The only way I could learn to conduct was on my own with my brilliant tutor and mentor Robert Linder.
I can read the bible when I want to read the bible.
I can worship when I want, pray when I want, and sing praises when I want.
I only way I could wander the woods learning the trees and plants was with my grandfather and by myself.
I learned kindness from my mother and grandmother and my Aunt Isabel at home.
I learned to make tomato gravy from my Aunt Isabel who loved me and who I loved.
I love to read what I want to read.
I can be creative.
I can finally design my own learning projects.
I can study what the bible says about being a better man.
I love to follow my heart.
I am stubborn.
I remember what I choose to learn.
Everything important I learned happened after I left school.
I like being able to mess around with materials like paint, paper, leaves, stems, shells, on and on.
I love math when I can follow my desires to learn it.
I love science when I have time to connect it to what it means.
I am one who values independence.
I never liked being told to stand in line.
I could be as intellectually weird as I wanted to be at home.
I could learn as fast as I could.
I didn’t have to wait.
I hated leaving something I loved to go to something I really disliked after 40 minutes.
I knew everything I took at school wasn’t the most important thing I would learn.
I love arguing.
I love libraries.
I love listening to Mozart while I study.
I love surfing the web for knowledge as I loved surfing the library for knowledge.
I can go to the bathroom anytime I need to go.
I can practice trumpet for hours.
I can lay on my back in the sun and think
I can think.
I can use internet sites to discuss things with real people in other countries.
I can find where things are happening on Google Earth.
I can read as many newspapers and sites as I want.
I can prepare real lessons for kids who want to learn as their tutor.
I can write what I want to write.
I can research anything.
I can learn anything.
I can blog.
I can go to MIT on a website.
I can learn from brilliant minds on TEDtalks.
I can pursue a line of thought as far as I want.
I can write sermons.
I can try to see the universe in a grain of sand.
I can continue to learn to cook.
I can be inspired by beautiful and brilliant blogs.
I can compare totally different views on political issues.
I can fulfil my talents.
I can value my talents.
I can learn Gaelic.
I can be me.
I can call a congressional office.
I can try to find out why….anything.
I can go visit someone who is sick.
I can find out what that mushroom is that is growing in my yard.
I can watch snow peas grow.
I can examine an insect under my microscope.
I can study photography.
I can learn micro photography.
I can go to Sheldon Reservoir to get algae samples.
I can woodwork.
I can design my next wooden toy.
I was never hesitant to be intelligent at home.
I never felt different at home, or in a library, or at a university.
I could stop and watch the world go by.
I can follow my muse.
I can let my mind wander.
I can walk along the seashore analyzing wave patterns.
I can do stock photography to improve my eye.
There is no end to why I love independent learning…or why I preach it to others…God gave us gifts and we can be free to use them….
All photographs by John McGeough