A Prelude to Infinity / Remembering Margarete Pross / Friday: Fossil Mania

“Sparks electric only strike
on Souls electrical alike.
The flash of intellect expires,
unless it meet
congenial fires.”
Hannah Moor

Oh,
precious Earth made Child.
We were given feet of clay,
and Wings.

Our Lives
are
a prelude to
Infinity,
our roots
in the Heavens,
not
underground.
Profound Revelations
guide us
to the Source of all
Beauty.

        Profound Revelations guide us.

And when,
My Dear Friend,
does this Life
end?

No.
Not when your
Heart of clay
ceases to beat.
It stops
when Hearts fail
to comprehend
the Love and Compassion
that dwells
within.

We all possess
a longing
for the unknown.

Yes,
the Immensity and Beauty
of the Universe
is Our Home,
and it is
little known.

“Among all the realities of the invisible world,
mediated to us by the disclosures and promises of God,
and to which our Faith responds,
there is none that more strongly calls into action
this faculty for grasping the unseen
than the Divine pronouncement through the Gospel,
that, though sinners,
we are Righteous in the judgment of God.
That is not only the invisible,
it seems the impossible;
it is the paradox of all paradoxes;
it requires a unique energy of Believing;
it is the supreme victory of Faith
over the apparent reality of things;
it credits God with calling the things that are not
as though they were;
it penetrates more deeply into the Deity of God
than any other act
of Faith.”
Geerhardus Vos,
Grace and Glory: Sermons Preached
in the Chapel of Princeton Theological Seminary

     Our Home is little known.

Buried deep
within our will to be,
is a Promise,
a Sacred Promise of God Almighty,
to Forgive
and to heal,
and always be.

We weavers
of Dreams,
and other things,
possess
the unexplainable feeling of longing
for a time and place,
we do not know.

And this,
My Precious Friend,
can be a sign
of recognizing
the identity of the Soul.
To envision a picture of a certain place,
unknown in time and space,
may trigger the Soul
to feel a great longing,
a feeling like
we have been there
before.

And
who knows?
The waves of Oceans deep
land upon every
shore,
like the Love
of God
that seeks a way
into every
Heart.

George Matheson

“I give thee back the Life I owe,
That in thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.
O Light that foll’west all my way,
I yield my flick’ring torch to thee;
My Heart restores its borrowed ray,
That in thy sunshine’s blaze its day
May brighter, fairer be.

O Joy that seekest me through pain,
I cannot close my Heart to thee;
I trace the Rainbow through the rain,
And feel the promise is not vain,
That morn shall tearless be.”
George Matheson

Oh Lord,
grant that our Lives
restore
the borrowed Day,
the Sacred Gift
of
Celestial Love,
the precious Life
given
from Above.

Goodnight.

Remembering Margarete Pross

Once upon a time,
a couple of college friends and I invited
our dear friend and teacher, Mrs. Margarete Pross,
to join us for an evening of music
with John Gary at Hardin-Simmons University.
.
What a magical evening it was.
And later, she cried at the thought that her students
would care enough to
include her in our plans.
.
Those tears still flow though our Hearts,
down though time, and into the lives we
live today.
.
She shared the tragedy of her Life –
of how her husband, holder of both a law
degree and a Ph.D. and Chair of the Department
of Speech at a nearby University, died suddenly.
She felt that without his presence at the school,
she was unfairly dismissed
from her teaching position at this University.
.
Now it was evident that she was fending for herself,
in a very real struggle to merely
survive.
Mrs. Pross was teaching Speech,
along with the Joy of Living,
at a small junior college in, of all places,
Ranger, Texas,
when our group came to pick her up for
the John Gary concert
at her home.
.
As she wiped away tears from eyes
that were always
filled with such compassion for her students,
I looked around at the very humble
surroundings she lived in.
I was mortified at the so-called apartment
she merely existed in.
And I thought privately, how can such circumstance toss
such a Beautiful Human Being
into this.
.
The place made her three students want only to quickly leave.
It was at this time that we decided to assist her in finding
decent living accommodations.
We succeeded in finding a nice
garage apartment for her,
and we included her in our lives,
as much as we could.
.
We finally departed that evening for Abilene
to truly enjoy
a night of music with John Gary in concert,
a great steak dinner,
and as many one liners and jokes as she could endure.
What we created was a great friendship
that lasted many years.
And it began with that evening.
.
Such is the way with the quiet lives we live.
So many teachers,
so many tears, so many lonely evenings,
when it looks as though
no one cares.
All of her students felt, deep in our hearts,
that
this Lady cared deeply for us,
and she made us care
a great deal more than we thought we could.
We learned from her that
much of what we do,
in small ways for others,
really matters.
It creates Joy,
keeps us alive,
and makes our brief Lives
worth living.
.
And in sharing a little of your time and yourself,
you discover
that your life is richer.
You find that Life is more than just living
you discover that
Love is everywhere
and in everyone
and, to your surprise,
in YOU.
.
And that you have plenty
to share –
that
your Cup runneth over,
with Love.
.
So,
in this moment,
before your Life ceases
to stir the endless sea of Time,
while tears of remembrance can still flow over you,
tell the teacher that held you in her Heart
how much it mattered
that someone cared,
when it seemed, perhaps,
that no one else
would.
.
Take her by the hand,
waltz her out the door,
and share a moment of gratitude
for all the Love that still abides
with you.
.
Life
is like a string of pearls,
consisting of brief moments
of Joy.

And few of them!

Goodnight.
.

W. Somerset Maugham “The secret to Life
is meaningless,
unless you discover it
yourself.”

W. Somerset Maugham,
Of Human Bondage

This week in Philosophy Class:
we will enjoy viewing the Anderson School Production
of Julius Caesar
performed by our students
last Spring in our great outdoor theater.
Our appreciation goes to
Nick Meagher
and
Director George X Rodriguez.
Thank You
for your support.
.
2018-19 Anderson School Calendar
First Semester

Oct. 26                                                Fossil Mania in Glenrose

Nov. 2                                                  Museum of Science & History

Nov. 19 – 23                                        Thanksgiving / Fall Break

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

Dec. 7                                                  Texas Civil War Museum

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

Jan. 25 (Friday)                                  Fort Worth Stock Show

Feb. 18 (Monday)                               President’s Day Holiday

Mar. 8 (Friday)                                   Texas Storytelling Festival in Denton

Mar. 11 -15                                         Spring Break Holidays

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

April 30, (Tuesday)                             Scarborough Renaissance Festival ………….                                               Student Day

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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“Dr. A,
Thank you
for your most inspiring words from the Heart.

The message today spoke directly to me.
The entire newsletter is a complete gift to anyone
who is Blessed enough to read it.
Only Love is real.
And only Love is important.
I have heard a resounding melody
and like the sweetest of lullabies sings to me.
Trust in the unknown
and then you will know everything.”
Laura Jaye Greer

Thank You
Laura Jaye,
as always, for the kind words.
They are deeply
appreciated.

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Our Cherished Dreams / The Perfect Food / Cancer and Deodorants / Friday: Fossil Mania

As we embrace
this moment
and say hello,

we usher in goodbye,
and look
into the space
where once lived
our Cherished Dreams.
lotusThe road of Life narrows

the longer it gets,
as we stumble and fall,
never truly knowing why.

And from those
who help us up,
who sustain and nurture us,
who come to Love us,
who forgive us all,
the lessons

we learn from living,
tell us
Wonderful Things:

While in Love,
there is no
measure of time,
no distance
between our thoughts
of each other.

With someone you Love,
you live in a space
the size of your
Heart.
And everything
you truly want
in Life,
is inside.

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      We have all been dreaming.

Now,
you may think
that’s not much space.
But the vast and possibly
Infinite Universe,

that houses all the Stars and Galaxies,
most of which
we simply cannot see,
started in a space
much smaller
than the period
at the end of this
sentence [.]

Most physicists now believe
that the entire Universe
began with one Big Bang.
At first,
all the matter and energy
in the Universe
was crammed together
in one unimaginably small dot.
read more

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Move out of your house, and Live in your Heart.

The Universe
of your awareness,
most of which
you simply cannot see,
began with but a tiny beat
of your very small precious Heart.
And now,
it encompasses
everything in this World
your Heart
desires.

“Have you never tried
to find a comfort from inside you?
Have you never been happy
just to hear your song?
Have you never let someone else
be strong?”

– John Farrar

Yes,
LOVE
occupies the Infinite space
between every beat

of your Heart.
Eternity
truly is Love
never ending.

sun set

If you want to fly
across the Sunrise
and discover
what begins each
shining day,
and begin your
endless flight
through time,
to someone be
Eternally mine”.

“Love is like a resting place,
a shelter from the storm.
It exists to give you comfort.
It is there to keep you warm.
And in those times of trouble,
when you are most alone
the memory of Love
will bring you
Home.”

John Denver

There is a hidden landscape
that exists
within you –
  a Divine Essence.
Let the Divine
within
claim its place
in your Heart,
and in your Life.

Honoring the Love
within you,
is accepting
the Gift of Life,
the Gift of God’s
Love.

glowing-bird

A hidden landscape exists within you.

When the Truth
of your Love
joins with another,
you form
a Sacred Whole.

“To thine own self
be true
– William Shakespeare

Who you are
cannot be defined
by who you think
you are.
You can never really see
yourself,
except in the reflection
of someone’s eyes,
someone who truly Loves
You,
as God Loves
You.

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You can never really see yourself.

Through your tears
of Joy,
will you be washed clean
of all doubt,
all sadness,
every moment
of deep regret.

In quantum physics,
if something is not forbidden,
it necessarily happens.

Do not forbid
the Love of God
and the Joy
He envisions for YOU
to enter your
Heart.

The Antennae Galaxies (also known as NGC 4038 and 4039) are a pair of distorted colliding spiral galaxies about 70 million light-years away, in the constellation of Corvus (The Crow). This view combines ALMA observations, made in two different wavelength ranges during the observatory’s early testing phase, with visible-light observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The Hubble image is the sharpest view of this object ever taken and serves as the ultimate benchmark in terms of resolution. ALMA observes at much longer wavelengths which makes it much harder to obtain comparably sharp images. However, when the full ALMA array is completed its vision will be up to ten times sharper than Hubble. Most of the ALMA test observations used to create this image were made using only twelve antennas working together — far fewer than will be used for the first science observations — and much closer together as well. Both of these factors make the new image just a taster of what is to come. As the observatory grows, the sharpness, speed, and quality of its observations will increase dramatically as more antennas become available and the array grows in size. This is nevertheless the best submillimetre-wavelength image ever taken of the Antennae Galaxies and opens a new window on the submillimetre Universe. While visible light — shown here mainly in blue — reveals the newborn stars in the galaxies, ALMA’s view shows us something that cannot be seen at those wavelengths: the clouds of dense cold gas from which new stars form. The ALMA observations — shown here in red, pink and yellow — were made at specific wavelengths of millimetre and submillimetre light (ALMA bands 3 and 7), tuned to detect carbon monoxide molecules in the otherwise invisible hydrogen clouds, where new stars are forming. Massive concentrations of gas are found not only in the hearts of the two galaxies but also in the chaotic region where they are colliding.

Let the Divine within claim its place.

The Heart
is a theme woven
throughout the Holy Bible
and is mentioned
in the King James Version
830 times!

Why?

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       Form a Sacred Whole.

Hope
is one thing
that defines us
as Human Beings.

Hope connects us
to something more,
to something larger
than we envision

as ourselves,
larger than Life itself.

Hope
is the Whisper
of God,
telling us
of His Love.
It is His Grace,
flowing through
the will
to be.

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“We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a Universe in which there are far more galaxies than people.”                – Carl Sagan

My Friend,
we have all been
dreaming.
Now,
close your tired eyes
and rest your
weary mind.
God’s Promise
is to stay with
you,
and let you feel
just how much
He Loves You.

“Our revels now are ended.
These our actors,

As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp’d towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Ye all which it inherit, shall dissolve
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made of, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.”
– William Shakespeare

God can never be
closer to you,
than to live in
your precious Heart.
And it is there
He dwells.
Go to Him
in Prayer –
in the Cathedral
of your Heart.


sun-set-algow-bMove out
of your house,
and Live in your Heart.

This is the only place
of no
regret.

Furnish
your new home
with smiles,
and laughter,
with kind thoughts
and deeds.

The Essence
of your Being
will one day be found
scattered throughout

the Universe
of your awareness,
and that of so many others.
And your Life,
through your Love,
will go
on and on and on.

errie-glow

My Dear Friends,
YOU

are Infinitely Loved,
and
you can

Infinitely Love.

Love
is the only dimension
in which one
never dies.

Yes,
God is Love,
the purest Love
there can ever be.

And,
Child of God,
so are YOU.

Go to Him
in Prayer,
and He will
abide with you
FOREVER.

Goodnight.

single-flower

“Regardless of your age,
My Friend,
you are too young
to hate.”
– Wm. C. Anderson

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When the Truth of your Love joins with another, you form a Sacred Whole.

The Avocado

has been called the world’s most perfect food? It has achieved this distinction because many nutritionists claim it not only contains everything a person needs to survive – but it has also been found to contribute to the prevention and control of Alzheimer’s, cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other health conditions.

The avocado originated in Puebla, Mexico and its use dates back to 10,000 years B.C. Since AD 900, the avocado tree has been cultivated and grown in Central and South America. In the 19th century, the avocado made its entry into California, and has since become a very successful commercial crop. Ninety-five percent (95%) of U.S. avocados are gown in Southern California.

The avocado, also called the alligator pear, is a high-fiber, sodium-and cholesterol-free food that provides nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, is rich in healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (such as omega-3 fatty acids), vitamins A, C, D, E, K and the B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12 and folate) – as well as potassium.

Foods naturally rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as avocados, are widely acknowledged as the secret to a healthy heart, a brilliant brain and eagle eyes.

Dr. Daniel G. Amen, a clinical neuroscientist, psychiatrist, brain-imaging expert and author of the New York Times bestseller Change Your Brain, Change Your Life counts avocados as one of the top brain-healthy foods that can help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease. That’s not only because of the avocado’s omega-3 fatty acid content but also its Vitamin E content,

An international journal called Alzheimer ’s Disease and Associated Disorders, reported its findings from years of clinical trials – high doses of Vitamin E can neutralize free radicals and the buildup of proteins to reverse the memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients; reverse symptoms of Alzheimer’s in the early stages and retard the progression of the disease;

Folate content – helps to prevent the formation of tangled nerve fibers associated with Alzheimer’s.

The virtues of the avocado are too numerous to mention, but here are just a few more health benefits that its nutritional profile provide:
Monounsaturated Fats – These types of fats help control triglycerides in the bloodstream, lower blood cholesterol and control diabetes.

Folate – This water-soluble B vitamin promotes healthy cell and tissue development. According the National Institute of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements, “This is especially important during periods of rapid cell division and growth such as infancy and pregnancy. Folate is also essential for metabolism of homocysteine and helps maintain normal levels of this amino acid.”

Lutein – This is a carotenoid (a natural pigment) that protects against cataracts and certain types of cancer, and reduces the risk of macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in adults 65 years of age and older. Avocados contain 3 or more times as much lutein as found in other common vegetables and fruits.

Oleic acid and Potassium – Both of these nutrients also help in lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk of high blood pressure.

Before you indulge in avocados to your heart’s content, however, remember that they have lots of calories because of their fat content. According to WebMD, “A medium-sized avocado contains 30 grams of fat, as much as a quarter-pound burger. That’s why diet experts have long urged Americans to go easy on avocados in favor of less fatty fruits and vegetables. But now nutritionists are taking another look. They’re finding that most of the fat in an avocado is monounsaturated – the “good” kind that actually lowers cholesterol levels. Thanks to this new understanding, the U.S. government recently revised its official nutrition guidelines to urge Americans to eat more avocados.”

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     If something is not forbidden, it necessarily happens.

Some deodorants could cause breast cancer: Swiss study
 Published: 26 Sep 2016  read more

Women who regularly use deodorants containing aluminium salts could risk developing breast cancer, a new Swiss study warns.

“I think we should avoid all deodorants containing aluminium salts,” according to  André-Pascal Sappino.

“And it’s very difficult to be sure that the so-called ‘without aluminium’ brands really are without,” added the oncology Professor from the University of Geneva.

“Asbestos is cheap, has very attractive industrial potential, and it took 50 years to ban it. We hope it doesn’t take so long to ban aluminium salts,” said Sappino.

Like asbestos, aluminium is not detectably mutagenic in bacteria, but subcutaneous injections of aluminium salts in mice resulted in “very aggressive tumours”.

The study, co-authored by four researchers from the Clinique des Grangettes, is published in the International Journal of Cancer.

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Our destination for FRIDAY, October 28, 2016 is:
The SOMERVELL COUNTY EXPO CENTER HIGHWAY 67 in GLEN ROSE, TEXAS to enjoy Fossil Mania.

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. 4                                                             Modern Art Museum

Nov. 21-25  (Monday-Friday)                       Thanksgiving / Fall Break

Dec. 1-2                                                          Tx. A.G.T. Conf. (no school)

Dec. 22 (Thur, – changed from Dec. 20)    Last Day of Fall Semester

Dec. 21 – Jan. 4                                              Winter Break Holiday

Jan. 5 (Thursday)                                           Second Semester begins

Jan. 16 (Monday)                                           Dr. Martin L. King Holiday
Jan. 20                                                             Fort Worth Stock Show

Feb. 20 (Monday)                                           President’s Day Holiday

Mar. 13-17                                                       Spring Break Holidays

April 14 & 17 (Fri. & Mon.)                            Good Friday & Easter
April 28                                             Scarborough Renaissance Festival

May 22-26                                                      Adventure Trip

May 26                                                            Last Day of Semester

(See William’s Weblog at andersonschool.net for trip details (posted each Wed. at 6:00 p.m.)

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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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The Symphony of the Universe / Tutoring Relieves Anxiety / Friday: Museum of Science and History

“When the Gods are angry with a man
they give him what he asks for.”
– Greek Proverb

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Open your eyes, and be you.

We are part of
A deeper Realm of Existence,
A Collective Conscience,
Everywhere and nowhere
In the same moment,
Unfathomable,
Unreachable with the mind,
Attainable through the Heart,
Observable with the eyes
Of Love.

The Symphony of the Universe,
All sounds in Oneness,
Exceeds understanding,
Concealing while revealing
The Better Angels
Of our Human Nature.

Entangled are we,
In quantum and ways unknowable,
Inseparable and Infinite,
Spirits placing Love
Into motion.

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You are the sum of all possibilities, and of One.

You are such a beautiful,
Unique Creation.
In all the world
No one like you
Shall ever exist.
Imaged of dust and dreams,
Imagined from Afar,
Only once
Will God’s Love
Be revealed
In who you are.

You are,
In the same breathtaking moment,
The sum of all possibilities,
And of One,
Sanctified, Revealed,
Singular and plural,
Pure
Love.

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  What lies within, wants out.

What a shame
That ignorance
Should be condensed
Into such sufferance as denial,
When the realization
Of the Love you are
Could set you free.

Such unknowing
Is reduced to injustice,
Disavows its Father,
Buries the One
Who gave it Birth,
Loved it into Being.

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Partake of the morning Sun in all its Glory.

If you think
That God has not told you lately
That He Loves you,
Partake of the Morning Sun
In all its Glory,
Drink in the frozen image
Of your precious likeness,
Reflected in the crying eyes
Of one who Loves you,
Who cannot survive
The thought of being
Without you.

Such is Love in Life,
That we cannot live
Without it.
And God,
In His Way,
Conveys this Love
In speaking to
Your precious Heart.

The Mirror of your Majestic Being
Reflects the Greater Truths
Of Existence:
Giving is receiving,
Loving is being Loved,
Forgiving, you will be forgiven
And find Love nevermore
Sings evermore,

Dying,
In Faith and Trusting in God,
You will live again,
Forevermore.

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The realization of the Love you are could set you free.

My Dear Friends,
Fill someone’s life with laughter
And you will laugh too,
Fill their heart with hope,
Their eyes with smiles,
Their sadness with compassion,
Their life with joy,
And these will be yours
Too.

What is without
Is within.
What lies within,
Wants out.

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Only once will God’s Love be revealed in who you are.

Hope is the birthright
Of everyone.
It lies in wait,
Steadfast in silent Vigil,
A Prayer for Resurrection,
Like a Flower
In the wind
Waits for its beauty
To be beheld
By you.

You are part
Of a Higher Consciousness,
And One.
From there you came
And to that Exalted Heart
You shall return.

The journey Home
Can become a Transcendent
Testament of the Human Spirit,
Through the Emancipation
Of all the Love
And all the Joy
That resides
In your precious Heart.

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Placing Love into motion.

Stop looking for Love.
It is you.

You were formed
In its Image
On the day of your birth,
Life that is Love,
And Everlasting.

God is Love,
Pure Love.
And so, my friend,
Are
You.

Close your eyes.
Say
Thank you.
Open your eyes,
And be
You.

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Stop looking for Love. It is you.

“There is a language, little known,
Lovers claim it as their own,
Its symbols smile upon the land,
Wrought by nature’s wondrous hand;
And in their silent beauty speak,
Of life and joy, to those who seek
For Love Divine and sunny hours
In the language of the flowers.”
– The Language of Flowers, London, 1875

tulips-flowers

A flower in the wind waits for its beauty to be beheld by you.

Tutoring
relieves math anxiety,
changes fear circuits in children.

Diana admires Dad's skill.

Diana admires Dad’s skill. And I admire your Dad too! He is one of the people I most admire and am truly grateful for in this world. Thank you! Your sacrifices for our Nation are deeply appreciated.

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Kylee shows Mom around.

Anxiety about doing math problems can be relieved with a one-on-one math tutoring, according to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine. Tutoring fixed abnormal responses in the brain’s fear circuits.

The study, which was published Sept. 9 in The Journal of Neuroscience, is the first to document an effective treatment for math anxiety in children.

“The most exciting aspect of our findings is that cognitive tutoring not only improves performance, but is also anxiety-reducing,” said the study’s senior author, Vinod Menon, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. “It was surprising that we could, in fact, get remediation of math anxiety.”

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Fun and games at Main Event.

Even if they are good at math, many children feel anxious about doing math problems. For some, the anxiety persists throughout life, discouraging them from pursuing advanced math and science classes as well as careers that rely on mathematical expertise. Yet almost no attention has been paid to how to help alleviate this problem.

“Math anxiety has been under the radar,” said the study’s lead author, research associate Kaustubh Supekar, PhD. “People think it will just go away, but for many children and adults, it doesn’t.”

Measuring Math Anxiety

Sometimes we get the directions backward!

Sometimes we get the directions backward!

The new research was based on the idea that the principles of exposure-based therapy for treating phobias might also apply to alleviation of math anxiety. Phobias, such as the fear of spiders, can be relieved in affected individuals by repeatedly exposing them in a safe environment to the thing they fear.

“Tutoring has a standard protocol, but is also personalized,” said Menon. “If a child is stuck at a particular concept, the tutor tries to get the child beyond the bottleneck in a non-negative, encouraging way.” Because tutoring happens one-on-one, children do not have the opportunity to feel fearful about not performing as well as their peers.

laser tag

Laser Tag is always a favorite.

By the way, the Anderson School has utilized tutors in Math and other subjects since its beginning. You may wish to employ a Tutor for your college age child. It is much more cost effective than repeating a course and your children will be less likely to get discouraged and drop out. read more

A good time was had by all.

A good time was had by all.

Everything we do is just
a drop in the Ocean.

But if we don’t do it,
that drop
Will be missing
forever.”
– Mother Teresa

HUMANS premieres Sunday June 28, 2015 at 8:00 PM on AMC.

This eight-part drama series takes place in a parallel present, featuring the Synth — a highly developed, artificially intelligent android servant.

From our friends at kurzweilai.net.:

University of Michigan engineers have developed an innovative array of solar cells that can capture up to 40 percent more energy than conventional fixed solar cells.

The trick: borrowing from kirigami (the ancient Japanese art of paper cutting), the solar cells are aimed at different angles, allowing for part of the array to be always perpendicular to the Sun’s rays.

Two recently published studies in the journals Age and the British Journal of Nutrition demonstrate that consuming cocoa flavanols improves cardiovascular function and lessens the burden on the heart that comes with the aging and stiffening of arteries, while reducing the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

As we age, our blood vessels become less flexible and less able to expand to let blood flow and circulate normally,

A research team has found that Vitamin D insufficiency was associated with faster decline in cognitive functions among a group of ethnically diverse older adults, according to an open-access paper published in JAMA Neurology.* According to the researchers — Joshua W. Miller, Ph.D., of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J., and coauthors from the University of California, Davis

FRIDAY TRIP
On Friday, Sept. 18, 2015

We will meet at THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & HISTORY, 1501 Montgomery Street (817-255-9300) at 10:00 a. m. We will have lunch at the Stars Café prior to seeing the Omni Movie. Our itinerary includes:

10:00 a.m. Arrive at Museum entrance
10:00 – 12:00 p.m. – Visit the Exhibits & other Museums including the Fort Worth Children’s Museum, Energy Blast, Dino Labs & Dino Dig, and Cattle Raisers Museum and the fabulous gift shop.
12:00 p.m. – Lunch at the Stars Café.
1:30 p.m. Omni Movie: D DayWe MUST be in line at 1:15 p.m.

Rylee has her hands full.

Rylee has her hands full.

2:30 p.m. – Pick-up in the Stars Café (inside the Museum)

FINANCIAL: Fee $8.50 for students and $17.00 for adults Includes the Omni Movie & Exhibits. Memberships are not valid for study trips. Please pay Dr. A. This is a group rate. Bring LUNCH money.

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I taught him everything I know!

IMPORTANT DATES
Sept. 8 Tuition Due for 2015-16
Sept. 25 Fort Worth Zoo
Oct 12 Columbus Day Holiday
Oct 26 Fossil Mania in Glenrose
Nov. 23-27 (Monday-Friday) Thanksgiving / Fall Break
Dec. 2-4 Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented Conference (No school)
Dec. 18 Last Day of Fall Semester
Dec. 21 – Jan. 4 Winter Break

Students are NOT to leave the Museum, Cafe or Theater at any time for any reason, including the need to secure a ride, without the knowledge and approval of Dr. Anderson. Students are required to let Dr. A know when your ride has arrived and with whom you are leaving. Please ask your child if this has been done.

My gratitude to Wes
for sharing the following
(and may I say, Amen!):

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Like a Beautiful and Wild Flower / Fossil Mania

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“Some people got to sing
Some people got to sigh
Some people never see the light
Until the day they die.”
Neil Diamond

Clouds up close
Revealing the love hidden deep within the heart
can become seemingly impossible. But it is not.

bird on ringI have helped small birds back into their nests. Later, as I heard  their joyful sounds, I realized such brief, precious moments can reveal the love of life deeply held in such tiny and trembling hearts. These hearts are weighed down, not so much by misfortune or circumstance, but by apathy, by noticing nothing but the self, by constantly looking ahead and not seeing into this moment, by losing control of consciousness and neglecting the precious life that is all around, by living only inside of your own body and mind and not in the lives of those all around you.

Our trip on Friday was to the Modern Art Museum.

Our trip on Friday was to the Modern Art Museum.

In just one moment, you can suddenly realize that your happiness and your joy truly reside only in the hearts of others. The most miserable people on earth have only ever met themselves. They have only met their own personal desires and needs.

These truly sad people never realized that the physical and spiritual nature of our own reality tells us that we are one. We are woven from Fabric that is not just the same, but made by the same Maker in the same Pattern. They never noticed that when we breathe in, the plants breathe out, that when we smile, someone smiles back, that when we give to someone on their knees in need, our deepest inner needs are met. They never knew that when we extend our love to others, we are truly loved. They never discovered the simplistic and vital truth that we are truly one, just one, and only one.

The Modern was filled with amazingly beautiful creatures.

The Modern was filled with amazingly beautiful creatures.

My friends, there are nests everywhere. The fallen are at your feet. Their cries for help may never be heard, but they are there. These people, and all of God’s beautiful creations in need, may not be seen. But if you search for them, they will reveal themselves. SEEK and you will FIND (Matthew 7:7). Knock, and the door of opportunity to help so many others, will be opened to you.

And as you open this door, you will discover that your inner joy, the peace

We found joy in amazing places.

We found joy in amazing places and with unusual puppets.

that your heart so fervently desires, the reason for your being, resides on the other side of you. It lives in the song of a bird, in the laughter of someone else, in the lives of so many in need.

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The reflection of your life is more real than you are.

The reflection of your life is more real that you are.

It will live on long past your time on earth. You can become philosophical and peel the image of yourself off the mirror of life, and then give it to others. The world around you is a mirror. Look into it. Find yourself. And envision just how beautiful you are, as you more clearly see through the loving and grateful eyes of others.

God made you in His Image. You are the reflection of His deep and abiding Love. And you are so beautiful.

Lunch at the Modern was a beautiful experience.

Lunch at the Modern was a beautiful experience.

I invite you to witness a few acts of kindness caught on camera. (click here)

My friends, bound away across the wide expanse of yesterday, you have arrived upon the shores of this day. And the essence of your being is a miraculous discovery. Treasure it. Share it. Your heart, like a beautiful and wild flower, is planted in the fertile soil of God’s Eternal Love. Let it blossom. Let it be.

2014 Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented
Annual Conference
December 3 – 5 in Fort Worth, TX

T.A.G.T. 2014 will join together nearly 2,000 educators and parents who share a passion for gifted education! The annual conference will be taken to new heights December 3-5 at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

This unique experience features over 150 training sessions in 15 strands of designated subjects. T.A.G.T. is an approved provider of C.E. credit for educators, counselors, psychologists and school board members.

* Additionally, a one-day Parent Conference
will be held Friday, Dec. 5.

 Trip to Fossil Mania

Riley shows us how.

Riley and his capable assistant, Cole,  show us how –

Our destination for FRIDAY, October 24, 2014 is: The SOMERVELL COUNTY EXPO CENTER HIGHWAY 67 in GLEN ROSE, TEXAS to enjoy Fossil Mania. 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.

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– to charge a cell phone with a banana!

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.

We reflect upon life's reflections.

We reflect upon life’s reflections.

Emergency Telelphone: 682-777-1908. The telephone may be out of range. 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 & definitely 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”.

No. They never grow up.

No. They never grow up.

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. QUESTIONS? 817-448-8484.

IMPORTANT DATES
Oct. 31
Ripley’s Believe It or Not / Palace of Wax
Nov. 1 Tuition Due for 2014-15
(Not including monthly payment plans)
Nov. 7
DFW New Auto Show in Fort Worth
Nov. 14
Civil War Museum (Try to avoid wearing BLUE)
Nov. 24-28 (Monday – Friday)
Thanksgiving / Fall Break
Dec. 3-5 (Wed.-Fri.)
Texas A.G.T. Conference (NO school)
Dec. 19
Last Day of Fall Semester
Jan. 23  Fort Worth Stock Show (It was called the FAT stock show. But, Dr. A lost a few pounds.)
April 28
Scarborough Renaissance Festival (Drama Competition play is “Twelfth Night”)

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The many moustaches of Ian.

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

Living Treasures / Fort Worth Nature Center

“Love is like a mirror.
When you love another you become his mirror,
And he becomes yours. . .
And reflecting each other’s love
you see infinity.”
                                        – Leo Buscaglia

Rosie Junior is soooooooo Cute

Rosie Jr. is soooooooo Cute!

Meet Alden, better known as "Snakes on a Face"!

Meet Alden, better known as “Snakes on a Face”!

The Japanese have a special saying for older people – “Living Treasures”. Respect for the Aged Day (Keirō no Hi) is a Japanese holiday celebrated annually to honor elderly citizens every September.

The mark of any civilized society is how it cares for its young people and its elderly. And this concept, considering and valuing our older, experienced and knowledgeable citizens as treasures is missing in America.

Michael is ready for battle.

Michael is ready for battle.

My friends, we need a clearer vision. Let’s follow the beautiful example offered by the Japanese culture and value and celebrate our living treasures. Grandparents, fathers, mothers, aunts and uncles have a lifetime of fascinating stories to share with their children and grandchildren.

Not only are their life stories and achievements invaluable to their families, they are important to us as a nation and our collective response towards aging. Older people are the beautifully woven tapestry of living history. They are a true treasure. They are the gold reserves of the Nation. And this gold mine is, essentially, unrecognized and, sadly, unappreciated.

Thinking of them reminds me of Mrs. A. When asked when she plans to retire she responded, “I think they are going to have to carry me out feet first. Until then, I will be here doing what I love, teaching.”

Are you a living treasure yourself ? Don’t leave all those precious

Kylee enjoys snuggling with our new puppy

Kylee enjoys snuggling with our new puppy.

memories tucked away in your head. Isn’t it time you recorded your life story. Please do so, for the sake of your family and your country. Find something to record your precious words – a camera, tape recorder, even pencil and paper. Or perhaps, start a website and surprise your family by beginning with the beginning – chapter one – your earliest thoughts, remembrances, and emotions. Here is a great place to pass on the legacy of your life! Share the meaningful, funny and truly significant stories. And let those you love, and many others, know how much you love them.

Amid the clamor of technological and economic success, a reverence for age, custom, and tradition endures in Japanese culture. And it should also be valued here, in this country.

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

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

There are approximately 70 Japanese officially designated as ”The Living Treasures”. They are elderly men and women. Click here for more.

These are women and men in recognized fields who have been designated by the Japanese government as “Bearers of Important Intangible Cultural Assets” are often referred to as “Living National Treasures” or “Ningen Kokuho” coined from the term “national treasure” which was found in a 1929 law.

At the Anderson School, we treasure everyone. And we especially treasure the most valued citizens and educators. Several of our teachers retired years ago. And they enable and enlighten our students with their personal insights and philosophy of life and living garnered from many years of valuable experience.

I am always anxious to meet older and wiser minds still willing to share the vast wealth of their knowledge and their love of life. Are you one these? If so, let me hear from you.

Yes, a good time was had by all at the Indian Festival

A good time was had by all at the Indian Festival.

It has become a tradition for students to place a price tag on me at the annual Fossil Mania Show in Glenrose. Prices have ranged from 1 cent to 25 cents, which proves that I am no longer worth less than a “plug nickel”. But last Fall Natalie, known for always telling the truth, placed a tag on my back that said, “Priceless”.

Folks, the knowledge and experience you have gained from a life-time of living and loving life is also, “Priceless”. Pass it on!

“The world in its essence is the reconciliation of opposite forces.
These forces, like the right hand and left hand of the creator,
act in perfect harmony,
and yet in opposite directions.
                                                  – Rabindranath Tagore

 FRIDAY  STUDY/FUN  TRIP

Caty and Ian were really into face painting.

Caty and Ian were really into face painting.

On Friday, March 28, 2014 we will visit the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, an Urban Wilderness with a mission to enhance the quality of life by enrolling and educating our community in the preservation & protection
of natural areas while standing as an example of these same principles and values in North Central Texas.”

The Nature Center is located just inside the city limits of Fort Worth. It is a hidden jewel, a wilderness comprised of forests, prairies, and wetlands reminiscent of how much of the Fort Worth once looked. Replete with native flora and fauna, the area beckons to those searching for a piece of nature to refresh their spirits and reintroduce a measure of tranquility.

Over 3600 acres, the center is one of the largest city-owned nature centers in the United States and offers residents and visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the natural history of north central Texas. Over 20 miles of hiking trails provide easy access to a myriad of natural wonders to be found on the Refuge.

And, there were really into a teepee.

And, there were really into an Indian Teepee.

The center is located on the northwest side of Fort Worth, four miles west of I-820 on Jacksboro Hwy. (TX Hwy. 199).

We plan to hike the trails, have fun and get some sunshine and fresh air.
* Students are to follow policy at all times
* They ask that there be no loud talking, running, or jumping. (Good luck with that one!)
* Stay with the chaperone at all times.
* Use clipboards for worksheets. Do not lean or write on the exhibit display cases or walls.
* No food, drink, candy, or gum is allowed in the building.
* The museum is under video surveillance and all areas are equipped with security alarms.
* No “wheeled” foot gear allowed in the museum.

Drop-off will be at the Nature Center at 10:00 a.m.

We are dressed for the Myan reunion.

We are dressed for the Myan reunion.

Pick up will be at the Nature Center at 2:30 p.m.

FINANCIAL: Admission: $5 Adults (13-64) $2 Children (3-12; under 3 FREE) $3 Seniors (65+) Please pay at the door.

LUNCH Please bring a PICNIC LUNCH today. (Don’t forget the drinks.)
GIFT SHOP Yes!

Uniform pants with a belt & red monogrammed school shirts are required. Students without shirts tucked in & belts on will not be allowed to participate.

Our Nature Center can be enjoyed by the entire family and your friends. All PARENTS / IN-LAWS / NEIGHBORS, SIBLINGS, etc. are invited to participate on our trips. Your family is always welcome.

Cole wanted one too.

Cole wanted one too.

Students are NOT to leave the Nature Center or the presence of an adult chaperone at any time for any reason, including the need to secure a ride or use the restroom, without the knowledge and approval of Dr. or Mrs. Anderson.

IMPORTANT DATES
April 4 – Kimbell Art Museum Samurai Armor Exhibit
April 18 & 21 (Fri. & Mon.) Easter Holidays
May 1 Tuition Due for 2014-15

Ian's Indian name: "Fits Right In".

Ian’s Indian name: “Fits Right In”.

Emergency Telephone Number: 682-777-1908
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“The whole universe
is to us
a writing of the Infinite
in the language
of the finite.
               – Vivekanada

 

 

Who is HAPPY and WHY? / Fossilmania is Friday

IT’S  OFFICIAL !

Hey, it's a school for the creative!

Hey, it’s a school for the creative! (And always fun with a funion bag.)

The Danes are the happiest people on the planet. According to the UN’s 2013 World Happiness Report [click here to view report], Denmark beats every other country on a global happiness scale.

The United States isn’t especially happy. It came in 17th place, between Mexico and Ireland.

Many Copenhageners have fun on a bicycle.  In Copenhagen, where half of the people pedal to work. Cycling is one of the best ways to explore. And, importantly, it is a lot of fun. So get a bike! It will be relaxing and remember: you, too, can feel young and be happy again.

Dr. A, is this man ontologically significant or wax?

Dr. A, is this man ontologically significant or wax?

Public transport in Denmark is efficient. It takes only 15 minutes to travel from the airport to the center of the city by metro, and the trains run 24 hours a day.

Copenhageners are law-abiding, a by-product of being contented with life. Even at 3 a.m. on an icy cold night, with no traffic in sight, they’ll wait for the green light at pedestrian crossings. Having law-abiding citizens contributes to being happy, since crime and victims of crime are reduced.

And Copenhagen is extra-green. The Danish capital has electric buses, recycling citizens, clean harbors and shops selling clothes made from organic materials. And over 60% of the hotel rooms are certified eco-friendly.

I thought it was another one of Dr. A’s Tall Tales!

I thought it was another one of Dr. A’s Tall Tales!

Unbelievably, three-quarters of the food served in public institutions is organic. Also unbelievably, you will find only ONE organic restaurant in Fort Worth, the Spiral Diner [click here to visit website]. It is also vegetarian. Our school, by the way, has made several trips to enjoy the cuisine and hear presentations on healthy eating. When your healthy, you feel better and you are happier.Caleb & TALL man 067-c2

Next year, Copenhagen will be the 2014 European Green Capital, an award that recognizes cities with consistently high environmental standards. This is only the beginning: By 2025, Copenhagen plans to be the world’s first carbon-neutral capital. All of this is indicative of and contributes to being healthy, which results in being happy.

Creating a truly joyful person requires creating a happy society. You are much more likely to be happy, if the people around you have joy in their hearts. Like the song says, “Make someone happy, make just one someone happy, and you will be happy too”.

I can't see to buy these glasses.

I can’t see how I am going to buy these glasses.

My Personal Recommendations:

I have been asked, from time to time, what have you done to be so happy? Well, allow me to share a personal perspective, garnered from years of reflection and digestion. (By the way, my Dad was from Denmark.) My suggestions are (and will be continued in weeks to come):

1. Get a bike.

2. Get out of town. Jericho, Byblos, Hebron, Damascus, and Susa all lay claim to being the oldest city. For about ten thousand years we have huddled together in these artificial contrivances. But prior to the invention of the town, people were not uncomfortably stuck so closely together.

I have never been more relaxed and contented, than when I finally realized that cities are no place for human beings. It took a half-century to realize this, but it did finally dawn on me (actually, I think the sun was in a beautiful retreat when this happened). My stress levels diminished considerably after a few hours, not days or weeks. The fresh air, the communion with all the beautiful birds and other life forms I had forgotten existed, the unbelievable sunsets, the sounds of quiet (you can actually hear the sounds of silence), the open spaces that open up the mind, the feel of the wind and warmth of pure sunlight are all absolute goods.

Oh yes, we need cities, if for no other reason than to remind us of what life was like. I slowly drive into one frequently and then drive faster to get out. After all, they come with frequent warnings related to air pollution and high mortality rates relative to traffic accidents, crime and general insanity that results from too many people being pushed into tight spaces with predictable psychological maladies.

One of these girls is not like the other.

One of these girls is not like the other.

But the most important reason I love living outside of metropolitan madness, relates to lowering measurable levels of unnecessary, and even unrecognizable, stress. I find myself actually looking at people I now greet and I think about what I am saying when I greet them. I have resigned from my thoughtless robotic rhetoric learned from decades of being in small spaces and around too many people and always in a big hurry.

By the way, there is a large body of research, which I recently shared with my students, that proves we can only do one thing at a time [click here to view report]. The illusion persists that we can multitask, but in truth we are only capable of merely switching our thoughts, rapidly sometimes, back and forth. I now fully realize this by having my nearest neighbor several acres away, which permits me to actually entertain a deep and prolonged thought. What a sweet and delightful freedom. Single task to live longer, stress less and be happy.

We cannot explain all behavior.

We cannot explain all behavior. Now I know what was meant when the Indian said, “White man speak with forked tongue”.

So my friends, get out of Dodge and savor the freedoms God intended you to enjoy!

We will continue our findings on being happy next week.

Our parents say our weekly weblogs are both useful and inspirational. Let us know what you think.

Our destination for FRIDAY, October 25, 2013 is: The SOMERVELL COUNTY EXPO CENTER HIGHWAY 67 in GLEN ROSE, TEXAS to enjoy Fossil Mania. 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.

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.

Mom, you can probably get a refund for the makeup.

Mom, you can probably get a refund for the makeup.

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.

Emergency Telephone: 682-777-1908. The telephone may be out of range. 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 one dollar). And thank you, Natalie, for the truth in advertising price tag last year: “Priceless”.

O, me, I'm in the pink!

O, I morphed into this.

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.

QUESTIONS? 817-448-8484.