Повторение – мать учения “Repetition is the mother of learning.”

Here’s my high school group and I on our trip to the (then) Soviet Union in the summer of 1977. To pay for the trip I worked two part-time jobs while I went to school. I finished college in 3 years with a degree in Russian and a minor in French. And what does that degree have to do with what I do today? Well, my whole life I’ve had the ability to learn hard languages (like Russian or Sciencese) and then translate them into something everyone can understand. 🙂 (That’s me on the far left. The photo is by my Russian teacher, Eleni Petrovna, whose lessons about learning and travel and just being a good person I carry with me still today.)

If you’ve ever wondered why you see the same ad over and over, it’s because of this little rhyme my high school Russian teacher taught us. “Puff-da-rain-ya mahts oo-chen-ya” or “Repetition is the mother of learning.” When something is repeated enough, we absorb the lesson.

That’s one of the reasons for this week’s collections of some previously published articles. For some of you, they will be brand new. For those of you who have seen some of them before, I hope, as someone wrote me recently, you realize something you hadn’t when you first read the article.

The other reason for this repetition is On Pasture is on it’s annual winter break this week and next. Still, I don’t like to leave you with nothing to read, so I do this for you every year.

There are multitudes here for you. I hope they serve you well during a time when we’re all reflecting on the end of one year and planning for a new one.

I’ll be doing my own reflecting about On Pasture and some changes I’m considering for 2021. For example, our focus may shift to reflect some of the work I’m doing with the National Grazing Lands Coalition to use the On Pasture archives to create ebooks. Currently “Grazing 101” and “Grazing Planning” are in the works.

Tell me what you want…

You can guide me by telling me how many articles you can really read and absorb in a week, what works for you and what doesn’t, and what you’d like more of. You can write me or you can fill out this 8-question, 3-minute survey. After all, you’re the only reason I do this, so your input is really important!

And while I’m repeating things…

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Thanks for reading! Happy Holidays!


One thought on “Повторение – мать учения “Repetition is the mother of learning.”

  1. I blew your high school photo up as much as possible and guess what? You look the same! 🙂

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