Between the Lines of Life / Your Foolproof Guarantee to Happiness / Sept. 3 (Tuesday) is the First Day of Fall Semester

“No problem can be solved
by the same consciousness
that created it.”
Albert Einstein

The World
is filled with more
Beauty
than we have time
on this Earth
to see,
or feel,
or taste,
or ever know
real or surreal.
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This Beauty
is of the material
and
the Ethereal
stunning landscapes
endeared to us
and filled with still-Life,
animated
by the Will of God.

Nature splashes
elegant spectrums
of rich, vibrant and evolving colors,
textures, odors and sensations.
They are Loving invitations
for us to explore
the Beauty of God’s World.

Surrounded
by Oceans of Life,
we find all Living Creatures
are one contiguous Body.
All
are essential for becoming
who we are.

The Story of
Mankind
is truly the Story
of us
all.
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“For the Beauty of the Earth,
For the Beauty of the skies,
For the Love which from our birth
Over and around us lies,
Lord of all to thee we raise
This our joyful hymn of Praise
For the Beauty of the hour,
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale
And tree and flower,
Sun and moon and stars of light.
Lord of all to Thee we raise
This our joyful hymn of Praise.
………………John Rutter

.My Dear Friends,
the Story of Love
is written
between
the lines of
Life.

And the most Loving Story,
the most Beautiful Love Story
ever told,
is in the Scripture of the
Holy Bible.
The molecular structure,
of every Word,
on every Page,
and of every Thought we take captive
from the Knowledge and Wisdom
of God,
like the Human Heart itself,
reveals Love.

My Friend,
we are never trapped
within the Truth,
only set Free.

God’s aim
is that we be transformed,
Sanctified,
freed by the Truth
of his Revealed Word.
(John 8:32; 17:17)

Let your fears
subside.
Like the Moon,
we go through phases
of emptiness,
to feel full
again.

The colors
of our dreams,
fall like leaves
from the Trees.
But
they fall to
the precious Earth,
to be reborn
and give birth.

“Knowing the Truth
will set one at Liberty –
free
from sin,

free from condemnation,
and free from death.”
– Romans 6:22; 8:1-2

To Walk
in the Light
of God’s Love
is the see the Truth,
to view the
World
as God wants you
to see.

Love Is A Choice.

God gave us free will.
We must
choose to Love.

In Loving one another,
we choose
to help
those that are less fortunate.
We choose Light over dark,
Eternal Life
over death.

The River of Life
is wide,
the Ocean deep.
But the waters
will divide
with Promises to keep.
And if
in your Life,
the rain is falling,
a Rainbow can reflect
off the walls
of your precious
Heart.

The sweetest Flower
of your Life
is yet to
Bloom.
.
Goodnight.

Your Foolproof Guarantee to Happiness
by Bill High
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We spend most of our lives waiting for our “when.” When I get that promotion.  When I get that new house. When I get the kids in preschool. When I get the kids off to college. When I win the lottery. And so it goes. The idea is that whenever I reach my “when,” then I’ll be happy.

But there is in fact a guaranteed foolproof way to happiness. It comes without regard to how much money you have or where you live. Curious?

There are two new published works [1] coming out of a five year intensive study from the University of Notre Dame – The Science of Generosity Initiative. Here are the findings:

  1. While people would assume that getting things for ourselves would make us happy, it doesn’t.
  2. To the contrary generosity is “positively associated with greater happiness” (defining generosity as regular practices of giving – whether through time or money).
  3. 4 out of 10 Americans who say they give 10% of their income report they are “very happy.” Whereas those who don’t give 10% report a remarkable 10% decline in happiness.
  4. Moreover, the study demonstrated that those who are generous are statistically more likely to be physically healthy, emotionally healthy, and have a greater purpose in life.

The researchers note: “…practices of generosity—such as financial giving, volunteering and relational and neighborly generosity—have the capacity to shape people in the processes of human formation over time.” Or perhaps stated more plainly, “People actually grow by giving themselves away.”

Want to be happy?  Prescription:  generosity.

[1] Christian Smith & Hilary Davidson, The Paradox of Generosity (Oxford 2014); Patricia Snell Herzog & Heather Price, American Generosity: Who Gives & Why (Oxford 2016).
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“I am entirely certain
that twenty years from now
we will look back at education
as it is practiced in most schools today
and wonder how we could tolerate
anything so primitive.”

John W. Gardner

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Why America’s Education System Is Obsolete

You cannot have more fun than making noises into a fan!

You cannot have more fun than making noises into a fan!

“Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants.”  John W. Gardner

Our competitive advantage of innovation is at risk because of America’s poor system of schooling, according to research by Harvard professor Tony Wagner.

Our schools teach to fill children with knowledge instead of focusing on developing innovation skills, learning to love one another and instilling the motivation to succeed.

To quote Wagner: “Today knowledge is constantly changing, growing exponentially… Today knowledge is free. It’s like air, it’s like water. It’s become a commodity… There’s no competitive advantage today in knowing more than the person next to you. The world doesn’t care what you know. What the world cares about is what you can do with what you know.

Hi! I'm Kirby, and I am here to dog blog. So, bla, bla, blark.

Hi! I’m Kirby, and I am here to dog blog. So, bla, bla, blark.

Avoiding risk is normal but: “We penalize mistakes,” says Wagner. “The whole challenge in schooling is to figure out what the teacher wants. It’s a compliance-driven, risk-averse culture.” Innovation, on the other hand, is grounded in taking risks and learning via trial and error.

Educators should take a note from design firm IDEO with its mantra of “Fail early, fail often,” says Wagner. At Stanford’s Institute of Design, he says they put forth ideas like, “We’re thinking F is the new A.” Without failure, there is no success.

Henry Ford failed and went broke
five times
before he succeeded.

Young innovators are intrinsically motivated, he says. They aren’t interested in grades and petty reward systems. Parents and teachers can encourage innovative thinking by nurturing the curiosity and inquisitiveness of young people, Wagner says.

And this leads me to ask, “Why is suicide the second leading cause of death for college age students?” Why is failure, which can lead to such a tragic consequence, even noted or recorded? Why do we allow schools to punish scholars with failure and then compound the loss of self-esteem and lower achievement recognition by mathematically averaging success with failing grades?

There are specific causes for children, of all ages, becoming self-destructive. And one major cause is our inability to recognize the very dangerous commodity that failure can become when placed in the wrong or inexperienced hands. The power to succeed belongs in the hands of those whose future depends upon it. And it is an immense power.

There is tremendous value in failure, if it is placed it in a proper and positive perspective. Some great inventors and innovators survived antiquated, heartless and mindless institutional attempts at harassing and frequently annihilating anyone shy of perfection. But others, by the millions, have not survived. And the loss of such potential cannot even be estimated.

If we were to eliminate just one dozen of our most successful inventors, our societies would be set back hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Yes, you would be in the dark, with none of the electronic devices to help you stay informed and pass the time. And you probably would not even exist.

Punitive and degrading assessment policies that penalize children so harshly, effectively crippling them, in my not-so-humble opinion, constitutes the equivalent of what can be equated to mass murder. These institutions of learning lack the wisdom and compassion and understanding to be permitted direct contact with our fragile and deeply loved children, our future innovators and leaders.

At our school, we have eliminated the antiquated nonsense of subjective grades and reports cards (along with dreaded homework, which according to research, is the number one cause of failure in secondary grades). With a required mastery level of 90%, no one receives a grade below an A. Students simply work on an instructional objective until this level is achieved and without time constraints.

As a result, failure is placed into a more positive perspective. It is actually valued. And, in fact, can be viewed philosophically, as the finest teacher available. Especially if it is seen within the context of the results of experimentation or research or exploratory activity.

Failure should not be wielded like a weapon to extrinsically motivate children to be successful. Accomplishment, in and of itself, is highly motivating. And, importantly, it is positive re-enforcement. Negatives are simply not needed – and they can become highly destructive.

Jack London received six hundred rejection slips
before he sold his first story.

Where would we be if Thomas Edison did not value the failure he encountered and knew was so essential for success? Edison held a world record of 1093 patents for inventions such as the phonograph, motion picture camera and last, but not least, the light bulb and laid the foundation for the modern electric age.

As an inventor, Edison made over 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”

Professor Tony Wagner says that parents of innovators encourage their children to play in more exploratory ways with “Fewer toys, more toys without batteries, more unstructured time in their day”.

A new female Turkey & male guinea are gifts from Rylee & Kylee

A new female wild Turkey & male African Guinea are gifts from Rylee & Kylee.

Wagner concludes, “The culture of schooling, as we all know it, is radically at odds with the culture of learning that produces innovators.”

Wagner is not suggesting we change a few processes and update a few manuals. He says, “The system has become obsolete. It needs reinventing, not reforming.”

I agree. Our children carry with them, in their pocket, something that connects them to the world wide web. They do not need to know everything. The can easily access information before you even get the opportunity to finish asking the question.

We need to instill a true passion for living and for learning. Let us begin by learning and teaching our children to love one another and, in the process, rediscover the joy we misplaced but existed since birth.

We are planning activities for FRIDAY, October 14, 2011. Our destination is: The PALACE OF WAX & RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT, 601 East Safari Parkway, Grand Prairie (I-30 & Belt Line Road- 7 minutes East of Six Flags, (972-263-2391)

We will depart at 9:00 a.m. to arrive at 10:00 a.m. We will first enjoy a brief visit to the video arcade, gift shop, fantastic photos, and wax hands (ask for the special price for our group), then have an early lunch at 11:00 a.m. to avoid other large (many calories) groups. Following lunch we will enjoy self-guided tours of the Palace of Wax and Ripley’s Believe It or Not, which, believe it or not, should last approximately two hours.

Our dog, Saffy, has 4 more votes for President. She is deaf and will not listen to Lobbyists. And since the country has gone to the dogs, well, go figure!

Our dog, Saffy, has 4 more votes for President. She is deaf and will not listen to Lobbyists. And since the country has gone to the dogs, well, go figure!

This is a history, science, literature and art museum where learning becomes a unique experience. The fear section can be avoided by the young, faint of heart or just plain scared (like Dr. A, who has been known to scream and cry and embarrass us). The not-so-brave may exit to the gift shop (that’s a scary place) and show Dr. A how to escape a frightful future and avoid touring the rest of the exhibit.

Is that a note attached to Athena? I think it's for Mom.

Is that a note attached to Athena? I think it’s for Mom.

FINANCIAL Fee: $8.00 (includes TAX & a little money for gas). This discounted price is a group combination ticket–the regular price is $15.95. It does NOT include Mirror Maze. Please pay Dr. A.

LUNCH: Please bring funds for lunch. Dr. A may require C.P.R. following ingestion of a fat, I mean hot dog. GIFT SHOP Yes! Please do not purchase anything to scare the cowardly Dr. A! He is already afraid of all children, a few parents (you scary ones know who you are!), his wife, his dog Rosie, and one particular chicken in the petting zoo.

Uniform pants with a belt (required to participate) & red monogrammed and tucked in school shirt are required. Jackets should be NAVY blue.
• Family, neighbors and friends are always invited to enjoy Friday with us.
• Students MAY WEAR COSTUMES on Friday

Drop-off will be at the School at 8:30 a.m. Pick-up will be at the Anderson School at 3:15 p.m. Please be patient – traffic conditions, goofing off or a reluctance to ask for directions (a male thing) may delay us. Dr. Anderson may be reached on his cell telephone – EMERGENCY. If he does not answer, keep calling! He’s old, retired (twice) & busy or pretending to be busy.

Like I said, we just train them.

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

IMPORTANT DATES:
Oct. 25 Fossilmania in Glenrose
Nov. 25-29 Thanksgiving/Fall Break
Dec. 5-6 Texas Assn. for Gifted & Talented Conf. (No school) Dec. 20 Last Day of Fall Semester
Dec. 23 – Jan. 7 Winter Break Holidays