Lockstep and Fits ALL? / Monarchs and Milkweed / Nutrition / Tea and Dementia / Equipping the Storm Shelter / Friday: At School (Shakespeare Production)

“I long for the day
when the statement,
‘Our God is Love,
our race is Human,
and our religion is Oneness,’
is more than the musings
of my mind,
but is the Creed of the Heart
of the Human family.”
– Rev. Jim Rosemergy

Monarch butterfly / Photo by Mark Musselman / National Audubon Society / USFWS

The annual migration of North America’s
Monarch Butterfly is a unique phenomenon.
The Monarch is the only butterfly
known to make a two-way migration as birds do,
flying as far as 3,000 miles.
The farthest ranging Monarch recorded
traveled 265 miles in one day,
and they weigh less than a gram

Every backyard can become an oasis
for Monarchs. You can engage in planting
or preserving native milkweed plants
necessary for their survival.
Our school always preserves milkweed plants
for our visiting Monarch friends.

Why don’t you join us?

By the way,
Milkweed is the larval host for the Monarch
and is considered nectar plants for many different
butterfly species found feeding from the flower.

We are located directly in the migratory path
of the magnificent Monarch Butterflly.


Few are aware
that the educational system
we have in place today
was adopted from the program
put into place by
Catherine the Great of Russia in
1899
to produce good soldiers, obedient factory workers,
and citizens who would not question authority
and dutifully pay their taxes.

         Catherine the Great                Credit: Dmitry Levitzky [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

This curriculum model
has inevitably led to a
“one size fits all”
mentality
and a lockstep method
of advancement.
It emphasizes rote memorization
and the passing of tests
over critical thinking skills,
the development of creativity,
fostering and nurturing
a Love of Learning,
and the acceleration of study
in innate areas of
higher awareness.

The lockstep platform forces learners
to proceed at the same pace.
It requires fewer instructors,
far less management and assessment
and is much more easily managed
than self-paced programs.

The ‘Iiwi is one of the endangered Hawaiian honeycreeper species. Photo by Kahn, Noah/USFWS

A primary disadvantage of lockstep placement
is that the pace is set for average learners.
However,
there are no average learners.
It is statistically improbable
that a group of children will all be
in the third grade, second month,
first week and second day
in all elementary subjects
and progress day after day,
year after year,
at the same pace.

And the design of the curriculum,
placement within the program,
as well as the assessment tools utilized,
are all highly subjective.

Every child is different.
They all have special learning requirements
and different pacing needs
within different subject areas.

No,
there are no average learners.
Everything in Life
follows the bell-shaped curve
of probability.
And with time,
one’s position on this curve
becomes fluid and flexible,
especially within a broad range
of subject areas
and learning disciplines and interests
and strengths and weaknesses.

Endangered Bay Checkerspot butterfly / photo by John Clecker / USFWS

And the linear concept
of directing virtually every educational goal
toward achievement on a singular event assessment
always results in validity concerns.

“Teaching to a test becomes stifling
for teachers and students,
far from the inspiring, adaptive education
which most benefits students.
Our greatly accelerating world needs graduates
who are trained to address
tough situations with innovation,
ingenuity, entrepreneurship, and a capacity
for mobilizing collaboration and cooperation.”
– Jonathan Lash, President, Hampshire College

Goodnight.

Island marble butterfly / Photo by Miskelly, James / USFWS

Nutrition is important
in both cancer and heart disease prevention.
Eating a diet RICH in
fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free and
low-fat dairy foods, and seafood

has been associated with a decrease
in cardiovascular disease and cancer.”

The disease-fighting elements in a good diet are:
Fiber, which aids weight control
and lowers heart and cancer risks,
Antioxidants, which fight disease-causing cell damage.

Omega-3 fatty acids,
which lower blood pressure

among other benefits.”

    – Michael LeFevre, MD

Zebra Swallowtail / Photo by Hagerty, Ryan / USFWS

When a severe storm spawns tornadoes,
proper shelter is the key to staying alive.

it is crucial to keep the shelter equipped
with the right materials to stay safe.

“People should take every warning seriously,”
AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski said.
“Warnings are issued because there is good scientific data
showing either a storm producing damaging winds,
hail or a tornado,
or is capable of doing so.”

Having a plan in place before severe weather strikes
will avoid any last-second panic or confusion.
It also ensures that everyone will be prepared
to handle a storm and its aftermath.

Lucinda Parker, public information officer
at the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, said.

A basic kit includes water, nonperishable food,
a first aid kit, a flashlight and batteries.
(Friends: have an additional unopened package of new batteries)
If sheltering pets or infants,
keep a supply of baby formula, diapers and pet food
in the kit as well.

“We urge people to keep a kit at home,
in their car, and if they do have a storm shelter,
that would be a good place for a kit, as well,” Parker said.

“If you ever find happiness
by hunting for it,
you will find it,
as the old woman did
her lost spectacles,
safe on her own nose
all the time.”
Josh Billings

Other essential items to have on hand, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency:

1. Battery-powered radio
2. Pillows, blankets and other bedding (pillows can also be used as protection from flying debris)
3. Essential documents (birth certificate copies, insurance policies, etc.)
4. Toilet paper and bags for sanitation
5. Personal sanitation items (toothbrush, deodorant, etc.)
6. Whistle (to signal for help if trapped)
7. A change of clothes per person
8. Close-toe shoes and extra socks per person (especially if there is debris to tread over)
9. Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
10. Dust mask or cotton t-shirt (to filter the air)
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Little wood satyr / Photo by Barnes, Dr. Thomas G. / USFWS

Drinking Tea Cuts Your Risk of Dementia in Half
from our friends at the Underground Health Reporter
read more

A recent study published in the Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
found that drinking tea can cut your risk of cognitive impairment in half. For individuals with a genetic risk of developing Alzheimer’s, the reduction of risk could be lowered by as much as 86%!

Benefits associated with tea consumption come from the numerous bioactive compounds found in tea leaves, including:

Catechins
Theaflavins
Thearubigins
L-theanine

The compounds exhibited anti-inflammatory
and antioxidant properties,
as well as additional bioactive properties
that appear to prevent vascular damage to the brain
and neurodegeneration.

Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”  – Luke 18:15-17

 Friday:
We will meet at school (8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.)
The day will be dedicated to work on our
Shakespeare production
with Director
George Rodriguez.

IMPORTANT  DATES:
April 7               At School (preparation for Shakespeare production)
April 14 & 17    (Friday and Monday) Good Friday and Easter Holidays
April 28             Scarborough Renaissance Festival (Weather permitting)
May 1                TUITION DUE for 2017-18
May 15 & 16      Shakespeare Production at Stage West Theater
May 22 – 26       Adventure Trip
May 26               Last Day of Semester.

Tiger swallowtail / Photo by Dr.Thomas G. Barnes / USFWS

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One and One Make You / Ages Before the Flood / Friday: At School for Back to the Future Movies

“Meaning arises when
you become part of
a greater unity.
The bigger the whole
the bigger the meaning.”
– Osho

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  The dark gives in to the Dawn.

Life
Is such that
We can die in this moment,
And be reborn
Again.

Love
Is the same,
And both
Shall remain.

Within the death
Of this day,
Lies the breathtaking
And beautiful birth
Of another.

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    One and one make you.

The dark
Gives in
To the Dawn,
As the dream awakens
To the song
Of so many friends
In magnificent flight,
In Love with Life,
The same Love
That created you.

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Friends in magnificent flight, in Love with Life, the same Love that created you.

Beautifully entwined are we,
Today
With Eternity.
What never was,
Is,
And ever will be.
Our brief cycle of Life
Offers much to observe,
To Love,
Preserve.

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Beautifully entwined are we, today with Eternity.

Joy and sorrow,
Tears and rain,
Falling to Earth
Rise again.
Such splendor in the grass,
The vines entwined
And not in vain.
Precious Gifts,
Our falling tears
And the falling rain,
Truly born again
In a Rose
By many other names.

The taste of bitter
Blossoms aware
What is sweet.
To know
You can cry
Liberates your laughter,
As you overcome
The pain of defeat.

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     Your Life is not about you.

You are
What abounds
All around you.
You are Consciousness
Complete.
The Human Spirit
Is not alone in us,
For God dwells within,
And we in the Far reaches
Of Forever.

Our destiny
Dictates many things,
But not our deliverance.
It resides within
Another
That makes us
Complete.

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You are Consciousness complete.

Your smiles are a bridge
To connect you
With someone looking back.
Between is something
Given birth
That did not exist before.
It evolves
Into friendship,
Fulfillment, understanding,
Love,
Knowledge of what
This existence
Is for.

vines

The Rose by many other names.

When your smile
Is flashed across
The horizon
Of one in need,
It can impact the surface
Of someone’s Soul
Like a giant meteor
Changes the Earth.
To never have
Sunlight on your face,
Casts dark,
Deadly and deepening
Shadows
Across the landscape
Of Life.

meteor

Like a giant meteor changes the Earth.

When our Hearts
Are more than burdened be,
Those who have nothing
Are Nothing,
Without you.

My Dear Friends,
Your Heart is powerful.
In the pursuit of Happiness,
You are the Infinite sum
Of all possibilities.
You are everything
To someone.

You Life has meaning.

Agony and ecstasy
Can become one and the same
In believing that this Life
Is the end of all things.
But your Life is not about you.
The pinnacle of being
Is about us.
For one and one
Make you.

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We are one in Spirit, One in Life, One in Love.

A deeper meaning
Moves the Spirit Human
Past me,
Into we,
And we become
One,
As are we all,
And will always be.
More than we
As one
Cannot be.
For in Truth
There is Unity.

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You are what is all around you.

In each others eyes
We feel the Oneness,
The Divinity.
For Love Divine
Is not divisible,
And neither are we.
One and one
Make you,
And will always be.

We are one
In Spirit,
One in Life,
One in Love,
One held Eternally
In the Everlasting
And Loving Embrace
Of One
God.

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Love Divine is not divisible and neither are we.

The World: Before the Flood
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Think about the world before the flood.
Consider the fossilized remains
of thousand of creatures
which we do not see alive today:
the saber tooth tiger, the woolly mammoth or other mastodons and (although not fossilized) the fabled unicorn.
Or what about vegetation, the environment,
the people or the land?
Prepare to use your mind!

Ages of the Patriarchs
AgesWhat happened?

When studying the ages of the Patriarchs as listed in the Bible,
one wonders if these numbers are actual numbers.

But I believe, like millions of others,
that the Bible is the inspired word of God
and that while there may be occasional
problems in translation,
the Bible is correct.

The graph illustrates the length of life
for the first 23 Patriarchs as recorded in the Bible.
When you study the numbers,
you come to fascinating questions.

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                    Love created you.

The First Patriachs

Adam lived 930 years,
to see nine generations of offspring born from him.
This would make Lamech (the ninth generation)
Adam’s great-great-great-great-great-great-grandson.

Prior to the flood, Methuselah lived to be 969.
He may have been the oldest human being to ever have lived.
Did he die in the flood?

Take a look at this link which analyzes these biblical names:
Koinonia House.
Prior to the flood, the average age of these listed was
857.5 years.
The next 10 generations (Noah to Abraham)
after the flood
had an average age of 317.

Did the pre-flood world enable a longer life (Gen 6:7)?

Consider this quote from the King James Version:
Genesis 6:3 And the LORD said,

“My spirit shall not always strive with man,
for that he also [is] flesh:
yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.”

Today mankind lives an average of 75 years.

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A deeper meaning moves the Spirit Human

What happened?
Why?

Friday:
Due to expected inclement weather,
we will celebrate and discuss the predictions
forecast in the three movies: Back to the Future

We will meet at school to view all three movies.
(The school day will be regular hours)

IMPORTANT DATES
Oct. 30                                          FossilMania in Glenrose
Nov. 23 – 27 (Monday – Friday)     Thanksgiving / Fall Break
Dec. 3 – 4                                     Texas A.G.T. Conference
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

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The Human Spirit is not alone in us.