With drug and alcohol addiction and drop-out and suicide rates
high and climbing higher, we must ask ourselves,
what is wrong?
The greatest truths are the simplest:
so likewise are the greatest men.
~ Augustus William Hare
Beauty, Purity, Clarity, Love
A State of Grace
Simplicity is not just without,
It is also within.
It is not just a straight line,
It’s a short line.
And not a dollar,
But a dime.
It lies not in the answer,
But in the question.
It is not a problem,
It lacks the reason
To have one.
Is not a house,
But a tree.
When life is too busy,
We do not take time to Nourish Spirit and Soul.
Simplicity is not the stars in your eyes,
But the beautiful setting
Of the one star that is already our own.
It is not a stadium,
But a simple vacant lot.
It’s not about the future,
For it lies in the past.
It’s not about hate and getting even,
It’s about Love and forgiveness.
“God is infinitely simple.”
St. Thomas Aquinas
Folks, this world we created,
Our relationships, technology, schools, expectations,
Our thoughts about them,
Are too complex!
And dropping out with drugs, alcohol and suicide
Is simply – a way out.
They seemingly exist to help cope
With all the pain, the confusion
And the interminable suffering.
They evolve into
A “pull the plug to stop the pain”
And they become the ultimate
Can be heard and felt.
Of our children
Is not our world.
It is different,
Much, much more complex And not comprehensible
To them or us.
But to help,
We must get a grip
On what it is
We are dealing with.
And no, it is not simple.
Or is it?
Simplicity is no, not always yes.
It is a lighter shade of serious.
It is laughter and humor.
It is seeing that life is really hilarious.
It is a simple Prayer of thanksgiving.
It is slow cooking,
Not fast food.
It is honesty,
It is a smile with a chuckle, And not always an answer.
It’s interest in the little things – The setting sun, Nature, The little bug crawling out
Of your glass of tea,
The stupid thing I did
The funny look on your face When I just stared at you, Remembering how happy You were as a small child.
It’s throwing your homework into the trash can,
Because you already spent all day in school,
And dad doesn’t remember anything about Algebra,
And doesn’t want to earn another grade.
It’s long walks in the park,
Singing a silly song,
Skipping a rock across the water
And having nothing, absolutely nothing to do.
It’s a new puppy,
Yes, a pound puppy,
Old sneakers and faded jeans No one else would want to wear. It’s a smile every time your seen And something funny to say, Never anything mean.
Simplicity drives an older car That once parked
At the drive-in movie.
Simple is thin, exhausted, Smiling and on a budget
So small that it doesn’t exist.
As Philip Wylie says,
“Material blessings, when they pay beyond the category of need, are weirdly fruitful of headache.”
The goal of simplicity
Is not to make life free of problems,
But to give ordinary life
Depth and value that comes
From cultivating the Spirit.
Nothing lasts forever.
But simple things generally last
A long time,
Including a simple life.
The simple life is easy, relaxed, Happy
And sounds like the laughter
Of children at play.
It’s black and white,
Not many shades of gray.
It’s a refusal to accept
What cannot be yours.
And the truth is also simple.
It admits when we are wrong
And are no longer in the game.
It tells me our children are at risk And it’s time for a change.
In its essence,
Simplicity is about knowing,
That someone loves you above all things on earth,
Beyond all measure
And without end,
And that nothing else matters.
Simplicity is knowing,
Bent to the will of understanding – That life is simply Love.
That the most complicated thing
A child should do
Is search for a smile on your face – And find one.
Knowing that when one wakes
From a dream,
Life will be complete.
It is knowing that you are one with the earth,
That the Love of God flows through you,
Through your thoughts,
Through your speech
And through your deeds
To all others.
It is seeing that Love
Is within you,
All around you
And in every living thing.
It is knowing that Love
Can define you,
Make you complete,
That one day,
Life will astound you,
And all the world
For the complexities of life No longer confound you, Because Love,
Is your Belief.
And that is really all you need to know.
Now, go back into this world
And quit making a big deal
Out of everything,
Your seriousness is killing us.
The concept of simplicity
has been related to in the field of epistemology.
According to Occam’s razor,
all other things being equal,
the simplest theory
is the most likely to be true.
In the context of human lifestyle,
simplicity can denote freedom from hardship,
effort or confusion.
Specifically, it can refer to
a simple living style.
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On Friday, March 20, 2015 Our destination is:
The Museum of the Americas, 216 Fort Worth Highway, Weatherford, (Telephone: 817-341-8668/817-599-0490) and the fabulous Whistle Hill Restaurant (next door).
We will depart from the school at approximately 9:00 a.m. to arrive & begin our visit at 10:00 a.m.Our dear friend and Museum Director, Dr. Harold Lawrence, will provide a docent guided tour.
Following a morning of great stories, questions and answers, and Dr. Harold Lawrence’s cultural and philosophical perspectives, we will have time for a self-guided tour and shopping at the museum store and then enjoy lunch at the Whistle Hill Café (next door). Then we will return to school to work on our Shakespeare production with Director George X Rodriguez.
The Museum of the Americas is a jewel of Weatherford, where we can find the colorful and diverse heritage of native peoples of the Americas through a fabulous collection of 19th & 20th century artifacts, crafts and folk art. The rich cultural traditions of the people and tribes of north, central and South America are reflected in the intricate and distinctive designs of the objects they make for daily use for religious ceremonies and for trade.
April 3 & 6 (Fri. & Mon.) Easter Holidays
April 10 C.P.R. & First Aid Training for all students & staff at school
April 28 Scarborough Renaissance Festival (Drama Competition is “Twelfth Night”)
May 1 Tuition Due for 2015-16
May 4 & 5 (Mon. & Tues.) Our Theatrical Production “Twelfth Night” At Stage West Theater
(See William’s Weblog at andersonschool.net for trip details (posted each Wed. at 6:00 p.m.)
A. n . d . e . r . s . o . n
Where precocious children are nurtured and appreciated
and have puppies to play with.
Maybe a person’s time
would be as well spent raising food
as raising money to buy food.
~ Frank A. Clark