We Are Alive Forever / The Power of Pure Consciousness / Obesity May Double Risk Of Cancer / Friday: T. B. A.

We hear of
Miracles.
And there are
many.

My Dear Friend,
Miracles abound
with the simplicity
of knowing,
that everything
is a Miracle.

No.
We are never fully
aware,
that every Life
is a Miracle,
every day
is a Miracle,
and every moment
is truly Miraculous.

William Wordsworth
wrote in a poem that begins,
“The World is too much with us;
late and soon,
getting and spending,
we lay waste our powers;
Little we see in Nature
that is ours.”

It is very hard
to reflect upon what is going on,
because demands for our time
and our energy
don’t diminish.

The beauty of God’s creation is everywhere.

And so,
we are seldom
in the moment.

Slowing down
is essential
and
requires the recognition
that it is important
to do so.

Finding a tranquil location,
perched along the banks of a soothing River
makes it easy to slow your pace
and discover the art
of relaxation.
Since the Beauty of God’s creation
is everywhere,
it isn’t necessary to travel
many miles
to behold it.

The wonders of our Father
in Heaven
abound all around us,
surround us,
are us.
And these marvels
reveal much about our
Creator.
His Beauty
is reflected
in His
Creations.

Yes,
it is reflected
in YOU.

To sense our consciousness,
just slow down
and take notice of the marvels
unfolding all around us.
To live in
WONDER,
focus your conscious thoughts,
your good intentions
and physical energy.

Get rid of the
negative emotion.
Our reality
is that everyone
is playing the game
of Life
at their own pace.

Escape to another Century,
with your intention of understanding
a totally other time
and place.
Slow your pace
and sustain your reading attention.
It is important that mom AND dad
model the slow reading
of truly great literature
for their children.
click here
for our recommended
reading list.

Our shadows are cast by the same Light.

My Dear Friends,
the brevity
of our Being
dictates many things.
But
our brevity is
illusory.
Our constituent essence
exists lividly buried,
and forever alive,
within our DNA
and that of our inheritors,
our children,
and our children’s
children.
And,
more importantly,
we are alive forever
in the Spirit.

“For you have been born again,
but not to a Life that will quickly end.
Your new Life will last forever
because it comes from
the Eternal, Living Word
of God.”

1 Peter 1:23

The essence
of our Being
is truly designed,
Biologically and Spiritually,
to be alive
forever.

As every Flower
blossoms,
it soon fades away.
And Flowers teach us:
we each
have the capacity
to blossom,
and express
the Beauty of Love
to the whole World.

“Our Spiritual roots
are where our Life gets its nourishment.
It is our infinite source of the Love,
happiness, and serenity that we all deeply desire.
Through Spirituality we gain
an outlook that best benefits
our Life.
Randi G. Fine
(read more)

Our shadows
are cast
by the same Light.
But,
our options
for Life and Living,
lie in many
Beautiful dimensions.

Good
Beautiful
night.

                               Flowers teach us.

The Power of Pure Consciousness
by Steve Taylor
read more

Experiencing ‘consciousness-in-itself’ can have a massively therapeutic effect. It brings a sense of being firmly rooted in ourselves, of being truly who we are. We also have a sense of being truly where we are, realizing that before we were only half-present, and everything we see around us seems intensely real and alive, as if our perceptions have become much more acute. But above all, we experience a profound sense of inner peace and natural happiness. As the Hindu and Buddhist traditions have always held, the nature of consciousness-in-itself (which means the consciousness inside us and the consciousness which pervades the whole universe) is bliss. Getting into contact with the pure consciousness inside us enables us, therefore, to experience this bliss. Indeed, it could be said that it’s only when we do this that we can experience true happiness.

Click here
to enjoy the beauty of this Earth
with Amour Divin by Michel Pépé.

Obesity May Double Risk Of Colorectal Cancer
NDTV.COM
click here to read more

Women who are overweight or obese have up to twice the risk of developing colorectal cancer before age 50. The study published in the journal JAMA Oncology, said that it was it is of utmost importance for women to maintain a healthy weight, beginning in early adulthood for prevention of early-onset colorectal cancer.

Compared with women with the lowest body mass index (BMIs), 18.5-22.9 kilograms per square meter, women with the highest BMIs, greater than 30, had almost twice the risk of early-onset of colorectal cancer, Xinhua news agency reported.

“We hypothesised that the obesity epidemic may partially contribute to this national and global concern in early-onset colorectal cancer rates, but we were surprised by the strength of the link and the contribution of obesity and weight change since early adulthood,” said Yin Cao, Assistant Professor of surgery in the Division of Public Health Sciences at Washington University.

For the study, published in the journal JAMA Oncology, the team included data from 85,256 women aged 25 to 44.It must be understood that this is an association study, which does not establish that increasing weight is a cause of early-onset colorectal cancer. More studies are needed to uncover the causal relationship between the two and identify young people at high risk of colorectal cancer at younger ages.

The American Cancer Society recently lowered the recommended age at which most people should undergo a first screening colonoscopy. The new guidelines recommend screening beginning at age 45, down from the previous recommendation of age 50.

Obesity is a condition characterized by excessive body weight. Your diet can play a significant role in managing obesity. Here are some foods that are known for their fat burning abilities.

1. Tomato: Tomatoes encourage the production of the amino acid called Carnitine, which is an organic molecule that plays an important role in the regulation of fatty acid and energy metabolism. Tomatoes also have a compound known as 9-oxo-ODA that helps reduce lipids in blood, which further helps in preventing weight gain and belly fat.

2. Green Tea: Catechins are one of the antioxidants present in green tea which are believed to boost metabolism, further promoting weight loss.

3. Celery: Containing barely 16 calories per 100 grams (as per USDA), celery is ranked high among negative calorie foods. Packed with fiber, celery is also rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, and folate.

4. Broccoli: Plant-based foods are high in fiber and great calorie burners. Containing barely 34 calories per 100 grams. Broccoli is ranked high amongst superfoods. It is packed with fibers and antioxidants and studies have shown that they may also have certain anti-cancer properties.

Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.

.“Our mind is like a cloudy sky:
in essence clear and pure,
but overcast by clouds of delusions.
Just as the thickest clouds can disperse,
so, too, even the heaviest delusions
can be removed from our mind.”
Kelsang Gyatso

2018-19 Anderson School Calendar
.
First Semester
.
September 4 – December 21   2018

Sept. 4 (Tuesday)                              First Day of First Semester

Oct. 8 (Monday)                                 Columbus Day Holiday

Nov. 19 – 23                                       Thanksgiving / Fall Break

T. B. A.                                                 Texas A.G.T. Conference (no school)

Dec. 21 (Friday)                                 Last Day of Fall Semester

Dec. 24 – Jan. 7                                  Winter Break Holidays

Second Semester

January 8 – May 24   2019

Jan. 8 (Tuesday)                                 Second Semester begins

Jan. 21 (Monday)                               Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Holiday

Feb. 18 (Monday)                               President’s Day Holiday

Mar. 11 -15                                         Spring Break Holidays

April 19 & 22 (Fri. & Mon.)             Good Friday & Easter Holidays

May 20                                                Prep. Day for Adventure Trip (no school)

May 21 – 24                                        Adventure Trip

May 24                                                Last Day of Semester

                                          For Philosophy this week:

  Dr. & Mrs. Anderson may schedule 2-5 additional days
(to be announced later) for In-service Training.
Visit our website at
http://www.andersonschool.net
for updated information.

    The School Calendar is subject to change.
There are no make-up days
if school is closed due to
 inclement weather.

Inclement Weather Policy:
the school will close if Fort Worth I. S. D. is closed.

(Calendar 2018-2019 / approved 7-29-18)

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Hold Eternity in Your Hands / First Cancer ‘Living Drug’ / Friday: Monnig Meteorite Gallery

We often see
by the blind
of Light,
as day
appears in our dreams
at  Night.

But,
another language
inscribes
a vision
of our being.

From the Braille
battered into the walls
of victory or defeat,
War
became the History
of our race,
Human
and less,
much less.
.
Now
we discover
on our Horizon,
the Eternity of Night.
For without
Love emitting Light,
nothing,
ultimately,
will exist.

…………… Such is the pathway.

It’s a long, long way
from here to there,
from War
to Peace.
And we
never get near.

We
never find the way
through the mists of doubt,
to the Light
of Day.

No.
We never found
Love,
along the way.

But,
it does exist.
Love
is the only thing
that truly exists.

                       …….  It does exist.

A Child
caressed by the Human Hands
of a Mother’s Love,
is received of
Blessings
from Above.
Such is
the pathway
to hold
Eternity
in Your Hands.

Everything
is created from Love.
That is the only essence;
that is the only substance;
that is the only fiber there is.
So everything that takes form
comes from Love.”

read more

Like tears
we shed in the falling rain,
our reality
perfectly merges
with everything
that surrounds us,
confounds us,
astounds us,
is us.

My Dear Friends,
we
do not exist
apart from anything.
There is no
me
and you.

“Truthfully,
that which we call Life is impossible
without and inseparable from
what we regard as
inanimate.

Just as one can mold thousands
of practically identical grains of sand on a beach
into castles, mermaids or whatever one can imagine,
the innumerable atoms that make up everything on the Planet continually congregate and disassemble themselves,
creating a ceaselessly shifting kaleidoscope of matter.

Ferris Jabr is a contributing writer for
Scientific American.
.
“Why does the eye
see a thing more clearly in 
dreams
than the imagination
when awake?” 

– Leonardo da Vinci
.
Why is defining Life so difficult?
Why have scientists and philosophers
failed
for centuries
to find a specific physical property or set of properties
that clearly separates the Living from the inanimate?
Because such a property
does not exist.
.
“That Love
is all there is,
is all we know of Love;
it is enough.”
Emily Dickinson
.
Life is an invented concept.
On a fundamental level,
everything that exists is an arrangement of atoms
that fall onto a very large spectrum of complexity,
from a single hydrogen atom
to something as complex as the Human brain.
.
In trying to define Life,
we draw a line at an arbitrary level of
complexity
and loudly proclaim that everything above that level
is alive and everything below it is not.
.
But this division only exists in our
very limited and Human mind.
There is no threshold of complexity
at which a collection of atoms
suddenly becomes alive,
no real distinction between the living
and that we call inanimate.
We fail to define Life
because there is never anything
to define.
.
“If I have the gift of prophecy
and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge,
and if I have a Faith that can move mountains,
but do not have
Love,
I am nothing.”
1 Corinthians 13:2
.

The only thing that truly exists.

In ancient philosophy,
the Greek philosopher

Gorgias
thought that nothing really exists at all
that if anything does exist,
then nothing can be known about it,
and that there is really no way this can be passed on
for others
to understand.
.
Gorgias was simply giving a philosophica:
proof to the fact that all material things
that exists in the World
are perceptions of the mind,
figments of imagination.
.
Quantum physics tells us that reality
is far beyond human perception and intuition.
In other words,
our rational mind and common sense
are not capable of understanding
the true nature of reality.

My Dear Friends,
the highest part of yourself
is a much higher Being,
where the best qualities, gifts, and capacities
of the Soul are found.

Your Humanity connects with the Divine.
Your Superior Being
does exist and is there
to seek the answers to your questions,
attend to your desires,
address your concerns.

We are connected to the Divine.
He is within us.
We are His Children.

“Behold,
what manner of Love
the Father hath bestowed upon us,
that we should be called
the sons of God.”
1 John 3:1
.
Go to your Father
in Prayer.
Let your Heart
speak with your Superior Being.
You will have
answers.

If your desires
are Beautiful,
your Blessings
will be the same.

“All of life
is a near-death experience.”

Alan Harris

Today’s idea holds the key
to what your real thoughts are.
They are nothing that you think you think,
just as nothing that you think you see
is related to vision in any way.

There is no relationship between what is real
and what you think is real.
Nothing that you think are your real thoughts
resemble your real thoughts in any respect.
Nothing that you think you see
bears any resemblance
to what vision will show you.

Under all the senseless thoughts and mad ideas
with which we have cluttered up our minds
are the thoughts that we thought with God
in the beginning.
They are there in our minds now,
completely unchanged.
They will always be in our minds,
exactly as they always were.
Everything we thought since then
will change,
but the Foundation on which it rests
is wholly changeless.

Yes, LOVE does exist.

Let us
not
go to our graves
without those we Love
peering into the vast space
of our unfathomable
Love.

The pathway
to inner Peace,
and World Peace,
lies through
the Human Heart.

Let us start
thinking –
with our
Hearts.

Goodnight.

Yes,
and how many deaths will it take
’til he knows,
that too many people
have died?
Bob Dylan

First cancer ‘living drug’ gets go-ahead

The US has approved the first treatment to redesign a patient’s own immune system so it attacks cancer.

The regulator – the US Food and Drug Administration – said its decision was a “historic” moment and medicine was now “entering a new frontier”.

The company Novartis is charging $475,000 (£367,000) for the “living drug” therapy, which leaves 83% of people free of a type of blood cancer.

Doctors in the UK said the announcement was an exciting step forward.

The living drug is tailor-made to each patient, unlike conventional therapies such as surgery or chemotherapy.

It is called CAR-T and is made by extracting white blood cells from the patient’s blood.

The cells are then genetically reprogrammed to seek out and kill cancer.

The cancer-killers are then put back inside the patient and once they find their target they multiply.

‘Enormously exciting

Dr Scott Gottlieb, from the FDA, said: “We’re entering a new frontier in medical innovation with the ability to reprogram a patient’s own cells to attack a deadly cancer.

“New technologies such as gene and cell therapies hold out the potential to transform medicine and create an inflection point in our ability to treat and even cure many intractable illnesses.”

The therapy, which will be marketed as Kymriah, works against acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

Most patients respond to normal therapy and Kymriah has been approved for when those treatments fail.

Dr Stephan Grupp, who treated the first child with CAR-T at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, said the new approach was “enormously exciting”.

“We’ve never seen anything like this before,” he added.

That first patient had been near to death, but has now been cancer-free for more than five years.

Out of 63 patients treated with CAR-T therapy, 83% were in complete remission within three months and long-term data is still being collected.

However, the therapy is not without risks.

It can cause potentially life-threatening cytokine release syndrome from the rapid proliferation of the CAR-T cells in the body. This can be controlled with drugs.

New era

But the potential of CAR-T technology goes beyond one type of cancer.

Dr David Maloney, medical director of cellular immunotherapy at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, said the FDA’s decision was a “milestone”.

He added: “We believe this is just the first of what will soon be many new immunotherapy-based treatments for a variety of cancers.

CAR-T technology has shown most promise against different blood-based cancers.

However, it has struggled against “solid tumours” such as lung cancer or melanoma.

Dr Prakash Satwani, a paediatric oncologist at Columbia University Medical, said: “The results haven’t been that great when you compare it with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, but I’m sure the technology will get better in the near future.”

Boosting the immune system is already a cornerstone of modern cancer treatment.

A range of drugs that “take the brakes off” the immune system to allow it to attack cancer more freely have already been adopted around the world.

CAR-T technology, which goes a step further and redesigns the immune system, is at a much earlier stage.

Prof Peter Johnson, the chief clinician at the charity Cancer Research UK, said: “The first genetically modified cell therapy to be approved by the FDA is an exciting step forward.

“We still have a lot to learn about how to use it safely and who might benefit from it, so it is important to recognize this is just a first step.”

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For our class in Philosophy
this week:

For Friday, October 12:

 

2018-19 Anderson School Calendar

First Semester

September 4 – December 21   2018

Sept. 4 (Tuesday)                              First Day of First Semester

Oct. 8 (Monday)                                 Columbus Day Holiday

Nov. 19 – 23                                       Thanksgiving / Fall Break

T. B. A.                                                 Texas A.G.T. Conference (no school)

Dec. 21 (Friday)                                 Last Day of Fall Semester

Dec. 24 – Jan. 7                                  Winter Break Holidays

Second Semester

January 8 – May 24   2019

Jan. 8 (Tuesday)                                 Second Semester begins

Jan. 21 (Monday)                               Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Holiday

Feb. 18 (Monday)                               President’s Day Holiday

Mar. 11 -15                                         Spring Break Holidays

April 19 & 22 (Fri. & Mon.)             Good Friday & Easter Holidays

May 20                                                Prep. Day for Adventure Trip (no school)

May 21 – 24                                        Adventure Trip

May 24                                                Last Day of Semester

  Dr. & Mrs. Anderson may schedule 2-5 additional days
(to be announced later) for In-service Training.
Visit our website at
http://www.andersonschool.net
for updated information.

    The School Calendar is subject to change.
There are no make-up days
if school is closed due to
 inclement weather.

Inclement Weather Policy:
the school will close if Fort Worth I. S. D. is closed.

(Calendar 2018-2019 / approved 7-29-18)

Lyrics/songs texts/paintings/articles
are property and copyright of their owners
and provided for educational purposes.

Copyright Disclaimer – Section 107 – Copyright Act 1976,
allowance is made for “fair use”
for purposes such as criticism, comment,
news reporting, teaching, scholarship,and research.
Fair use is permitted by copyright statute.
Non-profit, educational or personal use
tips the balance in favor of “fair use”.

© Copyright 1995-2018
The Anderson Private School.

All Rights Reserved

Blessings Disguised As YOU / Flies in Infinity-Sky / Friday: Rollerland West / 2018-19 Anderson School Calendar

“It is never too late
to be
who you might have been.”

George Eliot

              There is no end.

We don’t live
for the moment.
We are alive
to live
in
the moment –
this moment,
that may be
all moments
in one.

And this moment
is Beautiful.
No,
not the place,
not this space,
but
YOU,
and YOUR trace
in Time.

      Our dreams can come true.

We don’t live
to dream.
We dream
of truly living.

For Life
is lived
not in living,
but in dreaming
of Life
as it could be
lived,
as if
we live
in a dream,
as if
our dreams
can come true.

  This moment is Beautiful.

When
can Life begin
again?
As Life
unfurls its splendor
we may come to realize
there is no
end,
only the beginning,
over and over
again.

Such is Life
that we cannot
be blinded by the
Truth,
only illumined.

“Let him who would move the World,
first move himself.” 

Socrates

In Life,
all its Blessings
are disguised
as YOU.
And within,
you will find
that there is no
Home,
but
the Heart.
And the knocking
you hear
at the door,
is your precious Heart
beating in Time
with everything you
adore,
everything you implore
to wake again
in the Light
of each new Day
that dawns in your
Dreams,
and longs
to stay
embedded in your
Prayers,
and birthed
by a breathless word
that is whispered
by the Song
of your Life –
the Music
of each moment
you are alive.

“Nature loves courage.
You make the commitment
and Nature will respond to that commitment
by removing impossible obstacles.
Dream the impossible dream
and the world will not grind you under,
it will lift you up.”

Terence McKenna

A breathless word that is whispered.

My Friend,
every day
is Birth Day:
awakening
to a rising Sun
with Hope
in our Hearts.

“We are playing a game.
What you are basically, deep, deep down, far, far in,
is simply the fabric and structure of existence itself.
Reality itself is the fullness of total Joy.
But however, there’s no point of just sustaining this.
Let’s supposes that you were able every night to dream
any dream you wanted to dream.
You would fulfill all your wishes.
And after several nights, you would say
‘well that was pretty great’.
But now let’s have a surprise.
Let’s have a dream which isn’t under control.
Then, you would get more and more adventurous
and finally you would dream where you are
now.” 

Alan Watts

Yes,
every day
is Birth Day.
As if
we are born again,
God
lights the big Candle
in the Sky,
and blows it out
at end of day,
with a wish
for our Tomorrow.

“What lies behind us
and what lies before us
are tiny matters
compared to what lies
within us.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every Star
that shines at night,
brings a ray of Hope
ever so bright
for every one
in need of a Home,
for Hope.

And
the Light of your
Life
can shine just as
bright,
to show the way,
for someone else
in endless night.

There is no Home but the Heart.

My Dear Friend,
it’s not
the Winter wind
that’s cold.
It is knowing
you do not know,
that the World
is warmed
by your Heart.

You
cannot be blinded
by the Light
of day,
only
by the dark
of night,
the night that surrounds us,
is all around us,
day and night.

For the Stars
are not in this sky
at night.
They are in
your eyes,
and they shine
so bright.

Always know
that your Life
is the Light
of someone’s
World.

Goodnight.

.

“O World-ignorance,
Although You have shackled my feet,
I am free.
Although You have chained my hands,
I am free.
Although You have enslaved my body,
I am free.
I am free because
I am not of the body.
I am free because
I am not the body.
I am free because
I am the Soul-Bird
that flies in Infinity-Sky.
I am the Soul-Child
that dreams On the Lap
of the Immortal King Supreme.”
Poem by Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007)
Spiritual teacher, artist, poet and student of peace.
click here
for the inspiring Ave Maria by Leo Rojas
Soul Bird

“Life isn’t about finding yourself.
Life is about creating yourself.”

George Bernard Shaw

                  For Philosophy this week:  Project Nim

Taken out of his natural environment from birth, Nim was raised and nurtured like a Human child to discover if he could communicate with language. Following Nim’s extraordinary journey through Human society and the enduring impact he makes upon people along the way, this is a biography of an animal we tried to make Human. What we learn about his true nature, and indeed OUR OWN, is comic, revealing and profoundly unsettling

2018-19 Anderson School Calendar

First Semester

September 4 – December 21   2018

Sept. 4 (Tuesday)                              First Day of First Semester

Oct 8 (Monday)                                 Columbus Day Holiday

Nov. 19 – 23                                       Thanksgiving / Fall Break

T. B. A.                                                 Texas A.G.T. Conference (no school)

Dec. 21 (Friday)                                 Last Day of Fall Semester

Dec. 24 – Jan. 7                                  Winter Break Holidays

Second Semester

January 8 – May 24   2019

Jan. 8 (Tuesday)                                 Second Semester begins

Jan. 21 (Monday)                               Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Holiday

Feb. 18 (Monday)                               President’s Day Holiday

Mar. 11 -15                                         Spring Break Holidays

April 19 & 22 (Fri. & Mon.)             Good Friday & Easter Holidays

May 20                                                Prep. Day for Adventure Trip     (no school)

May 21 – 24                                        Adventure Trip

May 24                                                Last Day of Semester

  Dr. & Mrs. Anderson may schedule 2-5 additional days
(to be announced later) for In-service Training.
Visit our website at
http://www.andersonschool.net
for updated information.

    The School Calendar is subject to change.
There are no make-up days
if school is closed due to
 inclement weather.

Inclement Weather Policy:
the school will close if Fort Worth I. S. D. is closed.

(Calendar 2018-2019 / approved 7-29-18)

         Someone else in endless night.

Courage doesn’t always roar.
Sometimes courage is the quiet voice
at the end of the day saying,
‘I will try again Tomorrow’.”

Mary Anne Radmacher

Lyrics/songs texts/paintings/articles
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allowance is made for “fair use”
for purposes such as criticism, comment,
news reporting, teaching, scholarship,and research.
Fair use is permitted by copyright statute.
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tips the balance in favor of “fair use”.

© Copyright 1995-2018
The Anderson Private School.

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To Stand Upon the Altar of God / Best Ways to Praise / Friday: Main Event

The World
if filled with Beauty.
And all because
of YOU.

The Beauty of this Earth
would not exist
without
God’s Love for
YOU.

Yes.
It is here
for you.

It is
a simple fact
of physics,
that nothing exists
without an observer.

The Beauty
of this Earth
is truly
a Gift from God.
Open your eyes
and enjoy
an adventure with
Nature.

He
created you
to Love.
And His expressions
of LOVE
abound all around.

Breathe deeply,
and walk as far
as you can
in Love.
Venture into
the vast and Beautiful
wilderness
of the Mind
of God.

To stand
upon this Earth,
is to stand
upon the Altar
of God.
And this Earth,
in all its abundant
Natural Beauty,
is God’s expression
of His Love
for YOU,
His Child.

“For it is God
who works in you,
both to will and to work
for His good pleasure.”

Philippians 2:13

My Dear Friends,
God
Created YOU
for a reason:
to Love you,
to surround you
with Beauty.

“In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.”
Proverbs 3:6

If
your intention
is to see
all the Beauty that exists,
in YOU,
in your World,
in each other,
then you shall
see it.

Look
for the Beauty.
It is here.
It is there.
It is
everywhere.
It is in you.
It is
YOU.

“See what great Love
the Father has lavished on us,
that we should be called
children of God!
And that is what we are!”
John 3:1

What is
Sacred
is ALL so
Beautiful,
far, far more
than we shall
every know.

There is great
Beauty
that resides
in the Word of God.
His Truth
is far more Beautiful
than anything
we can envision.
And,
His Truth
is in you.
For YOU
are His beloved.
And
there is no greater
Love.

My Friends,
Love
is the Ultimate Truth.
And God’s Love
for you
is Beauty beyond
our comprehension.
It is
brighter than the
Sun.
It dances
upon the Waters
of our Faith.
It sparkles
in the darkness
of our fears.

We
are beloved
of God,
and of each other,
and shall
by the Grace of our Father,
Love each other
and Live forever
in the Warm Embrace
of God,
and each other.

Our LOVE,
not only unites
us,
it is us.
Our lives
are intertwined:
mine and yours,
yours and mine.
They are ours,
not yours
and mine.

“No man is an island,
entire of itself;
every man
is a piece of the continent,
a part of the main.”
– John Donne

We
do not live Life
ourselves.
We live Life
through
the lives of others,
and by the will
of those around
us.

When
you live inside
the Heart
of another,
you become
real.
And those few
precious moments
become
the only moments
that are real.

                  Infinite possibilities.

In every
moment
that are infinite
possibilities
for the future.

Goodnight.

The 10 Best Ways to Praise

Parents Magazine
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  1. Don’t overdo it. When your toddler puts his pants on by himself for the first time, it’s worth making a big deal about it. But gushing over everyday achievements (“You finished your carrots — yay!”) will cause your child to discount praise he’s truly earned. It may also make him feel he constantly has to do things to impress you.
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  2. Be specific. Instead of saying, “Wow, that’s a great drawing,” say, “Look at that great sun you made, and you even included clouds!” This lets your child know you’re really taking notice of her work and encourages her to do more, says Janice Fletcher, EdD, director of the child development lab at the University of Idaho in Moscow.
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  3. Emphasize the effort, not the outcome. When your child is learning a new activity, don’t comment on how well she does it. Instead, compliment her enthusiasm and progress (“You worked really hard in soccer, and I noticed you’re starting to dribble the ball better”). When 7-year-old Rachel Geissler started a dance class, she had trouble mastering the steps. “I told her I liked her bright smile, which showed how passionate she is about dancing,” says her mother, Andrea, of Bel Air, Maryland. “And I said, ‘You really give your all.’ That helped her stick with it.”
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  4. Focus on the feat. Young kids have a hard time distinguishing between who they are and what they do. So instead of commending your child (“You were good in the car”), praise the action (“You were very calm and quiet on the trip”). This helps toddlers and preschoolers understand the behavior that earned them a compliment.
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  5. Point out the positives. It’s easy to fall into the pattern of pointing out your child’s mistakes while overlooking his little successes, says Hartley-Brewer. But when you make an extra effort to praise your child’s achievements and good behavior, you’ll help reinforce them. When Ginny Speirs notices that her children, Ben, 5, and Siena, 8, are being kind to a younger child, she lets them know it. “Telling them that they should be proud of themselves inspires them to do the same thing again,” says the mom from Montecito, California.
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  6. Don’t brag. Overdoing praise in public (“Isn’t Jimmy the best speller you’ve ever seen?” or “My 4-year-old already knows how to count to 20 and to read”) isn’t just annoying to other parents — it also puts a lot of pressure on your child to perform. “This is counterproductive praising,” says Edward Christophersen, PhD, clinical child psychologist at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. “It can embarrass your child, and it cancels out the learning benefit of praise.”
    .
  7. Share his achievements with your spouse. While you shouldn’t boast about your child in front of your friends, there’s no need to hold back when you’re at home. In fact, making your spouse aware of your child’s achievement can be good for him, says Lawrence Balter, PhD, professor of applied psychology at New York University, in New York City. Just try not to say it in front of your other kids, so they don’t feel slighted. “When my 5-year-old son, Jacques, does something noteworthy, I tell his mother about it in front of him,” says Todd Nissen, of Washington, D.C. One day when Jacques was sniffling, Nissen handed Jacques a tissue and told his wife, “He blew his nose all by himself yesterday.” Right on cue, Jacques said, “Yeah, watch me,” and demonstrated his new skill.
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  8. Tell the truth. Even young kids can see right through false praise. Your best strategy is to be honest — and diplomatic — when commenting on your child’s ability. “If she’s learning to dive and does an awkward belly flop, don’t say, ‘What a beautiful dive,'” says Miller Shivers, PhD, clinical child psychologist at Children’s Memorial Hospital, in Chicago. A better script: “I see you’re working on your diving.” By not defining the action as good or bad, you’re being truthful — while letting your child know she has your attention.
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  9. Use body language. Nonverbal cues are a great way to express your approval. “When my face lights up with a grin or I high-five my 4-year-old twins for cleaning their room, they know how I feel about their accomplishment,” says Daphne Butler, of Nashville. A smile or a hug can also be less distracting than words. “If you say, ‘You’re reading so well,’ your child will stop to look up at you,” says Dr. Christophersen. “But if you give him a gentle rub on the back, he’ll get the message that you’re proud of him and keep reading.”
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  10. Avoid sarcasm. Don’t poison praise with snarky comments (“Who would have guessed you’d finish an entire meal without staining your clothes?” or “Finally, you learned to ride a bike without training wheels”). Children may not get your attempt at humor, and pointing out past failings is really a form of criticism. Simply celebrate the event (“How does it feel to eat neatly, like a big boy?” or “I’ll bet you can’t wait to show your friends that you can ride a bike”). “Kids just need to know what it is they’re doing right,” says Hartley-Brewer.

Rephrase Your Praise

Toddlers

Instead of saying: “You were a good boy.”

Say: “You shared nicely with your friend.”

Preschoolers

Instead of saying: “You cleaned up your toys.”

Say: “I noticed that you put away your blocks without being asked.”

Big Kids

Instead of saying: “I love your handwriting!”

Say: “It must feel good to be able to write your thank-you notes so neatly.”

Any Child

Instead of saying: “I’m proud of you.”

Say: “You must feel proud of yourself.”

Parents Magazine

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2018-19 Anderson School Calendar

First Semester

September 4 – December 21   2018

Sept. 4 (Tuesday)                              First Day of First Semester

Oct 8 (Monday)                                 Columbus Day Holiday

Nov. 19 – 23                                       Thanksgiving / Fall Break

T. B. A.                                                 Texas A.G.T. Conference (no school)

Dec. 21 (Friday)                                 Last Day of Fall Semester

Dec. 24 – Jan. 7                                  Winter Break Holidays

Second Semester

January 8 – May 24   2019

Jan. 8 (Tuesday)                                 Second Semester begins

Jan. 21 (Monday)                               Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Holiday

Feb. 18 (Monday)                               President’s Day Holiday

Mar. 11 -15                                         Spring Break Holidays

April 19 & 22 (Fri. & Mon.)             Good Friday & Easter Holidays

May 20                                                Prep. Day for Adventure Trip     (no school)

May 21 – 24                                        Adventure Trip

May 24                                                Last Day of Semester

  Dr. & Mrs. Anderson may schedule 2-5 additional days
(to be announced later) for In-service Training.
Visit our website at
http://www.andersonschool.net
for updated information.

    The School Calendar is subject to change.
There are no make-up days
if school is closed due to
 inclement weather.

Inclement Weather Policy:
the school will close if Fort Worth I. S. D. is closed.

(Calendar 2018-2019 / approved 7-29-18)

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We Reflections of Sacred Geometry / What is the Meaning of Life? / 2018-19 School Calendar

 

eichman

Previously posted on April 7, 2015

Dedicated to my very dear friend,
Dr. Nelson F. Eichman
.
How do you put into words how you feel
for the man you most admire in this world.

A Man for All Seasons,
An Inspiration and a wonderful, trusted Friend.
On his Sacred Mission
To Help Us, One and All,
He truly Succeeded.
Your Life Is such a Beautiful Blessing
To everyone.

We Love you
and

Thank You.

sunset

            We cannot imagine as dreams come true.

We are not
Who we seem to be,
We,
Reflections of
Sacred Geometry.

sunset 4

                    Extraordinary, the creation of man

Loved into being,
God whispered your name.
Breath of Life
Loving thought,
Tender deed,
Were you created,
Became.

Extraordinary,
The creation of man.
From the dust of the ground
A living, breathing being,
A Soul,
Loving and Loved,
A Child of God,
A Man.
(Genesis 2:7)

sunset 10

The Heart Divine no longer remembers, set free from deep regrets.

God Blesses each of us,
As He Dreams away our lives.
And Forever is a day,
As it is Given,
We are born again,
Me and you,
Into the next life,
Such that we cannot imagine
As dreams come true.

Forever In the Bright Morning Light Of God’s Eternal Love.

While you dream,
You know not
That you are Dreaming.
And awake,
May be living a Dream.

sunset 12

                      We are not who we seem to be.

We sculpt the future
With our imagination,
What we perceive to be.
And by our transgressions,
Forget that I am me.

In the act of forgiving
The mind is Blessed,
As it forgets.
The Heart Divine
No longer remembers,
Set free from deep regrets.

sunset 8

           We sculpt the future with our imagination.

The Love of God
Is like a raging
River of Light,
Carrying Salvation
Into the dark
Pit of Night.

sunset 14

           Loving and Loved, a Child of God, a Man.

So this life, this Dream,
From which we awake one day,
Will find us forgiven,
Should we ask to be,
And forever
In the Bright Morning Light
Of God’s Eternal Love.

And breathless will we be,
In Love
With Love,
Eternally.

Goodnight.

sunset final

                                    Forever is a day.

What is the Meaning of Life?
by Australian Biologist Jeremy Griffith
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Science has finally enabled us
to lift the so-called ‘burden of guilt’ from the Human race;
in fact, to understand that we thinking,
‘knowledge’ – finding, conscious Humans
are actually nothing less than
the Heroes of the Story of Life on Earth!

This is because our fully conscious mind is surely
Nature’s greatest invention
and to have had to endure the torture of being
unjustly condemned as evil for so long
(the anthropological evidence indicates we humans have been fully conscious for some two million years)
must make us the absolute Heroes of the Story of Life on Earth.

Finally,
God and man, Religion and science, our instinct and intellect,
the integrative meaning of life
and the inconsistency of our behavior with that meaning,
are all reconciled.

This explanation of the Human condition is redeeming
and thus rehabilitating,
all our upset angry, egocentric and alienated behavior
now subsides, bringing about the complete
TRANSFORMATION OF THE HUMAN RACE
and importantly, understanding of the Human condition
doesn’t condone ‘bad’ behavior,
it heals
and by so doing ends it.

From being competitive, selfish and aggressive,
Humans return to being cooperative, selfless and
Loving.

Our round of departure has ended.
The poet T.S. Eliot wonderfully articulated
our species’ journey
from an original innocent, yet ignorant, state,
to a psychologically upset ‘fallen’, corrupted state,
and back to an uncorrupted, but this time enlightened,
state when he wrote:

‘We shall not cease from exploration
and the end of all our exploring
will be to arrive where we started
and know the place for the first time.”

Little Gidding, 1942

Finding the exonerating, redeeming understanding of our dark, psychologically upset, meaning of life-defying, Human-condition-afflicted existence finally enables the Human race
to be healed
and thus TRANSFORMED
it makes us ‘whole’ again, as Carl Jung said it would.

To quote Professor Harry Prosen,
a former president of the Canadian Psychiatric Association,
on this dreamed-of,
greatest of all breakthroughs in science:

‘I have no doubt this Biological explanation
of the Human condition
is the Holy Grail of insight
we have sought for the psychological rehabilitation
of the Human race’
(FREEDOM, 2016, Introduction)

read more

2018-19 Anderson School Calendar

First Semester

September 4 – December 21   2018

Sept. 4 (Tuesday)                              First Day of First Semester

Oct 8 (Monday)                                 Columbus Day Holiday

Nov. 19 – 23                                       Thanksgiving / Fall Break

T. B. A.                                              Texas A.G.T. Conference (no school)

Dec. 21 (Friday)                                 Last Day of Fall Semester

Dec. 24 – Jan. 7                                  Winter Break Holidays

Second Semester

January 8 – May 24   2019

Jan. 8 (Tuesday)                                 Second Semester begins

Jan. 21 (Monday)                               Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Holiday

Feb. 18 (Monday)                               President’s Day Holiday

Mar. 11 -15                                         Spring Break Holidays

April 19 & 22 (Fri. & Mon.)                 Good Friday & Easter Holidays

May 20                                                Prep. Day for Adventure Trip                                                                       (no    school)

May 21 – 24                                        Adventure Trip

May 24                                                Last Day of Semester

  Dr. & Mrs. Anderson may schedule 2-5 additional days
(to be announced later) for In-service Training.
Visit our website at
http://www.andersonschool.net
for updated information.

              The School Calendar is subject to change.
There are no make-up days
if school is closed due to
              inclement weather.

Inclement Weather Policy:
the school will close if Fort Worth I. S. D. is closed.

(Calendar 2018-2019 / approved 7-29-18)

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Lonely Isn’t Only The Number One / The Length of Life Using The Hours of ONE Day / 2018-19 School Calendar

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Lonely
isn’t only
the number
one.
For no one
ever counts to
none.

But there is
a lonelier place
to be,
than to be
one.
It is to be one,
without knowing
you are deeply Loved.

My Dear Friends,
one and one
is far, far more
than two.
One and one
is an
infinite number,
when in Love.

An Infinite number.

Many
of our precious Hearts
have stopped
beating.
For Love
cannot live
in the shadow
of Life.

  No one ever counts to none.

Love
melts not
the Human Heart,
residing in the dark.
The Flame of Life
follows
the Spark
of Love.
And True Love
is Divine.

To be alive
is to live
in Love –
Joyously, Boldly, Bravely –
to become
Love,
and live Life
with the beat
of a Beautiful Melody
that pierces the sound
of silence,
and fills the Soul
with Rapture
and Glory.

               True Love never dies.

You
can never say goodbye
to Love.
True Love
never dies.
And neither will
YOU,
in the warm Embrace
of God’s
Eternal Love.

“Love never dies.
Inspired speech will be over some day;
praying in tongues will end;
understanding will reach its limit.
We know only a portion of the Truth,
and what we say about God is always incomplete.
But when the Complete arrives,

our incompletes will be canceled.”
Corinthians 13:8-10

Life
is worth living,
but ONLY
worth living,
if in the throes of the Love
you are
giving,
and breathing,
accepting,
and sharing,
and living.

Goodnight.

The Value of Time.

Dr. Leslie Weatherhead
calculated the average length of a life
using the hours of one day
to illustrate the importance of recognizing
the value of time.

He concluded
that if your age is 15, the time is 10:25 a.m.
If your age is 20, the time is 11:34.
If your age is 25, the time is 12:42 p.m.
If you’re 30, the time is 1:51.
If you’re 35, the time is 3:00.
If you’re 40 the time is 4:08.
At age 45, the time is 5:15.
If you’re 50, the time is 6:25.
By age 55, the time is 7:24.
If you’re 60, the time is 8:42.
If you’re 65, the time is 9:51.
And if you you’re 70 the time is 11 p.m.

It may be
getting late.

Nobel Prize-winning physicist
Charles H. Townes
truthfully admitted,
‘they [Religion and science]
both represent man’s efforts
to understand his universe
and must ultimately be dealing with the same substance.
As we understand more in each realm,
the two must grow together…
converge they must

Click here
to enjoy
a beloved favorite piece:

“The Seal Lullaby”
by Eric Whitacre
& The Eric Whitacre Singers

It is Simply breathtaking.
From the album Light & Gold
(available on Amazon and iTunes).

   This baby has my Seal of approval.

Seal Lullaby – Poem by Rudyard Kipling

Oh! hush thee, my baby, the night is behind us,
And black are the waters that sparkled so green.
The moon, o’er the combers, looks downward to find us
At rest in the hollows that rustle between.
Where billow meets billow, there soft be thy pillow;
Ah, weary wee flipperling, curl at thy ease!
The storm shall not wake thee, nor shark overtake thee,
Asleep in the arms of the slow-swinging seas.

Remember to Click here
to enjoy the Beautiful Music and lyrics.

2018-19 Anderson School Calendar

First Semester

September 4 – December 21   2018

Sept. 4 (Tuesday)                              First Day of First Semester

Oct 8 (Monday)                                 Columbus Day Holiday

Nov. 19 – 23                                       Thanksgiving / Fall Break

T. B. A.                                              Texas A.G.T. Conference (no school)

Dec. 21 (Friday)                                 Last Day of Fall Semester

Dec. 24 – Jan. 7                                  Winter Break Holidays

Second Semester

January 8 – May 24   2019

Jan. 8 (Tuesday)                                 Second Semester begins

Jan. 21 (Monday)                               Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Holiday

Feb. 18 (Monday)                               President’s Day Holiday

Mar. 11 -15                                         Spring Break Holidays

April 19 & 22 (Fri. & Mon.)                 Good Friday & Easter Holidays

May 20                                                Prep. Day for Adventure Trip                                                                       (no    school)

May 21 – 24                                        Adventure Trip

May 24                                                Last Day of Semester

  Dr. & Mrs. Anderson may schedule 2-5 additional days
(to be announced later) for In-service Training.
Visit our website at
http://www.andersonschool.net
for updated information.

              The School Calendar is subject to change.
There are no make-up days
if school is closed due to
              inclement weather.

Inclement Weather Policy:
the school will close if Fort Worth I. S. D. is closed.

(Calendar 2018-2019 / approved 7-29-18)

Lost in Peaceful Dreams / Best Things You Can Do For Your Child / Atex Trash Service / 2018-19 School Calendar

“To see clearly
is poetry, prophecy, and religion
all in one.”
– John Ruskin

Lost in Peaceful Dreams

Sometimes
late at night,
while we lay there
in the dark,
we are lost
in peaceful Dreams.

The night
turns on the Light
of the Heart,
to reveal
what we truly feel.
And in that Sacred moment,
we see
something priceless,
as true Love
is revealed.

Letting go
of the World we think
we know,
can easily show
God’s Promise
lives within.
And
our journey
is very short.
The pathway to
His Truth,
always points to
the Human Heart.

 Let the Heart simply be.

When our time on Earth is through,
when the Portrait
and the curtain are drawn,
what is left
of Life and living?

On the portrait
of this day,
the Light pours in
to set our Spirit
Free,
to let our thoughts
wander,
let the Heart
simply
be.

As dawns the day,
God loves you so,
to let Life
begin again.

When night is overcome,
we rise
to find the Sun.
But where we are
could easily become
a moment
found only
in a Dream?

            We rise to find the Sun.

Is there a way
God
can find His Dream,
and bring you
Home again?
If you know
where you
are,
surrounded
by His Love,
what your Heart
feels
will show Him
the way.

How often
we have wished,
thinking
of those we have
Loved and Lost:
“If only
I could be
where you are.”

click to read “Flowers Watered with Tears”

But,
you are.
They are alive,
in your Hopes
and in your Prayers,
and in your Memories,
and in your Dreams,
and in
God’s Abundant and Eternal
Love.

Beneath
the Wings of your Love,
everyone
takes flight.
For in your Heart,
our Sovereign Lord
resides.

Beneath the Wings of your Love.

Don’t let your
Dreams
reside in the graveyard
of rusty resolve.

The mind
is an Ocean,
searching for meaning
from Above –
an Ocean
filled with the wrecks
of many ships
headed to many shores
of Love.

But,
the Compass
of the Heart
was never used,
never found.

               The mind is an Ocean.

Yes,
your feet
were made to
wander,
to make you stronger,
to live
far longer

Tomorrow
is all yours.
The mold of life
in your hands,
to make or break.
The future
is yours to take.

Of Life and living
take
measure of the
meaning.
Stop thinking
and start Dreaming.
The passion,
and the Promise,
are quickly
leaving.

The greatest adventure
Life will ever offer
lies ahead,
in Tomorrow,
in what is yet
to be said,
or Dreamed of,
or from His Precious Word,
to be read.

YOU
do not need to be
told
to be bold.
There is little time,
regardless of age,
for you to say
what is alive
in your Heart.

Goodnight.

          Let Life begin again.

“The Beauty of God
transfigures the one
who contemplates it
and transforms him
into this very same Beauty.”
(2 Cor 3:18)

The 10 Best Things You Can Do For Your Child
By Charlotte Latvala
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What can you do to make sure your child has an advantage in life? Get season tickets to the symphony, travel through Europe together, provide French lessons by age 5?

Surprise: Some of the most beneficial things you can do are the easiest and least expensive:

  1. Spin the globe. Let’s face it: We Americans don’t know geography as well as we should. And hand in hand with knowing which countries are in Africa is understanding that the cultures there are different from our own  — and different from one another too.

To raise a child who appreciates this, get her a globe or world-map puzzle and discuss other countries and places. You might need to do a little research yourself, but you needn’t have all the answers. Show your child how to look up this kind of information online or at the library. Challenge each other to come up with a new place to learn about every week.

Sue of Grand Rapids, Michigan, had a more immediate reason to teach her son, Nic, about U.S. geography. “My husband travels for work, and because Nic and I have spent a lot of time with our states puzzle, I know Nic has a good sense of where his dad is when he says he’s going to California or Minnesota.”

2. Put him on the family payroll. Even a preschooler can learn good financial habits that’ll serve him well as he grows up. You can start to teach him today by setting up an allowance  — but don’t tie it to chores or grades. “Think of giving your child an allowance as sharing the family’s resources,” says psychotherapist Eileen Gallo, Ph.D., co-author, with husband Jon Gallo, of Silver Spoon Kids: How Successful Parents Raise Responsible Children. Having a little money of his own will help your child learn to make good decisions early and figure out that saving money  – and postponing gratification in general  – can be worth it.

Another great reason to start talking about money now, even though your child’s still too little to really get the dollars and cents of it: Even young kids are able to be empathetic and understand giving. So involve your child in whatever charity or volunteer work you do, and he’ll come to realize that money is not just for buying what he wants but for helping other people too.

  1. Bring up the big stuff. Whether you’re religious or not, talking to your children about issues larger than your own family  – from the vastness of the universe to God  – can help them keep their own lives in perspective for years to come. Denise of St. Louis feels that taking her 7-year-old daughter, Phoebe, to Sunday school lays a moral foundation for Phoebe’s life. “I also think that teaching her about Spirituality answers some of her questions about the world,” she says. “The other day, Phoebe said, ‘God is a good artist, because the World is a beautiful place.'”

Not sure where to start? Ask your child what she thinks about God or point out something amazing or mysterious that happens in nature.

4. Laugh at his jokes. Maybe you can’t listen to your child chatter about Bob the Builder all day long, but even the busiest parent can take 30 seconds to hear the latest knock-knock joke. Your undivided attention means the world to your kid  – and we all love it when someone thinks we’re funny.

5. Release your inner pop star. You can’t carry a tune. So what? Your singing voice doesn’t have to sound like Norah Jones’s to communicate with, calm, and encourage creativity in your child. Not remembering the words to kids’ songs isn’t an excuse either. Teresa of New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, started singing to her daughter, Olivia, when she was a baby. “I would just make up songs or use silly words to old rock-and-roll tunes. My voice always soothed her when she was cranky,” she says.

Charlotte Latvala is a mom of three, ages 8 months to 9 years.

Responsibility and Togetherness

  1. Assign a chore. It may be a pain to make your 4-year-old hang up her jacket or stash her boots, but it does matter. “Kids get a sense of responsibility and accomplishment by completing chores and being part of a team,” says Norbert Herschkowitz, M.D., a pediatrician, neuroscientist, and coauthor of A Good Start in Life: Understanding Your Child’s Brain and Behavior.

Children are capable of more than we give them credit for. A 3- or 4-year-old can pour cereal for a family breakfast; a 5-year-old can help you fold clean socks and towels.

  1. Write a will. Drawing one up usually costs a few hundred dollars, but it’s quick  – and essential for your children’s well-being. “If you don’t have a will, the state will end up writing one for you to determine who gets your property and who become the guardians of your children,” says estate-planning expert Jon Gallo. While that doesn’t mean your kids will end up living with strangers, they may not be raised by the people you would have chosen.

Also, ask your lawyer to help you create an “ethical will,” to guide the guardians you select in making educational and other decisions about your kids. “My advice for parents of young children is to write a family mission statement,” says Gallo. “Really think about your values, what’s important to you  – and then put it in writing.”

  1. Read together for 15 minutes. (Our school requires 60 minutes) Sharing a story is important not just because of the brain-boosting power of books  – reading also guarantees a snuggly-good time. “We like to cuddle in bed as a family when we read; for us, it’s as much about being together as it is about the particular book we pick,” says Jeanne, a mom of two in Philadelphia.

Even 15 minutes a day is enough for kids to feel that close connection with you and develop a love of books, says Sharon Darling, president of the Louisville, Kentucky—based National Center for Family Literacy. Carry books in the car, encourage your child’s interests (so what if he only wants to read about dinosaurs), and consider reading together a reward.

  1. Hit the playground. Get out there and have fun with your kids! Playing outdoors is a great way for toddlers and preschoolers to improve their large motor skills. Exercise also affects the brain: Recent studies show that kids who are physically active do better in school and have higher self-esteem than those who aren’t. And, of course, the more exercise your child gets, the less likely she is to become obese.

So take your baby out to the park in the stroller; that way, she gets used to being on the move right from the start. An older child can focus on having a good time doing some of her favorite activities. “Don’t push her to be competitive,” says Robyn Housemann, Ph.D., a public health expert. “Some kids who don’t like team sports end up loving to dance, bike, or study karate.” And get in the act yourself: Look for opportunities just to play together as a family. You’re never too old for the swings.

  1. Get ’em to bed by 8:00. “Things run so much more smoothly when they go to bed early,” says Carrie of Edgeworth, Pennsylvania, who puts her sons, Ben, 5, and Will, 2, to bed at 8:00 every night. “The next day, they’re not cranky and they get along better.” Early bedtimes are a bonus for her too. “Evening is a peaceful time when I can read, catch up on e-mail, and do scrapbooking  – things I don’t have time to do when the kids are around.”

According to the National Sleep Foundation, 60 percent of children feel tired during the day. “For better or worse, the sleep habits kids learn now will follow them through adulthood,” says Karen Waldron, Ph.D., author of Unleashing Kids’ Potential. “One problem is that kids’ bedtimes are driven by adult schedules.” The result: tired children who forfeit restful REM sleep. They become cranky, find it tough to concentrate, and suffer from impaired memory and judgment. Not what any of you need on a Monday morning. Start to remedy this tonight. Then go and get some rest yourself  – you’ve had a busy day.

2018-19 Anderson School Calendar

First Semester

September 4 – December 21   2018

Sept. 4 (Tuesday)                              First Day of First Semester

Oct 8 (Monday)                                 Columbus Day Holiday

Nov. 19 – 23                                       Thanksgiving / Fall Break

T. B. A.                                              Texas A.G.T. Conference (no school)

Dec. 21 (Friday)                                 Last Day of Fall Semester

Dec. 24 – Jan. 7                                  Winter Break Holidays

Second Semester

January 8 – May 24   2019

Jan. 8 (Tuesday)                                 Second Semester begins

Jan. 21 (Monday)                               Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Holiday

Feb. 18 (Monday)                               President’s Day Holiday

Mar. 11 -15                                         Spring Break Holidays

April 19 & 22 (Fri. & Mon.)                 Good Friday & Easter Holidays

May 20                                                Prep. Day for Adventure Trip                                                                       (no    school)

May 21 – 24                                        Adventure Trip

May 24                                                Last Day of Semester

  Dr. & Mrs. Anderson may schedule 2-5 additional days
(to be announced later) for In-service Training.
Visit our website at
http://www.andersonschool.net
for updated information.

              The School Calendar is subject to change.
There are no make-up days
if school is closed due to
              inclement weather.
Inclement Weather Policy:
the school will close if Fort Worth I. S. D. is closed.

(Calendar 2018-2019 / approved 7-29-18

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