EUREKA! I finally finished! This journey took me to places that I probably would not have tried out on my own. I am aware of things now out there in technology land because of this journey--which has been a bittersweet one. Enjoyed most of the exercises, although at times I felt pressed to complete them, so it became more of an assignment than a discovery. There were some sites like "librarything" and "YouTube" that I liked and felt I could use.
I'm not sure how this has affected my life-long learning, except that although I know that I want to continue to try new things--I want to do them in my own way--my own time.