Products from LIVING Materials? / Kimbell Art Museum

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

Kylee gave her puppy Missy a new hair style!

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

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

Farah loves Mrs. A's new puppy.

Farah loves Mrs. A’s new puppy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cole was last seen with his beloved Walking Stick!

Cole was last seen with his beloved Walking Stick!


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

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

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

The last time we saw Cole he was here!

The last time we saw Cole he was here!

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

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

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

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

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

This is Renee in 1978.

Renee in 1978

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

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

Dr. A in 1978 Principal at West Elementary

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

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Questions: 817-448-8484. Answers: give me another minute to find another number.

 

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

“The whole universe
is to us
a writing of the Infinite
in the language
of the finite.
               – Vivekanada