Years ago my parents gave me a metal plaque that said “Ancora imparo”. The sticker on the back idedntifies those words as 87-year-old Michelangelo’s response to an admirer. The Italian phrase’s English meaning is “I am still (or always) learning.” Some versions of the story have Michelangelo writing the phrase on the edge of  a sketch or drawing.

The phrase (and the plaque) remind me to stay curious. Since my retirement in June 2011, I’m discoveing a new freedom to follow my curiousity where it leads me. “87” affirms that “I am still learning” is a fact of our whole life. God willing I have another twenty years or more of learning ahead of me.

This isn’t the first blog that’s titled itself with these words of Michelangelo. I followed my curiosity and checked out some of those other blogs andwebsites. The first one offered a slide show about using a rock tumbler to make butter. Already I’d learned something new! The next was run by a physican with a love for science, especially astronomy. Another was the home of consultants who help people interested in practicing sustainable manufacturing in their businesses.

“Still learning” covers a vast territory. If you’ve read the “About Me” page, you know the background I bring to this venture.  I intend to explore spiritual, theological, and church-related topics–but not exclusively. I will be approaching issues from the perspective of my Christian faith–and an eagerness to hear other perspectives. Even if I write about issues facing the United Methodist Church I’ve served for the past 43 years, I’m listening for the views of non-Methodists, non-churched folks,  and non-Christians. One of the church’s greatest problems is that we talk to ourselves too much and listen to our neighbors too little. I hope this blog will become the gateway to a diverse neighborhood where folks can share and learn together. (Jesus was very clear about relating to our “neighbor”. Check out Luke 1025-37. We’ll explore our “neighborhood” in greater detail another time.)

“Still learning”–perhaps that’s the theme for this new stage in my life. I’m still learning–for God-only-knows how long. I welcome you to the journey. All of us will be enriched by the conversation. We certainly won’t always agree. But let us share the joyful journey of “still learning” together–about ourselves, life, God, the world–everything!

4 Responses to “About Ancoraimparo87”


  1. 1 Lois March 19, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Ok, get it — still learning, I like that… My mom said as long as you learn one new thing every day you were alright. Sometimes she would say that she had learned something new and could go back to bed! Miss her, and think she was right we all need to continue to learn or perish. Thanks.

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