"The function of
education is to teach one to think intensively
and to think critically.
Intelligence plus character - that is the goal
of true education."
~~Martin Luther King, Jr.
I hope August is treating you all well!
Even though I'm long past traditional school age, I can't
help getting into the back-to-school mode a bit so this
newsletter reflects that. Enjoy!
As mentioned before, Andrew's quite embarrassed about good
ol' Androoler U. Thus, the people of Dyeland have
decided to rename it. But you can have a vote!
If you have an idea for what Androoler U should be renamed,
please email me before August 29th with your idea(s).
Thanks! In the meantime... here are the classes they
have planned for the Fall 2015 semester, including some that
will be taught outside of Dyeland.
The History of Architecture
Course description: With a history dating back much longer
than Asteriana/Dyeland, El-Chanan is home to many styles
of architecture. Students will meet at the gazebo
and embark on a bus tour of El-Chanan where they'll be
able to see homes and buildings in styles ranging from
Romanesque to Art Deco and beyond! This class also
offers an opportunity to get to know some of the
El-Chananites, their culture, and cuisine.
Level of difficulty: Fun!
Reviews: "Doric, Ionic, Corinthian... I remember
learning about column types in Art History class in
college but it's so much cooler when you can see each type
"Reuel's an awesome teacher and everyone in El-Chanan is
so lovely. This is a must!"
A Beginner's Guide to Ecumenism
Instructors: Rabbi Yakov, Fr. Mike, and a rotating group
of speakers Course
description: Learn about other religions and
denominations by getting to know their
practitioners. Receive instructions on how
to speak about religious faith and practice
without seeming to push an agenda... and then put
it into practice with your classmates! Pray
with your fellow theists. At the end of the
session, everyone will participate in a group
service project. Classes will be given at
St. Genesius' Community Theatre with field trips
to places of worship in NYC.
Level of difficulty: None so long as you come with
a spirit of compassion, honesty, and
camaraderie... not a problem with this group!
Reviews: "This class should be required
everywhere! It really made me think about
how much people of different faiths have in
"I wonder how much more peaceful the world would
be if everyone could take this class? A lot
more peaceful, I think."
$ave and $pend: Or How NOT
to Go Broke
Course description: Did you just bring home your
first paycheck? Want to get an apartment? Learn
how to manage your money responsibly including
instruction in short- and long-term budgeting,
check writing, online bill paying, income tax,
savings and checking accounts, loans and more.
Level of difficulty: Easy. No math ability
Reviews: "I used to wonder where my money went
every month. Now, it still disappears, but at
least I can control when it leaves."
Course description: Teaching something you
learned is noted to be one of the best ways to
retain that knowledge. At The Forum
(housed in old City Hall), the students
attending classes Below and our high school
and university students, will give
presentations on what they're learning.
Not only will it help them in mastering their
coursework, it'll also be a great way for the
older folks to keep learning and encouraging
our kids. Videoconferencing will be
available for those wishing to participate
from outside the Sibling Cities.
Level of difficulty: Varies.
Reviews: "I'm really excited about this
idea! I'm a little nervous about
starting college but it'll help knowing my
friends and family are in it with me."
Defense Against the Dark
None. It's more like group
Course description: I couldn't
resist the Harry Potter-inspired
course title. Sorry... not
sorry. :-) I thought it
would be good for whomever wanted to
to come together and discuss the
fall-out from June. Share your
feelings and concerns and also
what's helping you cope. Maybe
it'll give others ideas on how to
help themselves. Or just come
listen and have cookies and milk and
butterbeer with us. ~Max
Level of difficulty: Maybe
emotionally difficult at first but
being together and talking will
Reviews: "This is a wonderful idea,
hon. Dad and I will be
there. Love you lots."
"Definitely come. I may be
biased since my fiance is moderating
this but Max has some really good
coping strategies that he's learned
from his psych classes."
now... since I know August can be a
stressful time with back to school and
blazing temps, here's a lil game. I've
taken titles of Dyeland stories and switched
them using synonyms/related words. See
how many you can get! An answer key is
at the very bottom of the page.
(Example: "Abide with Me" might become "Stay
with Yours Truly.")
2. Paschal Ovums
3. Questioning the Solution
4. Kid of Frivolity
5. Recent Starts
6. Tunes of Ballads
7. Odes of Eventuality
8. Agape Descended
9. Altering Target
10. Dude Without Notoriety
11. Viewing a Reporter with Angel Boy
12. Happy News
This newsletter is dedicated to John Dye for
basically removing the word "boredom" from my
vocabulary. People speak of this
"boredom" thing. What is it?
Butterfly, 2. Easter Eggs, 3. Asking the
Answer, 4. Child of Laughter, 5. New
Beginnings, 6. Song of Songs, 7. Promises of
Someday, 8. Love Came Down, 9. Shifting
Focus, 10. Man of No Reputation, 11.
Watching 'The Journalist' with Andrew, 12.