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What Befalls One Comes of Life and Is Legend of Us All / Baking Soda Reduces Early Death / Important Dates

Dedicated
to our wonderful friend
Dr. Bruce Rodgers.
It is an Honor
to recognize the dedication
and sacrifice
to our Nation
of Dr. Rodgers.
He is
a man much to be
admired.
We Love You.

                    The Majesty of Life.

You deserve
to be Happy!

We all do.

It is what
God Almighty
wishes for each of
us.

“These things
I have spoken to you,
that My Joy
may be in you,
and that your Joy
may be full.”

John 15:11

When Conscience
is Majestically bridled
to Being,
w
hat you long for,
longs for you.

To feel truly alive
in the now,
in this very moment,
find the Child in you
still at play.

The Majesty of Life
can be felt
in every day,
Today,
Tomorrow,
and in the memory
of Yesterday.

               Every Ray of Sunshine

This moment
is caressed by every drop
of rain that falls,
sparkling through the void
of God’s Love,
and by every Ray of Sunshine
shinning down from above,
by every kind word you say,
and every Prayer
you Pray.

Believe it or not,
your World
revolves
around the
Equator
of your Smile.

.
Yes,
countless Blessings
YOU bestow,
all the while
you smile
each and every
day.

For every action,
an opposite and equal
reaction
is conveyed.
And by your actions
from all the Love you share,
Blessed rewards
will be payed.

“When we are stricken
and cannot bear our lives any longer,
then a tree has something to say to us:
Be still! Be still! Look at me!
Life is not easy,
Life is not difficult.
Those are childish thoughts.
Let God speak within you,
and your thoughts will grow
silent.”
Hermann Hesse

What the Truth is,
has been told
long, long ago.
It resides deep within
the Time of Man,
within the Pages
of a Story
of old.

                  Deep within the Time of Man.

The Word of God
reveals everything you
need to know
to
shelter you
from the storms of Life,
and
warm you
from the cold.

Known by all
through ages deep,
it is the Greatest Story
ever told.

My Dear Friends,
what befalls one
comes of Life,
and is Legend
of us all,
as Life
becomes
a breathless sigh,
something far, far more
than you
or I.

Yes,
breathless we may be,
with a Beautiful sigh
of relief,
upon knowing
that above all things
in Heaven
or upon the Earth,
we can discover
Joy
in the Morning
of our Belief.

               The Greatest Story ever told.

May God Bless
YOU
on this Sacred
and precious Day,
the very first day
of the rest
of your Life.

Goodnight.

Find the Child in you still at play.

Baking soda could reduce your chances of an early death

Research published this month in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology found that having balanced baking soda, or bicarbonate, levels in your body could reduce your chances of an early death.

The study examined data compiled in the Health, Aging and Body Composition Study for 2,287 participants. Participants were healthy adults who, at the onset of the study in 1997, were between the ages of 70 and 79, and were followed for approximately 10 years. Survival data were gathered through February 2014. 

What did they find?

Study author Dr. Kalani Raphael, associate professor and nephrology and hypertension specialist at the University of Utah, and colleagues investigated pH, carbon dioxide and bicarbonate in association with long-term survival. According to the University of Utah press release, “Critically ill patients with severe acid-base abnormalities have a very low likelihood of surviving their illness, but it’s unclear whether more subtle changes in the body’s acid-base status have an effect on the longevity of relatively healthy older people.” 

Raphael and colleagues found that low levels of bicarbonate may be linked to an increased risk for premature death by 24 percent. Sodium bicarbonate assists your body in balancing pH levels, possibly extending life. “What we found was that generally healthy older people with low levels of bicarbonate had a higher risk of death,” Raphael said. “Adding the pH measurement into the equation didn’t change the results, which is important because pH is not routinely measured.”

The study’s findings may assist clinicians in better assessing a patient’s risk of premature death by analyzing their blood bicarbonate concentrations more closely. Clinicians can recommend dietary adjustments to patients with low bicarbonate concentrations to optimize health.

What does it mean for me?

reduceprematuredeathbakingsoda_640x359 (1)How do you get more baking soda in your life? Surprisingly, the answer has nothing to do with that yellow box in your fridge fighting odors. If you want to balance your pH levels by getting more sodium bicarbonate in your diet, eating more fruits and vegetables is the key. 

Fruits and vegetables high in potassium and bicarbonate will have a negative potential renal acid load (PRAL) score. This represents the amount of acid produced by the kidneys after metabolism. The higher the negative, the more potassium and bicarbonate they will provide, potentially reducing your risk of premature death, according to the study. Apples, raisins, spinach, bananas, carrots, broccoli, lemons and even coffee are a few sources that will boost your potassium and bicarbonate levels. 

Are you eating enough fruits and vegetables to keep a healthy pH balance
– by Stephen Seifert

Stephen Seifert is a writer, professor, adventurer and a health & fitness guru. His flair for travel and outdoor adventure allows him to enjoy culture and traditions different than his own. A healthy diet, routine fitness and constant mental development is the cornerstone to Stephen’s life.

Sources:
http://cjasn.asnjournals.org/content/early/2016/01/13/CJN.06200615
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-01/ason-lbl010816.php
http://www.precisionnutrition.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/acid-base-foods-pral.pdf

Important Dates
Dec. 22 Friday                      Last Day of Fall Semester
Dec. 23 – Jan. 8                    Christmas Holidays
Jan. 9 (TUESDAY)                Second Semester Begins
Jan. 15 (Monday)                 Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Holiday
Feb. 19 (Monday)                 President’s Day Holiday
March 12 – 19                       Spring Break Holiday
April 13 & 16 (Fri. & Mon.)  Good Friday and Easter Holidays
May 22- 25                            Adventure Trip
May 25                                  Last Day of Semester

Trip Details are posted each Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.: William’s Weblog at andersonschool.net

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Nothing is Separate from Anything Else / Truths About Living In an Illusion / Shakespeare – Thursday and Friday

To be In the warm embrace
of a Loving Heart,

and feel God’s Love
all around,
is as near
to Heaven
as one can be

on this Earth.

“When you live
from the Heart,

you begin to touch into
the Universal experience of Love.

LOVE is the source of everything
the fabric which makes up
our very existence.”
Dr. Gail Brenner

The existence of a
Universal Consciousness,
tells us
that nothing is separate
from anything else.

Universal Consciousness
is intelligent, Loving,
all knowing, all powerful, creative
and omnipresent across all dimensions
of space and time.
And so, it is also present
in you
– or more accurately,
it is YOU.

There is no separation between your mind
and the Universal Mind,
or the Unified Field, God, Source, Creator,
the One, Universal Consciousness
or the many names that Humans give
to things we are trying to understand.

Universal Consciousness
is an Infinite, Eternal
ocean of intelligent energy.
The nature of
Universal Consciousness
is your nature.
read more
loveorabove.com

Everything
and everyone around you,
in it’s essence,
is you.
And we find
this to be true
in studying the DNA
of all living things.

Ever since researchers
sequenced the chimp genome in 2005,
they have known that humans
share about 99% of our DNA with chimpanzees,
making them our closest living relatives.
read more in sciencemag.org
Ann Gibbons

My Dear Friends,
there aren’t two different people
on Earth,
just Life unfolding.

From the
DNA Learning Center,
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory:

All
living organisms store genetic information
using the same molecules
DNA and RNA.
Written in the genetic code of these molecules
is compelling evidence
of the shared ancestry
of all living things.”

read more

Mice,
breed quickly and ALSO share about
99% of their genes with Humans,
so they have become the animal
model of choice
for large-scale functional studies.

Nothing is separate from anything else.

Only NOW
are we coming to realize,
that we are far, far more
than just Brothers and Sisters.

We truly are
ONE.

And now
we are free,
to let our very Human Hearts
overflow with compassion.
How can you hurt others
when they are
YOU?

Goodnight.

       How can you hurt others when they are YOU?

“Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly.
All your life
You were only waiting
for this moment to arise.
Black bird singing in the dead of night.
Take these sunken eyes
and learn to see
all your life
you were only waiting
for this moment
to be free.”
Paul McCartney, John Lennon

                             Truths About Living In an Illusion

                                           by Vernon Layne

Here are common truths
that you’re living in an
ILLUSION:

READ MORE

1. You see the present through your past. Your past plays an important role in your life.  It’s there to teach you what you could have done differently or what you need to continue doing. THAT’S ALL.  It’s not there for wallowing in or condemnation. We fall short of His Glory so it’s important you learn to give yourself a break.
Let go of your past and not become its prisoner then it will be easier for you to put things in its proper perspective.

2. You believe you can control things that are uncontrollable.  Stop trying to control people and situations. One of life’s most important lessons is learning to give up the illusion of control. You may wonder how you suppose to give that up, but the fact is you were never in control. The moment you think you’re in control is the moment you’re out of control.

3. You only see the bad in yourself and others. If you ask someone to list things about themselves most will list liabilities. People have a hard time seeing the good within themselves.  Not finding the good in you makes it impossible to see the good in others.

man living an illusion

4. You believe everything you feel and think. Imagine being judged inaccurately by two people who don’t know you. Believing everything you feel and think is just like listening to two people gossip. Your feelings aren’t facts. Don’t believe everything you think and feel because they can influence you to make unwise decisions. Learn to make decisions from facts and not feeling.

5. You search for fulfillment through things. The only person you can’t run away from is yourself. There’s nothing wrong with trying to get things in life but don’t lose yourself in the process by not understanding why you’re doing it. When the chase for things becomes more important than your family and your health, then it’s a destructive rush that’s causing harm. Most of the time you’re trying to fill a void or block a feeling when you’re searching for fulfillment in things.

6. Your self-worth comes from social media. All your life you wanted to belong and fit in, so you spend a lot of time on social media– yet never quite measuring up. The more likes you get the better you feel. The reality you need to hear and afraid to admit is when you’re not getting those likes you think you should be getting, you feel down almost depressed. Depending on social media to feel relevant is an illusion many people believe.

7. You think your happiness is your mate’s responsibility. It’s not fair to your mate when you expect them to be responsible for your happiness. They’re there to add to your happiness. It’s your responsibility to see that you’re happy. It’s not healthy and it doesn’t work when one partner isn’t responsible for his own feeling, thoughts and actions.  A healthy relationship is when a couple can grow in unity while at the same time growing as individuals, so take ownership of your own happiness.

8. You’re convinced everything supposed to go your way. Self-centeredness is at the core of self-deception. It can create an illusion that you’re right and the world is wrong base on a feeling or an idea. You began to see yourself as a victim. Understand that everyone experiences life challenges and that you’re not the only one. To see things clearly bring your attitude in line with reality.

9.  You think you don’t need help. Most people, myself included, believed at some point in their life that they could do it all by themselves. This kind of thinking doesn’t work very well. The only guarantee you will get is being frustrated and exhausted.

We are here to help and support one another. Your life will be enhanced when you’re able to see people as a gift from God. Take the time and get to know the gifts God have given you by learning to trust others, reaching out to others, and admitting your need for others.

10. You believe you can’t change. It’s important to examine this false belief because it may not be yours. You could have picked it up from your parents. I know this may sound a little harsh but some parents tell their children self-defeating things. Not all illusions come from you. Some are created by others.

11. You think your success is because of the work you’ve done. Don’t become a legend in your own mind. As you begin to experience success in life it’s important to give credit where credit is due. Selfishly claiming what belongs to God is the quickness way to lose it all. Pride usually comes before the fall so give the Glory to God.

12. You feel you’re alone. I call this the ultimate illusion. The next time you’re by yourself look around you. Feel the air. Go outside and watch the squirrels chase each other. Look up and see the clouds move gracefully. God’s presence is all around you. You are never alone.

“Foolish dreamers
live in a world of illusion;
wise realist plant their feet
on the ground

Proverbs 14:18

Important Dates
Dec. 4, 5 & 6 (Mon.-Wed.)    Inservice (No school)
Dec. 7 & 8 Thurs. & Friday  Shakespeare at school
Dec. 22 Friday                      Last Day of Fall Semester
Dec. 23 – Jan. 8                    Christmas Holidays
Jan. 9 (TUESDAY)                Second Semester Begins
Jan. 15 (Monday)                 Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Holiday
Feb. 19 (Monday)                 President’s Day Holiday
March 12 – 19                       Spring Break Holiday
April 13 & 16 (Fri. & Mon.)  Good Friday and Easter Holidays
May 22- 25                            Adventure Trip
May 25                                  Last Day of Semester

Trip Details are posted each Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.: William’s Weblog at andersonschool.net

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Every Flower That Is Unfolding / Life Hacks to Help You Lose Weight / Friday: Half Price Books and a Movie (Wonder)

The innate intelligence
of Nature
is far more powerful
and Beautiful

than we can ever
imagine.

Flowers
lift the Spirits
of the Earth.
They sustain Life
with all their
Splendor.

                        They sustain Life.

We can see
every Flower
that is unfolding
as it says
to every Living Thing,
“I Love You”.

And,
as the wind gently whistles
a pale blue sigh
though the lonely leaves
of all the trees,

it plays the music
of Life.

If we listen carefully
we can hear
the wishes of all

Creation
coming True.

          To every Living Thing: “I Love You”.

Beauty
is far more than
what it seems.
The constant
motion of Love,
Beauty begins.
And it never really
changes
its meaning.

Life never really wants
more
than Love asks.
And what does Love
ask?
That you care,
that you share,
that
when you are needed,
you are there.

“Yes,
How many times
must a man look up

before he can see the sky?”
Bob Dylan

As the fingers
of our questions
reach
deep into the pockets
of our minds,
we may find
what we are truly
searching for:
our Love
for
every living thing,
and the Love
of God
in
every living thing,
and in us.

Nothing more
could we ask.

“But ask now the Beasts,
and they shall teach Thee;
and the Fowls of the air,
and they shall tell thee:
Or speak to the Earth,
and it shall teach thee:
and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto Thee.
Who knoweth not in all these
that the Hand of the LORD hath wrought this?
In whose Hand is the Soul
of every living thing,
and the breath of all Mankind.
– Job 12:10

                                 What does Love ask?

Watch the Sun
rise in the
eyes
of one you tell
of all the Love
in your Heart.

Yes,
there is Magic
in the moments
we marry,
that are divorced
of time.

We become
so blind
to the deeper
realities of Life.
The Beautiful Creation
you are
is more surprising
and Mysterious
than the feeble mind
of Mankind can
imagine.

Our transitory existence
goes far beyond
the surface dimensions
of Life.

             God’s Truth is always joined with Love.

My Dear Friends,
Forgiveness,
Compassion
and Hope
can unleash Mysterious
and powerful forces
within.

Yes,
imperfection
is part of
the very fabric
of Human Life.

But,
Divine Perfection
may be found
in the abundance
of God’s Beauty
and Love.
And it is offered
to us in
each
precious moment
we are on
this Earth.

Knowledge
of God’s Truth
is always
joined
with Love.

Divine Perfection is found in the abundance of God’s Beauty.

The energy in Nature
is never lost,
never destroyed,
only transformed.
And
God’s Love
integrates Eternity.
Nothing
is ever lost,
no tear
is ever forgotten,
and no death
is ever
meaningless.

God
is neither beyond us
or outside of us.
He is
within us.
Each one of us
is a Child
of God.

“Do you not know that
YOU

are a Temple of God
and that the Spirit of God
dwells in you?”
1 Corinthians 3:16

Regardless
of fate’s fearless frown,
God’s Light
pours down.

Ultimate reality
is always Mysterious
and unfathomable.
God’s presence
everywhere
and in all things
is beyond
Human comprehension.
God’s Spiritual Presence
is deep within
the World of matter,
which He
created.

Discover
the Beauty,
the meaning
and the Joy
of your existence.

In the cold and lonely moments
of uncertainty,
the Words of our Lord
will warm your Heart
and free your Loving mind.

When shadows pale
the horizon of your Being,
the place to be
is behind your Loving smile,
and deep in your Faith,
trusting in
the patient Love
of your Creator.

Goodnight.

               Beauty is far more than what it seems.

” I come to the Garden alone
While the dew is still on the Roses.
And the Voice I hear falling on my ear,
The Son of God discloses.

And He walks with me,
and He talks with me
,
And He tells me
I am His own.

And the Joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

He speaks,
and the Sound of His Voice

Is so sweet that the birds hush their singing.
And the Melody that He gave to me,
Within my Heart is ringing.

And He walks with me,
and He talks with me
,
And He tells me
I am His own.

And the Joy we share as we tarry there,
None other
has ever known.”
Brad Paisley

“If you want to learn to Love better,
you should start with a friend
who you hate.”

– Nikka  (age 6)

Life Hacks to Help You Lose Weight

By Jeffrey Kopman        read more

Several simple life hacks can make a huge difference. Changing your diet and getting regular exercise will always be the best way to get healthy, but these tricks can help too, and won’t take much time or effort.

Most people make many little mistakes throughout the day that can add up to form really unhealthy habits. What are some simple ways to correct these problems?

* Lack of exposure to a varied temperature, whole populations may be prone to develop diseases like obesity,” researchers at Maastricht University Medical Center in The Netherlands wrote in a study published in Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism earlier this year.

The researchers suggested that regular exposure to mild cold could be a simple way to help people lose weight.

*  You should be drinking lots of water. But the best way to do this and lose weight is to replace other drinks with water.

This cheap and effective trick will eliminate sugary and high calorie drinks and replace them with a healthier alternative, according to a study presented at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society.

“People should drink more water and less sugary, high calorie drinks. It’s a simple way to facilitate weight management,” Brenda Davy, Ph.D., senior author on the study said in a press release. “We found that over the course of 12 weeks, dieters who drank water before meals, three times per day, lost about 5 pounds more than dieters who did not increase their water intake.”

*  People who were given pedometers were more likely to participate in physical activity than those who did not, according to research from The International Association of Applied Psychology.

These devices make it easier to track how much exercise you’re getting and how many more steps you should be taking. Reaching your goals can be made with small adjustments throughout your day, something a pedometer will highlight — instantly.

 *  Using a standing desk for three hours a day will help you burn an extra 144 calories per day, according to a study from the University of Chester in the United Kingdom.

“This is the perfect way for any office-bound worker to achieve the typical New Year’s resolution of wanting to lose weight without changing anything else — how easy is that?” said Dr. John Buckley, Reader of Applied Exercise Science in Health and lead Lecturer for the University’s MSc in Cardiovascular Rehabilitation, in a press release.

* One major cause of the obesity epidemic in America is an inability to control portion sizes. But this easy life hack can help you lose weight without even realizing it.

To make sure your portions are in control, use smaller plates, bowls or glasses. Research shows that people perceive the amount of food they’re eating differently based on the plate size they use.

One cup of food on a small plate looks like more than the same amount of food on a large plate, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

* In addition to changing the size of the plate you eat off of, consider switching the color of the plate as well.

Yes, even the color can affect how much food you’re eating, and either encourage or discourage overeating.

A Cornell University study found that eating food off a plate of contrasting color would help people reduce the amount they are eating. The study called this mind-over-matter practice “critical” for some people’s portion control.

* Here’s one to try right away: Slow down!

 No, don’t slow down your exercise — slow down your eating. When you stuff your face full of food in mere moments, you’re not giving your body a chance to feel full until all the food is gone.

Similar to eating off of smaller plates, slowing down your pace will help you feel full without overeating. Eating too quickly leaves you full of more food than necessary.

Recently, researchers found that eating slowly led to increased fullness ratings in both normal-weight and overweight/obese participants, according to a study from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

 * It’s easy to get in the habit of paying for everything with a debit or credit card, just like it’s easy to get in the habit of eating and ordering too much food.

Paying with cash will serve as a psychological trick to keep your wallet full and your stomach just full enough.

People who pay with cards spent far more at Fast Food Restaurants ($4.50 compared to $7.00) than those who paid with cash, according to data from NerdWallet.

Similarly, people who paid with cash at grocery stores made smarter food choices, partially because they didn’t impulse buy junk food, according to a study published in the Journal of Consumer Research.

Important Dates
Dec. 1 Friday                        Half Price Books & Rave Motion Pictures
Dec. 4, 5 & 6 (Mon.-Wed.)    Inservice (No school)
Dec. 22 Friday                      Last Day of Fall Semester
Dec. 23 – Jan. 8                    Christmas Holidays
Jan. 9 (TUESDAY)                Second Semester Begins
Jan. 15 (Monday)                 Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Holiday
Feb. 19 (Monday)                 President’s Day Holiday
March 12 – 19                       Spring Break Holiday
April 13 & 16 (Fri. & Mon.)  Good Friday and Easter Holidays
May 22- 25                            Adventure Trip
May 25                                  Last Day of Semester

Trip Details are posted each Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.: William’s Weblog at andersonschool.net

                                                    Friday Trip:

On Friday, December 1,  we will meet at Half Price Books (817-732-4111, 475 Sherry Lane, North of Ridgmar Mall, at 10:00 a.m. 

At approximately 12:00 p.m. we will travel to Ridgmar Mall, 2300 Green Oaks Road, to enjoy lunch at the Food Court and a movie at Rave Motions Pictures“Wonder” at 1:20 p.m.

Pick up will be at 3:15 p.m. at Rave Motion Pictures inside the Mall.

Please provide funds for a book, lunch and the movie.

On Dec. 4, 5 & 6 (Mon.-Wed.)  We will have Inservice and there will be No school.

Genre

Drama

Cast

Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson, Mandy Patinkin, Daveed Diggs, Noah Jupe, Bryce Gheisar, Izabela Vidovic, Danielle Rose Russell, Millie Davis, Elle McKinnon, Sonia Braga

Synopsis

Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie Pullman becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to discover their compassion and acceptance, Auggie’s extraordinary journey will unite them and prove you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

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With Every Breath I Took / Folk Art Nativities at Museum of the Americas

“If you want your children
to be intelligent,

read them Fairy Tales.
If you want them to be more intelligent,
read them more
Fairy Tales.”
Albert Einstein

 My eyes were open,
but
might just as well

have been closed.
The air was humming,
lilting with the music
of Laughter,
as the day
seemingly flew away,
and I,
in quiet contemplation
could not deny,
someone laughed and smiled and cried
and their anger died,
it just
passed away.

Then I laughed
and cried.
And in my tears
of Joy
I came to realize,
with every Joyful breath
we take,
we come back to
Life.

                          Back to Life.

Death
does not require
us
to die.
So many
have lived devoid
of feeling alive.
It is a sad reality
we cannot deny.
But,
we knew that,
you and I.

“The summers die
One by one
How soon they fly
On and on
And I am old
And will be gone.”
Herbert Kretzmer from Les Miserables

To be truly alive,
we must live in
another
Life.
WE
must come to live
with the beat
of another

Heart.

   a wondrous moment that takes your          breath away. . .

Living is not
just taking a breath.
It is
a sigh,
  a wondrous
moment that
takes your breath
away.
It is,
in many ways,

tomorrow
lived
today.

“I don’t believe people are looking
for the meaning of Life
as much as they are looking
for the experience
of being alive.”
– Joseph Campbell

The past
is not in front
of you.
And tomorrow
never comes,
if what
remains of you,

is only
you.

“Let us celebrate Life and living,
for it is sacrilegious
to be ungrateful.
Let us play and be playful,
for it is sacrilegious
to be serious.
Let us celebrate imperfections
and make existence
proud of us,
for tomorrow is
death,
and this is an ode to life.
The anthem of the world.”
Kamand Kojouri

Our memories
dance ever gracefully,
as the Heart
remembers in December
how Love
kept us safe and warm,
when someone held you
tightly

during a Spring
storm.
.
Yes,
the reflection of

Life
is the mirror
of the mind,
but also
the echo

of a Heartbeat.
.
Our Sacred Memories
can bring us
back to Life,
so we can truly
reflect
upon that which
was,
and come to
better understand
what should be.
.
Laughter
is a delicious
Fruit of Love,
exposing
the Light of Life
to
parallel worlds
of logic,
and what is illogical
from the humorous
illusions of Living,
making the Truth
easier to forgive,
easier to see,
and as vibrant and alive
as you
or me.
.

“Like a circle in a spiral
Like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending or beginning
On an ever spinning reel.

As the images unwind
Like the circles that you find
In the windmills
of your mind.”

Marilyn & Alan Bergman, Michel Legrand
.

If what is behind us,
is in front,
then the truth
of what could be

is never
seen.

“Life is fleeting,
like a passing mist.

        It is like trying to catch hold of a breath;
    All vanishes like a vapor;
everything is a great vanity.”
– Ecclesiastes 1:2

Life,
My Dear Friend,
is indeed fleeting,
like the tiny Humming Bird,
hovering briefly,

and then
– the moment flew away.

As you travel
this narrow path,
tread lightly,
and truly live,
Love,
and laugh.

Goodnight.

Our Lives demand that we give a Hoot!

Oscar Wilde “Humanity takes itself
too seriously.

It is the world’s original sin.
If the cave-man had known how to laugh,
History would have been different.”
Oscar Wilde

.

Important Dates
Dec. 4, 5 & 6                         Inservice (No school)
Dec. 22 Friday                      Last Day of Fall Semester
Dec. 23 – Jan. 8                    Christmas Holidays
Jan. 9 (TUESDAY)                Second Semester Begins
Jan. 15 (Monday)                 Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Holiday
Feb. 19 (Monday)                 President’s Day Holiday
March 12 – 19                       Spring Break Holiday
April 13 & 16 (Fri. & Mon.)  Good Friday and Easter Holidays
May 22- 25                            Adventure Trip
May 25                                  Last Day of Semester

Trip Details are posted each Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.: William’s Weblog at andersonschool.net

                  Let us play and be playful.

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So Close That It Is Far Away / New American Plate / Lola’s Secretarial Service / Friday: At School ALL Day

Like the Flower
that shatters the
Stone
,
Love can fracture
the Heart
hardened by the absence
of Joy.

Even the most fragile
has the power to overcome
the strongest force.

Love Majestic
in its simplicity,
opens wide the window
of Wisdom.

“Being deeply Loved by someone
gives you strength,
while Loving someone deeply
gives you courage.”
Lao Tzu

To speak
in the present tense,
and live
in this precious moment,
requires us to Love
what is all around,
to regret
not one minute,
and Love
what is in us
and is
us.

  Tomorrow can fade to black or rise like a magnificent Rainbow.

Have you ever thought
of home?
When home
is so close,
that it is far
away,
and you
hold on
to your thoughts
so hard
you can never
stay
in the place
of your dreams,
that for which
you Pray.

       Put on each day and wear it all day long.

And you pause
to ask,
“Am I
living in the embrace
of memories
never chanced to be?”
The colors
of our dreams
fade
onto sad deserted shores
of such memories
never brought to
Life,
never made.

 Beauty wakes pure authentic feelings.

The greatest threat
we face
is change,
but we cannot
survive
without it.

So put on
each day
and wear it
all day long.
And listen
very carefully
for the night bird
song.
Then give
your troubles
to the song,
not the singer.

There is serenity
in what we partake
with the guidance
of our Lord,
even when we fail
to contemplate
the incomprehensible.

  Love opens wide the window of Wisdom.

Think
not on yourself.
Make not a
Stone
of what once was
your Heart.

My Dear Friends,
One

act of Mercy
can free the
Soul.
One fragile Flower
can shatter
the stone.

Tomorrow
can fade to
black,
or rise
like a magnificent
Rainbow.

                       Live in this precious moment.

No matter
where you run,
without the Love
of God,
you keep running
into yourself.
But With
His Precious Love,
God will raise you
Lovingly
above yourself.

Beauty
wakes pure authentic
feelings.
It touches the
Soul.
And the beauty
in your Heart
far exceeds that
of any Flower,
any setting of the Sun,
any sum of the parts
more than the
whole.

                    Love what is all around.

The bitter tragedy
of Human Life
is that it is too fragile,
a transitory, provisional parchment
of living and
being.

Yet,
to be sheltered in the warmth
of Heavenly Grace,
provides a Landscape
laced with Eternal Life
and Lovingness.

                     Beauty touches the Soul.

Let us pause
to reflect
upon our allotted time,
and give
Thanks.
We can shatter
the World of illusion
and become that
which God
truly wants of us:
to become
His Child
again.

Goodnight.

                   Put on each day and wear it.

“You are a Divine Being.
An all-powerful Creator.
You are a Deity in jeans and a t-shirt,
and within you dwells the infinite wisdom
of the ages and the sacred creative force
of All that is, will be and ever was.”

Anthon St. Maarten

In Philosophy
this week:

Part I
Is it possible
for our brains to be hacked
like computers?
What are the implications
of gaining access to this
technology?
What are the questions
we need to ask
relative to the ethics
involved in mind reading
and control?
Under hypnosis
reality can be altered.
What are some Historical
examples
of Human minds
being retrained
(altering reality)?
What devastation resulted
from mass hypnosis?
And what of Freedom?
Will it become
a concept of the past?

Part II
What is Life?
Is Life essentially
energy,
that can never be destroyed,
only transformed?
Does energy
have no beginning
and no end.
How does our understanding
of Life as energy
relate to concepts of
eternal Life.
.
From our friends at
WEBMD.COM

No single food can prevent cancer,
but the right combination of foods may help make a difference.
At mealtimes, strike a balance of at least
two-thirds plant-based foods
and no more than one-third animal protein.
This “New American Plate”
is an important cancer fighting tool,
according to the American Institute for Cancer Research.

Fruits and vegetables are rich in cancer-fighting nutrients
— and the more color, the more nutrients they contain.
These foods can help lower your risk in a second way, too,
when they help you reach and maintain a healthy body weight.
Carrying extra pounds increases the risk for multiple cancers,
including colon, esophagus, and kidney cancers.
Eat a variety of vegetables, especially dark green,
red, and orange vegetables.

Naturally occurring folate is an important B vitamin
that may help protect against cancers of the colon, rectum, and breast. You can find it in abundance on the breakfast table.
Fortified breakfast cereals and whole wheat products
are good sources of folate.
So are orange juice, melons, and strawberries.

Other good sources of folate are asparagus and eggs.
You can also find it in beans, sunflower seeds, and leafy green vegetables like spinach or romaine lettuce.
The best way to get folate is not from a pill,
but by eating enough fruits, vegetables,
and enriched grain products.

Cutting back on processed meats
like bologna, ham, and hot dogs will help lower your risk
of colorectal and stomach cancers.
Also, eating meats that have been preserved by smoking
or with salt raises your exposure to chemicals
that can potentially cause cancer.

Whether it’s the lycopene
the pigment that gives tomatoes their red color –
or something else isn’t clear.
But some studies have linked eating tomatoes
to reduced risk of several types of cancer,
including prostate cancer.
Studies also suggest that processed tomato products
such as juice, sauce, or paste
increase the cancer-fighting potential.

Green tea, may be a strong cancer fighter.
In laboratory studies, green tea has slowed or prevented
the development of cancer in colon, liver, breast, and prostate cells.
It also had a similar effect in lung tissue and skin.
And in some longer term studies,
tea was associated with lower risks
for bladder, stomach, and pancreatic
cancers.

Grapes and grape juice, especially purple and red grapes,
contain resveratrol.
Resveratrol has strong antioxidant
and anti-inflammatory properties.
In laboratory studies, it has prevented
the kind of damage that can trigger
the cancer process in cells.

Please take the time to
read more.

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                                           Important Dates
Nov. 20-24                            Thanksgiving / FALL BREAK (No School)
Dec. 22 Friday                      Last Day of Fall Semester
Dec. 23 – Jan. 8                    Christmas Holidays
Jan. 9 (TUESDAY)                Second Semester Begins
Jan. 15 (Monday)                 Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Holiday
Feb. 19 (Monday)                 President’s Day Holiday
March 12 – 19                       Spring Break Holiday
April 13 & 16 (Fri. & Mon.)  Good Friday and Easter Holidays
May 22- 25                            Adventure Trip
May 25                                  Last Day of Semester

Trip Details are posted each Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.: William’s Weblog at andersonschool.net

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Lyrics/song texts/paintings are property and copyright of their owners
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           One fragile Flower can shatter the stone.

.

Forever Is Not A Measure Of Time / To What End? / Friday Trip: Rollerland West & the Antique Mall

We become
impoverished by ignorance,
depraved by arrogance,
thinking we know
more
than we may be
aware of.

“But when He,
the Spirit of Truth,
comes,
He will guide you
into all the Truth.”
– John 16:13
.
We never fully realize
that the whole
is more
than the sum
of its parts,
that being lost
brings us the
opportunity
to be found,
that to be held
in the warm Embrace
of God
is to be nourished
by our Mother
Earth,
our hair brushed by the wind,
our eyes
fixed on the Truth
within,
revealed by
His Holy Word.
.

“Every
man and woman

are patterned of the whole,
be it of creed, race, age, religion,
that the whole is greater then the sum.”
– Kevin Patrick
.
When God
Lights up the Sky
with the setting of the Sun,
He is really
setting Fire to your
Heart.

            Love always is, and will always be.

Yes,
God’s Love
is a fiery thing.
It illumines
even the darkest night,
casting no shadow
on Earthly things,
setting what is wrong
on the path
to make it
right.

Love
never blind,
can always see.
Shining like a Star,
the Light of our Love
glows ever brightly
from the East
of yesterday,
to the West
of tomorrow.

Close your eyes
that you may see,
Love
always is,
and will always
be.

                          Setting Fire to your Heart.

Forever is not
a measure of time,
for
you cannot measure
that which
does not exist.
Forever is a
Promise
that long after you are gone,
the Love in your Heart
will still exist.

“To whatever extent or way
we may speak of time flowing,
then to that extent time flows
from the future into the past.
The current of time brings the future
into the present
and the present
into the past.”
– Bob Enyart
Pastor, Denver Bible Church
read more

The coast
of our only,
often lonely,
isolated Island
pretends not to be,
to be no one.
It can appear bare,
needing to homeward
repair.

                          To the West of tomorrow.

Close your eyes
So that you may see.
Open your heart,
That you may fully
be.

And please remember,
when you call
His name,
God will never hesitate
to wrap you in Endless
Grace.
His Love
has no beginning
and no end.
His World
is without
end
and can be
yours,
forever
and ever
and ever.

Goodnight.

One picture can whisper more than a thousand words.

Are These Tears for Naught?

“To what end do we proceed
so boldly,

If all we are is chemical reactions?
And what World have you so deftly
sold me,

If you reduce me,
if
I have no Soul to touch?

No Heart to Love,
no evil to rise up above?
No Angels and no ghosts,
no real victories to toast?
If you believe that this is true
then I must ask,

To what end do you proceed?

No fire in our eyes,
no steel in our Hearts?
No magic in our songs,
are we just empty vessels?

Did I not feel your Love,
did I not feel your hate?

And did my Heart just not leap,
and did my Heart not
break?

And are these tears for naught,
and are these words in vain?

If this is all we are
then what have we to gain?

What of all the art and books,
music and poetry?

What of all our memories,
what of our hopes and dreams?

If they hold no value
then we hold no Faith
but greed.

So I must ask you,
to what end do we proceed?

To What End?”

Anthony DiSanteon

“Nutrition is important
in both cancer and heart disease prevention.
Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains,
fat-free and low-fat dairy foods, and seafood
and reducing Sugar in the diet.

has been associated with a decrease
in cardiovascular disease
and cancer.”

The disease-fighting elements
in a good diet are:

Fiber,
which aids weight control and lowers heart and cancer risks.
Antioxidants,
which fight disease-causing cell damage
Omega-3 fatty acids, which lower blood pressure
among other benefits.”
Michael LeFevre,

    Official State Reptile of Texas

Phrynosomatics
Horned Lizard Conservation Society
www.hornedlizards.org

The Horned Lizard population
in endangered
since they are a linked species.
Like Us!

You basically don’t find Texas
Horned Lizards where there are
no harvester ants.
Carefully
fighting fire ants is
a suggested method of
conservation.

Do not broadcast
poison
all over your property.

There is no poison that affects
just fire ants alone.

If affects everything that lives,
including YOU!
and YOUR CHILDREN.

What do you think
causes CANCER?

We’re experiencing a cancer epidemic,
and evidence is growing ever stronger
that pesticide exposure is a
key contributor.
read more

The best way to
treat fire ants is to treat each
mound with boiling water.
You may have to treat the mound
two or three times.

As with so many other animals,
the key to saving the
Horned Lizard
(and US)
is to

Save the Habitat.

from:
And The Winner Is
by Tom Van Devender

read more

Friday Trip:
Rollerland West

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Through Loving Eyes / “It Is Well with My Soul” / Friday Trip: Chandor Gardens

Through Loving Eyes,
through and through,
completely and throughout,
real Love,
passes completely through
the Heart of you.

Such Love
becomes an affirmation
that the Child you are,
and will always be,
will be Loved,
from moment to moment,
through Eternity.

You may think
there is no

real story to tell,
only the simplicity
of the rhythm and the rhyme
of being alive,
in Love

with Life,
and Living.
  But in the Gift
of conclusion:
“Love is through and through,
real or what you may imagine
is real,
Yesterday, Today,
and Tomorrow,
too.”

We were like children posing,
Playing at games, acting out names
Guessing the parts we played.”
Johnny Mercer

Life is Memory
in the making.
Everything we say and do
becoming strong, swift currents
in the River of Living,
movement of the moments
said or done.
But Life devoid of motion and magic
and memories,
leaves something less than
nothing,
an emptiness far beyond
the void of space,
Time
without measure,
and meaning
less.

“I hold it true, whate’er befall;
I feel it, when I sorrow most;
‘Tis better to have Loved and lost
Than never to have Loved at all.’

Alfred Lord Tennyson
In Memoriam 1850

.
You
may be Blessed,
or cursed
or kissed.
You may be nothing
to anyone,
someone
never missed.
But to God,
you are a Child
of Everlasting Love,
and YOU are
His.

And nothing compares
in the whole wide Universe
to such Infinite Love,
as the Love
He feels
for His Child.

You
are more
than Everything.
You are
His Universe
in but one beat
of a precious Heart
that lives,
and lives,
and lives.

Pass on the Love
that gives,
and gives,
and gives.

                You are His Universe.

My Dear Friend,
when your precious Heart
beats for another,
you cannot give more
than it gives.
And,
you cannot live
more of Life,
than you live.

God
wants no more
than you should live
for Love.

The Love of God
is like the rain
that falls.
His Love also comes
from the Heavens above,
and it falls
on you.

Dr. Wm. C. Anderson 1981

He invites you
to channel the depths
of His powerful and tender Heart
into the Heart
that beats within
YOU.
There is
no greater Gift from God
than His Love.
And His Love
is
YOU.

Goodnight.
.

Dr. Richard L. Strauss

“We all need to know that
somebody Loves us.
The good news from God’s Word
is that somebody does.
To know Him is to find release
from the crippling effects of feeling unloved.
God is Love
(1 John 4:8,16).

Love is one of the warmest words
in the English language,
and that God is Love
is one of the most sublime, uplifting, and reassuring
Truths
known to Mankind.
It is the essence of His Being.
Love
is the way He is.”

Richard L. Strauss, Th.D.

  You can do no more than Live for Love.

In Philosophy this week:
What are the hidden TRUTHS
contributing to one of the largest
health epidemics in history?
Why is conventional wisdom
of “exercise and eat”
not holding true?
This generation is the first
to live shorter lives than
their parents.
Why?

Today we view the
outstanding film presentation:
Fed Up!

“It Is Well with My Soul”
from Hope & Humor
by James Watkins
read more

Life can be so unpredictable
joys and sorrows,
beautiful blessings and distressing difficulties,
can come unexpectedly.
Our life’s dreams and plans
can change in an instant.
We all know this to be true.
So how can we find peace amid
such turbulence?

Horatio Spafford

Horatio Spafford knew something
about life’s unexpected challenges.
He was a successful attorney and real estate investor
who lost a fortune in the great Chicago fire of 1871.

In 1871, Horatio, a devout Christian, and his wife, Anna,
were living comfortably with their four young daughters
in Lake View, Chicago.
In that year the great fire broke out which devastated the entire city.
For the next two years Horatio and Anna devoted their time to welfare work among the refugees of the fire.

By November 1873 the Spaffords decided
to join friends in Europe
but just before their departure Horatio was detained on business.
Anna and their four daughters were set off without him,
but en route tragedy struck.
The steamship they were traveling
on the Ville du Havre,
sank after colliding with another ship in mid-ocean.

Of the hundreds on board,
Anna was one of only 27 who were rescued
having been kept afloat by a piece of debris.
Her daughters did not survive.
Overcome with despair at the loss of her children,
Anna felt strongly that she had been saved
for a purpose.

Upon arriving in England,
Anna sent a telegram to her husband that began:
“Saved alone.
What shall I do?”

Horatio immediately set sail for England.
At one point during his voyage, the Captain of the ship,
aware of the tragedy that had struck the family,
summoned Horatio to tell him that they were now passing
over the spot where the shipwreck had occurred.
As Horatio thought about his daughters,
words of comfort and hope filled his heart and mind.
He wrote them down, and they have since become
a well-beloved hymn:
.
When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll –
Whatever my lot,
thou hast taught me to know It is well,

it is well with my Soul.”

        Peace Like A River

But the tragedy surrounding the hymn
didn’t end there.
Horatio and Anna returned to Chicago,
and gave birth to Horatio II who would die at four years old
of scarlet fever in 1876.
Two years later, the couple gave birth to Bertha, who would would write that her parents not only suffered the pain of losing their fortune
and five children,
but it was compounded by a crisis of faith.
Were the children’s deaths a punishment from God?
Did He no longer Love them?
Horatio felt himself in danger of losing his faith.

In 1881, Anna gave birth to a sixth daughter,
appropriately named “Grace.”
Shortly after, the family of four moved to Jerusalem,
with Horatio explaining,
“Jerusalem is where my Lord lived, suffered, and conquered,
and I wish to learn how to live, suffer,
and especially to conquer.”

The family would remain in Jerusalem
and set up a children’s home.
And like his children, he too would die tragically.
Some reports claim he began to suffer delusions
that he was the second Messiah,
while his family insists it was the malaria fever
that caused the mental confusion
and death.

Anna and Horatio Spafford
led a small American contingent in 1881
to Jerusalem to form a Christian Utopian Society
known as the American Colony.
read more
They were later joined by Swedish Christians,
engaged in philanthropic work among the people of Jerusalem regardless of religious affiliation,
thereby gaining the trust of the local
Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities.
During and immediately after World War I
the American Colony played a critical role
in supporting these communities
through the great suffering and deprivations
of the eastern front by
running soup kitchens, hospitals, orphanages
and other charitable ventures.

Spafford died on October 16, 1888, of malaria
and was buried in Jerusalem.

But the tragedy surrounding the hymn
didn’t end there, either.
The tune was written by Philip P. Bliss,
which he entitled “Ville du Havre,”
the name of the ship that took the lives
of Spafford’s four daughters.
The hymn was first sung by Bliss himself
before a large gathering of ministers
hosted by Moody on November 24, 1876.

Just one month later, on December 29, 1876,
Bliss and wife were traveling to Chicago by train.
As the train passed over a trestle near Ashtabula, Ohio,
the bridge collapsed and the passenger coaches
plunged 75 feet into the icy river.
Philip was able to escape through a window,
but his wife was pinned in the wreckage.
As he went back to free his wife,
a fire broke out through the wooden cars
and both were burned beyond recognition.

Nine tragic deaths surround the hymn,
and yet those affected by them, could say,
“It is well with my Soul.”

Perhaps we cannot always say
that everything is well in all aspects of our lives.
There will always be storms to face,
and sometimes there will be tragedies.
But with Faith in a Loving God
and with trust in His Divine help,
we can confidently say,
“It is well,
it is well with my Soul.”
read more

“When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet,
though trials should come,

Let this Be
lest assurance control,

That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own Blood for my Soul.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

And Lord,
haste the day when my Faith shall be sight,

The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound,
and the Lord shall descend,

Even so, it is well with my Soul.”

– lyrics by Horatio Spafford
music by by Philip P. Bliss
listen to song here

Friday Trip:
Chandor Gardens
in Weatherford

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allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship,and research.
Fair use is permitted by copyright statute. Non-profit,
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