The Most Beautiful Songs in the World

Ian and Mary Alice enjoyed Chandor Gardens

Ian and Mary Alice enjoyed Chandor Gardens

While attending Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, I recall being awakened about 3:30 a.m. one morning by the beautiful songs of a Mocking Bird, just outside my window (he was very, very loud). We lived on several acres close to a small river that ran through town. Wildlife was everywhere and, needless to say, I was in Heaven on Earth, as I am today.

When I was awakened by this talented bird loudly singing, I decided to just listen and count the different number of songs that I heard. I really had no idea that this small beautiful creation had an unlimited number of melodies. So I eventually stopped counting and became mesmerized, actually put into a trance by the music.

It was a new experience for me. I literally listened for over two hours, as I recall. I simply could not stop listening it was so very beautiful. My mind relaxed so much that I started to feel quite different. The feeling was not something that I can describe to you. It was uplifting, exhilarating, deeply and intensely moving. I can still recall how I felt to this day. And it is one of the reasons I treasure all of God’s creations.

Our feathered friends enjoy feasting

Our feathered friends enjoy feasting

At the school we provide birdhouses, bird feeders and a bird bath for our feathered friends. And they provide an environment for our children that is virtually free of such things as misquotes (the deadliest creature that kills more people on earth than any other – known to carry over 550 viruses, and many of them, like malaria is estimated to have killed 655,000 people in 2010 alone, and yellow fever, among many others, and chiggers (a truly serious problem if you are bitten by enough of them), and other pests.

I have often wondered why city authorities in places such as Fort Worth do not expend funds and make some effort to distribute economically priced bird houses and helpful information on natural methods of controlling pests (such as leaving as many wasps/yellow jackets alone as much as possible, they eat mosquitoes for dessert and are not naturally aggressive) instead of spraying insecticides all over the place. Or, perhaps, offer tax or other incentives for utilizing natural methods and reducing the spreading of chemicals that are so toxic to us.

Our natural pest control patrol

Our natural pest control patrol

Yes, the singing of that precious Mockingbird so many years ago (in 1968) inspired me to provide for many other birds. And more importantly, to provide a school environment that is pesticide free. We have been committed to utilizing only natural methods to free ourselves of pests for many years. We simply do not use pesticides.

For example, we rid ourselves of harmful varieties of ants (not all ants, some are actually necessary) by sprinkling mounds (when we find them, which is rare now, with raw hominy grits (yes, they must be raw) which are carried to the Queen much to her demise (which is a wonderful and natural solution provided by Chris Stoll, one of our former students, many years ago. Thank you, again, Chris). Fly paper, coupled with fly swatters, solves any problem we have with flies.

By the way, there is truly disturbing news that pesticide exposure has been linked by research to cancer, birth defects, infertility, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, gastrointestinal disorders, reproductive problems as well as neurodegenerative diseases such as: Dementia (later in life by as much as 70%), Parkinson’s disease (a Harvard study reported a 70% increase as well), Alzheimer’s disease, Type II Diabetes (Click here for study) and many others. In addition, studies show that chronic low-level pesticide exposure is associated with a broad range of nervous system symptoms: headache, fatigue, dizziness, tension, anger, depression, and impaired memory. And child IQ loss has been linked to pesticide exposure in the womb and can raise the odds for ADHD in children.

Lucas has the hat to run for public office

Lucas has the hat to run for public office

An organic diet is an effective way to reduce pesticides that are commonly used in agricultural production. It is easy to learn how to avoid foods with pesticides. Click here for information.

Please research the link to these diseases and pesticides on the internet. And it is easy to research natural methods of controlling pests. You will be pleased that you spent the time doing so, and much healthier in the long run. Some of these diseases can be more than deadly, they can be so debilitating that your last few years on earth become unbelievably miserable. So much suffering can be alleviated with a simple shift in your mind set and a few easy changes made in your life.

So, as you can see, the precious, innumerable and memorable songs of that beautiful Mockingbird were songs of salvation. We have provided for and saved many birds and other creations and, importantly, they have provided for and saved us. God’s creatures are among the greatest teachers.

Caty & Rylee in a meditative state

Caty & Rylee in a meditative state

We plan to have an interactive visit to King Henry VIII’s England! Student Day at Scarborough Renaissance Festival is exclusively for students and is this Tuesday, April 30, from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

We are invited to enter the realm of England’s legendary King Henry VIII and experience the intellectual, cultural, and artistic splendor of the Renaissance first hand and will experience a full day of demonstrations, shows, and educational interactions. The Royal Court and villagers welcome, and in fact relish, discussions about daily life in the Renaissance.

We will meet at the school on TUESDAY morning at 8:30 a.m. to caravan to Waxahachie to enjoy the day at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival. Please do not be late. We will spend the entire day just having fun. PICKUP will be at school at APPROXIMATELY 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. We may CALL you on our way back and let you know more precisely when to pick up your child(ren), but we MUST have a current telephone number that you will answer on Tuesday afternoon or Dr. A will act very sick.
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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.

The Most Valuable Book in the World

What is the most valuable book in the world?

It may surprise you, but it happens to be the one that have recently read! It is the last book that spoke to you, that softened your heart or inspired you to do something.

No, it is not the rarest or oldest book. It is not the one that fetched the highest price at auction. It is the one that has currency with your inner most desires. The one that causes your thoughts to turn the pages of your life. The one that feeds you, sustains you, invigorates you and places you gently in the arms of restful exhaustion.

So keep reading my friends and being read to. Keep the most valuable book open and may it fall gently from your fingers and flow the tenderness of your emotions into your dreams. Dreams that become the dawn of your new day, filling your heart and mind with hope for tomorrow and love for the new discoveries you have found between the covers of a new book.

Tomorrow is written by the books we read today.

On FRIDAY April 12, 2012, we will meet at school to depart at 9:00 a.m. to arrive at 10:00 a.m. at the CHANDOR GARDENS, at 711 West Lee Ave. Weatherford – Telephone 817-613-1700.

Our Docent– guided tour starts at 10:00 a.m. We will spend approximately 1½ hours on our tour. Following the tour, we will travel to the Whistle Hill Café to enjoy lunch. Following lunch, we return to school. Pick-up is at School at 3:00 p.m.

Chandor Gardens is a unique world-class paradise featuring an enchanting array of creativity, color and beauty. The gardens were lovingly designed and created by renowned English portrait artist Douglas Chandor over 70 years ago yet remain a spectacular marvel.

When Douglas Chandor married Weatherford native Ina Kuteman in 1935, she convinced him to build their home and garden in the heart of her hometown. Although his claim to fame was his talent as an artist, Douglas found his real passion as a gardener. He once told Ina that his talent for painting was merely a means that enabled him to fulfill his dreams of building a “living artwork”. Douglas Chandor’s destiny would be to turn these dreams into a reality.

The gardens, originally called White Shadows, were carved from 4 acres of rock-hard terrain that was once a cow pasture. The project began in 1936 with the aid of picks, shovels, dynamite and mule-drawn plows. Truckloads of topsoil and tons of boulders were brought in to transform the barren cactus-dotted property into a peaceful haven enclosed by hedges and walls. Chandor devised a series of garden rooms, each with individual character and stunning views, all connected by meandering walkways. His creation combines the styles and ambiance of Chinese and English gardens with such delights as fountains, grottos, and even a mountain waterfall.

The Chandors worked tirelessly together in the gardens until Douglas’ death in 1953, at which time Ina renamed them Chandor Gardens as a tribute to her husband. The gardens remained open to the public until shortly before her death in the late 1970s. Because there were no direct heirs, the property remained unattended, overgrown and deteriorating for 20 years. In 1994, local residents Charles and Melody Bradford purchased the estate and took on the enormous task of restoring the gardens and home. In what could only be described as a true labor of love, they painstakingly spent years clearing and cleaning away the debris of decades of neglect. Many large old trees, Douglas’ original wisteria and boxwood plantings, and his magical hardscapes remained. Everything else was replanted by the Bradfords, and thanks to their efforts Chandor Gardens was once again transformed into a lush tranquil delight.

Please observe the POLICIES of the Garden. Uniform pants with a belt,polished shoes & red monogrammed school shirts are required.
PARENTS/GUARDIANS/NEIGHBORS/SIBLINGS/ are always invited to participate on our trips
FINANCIAL: Admission: children – $2.00  / Adults $3.00

April 30 – Scarborough Renaissance Festival
May1 – Tuition Due for 2013-14
May 6 &7 (Mon. & Tues.)  Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at the Sanders Theater

On Life Unending / e-News Update 4-5-2013

As William Blake notably observed, “If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.”

And the young philosophers in my class are learning from their studies of aspects of infinity, subatomic particle physics and modern medical discovery, that we are quickly headed into a time when death and dying will be no more. Life, itself, may become infinite.

Neurosurgeon, Dr. Joseph Strout, recently observed that, “The only things you can be sure of are death and taxes, but don’t be too sure about death.”

So it is becoming important, in this moment and not so late that time can become irrelevant or subservient to a newly defined reality, to ask truly important questions. And our children have posed some that are significant.

Will love prevail?  Will our capacity to love expand to fill the expansive void of the Universe? What will indefinite living be for, if not for love? Can we foresee an infinite trace in time filled without our enduring love? And ultimately, what will we and the depths of our compassion for one another evolve into being? Can a life unending resolve itself into anything other than what dwells within?

The future poses challenges beyond anything you or I can imagine or comprehend. And we must prepare our children, and their children’s children, with the insight and the courage to cherish life enough to love beyond the self and far, far beyond tomorrow.

In the narrow focus of our brief existence we cannot fathom the responsibility that is ours. We will never be privileged to know.

Joe Henry beautifully unfolded our hope for the dawn of a new day for mankind in lyrics interpreted by John Denver,  “And the Spirit fills the darkness of the Heavens. It fills the endless yearning of the soul. It lives within a star too far to greet us. It lives within each heart and is the hope.  It’s the fire and the wings that fly us home.”

And another insightful artist paves the way for the legacy we weave in the tapestry of life beyond:

 “If I create from the heart, nearly everything works,
if I create from the head, almost nothing.
– Marc Chagall

On Friday, April 5, 2013, Lucas adores new friend

we will meet at 10:00 a.m. at the EAST entrance of the FORT WORTH ZOO, 1989 COLONIAL PARKWAY (817-759-7500).
Pick up will be at the EAST Entrance at 2:30 p.m.

Please Note: Uniform pants with a belt, & RED monogrammed school shirts are required. PARENTS / GUARDIANS / FRIENDS are always invited to participate on our trips. Comfortable shoes are highly recommended. Please dress for the weather.

Adults (13+) $12.00/Children (3-12) $9.00 (2 & under) Free/Seniors (65+) $9.00 Please pay at the ZOO.
Parking $ 5.00 per vehicle, cash only.

Please be on time or the Lions will growl.

Gift Shops: Yes. Lunch: Yes (please provide funds)

April 30 – Scarborough Renaissance Festival
May1Tuition Due for 2013-14
May 6 &7 (Mon. & Tues.) – Shakespeare at the Sanders Theater May 21 – 24 Adventure Trip
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