“The best thing,” said Merlin, “is to learn something. That is the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics. There is only one thing for it then – to learn. ”
I grew up in the Midwest--Kansas--until fourth grade, then Oklahoma through my high school years. From about fifth grade on, a big influence on me was Jacques Cousteau.