The Underlying Oneness of the Power of Love / RIPLEY’S

The Underlying Oneness
of the Power of Love

Paul Newman Classic Images of Paul Newman

Paul Newman

Is it possible that love never dies?
Is it even possible that our awareness
(consciousness) of love
may be the only thing that is real?

The essence of,
the real reason for our being,
may lie outside the
complex cognition plane.

There is a beautiful and dynamic nature
to our passionate and loving reality.

The legacy of our lives
can live on, deeply embedded
in the hearts of those we touch.

The enduring Love we leave behind
may transcend space and time
and blossom into the infinite.

Poets have long extolled
the Divine Virtues of Love.
In beautifully crafted works
they have revealed
aspects of immortality and infinity,
in exploring the nature of Love.

And some say this:

Our Love may exist beyond
our physical being.

It may live on after us,
in the hearts of others,
in the underlying oneness
of the power of Love,

in the Heart of God.
                              – Wm. C. Anderson

The following beautiful story tells of a life lived in gratitude to others and of a man’s love that truly transcends space and time. I hope you enjoy reading about the legacy of love from Newman’s Own. Click here for more:

Actor Paul Newman applied his greatest commitment and derived his deepest satisfaction from his quiet work in philanthropy. He used his influence, gave of his financial resources, and personally volunteered to advance humanitarian and social causes around the world.

In 1982, he founded Newman’s Own, Inc., which was one of the first food companies to use all natural products. Today, Newman’s Own is successful, and all after-tax profits and royalties are donated to thousands of charities worldwide through Newman’s Own Foundation. Thus far, over $400 million has been awarded to grantee recipients in all 50 states and in 31 countries around the world.

Newman’s Own Foundation is an independent, private foundation formed in 2005 by Paul Newman to sustain the legacy of his philanthropic work.

Ian and Joshua enjoyed a pre-historic battle.

Ian and Joshua enjoyed a pre-historic battle.

The Foundation believes that each of us has the potential to make a difference. Since 1982, when Paul Newman first declared, “Let’s give it all away,” many millions have been donated to thousands of nonprofit organizations helping people in need around the world.

Paul Newman’s private company makes a line of foods including lemonade, popcorn, salad dressings and spaghetti sauce, coffee (my favorite) and, as the labels say, all profits go to charity.

Mr. Newman’s celebrity tends to obscure how revolutionary his company

has been in forging a new kind of conscientious consumerism over the past decade. In that time, buyers have demonstrated a fierce brand loyalty. And I am proud to say, I am one of them.

Philanthropy is…

Love for Humankind and
the Practice of Charity

Ms. Nell Newman, the third of Mr. Newman’s five daughters said her father’s philanthropy is just as he tells it. ”He thought the world had treated him incredibly well,”

His company co-sponsored the PEN/Newman’s Own First Amendment Award, which was presented annually to a United States resident who had fought courageously, despite adversity, to safeguard the First Amendment right to freedom of expression as it applied to the written word.

Alden and associates loved learning about fossils.

Alden and associates loved learning about fossils.

A sampling of grantees is available at the Newman’s Own Foundation website along with a description of funding areas. One beneficiary of this charity is the SeriousFun Children’s Network, residential summer camps for seriously ill children. Today, there are camps, programs, and initiatives operating in 50 countries across 5 continents. Over 384,700 children have attended a SeriousFun program free of charge.

Additionally, the Neman’s Own Foundation also provided a grant to The MINDS Foundation to fund US operations of the non-profit that works in rural India. Other beneficiaries, among many, have included The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund (from 1983 onwards), Shining Hope for Communities, Safe Water Network, Edible Schoolyard NYC, Fisher House Foundation, the WILD Young Women Programme (New Zealand), and Pilgrims Hospices (UK).

Diana found many old and exciting things.

Diana found many old and exciting things.

There are six camps Paul Newman founded for children who have life-threatening diseases. The charity was spurred by letters from seriously ill children who wanted to visit places like Disneyland.

Paul Newman lived his life, and dedicated the earnings from his hard work, to help those in need. He, and his family, are to be truly admired. Mr. Newman ranks among those we can call true American Patriots. Perhaps we can live our lives in a similar manner. At the very least, we can purchase Newman’s Own brand products. Please join me. There are many on their knees in need. And we can help.

Our friend Lucas was with us.

Our friend Lucas was with us.

Just think what this world would be like if millions of us would follow his example. Think of where the self-serving corporations would be. You know, the companies who seemingly care less and less, as time goes by, about what is in the food or drinks we continue, with ignorance, to consume.

These corporations have so polluted our food chain with items purposefully engineered to be addictive, that now for first time ever, and UNBELIEVABLY, the next generation (your children) can expect not to live as long as the previous generation. How awful can it get? Yes, that BAD.

We have fun with our new purchases.

We had fun with our new purchases.

I beg you to please join me and proudly become one of Newman’ Own.

Our trip Friday to:
PALACE OF WAX & RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT

We are planning activities for FRIDAY, October 31, 2014. 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)

Gavin negotiated between a rock (fossil) and a hard place (concrete floor).

Gavin negotiated between a rock (fossil) and a hard place (concrete floor).

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 groups. Following lunch we will enjoy self-guided tours of the Palace of Wax & Ripley’s Believe It or Not, which should last approximately two hours.

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. Anderson–who has been known to scream and cry and embarrass us). The not-so-brave may exit to the gift shop (now that’s a really scary place) and show the crybaby Dr. A how to escape a frightful future and avoid touring the rest of the exhibit.

We had serious shopping to do.

We had serious shopping to do.

FINANCIAL Fee: $10.00 (includes TAX & and money for gas). This is a group combination ticket – the regular price is $15.95. If you arrive late you will be required to pay FULL price. Does not include Mirror Maze. Please pay Dr. A. LUNCH: Please bring funds for lunch.
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, R.J., haunted houses (Ian knows) and one rooster.

And this, of all things, is what Dr. A wanted. Yes, a large, very hard, egg!

And this, of all things, is what Dr. A wanted. Yes, a large, very hard, egg!

Drop-off will be at the School at 8:30 a.m. If you choose to meet us at Ripleys, that is OK! 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 at: 682-777-1908 EMERGENCY Keep calling! He’s old, tired & retired (two or three times).

Buddies

A good time was had by all.

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

IMPORTANT DATES
Nov. 1 Final Payment Tuition Due for 2014-15 (Not including monthly payment plans)
Nov. 7 DFW New Auto Show
Nov. 14 Civil War Museum (Try to avoid wearing BLUE)
Nov. 24-28 (Mon.–Fri.) 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”)

Students are NOT to leave Ripley’s or the Wax Museum
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.
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Island of Dreams / Movie: Dolphin Tail 2 and Bookstore

for
LeVonna,
who pours the gift of her life
into the Beautiful Vessels of God’s Creative Love
– Precious Children from Heaven Above.

And for
You.


It is so very hard to shape how you feel,
to build a pathway home,

With the paving stones of words.
– Wm. C. Anderson

Island of Dreams
                            – Wm. C. Anderson

From the impossibility of coming
From nothing, it seems
We have risen to a vision
Of unbelievably beautiful dreams.

Spun from the Fabric
Of God’s Eternal Love,
Filled with His Very Own Breath,
Shaped by Desire from Above.

The Tapestry of what is
So radiantly beautiful to see,
Is the Glory of God’s Love,
Woven into you and me.

Now we dwell in the Shadow
Of Everlasting Grace,
And feel the warmth of His Sun,
Like the Breath of Life upon your face.

But when we are through being born,
When this life surrenders us to Love,
One Light shall pierce the darkest night,
A Light from Heaven Above.

And no time will there be for silence.
Someone sings for you and for me,

Sounds of Pure Joy that resonate
In Songs of Love and cherished memory.

And when we drift so very, very far from shore,
And chisel stones to throw at memory,

By countless acts of loving and forgiving,
We skip them over the sparkling waters to be.

Deftly they touch the surface of the past,
Pulsating like the beat of a new born heart,
As God’s Love is Birth Infinity,
Ever here to begin again, again to start.

Guided by such Love given you and me,
We shall not lie afraid in the dark,
For we are held in the Warm Embrace of God,
And alive in each others heart.

God fills the midnight of the Soul,
And in the endlessness of time it seems,
We will, one day, meet again,
On His beautiful Island of Dreams.

Amen.

       LeVonna

      LeVonna

A new study – the biggest of its kind – is warning
that our love affair with sugary food and drink
is doubling our risk of heart related premature death.

I was proud of Gavin today. When informed of the risks, he changed his order from a sugary drink to sugar-free ice tea (an excellent source for antioxidant nutrition). Gavin increased his chances of not dying from heart disease by over 100%.

Parents, please give your child the information needed to avoid unbelievable suffering (sugar feeds cancer and causes numerous other serious health problems, like diabetes) and a premature death. Armed with knowledge, they will choose wisely.

Ignorance is a truly deadly commodity.

We have had a wonderful first week of school. Our trip to Main Event provided fun for everyone and a great end to the week. Students are now planning other adventures and helping to decided where we will go this coming semester.

On Friday Sept. 9, 2014

Noah and Travis

Noah and Travis enjoyed Main Event.

We will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Half-Price Books, located at 475 Sherry Lane, north of Ridgmar Mall –Telephone: 817-732-4111. At approximately 11:30 a.m. we will travel to the Movie Tavern Ridgmar, Tele: 817-377-9801, located at 6801 Ridgmar Meadow Road, Ft. Worth,

to enjoy lunch and a great movie. Following lunch, we will enjoy the highly acclaimed new movie Dolphin Tail 2, MPAA Rating PG. starting at 12:45 p.m. PICK UP will be at the Theater at 2:30 p.m.

“I have a theory that people who are addicted to reading
are trying to re-create the joy of being read to as a child by a parent. Being read to as a child is one of the great experiences in life.”
– Billy Collins, Poet in Paris Review

Alden and Joshua

Alden and Joshua are true believers in “The Games”.

Movie Synopsis:
A group of sympathetic humans help a dolphin with a damaged tail in this heartwarming sequel to the surprise 2011 hit. Inspired by actual events, Dolphin Tale 2 is written and directed by Charles Martin Smith.

students at games

Who were those masked men?

The starting time may change, please be patient.
Dr. A may become anxious but popcorn will help.
Emergency Telephone 682-777-1908

If you arrive late, we shall have departed with your child(ren) and will return to school.

students at lazer tag

Lazer Tag was a favorite.

Students are NOT to leave the bookstore, food court or theater without the approval of Dr. A (wake him gently with the smell of warm popcorn if necessary. And remember to share!)

FINANCIAL: Tickets are approximately $5.00, but this may be incorrect (I hate perfection) – just bring some money and please pay at the Box Office. Please provide funds for a good book (you can find one for $2.00) and for lunch. Refreshments: Hey, this is a movie theater. Yes!

Yes, we love bowling!

Yes, we love bowling!

Uniform pants with a belt & red monogrammed school shirts are required. PARENTS / FRIENDS / SIBLINGS / NEIGHBORS, are invited to participate on our trips.

IMPORTANT DATES:
Sept. 19        Museum of Science & History and Omni Theater
Sept. 2       Fort Worth Zoo (a favorite of Travis)
Oct. 3           Roller Skating at Rollerland West (a favorite of Mary Alice)
Oct. 24         Annual Fossilmania sale and trade show in Glen Rose       (requested by Natalie)
Oct. 3        Ripley’s Believe It or Not & Palace of Wax (Ian’s favorite)
Nov. 7           DFW New Auto Show in Fort Worth (Dr. A loves this)

And we love dining.

    And we love dining.

“Sufis (not surfers, silly) tell of TWO PATHS to transcendence:
One is to look out at the universe and see yourself,
the other is to look within yourself and see the universe.”
    – Mohsin Haid, Novelist

Alden attempts to scare Dr. A. (He was already scared!}

Alden attempts to scare Dr. A. (He was already scared!)

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