Remedial Education, Year 1, Week 4

by Bernard Brandt

I managed to go the weekdays of last week without alcohol, and found both my will power and intellect increased. I limited alcohol on weekend days to three drinks per day. I’m beginning to realize that I’ve basically been on a bender for the past forty or so years. It’s been long since time that that should stop. On the other hand, I found that weaning myself from the booze left me tired for a few days. As a result, there has been considerable progress, of a sort. Also limited internet use to checking e-mail for morning, noon, and evening. Thus, here is the tally:

Grammar: Little progress. Must re-double efforts on Greek and Old English.

Music: Reviewed lessons 1-3 of Ghezzo’s Solfege and read all the musical lines using solfege; did little with guitar (again, must redouble efforts on this front); Read chapters 1,2,4 and 5 of Miller’s Structure of Singing, and have begun writing my primer on vocal production: outline and introduction completed. Twenty two chapters to go. Engraved all six weeks of Wednesday stichera from the Menaion  (February 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, 17) for Great Lent Presanctified services.

Mathematics: Reviewed the introduction and first chapter of Hogben’s Mathematics for the Million; memorized times tables up to 30 for the numbers 1-10; factored the numbers up to 100.

Theology: Failed to read the first thirty chapters of the Book of Genesis (five chapters per day). Read The Intellectual Origins of the European Reformation, by Alister McGrath; currently preparing book review of same.

Philosophy: Read Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Phaedo.

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