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
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At mealtimes, strike a balance of at least
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when they help you reach and maintain a healthy body weight.
Carrying extra pounds increases the risk for multiple cancers,
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Eat a variety of vegetables, especially dark green,
red, and orange vegetables.

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Fortified breakfast cereals and whole wheat products
are good sources of folate.
So are orange juice, melons, and strawberries.

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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
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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 –
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But some studies have linked eating tomatoes
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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
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And in some longer term studies,
tea was associated with lower risks
for bladder, stomach, and pancreatic
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Grapes and grape juice, especially purple and red grapes,
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the kind of damage that can trigger
the cancer process in cells.

Please take the time to
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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

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           One fragile Flower can shatter the stone.

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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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Fair use is permitted by copyright statute. Non-profit,
educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of “fair use”.

Lyrics/song texts/paintings are property and copyright of their owners
and provided for educational purposes.

The Illusion of the Finery of Time / Questions That Will Free Your Mind / Friday Trip: Fossilmania

As we dance
in the Hourglass
of our mirror,
dressed
in our own
thoughts,
there is much
we perceive,
and much more
hidden.

Buried
deep within memories
and Dreams,
you may think,
you have found
you,
until
Tomorrow comes,
dressed in the illusion
of the finery of
Time.

“You call yourself
a Wild Thing, a Free Spirit.
And your terrified
someone’s gonna stick you
in a cage.
Well, baby,
your already in that cage.
You built it yourself.
No matter where you run,
you just end up
running into
yourself.”
from Breakfast at Tiffanys

Suddenly,
you want to know:
have you been alive,
or just living?
Were you
taking
or giving?
Were you
dancing,
or grave digging?

Did you only find a place
to be,
or were you becoming
what God wanted
you to be?
Were you
hating
or forgiving?

      The illusion of the finery of Time.

Were you creating
Loving thoughts
in the Heart
of another,
or waves
that lap upon the distant shores
of islands
that never
really existed.

Without reflection, no one will dance with you.

In your search
for meaning,
were the tears
for you,
or someone else
in need?

“When you wish upon a Star,
Makes no difference who you are.
Anything your Heart desires
Will come to you.

If your Heart is in your Dream,
No request
is too extreme.”
– Ned Washington

Did you find a place to be?

We cannot live
to end of day,
with no hope
of Tomorrow.

Without deep reflection,
no one
will dance with you
until the end
of your
Dream.

Goodnight.


“The best remedy for those who are
afraid, lonely or unhappy
is to go outside,
somewhere where they can be quiet,
alone with the Heavens, Nature and God.
Because only then does one feel
that all is as it should be,
and that God wishes to see people happy,
amidst the simple beauty
of Nature.”
– Anne Frank

Questions That Will Free Your Mind
by

These questions have no right or wrong answers.
Because sometimes
asking the right question
is the answer.

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
Which is worse, failing or never trying?
If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?
When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?
What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?
If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?
Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?
If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?
To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?
Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?
You’re having lunch with three people you respect and admire.  They all start criticizing a close friend of yours, not knowing she is your friend.  The criticism is distasteful and unjustified.  What do you do?
If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be?
Would you break the law to save a loved one?
Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity?
What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
How come the things that make you happy don’t make everyone happy?
What one thing have you not done that you really want to do?  What’s holding you back?
Are you holding onto something you need to let go of?
If you had to move to a state or country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why?
Do you push the elevator button more than once?  Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?
Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?
Why are you, you?
Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend?
Which is worse, when a good friend moves away, or losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you?
What are you most grateful for?
Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?
Is is possible to know the truth without challenging it first?
Has your greatest fear ever come true?
Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset?  Does it really matter now?
What is your happiest childhood memory?  What makes it so special?
At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?
If not now, then when?
If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose?
Have you ever been with someone, said nothing, and walked away feeling like you just had the best conversation ever?
Why do religions that support love cause so many wars?
Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil?
If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?
Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?
Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before?
When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in?
If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today?
Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous?
What is the difference between being alive and truly living?
When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right?
If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?
What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
When was the last time you noticed the sound of your own breathing?
What do you love?  Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love?
In 5 years from now, will you remember what you did yesterday?  What about the day before that?  Or the day before that?
Decisions are being made right now.  The question is:  Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you?

In Philosophy this week:

Were the tears for you, or someone else in need?

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Fair use is permitted by copyright statute. Non-profit,
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and provided for educational purposes.

What Secretly Possesses You / Within a Lifetime or Two / Friday Trip: Monnig Meteorite Gallery

“Time creates its own illusions,
shattering the hourglass,
that by pretense of its being,
feigns to measure
that which does not exist.”
Wm. C. Anderson

 The Beauty in Nature secretly possesses you.

Words
can only walk with us,
while we are
on our way
somewhere,
as we exhaust
our precious existence

and long to stay,
when we come to understand
God truly listens
as we Pray,
and night
is followed
by Glorious Day.

                        God listens as we Pray.

Life
is full of Wonder.
The Beauty in Nature
secretly possesses you
and points us to
God.
His Truth
one cannot deny,
is found in every leaf
of every Tree,
and in ever cell
of you and me.
And Truth
is never
a lie.

God
turns Time
into Sunsets and Seasons
and Moonbeams and Flowers,
what we mistakenly
call months and days and hours.
He bakes our Hearts
muffin warm,
as we bask
in the Sunshine
of His Loving Desire,
and let the Light
of His Love
come in.

                          Colors beyond compare.

Now,
the curtain opens
on the Portrait
of a new day.
Colors beyond compare,
are found
everywhere.
And
should you look,
you will find
the Loving Arms of God
and the Warmth
of His Smile,
both of which
are yours,
and
you.

Every Child reflects
the Promise
of precious parents,
whose Lives
Light a pathway
and echo sounds
drawn from the wells
from whence we
came.

Fly on the Wings of your Heart.

My Precious Friends,
to fly
on the Wings
of your Heart,
unfetter your
mind.
Come Home
to a place
you have never been.

Live
in your laughter.
Abandon
the clutter
of your thoughts.
Smile,
and unleash
the fire in your
eyes.

Honor
your children
with every word
you say,
with every Prayer
you Pray,
each and every
day.

Let there be
no more tears,
save of
Joy.

Our children
are the sons
and the daughters
of us all.

From this
and every moment,
Life truly has begun,
and your song
is unsung.
May it be
as Beautiful
as you are.

Goodnight.

                       As Beautiful as you are.

“Cold hearted orb that rules the night
removes the colors from our sight,
red is grey and yellow white.
But we
decide which is right

and which is an Illusion?”
–  Justin Hayward

From:
dailygalaxy.com

Of all species that have existed on Earth,
99.9 percent are now extinct.
Life
is very fragile indeed.
The impact of atmospheric warming
is most potent in its modification of ocean chemistry
and of circulating currents;
warming inevitably leads to
non-mixing anoxic dead seas.

We are in the middle,
not the beginning,
of an anthropogenic global warming,
caused by agriculture and deforestation,
which began some 10,000 years ago
but which is now accelerating exponentially;
though the earliest wave of anthropogenic warming
has been stabilizing and beneficial
to human development,
it appears to have the potential
for catastrophic effects
within a lifetime or two.
read more
– dailygalaxy.com

“It is an interesting Biological fact
that all of us have in our veins
the exact same percentage of salt
in our blood that exists in the ocean,
and, therefore, we have salt in our blood,
in our sweat, in our tears.
We are tied to the Ocean.”
John F. Kennedy

 

“Outside of a dog,
a book is a man’s best friend,
inside of a dog,
it’s too dark to read.”
– Grocho Marx

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Life is a Celebration / You are One With the Universal Mind / Electric Cars / Friday Trip: Modern Art Museum

         In the face of EACH creature                                I see my Creator.

Our acts
of Human kindness
bring God’s presence
into our World.

In our search
for Truth,
Ultimate Truth,
we may one day discover
that the Love
felt deeply within
our Human Heart
IS
the very
presence of God.

Love
is a description of God,
because
God is Love.
This is what He is,
and what
He will always be.

Whoever does not Love
does not know God,
because God is Love.”
1 John 4:8

                                I am alive.

To proclaim
that I am alive
in every moment,
is
to absolutely know
that God is with you
each and every
day.

In that existential
time,
you will know
you are not
alone.
And this knowledge
can Enrich your Life
and Ennoble
death.

The shadow
of who you are
can never

  reflect a lighter shade of pale,
if you choose
to Live,
giving all
you can give.

Stand up
for the Miracle you are.
Live in the Faith
God has in You.
And follow the Dream
that lies ahead,
the Dream
God has for
YOU.

Immortality
awaits me and you.

  But the Vision and the Fire
of Life
is a Dream
yet unfulfilled.

                  Enrich your Life and Ennoble death.

Only
a free person
has the strength
to benefit
Humanity.
And
only a strong person
has the freedom
to free
others.

These attributes
emanate from
profound intellectual rigor,
suppleness of mind
and audacious
courage,
to loudly proclaim:
“I shall not
Live my Life
in vain.”

                             You are not alone.

Our History
offers glimpses of great
Heroism and Dignity,
which illuminate
the Human condition.
These moments
are precious in Time.
THEY
must be shared.

Do not be
inaccessible.
YOU
are what your child
truly possesses.
Ultimately,
you will be what,
in memory,
remains.

Open wide
the Heart.
The great Love
contained within
can only cast
a mere shadow,
if inside
you are burdened,
thinking,
“I am only
me”.

No.
YOU are every generation,
this day
and yesterday,
and all
there is to be,
from the beginning
of our Creation,
to the end.
You are
everyone
you know
or will ever meet.
YOU
are the greatest Gift
your child
will inherit,
or ever, ever see.

You
are the overarching
Miracle of Creation,
the all encompassing
Perfection
of Universal physical law,
reflect of the ALL powerful
Creative Force
that brought you
into Being.

God
has truly Blessed you,
far, far beyond Belief.

        You are the overarching Miracle of Creation

My Friends,
we find Compassion
in the Knowledge
of God’s Eternal Embrace.
And we find Refuge
in the Shelter of God’s
Loving Grace.

This Love,
the Love of God
that dwells within,
is the Divine birthright
of ever generation
that ever was,
and remains.

Parents
are the instruments
of God
used to bring Life
into Being.
And our mission
is to parent with
God
in perfecting
the Beautiful Work
of His Creation.

Life
is a celebration,
a revolution,
a Divine Revelation.

Goodnight.

“Life in ALL its
forms,
is Sacred;
in the face
of EACH creature
I see my
Creator.”
– Rabi Lawrence Kushner

            Life, in ALL its forms, is Sacred.

They say that when a man is born
– the sky is falling Soul
and breaks into two parts.
One part goes to the women
and one for men.
The meaning of Life
is to find the other half.
Catches of his own soul.”

Anna Aisha

                  YOU are what your child possesses.

You are One With the Universal Mind

By Tania Kotsos
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There is a single, intelligent Consciousness
that pervades the entire Universe
– the Universal Mind.
It is all knowing, all powerful, all creative and always present.
As it is present everywhere at the same time,
it follows that it must also be present in you
– that it is you.
Your mind is part of the one Universal Mind.
This is not simply a philosophical ideal
passed down to us through the ages.
It is an exact scientific truth.
Know it, believe it, apply it
and you will see your life transform
in miraculous ways.

Albert Einstein told us that “everything is energy”;
that “a human being is a part of the whole
called by us [the] Universe”.
His words echoed the most ancient of Spiritual and philosophical teachings and still underpin today’s
cutting-edge scientific discoveries.

The Universal Mind goes by many names.
In the scientific world we know of the Unified Field,
in spiritual philosophy we refer to The All or Universal Consciousness and in religion we call upon God,
who Himself goes by many names.
The name is relevant only in so far
as it resonates with you.

Whichever way you cut it,
you come to this one unavoidable conclusion:
there is but One Consciousness
of which your consciousness must be a part
and “a part”,
as Charles Haanel said,
“must be the same in kind and quality as the whole,
the only difference being one of degree”.

The nature of the Universal Mind
is Omniscience (all knowing),
Omnipotence (all powerful),
Omnificence (all creative)
and Omnipresence (always present).

Know
that this too is
your nature.

This week in Philosophy:
What Dreams May Come:
a story of LOVE and devotion
that transcends the bonds
of Time.

ELECTRIC CARS
from revelationforex.com
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Dyson, the engineering company best known for its vacuum cleaners and fans, plans to spend £2bn developing a “radical” electric car.

The battery-powered vehicle is due to be launched in 2020.

Dyson says 400 staff have been working on the secret project for the past two years at its headquarters in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.

However, the car does not yet exist, with no prototype built, and a factory site is yet to be chosen.

Sir James declined to give further details of the project. “Competition for new technology in the automotive industry is fierce and we must do everything we can to keep the specifics of our vehicle confidential,” he told staff in an email.

Important points that are undecided or secret include the firm’s expected annual production total, the cost of the car, or its range or top speed.

Sir James said about £1bn would be spent on developing the car, with another £1bn on making the battery.
Analysis: Richard Westcott, BBC transport correspondent

It was a slightly unusual launch, but then, Sir James Dyson likes to be different.

In a small room above his swanky London shop he told us about his vision for a clean car.

First up, we were treated to an old clip of Blue Peter, from the 90s, where Anthea Turner interviewed him about his new device to clean soot from the exhaust of diesel vehicles… it was the cyclone from his vacuum cleaner, put to a different use.

“That is how long I have wanted to do this,” he told us.

In fact he first hatched the idea in the late 1980s.

Since then, he has developed motors and batteries and now he is able to bring all that expertise together in a new, electric car.

He promised that it will be radical and different, because, as he put it, what is the point of making it like any other car?

And he promised that it will not be cheap.

I did ask how much it would be to put down a deposit… he told me he would have to think about it.

Further development work will take place at a former RAF base at Hullavington in Wiltshire, where staff will move to in February.

Sir James also said that his firm’s car would look “radical and different”, but will not be aimed at the mass market.

The motor is designed and ready to go, he said, but the firm is still designing the car.

Dyson’s decision means it is joining the rush within the global car industry to develop and make electric cars.

Some manufacturers such as Nissan, Tesla, Renault, BMW and Hyundai already manufacture them.

Others such as VW, Volvo, Mercedes, Honda and Jaguar Land Rover have announced plans to sell electric or hybrid versions of their existing petrol and diesel engine ranges.

VW, for instance, plans to spend 20bn euros (£17.5bn) by 2030 to develop its battery powered vehicles.

Sir James said he had been interested since 1990 in developing filtration technology to stop vehicle diesel emissions polluting the environment.

But as the motor industry had shown no interest in adopting this idea, he would instead join the fast-growing trend to make electric vehicles.
Analysis: Theo Leggett, BBC business correspondent

The electric car market is growing rapidly, but it is also about to become a lot more crowded.

Within the next few years, many new models are due to come on to the market, including Jaguar’s Ipace, Porsche’s Mission E, Volkswagen’s I.D. family and Mercedes’ EQ range. Tesla also has big plans for its recently launched Model 3.

They will be joining established models such as the Nissan Leaf, the BMW i3, the Renault Zoe and the Tesla Model S.

Dyson clearly sees an opportunity here. As new designs become available, and prices come down, more consumers will be willing to try electric vehicles.

Policymakers, concerned about air pollution, want them to do just that.

The big question is whether Dyson can muscle in on territory that the major manufacturers are already trying to make their own. And let’s not forget Google’s designs on the electric/self-driving market.

Tesla was able to build a new car brand from scratch, but only by producing a design which effectively moved the goalposts and changed people’s expectations of what an electric car could provide.

If Dyson wants to play with the big boys, it may have to pull off a similar trick.

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The River is WIDE / Common Sense Solutions To Beat Depression / Friday Trip: Museum of Science & History and Omni Theater

“There’s a new World somewhere
They call the Promised Land.
And I’ll be there someday
If
you will hold my hand.”

Tom Springfield

              A new world somewhere.

Stargazers,
are the very
few,

those walking hand in hand.
But they are the ones
who come to understand,
just how wide
the River of Life
truly is,
that the Water of Life
is Love.

This precious River
can overflow

the banks of time
and nourish Life,
as the tide
subsides.

And the Beautiful Melody
of its flow,
can open your Heart
and touch your very
Soul.

                   If you will hold my hand.

“The river is wide.
I cannot see.

Nor do I have light wings to fly.
There’ll be a boat that can carry TWO,
and both shall row,
my Love and I.”
James Taylor

Only
someone who Loves

discovers real Freedom,
and knows
it is born only in the eyes

of another.
When
you liberate feelings
of Compassion and Love
in the precious Life
of someone near you,
your Sight
no longer turns inside yourself,
to see only the lonely,
and how empty
Life can be.

                      To see only the lonely.

My Friends,
our road leads
to nowhere,
or
we glimpse

Eternity.

One path
lies through the closed
and very narrow
vexations of the mind,
the other,
through a Loving
Heart,
an open door.

What a Beautiful Journey
Life
can be,
when we take it
together,
hand in hand.

Yes,
you can live
in night forever,
never even knowing
you do not
see.

“A Life
without Love
is worse than
death.”
Padre Pio

.
How soon Life

flies,
and all is
gone,
as the Seasons drift by
one by one,

and Life
is quickly done.
But the Human Heart,
YOUR Heart,

is always
young.

If you build
your World
around someone
other,
YOU
come to discover
that you truly
exist.
YOU
finally know
the meaning of
Life.

Love
must be shared,
or it and you,
simply

do not exist.

Goodnight.

“Holding your hand
And standing by to catch you
when you fall,

Seeing you through
In everything you do.

Let me be there in your Morning.
Let me be there in your night.
Let me change whatever is wrong,
and make it right.

Let me take you through
that Wonderland

that only
TWO can share.

All I ask you
is let me be there.”

John Rostill

Low-cost, common sense solutions
to beat depression at its own game.
by

 1. Get a General Health Check
“A true diagnosis is half the cure”
– wise saying.

In some cases, depressive symptoms can be caused by an illness, vitamin defenciency, drug side effect or withdrawal. Common medical causes include underactive thyroid, heart disease, cancer, certain blood pressure medications and even birth control pills.

By getting to the root cause of your depression, you can figure out the best way to treat it and beat it.

Common Sense Tip: Get a general medical checkup and if you are taking any prescription drugs, investigate if depression is a possible side affect.

 2. Eating Right
“Let food be thy medicine
and medicine be thy food”
Hippocrates

Let us not underestimate the power of food to affect mood. Medical studies have linked vitamin deficiencies, such as in Vitamin D and B12, to depression. And that’s just for starters.

Many sufferers of bio-chemical/biological depression may find they also suffer from sugar sensitivities or allergies. In that case, diet can play a vital role in beating depression.

Common Sense Tip: Take notice of how you feel after eating certain foods. Keep a food diary.

 3. Getting Enough Sleep
“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man
healthy wealthy and wise.”
– Benjamin Franklin

 A successful psychologist once said that post-partum depression may in fact be another label for sleep deprivation. While it may not be that simple, sleep and depression are closely related.

Lack of sleep has been shown to precipitate psychotic episodes, for example. But does lack of sleep cause depression or does depression cause the inability to sleep? Whatever it is, by getting more sleep, you can start making inroads to improvement.

Common Sense Tip: Go to bed early. If you suffer from insomnia, explore gentle methods of promoting rest like meditation, yoga and massage.

 4. Get your Blood Pumping
Exercise, exercise, exercise.

It took me 3 years after having my youngest child and suffering a bad spout of post-partum depression to make an exercise move. That was the most liberating step I took in all those 3 years, literally. And I saw the results immediately.

Exercise gets your heart rate up, serotonin kicking in and blood sugar cravings, which cause mood swings, down. Oh and I recommend doing it in fresh air with some deep breathing. There’s nothing like nature and some life-energy pulsating through your veins.

Common Sense Tip: Put on your jogging shoes right now and take a walk or run outside. Make a realistic exercise schedule that you can keep up weekly.

 5. The Right Support
“I get by with a little help from my friends
The Beatles

Because depression sufferers tend to socially withdraw or hide their true feelings, it can be a bit of a catch twenty two.

Finding the right person to talk to about how you’re really feeling is a great start to fighting those blue feelings. Whether it’s a trusted friend, psychologist or life-coach – a little step in the right direction can do wonders. Getting out the house, when you’re about to sink into another lazy, self affair episode, is another way to beat depression at its own game.

 Common Sense Tip: Even if you don’t feel like it, go out and socialize with your friends on the weekend.

Open your Heart and touch your very Soul.

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We are Living a Truth / What Really Causes Heart Disease / Friday Trip: Code Camp Open Labs

Today
is tomorrow,
yesterday.
Welcome
to the Future!

I am part
of ALL
that I see.
I am part
of every Leaf
on every Tree.
I am cousin
to the Hawk
and the beautiful Butterfly
and the tiny Honey Bee.
I am
ALL that I survey
and touch and hear
and say.

          Blessed beyond Belief.

And when
I think on all the other
Living Things,
and know
that part of them
is some of me,
that you and I
are the sum
of WE,
I know that God
lives in Everything
that is Today
or ever will be,
and I am Truly
Blessed
beyond Belief.

“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.”
DNA from the Beginning
read more

Yes,
YOU and I
are part and sum,
of what is now
and ever has been,
what is
to be.

                 I am part of ALL that I see.

From MIT Technology Review:
.

“Particles can be linked
by the strange quantum property
of entanglement.
Entanglement occurs
when two particles are so deeply linked
that they share the
same
EXISTENCE.”

read more

We are
Miracle
and Miraculous,
the telling
and the told,
the young
and the old.

“A study of DNA replication
proves that there is only ONE life
and all living things
share in that life.”
http://www.onelife.com
read more

           We are Living a Truth.

We all
come to live,
to come alive
and to give
more than we can,
more than we are,
to be
and become
Loved
and in Love,
with someone
and everyone,
and the ONE
Who is Everything.

We are ever reaching
and never reaching
the end.
We are Living
a Truth
that is Beauty
beyond what we can
imagine,
if
we but open the eyes
of our very Human
Hearts.

          You and I are the sum of WE.

Yes,
“I am you,
you are me,

I am part of all I see.”
This concept is such an important one
to teach to today’s children
because we are getting more and more
disconnected
due to social media, devices and video games.
Yet scientists teach us that it is
connection
that will provide us with lasting
Happiness.

Dr. Emma Seppala
from Stanford’s Center
for Compassion & Altruism Research & Education,
says that when connection with others is present,
it can boost mental and physical health,
and even increase immunity and longevity.
Connection to our family, communities and
Nature

is vitally important
for today’s children.

– YogaKids Momma Marsha

        Connection.

“A philosophy of ALL Life,
is needed,
not of the Human alone.

It is not that the Human
needs to take care of all other Life
as a Moral obligation,
though that is certainly true,
it is that the Human is a small part of Life,
but one which possesses a characteristic
(intelligence)
which is valuable to the survival
and well being of all Life.
It was Life which developed that intelligence,
not the Human,
therefore its service is for all Life,
not merely the Human.
The Human is, in that sense,
a servant to Life, a caretaker in the service of Life,
the good Shepherd
for ALL of Life.
onelife.com
read more

My Friend,
the only
One
who can heal you
and wash away the dust
of every sin,
is listening
to hear
your precious voice.

Because
He Loves you,
far more
than you can wish.
Just as YOU
long to hear
the voice of your
child,
your Father,
in Heaven Above,
also Prays
to hear the voice
of His Child,
YOU.

“I am the Day,
soon to be born

I am the Light soon to begin
I am the new Hope in the morning
I am the darkness soon to be Light
I am the rising and the falling,
I am the Alpha and Omega
The night and day,
the first and last.”
Libera

Based on the current state of
physics:

“The Universe is inevitable.
The Universe is impossible.”
– Arkani-Hamed
.
Unbelievably,
both declarations are true,
and because they are mutually
contradictory statements,
they could be true
in a multiple Universe scenario.
But, there is no way to prove,
today,
that multiple Universes exist,
no scientific support.

None,
except
that the only alternative
is that the Universe was actually
DESIGNED.
Belief in the multiverse among cosmologists
amounts to a surrender
in the war over design.

Yes
the alternative to multiple Universes,
is intelligent design,
which is not the same
as a belief in God.

“To posit the existence
of a Creator

requires only reason.
To posit the existence of a good God requires
FAITH.”
Dennis Prager

Those who admit
that the Universe must be intelligently designed
can discover exactly who that Designer is
in the Holy Bible.

The God of the Bible
told us the Story of our Creation:
.

  “All things were made by Him;
and without Him
was not anything made
that was made.
John 1:3
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My Dear Friends,
the Bible
told us the story
of our Creation.
God has always existed.
And the Universe began
when He created it.

“For by Him
were ALL things created,
that are in Heaven,
and that are in Earth,
visible and invisible.”
– Colossians 1:16-17

Those Scriptures
do not contradict
observable science.
Please share
with your precious children
the Truth.

The Truth
is far more precious
than pure gold,
more valuable
than anything on
Earth.

Truth
is simply telling it
like it is;
it is the way things really are,
and any other viewpoint is not Truth.
A foundational principle of Philosophy
is being able to discern between
truth and error,
or as Thomas Aquinas observed,

“It is the task of the philosopher
to make distinctions.”

And the greatest Philosopher
your child will ever meet
is YOU.

You and your child
are truly ONE:
biologically,
Spiritually,
and in every other
WAY.

Share
with your child.
Show
the WAY.
And the pathway
to Truth,
and ultimate Truth,
which is LOVE,
is through your
Heart.

“Train up a child
in the way he should go:
and when he is old,
he will not depart from it.”
– Proverbs 22:6

What a Joyful
Adventure
awaits you
both.

Goodnight.

The pathway is through your Heart.

Philosophy discussion for this week:

Heaven is for Real.

What Really Causes Heart Disease
by Dr. Dwight Lundell is the past Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery at Banner Heart Hospital , Mesa , AZ.
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World Renown Heart Surgeon Speaks Out On What Really Causes Heart Disease

We physicians with all our training, knowledge and authority often acquire a rather large ego that tends to make it difficult to admit we are wrong. So, here it is. I freely admit to being wrong.. As a heart surgeon with 25 years experience, having performed over 5,000 open-heart surgeries, today is my day to right the wrong with medical and scientific fact.

I trained for many years with other prominent physicians labelled “opinion makers.”  Bombarded with scientific literature, continually attending education seminars, we opinion makers insisted heart disease resulted from the simple fact of elevated blood cholesterol.

The only accepted therapy was prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and a diet that severely restricted fat intake. The latter of course we insisted would lower cholesterol and heart disease. Deviations from these recommendations were considered heresy and could quite possibly result in malpractice.

It Is Not Working!

These recommendations are no longer scientifically or morally defensible. The discovery a few years ago that inflammation in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease is slowly leading to a paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments will be treated.

The long-established dietary recommendations have created epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the consequences of which dwarf any historical plague in terms of mortality, human suffering and dire economic consequences.

Despite the fact that 25% of the population takes expensive statin medications and despite the fact we have reduced the fat content of our diets, more Americans will die this year of heart disease than ever before.

Statistics from the American Heart Association show that 75 million Americans currently suffer from heart disease, 20 million have diabetes and 57 million have pre-diabetes. These disorders are affecting younger and younger people in greater numbers every year.

Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel and cause heart disease and strokes. Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.

Inflammation is not complicated – it is quite simply your body’s natural defense to a foreign invader such as a bacteria, toxin or virus. The cycle of inflammation is perfect in how it protects your body from these bacterial and viral invaders. However, if we chronically expose the body to injury by toxins or foods the human body was never designed to process, a condition occurs called chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is just as harmful as acute inflammation is helpful.

What thoughtful person would willfully expose himself repeatedly to foods or other substances that are known to cause injury to the body?  Well, smokers perhaps, but at least they made that choice willfully.

The rest of us have simply followed the recommended mainstream diet that is low in fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates, not knowing we were causing repeated injury to our blood vessels. This repeated injury creates chronic inflammation leading to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity.

Let me repeat that: The injury and inflammation in our blood vessels is caused by the low fat diet recommended for years by mainstream medicine.

What are the biggest culprits of chronic inflammation? Quite simply, they are the overload of simple, highly processed carbohydrates (sugar, flour and all the products made from them) and the excess consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn and sunflower that are found in many processed foods.

Regardless of where the inflammatory process occurs, externally or internally, it is the same. I have peered inside thousands upon thousands of arteries. A diseased artery looks as if someone took a brush and scrubbed repeatedly against its wall. Several times a day, every day, the foods we eat create small injuries compounding into more injuries, causing the body to respond continuously and appropriately with inflammation.

While we savor the tantalizing taste of a sweet roll, our bodies respond alarmingly as if a foreign invader arrived declaring war. Foods loaded with sugars and simple carbohydrates, or processed withomega-6 oils for long shelf life have been the mainstay of the American diet for six decades. These foods have been slowly poisoning everyone.

How does eating a simple sweet roll create a cascade of inflammation to make you sick?

Imagine spilling syrup on your keyboard and you have a visual of what occurs inside the cell. When we consume simple carbohydrates such as sugar, blood sugar rises rapidly. In response, your pancreas secretes insulin whose primary purpose is to drive sugar into each cell where it is stored for energy. If the cell is full and does not need glucose, it is rejected to avoid extra sugar gumming up the works.

When your full cells reject the extra glucose, blood sugar rises producing more insulin and the glucose converts to stored fat.

What does all this have to do with inflammation? Blood sugar is controlled in a very narrow range. Extra sugar molecules attach to a variety of proteins that in turn injure the blood vessel wall. This repeated injury to the blood vessel wall sets off inflammation. When you spike your blood sugar level several times a day, every day, it is exactly like taking sandpaper to the inside of your delicate blood vessels.

While you may not be able to see it, rest assured it is there. I saw it in over 5,000 surgical patients spanning 25 years who all shared one common denominator — inflammation in their arteries.

Let’s get back to the sweet roll. That innocent looking goody not only contains sugars, it is baked in one of many omega-6 oils such as soybean. Chips and fries are soaked in soybean oil; processed foods are manufactured with omega-6 oils for longer shelf life. While omega-6’s are essential – they are part of every cell membrane controlling what goes in and out of the cell – they must be in the correct balance with omega-3’s.

If the balance shifts by consuming excessive omega-6, the cell membrane produces chemicals called cytokines that directly cause inflammation.

Today’s mainstream American diet has produced an extreme imbalance of these two fats. The ratio of imbalance ranges from 15:1 to as high as 30:1 in favor of omega-6. That’s a tremendous amount of cytokines causing inflammation. In today’s food environment, a 3:1 ratio would be optimal and healthy.

To make matters worse, the excess weight you are carrying from eating these foods creates overloaded fat cells that pour out large quantities of pro-inflammatory chemicals that add to the injury caused by having high blood sugar. The process that began with a sweet roll turns into a vicious cycle over time that creates heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and finally, Alzheimer’s disease, as the inflammatory process continues unabated.

There is no escaping the fact that the more we consume prepared and processed foods, the more we trip the inflammation switch little by little each day. The human body cannot process, nor was it designed to consume, foods packed with sugars and soaked in omega-6 oils.

There is but one answer to quieting inflammation, and that is returning to foods closer to their natural state. To build muscle, eat more protein. Choose carbohydrates that are very complex such as colorful fruits and vegetables. Cut down on or eliminate inflammation- causing omega-6 fats like corn and soybean oil and the processed foods that are made from them.

One tablespoon of corn oil contains 7,280 mg of omega-6; soybean contains 6,940 mg. Instead, use olive oil or butter from grass-fed beef.

Animal fats contain less than 20% omega-6 and are much less likely to cause inflammation than the supposedly healthy oils labelled polyunsaturated. Forget the “science” that has been drummed into your head for decades. The science that saturated fat alone causes heart disease is non-existent. The science that saturated fat raises blood cholesterol is also very weak. Since we now know that cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, the concern about saturated fat is even more absurd today.

The cholesterol theory led to the no-fat, low-fat recommendations that in turn created the very foods now causing an epidemic of inflammation. Mainstream medicine made a terrible mistake when it advised people to avoid saturated fat in favor of foods high in omega-6 fats. We now have an epidemic of arterial inflammation leading to heart disease and other silent killers.

What you can do is choose whole foods your grandmother served and not those your mom turned to as grocery store aisles filled with manufactured foods. By eliminating inflammatory foods and adding essential nutrients from fresh unprocessed food, you will reverse years of damage in your arteries and throughout your body from consuming the typical American diet.

Dr. Dwight Lundell is the past Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery at Banner Heart Hospital , Mesa , AZ.

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