Smiles Wider Than a Mile at Scarbrough Renaissance Festival

Mary Alice Oliver with her Father, Wes, and Mrs. Anderson

Mary Alice Oliver is pictured with her proud Father, Wes, and equally proud Mrs. Anderson

UPDATE:   Two FIRST PLACE medals were won by Anderson scholars in the Scarborough Renaissance Festival Drama Competition. We are proud of all of our students. And today we express our pride in the accomplishments of Natalie Raulerson and Mary Alice Oliver.

Both young ladies won FIRST place awards. Natalie won the High School competition in Prose and Poetry with her interpretation of a work of William Shakespeare. Mary Alice won the Middle School category also with a performance from Shakespeare.

Derek Cook also loves the beautiful works of William Shakespeare.

Derek Cook also loves the beautiful works of William Shakespeare.

We are also very proud of Derek Cook, who was remarkable in his preparation for the competition, but could not perform due to technical difficulties. Thank you Derek for a job, as always, well done. Derek prepared for this Shakespeare performance at the same time he studied for a major role in our Shakespeare play to be presented at Stage West Theater on May 12 and 13. We are always very proud of this remarkably talented young man.

Natalie Raulerson

Natalie Raulerson

We will shortly, with the kind assistance of Alexander Anderson, place these outstanding performances on our website for your enjoyment.

My special gratitude goes to our outstanding and talented Director of Shakespeare productions, George Rodriguez. We are truly blessed having George as a member of our school family. Once again, this remarkably gifted actor and director, and wonderful friend, has empowered our children to blossom like flowers in the wind.

Director of Shakespeare George Rodriguez

Director of Shakespeare George Rodriguez

He enables each child to not only understand the remarkable and powerful works of Shakespeare, but to come to truly cherish the many gifts he conveys over the centuries. It is so inspiring to see children, of all ages, come to love the beautiful language, imagery, poetic beauty and convivial spirit of this most treasured writer of the English language.

Thank you George for all you do. What you accomplish with children is nothing short of miraculous. You life is an inspiration for every child and to me. The many insights you provide of Shakespeare and his time are both refreshing and breathtaking.

But the most wondrous gift you give is the love you impart to everyone. To observe a child become passionate about the intricate and powerful literature of William Shakespeare imparts a feeling that cannot even be described. It is a resurrection of the spirit, like the blossoming of a beautiful flower of Spring in the wind.

Thank You!

For TUESDAY 4-29-14

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RJ acts out too, but not while sleeping wrapped around a nice warm foot.

We will visit King Henry VIII’s England! Student Day at Scarborough Renaissance Festival is exclusively for students and is this Tuesday, April 29, from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Natalie with Director, George Rodriguez

Natalie Raulerson with Director, George Rodriguez in a scene from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”

Three Anderson scholars will be competing in the annual Shakespeare Competition at the Festival: Mary Alice Oliver, Natalie Raulerson and Derek Cook. All three are veteran Shakespeare performers and have participated in Anderson School productions. We wish them the best and will update you on this weblog on their achievements.

We are invited to enter the realm of England’s legendary King Henry VIII and experience the intellectual, cultural, and artistic splendor of the Renaissance first hand and will experience a full day of demonstrations, shows, and educational interactions. The Royal Court and villagers welcome, and in fact relish, discussions about daily life in the Renaissance.

Mary Alice with Lucas Short

Mary Alice with Lucas Short in rehearsal

We will meet at the school on TUESDAY morning at 8:00 a.m. to caravan to Waxahachie to enjoy the day at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival. Please Do not be late. We will spend the entire day having fun. PICKUP will be at school at APPROXIMATELY 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. We may CALL you on our way back and let you know more precisely when to pick up your child(ren), but we MUST have a current telephone number that you will answer on Tuesday afternoon or Dr. A will act very sick.

Student ENTRY is $7.25. Adults: $15.00 Lunch is available at the Festival.

 

Derek Cook

Derek Cook

Festival Facts: Began in 1981. The Festival runs 8 consecutive weekends and Memorial Day Monday each spring. Scarborough Renaissance Festival is a Renaissance-themed festival based on the year 1533, during the reign of England’s King Henry VIII. Scarborough Festival is a 35 acre ‘village’ (larger than most area shopping malls) within a 167 acre site. The festival employs more than 2,000 performers, artisans, and staff.

Entertainment: 21 stages & 200 performances daily. 3 Full Combat Jousts take place each day. 150 volunteer members of the Scarborough Academy of Performing Arts make up the performing company that become the “characters” of Scarborough including our very own King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn. Daily Falconry demonstrations are conducted.

Shoppes & Artisan Demonstrations: 200 permanent shoppes feature

Natalie in famous scene with Noah Thompson

Natalie in a now famous scene with Noah Thompson

unique handmade wares made by artisans from around the country. Artisans demonstrate ancient arts such as Glassblowing, Blacksmithing, Candlemaking, Printing on a Guttenberg Press, leather crafting, broomaking, Armor making, Coin minting, & much more.

Hearty Food: More than 20 tons of the Festival’s famous Giant Turkey Legs are devoured annually. Hand made pastas, seafood, stir fry, steak-on-a-stick, Scott’s eggs, Italian Ice, etouffee, empanadas, fajitas, meatball sandwiches, baklava, quiche, pastries, and more than 60 other hearty foods make up the culinary adventure at Scarborough Renaissance Festival. Five Food Court Areas (kitchens) are located throughout the festival.

Another famous scene from The Tempest with Mary Alice & Lucas

Another famous scene from The Tempest with Mary Alice & Lucas

Uniform pants with a belt & red monogrammed school shirts are required.

PARENTS / GUARDIANS / FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS are always invited. Dr. Anderson may be reached at (1) 972-777-1908 (EMERGENCY).

IMPORTANT DATES
May 1Tuition Due for 2014-15
May 12 & 13 (Mon. & Tues.) Shakespeare Production at Stage West Theater
May 16 (Friday) Main Event
May 21-23 Adventure Trip
May 24 Dr. A admitted to hospital to recover from trip! (tired everything syndrome, effort bypass surgery, removing foot from mouth, etc.

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                           Actors one and all!

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Our Collective Conscience / Flight Deck & Bookstore

Kirby is so . . . American!

Kirby is so . . . relaxed!

It is a startling revelation to suddenly discover a great truth emanating from a simplistic experiment. Allow me to share it with you.

Take a very large jar, fill it with beans, and ask as many people as you can to guess how many beans are in it. This is simple, but great truths are simple.

Write down the number each person comes up with and keep averaging the total (Total number of beans divided by the number of people making a guess).

You will discover a unique phenomenon occurring. After you carefully count the beans, telling NO ONE the total, you will see that as more and more people make guesses, the average number gets closer and closer to the exact total number of beans in the jar. And if enough people submit a guess, the exact number you count will also be the average number of everyone. Strange, isn’t it?

How is it possible that a large group of people could know, as a group, the exact number of beans, and without counting them? Think carefully about it! What you are giving careful consideration to is called, “The Collective Conscience”. And you can especially appreciate this title, due to the very counter intuitive nature of this simplistic experiment.

Ian is ready for our annual Chess Match.

Ian is ready for our annual Chess Tournament.

And now we can better understand the genius of our forefathers, who knew instinctively in their hearts, that democracy works. General mathematics, together with other phenomena including studies in such diverse fields as Ethics, genetics, Theology, Biology and statistics, consistently validate our belief in ourselves and in the beautiful, insightful, and I would say, Spiritual, design of our American Constitution. I truly believe, as do many others, that it was Divinely inspired. It was a direct result of a strong belief by the framers of the Constitution in, “Our Collective Conscience”.

There is so much beauty in the precious gift of our beloved Nation. And that gift came at a very, very high price in suffering and death. We owe our men and women in uniform, past and present, more than we can ever pay.

So please, let’s follow the beautiful example set by my friend and student, Alden, and extend a hand in gratitude to thank all those in uniform who serve to defend what we proudly proclaim is our liberty. To honor them is to honor Truth. And the Truth shall keep us free.

Am I not cute? Say yes or it's off with your arm!

Am I not cute? Say yes, or it’s off with your arm!

When “We the people” put enough of our minds, and especially our hearts, together in making decisions and charting a path to follow, the results point us in a positive and inexplicably inspired direction. Our collective conscience leads us, both individually and as a group, toward truth, and I believe, toward enlightenment and the presence of God.

The fact that you and I crossed paths and have connected at this moment, may have a deep meaning and a significant purpose. You have arrived here and are reading these humble lines, and are being presented with an opportunity to explore, with your mind and with your heart, extremely empowering and vital information regarding life. A powerful and transformational insight can, should you allow it, prove to be something you have been looking for. When we look back at this life, this day, we are all searching in our minds for proof that a higher conscience exists. And what a glorious and indescribably beautiful discovery it is to know that it does, and that through the collective conscience of all others, we are truly loved.

Michael drives. Cole is the back seat driver.

Michael drives. Cole is the back seat driver.

For your consideration, I want you to know that you already possess everything required to experience abundance (not material), real happiness and freedom for yourself. If you become aware of the collective conscience of all mankind, it can become an exhilarating and truly liberating experience.

It is a refreshing vindication of the wisdom of the masses.

Other examples for human collectives are arguably political decision making processes.

The “wisdom of crowds” points directly to a belief in us and, importantly, in GOD.

The key to being, doing and having more in life is as simple as being aware and learning to choose “consciously.” Each of us, as an individual being, are an integral, yet individual part, of a Universal Consciousness, which is THE source of all that is, was or ever will be. The heartbeat of humanity is truly one.

For Friday April. 25, 2014

By Popular DEMAND! 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 10:45 a.m. we will travel to La Madeleine Country French Café to enjoy lunch. Following lunch, we will caravan to Flight Deck located a half mile west of Ridgmar Mall, at the Cherry Lane exit off I-30, at 7751 Scott St. in Fort Worth, to enjoy jumping and acting, otherwise, a little abnormal.

PICK UP will be at FLIGHT DECK at 2:30 p.m.

“We must always bear in mind that we are not going to be free, but are free already. Every idea that we are bound is an illusion. Every idea that we are happy or unhappy is a tremendous delusion.” Vivekananda

DESTINATIONS: FLIGHT DECK, where FUN and fitness take flight! It integrates rebounding (trampoline jumping) along with strength and flexibility training. Reconnect with your inner child. Flight Deck features a mix of aerobics, core strengthening, coordination & flexibility exercises. YOU WILL NEED WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM YOUR PARENTS (contact Flight Deck for instructions).

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, restaurant or take flight
from the flight deck without the approval of Dr. A. He is well known for melodramatic swoons and fainting spells if you are missing and it is a little much for Mrs. A.

FINANCIAL: The cost for Flight Deck is approximately $11.00 for our one hour – please pay at the Flight Deck. And 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 always invited to participate on our trips.

IMPORTANT DATES:
April 29 (Tuesday) SCARBOROUGH RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL
May 1 Tuition Due for 2014-15
May 12 & 13 (Mon. & Tues.) Shakespeare Production at Stage West Theater
May 16 (Friday) Main Event

A. n . d . e . r . s . o . n
“There is no weapon more powerful in achieving the truth
than acceptance of oneself.” – Prejnanpad

RJ's favorite pillow is white sock stuffed with a warm foot.

RJ’s favorite pillow is a white sock stuffed with a warm foot. My foot!

The Breathtaking Beauty of Our Being / Easter Holidays on Friday & Monday

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Children feel the breathtaking beauty of being. My friend, Kylee, does!

“Life is not measured
by the number of breaths we take,

but by the moments
that take our breath away”

We are immersed in miracles. Each breath that we take, every second we are aware, every idea we entertain in our minds creates new possibilities for you and I to be truly alive in the next moment. In fact, this very minute is a miracle. But we do not recognize our miraculous presence, because we do not take the time to realize the breathtaking beauty of our being. But our children do! And your child can teach you.

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The SIGN says it all (Beware!). Lexie will wash your face.

We allow ourselves to become so busy with what becomes our routines and habits and our supposed and artificially contrived priorities, imposed from without and not from within, that the dynamic, colorful and dramatic shades of reality evade our awareness.

To take a deeply refreshing first step back into a blissful awareness of where we are and who we are, I recommend that you consider this: nothing exists without our being conscious of it. Nothing! Physicists are telling us the truth. And it relates to more than sub-atomic particles. What is being discovered relates directly to you and I, and to everything around us.

There is no life without consciousness.”
                                – Annie Besant

And here is an astounding truth: there is beauty everywhere. It is in everything and, as difficult as it may seem at times, in everyone. And when you finally come to this realization, you will start to carefully and thoughtfully look at what is around you, even the minute, even the trivial. And you will discover such bountiful beauty in existence, and suddenly become aware of the special place you have in God’s Universe.

Ian is informed while Townes is stunned!

Ian is informed while Townes is stunned!

Of all things on this earth, He Blessed you and I with the special gift of becoming aware that we are so alive and so beautiful. And here is another unbelievable truth: you can create a state of constant awareness, of fully knowing just how amazing this life is. Yes, it is possible to make awareness of such awesome beauty a permanent condition in life.

Did I say, "stunned"?

Did I say, “stunned”?

I have met people that are blissfully aware, and so have you. They become truly memorable and leave a deep impact upon us. And, yes, they are rare and beautiful.

Bringing such consciousness into our moment by moment existence is possible. But it requires us to slow down, almost like pausing to take your pulse. You may want to try it. Just stop occasionally, throughout the day, and breath deeply and take a long, thoughtful look around you. Find that which you would not normally notice and simply pause long enough to truly study it. It may be a crack in the plaster, a very tiny, intriguing insect (Kylee, always a lady, recently introduced me to a beautiful and very, very tiny Ladybug), a deeply meaningful song or the timeless beauty in the smile of someone you love.

By the way, Kylee was mesmerized, almost put into a trance, by the beautiful, tiny Ladybug – which made me realize that, perhaps, I was missing out on a great part of what life had to offer. (Kylee is only three years of age and one of the most gifted teachers I have met.) Three year olds have an innate ability to teach us what life should be all about. And yes, it is about admiring the astonishing beauty found in nature – in those species we have not yet, in our arrogance and ignorance, brought to extinction. It is truly about being aware of what every three year old loves. There is more wisdom in their wonder than in all our philosophy!

Being consciously aware of what you are doing at any given moment is a good way to relax and calm the mind and be fully present in this moment. When you slow down your mind and make a decision to be consciously aware of what your are doing at this time, and not thinking of another time or place, then you are able to relax and feel peaceful and truly experience your natural state of being. No, the stressed out, exhausted looking, overly anxious, impatient and worn out you, is not really – you! No.

“The only mistake that we can make as human beings
is to be asleep, unaware of ourselves.

                                                – Guy Finley

Most of us, including far too many children, are living life repetitively and dreaming of ways to escape. What a sad waste of the precious gift of life. But we have the power to escape this existence. You possess the ability to change everything in life, and for the better. And, you can start by noticing that life is lived outside of yourself. It truly resides in the smiles found all around, the laughter of friends, the funny things that happen in life and in the love that dwells deep within the hearts of those around you.

“Love is always open arms.
If you close your arms about love
you will find that you are holding only yourself.”

– Leo Buscaglia

Yes, your heart is not your own. It simply will not continue to beat without the love of another. We see such tragedy reflected in the stories of so many millions who ceased to exist without love. Our hearts must belong to someone else.

As Professor Lacey is wont to say "Wonder not for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."

As Professor Lacey loves to say, “Wonder not for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

I’ve discovered over the years, that even if you’re not exactly where you’d like to be, that doesn’t mean that life, right now, can’t be beautiful and enjoyable. And the best part is, you don’t have to do anything to make it beautiful. It is beautiful.

But a great work of art hanging on the wall is not a great work of art at all, if no one ever looks at it. If it doesn’t exist in the heart and mind of someone, it truly doesn’t exist. Nothing exists without our being conscious of it.

So please, just slow down, be in a relaxed state of being, open your eyes and look at things. Look at the people around you. Look deeply into their eyes and into their lives. See what makes them fascinating, interesting, funny, different. Find in them what you have in you. And then make someone else happy and fulfilled, even if for one moment. Lose yourself in that moment. Become a part of their time and their place.

Remember, we are a part of all that exists. We are one. And beauty exists in every moment. But you must look at it, for it to exist.

A good time was had by all playing Miniature Golf.

A good time was had by all playing Miniature Golf.

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If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
“thank you,”
that would suffice.
  – Johannes Eckhart

Swords Into Plow Shares With the Power of Love / Miniature Golf

In every moment we seek the truth, we find beauty. - William C. Anderson

“In every moment we seek beauty, we find truth.”                                                                    – William C. Anderson

“Truth is beauty;
even when it is sad or disturbing.
We live in an intrusive society;
and must wake up to this fact
or fall victim to its control.”

– Matthew Schwartz (Spadecaller)

I invite you to explore the remarkable artistic work of “Spadecaller”(http://www.spadecaller.net/). His acrylic paintings focus on themes that depict the inhumanity of war, political oppression, and the emancipation of the individual living in a militaristic nation.

Schwartz’s art not only honors the memory of the holocaust, it painstakingly celebrates the emancipation of the oppressed living today. And as I reflect upon the thoughtful, insightful art of Schwartz, I am reminded of an observation bestowed upon us by John F. Kennedy:

“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him. We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth.”

We enjoyed the Samurai Warrior Exhibit Warrior

We enjoyed the Samurai Warrior Exhibit Warrior at the Kimbell Art Museum.

I recently purchased a new work of art – a pen, during our visit to Indian Festival & Market. This writing implement was fabricated from a thirty caliber shell. And it reminded me of the work of this phenomenally gifted artist Matthew Schwartz, a. k. a. “Spadecaller”. I handed it to one of our older students with the comment, “From swords to plowshares! Can you think of a better use of this ammunition?” He studied it carefully, and as he hand it back to me, softly and thoughtfully said, “No. I cannot.”

Swords to plowshares is a concept in which military weapons are converted for peaceful applications.
The phrase originates from the Book of Isaiah:

The cuisine was exceptional!

The cuisine was exceptional!

” – And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”        – Isaiah 2:3-4

The plow share is often used to symbolize tools that benefit mankind, as opposed to destructive tools of war, symbolized by the sword, a similar sharp metal tool with an opposite use.

The Kimbell gift shop was delightful!

The Kimbell gift shop was delightful!

Ongoing examples include the dismantling of nuclear weapons and the use of their contents as fuel in civilian electric power stations, the Megatons to Megawatts Program. Nuclear fission development, originally accelerated for World War II weapons needs, has been applied to many civilian purposes since its use at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, including electricity and radiopharmaceutical production. The use of nuclear fusion in weapons designs, supplied the ability to create new elements, such as einsteinium.

Our Shakespeare production is progressing under the direction of George Rodriguez and planned for May 12 & 13.

Our Shakespeare production is progressing under the direction of noted Actor & Director, George Rodriguez and planned for May 12 & 13.

Established nuclear-weapons policies are unlikely to change. Mistrust is prevalent within the entire international community, so change is slow. Policies today are rooted in fear, insecurity and strong self-interest.

The number of nuclear weapons held by the biggest possessors, the US and Russia, have been reduced dramatically. South Africa dismantled its nuclear-weapons capability in 1991. South Korea, Argentina and Brazil moved away from nuclear weapons development. To date, Iran has not taken the decision to develop a nuclear weapon. The Non-Proliferation Treaty continues to play a central role, maintaining dialogue between the countries, and sustaining a common objective: to prevent the further spread of nuclear weapons. But we are far from being out of danger.

Help! It's a puppy!

Help! It’s a puppy?

In fact, my friends, we are out of time. The destructive capacity of our weapons we cannot even comprehend. Today, not tomorrow, we must teach our children to love one another, to see truth in the beauty in everyone and to find compassion, so often hidden within the dimensions of indifference.

In the wink of an eye, the sand of this earth can turn to glass, in a fiery furnace of hatred, intolerance and indifference. And the glass eye that was life on this earth, will see no more.

Let Us Beat Swords into Plowshares, a sculpture by Russian artist, Evgeniy Vuchetich, in the United Nations Art Collection

The anvil upon which the sword of our transgressions can be shaped into peace, is the human heart.

???????????????????????????????But my great fear is that the lessons of love are too late for the learning. In the wink of an eye every soul can be burning. In our hands, my friends, lies the fragile truth that may never blossom into beauty. Tomorrow, this giant rock upon which we reside, may simply rotate without us and without the most beautiful expression of our love, our children.

We cannot remain –
indifferent to love.

Our docent was wonderful.

Our docent was wonderful.

There is an invisible strength in you. And it is more powerful than any force you have imagined. In fact, you must engage your imagination in order to truly feel its presence. It is the power of Love.

If the bountiful beauty of the love that resides in your heart does not blossom in the hearts and minds of your children, well, then there will be no trace left behind. None of us will remain. A sad truth will still be here, but unfettered by the beauty of our being. No one will be left alive to tell the story of our lives. No one will be here to remember. No one. No child. No grandchild. No one!

“Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil.”
  – Elie Wiesel

Samuria Warrior Exhibit 052My friends, there is no work of art more beautiful or more powerful than the love you feel in your heart. But the canvass that is this earth may become barren, as if the beautiful brushstrokes of your love never caressed this earth. I know that the story of your life was read by someone, in the light of this day. And, that story need never end, if the brilliance of your love, sought so desperately by your children, is found reflected in loving eyes that search so longingly for your smile. Hope for mankind needs the warmth of your embrace at the end of each day saying, “I Love You”.

The story of love begins and ends with you. Yes, you are the story of all life to be. In every moment we seek beauty, we find truth. The beautiful love that you set free in the next moment of your life, may liberate mankind forever.

Will there be not a trace left behind?

If Love is a lesson too late for the learning, will there be not a trace left behind?

Friday April 11, 2014 we will meet at 10:00 a.m. at Hidden Valley Miniature Golf at 8621 Jacksboro Highway, Lakeside, Tx Telephone: 817-237-5463. Please ask for a map if you would like to have one.

There is a balance in nature.

There is a balance in nature.

Emergency Telephone 682-777-1908

We will dine at CiCi’s and then shop for books at Half Price Books. Pick up is at 2:30 p.m. at Half-Price Books, located at 475 Sherry Lane, north of Ridgmar Mall –Telephone: 817-732-4111.

Children really don't need technology to be entertained.

Children really don’t need technology to be entertained.

Students are NOT to leave Hidden Valley or the restaurant
or bookstore without the approval of Dr. or Mrs. Anderson.

FINANCIAL: $6.00 per game please pay Hidden Valley.

OTHER: Please bring funds for lunch & a book.

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

Alex Grubbs

Anderson graduate Alex Grubbs will soon graduate from the United States Air Force Academy. Congratulations!

Hidden Valley is Rated #1 miniature golf facility by Ft. Worth Star Telegram, 18 hole course – one of the areas largest courses, spread out over more than an acre of pristine astroturf, Hidden Valley’s 18-hole course turns tee time into a game of family-friendly one-upmanship.

Multilevel greens offer putters varying vantage points to navigate the windmills, water hazards, and other renewable energy obstacles as they begin their hunt for the hole. A lighthouse is in the center of the course and the calming fountains and waterfalls help players summon their zen.

IMPORTANT DATES
April 18 & 21 (Fri. & Mon.) Easter Holidays
April 25 (Friday) Flight Deck
April 29 (Tuesday) Scarborough Renaissance Festival
May 1 Tuition Due for 2014-15
May 12 & 13 (Mon. & Tues.) Shakespeare Production
May 16 (Friday) Main Event

Accept things and people as they are,
and your heart will begin to open
.

Anderson School Campus

Somewhere beneath all the majestic beauty is the Anderson Private School.

Products from LIVING Materials? / Kimbell Art Museum

“If you are in the moment,
you are in the Infinite.”
    – Prajnanpad

Kylee gave her puppy Missy a new hair style!

Kylee gave her puppy Missy a new hair style! No. Missy is not wearing sunglasses.

In the future, researchers tell us, complex and interactive structures could be grown using living cells programmed to assemble into intricate patterns. This unbelievable work lays a foundation for synthesizing, patterning, and controlling functional composite materials with engineered cells. This will shortly become the patterning of materials with engineered cells. Click here for more.

Farah loves Mrs. A's new puppy.

Farah loves Mrs. A’s new puppy.

Researchers describe patterned biofilms made from proteins tougher than steel, designed to incorporate semiconducting crystals and electrical wiring. Many natural biological systems — such as biofilms, shells and skeletal tissues — are able to assemble multifunctional, environmentally responsive assemblies of living and non-living components.

The living biofilms are the creation of synthetic biologist, Timothy Lu, and his team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Their research is published in Nature Materials. Click here to read article.

We don't explain them. We just train them.

We don’t explain them. We just train them.

Just imagine,  when we can grow physical devices and structures from bottom up using cells. These will be living biofilms.

“Our vision is to create living materials, in which living cells grow, lay down biopolymers and control the inorganic compounds around them,” Professor Lu explained.

R.J. gives his typically warm greeting to a stuffed tiger.

R.J. gives his typically warm greeting to a stuffed tiger.

They are a marriage of advanced techniques in genetic engineering, which reprogram a cell’s function, and the kind of protein chemistry that underlies the biofilm gloss we find on our teeth.

“Our vision is to create living materials, in which living cells grow, lay down biopolymers and control the inorganic compounds around them,” Professor Lu explained.

We enjoyed petting a baby alligator at the Ft. Worth Nature Center

We enjoyed petting a baby alligator at the Ft. Worth Nature Center.

“Knowledge relieves all suffering.
Knowledge liberates.
Which knowledge?
Chemistry? Physics? Astronomy? Geology?

Cole was last seen with his beloved Walking Stick!

Cole was last seen with his beloved Walking Stick!


They help a little. But only a little.
The true knowledge is the knowledge of our own nature.
Know yourself. You must know who you are,
understand your inner nature.
You must become conscious of this infinite nature
in yourself.
Then you will break free of your shackles.
– Vivekananda

On Friday, April 4, 2014 we will meet at 9: 45 a.m. at the KIMBELL ART MUSEUM, 3333 Camp Bowie (817-332-8451). Following our Docent guided tour, we will enjoy lunch at the museum’s restaurant and a self-guided tour of the permanent collection.

Travel back in time and discover the life, culture and pageantry of the revered and feared Japanese samurai warriors through more than 140 remarkable objects from one of the best and largest

The last time we saw Cole he was here!

The last time we saw Cole he was here!

collections in the world. Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection features the extraordinary artistry of the armor used by samurai—the military elite led by the shoguns, or warlords, of Japan from the 12th through 19th centuries.

Following lunch, students will shop at the fabulous gift shop and tour the permanent exhibits. Students are to be picked up at 2:30 p.m. If you arrive late, we will have departed with your child(ren) and will return to school. Please call and let us know if you will be late. Dr. Anderson may be reached at 682-777-1908. EMERGENCY.

Renee shared her 1977-78 West Elem. yearbook with us. She was a student when Dr. A was the Principal.

Renee shared her 1977-78 West Elem. yearbook with us. She was a student when Dr. A was the Principal.

Students are NOT to leave the museum at any time for any reason, including the need to secure a ride, without the knowledge and approval of Dr. or Mrs. Anderson. Students are required to let Dr. Anderson know when your ride has arrived and with whom you are leaving. DO NOT JUST DISAPPEAR. After years of coping with every known (and some strange unknown) behaviors, Dr. Anderson’s heart is truly weak (not to mention, the MIND!)

This is Renee in 1978.

Renee in 1978

FINANCIAL: Admission to the Kimbell for this Docent guided tour is free. Please provide funds for lunch. Parents/Guardians/Friends, etc. are invited to join us for the tours and/or lunch.

We MUST observe the policies of the Kimbell Art Museum
+ Backpacks, umbrellas, or other bulky items are not allowed
+ Baby strollers will not be permitted
+ Photography is not permitted
+ Sketching and lecturing
+ No food or drinks are allowed
+ Do not touch the works of art
+ Use of cell phones is prohibited
+ Be kind to Dr. A. He had a really long hike last Friday.

Dr. A in 1978 Principal at West Elementary

Dr. A in 1978 Principal at West Elementary School in White Settlement.

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Where precocious children are nurtured and appreciated.

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