacher. She later worked as an English professor at the University of California Berkley, where she earned her Ph.D at the age of 73.

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