Swords Into Plow Shares With the Power of Love / Miniature Golf

In every moment we seek the truth, we find beauty. - William C. Anderson

“In every moment we seek beauty, we find truth.”                                                                    – William C. Anderson

“Truth is beauty;
even when it is sad or disturbing.
We live in an intrusive society;
and must wake up to this fact
or fall victim to its control.”

– Matthew Schwartz (Spadecaller)

I invite you to explore the remarkable artistic work of “Spadecaller”(http://www.spadecaller.net/). His acrylic paintings focus on themes that depict the inhumanity of war, political oppression, and the emancipation of the individual living in a militaristic nation.

Schwartz’s art not only honors the memory of the holocaust, it painstakingly celebrates the emancipation of the oppressed living today. And as I reflect upon the thoughtful, insightful art of Schwartz, I am reminded of an observation bestowed upon us by John F. Kennedy:

“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him. We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth.”

We enjoyed the Samurai Warrior Exhibit Warrior

We enjoyed the Samurai Warrior Exhibit Warrior at the Kimbell Art Museum.

I recently purchased a new work of art – a pen, during our visit to Indian Festival & Market. This writing implement was fabricated from a thirty caliber shell. And it reminded me of the work of this phenomenally gifted artist Matthew Schwartz, a. k. a. “Spadecaller”. I handed it to one of our older students with the comment, “From swords to plowshares! Can you think of a better use of this ammunition?” He studied it carefully, and as he hand it back to me, softly and thoughtfully said, “No. I cannot.”

Swords to plowshares is a concept in which military weapons are converted for peaceful applications.
The phrase originates from the Book of Isaiah:

The cuisine was exceptional!

The cuisine was exceptional!

” – And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”        – Isaiah 2:3-4

The plow share is often used to symbolize tools that benefit mankind, as opposed to destructive tools of war, symbolized by the sword, a similar sharp metal tool with an opposite use.

The Kimbell gift shop was delightful!

The Kimbell gift shop was delightful!

Ongoing examples include the dismantling of nuclear weapons and the use of their contents as fuel in civilian electric power stations, the Megatons to Megawatts Program. Nuclear fission development, originally accelerated for World War II weapons needs, has been applied to many civilian purposes since its use at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, including electricity and radiopharmaceutical production. The use of nuclear fusion in weapons designs, supplied the ability to create new elements, such as einsteinium.

Our Shakespeare production is progressing under the direction of George Rodriguez and planned for May 12 & 13.

Our Shakespeare production is progressing under the direction of noted Actor & Director, George Rodriguez and planned for May 12 & 13.

Established nuclear-weapons policies are unlikely to change. Mistrust is prevalent within the entire international community, so change is slow. Policies today are rooted in fear, insecurity and strong self-interest.

The number of nuclear weapons held by the biggest possessors, the US and Russia, have been reduced dramatically. South Africa dismantled its nuclear-weapons capability in 1991. South Korea, Argentina and Brazil moved away from nuclear weapons development. To date, Iran has not taken the decision to develop a nuclear weapon. The Non-Proliferation Treaty continues to play a central role, maintaining dialogue between the countries, and sustaining a common objective: to prevent the further spread of nuclear weapons. But we are far from being out of danger.

Help! It's a puppy!

Help! It’s a puppy?

In fact, my friends, we are out of time. The destructive capacity of our weapons we cannot even comprehend. Today, not tomorrow, we must teach our children to love one another, to see truth in the beauty in everyone and to find compassion, so often hidden within the dimensions of indifference.

In the wink of an eye, the sand of this earth can turn to glass, in a fiery furnace of hatred, intolerance and indifference. And the glass eye that was life on this earth, will see no more.

Let Us Beat Swords into Plowshares, a sculpture by Russian artist, Evgeniy Vuchetich, in the United Nations Art Collection

The anvil upon which the sword of our transgressions can be shaped into peace, is the human heart.

???????????????????????????????But my great fear is that the lessons of love are too late for the learning. In the wink of an eye every soul can be burning. In our hands, my friends, lies the fragile truth that may never blossom into beauty. Tomorrow, this giant rock upon which we reside, may simply rotate without us and without the most beautiful expression of our love, our children.

We cannot remain –
indifferent to love.

Our docent was wonderful.

Our docent was wonderful.

There is an invisible strength in you. And it is more powerful than any force you have imagined. In fact, you must engage your imagination in order to truly feel its presence. It is the power of Love.

If the bountiful beauty of the love that resides in your heart does not blossom in the hearts and minds of your children, well, then there will be no trace left behind. None of us will remain. A sad truth will still be here, but unfettered by the beauty of our being. No one will be left alive to tell the story of our lives. No one will be here to remember. No one. No child. No grandchild. No one!

“Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil.”
  – Elie Wiesel

Samuria Warrior Exhibit 052My friends, there is no work of art more beautiful or more powerful than the love you feel in your heart. But the canvass that is this earth may become barren, as if the beautiful brushstrokes of your love never caressed this earth. I know that the story of your life was read by someone, in the light of this day. And, that story need never end, if the brilliance of your love, sought so desperately by your children, is found reflected in loving eyes that search so longingly for your smile. Hope for mankind needs the warmth of your embrace at the end of each day saying, “I Love You”.

The story of love begins and ends with you. Yes, you are the story of all life to be. In every moment we seek beauty, we find truth. The beautiful love that you set free in the next moment of your life, may liberate mankind forever.

Will there be not a trace left behind?

If Love is a lesson too late for the learning, will there be not a trace left behind?

Friday April 11, 2014 we will meet at 10:00 a.m. at Hidden Valley Miniature Golf at 8621 Jacksboro Highway, Lakeside, Tx Telephone: 817-237-5463. Please ask for a map if you would like to have one.

There is a balance in nature.

There is a balance in nature.

Emergency Telephone 682-777-1908

We will dine at CiCi’s and then shop for books at Half Price Books. Pick up is at 2:30 p.m. at Half-Price Books, located at 475 Sherry Lane, north of Ridgmar Mall –Telephone: 817-732-4111.

Children really don't need technology to be entertained.

Children really don’t need technology to be entertained.

Students are NOT to leave Hidden Valley or the restaurant
or bookstore without the approval of Dr. or Mrs. Anderson.

FINANCIAL: $6.00 per game please pay Hidden Valley.

OTHER: Please bring funds for lunch & a book.

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

Alex Grubbs

Anderson graduate Alex Grubbs will soon graduate from the United States Air Force Academy. Congratulations!

Hidden Valley is Rated #1 miniature golf facility by Ft. Worth Star Telegram, 18 hole course – one of the areas largest courses, spread out over more than an acre of pristine astroturf, Hidden Valley’s 18-hole course turns tee time into a game of family-friendly one-upmanship.

Multilevel greens offer putters varying vantage points to navigate the windmills, water hazards, and other renewable energy obstacles as they begin their hunt for the hole. A lighthouse is in the center of the course and the calming fountains and waterfalls help players summon their zen.

IMPORTANT DATES
April 18 & 21 (Fri. & Mon.) Easter Holidays
April 25 (Friday) Flight Deck
April 29 (Tuesday) Scarborough Renaissance Festival
May 1 Tuition Due for 2014-15
May 12 & 13 (Mon. & Tues.) Shakespeare Production
May 16 (Friday) Main Event

Accept things and people as they are,
and your heart will begin to open
.

Anderson School Campus

Somewhere beneath all the majestic beauty is the Anderson Private School.

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Leaning Out For Love / Civil War Museum

We dressed up for the stock show!

We dressed up                for the stock show!

From beautifully crafted music we weave together a tapestry of thought and reflection that brings meaning to our lives and fosters understanding of the world around us. We are all in need of finding within ourselves some significant degree of unity with the seemingly incomprehensible stage upon which we play.

The writers of song are the poets and philosophers of our day. Their innermost thoughts can provide a lamp post for the mind that pervades the darkness of our narrow dwelling here on earth. I am grateful to these gifted artists who, with no small measure of courage, reveal the innermost depths of their hearts for the benefit of us all. So please allow me to share a tapestry of their love and understanding, that in blending together, forms a clearer understanding of the greatest quality of being that we can have for ourselves and our beloved children.

Sia fell in love with a rabbit.

Sia found a Rabbit she loves.

From the exquisite song, Suzanne (Link) by Leonard Cohen, we find a deeply meaningful message:

“There are children in the morning.
They are leaning out for Love,
And they will lean that way forever.”

Yes, our children, all of our children, will today and forever be, “Leaning out for Love”. Sometimes we fail to understand the behavior of our children, when their message of love becomes entangled with other things that we do not love. We do not recognize that what we are bearing witness to is not the real message our children truly wish to convey, a message they struggle to share in their every thought and deed.

Alden wants a dozen of these beauties.

Alden wants a dozen                  of these beauties.

A good time was had by all.

A good time was had by all.

Our gaze has strayed from looking at the compass of our hearts and, instead, seeks to look far down the pathway of life ahead.

And in so doing, we lose our direction. And sometimes, we lose our way. And in trying to find our way back home, we look everywhere, but in our own hearts. And then, we are startled to discover that we are suddenly lost – set adrift upon a vast, seemingly endless sea, with no sight of the shore.

Allow me to introduce the stunningly beautiful thoughts, found within the of lyrics of “Heaven on Earth” by Spadecaller, with music by Thomas Newman:

“That Next Place”
(click here to listen to this song)

“Beyond the turbulence of anguished thought
We found this special place within
,
Where pride intrudes not on the soul of love,
Imposes not on another’s Sacred Journey,
Respects humbly the right to be wrong,
Accepts silently the right to be right,
Awaits not for the wrong to be righted.”

We found this special place together
After the turbulence of anguished thought faded,
After the vexations of bitter hearts perished,
After surrendering yesterday’s regret,
After giving away tomorrow’s worry,
After the allure of Utopian dreams,
Drove us to our knees
in Forgiveness.”

I told you, it's a school for the creative!

This inexplicable creature was found roaming the halls. Hey, it’s a school for the creative!

We are here, in this time and space, neither yesterday or tomorrow. But forgiveness may be found on this day, and it shall remain with you forever. For your forgiveness to be moment by moment, will find you to be forgiven. Then the love you sought to share shall remain embedded in the heart of your child forever.

“The weak can never forgive.
Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

– Mahatma Gandhi

On Friday, 1-31-14 we will meet at the Texas Civil War Museum (817-246-2323) 760 Jim Wright Freeway (Loop 820).

Drop-off will be at the Museum at 10:00 a.m. Pick up will be at the MUSEUM at 2:30 p.m.

What a surprise! It's Michael.

What a surprise! It’s Michael.

FINANCIAL: $8.50 fee for students & $10.50 for adults. This fee funds our docent program, slush fund for confederates reenacting the war and not fully accepting of Robert E. Lee’s surrender, and entrance to the museum (with a great lesson on the Victorian Lady). Please pay Dr. Anderson. Emergency Tele. No: 682-777-1908

The tub proved to be a popular gathering spot.

The tub proved to be a        popular gathering spot at the Stock Show.

LUNCH: We will dine at a nearby restaurant. Please provide funds. GIFT SHOP: Yes! They have a GREAT gift shop with items related to the war we have not necessarily lost!

Uniform pants with a belt & red monogrammed school shirt are required. Polish your shoes, the rebels are recruiting this week. This fabulous museum can be enjoyed by the entire family,

Students are NOT to leave the Museum or restaurant at any time for any reason, including the need to secure a ride, go off to war & whip the Yankees (which also requires a uniform, powder and gun) or use the restroom, without the approval of Dr. or Mrs. Anderson.

MUSEUM RULES
* No loud talking, running, or jumping or one of the new Anderson school staff will get you. (They are ALL ex-school principals. Notice their threatening gaze searching for any sign of misbehavior!)

* Stay with your chaperone at all times. If Dr. A seems jittery, he has had enough! Just offer him coffee with extra cream and allow him to quietly mutter incoherently to himself.

* Use clipboards for worksheets. Do not lean or write on exhibit display cases or walls or, you guessed it, Dr. A.

* No food, drink, candy, or gum is allowed inside. Give these items to Dr. A. He knows what to do with them.

* The museum has video surveillance & alarms so don’t be alarmed and please smile.

They reserve the right to refuse service and rough up those who do not wish to follow the rules of conduct. Now, there are exceptions and one of them is Dr. A. He is a good guy and won’t remember the rules, and he already looks roughed up.

IMPORTANT DATES
Feb. 1 Tuition Deposit Due for 2014-15
Feb. 7 Movie: Monument Men
Feb. 17 (Mon.) President’s Day Holiday
Mar. 10-14 Spring Break Holidays
Mar. 21 Texas Indian Market and Southwest Showcase (Arlington)

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