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What's next? That's always the question, an occasion for judgment.

Our activities on the site have no beginning, middle, or end; no preferred sequence; no schedule or calendar. They are like activities in a city, a bustle of many persons intentionally moving through many spaces, interacting with one another in a steady churn of simultaneous events, large and small.

Think of the initial point of entry, "The Main Page," as a glossy brochure for visitors and prospective residents—"High points of the city we love!" It surveys things to expect, helpful in an initial visit. Soon we set more direct paths to where we want to go. That's what happens when the city you love becomes down home. But the brochure may remain useful to call to mind possiblities that familiarity overlooks.

Whether firsttime visitor or lifelong resident, one needs ways of getting around—cheap, easy, and reasonably fast. If you know exactly where you want to go, you can so-to-speak hail a cab with the search box at the upper right. But keyword searching whon't always work here, forA Place to Study is not an encyclopedia where each page provides information about the topic by which it's named. Here searching by progressive approximation—navigating by quick hops that narrow down by two or three steps—often works best.[1] For that, look left, at the sidebar links—Why, What, How.

Take them in with their sublinks. The layout and labels indicate the site's purposes, what resources are on it, and ways to interact with them. The site comprises a network of interconnections. Wander about, check out what's where. The links connect you to nodes and each will hook you to many specific resources. As in a city, you keep mixing and matching to define your activities here. They are like a city's system of public transportation, available, open to all, useful for visitors and residents alike for getting quickly and cheaply from one part of town to another. With these links always at hand and the big picture in mind too, just start, wander, look around, explore, maybe get a little lost, trusting that you'll find your way, settle in, start gettin around, doing what you want. All that's study, what A Place to Study is all about.


The Main Page

Possibility, not predictionSomethin' your ownThe visionLook left—Where? What? How? Who? Why? Those are key modes of lived experience. Each differs, but together they they indicate what's involved in our doing what we do. You determine what's next by choosing your preferred path—over time, it will loop through them all.Disclosing the comons"Civilization, to a certain extent, can be reduced to the word WELCOME."—Stanley Crouch (2001).IntractingStudy_Self-formation_Liberal-learningActualitésFive questions shaping educational practice


  1. Those of us of a certain age recall the olden days when phone books were books, not apps, and one had the name, address, and phone number of several million persons there beside the phone, opening it quickly with several approximations of the page you needed, then scanning down the list of names. The system worked remarkably well, provided your friends and acquaintances were not among the snooty who payed for prvate numbers.