We live in a spectacularly advanced high-tech electronics age. Every aspect of this incredible technology benefits our daily lives. But don't you feel, now and then, that you are being totally controlled by this same technology? Rather than relying mindlessly on everything you can get from your iPhone apps, how about learning (or re-learning) English Shorthand, and learn to write at the speed of 100 words per minute. All you need is a pen and a notebook, and you can learn the shorthand signs. The process of learning this interesting skill is also an excellent opportunity to exercise your brain. It has been established in medical fields in Europe that shorthand can prevent, or at least delay the progression of dementia and Alzheimer’s. You could bring your own steno notebook (available at many stationery stores for $2 or so, or online), or the instructor will provide handy worksheets. Gold Card Fee: $80.