Great Course Review – Creative Non-Fiction and Mindfulness Meditation

Over the holidays, I took two Great Courses.  This is the brand name the Teaching Company uses.  You can explore their history via Wiki at Teaching Company on Wiki.

Here’s what I did.  The company videotapes university and high school lecture series.  Normally they sell for a couple hundred.  During the Thanksgiving black Friday weekend, I acquired two courses for $34.95. Bot consisted of 24 lectures about one hour each.  Both got four out of five stars by user reviewers.

Anyway, the two courses I picked are:

Creative  non-Fiction

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Blog of the day once again (Photo credit: the Italian voice)

This course is given by Professor Tilar J. Mazzeo, PhD  It gas many great tips and normally goes for $214.95.  It’s easier to get a work of creative non-Fiction published than a fictional work.

There’s also insights into earning a living writing.  Only a few hundred writers make it without other income sources.  For example, we can find the professors works on her course page:

“Dr. Tilar J. Mazzeo is the Clara C. Piper Professor of English at Colby College in Maine and the New York Times best-selling author of The Widow Cliquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It and The Secret of Chanel No. 5: The Intimate History of the World’s Most Famous Perfume.”

Notice that she had a New York Times best seller.  Yet she earns a full-time living teaching.

She also shares that working towards an English PhD is fruitful.  It brings a seven-year stretch learning research – good for non-Fiction research.

You can earn a good living writing.  I read a recent blog post entitled What I learned about writing during prescription drug withdrawal at prescription drug withdrawal.  Here is what the author shared:

“This past year I earned over $85,000 working 20 hours per week or under (often much under) through writing articles, mentoring writers, and teaching e-courses. If it takes a little discomfort — or even a lot of discomfort — to get to the point where I can do what I love for a living and be able to home-school our son to boot, then bring it on.”

Yet this course is stocked full of good tips and advice.  It’s well worth watching.

Mindfulness meditation

Clinical research shows Buddhist mindfulness t...

Clinical research shows Buddhist mindfulness techniques can help alleviate anxiety , stress , and depression (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This course is Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation.  It’s by Professor Mark W. Muesse, PhD.  The professor does have good academic credentials.  He does have a Harvard PhD.  But the normal price for this course is $214.95.

Do you have access to a Theravada Buddhism center?  If so, you can learn Mindfulness Meditation cheaper – especially walking and sitting.  You can engage Buddhist experts for questions and answers.

Or you can go to Amazon and type in Mindfulness.  There are many good books available.

But for $34.95, it was very worthwhile for me.  But he threw too much Buddhism in.  You can learn walking, sitting and loving kindness aspects without all the Buddhist overtures.

But you know what?  The professor agrees with me.  A video course is no substitute for a real live teacher.  After all, you can’t ask questions in this particular video course

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