What is Beautiful? / Unfathomable to the Human Mind

Kylie & Ian meet a new friend.

Kylie & Ian meet a new friend.

What do you think is the most beautiful thing on earth? Of all of God’s Creations, what possesses the most beauty?

It is you.

Of all things under Heaven and upon this earth, you are most favored. You are priceless. You are truly beautiful! Nothing that God has ever created is more precious than that created in His Own Image. And your children are cast in your image, a reflection of His.

We enjoyed our visit to the Mall.

We enjoyed our visit to the Mall.

To the degree that you are aware, you are intelligent. Intelligence is awareness, consciousness. Can you measure this intelligence? You may think so, but it possesses many dimensions, some not of this earth. It possesses so many variables, nuances, shades, secrets and unknown facets, that it can never really be measured.

And why would you want to measure intelligence? Would this not lead you to becoming judgmental and direct you down pathways with much less joy in life? Why not just accept every person in the light of love that is given to see them. The Heart of Heaven beats in time with yours. And the beat of your heart is the only true measure of time.

Lunch is always an event when we travel.

Lunch is always an event       when we travel.

Look up and you can see the light filtering through the leaves, like love filters through our lives. And the more you become aware of this love, the more intelligent your heart becomes. Our intelligence, our awareness and our love are all one – and a mere shadow of the Light God’s Love will reveal. Do not measure it, treasure it!

“Who is more illogical,
than the one who thinks he is logical?”

You will very soon possess the freedom and ability to obtain and make

Ice on the parking lot is good for something.

Ice on the parking lot                   is good for something. And, if you were young enough, it was considered a blessing!

use of all human knowledge directly from a chip implanted into your brain. Humans and technology are merging. “We are one” will take on an eerie new meaning. Powerful devices will make everything we are able to do unimaginably greater, as they augment our abilities.

The explosive advances in computing power we find today will continue to a point where tiny computers will become much, much more intelligent than people.

In 1956, researchers at Dartmouth College coined the phrase “artificial intelligence” [Future Thinking | 9 November 2012 Artificial intelligence]. And today we are currently undertaking world-class artificial-intelligence research.

What does this mean for our future?

No explanation is needed. Yes, he is cute!

           Yes, he is cute!

Like the future promulgated in the movie “AI”, researchers are structuring algorithms to sift and analyze unimaginably vast amounts of data. And whatever will emerge, we will need to cope with and attempt to maintain control over. And, importantly, not permit domination over and abuse of each other or misuse it and eradicate all evidence that we ever existed.

We are now engaged in an accelerating evolution of mankind, creating statistical correlations within huge caches of data. And the future products of our endeavors will become unfathomable to the human mind. The things we are creating will present us with a level of intelligence that cannot even be imagined.

My friends, we must now consider how to prepare our children to contend with profoundly unimaginable difficulties, with the intent to overcome them, and realize conclusions that are favorable to mankind. And the first step is awareness.

Candy Reward? Well, as you like it!

Candy Reward?                        Well, as you like it!

The answer is more illogical for one who thinks, and thinks he is logical. For it will not be found in the mind of mankind. We are no longer that intelligent.

But it does exist. Remember, the more you become aware of love, the more intelligent your heart becomes. Your heart is the repository of salvation. And your heart is not just the only real measure of time, it is the only real answer.

IMPORTANT DATES:

I just read this blog to Lila and she fell over. I think she is still asleep.

I just read this blog to Lila and she fell over. I think she is still asleep.

Jan. 7 (Tuesday) Second Semester begins
Jan. 20
(Monday) Dr. Martin L. King Holiday
Jan. 24 Fort Worth Stock Show
Feb. 17 (Monday) President’s Day Holiday
Mar. 10-14 Spring Break Holidays
April 18 & 21 (Fri. & Mon.) Easter Holidays

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How Do You Grade a School? / Movie: The Book Thief

Yes! The dessert must be smaller than the child.

Yes! The dessert MUST be smaller than the child.

How do you grade a school? Well, I really don’t think you should be grading a school or anything else. Remember, if you become essentially non-judgmental, you can reap the rewards of filling your life with something called joy.

Kids can grade a school, if they are so inclined. And our children are getting to be more and more inclined, physically, as technology disables their minds and bodies. Their thought processes have become so linearized that they tend to attach a letter grade to everything. And thus, many avenues of joy are prejudged and avoided.

Perhaps non-graded schools should be the only ones receiving a

Townes readily makes new friends.

Townes readily makes new friends.

grade. But then, they become graded. What non-sense. I read about schools that are pseudo-assessed and wonder about the statistical probabilities involved. We are all familiar with the one term paper that was submitted to different teachers which resulted in grades ranging from an A+ to an F (in the same High School).

And what if you get the worst teachers one year in one school and have the best teachers the next year in another school? Can you really compare schools? Or is Mrs. Anderson correct in observing that a school is just as good as the one teacher your child has at this moment?

Allow me to offer real considerations for you to make when assessing the best education and environment for your child. Take a look at these criteria and let me know what you think:

                                            REPORT CARD FOR SCHOOLS

                                                              GRADE
1. Pesticide FREE environment               ______
2. Pet Friendly                                        ______
3. Kid Friendly                                        ______
4. Homework Free                                  ______
5. Grades & Report Card Free                ______
6. Standardized Testing Free                  ______
7. Academic Freedom abounds              ______
8. Affective Domain emphasized             ______
9. Higher Level Thinking Skills                ______
Games & Activities abound
10. Joy is the number ONE objective      ______
11. The curriculum offered is the time
honored Classical Course of Study         ______
12. Instruction is highly personalized      ______
13. Level of mastery is 90% (not 70%)    ______
14. 100% of graduates attend college     ______

OK. Forget the non-sense grade. Just check it off the list and move on.

We were captivated by the Native American treasures.

We were captivated by the Native American treasures.

At our school we have given careful consideration, over many years, to what we feel are the real considerations and concerns. Only after we align our learning environment and our educational philosophy with real life and real world considerations, do we look

Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence  graciously shared their knowledge at the Museum of the Americas.

Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence graciously shared their knowledge at the Museum of the Americas.

for the finest people, who love life and love children, to teach.

We give our wonderful instructors and mentors spaces and faces, coffee and consideration and then we get out of their way and out of their classroom (that’s called Academic Freedom, in case you wondered what it was). If they need something, rest assured, they will tell me. And, if all goes well, a loved one will be asleep in my office. Please knock gently on the door. My dog and good friend, Rosie, will panic and feebly try to bark. She is nineteen years old, and I was around when Six Flags was, well, One Flag, or was it a feather on a pole? I don’t know.

Hey, cut us some slack!

Hey, cut me some slack! I have some significant napping to do.

So, cut us some slack and let Rosie get a good nap. Trust me, she has earned it.

On FRIDAY: we will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Half-Price Books, located at 475 Sherry Lane, north of Ridgmar Mall –Telephone: 817-732-4111. At approximately 11:00 a.m. we will travel to the FOOD COURT in the Ridgmar Mall to enjoy lunch. Following lunch, we will walk to the RAVE 13 THEATER located in the Mall at 2300 Green Oaks Road, telephone (817) 566-0025, to enjoy the highly acclaimed new movie The Book Thief, (Rating: PG-13 for Some Violence, Intense Thematic Material. / Run Time: 127 minutes and starting at 12:15 p.m. Younger students may view another film with the blessing of Mrs. A. PICK UP will be at the theater at 2:30 p.m.

Synopsis:

Me too!

                       Me too!

In 1938, young orphan Liesel (Sophie Nélisse) arrives at the home of her new foster parents, Hans (Geoffrey Rush) and Rosa (Emily Watson). When Hans, a kindly housepainter, learns that Liesel cannot read, he teaches the child the wonders of the written language. Liesel grows to love books, even rescuing one from a Nazi bonfire. Though Liesel’s new family barely scrape by, their situation becomes even more precarious when they secretly shelter a Jewish boy whose father once saved Hans’ life.

The starting time may change, please be patient. Dr. A may become anxious but popcorn will help.

Emergency Telephone:  682-777-1908

If you arrive late, we shall have departed with your child(ren) and will return to school. Please call if you will be late.

Students are NOT to leave the bookstore, food court or theater without the approval of Dr. A (wake him gently with the smell of warm popcorn if necessary).

FINANCIAL: We have been told Tickets are $5.00 but this may be incorrect – please pay at the Box Office. Please provide funds for a good book and for lunch. Refreshments: Yes!

Uniform pants with a belt & red monogrammed school shirts are required. PARENTS / FRIENDS / NEIGHBORS, are invited to participate on our trips.

IMPORTANT DATES:
Dec. 20 Last Day of Fall Semester
Dec. 23 – Jan. 7 Winter Break Holidays (Christmas Holidays)
Jan. 24 Fort Worth Stock Show

We spend 50% of our waking day 
Daydreaming! 

From Oxford University:
47% of ALL jobs are at risk of being replaced by ROBOTS!

Christmas Card from the Anderson Family / Museum of the Americas

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To see earlier Christmas Cards from the Anderson family, click here.

Rosie is one of Dr. A's closest advisers.

Rosie is one of Dr. A’s closest advisers. Here she is listening to another one of his tall tales in astonished disbelief.

On Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 Our destination is: The Museum of the Americas, 216 Fort Worth Highway, Weatherford, (Telephone: 817-341-8668/817-599-0490) and the fabulous Whistle Hill Restaurant (next door). We will depart from the school at approximately 9:00 a.m. to arrive & begin our visit at 10:00 a.m.

The Museum Director, Dr. Harold Lawrence, will provide a docent guided tour. Following a morning of great stories about native America, questions and Dr. Harold Lawrence answers and cultural and philosophical perspectives, we will enjoy lunch at the Whistle Hill Café (next door), return to the museum for a self-guided tour and shopping at the museum store and then we will return to school.

The Museum of the Americas is a jewel of Weatherford, where we can find the colorful and diverse heritage of native peoples of the Americas through a fabulous collection of 19th & 20th century artifacts, crafts and folk art. The rich cultural traditions of the people and tribes of north, central and South America are reflected in the intricate and distinctive designs of the objects they make for daily use for religious ceremonies and for trade.

FINANCIAL: Museum/Speaker Fee $5.00 Please pay Dr. A. Lunch: Please provide funds for lunch today. Gift Shop: Yes! There have wonderful gifts for Dr. A. Please quietly guide Mrs. A past the gift shop. HUShhhhhhhhhh!

Note: Uniform pants, a belt & red monogrammed school shirt are required. PARENTS/GUARDIANS are always invited to participate on our study/fun/adventure trips.

Students are NOT to leave the Museum or the Restaurant at any time or for any reason, without the knowledge and approval of Dr. or Mrs. Anderson.

Drop-off will be at The Anderson School at 8:30 a.m. Pick-up will be at the Anderson School at 3:15 p.m. If you have easy questions please contact us at 817-448-8484.

Emergency Telephone No: 682-777-1908

IMPORTANT DATES:
Dec. 20 Last Day of Fall Semester
Dec. 23 – Jan. 7 Winter Break Holidays (Christmas)
Jan. 24 Fort Worth Stock Show

We Can Prevent Cancer in Children / No school Thursday & Friday

Yes, we love egyptian history

Yes, we love Egyptian history. Pictured with King Tut is our friend, former student and now teacher Sam Brown. We are very proud of him!

“It is one of the most remarkable things that in all of the biological sciences there is no clue as to the necessity of death.” 
Richard Feynman

Please allow me to share some of the Latest Cancer Research in a Release By A. J. Morgan  (2-24-2013)

Did You Know?

AFTER YEARS OF TELLING PEOPLE CHEMOTHERAPY IS THE ONLY WAY TO TRY AN ELIMINATE CANCER, JOHNS HOPKINS IS FINALLY STARTING TO TELL YOU THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE WAY

Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells, because they have not reached a detectable size.

Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person’s lifetime.

Many gifts in life, like this magnificent sunset, are free!

Many gifts in life, like this magnificent sunset, are free! Take the time to enjoy them, reduce stress and live longer.

When the person’s immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.

When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system. To read the entire research release article from the source, click here.

a. SUGAR is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Note: Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc. are made with Aspartame (just read the label) and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in color. A better alternative is Bragg’s aminos or sea salt.

b.MILK causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soymilk, cancer cells will starve.

c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic. It is best to eat fish and a little chicken rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.

d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruit help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells.

To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells drink fresh vegetable juice and eat raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day.

Wisdom of the Ages

Wisdom of the Ages

e. Avoid caffeine. Green tea is a great alternative and has cancer-fighting properties. Drink Water. It is best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires many digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines will become putrefied and leads to more toxic buildup.

Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body’s killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

Some supplements build up the immune system:

        IP6 (Inositol Hexaphosphate), according to the American Cancer Society, is a chemical found in beans, brown rice, corn, sesame seeds, wheat bran, and other high-fiber foods. Learn how the B vitamin inositol and its derivative IP6 prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis; protect against radiation; lower cholesterol and boosts immunity at ip-6.net.

Pioneering experiments done in Professor A. M. Shamsuddin’s laboratory at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, have shown that not only IP6 extremely safe, but that it and its parent molecule Inositol have anti-cancer and immune-boosting function. Dr. Shamsuddin and his associates’ findings have been validated and expanded by other scientists around the world discovering many more health benefits of IP6 & Inositol.

Excess iron in the body can cause all sorts of problems such as cancer & degenerative brain diseases. IP6 Inositol is unique as it will only remove excess iron & not iron from within your blood cells that is protected by hemoglobin. IP6 will also remove excess calcium & other metallic minerals that our bodies have accumulated down through the years.

Also recommended are Antioxidants – a group of several organic substances, including selenium, vitamins C, E, and A, and a group known as carotenoids. Antioxidants are abundant in fruits, vegetables, grain, and coffee (to avoid caffeine, purchase coffee without caffeine). Coffee, even caffeine free coffee, has 60 antioxidants. Yes, that steaming cup of java is also the number one source of antioxidants in the U.S. diet, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Scranton. Steve Connor, Science Editor, has stated that coffee might soon be considered a health drink, following a study showing it is a surprisingly rich source of anti-cancer agents. (Excuse me, while I pour another cup.)

Antioxidants are compounds in foods that neutralize chemicals called free radicals (unstable molecules), produced by oxidation in the human body. These chemicals have been linked to diseases such as heart and liver disease and cancer.

Oxidant chemicals called free radicals are produced during normal cell respiration. They can also occur when phagocytes, the cells that fight infections, destroy cells infected with bacteria or viruses, with bursts of nitric oxide, superoxide, and hypochlorite; when fatty acids are digested; and when certain enzymes are activated to fight toxins.

Free radicals damage the DNA that makes up our genes, those parts of the cell that control its reproduction. Lesions in DNA give rise to mutations when the cell divides, and these mutations can lead to tumors. (Other causes of DNA lesions and cell mutations include radiation from the sun, exposure to chemicals and the worst of these is tobacco smoke).

Also recommended are vitamins, minerals and EFAs – Essential Fatty Acids are essential because the human body cannot manufacture them but needs them for many important functions to enable the body’s own cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements, like vitamin E, are known to cause apoptosis – programmed cell death – which is the body’s natural method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.

Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor.

Anger, unforgiving and bitterness put the body
into a stressful and acidic environment.
Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit.
Learn to relax and enjoy life.

Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

My friends, every time you say NO to your child when they want something unhealthy to eat or drink, you say NO to pain and suffering and an incomprehensibly miserable death. Our food chain is so polluted, that it is now almost impossible to eat a healthy meal, especially if you eat out.

Folks, if we are to protect our children we MUST become informed. And we MUST become as tough as nails. The next time you see your beloved child with a toxic so-called soft drink in his or her hands, quickly remove it from their hands, pour it down the drain and give him or her a big hug. Tell that beautiful child of yours that you truly love them and let them know what is in that toxic, cancer causing, diabetes inducing mix of chemicals. Corporations have paid a fortune to find out what they can legally concoct to get your child addicted. And trust me, none of the board members will attend the funeral!

Better yet, visit with your children in-tow, the Children’s Hospital. Volunteer to help and, while you are there performing a truly valued and appreciated service, talk to the children who are patients and visit with their parents. Do this WITH your children present. The impact of seeing the results of nutritional deficiencies and exposure to carcinogens will last a lifetime. No, you will never have to say another word! Truly effective teaching does not involve speaking and preaching. It does require thoughtful and meaningful exposure to the consequences of poor decision making.

There are a very (and I mean, very) FEW restaurants that care about you and your health. May I recommend The Spiral Diners (817.3.EatVeg) (817-332-8834). They are vegan restaurants located in Near Southside Fort Worth, with a second location in Dallas. The Fort Worth location is currently the city’s only vegan restaurant  (visit: spiraldiner.com). The owners of this precious resource have very graciously and knowledgeably presented lessons to our students in the past.

I also highly recommend Greenwood’s Restaurant, located at the end of University Drive, 3522 Bluebonnet Circle, Fort Worth (817.921.6777).  Take the time to get to know Peter & Vlatka Gruenewald and let them know you want a healthy meal. Cooking is a passion to Chef Peter, who began his cooking apprenticeship in 1972 in Offenbach, Germany, culminating in his “Meisterschaft” (master craftsman) chef’s diploma in Frankfurt in 1988.

We have known Peter and Vlatka for many years and I can assure you that cooking truly is a lifetime passion for them, which is why every dish and every ingredient at Greenwood’s is handpicked and made fresh daily. And try Peter’s Hand-Crafted Bread with100% Organic Ingredients!

Most importantly, this charming couple will care about you. Talk to them and let them know you are concerned about your health. They will listen and you will be truly delighted with your meal. This restaurant is one of the most valuable resources you will discover in the Fort Worth area.

Please remember, that every dollar you spend is like casting a vote. When you purchase something toxic, you provide the funding for uncaring corporations to continue their abuse and grow financially at our expense. The dollar you possess is a very powerful weapon in the arsenal of life. Please, for the sake of you and your child, spend it wisely or keep in your pocket!

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William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

SHAKESPEARE PRODUCTION SELECTED
BY STUDENTS

Coinciding with the momentous 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, which has been estimated as 26th April 1564, our very own Anderson School Shakespeare Players have voted to perform “As You Like It” at the end of next April.

Students, under the guidance of noted actor and director, George Rodriguez, reviewed other plays including Henry VI, Part Three and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Following vigorous campaigning by Natalie and her counterparts, “As You Like It” won hands down by placing hands up.

Director George Rodriguez assists scholars in selecting Shakespeare play.

Director George Rodriguez assists our scholars in selecting a Shakespeare production.