God’s Wilderness of Wonders / Think For Themselves / Lower Bad Cholesterol / Friday: Fossil Mania in Glen Rose

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Every breath we draw
Is part of
A very beautiful song.
Every beat of our hearts,
Overture to the ebb and flow
Of life’s joyful pulsations,
Like God’s Rhythmic Heart,
Like the tides
Come in and go,
Eternal Vibrations
Beating in time
With all of God’s Creations.

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              With Beams sunlit and bold.

And throughout our brief lives,
In all the Universe untold,
Like the precious Morning Glory,
Our beauty within unfolds.

Such is break
Of dawn,
Each beautiful day
Enveloped in Love.
Never does it truly end,
For death comes not
To those living in the Light
Born of Infinite Love.

In such Life
He bids not adieu,
For God is Alive,
And so,
My beautiful friends,
Are you.

Hallelujah.

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       God’s Wilderness of Wonders

God’s voice
May appear at rest,
Smothered by the dust
Of countless moments untold,
While we wander
Through restless canyons
Of a weary mind.

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Each beautiful day enveloped in Love.

And in all this time
We are free to explore
God’s Wilderness of Wonders,
As He paints Portraits
Of His Love:
Brilliant brushstrokes,
Sunlit and bold
And blossoms so glorious
Our breath is held
To behold.

Radiant and transfigured we,
With beauty far beyond
What we have ever
Been told.

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    Somewhere we have never been.

Sometimes we are tired
And ready to dream.
But shadows fade
And dreams,
It is said,
Arise and bid farewell,
As if never placed in bed.

It is then
Our restless thoughts caress
The Loved and admired,
Toward which
Our eyes were turned
And yet,
We did not see.

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Like the precious Morning Glory, our beauty within unfolds.

“I cry aloud to God, aloud to God,
and he will hear me.
In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord;
in the night my hand
is stretched out without wearying.”
– Psalm 77:1-20

Yes,
The night has other eyes
With which to see.
Unafraid,
Hearts reveal to Minds
Through Prayer,
And our dreams,
Lessons of Divinity.

Every child
In need of Love,
Is always by your side,
Inhales your last breath,
Sings your song
Over and over again.

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Brilliant brushstrokes, sunlit and bold

And like
Our Father in Heavens Above,
We cannot walk away,
Forsake
The moment,
Their destiny,
This day.

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The lonesome landscape of where we have been.

Strong winds blow
Across the lonesome landscape
Of where we have been,
Past all the hope and desire,
Skipping over our dreams to
Somewhere we have never been.

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The night has other eyes with which to see.

In some of this time,
We held
Our Children of God
In aching arms,
Looking through them,
As though they were not
Here.

My friends,
The mind human
Can escape the gravity
Of the Heart,
And never know.

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Unafraid, hearts reveal to minds.

And Love,
It traverses not
A landscape barren
Of belief
In each other.
The strongest wind
Blows lonely,
Until the sea
Runs dry.

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Blossoms so glorious our breath is held to behold.

But in all things
Of the Heart,
Salvation is a Prayer,
Hope always abides.
Your belief in the Lord,
Tells God
You are here.
God knows your Heart,
My friend.
He knows the way back.
He wants to take you
Home.

No greater Love
Could there be
Than the Love of God
For you
And for me.
The Love
He invites
Into your thoughts,
Your Prayers
And the Revelations
Of your dreams.

Sleep well
My friends,
He is here
And He is there.
And He
Will always be
In Love with you,
In Love with me.

Goodnight.

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Looking through them, as though they were not here.

 Ways To Help Students
Think For Themselves

by Terry Heick

1. Allow them to read with choice – without guidelines or external pressure
2. Let them play with dynamic learning tools – no goals or prompting or rules (other than basic common sense, safety, etc.)
3. Let them see the parts of the whole, and the whole of the parts
4. Help them realize the interdependence between what they learn and themselves
5. Help them to serve others
6. Guide them to write about something complex, personal, emotional, meaningful, or seemingly trite
7. Teach them to meditate (seeing without thinking, thinking about thinking)
8. Allow them to navigate “unfiltered” sources of information
9. Encourage them to begin to separate basic epistemology – the differences between information, knowledge, and wisdom
10. Encourage them to believe they can,
11. Teach them to make mistakes (The GREATEST teacher ever!)
12. Help them explore something they see as mysterious
13. Teach them to try to find the common ground between seemingly disparate positions
14. Encourage them to think critically about the what others perceive as mundane
15. Make sure they think frequently about complex ideas
16. Help them to realize everything is infinitely complex when you see information as a matter of perspective (this causes an endless chain of other realizations if they’re willing to consider it long enough)
17. Encourage them to be bored. Great sparks of creativity have been ignited by having absolutely nothing to do. It emanates from the mind being at rest. And when it is rested, it naturally desires to no longer be at rest. It craves stimulation. The sun in your eyes will rise again!
18. Allow their mind to wander. Too much linear thinking squelches creativity.
19. Ask them what they stand for, and why.
20. Leave them alone (They need TIME to incubate thoughts)
21. Help them to honor the limits of human knowledge
21. Make sure they have meaningful choices
22. Make sure they are given the support to self-direct their own learning
23. Encourage them to make things
24. Help them to see the value of their own performance
25. Give them personalized direct instruction
26. Allow them to hear a well-written lecture. There are wonderful lectures available on line from great Universities such as Harvard. Check them out.
27. Help guide them to think about their own thinking
28. Encourage their passions to lead them into spaces where learning can occur on its own. Place is a great teacher.
29. Help them honor uncertainty
30. Encourage them to ask their own questions – and then ask better questions
31. Encourage opportunities for inquiry to meet a motivated mind (a few do exist!)
32. Guide them to dynamic spaces characterized by people, thought, and creativity (rather than intricate policies, rules, and standards)
33. Expose them to something worth doing. Ask them what is worth doing.
34. Help them to confront diversity and divergence
35. Encourage them to revisit their past mistakes, thinking patterns, and moments of genius
36. Guide them to seek self-awareness not content-awareness
37. Help them to not take anything too seriously
38. Encourage them trust themselves to fail (FAILURE is the greatest teacher of all, if you know how to benefit from it.)
39. Guide them in studying patterns
40. Let them explain the significance of an idea
41. Allow them to experience affectionate modeling. Nothing influences a young mind like meeting someone who really LOVES what he/she is doing.
42. Make sure they are mentored with love!
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                                          Go Nuts for Heart Health
from WebMD: tips for things you can do now to help lower your bad cholesterol levels.

A handful of nuts is a tasty treat that helps in lowering cholesterol. Nuts are high in monounsaturated fat, which lowers LDL “bad” cholesterol while leaving HDL “good” cholesterol intact. Several studies show that people who eat about an ounce of nuts a day are less likely to get heart disease. Nuts are high in fat and calories, so eat only a handful. And make sure they’re not covered in sugar or chocolate.

Unsaturated Fats Protect the Heart
We all need a little fat in our diet — about 25% to 35% of our daily calories. But the type of fat matters. Unsaturated fats — like those found in canola, olive, and safflower oils — help lower LDL “bad” cholesterol levels and may help raise HDL “good” cholesterol. Saturated fats — like those found in butter and palm oil — and trans fats raise LDL cholesterol. Even good fats have calories, so eat in moderation.

More Beans, Fewer Potatoes
You need carbohydrates for energy, but some do your body more good than others. Beans, and whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, and whole wheat, have more fiber and raise sugar levels less. These help lower cholesterol and keep you feeling full longer. Other carbs, like those found in white bread, white potatoes, white rice, and pastries, boost blood sugar levels more quickly, leading you to feel hungry sooner, and may make you more likely to overeat.

Activity
Even 30 minutes of physical activity 5 days a week (or 20 minutes three times a week for vigorous exercise, such as jogging) can help lower LDL cholesterol and raise HDL cholesterol. More exercise is even better. Being active also helps you reach and keep a healthy weight, cutting your chance of developing clogged arteries. You don’t have to exercise for 30 minutes straight. You can break it up into 10-minute sessions.

Walk
If you’re not used to exercising or don’t want to go to a gym, take a walk. It’s easy, healthy, and all you need is a good pair of shoes. Aerobic exercise (“cardio”) such as brisk walking lowers risk of stroke and heart disease, helps you lose weight, and keeps bones strong. If you’re just starting out, try a 10-minute walk and gradually build up from there.

You can exercise anywhere. Gardening, dancing, or walking your dog counts. Even housework can qualify as exercise, if it gets your heart rate up.

What to Do When Eating Out
If you’re eating healthy food at home to keep cholesterol in check, keep it up when you eat out. Restaurant food can be loaded with saturated fat, calories, and sodium. Even healthy choices may come in supersize portions. Use these tips to stay on track:

Choose broiled, baked, steamed, and grilled foods – not fried.
Get sauces on the side.
Practice portion control by asking for half your meal to be boxed up before it’s brought out. This is a GREAT idea. Try it. It works!

Check the Label
A close look at nutrition labels is key for a low-cholesterol, heart-healthy diet.

Check serving sizes. The nutrition info may look good, but does the package contain two servings instead of one? If it says “whole grain,” read the ingredients. Whole wheat or whole grain should be the first one.      read more

FOR  FRIDAY:
If the forecast is for RAIN all day, we will meet at school on Friday.

Our destination for FRIDAY, October 30, 2015 is: The SOMERVELL COUNTY EXPO CENTER HIGHWAY 67 in GLEN ROSE, TEXAS to enjoy Fossil Mania. Rumor has it that Mrs. A. found Dr. A. here, and deeply discounted.

We will depart from the school at 9:00 a.m. to arrive at approximately 10:30 a.m. for a self-guided tour and a LATE LUNCH in Granbury. We will return around 3:30 p.m. Please be patient if we are late.

PLEASE have breakfast today. We will have a very late lunch.

Fossil Mania is a highly motivating science project that can be enjoyed by the entire family. Friends, family and neighbors are invited join us.

FINANCIAL: No fee required.

LUNCH: Please provide funds for lunch & snacks & fossils.

GIFT SHOP: Parents may want to provide jobs around the house to let child(ren) earn money to spend. They will want to purchase something slightly older than Dr. A.

Uniform pants with a belt & red monogrammed school shirts are required. Tuck your shirt in & wear a belt, and you will be allowed to act normal and participate.

Please do not make references about Dr. Anderson being an old fossil during this trip. He is sensitive & not for sale, so please do not put price tags on him (especially if they are below 1 dollar). And thank you, Natalie, for the truth in advertising price tag in times gone by: “Priceless”.

Students are NOT to leave the Exposition Center or eatery at any time for any reason, including the need to secure a ride or use the restroom, without the approval of Dr. or Mrs. Anderson.

IMPORTANT DATES

Nov. 23 – 27 (Monday – Friday) Thanksgiving / Fall Break
Dec. 3 – 4 Texas A.G.T. Conference – No school
Dec. 18 Last Day of Fall Semester
Dec. 21 – Jan. 4 Winter Break Holidays
Jan. 22 Fort Worth Stock Show
March 18 DFW New Auto Show in Fort Worth
April 29 Scarborough Renaissance Festival

A . n . d . e . r . s . o . n
Where precocious children are appreciated.

If the forecast is for RAIN all day, we will be at school on Friday.

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