The Cousins Discuss the Pandemic Pt. 1: A Good Time to Learn Something New

“A Family Conversation” is a storytelling audio series that features weekly discussions between blogging cousins LadyG and Ron Brown on current events along with favorite posts from each other’s blog.

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In today’s conversation, we use my post “Pandemic: The Winds of Change” as a conversation starter on how we’re trying to make the most of this Covid-19 situation.

Listen in as we touch on the following:

  • This is a good time to gain free knowledge
  • YouTube is a helluva drug
  • What might have happened if our predecessors had the technology that we have today. (Note: LadyG is in the kitchen washing dishes during this part)
  • How a Black female Mathematician from NASA, Katherine Johnson, was highly respected by astronaut, John Glenn :

As a part of the preflight checklist, Glenn asked engineers to “get the girl”—Johnson—to run the same numbers through the same equations that had been programmed into the computer, but by hand, on her desktop mechanical calculating machine.  “If she says they’re good,’” Katherine Johnson remembers the astronaut saying, “then I’m ready to go.” Glenn’s flight was a success, and marked a turning point in the competition between the United States and the Soviet Union in space.

Katherine Johnson’s Biography by Margot Lee Shetterly. NASA. gov.

We also discuss:

  • How our family has always engaged in continuing education
  • The distinction between being “learned ” and being a “career student”
  • The idea of a job being a means to an end

Of course, we compare notes on what we knew then and what we know now about Covid-19, and why some people will never believe the facts.

More on that coming in subsequent posts.

Enjoy!

Love Notes From Lady G: In The Stone

Deep inside your hearts for you to keep
Lies a spark of light that never sleeps
The greatest love you’ve ever known
Yeah is written in the stone

In the stone, you’ll find the meaning
You’re not standing tall
In the stone the light is shining
Ever touching all

In the Stone, Performed by Earth Wind and Fire. Songwriters: David W. Foster / Allee Willis / Maurice White
In the Stone lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing