One of the biggest joys of my life was when i found continuing education. I dropped out of college after a quarter ( i realized i could drink as much at home and for far less money). Took me a while before i sobered up, but once i did, i've spent the last 42 years trying to grow in both knowledge and common sense. Guess what? That's not unique or different. The reality is for many people reaching retirement age, the opportunity to go back to "school" is wildly important. Continuing education in age restricted communities is one of the fastest growing activities out there. Everyone focuses on the physical side of retirement, it's easily the most visible. But the cerebral side is every bit as important and all too often shuffled off as insignificant. Had we (the RCSC) not disbanded the long range planning committee, they could have identified exactly what newer communities were doing to kick our butts in that area. This thread will take some time to develop, but let me remind you exactly why i have argued our past must play a significant part in our future. All too many folks ignore it and why we know that is foolishness. John Meeker was arguably the most dedicated and knowledgeable genius behind our success. He left us a blueprint to at least try and incorporate into where we are going. In his journals and most notably the first 30 pages A Look Back, he said this about one of his shortcomings: "we needed more recreation facilities and activities for women." Say what? Women do all of the same physical activities that men do; right? Of course they do. But men tend to become more sedentary as they age. Couple that with women outliving us (sorry guys, just the reality of mortality charts) and we see perhaps where Meeker was going with this. To further amplify my point, let's look at our own Life Long Learning Club. I have no demographics, but they are available from the club. In the classes i have taken, there's always way more women in attendance. My guess is it is at least 2 to 1 and probably more than that. Ultimately this thread is about just that...Sun City and life long learning...the good, the bad and the ugly.