Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Alex's Comparative Analysis: Pearl Harbor - 9/11



Song:  Ave Maria

Composer:  Franz Schubert



The following is an extra credit essay Alex had completed 
for his Social Science class.

As his shorter term projects were completed
(with the exception of his presentation practice on another essay)
it allowed him to return to this project to complete
before another assignment was given.

I first had to give Alex some of the background information
on the two events so he would have a starting point for his research.

The concept of evil actions perpetrated upon innocent people
is still relatively new to Alex.

Much of my time was spent on giving Alex the parameters of human nature.

As Alex is very innocent in his thoughts...
I had to explain how people may be enticed and corrupted by 
the negative side of human nature...
as when a group is given sudden and undeserved perceived power over others...
coupled with fear, or even worse...a sense of superiority driven by
their special mission to dominate others as given by an undeniable
authority (in their minds) giving them a God complex (in the psychological sense)...
thereby rendering all of their actions fully justified and irreproachable.

This is one of the chief reasons why morals are so important for children
to learn from their early years.  A fundamental concept of right and wrong...
as a moral (as applied to ALL) will be the guiding path to follow and live.
This will allow the child to detect the false ones as a matter of course.


I had Alex outline his report after my initial general briefing on the events.
He then began his internet research on the events for the specifics.

As Alex is still new to conducting a Comparative Analysis...
and as he was given plenty of time to complete this assignment...
I had him complete it in sections between his other assignments.

He will be handing it in today at school.

Although he will be given much more detail oriented assignments in his future...
this was a good first effort on his part.







I applaud his teachers at school for giving such thought provoking 
and research oriented projects.  The essays he has been assigned
have been great exercises in the technical aspects of a properly
constructed paper...as well as providing interesting topics which
promote glimpses into human nature. 



Saturday, November 24, 2012

Alex Turns 12 Years Old - A Look At Years Past



Song:  Cavatina

Artist:  John Williams






Alex turned 12 years old last week.

We had a quiet family dinner out at a seafood all you can eat buffet.

Afterwards, it was just we three at the dinner table with Alex's birthday 
Red Velvet cake.




He had gotten a new game for his 3DS...among a few other things.
He is here... just relaxing while playing his 3DS game the next day.


So why the sad song at what should be a celebration?

As I have noted before...
each year forward for him...
brings him closer to flying from our nest.

I treasure our time together...so very much.
I see him growing in so many ways...
and yet...
I see all of the pureness in him...as if he were still a young child.
Alex is still so innocent in so many ways...so pure hearted.


My mother holding her grandson.

Alex was a few weeks old here.
He was born with a full head of hair
(normal for Japanese babies...Alex is 3/4 Japanese).


Alex loved to be held...
OK...
he INSISTED on it  :)

He would cry unless he was swaddled, held, or rocked.

We didn't mind...
we loved to hold him.

We never let him cry alone...we NEVER ignored him
(except in the extinguishment of negative behavior at the moment...
crying is a reaction and not an action...and so does not usually apply).
He slept in an attachable crib bed side.

Mama was always near his side.
He was not spoiled by it.

To the contrary...
he is a very warm and loving child whom is filled 
with love...optimism...passion...confidence...hope...
and he is always very compassionate toward all others...
and all life forms.







Our old home in CA... just in the background.

Alex holding on to a piece of plastic plant tie.
During our walks, he would look for something on the ground to pick up
and hold on to for hours.  Among his favorites were leaves, rocks, twigs...
or really anything which stood out as an anomaly in the environment.


Once again...
NEVER think that unfettered and open love and affection shared with your child
will spoil him.

It is in the lack of boundaries and the structure to guide him to keep within
the parameters of moral and just conduct that spoils a child.

It is simply not enough to merely believe it...
you must live it.

In order to live it...
you must be there...
body, heart, and soul.






























The Emotional...


The Intellectual...


The Physical...


The Creative.

No part of the great lessons in the human experience must be foregone 
if your child is to live and love fully.

As Alex has just turned 12 years old...
and I see time slipping by...
is this article a manifestation of my being a sentimental old fool?

NO...
I am not old  :)
(just shy of 53 yrs. old).

Am I then... a sentimental fool?

If you must be foolish...
be foolishly open in your love and affection.

Everything in life is all about the quantity of quality...
isn't it...?


While everything in life is a balance of energy levels had...
and energy lost in the amount of effort given...
passion for life...
and love of another...
are the two things which give more energy than spent...
and give ever greater returns...
the deeper the levels of passion and love you have.

The more given...
the greater received...
and the greater the surplus of energy you will have.

They are the two things which you need not hold back on
for fear of depleting your energy reserves.

To economize in these two areas is to be... ultimately... foolish.


Being a parent is such a privilege.
To be able to guide a young life toward a life filled with passion...
and love...
and conducted with morality and justice in his heart...
is such a great honor.


To deny open love and affection...
is to deprive yourself...
and all those around you...
 the great symphonies...the great works of art...
the greatest adventure...
that is life.




Friday, November 23, 2012

Alex's Completed Science Project



Song:  Reflection

Artist:  Jim Brickman


Alex had completed his Science Project report yesterday.

This article includes some pictures and information given in previous articles...
as well as new pictures and information in order to give a continuity
to the project as a whole.

Alex will be presenting his project to the Science Fair in a little over a month.

Why finish up his projects so early?

It is more than a matter of convenience...
of being able to relax.

It is even more than finishing up early to clear his schedule for 
future projects and assignments he may be given. 

It is a way of living life.

To complete all foreseeable duties ahead of time is to be in 
a continual state of readiness.  

It is a way of engaging life with a passion...
of looking forward to challenges...
a way of staying hungry for the next feast.

A beast which is hungry... is always on the hunt.
He is looking to fulfill his deepest desire
with a depth of passion which leads to a rich cycle
of hunger and satisfaction.

A stimulating path of achievement in sight...
 leads to anticipation of the kill (enjoyment of the process)...
and the deep satisfaction of achievement of the desires.

With each kill...
comes greater competence, skill, and strength.

This leads to inner peace as well as the keeping
of the eyes to the horizon for the next hunt.

This is the source of hope for the future.

Challenges are the source of energy and passion...
which lead to drive in life.

A life filled with passion and fulfillment...
is a life worth living.


Now...
on to Alex's completed Science Project.



































All he has to do is to mount the report and photos onto a project board
and he is ready for the Science Fair
(I will take photos of his board at the Science Fair).















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