God’s Wilderness of Wonders / Think For Themselves / Lower Bad Cholesterol / Friday: Fossil Mania in Glen Rose

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Every breath we draw
Is part of
A very beautiful song.
Every beat of our hearts,
Overture to the ebb and flow
Of life’s joyful pulsations,
Like God’s Rhythmic Heart,
Like the tides
Come in and go,
Eternal Vibrations
Beating in time
With all of God’s Creations.

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              With Beams sunlit and bold.

And throughout our brief lives,
In all the Universe untold,
Like the precious Morning Glory,
Our beauty within unfolds.

Such is break
Of dawn,
Each beautiful day
Enveloped in Love.
Never does it truly end,
For death comes not
To those living in the Light
Born of Infinite Love.

In such Life
He bids not adieu,
For God is Alive,
And so,
My beautiful friends,
Are you.

Hallelujah.

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       God’s Wilderness of Wonders

God’s voice
May appear at rest,
Smothered by the dust
Of countless moments untold,
While we wander
Through restless canyons
Of a weary mind.

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Each beautiful day enveloped in Love.

And in all this time
We are free to explore
God’s Wilderness of Wonders,
As He paints Portraits
Of His Love:
Brilliant brushstrokes,
Sunlit and bold
And blossoms so glorious
Our breath is held
To behold.

Radiant and transfigured we,
With beauty far beyond
What we have ever
Been told.

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    Somewhere we have never been.

Sometimes we are tired
And ready to dream.
But shadows fade
And dreams,
It is said,
Arise and bid farewell,
As if never placed in bed.

It is then
Our restless thoughts caress
The Loved and admired,
Toward which
Our eyes were turned
And yet,
We did not see.

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Like the precious Morning Glory, our beauty within unfolds.

“I cry aloud to God, aloud to God,
and he will hear me.
In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord;
in the night my hand
is stretched out without wearying.”
– Psalm 77:1-20

Yes,
The night has other eyes
With which to see.
Unafraid,
Hearts reveal to Minds
Through Prayer,
And our dreams,
Lessons of Divinity.

Every child
In need of Love,
Is always by your side,
Inhales your last breath,
Sings your song
Over and over again.

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Brilliant brushstrokes, sunlit and bold

And like
Our Father in Heavens Above,
We cannot walk away,
Forsake
The moment,
Their destiny,
This day.

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The lonesome landscape of where we have been.

Strong winds blow
Across the lonesome landscape
Of where we have been,
Past all the hope and desire,
Skipping over our dreams to
Somewhere we have never been.

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The night has other eyes with which to see.

In some of this time,
We held
Our Children of God
In aching arms,
Looking through them,
As though they were not
Here.

My friends,
The mind human
Can escape the gravity
Of the Heart,
And never know.

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Unafraid, hearts reveal to minds.

And Love,
It traverses not
A landscape barren
Of belief
In each other.
The strongest wind
Blows lonely,
Until the sea
Runs dry.

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Blossoms so glorious our breath is held to behold.

But in all things
Of the Heart,
Salvation is a Prayer,
Hope always abides.
Your belief in the Lord,
Tells God
You are here.
God knows your Heart,
My friend.
He knows the way back.
He wants to take you
Home.

No greater Love
Could there be
Than the Love of God
For you
And for me.
The Love
He invites
Into your thoughts,
Your Prayers
And the Revelations
Of your dreams.

Sleep well
My friends,
He is here
And He is there.
And He
Will always be
In Love with you,
In Love with me.

Goodnight.

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Looking through them, as though they were not here.

 Ways To Help Students
Think For Themselves

by Terry Heick

1. Allow them to read with choice – without guidelines or external pressure
2. Let them play with dynamic learning tools – no goals or prompting or rules (other than basic common sense, safety, etc.)
3. Let them see the parts of the whole, and the whole of the parts
4. Help them realize the interdependence between what they learn and themselves
5. Help them to serve others
6. Guide them to write about something complex, personal, emotional, meaningful, or seemingly trite
7. Teach them to meditate (seeing without thinking, thinking about thinking)
8. Allow them to navigate “unfiltered” sources of information
9. Encourage them to begin to separate basic epistemology – the differences between information, knowledge, and wisdom
10. Encourage them to believe they can,
11. Teach them to make mistakes (The GREATEST teacher ever!)
12. Help them explore something they see as mysterious
13. Teach them to try to find the common ground between seemingly disparate positions
14. Encourage them to think critically about the what others perceive as mundane
15. Make sure they think frequently about complex ideas
16. Help them to realize everything is infinitely complex when you see information as a matter of perspective (this causes an endless chain of other realizations if they’re willing to consider it long enough)
17. Encourage them to be bored. Great sparks of creativity have been ignited by having absolutely nothing to do. It emanates from the mind being at rest. And when it is rested, it naturally desires to no longer be at rest. It craves stimulation. The sun in your eyes will rise again!
18. Allow their mind to wander. Too much linear thinking squelches creativity.
19. Ask them what they stand for, and why.
20. Leave them alone (They need TIME to incubate thoughts)
21. Help them to honor the limits of human knowledge
21. Make sure they have meaningful choices
22. Make sure they are given the support to self-direct their own learning
23. Encourage them to make things
24. Help them to see the value of their own performance
25. Give them personalized direct instruction
26. Allow them to hear a well-written lecture. There are wonderful lectures available on line from great Universities such as Harvard. Check them out.
27. Help guide them to think about their own thinking
28. Encourage their passions to lead them into spaces where learning can occur on its own. Place is a great teacher.
29. Help them honor uncertainty
30. Encourage them to ask their own questions – and then ask better questions
31. Encourage opportunities for inquiry to meet a motivated mind (a few do exist!)
32. Guide them to dynamic spaces characterized by people, thought, and creativity (rather than intricate policies, rules, and standards)
33. Expose them to something worth doing. Ask them what is worth doing.
34. Help them to confront diversity and divergence
35. Encourage them to revisit their past mistakes, thinking patterns, and moments of genius
36. Guide them to seek self-awareness not content-awareness
37. Help them to not take anything too seriously
38. Encourage them trust themselves to fail (FAILURE is the greatest teacher of all, if you know how to benefit from it.)
39. Guide them in studying patterns
40. Let them explain the significance of an idea
41. Allow them to experience affectionate modeling. Nothing influences a young mind like meeting someone who really LOVES what he/she is doing.
42. Make sure they are mentored with love!
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                                          Go Nuts for Heart Health
from WebMD: tips for things you can do now to help lower your bad cholesterol levels.

A handful of nuts is a tasty treat that helps in lowering cholesterol. Nuts are high in monounsaturated fat, which lowers LDL “bad” cholesterol while leaving HDL “good” cholesterol intact. Several studies show that people who eat about an ounce of nuts a day are less likely to get heart disease. Nuts are high in fat and calories, so eat only a handful. And make sure they’re not covered in sugar or chocolate.

Unsaturated Fats Protect the Heart
We all need a little fat in our diet — about 25% to 35% of our daily calories. But the type of fat matters. Unsaturated fats — like those found in canola, olive, and safflower oils — help lower LDL “bad” cholesterol levels and may help raise HDL “good” cholesterol. Saturated fats — like those found in butter and palm oil — and trans fats raise LDL cholesterol. Even good fats have calories, so eat in moderation.

More Beans, Fewer Potatoes
You need carbohydrates for energy, but some do your body more good than others. Beans, and whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, and whole wheat, have more fiber and raise sugar levels less. These help lower cholesterol and keep you feeling full longer. Other carbs, like those found in white bread, white potatoes, white rice, and pastries, boost blood sugar levels more quickly, leading you to feel hungry sooner, and may make you more likely to overeat.

Activity
Even 30 minutes of physical activity 5 days a week (or 20 minutes three times a week for vigorous exercise, such as jogging) can help lower LDL cholesterol and raise HDL cholesterol. More exercise is even better. Being active also helps you reach and keep a healthy weight, cutting your chance of developing clogged arteries. You don’t have to exercise for 30 minutes straight. You can break it up into 10-minute sessions.

Walk
If you’re not used to exercising or don’t want to go to a gym, take a walk. It’s easy, healthy, and all you need is a good pair of shoes. Aerobic exercise (“cardio”) such as brisk walking lowers risk of stroke and heart disease, helps you lose weight, and keeps bones strong. If you’re just starting out, try a 10-minute walk and gradually build up from there.

You can exercise anywhere. Gardening, dancing, or walking your dog counts. Even housework can qualify as exercise, if it gets your heart rate up.

What to Do When Eating Out
If you’re eating healthy food at home to keep cholesterol in check, keep it up when you eat out. Restaurant food can be loaded with saturated fat, calories, and sodium. Even healthy choices may come in supersize portions. Use these tips to stay on track:

Choose broiled, baked, steamed, and grilled foods – not fried.
Get sauces on the side.
Practice portion control by asking for half your meal to be boxed up before it’s brought out. This is a GREAT idea. Try it. It works!

Check the Label
A close look at nutrition labels is key for a low-cholesterol, heart-healthy diet.

Check serving sizes. The nutrition info may look good, but does the package contain two servings instead of one? If it says “whole grain,” read the ingredients. Whole wheat or whole grain should be the first one.      read more

FOR  FRIDAY:
If the forecast is for RAIN all day, we will meet at school on Friday.

Our destination for FRIDAY, October 30, 2015 is: The SOMERVELL COUNTY EXPO CENTER HIGHWAY 67 in GLEN ROSE, TEXAS to enjoy Fossil Mania. Rumor has it that Mrs. A. found Dr. A. here, and deeply discounted.

We will depart from the school at 9:00 a.m. to arrive at approximately 10:30 a.m. for a self-guided tour and a LATE LUNCH in Granbury. We will return around 3:30 p.m. Please be patient if we are late.

PLEASE have breakfast today. We will have a very late lunch.

Fossil Mania is a highly motivating science project that can be enjoyed by the entire family. Friends, family and neighbors are invited join us.

FINANCIAL: No fee required.

LUNCH: Please provide funds for lunch & snacks & fossils.

GIFT SHOP: Parents may want to provide jobs around the house to let child(ren) earn money to spend. They will want to purchase something slightly older than Dr. A.

Uniform pants with a belt & red monogrammed school shirts are required. Tuck your shirt in & wear a belt, and you will be allowed to act normal and participate.

Please do not make references about Dr. Anderson being an old fossil during this trip. He is sensitive & not for sale, so please do not put price tags on him (especially if they are below 1 dollar). And thank you, Natalie, for the truth in advertising price tag in times gone by: “Priceless”.

Students are NOT to leave the Exposition Center or eatery 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.

IMPORTANT DATES

Nov. 23 – 27 (Monday – Friday) Thanksgiving / Fall Break
Dec. 3 – 4 Texas A.G.T. Conference – No school
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

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

If the forecast is for RAIN all day, we will be at school on Friday.

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The Gift Of You for the Salvation Of Us All

 If the only prayer
you said in your whole life was,
“thank you,”
that would suffice.
                                       – Johannes Eckhart

Kylie was always kind enough to feed the birds.

Kylie, always kind, loved to feed the wild birds.

It is so important to give of yourself.  Giving, even a smile, can help you lower stress and lower your blood pressure.  When your mind and body feels gratification from giving, you relax and the blood flows freely.

I am reminded of my truly wonderful days in Scouting, To “do a good deed daily” was the goal. And the positive influences of this dynamic program deeply impacted my life and the philosophy of our school. Scouting, at its core, is dedicated to giving of yourself and becoming aware of and developing an appreciation for all that is so breathtakingly beautiful in Nature. It teaches us to “Be Prepared” and do so by protecting ourselves with our God given natural resources.

My Mother, Marie & Werner Bendorf

My Mother, Marie, and Werner Bendorf, present the Eagle Scout Award to William (Skip) Anderson.

As an Eagle Scout (at the tender age of 12) and later as a Scoutmaster of Troop 57 in Abilene, while enrolled in college, I became the beneficiary of a proud tradition. My fondest memories of my youth are centered in Boy Scout Troop 17 and in being with our beloved Scoutmaster, Werner Bendorf.

Having survived the Holocaust, he especially appreciated life and he endeavored to share his truly dynamic love of living and his very special love for everyone around him. Privately, he shared with me, among many things, that forgiveness was the only pathway forward in life, the only way home. And there was so much that happened in his life for him to forgive. The transgressions felt in our lives simply cannot ever compare.

I can truly say that without the compassion, understanding and deeply felt love of this man for my Mother and myself, I could not have survived. I am in tears as I write this and simply cannot continue, at this moment, to share more with you about the special gift of Werner’s life. But I plan to tell the full story, later, of the stunningly beautiful gift I received, when our lives intersected.This precious man may no longer be with us, but I can assure you that his spirit resides deeply embedded within every fiber of my being. As I remember all the love he shared so willingly in life, I can feel his heart still beating within me. Yes, the love you give to others is the only thing you will ever truly possess. And it shall be yours forever.

Because of such caring people, and that of my loving family and friends, the story of my life begins and will end with Love. Above you will find my very favorite quote, from Johannes Eckhart. So now, my prayer in life is one of Thanksgiving. Dear Lord, and my dear and precious family and my wonderful friends,  from the very depths of my being, I want to sincerely “Thank You”. From you I have found the Love of God.

The NO VACANCY sign is always out.

The NO VACANCY sign is always out.

Back to the Garden

Mankind’s first home was an unbelievably beautiful Garden, not a crowded, polluted city. And I believe that one simple solution to so many of our problems lies in returning home, going back to Nature, searching for the overgrown pathway that leads back to the Garden. Realizing just how happy we can be, requires us to think about simplifying our lives and becoming intimately and closely connected to the stunningly beautiful natural world around us.

025And a part of that natural world includes our delightful and beautiful friends, the Birds. They are an absolutely critical part of our survival. But, my friends, they are now threatened by pollution and our destruction of their habitat. Yes, when our homes were constructed, the trees were uprooted and the wildlife was given absolutely NO consideration. If you want to know who owned this land before we did, or even the Native Americans, look up into the relatively few trees that are left. The real deeds to our properties, were in the good deeds of Nature’s beautiful inhabitants.

Our feathered friends, and protectors, are not just beautiful to look at and listen to. We need them to control the insect population, transfer pollen around, move nutrients from the sea to the land and clean up the environment. They are the best and safest natural pesticide you could possibly employ. And how do you lure them to your yard? I love working in the yard and have been adding bird houses and bird feeders and baths.

Dr. and Mrs. Anderson seem to be enjoying life.

Dr. and Mrs. Anderson seem to be enjoying life. But why the fur coats – it’s 94 degrees and what’s with the “Cool Dude” sunglasses?

To diminish mosquito populations, attract birds that eat insects on the wing (they catch flying insects in the air). The main ones are swallows such as the tree swallow, violet-green swallow, barn swallow, eastern kingbird chickadees, house wrens, gray catbirds, bluebirds, vireos, etc.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature recently classified 97 species of birds as globally threatened. And what can we do to help? Well, a truck load of common sense would help.

Ian fed the birds and then helped himself.

Ian fed the birds and then helped himself.

We must act now to stop the process of global warming. Warmer environments lead to mosquito-borne pathogens that kill species like birds, horses and, you guessed it, people.

My dear friends, at this critical moment the birds need us, just as we need them.

If you care about our children, if you love being in the natural world, if you enjoy employing common sense, there are a few, simplistic things you can do.

1. All Electric cars are fast becoming available. Please make it a priority to buy one. Make your next purchase a car that can be charged with solar cells or a small windmill (you can make it a vertical model that will not knock the birds out of the sky).

Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, has hinted that his firm is considering “freeing” its patents to help speed up electric car development. If by some coincidence, hanging by the slenderest gossamer thread of fate, you should chance to read this, Mr. Musk,  I beg you, on behalf of all humanity, to please do so. And, as you are well aware, you can do so much more than this.

Elon, I ask that you make the spirit of Ben Franklin, which embodied the very essence of what makes America such a good and Noble idea, and the rest of us, very proud of you. Ben, as I mentioned last time, contributed to the world by giving to it his many inventions at no cost, refusing to own patents on any invention. He never patented any of his inventions. He was willing to share his ideas for the benefit of all, and without personal gain.

Elon Musk, you are very close to becoming a true patriot, like Ben Franklin. A patriot is one who devotes his life to serving his country and his fellow citizens. And our Nation is today in critically desperate need of such men and women. We need true patriots, like America’s educators, who can put the well being of the Nation and its citizens above the self.

An unimaginable depth of compassion for others, exemplified by the life of Franklin, is necessary today for the survival of our children on this planet. Perhaps, Mr. Musk, you can go beyond inclusion in the annuals of mere History. Perhaps you can become deeply embedded in the hearts of your fellow Americans. My prayer is that you become so enlightened.

2. Eliminate plastic bags from you shopping habit. This needs no elaboration.

3. Place a birdhouse, birdbath and bird feeder in your yard.

Kirby, will you take out the, uh, well, uh, never mind.

Kirby, will you take out the, uh, well, uh, never mind.

4. Stop using pesticides! You do not need them. And your children will truly suffer from being exposed to these extremely toxic chemicals. Use the birds (dare I say, and bees?) instead. They will eliminate the pests.

At our school we do not use pesticides. We provide birdhouses, bird feeders and bird baths for our special friends. And they give us an environment for our children that is virtually free of such things as misquotes (the deadliest creature known to man, that kills more people on earth than any other creature – known to carry over 550 viruses, and many of them, like malaria, estimated to kill over 600,000 people each year, west Nile virus and yellow fever, among many others.

Saffy, will you take out the trash?

Saffy, will you take out the trash?

Economically priced bird houses, feeders and baths are simple, effective solutions to helping the birds and your family. Providing for our feathered friends is a natural method of controlling pests. Another is simply leaving as many wasps/yellow jackets alone as much as possible. They devour mosquitoes and deadly spiders and are not naturally aggressive.

Instead of spraying insecticides all over the place, spray the wasp nests with water from the hose and knock down their nests. This encourages them to move, but not far away. Later you will find them on the outer perimeter of your property, where they can live in peace and save your life.

OK Lila, will you take out the trash?

Lila, will you take out the trash?

Pesticide exposure has been linked by good and solid research to cancer, birth defects, infertility, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, gastrointestinal disorders, reproductive problems, degenerative diseases such as Dementia (by as much as 70%), Parkinson’s disease (a 70% increase as well), Alzheimer’s disease, Type II Diabetes and many others.

Studies show that chronic low-level pesticide exposure is associated with a very wide range of nervous system symptoms such as: headache, fatigue, dizziness, tension, anger, depression, and impaired memory. Child IQ loss has been linked to pesticide exposure in the womb and can elevate the odds for ADHD in children.

 

OK. I'll take it out myself.

OK. I’ll take it out myself.

Think about it. We share this small planet. And as they fly, feed and nest, the birds help us in countless ways.

Birds and humans are complex and vulnerable organisms. We are, like other species, co-dependent. At the end of the day, the fate of the birds will also be our fate.

If Not For Love

Fountain at Chandor Gardens

Every Fountain Can Bring Hope

Why is the wind
Singing in the trees?
Why do we feel
The gentle flowing breeze?

Why, when all is lost
Can hope ascend to Heaven above,
When we are brought to our knees,

If not for love?

Our paths would never meet
Our hearts never beat
To join us, one to all,
Without love’s gentle call.

Chandor Gardens

Every Child’s Heart                     Can Turn to Gold

From where do we come,
And what would we be told
Of the love that ever seeks
To turn our hearts to gold?

If not for love,
Gentle as evening’s breeze,
Flowing through a child’s life, Singing in the leaves,   If not for God’s love,       We would never be.

Pathway in Chandor Gardens

Every Path                 Can Lead to  Love

On FRIDAY April 19, 2013, we will meet at school at 8:30 a.m. to spend time preparing for our upcoming Shakespeare production: “The Tempest”.

Director, George Rodriquez, will assist our scholars with their individual needs relative to their roles and conduct rehearsals throughout the day.

Our visit last Friday to the beautiful CHANDOR GARDENS, in Weatherford was truly delightful. What a treasure we have found! I highly recommend for you to visit. You will also be inspired. Photos from our tour are available by clicking here.