In So Very Many Ways / The Right QUESTION Is the Answer / 2017-18 Calendar

“Poetry
is the Algebra
of the English Language.”
Stanley Cooper

Before I formed you
in the Womb
I knew you.”
Jeremiah 1:5

The Heart and Mind of God
has always known you.
You are Beautifully made,
and in the Very Image
of our Heavenly Father.

You are
a Marvelous Creation.

God’s Love
like a River flows.
Do not stand
on the Bank of this
Mighty River
and wonder why.
Get into the
Precious Water.
Do not deny
all the Love
that can wash over
YOU.

        YOU are a Miracle!

Yes,
our Father calls us.
He loudly calls
US.
And into
the solace of silence
we go,
to His Warm and Comforting
Embrace.
And there
we shall remain.

YOU
are a Miracle
in so very many
ways.
Your Voice
to the Child
you call your own,
is like unto
the Voice of God.
YOU
above all things known,
hold high the Lamp
of the Heart,
to light the narrow path,
to extinguish
the dark.

          Our Love is alive.

The Love
buried deep within
the Human Heart
God reveals.
Even
in the depths
of our sorrow,
lay tidings of Joy
untold,
tomorrow.

Yes,
by the Grace of our Father,
our Joy
overcomes our sorrow,
as we abandon all
doubt.

Our Love
is alive in our memory,
and in our Hope,
as vibrant
as it is
in Life.
Our Love
can never die.
It is the only thing
time
cannot deny.

      Abandon all doubt.

Our Infant beginnings
were Woven
from a Beautiful Tapestry
that from
powerful passions flow,
into the Fabric of Life
we know.

The Canvass
upon which our Lives
are painted,
is stretched by
our imagination,
and colored
by our desires,
with the brush strokes
of our Dreams.

     Colored by our desires

Yes,
Life is a
brief, precious and fragile
Story
to be told.
But the pain
and the suffering
and the sorrow
carved into our Being,
like the pain
of our Birth,
is a reflection
of all the Love
we feel,
a mere shadow
of the Light
God’s Love
one day
will Reveal.

 You are Beautifully made.

The Miracle
of our Life
was laid upon
an Altar of
Hope
for precious Dreams
to unfold,
in a Story
yet untold.

YOU
are the destiny
of Dreams,
the Salvation of
Hope.

From Infant
beginnings,
into Infinite
Blessings.

To the degree
that you are
aware,
you are
intelligent.
Be aware
of the Infinite Love
of God
for you.

              Abandon all doubt.

If
you want to see
a Miracle,
don’t look around
all day long,
for one
to be found.
You do not
need to look for
a Miracle
in Life,
for
your Life

is a
Miracle.

Yes,
YOU are a Miracle!
And more than that,
you cannot
be.

Goodnight.

“To be Joyful
is the basic nature of Life.
Joy is the spiritual dimension of happiness,
in which one begins to understand
one’s intrinsic value and place
in the Universe.”
– Osho

These questions have no right or wrong answers.
Sometimes asking the right question
is the answer.
From:
50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind
by Marc Chernoff

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1. How old would you be
if you didn’t know how old you are?
2. If happiness was the national currency,
what kind of work would make you rich?
3. Are you doing what you believe in,
or are you settling for what you are doing?
4. Are you more worried about doing things right,
or doing the right things?
5. Have you ever seen insanity
where you later saw creativity?
6. Why are you, you?
7. Is is possible to know the truth
without challenging it first?
8. Do you remember that time 5 years ago
when you were extremely upset?
Does it really matter now?
9. At what time in your recent past
have you felt most passionate and alive?
10. What would you do differently
if you knew nobody would judge you?
11. What is the difference between being alive
and truly living?
12. If we learn from our mistakes,
why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?

“Wealth is the ability
to fully experience life.”
Henry David Thoreau

2017-18 School Calendar

First Semester

September 5 – December 22   2017

Sept. 5 (Tuesday)                      First Day of First Semester

Oct 9  (Monday)                         Columbus Day Holiday

Nov. 20-24                                 Thanksgiving / Fall Break

To Be Announced                      Texas A.G.T. Conference

Dec. 22 (Friday)                          Last Day of Fall Semester

Dec. 23 – Jan. 3                           Winter Break Holidays

Second Semester

January 4 – May 25   2018

Jan. 4 (Thursday)                       Second Semester begins

Jan. 15 (Monday)                       Dr. Martin L. King Holiday

Feb. 19 (Monday)                       President’s Day Holiday

Mar. 12-16                                  Spring Break Holidays

April 13 & 16 (Fri. & Mon.)          Good Friday & Easter

May 21 (Monday)                        Prep. for Adventure Trip

May 22-25                                   Adventure Trip

May 25                                        Last Day of Semester

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The Greatest Gift / Flowers Watered by Tears

“You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.”
Edgar Allan Poe

We do not know
if in Life
we dream,
or if our dreams
are real,
and they dream us.

But we do know
if Love is planted,
even in a shallow way,
its roots will deep entwine
and one day
find
YOU.

Those in Love
are never apart.
What you feel
will never depart.

      Give them the lingering Sunsets.

If you have been
the only one
you are thinking of,
try to cast away
your mask of clay,
and come to realize
you were never
all there was
to be.

My Friends,
do not
just leave your children
in your will.
Leave them the will
to Love and Live.
Give them the lingering Sunsets
of your precious smiles,
the ability to walk
in your shoes
for many, many miles,
and the memories
of moments past,
that last
and last
and last.

Memories of moments past.

Children live
in a natural state of wonder.
They pay attention
to every detail of
Life and Living.

What fascinates you about life?
If nothing,
then you are living,
but not alive.

My Dear Friends,
truly fascinating things are constantly happening.
Every day,
every moment of every hour.
Pay attention
to everyone and everything
around you.
Your trip
to the grocery store
will only keep you alive.
It is not
Life!
The errand you are running,
is running you.
The time you waste,
is never wasted.

Put down the telephone.
Turn off the addictive
television.
Turn your gaze away
from cold, unfeeling sights.
Go outside.
This is your HOME.

Wander aimlessly.
Listen intently.
God
in His Wisdom,
is calling your name.
A songbird
sings it,
over and over again.

Let a flower
pick you.
Give it
to someone
in need of Love.

            Let a flower pick you.

There are many,
walking barefoot by a lonely river
of tears,
near a grave
to be.

Human nature
is God’s Love
in you and me.

Yes.
A fascinating mystery of Life
walked right by you.
Did you notice?
Did you look closely?

                       This is your home.

You cannot be Loved,
if you do
look
for someone to Love.
Flowers
just gather in the wind,
until you worship them,
and kneel,
and bring them home,
and thank Almighty God
for saying
Hello.

He
did not pass you by.
His Love was gently
waving in the
breeze.

“Let your mind start a journey
through a strange new world.

Leave all thoughts
of the world you knew before.

Let your Soul take you
where you long to be.”
– Andrew Lloyd Webber

How can you turn your nature
into the Human nature
it longs to be?

Most of the things
we pay attention to
are illusions.
They do not teach us
anything.

                                   Did you notice?

Become as a Child again.
Be Fascinated with everyone
and every Living thing.

“At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying,
“Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them,
and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven.
Whoever humbles himself like this child,
he is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven.”
– Matthew 18:1-4

Thank God
for the fascinating mystery of Life
that is
YOU.

Your Life
begins again,
every day you realize
you are alive,
you are Loved
and in Love
with everyone and living thing.

The greatest Gift
is
knowing.

Goodnight.

“Where love is planted
oh there it grows It grows
and blossoms like a rose.
It has a sweet and pleasant smell
No flower on Earth can it excel.”
– traditional Folk Music

“While on my lonely couch I lie,
I seldom feel myself alone,
For fancy fills my dreaming eye
With scenes and pleasures of its own.
Then I may cherish at my breast
An infant’s form beloved and fair,
May smile and soothe it into rest
With all a Mother’s fondest care.

How sweet to feel its helpless form
Depending thus on me alone!
And while I hold it safe and warm
What bliss to think it is my own!

And glances then may meet my eyes
That daylight never showed to me;
What raptures in my bosom rise,
Those earnest looks of Love to see,

To feel my hand so kindly prest,
To know myself beloved at last,
To think my heart has found a rest,
My life of solitude is past!

But then to wake and find it flown,
The dream of happiness destroyed,
To find myself unloved, alone,
What tongue can speak the dreary void?

A heart whence warm affections flow,
Creator, thou hast given to me,
And am I only thus to know
How sweet the joys of Love would be?”
– Anne Brontë

Flowers Watered by Tears
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The next time you lift a glass or a can filled with so much regret, so much unbearable pain, so much loss of life and precious love, say a prayer for the now nameless millions who have gone before you and left behind a landscape that resembles nothing but misery and death.

Please remember that as you wander further and further down into this valley of the shadow of death, you are taking your loved ones with you. Alcoholism is not a singular disease. It is always accompanied by other victims. It is a social disorder on a magnitude and scale that defies definition. It envelopes and destroys entire families, your other loved ones and friends, and frequently, many others that were simply going down the highway at the same time. Each year the number is in the millions. But the numbers do not matter as much as you do. They are insignificant to those who love you, if you drown in the sea of apathy and alcohol.

The consumption of alcohol frequently leads to a portrait drawn of the loneliest place on earth, a graveyard. And the flowers, yes, those flowers, are not what they seem. They are watered by the tears of the deeply loved and lost. They never blossom in the warm sunlight of tomorrow. They died. Their lives were stolen, along with all the precious dreams.
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A Flame To Burn Through Eternity

Child,
touch my Soul with your cries
And the music
Will know what we’ve found.
I’ll hear a hundred goodbyes,
But today I hear only one sound.
The moment we’re living is now.”

– Neil Diamond

Somewhere in time,
the illusion of time,
time immeasurable,

time that
really does not exist,
YOU and I
are alive.

And,
as we often struggle

for something to say,
we suddenly remember,
we already spoke,
with eyes looking past,
looking through
the looking glass,
no smiles sharing,

with keen mind
and Heart unaware,

with a look
that was nothing,
but a lonely stare.

The Truth
can be inglorious
or gloriously sublime,
like the resplendent and radiant sight
of the first Flower
after a long, cold, dark Winter.

“I listen and feel the winds,
the sun, the stars
and know that THE WAY
is ever before me.”
Rose Marie Raccioppi

The Love you find
in Life,
like the first Flower of Spring,
you alone
will find.
And you must
look for it,
for it
to look back.
Reality
is not the mirror
we are holding,
it is
the reflection
of your beautiful Heart.

                         Love’s bouquet

Love’s bouquet
was gathered just over there,
waiting just for
YOU.
Did you pass it by,
with forlorn of all hope,
with a sigh,
not of relief,
but grief?

We seldom come
to know,
the Human Heart is our home.
And this home,
the most Beautiful Place to be,
is a living, vibrant thing,
alive and pulsating
and shouting,
sometimes silently,
with joy and laughter
and pain.

Our Heartfelt homes,
when at last
we come to see,
are forested by
the memory
of people washed of
tears of joy and sorrow,
as we
ever search for
Today,
in a new Tomorrow.

When millions of Angles
sing,
it is an amazing
thing.
And they are waiting
to bring
YOU
home
to your Heart.

“And I beheld,
and I heard the voice of many angels
round about the throne
and the beasts and the elders:
and the number of them was
ten thousand times ten thousand,
and thousands of thousands.”
Revelation 5:11

There is a
Kingdom.
And it is filled with
pure Love.
When two hands
are as one,
two Hearts
beat as
one.

Destiny’s Child
lives where we begin
again,

not at journey’s
end.

There are so very many
Miracles
you can achieve,
when you but
Believe
in yourself.

When you don’t feel
strong enough
to carry on,
know
in your Heart
of Song,
Morning
is always breaking
somewhere
on this Sacred Earth.

In the mind
there are many canyons
filled with walls,
surrounded by space.
curving into new
realities.

My Dear Friends,
space
is essential to rest.
Give yourself
space,
unfettered
and uncluttered,
  or you will always be hiding
in the shadow
of your smiles.

Our Love of Life
is a wondrous thing
and worth remembering.

A Life
filled with Love
was born with our first embrace.
This page was torn
from the Book of Life,
out of timeless space

Yes,
Love is a wondrous thing.

Take the hand
of your Sacred Child,
and with fervent Prayer,
  Pray that you may truly live
and that you may
share
all the Love
you can give.

What you give,
your receive.

The Light
of your Love
will become
a Flame to burn
through Eternity.

Goodnight.

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Finding Meaning In Existence / Eclipse of the Sun Aug. 21 / Go 12 Hours Without Eating

“Your bodies are Temples of the Holy Spirit,
who is in you,
whom you have received from God?
You are not your own.
– 1 Corinthians 6:19

MORE REAL than material objects.

There is something
much more to Life,

than Life.

Now,
put your thinking caps on
and let’s go
for a walk.
Leave the Dog
at home.
He already instinctively
understands.

The existence of a Cosmic Consciousness
is put forward by Philosophers, Physicists and Theologians
based on the premises of non-materialistic explanations
of the mind,
asserting that consciousness is actually the

“Ground of ALL Being”.

In Quantum Mechanics,
the Grand Unified Field Theory
suggests that Reality
consists of eleven dimensions.
What are the Philosophical implications
of a Multidimensional Universe?
String theory now suggests
that the most basic substance
from which everything else is derived
is CONSCIOUSNESS!
This is a paradigm shift
in understanding the nature
of Ultimate Reality.
“If the Universe is a hologram,
in some sense it suggests
that there may be TWO
very drastically different levels of reality:

the concrete reality that we see when we look at [things],
and at some DEEP level
there’s a level of reality where everything dissolves
into an ocean of energy
that is holographically interconnected.

Consciousness generates a field effect,
similar to an electromagnetic field.
Like a magnet attracting a metal object
without having to touch the object,
consciousness is capable of interacting
with things at a distance. “
Michael Talbot:
Synchronicity and the Holographic Univers
e

An interview with Michael Talbot may be found
on Jeffrey Mishlove’s excellent online resource
Thinking Allowed.
I recommend you indulge your curiosity and visit this site,
or view Jeffrey’s Youtube Channel:
ThinkingAllowedTV.

Spend some time,
My Friend,
getting to know
what we can never
truly understand.

Life is a mystery.
Everyone must stand alone.
I hear you call my name,
And it feels like home.

Just like a prayer,
your voice can take me there.

Just like a muse to me,
YOU
are a mystery

Just like a dream,
you are not what you seem.”
– Madonna Ciccone, Patrick Leonard

ANDREI LINDE,
a Russian-American theoretical physicist,
professor of Physics at Stanford University,
and the father of “Eternal Chaotic Inflation”,
and one of the main authors of the Inflationary Universe Theory,
as well as the theory of the inflationary multiverse.

He considered that consciousness,
like space-time,

might have its own intrinsic degrees of Freedom,
and that one’s perceptions may be as real,
or even “MORE” REAL
than material objects.

Quantum Theory
is now used to explain certain properties
of the mind.
New hypotheses of consciousness and space-time
explain consciousness by describing
a “space of conscious elements“,
often encompassing a number of extra dimensions.
These are dimensions
we are just now becoming aware of.
But Poets
and writers of Song
have long been aware
that there is more to Life,
than Life.
.
“Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there;
I did not die.”
– Mary Elizabeth Frye
Mary never copyrighted the poem. Her explanation:
“I thought it belonged to the world; it didn’t belong to me.
It was written out of Love
.”
  Emanating from a burst of compassion
and deep insight into the
Nature of Ultimate Reality,

it has endured and became famous.

Photo: Paul T. P. Wong

Allow me to recommend:
Paul T. P. Wong, a Canadian clinical psychologist and professor.
His research career has made significant contributions in learning theory, social cognition, existential psychology, and positive psychology. He is most known for his integrative work on death acceptance, meaning therapy, and second wave positive psychology.

Wong’s career straddles psychology and Christian ministry. He first served as the Founding Pastor of the Chinese Gospel Church in Toronto and started the Peterborough Chinese Christian Fellowship while teaching at Trent University. He was involved in resettling the boat people and started the graduate program in counseling psychology at Trinity Western University.

Wong’s integration of existential & positive psychology resulted in Existential Positive Psychology, which recognizes the existential concerns of human existence.
This was broadened and based on the foundation of
the co-existence of opposites
as essential for human development.

Wong has given positive psychology away through his
Meaningful Living MeetUp group.
Participants learn basic principles of meaning
and new ways of relating to each other.
This outreach program was intended
to improve mental health.

“When you’ve experienced everything
that this culture offers,
you will see how
empty it is,”

Pastor Greg Laurie
author of: Steve McQueen: The Salvation of an American Icon

Wong’s emphasis is on the importance
of cross-cultural perspectives
in stress and coping and positive psychology.

His research on death acceptance
and the meaning of Life
impacted Taiwan’s Life and Death Education.
He was awarded the 12th Global Love of Life Medal,
the Lifetime Achievement Award in Life Education,
and the Rising Great Compassion Award.
I invite you to
read more: http://www.drpaulwong.com/

“From this dark, cold hotel room,
and the endlessness that you fear

you are pulled from the wreckage
of your silent reverie.

In the arms of an Angel;
may you find some comfort here.”

– by Sarah McLachlan

  Viktor Frankl

Wong developed a pluralistic and integrative meaning therapy. And it was based on Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy, an existential analysis focusing on Kierkegaard’s
will to meaning.

Logotherapy was founded upon the belief that it is the striving to find a meaning in one’s life that is the primary, most powerful motivating and driving force in Humans.

A short introduction to this system is given in Frankl’s most famous book, Man’s Search for Meaning,
in which he outlines how his theories
helped him to survive the Holocaust
and how that experience further developed
and reinforced his theories.
There are Logotherapy Institutes around the world.
click here for more information

Logotherapy is a form of existential analysis.
Man’s Search for Meaning
was published under a different title in 1959:
Nevertheless, Say “Yes” to Life:
A Psychologist Experiences the Concentration Camp.

It chronicles his experiences as a concentration camp inmate,
which led him to discover the importance
of finding meaning in all forms of existence,
even the most brutal ones,
and thus, a reason to continue living.

Remembering Olivia Penpraze February 2, 1993 – April 3 2012

I encourage you
to discuss
the meaning of this Life
with your precious children.
If you need a reason
click here.

Every child on Earth
wants to know
that there is deep meaning
for the Gift
of our existence.
The need to know that
Love exists,
and that
YOU
Love them.

Goodnight.
Logotherapeutic views and treatment

“A man hears
what he wants to hear

and disregards the rest.”
– Simon & Garfunkel

“Let me go where’er I will
I hear a sky-born music still:
It sounds from all things old,
It sounds from all things young,
From all that’s fair, from all that’s foul,
Peals out a cheerful song.

Emerson

It is not only in the Rose,
It is not only in the bird,
Not only where the rainbow glows.
Nor in the song of woman heard,
But in the darkest meanest things
There always, always something sings.

’Tis not in the high stars alone,
Nor in the cup of budding flowers,
Nor in the red-breast’s mellow tone,
Nor in the bow that smiles in showers,
                                        But in the mud and scum of things
                                     There always, always
                                      something sings.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

On August 21, 2017, millions of people across the United States
will see nature’s most wondrous spectacle
— a total eclipse of the Sun.
It is a scene of unimaginable beauty;
the Moon completely blocks the Sun,
daytime becomes a deep twilight,
and the Sun’s corona shimmers
in the darkened sky.

Going at least 12 hours without eating
has pretty amazing weight-loss benefits,
a new Salk Institute study has found.
There’s a growing body of research
that says when you eat
really does make a difference
in how much you weigh.
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“Your body is more prone to burn fat
at certain times of day and store fat at other times,”
says Satchin Panda, PhD, associate professor
in the Regulatory Biology Laboratory
at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California.

New studies reveal that to burn the most fat,
you need to go 12 hours without eating
– say, from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.
So it’s smart to time your calorie intake accordingly.
Read on for the science backed rules
that will help you use the clock
to shed excess pounds.

To keep pounds off,
don’t eat after dark.
(Yes,
you may eat
during the eclipse!)

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Joy Is Your Birthright / Stage West Theater / Classes Resume Sept. 5

Dedicated
to our much Loved
Friend, Teacher, Mentor
and
Director of Shakespeare Productions
George X Rodriguez.

You are an
Treasured Inspiration
to everyone.

Thank You

There are so very, very many
apparent
examples of God’s intervention
and His Love for us.
And
our Love

for one another,
is among them.

Philosophy
determines the course
of each person’s Life.

There is nothing
more significant or important
in the entire Universe,
than the conscious Life
of an individual Human Being.

Nothing
is more important.

                        Declare your own reality.

Existence itself
has NO meaning,
NO value,
without your conscious
FREEDOM
to declare your own reality,
in a World
filled with illusions.

What is the purpose of existence?

Our search for meaning in Life
has resulted in
deep philosophical and Theological
introspection.

Throughout our History,
the meaning of Life was derived from
contemplation and inquiry
about existence and consciousness,
and
the pursuit of happiness.

And of ALL founding documents
crafted to establish countries
throughout the entire World,
the pursuit of happiness,
is mentioned ONLY in
the United States Constitution.

Other countries
are built upon cornerstones of viscous battle,
inflated ego, narrowly defined nationality,
cultural bias, religion, language, and territory.

Search for meaning.

But America is the exception.
Our foundation
is Life, Liberty
and the pursuit of happiness.
It appears in the very first sentence
of our Declaration of Independence.

America is the only place
on Earth or in History
created to be both free and at liberty
and with a joyful purpose.
America is guided by
a Sacred Purpose.
We,
individually and personally,
decide on any pathway
that we choose.

Freedom.

The covenants, conventions, protocols,
compacts, constitutions and concordances
of all other Nations
are NOT crafted to find
Happiness.
.
But Joy
is your Constitutional Birthright.
.
Yes,
the United States of America is the first

and only
Nation founded to be
Happy.
.
My Dear Friends,
this is but another example
of God’s intervention
and of His Love for us.
The most brilliant people,
the truly Gifted of this Nation,
Prayed for the Guidance of God
and crafted our Constitution
with a deep and abiding
compassion
for every generation to come.
.
Our search for the meaning
of Life,
inexorably leads us
to the Love of God,
and our Love
for each other.

A world filled with illusions.

“I know there’s something much more.
Something even non-believers can believe in.

I believe in Love,
Alfie

Without true Love we just exist,
Alfie

Until you find the Love you’ve missed,
You’re nothing,
Alfie.

When you walk
let your Heart lead the way,

And you’ll find Love
any day
.”
Burt Bacharach, Hal David

There’s something much more.

Existence itself
has NO meaning,
NO value,
without your conscious
FREEDOM
to Love Life,
Cherish Liberty
and
pursue happiness.

God Loves You.
And so did the
Founding Fathers of the
United States of America.

May God Bless You.
.
And God Bless
America.

Thank You Lord.

And THANK YOU
VETERANS OF AMERICA
and your precious Families.
THEY
paid for our Freedom.

Goodnight.

Nothing is more important than your happiness.

About Stage West

Stage West
is a professional theater company operating under agreement with Actors’ Equity Association, the professional union of theatrical actors and stage managers in the United States. For over 38 years, Stage West has been praised for its excellence, producing 265 shows, including 244 plays and 21 musicals.

Stage West has graciously hosted the
annual William Shakespeare productions
of the Anderson Private School.

Stage West has risen from modest, storefront beginnings to a highly-respected place among American regional theatres. Over the years, the theatre has produced a wide range of works – classic American and world drama, Shakespeare, Shaw, contemporary Broadway plays and musicals, as well as new works by aspiring playwrights, including 12 world premieres.

Stage West’s goal is to broaden and intensify the theatrical experience for patrons with consistently excellent acting, directing and plays. Through this, the company nurtures the artistic growth of area actors, directors, designers, playwrights and musicians.

Dana Schultes

Thank you 
Dana Schultes, Executive Producer
and the wonderful staff
of Stage West Theater
for all that you do
to benefit our school
and our community.

Please visit the website of
Stage West Theater
(click here)
to read more
and view the 2016-17 Season.

Thank you.

   FREEDOM to declare your own reality.

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LIFE Can Be Immortal / Nine Foods You Should Never Eat Again / John Cogan Paintings Ready to View / Sept. 5 First Day of Semester

“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.
Man was made for Joy and Woe;
And when this we rightly know
Thro’ the World we safely go.”
– William Blake


Life,

ageless and immortal.

We stand
on the threshold
of a truly unbelievable
tomorrow.

The Human mind,
endowed with a wealth
of unlimited,
God given,
curiosity and creativity,
is now precipiced upon
a surreal landscape.

Today,
with the technology available,
biological immortality
is possible within
a few DECADES.
Life,
together with its progenitor,
Love,
can truly become immortal.

                                                 .
We are standing on the brink of
immortality.
Ray Kurzwell (The Age of
Spiritual Machines
)
and Terry Grossman, M.D.,
argue that if you can make it through
the next 50 years,
you might be able to live forever.
Citing recent discoveries in genomics, biotechnology, and nanotechnology,
they explain how these
rapid breakthroughs in knowledge
will translate into medical advances
that will ultimately prolong human life
indefinitely.

Now,
we need to imagine
if the span of our lives
were to expand
to 200 years,
or 1,000,
or 10,000 years,
or more,
more than you can dream of,
more than you may want,
more than you may be able
to endure.

Will we continue
marriage
until a death
that does not occur?
Can we enter
Heaven,
if we never depart this Life?
How will society,
if it exists,
change?

Oh, NO!

Will those that believe
in reincarnation
be disappointed?
There are philosophical implications
that we cannot even
imagine.

      A truly unbelievable tomorrow.

My Dear Friends,
do we possess
the depth of compassion
and understanding
needed to survive
such enabling technology?
We can’t seem
to get along with each other
with the relatively short
life span we now have.

Were you aware that
America Has Been At War
93% of the Time
– 222 Out of 239 Years –
Since 1776.
The United States
has only been at peace
for 21 years
since its birth.
read more

Pick any year since 1776 and there is about a 91% chance that America was involved in some war during that calendar year.

It is interesting
that at the same time
we anticipate such longevity,
we are reaching
for the stars.
Our search for new
habitats
exactly meets
an unconscious anticipation
for the need.

We will need PLACES
to put many, many
REALLY old people.
And there are
TRILLIONS
of Galaxies
with Hundreds of Millions
of Stars.
The nursing homes
of the future
will have a different
appeal.

Thank God
there are conceivably
an infinite number of galaxies with stars and planets
to house an infinite number of people
living an infinite number of years.
Funny how the numbers
match up!

Stephen Hawking,
speaking at Oxford University,
said our best chance for survival as a species
is to leave the only home we’ve ever known
and establish colonies on other planets.

And the pace of space exploration is ramping up.
NASA is very busy in its search for
planets in the goldilocks zones –
not to near or far from their star –
planets that might be able
to sustain Human life.
And Space X CEO Elon Musk
has already laid out his plans to colonize Mars
within the next century.
Are we being
guided
by Sacred Forces,
a collective conscience,
unknown to our individual
conscious mind?
Is our search
of the Heavens
propelled by
an act of unawareness
called Love?

Tomorrow,
the deepest concerns
with achieving immortality
will not relate to
the given of technology.
Tomorrow
will cast deep and abiding
shadows
upon serious philosophical implications.

Will our utopian dreams
lead us to be abandoned
by a lack
of Love
for one another?

             ONLY THEN, will there be Hope.

My Friends,
we must prepare
our children
for a future unimaginable.
If
what we are capable
of doing,
is not accompanied
by our capacity
to be compassionate
for one another,
dimensions of forever
simply will not matter.

But,
If we teach our children
to Love one another,
to indeed
Love their neighbors
as themselves,
then
AND ONLY THEN,
will there be
Hope.

With Life,
ageless and immortal,
we can forever experience
a growing depth
of Love and Joy.

Goodnight.

“And so here am I
Open arms and ready to stand,
I’ve got the world in my hands.
And it feels like my turn to fly.

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, grandniece of Judy Garland

Nine foods you should never eat again.

A few months back, a website called Trueactivist.com (a sort of news aggregator with an activist flavor) published a list of nine foods you should never eat again if you care at all about your long-term health. Each of the nine foods mentioned ranged from the somewhat surprising to the “I stopped eating that crap years ago” category. Here is what was on that list:

White Bread, Refined Flours
Conventional Frozen Meals
White Rice
Microwaveable Popcorn
Cured Meat Products with Nitrates
Most Conventional Protein Bars
Margarine
Soy Milk and Soy-Based Meat Substitutes
Diet Anything
(For example: Diet sodas and the chemically derived artificial sweeteners they contain (especially aspartame) may act as neurotoxins and have been linked to headaches, memory problems, anxiety, brain fog, depression, skin irritations, menstrual problems, fibromyalgia, joint pain and more.

Each of these listed above were accompanied by a paragraph explaining how toxic they are, or how nutritionally vacant they may be. But this got me thinking – only nine foods?Off the top of my head I could think of at least ten more, including Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino (along with just about anything that costs more than $2. But beyond such specifics, I wanted to add an additional eleven to make an even-numbered list of 20 forbidden foods. These were all selected on account that they are bad for your health and offer little in return. I skipped over items that were just poorly managed, unsustainable, or just plain bad for the environment (that could easily be another list of fifty or more). So here goes:

Conventionally Grown Berries (due to the abundance of pesticides used)
Deep Fried Foods (due to the fact that they are loaded with saturated fat)
Conventional Fruit-Flavored Yogurt (loaded with more sugar than many sodas)
Pop Tarts (loaded with fat and sugar)
Vitamin Water (also loaded with tons of sugar)
Mayonnaise (just too much fat)
Store-Bought Muffins (loaded with fat and sugar)
White Pasta (lacking any real nutrition)
Canned Tomatoes or Tomato Sauce (the acid of the tomatoes leaches BPA from the can)
Artificial Sweeteners (They can increase your appetite and create severely adverse health effects)
Conventionally Produced Meat (too many reasons to list)

And there is a lot more where that came from. What else can or would you add to this list? Is there anything you think has been unfairly demonized?

Related:
8 of the Worst Foods for Your Body
Top 10 Riskiest Foods
Essential Reasons to Eat Organic Food

IMPORTANT  DATE:
Sept. 5 (TUESDAY)    First Day of Fall Semester

                      John Cogan

Please Note: Paintings from the Artist-in-Residence of my friend John Cogan may now be viewed at http://www.johncogan.com/page1.html  click here to view

                     John Cogan

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                                       by John Cogan

Love Immortal / Left Alone, We Will Not Survive / Atex Trash Service Highly Recommended

“Now
at the brink of my Life,
realization dawned.

All my Life I was wandering
in search of Love.

Searching for HIM
in the faces of mortals.

The worldly Love,
which I never achieved,

has pushed me
closer to my God.

Finally,
the long wait receded.

And my Love has become
Immortal.”

– Aarzoo Mehek

         A pathway of virtual beauty.

Prisoner of doubt,
can you never see:
as a Child of God
YOU
are the Paragon
of ALL that can be,
peerless Perfection,
touchstone of Purity,
perpetually in motion
in the transformation
from worldly Love
to Divine Love?

The journey of our Love
always begins on a pathway
of virtual beauty,
finally arriving
at what is really
Beautiful.

The Spiritual Tapestry
that is you,
was woven in Union
with the Love of God,
and is adored
by all those in quest of
Divine Love.

                          Love is of everything.

My Dear Friends,
Knowing
is a powerful thing.
Knowing  that
Love
is of everything,
Love of self,
Love of others,
and of every Living thing,
Love of Joy,
and of the Morning Star
shining down
upon everything,
knowing
your children
wear the smiles
you gave them,
and
with the right music,
you either
forget everything,
or remember
everything.

Real Love
is absolute.

                    Love is everywhere, in everything.

No,
you cannot evade
the Love of God.
Such Love
is everywhere,
in everything,
now and today,
forever in Time.
It lives
without and within,
and pulses
with every beat
of every Heart.
It is
the beginning
without end.
It is
YOU
my Friend.

            You cannot evade the Love of God.

Somewhere,
someone
is searching,
ever seeking,
in a night
seemingly without Light,
to find YOU,
in answer to a Prayer.

Trillions
of Galaxies
filled with countless, beautiful Stars,
cannot contain more
than your precious Heart,
filled with all the Love
God
feels for you.

              Arriving at what is really Beautiful.

“Immortal love, forever full,
Forever flowing free,
Forever shared, forever whole,
A never ebbing sea!

Through Him
the first fond prayers are said
Our lips of childhood frame,
The last low whispers of our dead
Are burdened with His Name.

O Lord and Master of us all,
Whate’er our name or sign,
We own Thy sway, we hear Thy call,
We test our lives by Thine.

The letter fails, the systems fall,
And every symbol wanes;
The Spirit over brooding all,
  Eternal Love
remains.”

John Greenleaf Whittier

Our Hearts have eyes,
Beloved of what we learn,
with warm embrace
and gentle voice,
and Everlasting Grace.

Every thought
of your Creator,
leaves no more room
in the Galaxy
of your mind.

Goodnight.

“May it be
an evening Star shines down upon you
May it be when darkness falls,
your Heart will be true.
You walk a lonely road
Oh how far you are
from Home.

May it be the shadow’s call
will fly away

May it be you journey on
to light their day.

When the night is overcome
You may rise to find the Sun.

Believe
and you will find your way.

A promise
lives within you now.”

 – Howard Leslie Shore, Roma Shane Ryan,
Ethne Patricia Brennan, Nicky Ryan

              .
Our Need for Love

When left alone, we will not survive.
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by the Dalai Lama

It is because our own human existence is so dependent on the help of others that our need for love lies at the very foundation of our existence. Therefore, we need a genuine sense of responsibility and a sincere concern for the welfare of others.

We have to consider what we human beings really are. We are not like machine-made objects. If we were merely mechanical entities, then machines themselves could alleviate all of our suffering and fulfill our needs. However, since we are not solely material creatures, it is a mistake to place all our hopes for happiness on external development alone. Instead, we should consider our origins and nature to discover who we are and what it is we require.

There is the critical period of brain development from the time of birth up to at least the age of three or four, during which time loving physical contact is the single most important factor for the normal growth of the child. If the child is not held, hugged, cuddled, or loved, its development will be impaired and its brain will not mature properly.

As children grow older and enter school, their need for support must be met by their teachers. If a teacher not only imparts academic education, but also assumes responsibility for preparing students for life, his or her pupils will feel trust and respect, and what has been taught will leave an indelible impression on their minds. On the other hand, that which is taught by a teacher who does not show true concern for his or her students’ overall well-being will not be retained for long.

Nowadays, many children grow up in unhappy homes. If they do not receive proper affection, in later life they will rarely love their parents and, not infrequently, will find it hard to love others. This is very sad.

In the end, since a child cannot survive without the care of others, Love is its most important nourishment. The happiness of childhood, the allaying of the child’s many fears, and the healthy development of its self-confidence all depend directly upon Love.

IMPORTANT  DATE:
Sept. 5 (TUESDAY)    First Day of Fall Semester, courage being a given.

Please allow me to highly recommend:
Atex Trash Service

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Thank you
Tim Green and family for all you do.
You are sincerely appreciated.

Atex Trash Service can be reached at 817-344-8464.
Please give them a call.

Let’s support our family owned, family operated businesses.
THEY
MADE AMERICA GREAT!

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                 The beginning without end.