The Moment You Were Born / Best Electric Cars / Friday: Doss Heritage and Culture Center

“I will trust in the Lord
with all my heart;

I will lean not on my own
understanding.”
Proverbs 3:5

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In our Odyssey
to inhabit Eternity,
we may come to see
with each new morning Sun,
our lives have just begun.

My Dear fragile Flowers,
do not fade away
until you see
the Light of Day –
the Light of God’s Love
dawning
like the Sun,
shining down upon
everyone.

“When you feel
a peaceful Joy,
that’s when
you are near
the Truth.”
Rumi

Through the Looking Glass
of Love,
a Secret Garden
beckons you to see
the deep Springs
of Life
flow from the Summers
of Joy and the seasons
of sorrow.

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            Do not fade away.

Clothed we may be
with the Fragrance
of Forgiveness
in the Meadows
of our morrow.

As we
are rescued
by our tears,
purified
by the Heart,
to give us the Gift
of Compassion.

“The deeper that sorrowgibran
carves into your being,
the more Joy
you can contain.”

–  Kahlil Gibran

Yes,
My Friends,
Life is a fact.
But Love
is far, far more.

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    Until you see the Light of Day

Love is
what truly is,
what will always be,
and is so very far away,
until your smile
Graces another precious Life
on this day

Love
is what you desire
and need never fear,
what seems far away
and is near,
so near
you can never see,
so real
it may never be.

  The Light of God’s Love

Love
is all we want,
all we really are.
It is
what we Worship
and what we Pray for.
It is now
and everlasting,
today
and ever more.

The Love in your Heart
was never put there
to stay.
To have Love
and hold it,
all you need do
is
give it away.

“My faith is renewed photo
knowing that quick pleasures are nothing.
But the pleasures of God
are beyond understanding.”
Trevon Morris

                        God’s Love
is Eternally
what was
and will always be.

“In faith,
we know this to be true:
God spoke me into my mother’s womb,
and he has anointed me
to teach his ways to others.”
Pastor Rick Warren

What came to pass
the moment you were born?

                 Love is far, far more.

A silent Prayer
was answered from Beyond,
a Sacred Call
that dawned
a new day,
and Hope
became the Horizon
for everyone
your Life touches,
from the very precious moment
YOU
were born.

Goodnight.

“From birth I was cast on you;
from my mother’s womb
you have been my God.”
Psalm 22:10

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When you call His name
It’s like a little Prayer.

“Though I may not know the answers,
I can finally say I am free.
And if the questions led me here,
Then I am who I was born to be.”
Audra Mae, Tim Mikael Larsson,
Johan Fransson, Tobias Lundgren

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A Deeper Reality / Natural Drinks To Calm Your Nerves / Friday: C.P.R. and First Aid Training at School

‘The intuitive mind is a Sacred Gift,
the rational mind its faithful servant.
We have created a society
that honors the servant
and has forgotten the Gift’.
– Albert Einstein

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Deep within us,
beneath
the surface of our conscious mind,
is a place we do not know.
It is
a deeper mind
within.

Most people are far, far away
from this level of awareness.
They live on the fast paced,
often violent surface of the Earth,
with all of its illusions, opportunities,
adventures and misadventures
and misfortunes.

But deep within
there is a burning desire,
a never ending yearning
to find the true
meaning of our
existence.

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Someone must teach you that Life is lived for Love and Joy. I have my Mother to thank.  – – –  Thank You!

This longing
emanates
from a deeper place
we can only find
within
each of us.

It is
the very Human Heart
in which
our Creator lives.

When God created man
in His own image
He made Mankind
to share
Divine prerogatives.

YOU
are someone great, wonderful and different.
You are the most excellent
of all God’s beautiful creations.
You are a special expression
of Divine Nature,
created by God’s own personal activity.
God created you with Solemnity
and Dignity,
and with the Honor of an intimate
Divine deliberation.
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with such Love
as you Love
your precious Child.
You are
deeply Loved,
Divine Child
of God.

“Then the Lord God
formed the man of dust from the ground
and breathed into his nostrils
the breath of life,
and man became a living creature.”
Genesis 2:7

Only Mankind,
of all God’s creatures,
has a Spirit,
a God-consciousness,
the capacity for knowing God
and holding Spiritual Communion with Him
through Prayer.

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       There is a deeper reality.

If this knowledge
can be realized,
if it can be accepted,
WE
will be able to envision
a new reason
for Life
and for living.

How much
is a person responsible
for their own
destiny?
Can knowledge
arise from within
to reassure someone
that Life is not
a singular, lonely journey,
leading to nowhere,
to nothing
but death?

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That’s me! A few years back and very much in Love with Life.

  Or can Life be lived
with the Love
of God
to guide and comfort us?

 My Dear Friends,
everyone who Loves,
experiences a relationship
with God.
God dwells deeply within us,
within Infinite
layers of Love.

There is much speculation
about the creative
potential of the mind,
about the degree to which
we can truly have an impact
upon our own Human experience
here on Earth.

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Love gives truth, direction and purpose.

Yes,
the Human mind
creates its own reality.
But there is a
deeper reality,
a Mind
that created YOU,
the Mind of
God.

The mind of man
is constantly striving to gain
privileges, possessions,
and become passionate
about Earthly things.
And the result is
immense suffering,
calamity and discord,
not only for ourselves,
but for the whole World.

“Someone’s lost the plan
For the brotherhood of man
And no one’s trying to find it anymore
And the winds become a sigh
For those who hate and those who die,
And the waves are black and slow along the shore.

“And will the grass be gone
from underneath the sky?
Will the golden flower wither soon and die?
Will the fire burn out the land,
And the sea fill up with sand,
Will the last word ever spoken be
WHY?”
Roger Whittaker

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Beyond the pale of our understanding.

Our Human race,
in its quest to conquer and possess,
to digress into the illusion
of ownership,
has disrupted the Natural World
so much,
that now we are confronted
by challenges on a magnitude
that leave us to question
our own survival.

“There were plants and birds and rocks and things
there was sand and hills and rings.
The ocean is a desert with it’s life underground
And a perfect disguise above.
Under the cities lies a heart made of ground
But the humans will give no Love.
You see I’ve been through the desert
on a Horse with no name.

It felt good to be out of the rain
In the desert you can remember your name
‘Cause there ain’t no one for to give you no pain.”
America

Such illusory, illogical aberrations of thought
bring us out of conscious alignment
with the rhythms of Nature
and Natural Wisdom.
And now,
we find it almost impossible
to align with our deeper,
natural
sense of self.

We cannot
even identify
our self.

“You think you own
whatever land you land on,

The Earth is just a dead thing you can claim.
But I know every rock and tree and creature
Has a Life,
Has a Spirit,
Has a Name.

Come run the hidden pine trails of the Forest.
Come taste the sun sweet berries of the Earth.
Come roll in all the riches all around you
And for once, never wonder what they’re worth.

The rainstorm and the river are my brothers.
The Heron and the Otter are my friends.
And we are all connected to each other
In a circle, in a hoop that never ends.

You can own the Earth and still
All you’ll own is Earth,
Until

You can paint
With all the colors of the wind.
Stephen Schwartz

By altering our climate
we create new dimensions
of stress and uncertainty.
We are no longer
prepared for the future,
a future we cannot
predict.

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But God,
My Friends,
dwells in the World
we live in.
And He
will prepare you
and strengthen you.
He will Love you.

“The Bible
is a love letter
from God.

George Norwood, Deepermind.com

Tomorrow
is beyond the pale
of our understanding.
The future will require
a depth of understanding
and knowledge
and Compassion
that only
the Love of God
can provide.

God has placed within you
the strength
for you
to face the difficult times ahead
and deeper intelligence
in His Sacred Knowledge.

The answers lie
buried
deep within.

Goodnight.

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           A Love Letter from God.

7 Natural Drinks That Help To Calm Your Nerves
By Urmet Seepter
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Relaxing has phenomenal health benefits including reducing stress, insomnia and also discouraging the development of cancer and heart diseases. This post discusses natural drinks that you can take to calm your nerves and relax.

7 Natural Calm-Down Drinks that Will Relax Your Nerves

  1. Pure Coconut Water

Although coconut water has been associated more with its energy-boosting capabilities, it can also help you sleep better. It is an excellent source of magnesium and potassium, the two ingredients that help muscles relax and regulate digestion and improve blood circulation. A small cup of coconut water is richer in potassium than 2 bananas. Also, coconut water is rich in B vitamins that help reduce stress and can also lessen the risks of lower blood pressure and heart attack. It is one of the best remedies you can drink to calm your nerves naturally.

  1. Warm Or Hot Milk

Hot or even warm milk is great for a person who feels that his nerves are shot and they want to fall asleep. Milk contains an amino acid known as tryptophan and this is what helps you calm your nerves. If you want sweet antioxidant boost, mix it with a little honey. Next time you are unable to calm your nerves, just drink warm or hot milk. It can work wonders.

  1. Tart Cherry Juice

According to studies, drinking tart cherry juice has overwhelming benefits to your body. Some of its advantages include reducing inflammation associated with arthritis and heart disease, encouraging normal levels of uric acid (this can ease gout), lowering blood cholesterol, encouraging healthy joints and improving muscle recovery.

It also has great sleep advantages in addition to promoting a lovely skin. It is common to see some of the best athletes take this drink in the middle of their performances.

  1. Herbal Teas

There are many herbal teas that can help your anxiety. However, it is important that whatever tea you choose to take, it should not contain caffeine.

Below are the common herbal teas that you can drink to calm your nerves.

    Kava. This is by far the best known herbal tea for dealing with anxiety. Many times, its effects are likened to those of Buspar, a common anxiety drug, and it appears to possess all the traits of a herbal remedy. This includes being non-addictive, completely natural as well as the fact that it can be consumed whenever needed. However, it is instructive to take note of a few things regarding kava tea. Firstly, the kava tea bought at your local grocery store is not good enough to relax you. While the basic teas provide only 30-50 kavalactones, you need up to 300 or more for you to see any calming effects. The trick is to find a purer herbal tea, such as those that are normally stocked in tea shops. Also, it is advisable to mix it with a drink that contains fats, like coconut milk or butter.Another thing is that kava is very strong and is likely to interact with certain medications. Also, never take it with alcohol. If you have liver disease, kava tea is not for you. NB! This drink must not be taken without a doctor’s nod.

Passionflower Tea. Passionflower tea works similar to kava. However, it is not strong the way kava is but has lots of benefits. It offers great calming effects the same way kava does but it does not have the side effects associated with kava.

   Valerian Root Tea. This type of herbal tea is not necessarily designed for anxiety. However, it still has the calming effects that can soothe anxiety symptoms. Traditionally, valerian tea was used to aid people in sleeping. Many people who suffer from insomnia use valerian root tea to help them catch a few winks of sleep.

  1. Oat Straw

Oat straw may be good for you if you want something to drink to calm your nerves. It is a well known remedy that has been used over the years to cure exhaustion and depression. However, this is not a magic drink that will relieve you of your anxiety in an instant. It must be taken for some time, like a month, for it to have calming effects on you. You can find it in stores that sell natural remedies and herbs.

  1. Green Tea

Green tea has many health benefits, and one of these is stress relief. The reason for its stress relief is mainly because of theanine it contains, an important calming agent. Like the herbal teas above, it is important that you drink decaffeinated green tea. Caffeine is in fact a stimulant and cannot produce the calming effects that you need.

  1. Honey-Infused Drinks

If, for some reason, you cannot use herbal teas, just take any of the drinks mentioned above and infuse them with honey for roughly two weeks. When you feel ready to drink a cup, just mix a table spoon of honey or tea mixture into hot water, hot milk or coconut water and drink it up. It will calm your nerves and help you relax.

Relaxing is important for a healthy person. However, the busy lifestyles that most of us find ourselves in today deprive us of time to relax. But the good news is that there are indeed natural drinks that you can take to calm your nerves.

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The Light You Shine / Creating a Sleeping Sanctuary / Atex Trash Service / Friday: Fort Worth Zoo

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You are proof that God exists.

The light and the dark
of our brief time on Earth,
reflect the nature of existence.
One we cannot have,
or even recognize,
without the other.

Wisdom
emanates from knowing
the Blessings of both
find us
within their embrace.

Opposites
are unified by truly
recognizing the Gifts
contained in both.
We come to appreciate
the protection and comfort
of darkness,
the safety and security
of Life –
starting in the womb,
continuing with the Peace
of restful sleep,
and ending
in the Warm Embrace
of God,
as we pass
through the darkness
and enter
into the Eternal Light
of His Love.

My Dear Friends,
our Blessings on Earth
are seldom recognized,
often never viewed.

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When others
find themselves surrounded
by darkness,
know in your Heart,
you are the message of God,
YOU
are His Light.

“God is Light,
and it is His plan
that believers shine forth
His Light.”
– 1 John 1:5

Your Life
has purpose,
a much deeper meaning
than can prevail
in the understanding
of a mortal
Human being.

For the Light
of God’s Love
comes through
YOU.

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The Light also falls upon YOU.

We have nothing to fear,
if only we will look
into the precious lives
of each other
and discover the Sacred Light
they contain.
The Light born of
Eternal Love.

My Friends,
we
are gifted
of each other.

Every hardship,
every day in darkness,
every loss of courage and hope,
every movement
to the depths of despair,
can be a Blessing
for YOU
to become aware,
to become a friend,
to give what you can,
to share.

taylor-b“When you’re down and troubled
And you need some love and care
And nothing,
nothing is going right,

Close your eyes and think of me
And soon I will be there
To brighten up even your darkest night.

If the sky above you
Grows dark and full of clouds
And that old north wind begins to blow
Keep your head together
And call my name out loud
Soon you’ll hear me knocking at your door.”
James Taylor

Sometimes,
in the absence
of Love,
we know Love
best.
We come to see
what should be,
but does not
exist.

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               YOU are His Light.

“Everything I have is yours.
I would gladly give the sun to you,
If the sun were only mine.
I would gladly give the Earth to you,
And the stars that shine.”
Harold Adamson & Burton Lane

YOU
are the greatest Blessing
that God can give
in the precious Life
of someone in need.
You
are proof
that God
exists.

Let the Love of God
flow through you.
Then
YOU will feel
His Love.
You will come to know
that you
are His Child.

The Light
you shine upon others,
also falls
upon YOU.

“Give,
and it shall be given unto YOU;
good measure, pressed down, and shaken together,
and running over,
shall men give into YOUR bosom.
For with the same measure
that ye mete withal
it shall be measured
to YOU

again.”
Luke 6:38 

Darkness
will reign
no more
in the Life of
another.
And your Life
will shine
forever more.

And Love –
Love will become
YOU.

Goodnight.

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5 easy Steps to Creating a Sleeping Sanctuary:
from our friends at:
The International Institute for Building-Biology and Ecology

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In the typical sleeping area, electrical exposure from external sources (live electrical wiring in ceilings, walls and floors) is thousands of times stronger than the body’s own electrical system. Long-term exposure to these high level electric fields can impair the body’s ability to communicate within itself and impact health. The average person spends approximately 1/3 of their life sleeping. Doesn’t it make sense to reduce exposure to electric fields in our sleeping areas?

Some people develop symptoms when they experience long-term exposure, especially at night, to elevated levels of electricity, such as: headaches, hyperactivity, nightmares, depression, fatigue, eyestrain, and muscle cramps.

Use battery-powered clocks near the bed: Research has shown exposure to high magnetic fields while sleeping can cause severe long-term illness.  Many electric clocks produce high magnetic fields.

Turn off bedroom-affecting circuits: A restful sleep is necessary for health and a strong immune system.  Electric fields affect you bio-communications, keeping you from sleeping soundly.

Eliminate, minimize, or shield from RF: Radio frequency (RF) signals from portable phones, cell phones, and wireless devices have been shown to interfere with the body’s immune system. (Friends, let’s keep these devices in a place other than the bedroom. Try placing them in a room you simply are not in for any appreciable amount of time.)

Use beds without metal: Metal frames and metal box springs can amplify and distort the earth’s natural magnetic field, which can lead to a non-restful sleep. Use natural materials.

Make sure there are no elevated magnetic fields: Magnetic fields from appliances and building wiring can penetrate walls into a bedroom and disrupt the body’s communication system.

For a more thorough understanding of issues and practices related to creating sleeping sanctuaries in your home, you are encouraged to view their free videos: Nursery Air Quality and Your Baby’s Nursery by clicking here.

The information and solutions contained therein apply crucially to newborns and children, whose skulls are thinner and immune systems are not yet fully developed, as well as to adults.

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Your Life will shine forever more.

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Somewhere in Time We Stand Still / Drinking Water Purity / Friday: Half Price Books and Movie – Hidden Figures

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    Remembering all the Beauty

A River
of Precious Memories
flows through our Hearts.
And we are kept adrift
by a gentle breeze
of Love,
that fills the Sails
of Time.

But somewhere
time will
stand still,
while waters
of the River of Life
continue to fill our days
and ebb and flow
reaching high tide
to renew our ways.

“He who believes in Me,
 ‘From his innermost Being
 will flow rivers
of living water.'”
John 7:38

Such beautiful memories,
lovely and peaceful
like the flowing melody
of Sacred trickling water,
express what words
cannot say,
as they lift our Spirits
toward the Heaven
of a new Day.

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  The Heaven of a new Day.

“Blessed are those
who can give
without remembering

and take
without forgetting.”
– Elizabeth Bibesco

My Dear Friends,
in beholding
the Magnificence and Grandeur
of our Sacred Reflections,
our cherished moments
frozen in fragments of time,
we are awe-inspired
by what is left,
what, in our mind, survives,
in remembering all the Beauty
that has surrounded
our lives.

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Lovely and peaceful, like a flowing melody.

How humble and thankful
we should be,
that we are so
deeply Loved,
we were never blinded
by what we
could not see.

The Light
of awareness
is the dawn
of rebirth.

Rebirth and Renewal
encompass us all the time.
It is in every aspect of our Being
and in everything that surrounds us.

In the Natural World,
it is the Natural Order
of things.
It reminds us
of our strength, our resilience,
our rebirth,
so that we can survive
the storms of our Life
and
Blossom once again.

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“Those who have seen
the darkest of nights

truly appreciate
the full Glory of Dawn.”

Lydia Dawn

There comes a time
when reflective thought
leads us to know,
that the deep regrets of the past
become totally irrelevant
to Tomorrow –
when you allow
the Holy Spirit
to replace regret
with Reverence.

“Love will abide,
take things in stride.

Sounds like good advice
but there’s no one at my side.

And time washes clean
love’s wounds unseen.

That’s what someone told me,
but I don’t know what it means.”
– Gary B. White

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         The Dawn of Life itself.

Tomorrow
is not just the first day
of the rest of your Life,
it is the Dawn
of Life itself,
the Moment of Rebirth
and the death
of darkness.

My Friends,
we can never be found
in the darkness
we endure,
only in the Light
we search for.

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Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack,
a crack in everything.
That’s how the light gets in.
– Leonard Cohen

Taker and giver,
accuser and transgressor,
now and not never,
or forever and ever,
the frailties of our Humanity,
can set us
adrift upon a violent sea
of a Life devoid of Love,
deprived
of even
the will to be.

But in the sweet
by-and-by,
Love profuse enough
to fill the Heart’s Treasury,
can find us
adrift upon a lake
of Beautiful Memory.

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    In the Light we search for.

For,
by the very Breath of God,
a gentle breeze fills the Sails
of our yearning,
as we cross over
the great divides of Life,
with the Compass
of His Compassion.

As we traverse
the Earth,
we fly in the sky
at times, it seems,
with unearthly Visions
and Dreams.

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We fly in the sky of unearthly visions and dreams.

Our Earth
is a source of Life,
not a resource.
More than the firmament
beneath our feet,
it is the ground
of our Being,
a Gift from God,
to treasure
and to keep.

And Prayer
is the Pathway
of our own
Spiritual Journey,
leading to inner Peace
and timelessness.
.
The greatest Gift
is
Life itself.

And to be possessed
of Love,
is
to be possessed of Life,
and hear the lovely,
peaceful flowing melody
of everything
God wills for
YOU.

You can feel the Power of Love
in the Hope
that God will hear you
when you turn to Him.

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The music of your Life
is the Sunshine of your Soul
and expresses what words cannot.
It can lift the essence
of your Being
towards Heaven.

 Great is our Father.
Wonderful are His Creations.

When you look at Life and living
through the lens of Love,
you see astonishing and miraculous things
that reflect the Will of God in you,
in your Heart.
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ALL the conditions for everything are just perfect.

We all travel through this Earthly Life
as pilgrims.
 May we have compassion
on all those who travel
with us.
.
Contemplate the deeper reality
that is all the Beauty
that surrounds you.

The fact that all the conditions
for everything are just perfect
for life to exist on our planet,
is nothing short of astounding.
It is
a Beautiful Miracle
of Creation.

And so are
YOU.

Goodnight.

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        Perfect for life to exist.

Drinking Water Purity

from the International Institute
for Building Biology and Ecology
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Is the water that you drink and bathe in healthy? If you are on a community water system the US government requires them to publish a CCR (Consumer Confidence Report) or Annual Water Report and make it available to the public. If you get water from a private or shared well, you will need to test your own water.  There are a broad range of solutions for filtering contaminants out of your water so that you and your family can receive the healthiest water possible. The first step is finding out what is in it.

Following is a list of common concerns and filtration strategies for each. Disease due to waterborne contaminants can be transmitted on foods that have been washed in tap water, by breathing in the spray such as in a shower or near a decorative fountain, or by direct consumption. Common contaminants found in the water supplied to indoor environments include but are not limited to: Microbial, Inorganic (includes lead, asbestos), Organic (other than microbial), and Pesticides and Herbicides.

Microbial contaminants include living organisms, such as bacteria, parasites, and algae, as well as viruses (viruses are not considered to be alive because they cannot reproduce without a host cell –your own cells, for example). While waterborne disease are most prevalent in developing countries, the United States and Canada are seeing an increase in the occurrence of waterborne disease associated with viruses and parasites, one prominent example being Legionella bacterium, which can cause a serious pneumonia-like infection. The only home filter systems capable of filtering down to the viral size range are the reverse osmosis or ultra filtration-type membranes, or ceramic filters. It should be noted that activated carbon filters can become a breeding ground for bacteria and hence should never be used on a source of water that is not bacteria free.

Inorganic contaminants are elements not bound to carbon and hydrogen. The term inorganic includes metals (and their alloys, like iron, copper, aluminum, brass, bronze), minerals (such as salt, asbestos, silicates, arsenic, fluoride) and mineral-based chemicals and non-metallic elements, like silicon, phosphorus, arsenic, lead, fluoride, and chlorine. Some metals are necessary trace nutrients for our metabolic biochemistry, but can become toxic in too high a dose, such as Chromium, Copper, and Selenium.  Other metals are toxic only, such as Lead, Arsenic, Beryllium, Cadmium, Thallium, and Mercury, with no known safe level in the body. The best means known to remove inorganic contaminants from water is reverse osmosis.

Organic contaminants are those which have a bond between a carbon atom and a hydrogen atom (CH), and include microorganisms and manmade organic compounds. Many of them are naturally occurring organic chemicals, and innocuous. The organic chemicals we consider water contaminants are man-made, synthetic chemicals such as solvents, petroleum-based chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, and PCBs.  Since the 1930’s, production of synthetic organic chemicals has increased almost exponentially, and only a relative handful of them are directly regulated via the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Organic chemicals have been dumped into our surface waters by industrial plants since manufacturing began. This dumping, coupled with the constant runoff of agricultural chemicals into surface waterways, has led to our present situation where almost all fresh water shows some signs of organic pollution. The sole answer for removal of most synthetic organic chemicals is activated charcoal. Probably the best overall scheme for protection is to have a large capacity activated charcoal filter at the point of water entry into the house, with an additional stage of reverse osmosis for drinking and cooking water.

Pesticides and Herbicides are a subset of synthetic organic chemicals that deserve special attention as water contaminants.  Mostly petroleum based, these chemicals started finding widespread use in the 1940’s, and the first warning signs were not evident until the early 1960’s when scientists began to realize that many of these chemicals are very long-lived in the environment, and cause harm to wildlife well beyond their intended targets.  Since these compounds can actually become concentrated in the fat cells of animals from their food sources, they ultimately end up in us too.  For example, even though DDT has been banned for decades, it can still be found in the breast milk of new mothers. These chemicals get into our water from agricultural runoff, spraying on private residential lawns and golf courses, aerial spraying for bug control, and countless other means. The most effective means of removal for pesticides, herbicides, and other synthetic organic chemicals is reverse osmosis. Activated charcoal filters can also be very effective at removing pesticides, but they have limited capacity and need to be maintained diligently.

The World Health Organization states that 80% of infectious diseases worldwide are waterborne. If your tap water has not been filtered by the processes cited here above, you are likely drinking, cooking, washing your food, and bathing with contaminated water. It is worth noting that viruses and single-celled parasites are resistant to extermination by chlorine, itself a contaminant, which is usually the first line of defense in most parts of the United States against microbiological contaminants.

For a more thorough understanding of drinking water purity in homes, schools, and commercial buildings, we encourage you to download the syllabus for our annual 5-day seminar IBE 211 Indoor Air & Water Quality, by clicking here.

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      In every aspect of our Being.

Friday:

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      Our Earth is a source of Life.

“A word of encouragement
during a failure
is worth more than
an hour of praise
after success.”

The Beautiful Abstract Art of Life / 7 Nutrients You May Be Missing / Friday: Fort Worth Stock Show

“He has made everything Beautiful
in its time.

He has also set Eternity
IN the human heart;
yet no one can fathom what God has done
from beginning to end.”
– Ecclesiastes  3:11  NIV

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Pure energy and cosmic flow.

Our Children
are unapologetic
in yearning to know

the Source of all Existence,
the Ultimate Meaning
of Life.

In the process
of helping them to contemplate
the seemingly unfathomable,
we can come to know that
in our Love
for our children,
there is the ultimate meaning
of Life,
there is understanding,
there is Hope for them,
and for all

Mankind.

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A vivacious Love of Life and Living.

Our quest
to understand
the Beautiful Abstract Art
that is a Child,
invites you to discover
something about yourself,
and
about the meaning
of Life itself.

It is not easy to comprehend
  our Portraits drawn from Living,
blended as they are
with the illusions of Life.

Our reason for Being
appears
to be open to interpretation.

Our representation on Earth,
in such brevity
as is this one moment,
is as fleeting
as the movement of clouds
across the horizon.

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He has made everything Beautiful.

Understanding the Art
that is your Child,
requires a truly open mind,
devoid of Judgement.
When you look at the Living Portrait
of such a precious Gift,
what do you see?

Whirling shapes,
appearing at times
to approach the speed of Light,
seemingly weightless,
colorfully arrayed patterns
in constant motion.

I know.
Children seem to be
that way.

But look closely,
and you will see
in the language of Nature,
and in the Nature of
you precious Child,

a vivacious Love
of Life and Living.

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   In the language of Nature.

 Pure energy and cosmic flow,
a Divine message
that in the dynamic of Life,
is the Divinity of Love.


For they are Beautifully
intertwined.
They are one.

The Abstract Art
that is our Lives,
and the Lives of our Children,
is truly splendiferous,
delighting our intellectual and emotional admiration.
But,
this Art
is subject to interpretation,

which doesn’t openly declare
what it is all about.

It draws you in,

it requires you to look,
to inquire,
to listen,

to truly wonder.

My Friend,
you must embark upon a new Journey
to understand this Painting,
this Portraiture of Life,
this precious Child of yours,
and see where it takes you.

The Beautiful Abstract Nature of Life
gives you the freedom
to interact,
to interpret,

to explore,
to truly wonder about the meaning
of the Masterpiece of Living.

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As fleeting as the movement of clouds.

Our interaction with the Beautiful Works
of God’s Blessed Creations
is intensely personal.
It enriches our own Life
and becomes a
Sacred awareness.

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My Friend,
is not to stop
the forward motion
of Life.
We are here
to direct,
to point the Way
toward the Will of God,
to Live in Love
and to Love
Life.

“It costs so little
to teach a child to love,
and so much
to teach him to hate.”

– Father Edward Flanagan

We may not realize
that the Beautiful Art we are
emanates from an Artist
with an incomprehensible understanding
and an Abiding Love
of every Creation.

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The Beautiful Works of God’s Blessed Creations.

We are perfectly rendered
Portraits.
We are His Children,

gifted with the freedom
to express our own creativity,
unencumbered by the weight
of the will
of anyone other
than ourselves.

“I will praise thee;
for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:
  marvelous are thy works;
and that my soul knoweth right well.”
– Psalms 139:14  (KJV)

 The searching, exploratory motions
and expressions of your child
can be confusing,
even alarming or menacing.

But Art and Life
are about form, shade and tone,
line, texture, pattern, composition
and complex processes.
These qualities describe
what the Art of Life
and the experience of Living
look like
and how we were
Created.

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Art and Life are about form, shade and tone.

Life is an exploration.
And meaning
is derived from emotion
and experience.

Do you want to understand
your Child?
Try to compose a story
about the Beautiful sounds
of a songbird,
or a poem
about Love.

The Beautiful Work of Art
you are,
cannot be explained in words.
Your existence
far surpasses the essence of description.
  The work of Art that is
all Mankind,
was lifted into higher Spheres
of Creation,
when God breathed His Life
into us.

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Allow yourself to be absorbed by the Beautiful Art.

Accept that you are
what you are.
Accept your Child.

The meaning
of your Life
is far, far beyond
what you will ever
comprehend,
and far more Beautiful
than you can ever
behold.

 Let the Will of God
wash over you,
and guide you.

Lift your eyes
and let your Heart

dance in wonder
over His Beautiful Painting,
that is you.

The way God provides
is always
filled with Beauty.

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Play with the Paintings that surround you.

Let the Beautiful Symphony
of your precious Being

wash over your Soul.

Let it be.

Let your eyes
play with the Paintings
that surround you,
envelope you,
are you.

Enjoy the flow,
follow the twists and turns
with your Heart,
where ever they lead,
where ever they go.

Allow yourself to be absorbed
by the Beautiful Art
of this Life.

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 The work of Art that is Life.

Emotions and memories will emerge
from existence.
How you interact with them
is how they
speak to you,
how the various elements

affect you.

Take a close look
at the work of Art

that is Life,
that is your Child,

that is You.
You are the Texture,
the Strength,
the Thought
from a Loving Brushstroke
of God.

What a difference
knowing makes,
knowing you are the Living,
Beautiful, Abstract
Masterpiece of Art
made in the Image
and by the Loving Hand
of Almighty God.

And so is
your precious Child.

Goodnight.

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How you interact with them is how they speak to you.

7 Nutrients You May Be Missing in Your Diet
by Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD

Potassium

Like most Americans, you probably need more of this mineral. It’s good for your blood pressure and may lower your risk for kidney stones and bone loss. Your muscles and nerves need it to work right, too. It’s found naturally in milk, potatoes, sweet potatoes, bananas, avocados, and legumes.

Magnesium

Spinach is good for you, but do you know why? Along with beans, peas, whole grains, and nuts (especially almonds), it’s a good source of magnesium. Put some or all of these foods on your plate to help prevent disease.

If you have stomach or intestinal problems, type 2 diabetes, or long-term alcohol abuse, or if you’re an older adult, you’re more likely to be short on magnesium

Vitamin A

It supports good vision, healthy immunity, and tissue growth. There are two types of vitamin A: retinol and carotenoids, like beta-carotene. To get more into your diet, focus on orange and yellow fruits and vegetables, like sweet potatoes, carrots, and winter squash. You’ll also get it from spinach and broccoli.

Vitamin D

Your bones, muscles, and nerve fibers all need it. It also helps keep your immune system in its prime.

Your body can make vitamin D when you get enough sunshine. But too much sun is bad for you, so you can also eat foods including salmon, mackerel, and mushrooms exposed to ultraviolet light. Liver, cheese, and egg yolks have small amounts. Milk, some brands of orange juice, and many cereals are fortified with it, too.

Calcium

There’s more to this mineral than healthy teeth and bones. It’s also key for your muscles, including your heart. With potassium and magnesium, it might even help prevent high blood pressure. Dairy is an excellent source. Other foods with calcium include canned salmon, kale, and broccoli. Remember, you need vitamin D for your body to absorb calcium.

Vitamin C

This vitamin, found in many fruits and vegetables, boosts the growth of bone and tissue. It’s an antioxidant, too, so it might also help protect your cells from damage.

Fiber

You can get loads of benefits from whole grains, beans, and veggies and fruits. A high-fiber diet can help lower your cholesterol and keeps you regular. Plus, it might lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. Extra fiber is great if you want to lose a few pounds: It fills you up, so you eat less.

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Far more Beautiful than you can ever behold.

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This Land of Mine / Cell Phones and Cancer / Friday: Western Currency Facility

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Keep well the forests, deep and green. Keep well our only home.

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      Keep lit the lamp of Hope.

In the Face of Love
there is nothing more
needed,
there is nothing left
to lose,
there is no where else
to go,
no need to choose.

In the wink of an eye
our Lives are turning.

What is this World
without you?

My Dear Friend,
without you,
our World would be
devoid of all Hope
that you
could ever be
the answer
to someone’s Prayer,
the Hope
in someone’s Heart,
the Salvation
of someone’s Soul.

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I gave this Land my toil free. It gave my Life to me.

The things in Life
that matter,
have nothing to do
with things,
and everything to do
with you.

“And as for fortune,
and as for fame

I never invited them in
though it seemed to the world
they were all I desired.

They are illusions.
They are not the solutions
they promised to be.

The answer was here all the time.
I Love you
and hope you Love
me.”
Andrew Lloyd Webber

The wind blows cold
when you are not there,
to warm the Heart
of one
deep in Prayer
to hear you
say,
my Love
is here,
here to stay.

My Friend,
the only real treasure
on this Earth
is a Heart
of Gold.
And the only
real measure
of Life
are the of tears
of Joy
you came to know,
and those spread upon
the ground
when its time for you
to go.

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Care for the Living, ever present Dream.

Portraits
cannot be hung
on the empty
walls
of a hollow Heart
you allowed to beat
for only you.

My Dear Parents,
in our overly zealous rampage
to compete in a world of illusions,
our fragile children
suffer for their sanity.
Many
do not survive.

Unfurl your empty arms.
Embrace
this fleeting moment
with your Child.
The saving Grace
is knowing
all a Child ever wants
is for you to:
“Love me.
That’s all I ask
of you.”

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I give to you for your safe keep.  This Land of mine I call my own.

You are truly in
the Everlasting Arms
of God
when in the warm embrace
of your Child.

You can live
for evermore,
because of this
day,
the day an Angel
sings,
and you are a Child once again,
a Child
of your Dreams.

If Truth be told,
you are reborn
on the day
a child draws
Life from Love
and gives it back
again.

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And for the giving, and for the receipt.

Bitter memories
are stilled to silence
in a Forest
of Loving Dreams.

Today we stand
lost in a vast Universe
beyond our comprehension.

And there
we shall remain,
until the day
we share our Love
for everyone.

The light and dark
of our days on Earth
reflect the nature of death and birth.
We cannot have one
without the other.
We learn to appreciate
the Gifts of Wisdom
contained within their embrace.
But there is nothing to fear,
if we look into the shadows
and discover the Light they contain,
Light born of Knowledge,
illuminating Wisdom,
pointing the way
to Love.

Within the Vaults of Heaven
are many Loving
Hearts.

Goodnight.

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  In a Forest of Loving Dreams.

“Old man take a look at my life,
I’m a lot like you.
I need someone to love me
the whole day through.
Ah, one look in my eyes
and you can tell
that’s true.”
– Neil Young

Cell Phones and Cancer

The World Health Organization
has classified cell phone radiation
as class B carcinogen.

Dr. David Carpenter,
Dean at the School of Public Health
State University of New York,
believes that up to 30% of all childhood cancers
are associated with
electromagnetic (EMF) radiation exposure.

Cell phones emit high levels
of electromagnetic radiation
directly into your head,
actually heating it up in the process.
There is increasing amounts of scientific evidence
linking this to brain cancers.

Multiple recent studies,
including international scientists,
are urging governments to place stricter regulations
on cellphone use,
particularly due to the latest outcome
of their investigations:
Young people who use cell phones
before the age of 20
are five times more likely
to be at risk for malignant brain tumors
than children who do not use mobile phones.

Researchers of the 2012 Bioinitiative Report
agree that approximately ten years of cell phone use
may lead to tumors.
There are significant studies that directly correlate
RF radiation from cell phones with brain tumors.

read more on cell phones and birth defects

Studies report that:

The chance of developing a brain tumor
goes up as much as 40%
after a decade of cell phone use.
Yes people are 5 times more likely
to develop a brain tumor
if they began using a cell phone before the age of 20.
People have twice the risk
of developing the cancer known as “Glioma”,
if they use their cell phones for half an hour a day
for more than a decade.

People using cell phones for 2000 hours
have 240% greater risk for malignant brain tumors.

A significant report was released in 2009
by the International EMF Collaborative,
a team of international EMF scientists and activists,
entitled “Cell Phones and Brain Tumors:
15 Reasons for Concern, Science, Spin
and the Truth Behind Interphone”.

read more on children and cell phones

Another study by an Israeli research group
found that there’s recently been a sharp 4-fold increase
in malignant tumors of the parotid gland
on the side of the face
the cell phone users generally hold the phone.
Parotid tumors have historically been very rare
and have shown up in people after the age of 50.
Most cases since 2001 have occurred
in people under the age of 20.

Cordless land line phones
emit high levels of EMF radiation
and can be even more dangerous than cell phones!
And usually we speak longer on cordless phones

More than 31 million children use cell phones daily –
close to four hours a day.
Cell phone radiation danger to children
is especially of concern,
as children absorb 50% more radiation than adults do,
because their skulls are thinner and smaller,
and EMFs penetrate much more deeply into their brains.
Their brains are more conducive to radiation
due to the higher water and ion concentration
in a developing brain.

Many health symptoms
due to cell phone radiation
show up early on and may precede
more serious disorders and diseases.

They include:

  • Chronic colds & flues
  • Headaches and “mind-fog”
  • Digestive disorders
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Memory Loss
  • Depression/anxiety
  • Chronic pain
  • Dizziness

Brain cancer has now surpassed leukemia
as the number one cancer killing children,
and many scientists believe
this is directly linked to the exponential increases
in cell phone use
and other wireless devices.

One of the most comprehensive studies
testing the cell phone – cancer link on children
was conducted by Professor Lennart Hardell in Sweden.
The results of the study indicate that
children and teens
are 5 times more likely to get brain cancer
if they use cell phones.

A study conducted in 2009
by Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt
on autistic children
and their mothers during pregnancy
shows significant results,
strongly suggesting that:

electromagnetic radiation
in the sleeping environment
of the mothers during pregnancy,
as well as electromagnetic radiation
in the sleeping environment of children,
may be a key contributing factor
if not a causative one –
in neurological impairments in children,
including autism.”

click here to read more

Forgive us Lord,
for we know not
what we do.

Come on Folks,
put the [expletive deleted] phone down
and just talk to your child.
Old fashioned conversations
are GREAT!
And
much safer.

THAT
is called Love.

Now,
don’t CALL me
and tell me
you agree.

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              With my Love.

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When I Don’t Know, Is Knowing / The Art of Now / Important Dates

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The answers
to many of Life’s questions
have become so evident,
that they became
obscure.

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          How near the Truth is.

Some evenings
find us
staring at a Star,
wondering
who we are,
seeking answers from
Afar,
never knowing
how near the Truth is
to where we are.

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     More than the most beautiful.

Faith
is not just Believing.
It is without a doubt,
knowing.

 Jesus said to them,
Truly I say to you, if you have Faith,
and do not doubt,
you shall not only do what was done to the fig tree,
but even if you say to this mountain,
‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’
it shall happen.
And all things you ask in prayer,
Believing,
you shall receive.”
– Matthew 21:20–22

Faith,
My Dear Friends,
is beyond believing.
It is not just believing,
but,
when I don’t know,
is knowing.

Faith
is more than
the most beautiful
element of Creation,
it is Creation.
Faith
is what Dreams
may Come.

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     A reflection of His Faith.

Faith
is the Miracle
of knowing.
And Faith
is the Miracle of knowing
that everything is
a Gift,
and that every Gift
is from God.

It is knowing that the Life
gifted to us from God,
is an Act of Faith
in us.

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Without Faith
nothing,
and no one,
would exist.

Yes,
your existence
is a powerful statement
of Faith.
For Faith
becomes us.
It is us.

Our Faith in God
is a reflection
of His Faith
in His beautiful Creation.

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Without Faith nothing would exist.

We are so much more,
and in so being,
so much LESS,
than what we perceive ourselves to be.
Philosophers of the past were right,
our senses really do deceive us.

We have been told
our reality is made up of
physical material things
and that our world
is independently existing
and objective.
But quantum physics tell us
is that there is no true
“physicality”
in the Universe.

Atoms are made of focused vorticies
of energy – miniature tornadoes
constantly spinning and vibrating
and popping into and out of existence
billions of times each second.

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You are not alone in your thoughts and feelings.

If you observed
the composition of an atom
with a very powerful microscope,
you would see a small, invisible
tornado like vortex,
with a number of infinitely small energy vortices.
These make up the structure of the
atom.

And if you focused in much closer
on the structure of the atom,
you would see nothing,
you would observe a physical
void.

The atom has no physical structure.
Which means
that we have no physical structure.
What we think of as physical things
do not have any physical structure!

Atoms (and WE)
are made out of invisible energy,
not matter.

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Thought is real, physical is the Illusion.

The Universe
is not an assembly of physical parts.

Instead, our Universe
comes from a holistic entanglement
of immaterial energy waves.
This discovery stems from the work
of Albert Einstein, Max Planck,
and Werner Heisenberg,
and others.

And what does it mean
that our physical material reality
isn’t really physical at all?

It means,
My Dear Friends,
we are Spiritual Beings,
filled with energy.

And,
as observers,
we are involved with
the Creation of our own
reality.
Our minds
create the illusion
of physical reality.

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Everything that exists is Thought.

Physicists now admit
that the Universe is
a “mental” construction
of consciousness.

“The stream of knowledge
is heading toward a non-mechanical reality;
the Universe begins to look
more like a great THOUGHT
than like a great machine.”
Pioneering physicist Sir James Jeans

But we have Faith
in the illusion of our
physical being,
rather than
our real Spiritual selves.

“Mind no longer appears
to be an accidental intruder
into the realm of matter,
we ought rather hail it as the creator
and governor of the realm of matter.”

– R. C. Henry, “The Mental Universe”; Nature

Everything that exists
is Thought
in the mind of God.
Everything that is,
will and has ever existed,
is because of the thoughts
in the mind of our Father
in Heaven Above.

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The Universe is a “mental” construction.

Life is much more complex
than we can ever imagine.
Our thoughts are limited
by being confined in a Human body.
We are unable to see
other realms and dimensions
of reality.
We are Spiritual Beings
in sufferance of having
a Human experience.

Everything
is a thought
from the mind of
God.

You,
My Precious Friend,
are not alone
in your thoughts and feelings.
For God is with you,
always.

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A Flowering Future you have not dreamed of.

My Dear Parents,
place your Faith in God.
And put your Faith
in His Beautiful Creations,
His Blessed Gifts,
His Children
that come through us.

And your Faith
will blossom into the Beauty
of a Flowering Future
you have not dreamed of –
into Children of Faith
empowered by
the Holy Spirit.

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For the greater good of all Mankind.

Yes,
one day your Child grows
and is filled with Faith
and the Love of God,
and yours.

And will your Child
always uphold your Faith?
No.
You had a Human Child.
But remember,
you are Human too.
And Faith and Forgiveness
go hand in hand.
One is the Flower,
the other
the ground
in which it grows.

Without Faith
there is no Vision,
and no common Vision
for the greater good
of all Mankind.

Goodnight

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                One is the Flower

“The function of prayer soren
is not to influence God,
but rather to change the nature
of the one who Prays.”
Søren Kierkegaard

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The Art of Now:
Six Steps to Living in the Moment

by Jay Dixit – Psychology Today
read more

“We’re living in a world
that contributes in a major way
to mental fragmentation, disintegration,
distraction, decoherence,”
– B. Alan Wallace

1. To improve your performance, stop thinking about it (unselfconsciousness).

2. To avoid worrying about the future, focus on the present (savoring).

3. If you want a future with your significant other, inhabit the present (breathe).

4. To make the most of time, lose track of it (flow).

5. If something is bothering you, move toward it rather than away from it (acceptance).

6. Know that you don’t know (engagement).

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Important Dates 
(subject to change)

Jan. 5 (Thursday)                     Second Semester begins

Jan. 16 (Monday)                      Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Holiday

Jan. 20                                       Fort Worth Stock Show

Feb. 20 (Monday)                      President’s Day Holiday

Mar. 13-17                                  Spring Break Holidays

April 14  & 17 (Fri. & Mon.)      Good Friday & Easter

April 28                                     Scarborough Renaissance Festival

May 22-26                                 Adventure Trip

May 26                                      Last Day of Semester