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Want a last-minute Mother's Day gift that will arrive on time? (Yes, really.)
We have two words for you (mushed together): MasterClass.
If you've never heard of MasterClass, it's a vast buffet of smart, inspiring, beautifully produced multi-session online courses given by experts and celebs at the top of their field, covering everything from cooking to space exploration, music lessons to skateboarding — and right now, you can gift a plan to mom for up to 35 percent off with the MasterClass Mother's Day Sale!
The list of lectures to choose from is dizzying: Think leadership lessons from President Bill Clinton, singing sessions from Christina Aguilera, comedy coaching with Steve Martin, restaurant-caliber home cooking with Gordon Ramsay (minus the rage!), a country music course with Reba McEntire, basketball with Steph Curry and creative writing with Judy friggin’ Blume. If The Queen’s Gambit has mom ready to channel Beth Harmon and get her chess game on, then she can learn from one of the greatest players of all time, Garry Kasparov — the list goes on!
These are not one-shot quickie events; they’re layered, thorough, well-thought-out classes with many installments. Case in point: Shonda Rhimes’s MasterClass on TV writing is 30 parts (6.5 hours) and includes not only how to write and pitch TV ideas but deep analyses of scripts from Rhimes’s shows, including Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy. Penn & Teller’s 17-part MasterClass teaches the fundamentals of coin and card magic, yes, but it also delves into the psychology of creating a sense of amazement and awe.
There are classes in photography, design, politics, filmmaking, ballet—all taught by true masters in their fields. Right now MasterClass is offering an incredible deal — for $180 (which breaks down to $15 per month) Mom can indulge in the entire array of 100+ MasterClasses.
If mom prefers to start smaller, she can enjoy a single MasterClass for $90. How about acting classes with Helen Mirren? Tennis lessons from Serena Williams? Maybe you’re more of a naturalist. Dr. Jane Goodall offers a MasterClass too, covering conservation and protecting the planet. For photographers, there’s Annie Leibowitz and for would-be fashion magnates, there are in-depth courses from Marc Jacobs and Diane von Furstenberg. There’s even a course in the art of communication, by Robin Roberts, of Good Morning America. What better way to utilize this stay-at-home winter?
As Robert Louis Stevenson once wrote, “The world is so full of a number of things/I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings.” MasterClass delivers these things in abundance. Help yourself through this tricky winter with the gift of learning. It will lift your mood, ignite your brain, and focus your attention on something positive. You’ll be so glad you did.
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