In The Garden Of God’s Dream / A Beginner’s Guide to Healthy Eating / Friday: Chandor Gardens / 2018-19 School Calendar

Slung
against the sill
of the window,
the rays of the Sun
have fallen,
kissing goodby
the shadows that run
into the arms
of yesterday,
arms
that wave goodbye,
and
point the way,
to
Tomorrow.

And then,
the dark side
of day
is forced into
labor,
and we give birth
to our Dreams.

Every moment
passes away.
Every moment,
day by day.

But,
with every Prayer
we Pray,
our Heavenly Father
hears us say,
I Love You.
And
this Love
is here to
stay.

My Dear Friend,
there are
no shadows
on the wall,
if your Love
never existed
at all.

Love
defines us.
It refines us.
It is the
Light
within us
all.

As we
wander in this Beautiful Garden
of God’s Dream,
we never fully know
how much
we are
truly Loved.

    The Light within us all..

“There exists
only the present instant …

There is no yesterday nor any tomorrow,
but only Now … “

Meister Eckhart

Is it possible
that we dwell
in only one
dimension,
that everything is
Infinite,
and there is
only one
moment in Time –
that
everything else
is Illusion,
even death?

Our higher-self may exist in a
timeless realm.

Many scientists now believe
that Consciousness
is what makes up the Universe.
Everything seen and unseen, large and small,
are thoughts formed inside
a Cosmic Mind.
And because we are threads
of this Cosmic Consciousness,
WE
create our reality
with our thoughts and Beliefs.

                                We create our reality.

These scientists believe
this is how the Universe works.
We are part of a
Great Cosmic Mind
.
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According to Tania Kotsos
in “You are One with the Universal Mind”:
“Each and every one of us is a manifestation
of this single Universal Consciousness.
There is profound truth in the ancient teaching
that we are all One.
We are all connected – not only to each other
but to all of Nature and to everything in the Universe.
This is the Law of One.
What you do to others, you do to yourself.
The way you treat Nature, you in fact treat yourself.
The separateness you “see” is an illusion.
The true nature of reality is non-dualistic,
meaning that while things may appear distinct,
they are not separate.”
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“You are here.”
I’m always here.
I can’t go anywhere but here.
If I think I’ll leave here and go there,
when I get there,
here I am here
again.

“In light of it always being Now
and always being Here,
“Be Here Now”
isn’t just good advice,
it’s the only possibility.
If you want to experience the deepest truth
of things as they really are,
you are going to have to be in harmony
with being here,
now.”
Leigh Brasington

          Everything else is Illusion.

According to presentism,
only the present moment
is real.

“Our subjective sense of time
sits at the center of a perfect storm
of unsolved scientific mysteries:
consciousness, free will, relativity, quantum mechanics,
and the nature of time.”
Dean Buonomano
from: Your Brain Is a Time Machine:
The Neuroscience and Physics of Time

We may be inhabiting a Universe
in which all moments exist.
Einstein’s special theory of relativity
implies the existence
of space-time in which here, there and everywhere
exist alongside
the past, present and future.

This makes for
a case for
Eternalism,
the philosophy adopted from quantum theory
that the past, present, and future
all exist at the same time
and are not linear.

This
brings about deep
Philosophical and Spiritual
implications.

We seek wisdom and knowledge
from both the revelation of Scripture
and the physical world.
Scientific study is a valid way
of coming to an understanding
of God’s work.

The inscription
on the Ancient Greek Temple of Apollo at Delphi
left no room for misunderstanding:
“Know Thyself
and thou shalt know all the mysteries
of the gods and the Universe”.

Robert Lanza, M.D, scientist, theoretician
and author of “Biocentrism”
– How Life and Consciousness are the Keys
to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe

thinks there are many reasons why we won’t die –
that death is just
an illusion.
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Everything
you see and experience right now
is a whirlwind of information
occurring in your mind.
Space and time are simply the tools
of putting things together.

Lanza points out that death
does not exist
in a timeless, spaceless World.

There is no distinction between
past, present, and future.
It is only a stubbornly persistent
Illusion.

Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep

By Mary Elizabeth Frye
“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.”

Immortality doesn’t mean
a perpetual existence
in Time without end,
but rather resides
outside of time
altogether.

Albert Einstein once famously said:
” Reality is merely an
Illusion
,

although a very persistent one.”

Dear Friends,
Science
and Religion
are rapidly merging
and becoming
ONE!

They are both searching
for the same things,
and coming
to the same
conclusions.

“Conscious breathing of the Universe
creates a Symphony,
where we receive Life like a Gift
and release it
like a Present.”
André-Pascal Aappino

I find the study of this World
that we live in
to be enlightening, fascinating and interesting.
But more importantly,
the more I discover,
the more it solidifies my Faith in
God.

Faith is at the root of
Science and Religion.
They are not as separate
as you might think.
They both minister towards Mankind’s
craving for
Truth.

Yes,
Science explains much
of the natural World around us.
But,
Religion delves much, much deeper.
It explains the purpose and meaning
behind the natural World
and our existence in it.

I Love the way
a fourteen year old
explains:

“Science and Religion
are one in the same.
The only difference is in the way
they describe their theories.
Which contain similarities so similar
that you would believe they are one in the same.
Science clearly states
that everything was created by
and is energy.
Religion says God created
and is a part of everything.
Ask yourself what properties does energy have?
Well energy is infinite,
it can’t be created or destroyed,
always has and always will be.
God can be described similarly,
so similar in fact
that they could be called co-existing
or one in the same as depicted above.
By the way I am 14.”

WoW!

“My sheep hear My Voice,
and I know them,
and they follow me:
And I give unto them
Eternal Life;
and they shall never perish.”
John 10: 27-28

As your Heart
whispers in the wind,
about all the sorrow
and all the pain,
reflect upon
the Love that dwells
within.
For we are in
God’s Dream,
and He will
make His Love
real.

Not only is
God real,
YOU are real,
and He is in
You,
O Child of God.

Ask,
and He will be
with you,
now
and forever more.

Goodnight.

“May it be the shadows call
Will fly away.
May it be you journey on
To light the Day.
When the night is overcome,
You may rise to find the Sun.”
Ni Bhraonain Eith, Ryan Roma Shane

A Beginner’s Guide to Healthy Eating

The Nerd Fitness Diet Philosophy
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If I had to break down the Nerd Fitness Diet into a single sentence, it would go something like this:

“You’re smart and you know what real food is,
so stop eating crap.

You know what real food is: things that grew in the ground, on a tree, came out of the sea, ran on the land, or flew through the air.  Meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts are all great examples of REAL food.

On top of that, you know what crap food is: food that comes from a drive-thru window, a vending machine, box, bag, or wrapper.  If it has an ingredient list longer than A Game of Thrones, it’s probably not good for you.  If it started out as real food and then went through fourteen steps to get to the point where you’re about to eat it, it’s probably not good for you.

Use this information and combine it with this mantra: “you can’t outrun your fork“.  When trying to lose weight, feel healthy, and get in shape, 80% (not an exaggeration) of your success or failure will come from how well you eat – which is why this point is one of the cornerstones of the Rebellion.

Mental Preparation

Eat more real food, you must.  Eat less junk food, you will.

I realize this concept is nothing new or revolutionary, but up until now the ability to actually DO IT has eluded you for some reason – your heart wasn’t in it, you got sick, went on vacation, got bored, or just decided that you couldn’t live without certain foods (SPOILER ALERT: you can).

I am NOT a fan of “diets”, detoxes, juice cleanses, or crash-fads that result in vast fluctuations in your body weight and health.  These are the useless solutions that are sold to you in pill form, in MIRACLE DIET INFORMATION ads online, and in super expensive health food stores.

You are smarter than that.

Want to know what I am a fan of?  Small changes that produce big results, like my boy Optimus Prime.

You need to determine for yourself how likely you are to succeed depending on how many changes at once you can deal with:  Some people can radically adjust everything they eat overnight and have no adverse effects. Other people wouldn’t dream of giving up certain foods and the second they go more than a few days without it they become Crankenstein.

That choice is yours.  You need to determine:

  • How averse are you to change?
  • How much weight you think you need to lose?
  • How quickly you need to lose that weight? (wedding? honeymoon? vacation?)
  • How likely are you to stick with your changes?

Like playing a video game, you need to determine what level of difficulty you’re up for.  Sure playing on Difficult gives you less room for error, but it also hones your skills far more quickly and produces more impressive results.  Or maybe you’re cool with playing on easy, because you don’t have to be as neurotic and can have more fun with it.

Long story short: decide what method works best for you based on how radical of a change you’re chasing.  Just don’t overdo it – small permanent successes will beat out massively ambitious failures 100 times out of 100.

This is the reason behind our 10-level nutritional system that we follow here at NF! Each level gets a bit more challenging and healthier, but you can progress at your own speed to make your changes stick!

You can download our 10-Level Nutrition Guide when you sign up in the box right here:

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THE NERD FITNESS DIET: 10 Levels to Change Your Life

  • Follow our 10-level nutrition system at your own pace
  • What you need to know about weight loss and healthy eating
  • 3 Simple rules we follow every day to stay on target

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Committing to change

If you are just eating better because somebody told you to or because you think you should (but don’t really have a real reason)…every day that you deprive yourself of your favorite foods will seem like torture – you’re going to fail miserably.

Instead, look at the changes you’re making to your diet as small steps on the path to a leveled up live.

You’re not depriving yourself of junk food because you want to suffer, but rather because you want a better life, a happier existence, and/or because you want to set a good example for your children.

As self-help guru Tony Robbins once said (I think it was him anyways): “nothing tastes as good as looking good feels.” 

It’s time to give up that instant gratification you get from eating a donut, a bag of chips, or six slices of pizza.

You are not a slave to your taste buds.

As we’ve learned from the Matrix, you DO have a choice – stop letting the food companies, who have all designed these crappy foods for maximum addictiveness, hold you hostage.

Free your mind, free your taste buds.

I can’t believe I just typed that.

Wait, yes I can. I’m a huge dork.

We’re not looking for instant gratification.  We’re looking for a long life full of epic winning.

Eating for dummies

Okay! You’re finally ready to start making some changes, but you’re not quite sure what you’re going to change or how you’re going to change it.

Hopefully you passed basic math back in the day; if you didn’t and you made it this far in life…I’m not even mad, I’m impressed.  Anyhoo, remember this basic equation:

  • One pound of fat = 3500 calories

If we do some complex synergistic rocket geometric algebra here, we can determine that 3500/7 = 500.

That means that if you are interested in losing ONE pound per week, you need to be eating 500 less calories per day (or burning 500 calories more per day).

Optimally, your 500 calorie deficit per day would come from a combination of increased exercise and decreased calorie intake, but lets just say for today that you’re going to focus on eating 500 less calories per day.

“But Steve, how do I do that?”

Great question, thank you so much for asking!

I HIGHLY recommend you spend the next three to four days tracking your calorie intake.

And when I say track them, I mean track EVERY FREAKING THING YOU EAT.  Yeah, those handful of M&M’s you stole off of Milton’s desk at work count.  So does that half can of coke you found in your back seat cupholder from last June.  So does the handful of french fries you stole from Paul while he was in the bathroom at MacDonald’s.

Every.

Single.

Calorie.

But counting calories is boring, right? And who has time to calculate all of that? Right?  Luckily, there’s this thing called the Internet – sign up for a calorie tracking site and start tracking!

Now, once you have a few days under your belt, take a look back and determine an average for what you’ve been eating and how many total calories you’ve been eating daily.

To lose a pound a week, knock 500 calories out of that diet per day.  If you want to lose half a pound a week, knock 250 calories out of your diet per day.

It might mean one less snack, ordering a smaller lunch, or cutting back on soda (liquid calories are BRUTAL). Note, if you track calories for a few days and you don’t lose weight, you’re probably underestimating or under reporting how you much food you eat.

Your body DOES obey the laws of thermodynamics (energy in, energy out), and your metabolism isn’t slow! You’re simply eating too much. I promise! Take 3 minutes to watch this if you’re convinced your metabolism doesn’t operate like normal:

A quick note: if you are used to eating 4,000 calories a day, switching to 2,000 per day will probably make you want to gnaw your arm off – instead, slowly decrease your calorie intake by a few hundred calories each week.

Think of your stomach like a muscle that needs to be trained – it needs to learn that it can function and operate on way less food than you’ve been giving it.

This is the most easy-to-understand method of weight loss – you still eat all of the same foods, you just have to adjust how much you are eating of those same foods.

Unfortunately, this method also produces the least optimal healthy results in my opinion and is the easiest to abandon (eating only HALF of something deliciously unhealthy is tougher than not eating it at all, in my opinion!) but it’s a great place for a newbie to start taking control of his/her eating.

Quality of Calories

Once you’ve learned how many calories you’re consuming, you might start to see a few pounds disappear, but it’s just a step in the right direction.  Hopefully this won’t come as a shock to you, but 2000 calories worth of gingerbread cookies doesn’t fuel your body the same way 2,000 calories of meat, vegetables, and fruit would.

Not all calories are created equal!

Your body digests certain types of nutrients differently, using them for all sorts of bodily functions: building muscle, transporting nutrients, fueling various organs or muscles, or storing energy as fat for later use.  Let’s take a look at how to compose a basic meal:

Protein: When you exercise, your muscles are broken down and then use protein to rebuild themselves stronger while recovering. Protein absolutely NEEDS to be a main component of every meal.  Aim for one gram per pound (two grams per KG) of lean body weight, or just do one gram per pound of body weight if you don’t want to do the math – with an upper limit of 200 grams.  Sources of protein include chicken, eggs, beef, pork, fish, nuts, legumes, quinoa, and most dairy products.

Carbohydrates: When you eat carbohydrates, they get converted to glucose (sugar) in your system, which is then used to provide energy for all sorts of body functions to take place.  Vegetables and/or fresh fruit are quality sources of carbohydrates, with grains being less so in my opinion…but we’ll get to more grains later. There are certainly bad carbohydrates (processed carbs, refined grains, and more), and those are the ones we want to avoid.  Unless you’re a marathon runner, you can function with WAY less carbs than you’re probably consuming now.

Fat:  Fat is easily the most misunderstood macro-nutrient in your diet; long story short: fat is absolutely critical to your body and should make up a BIG portion of your daily calories.  Things like avocados, almonds, olive oil, walnuts, and almond butter are great sources of healthy fat (polyunsaturatured and monounsaturated).  If you take this stance on saturated fat (personally, I do), then full fat milk, coconut milk, and fatty cuts of meat will provide you with sources of saturated fat.

The first thing I want to make sure you know is that the fat in your food is not what made you fat. It wasn’t until the past 40-50 years that poor fat was suddenly vilified (after a few scientific leaps of faith with no real evidence to back it up), which is why every “healthy” food these days is “low fat” or “fat free!”

Not surprisingly, our country is fatter and more unhealthy than ever, and yet people still avoid fat at all costs and consume more “healthy whole grains!” (ugh).

So what IS making us fat? Simple, refined, and/or processed carbohydrates! Rather than spend thirty minutes typing it out, I’d recommend instead that you spend three  minutes to watch this video to show WHY excessive carbohydrate consumption can make you fat:

For more in-depth reading on this subject, I highly recommend checking out Why We Got Fat by Gary Taubes, also the author of “What if it’s All Been a Big Fat Lie,” an must-read article that blew the doors off my thoughts on healthy back when I started my education.

So, if you’re looking to kick start your weight loss journey with healthy eating, start by swapping out processed refined carbohydrates for more natural foods.

Depending on your level of commitment and your ability to handle change, you might be better off making one small change every other week rather than a whole bunch of changes simultaneously.

This is a HUGE part of our 1-on-1 Coaching Program – working closely with each person to see what their lives are like and guiding them to make slow changes to their diet so they actually stick! 

Combine this with accountability, check-ins, and a workout program, and we’ve seen some pretty amazing results (like with Leslie here, a single mom who works super long hours that lost 100 lbs with our coaching).

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In Philosophy Class this week:

2018-19 Anderson School Calendar

First Semester

September 4 – December 21   2018

Sept. 4 (Tuesday)                              First Day of First Semester

Oct 8 (Monday)                                 Columbus Day Holiday

Nov. 19 – 23                                       Thanksgiving / Fall Break

T. B. A.                                                 Texas A.G.T. Conference (no school)

Dec. 21 (Friday)                                 Last Day of Fall Semester

Dec. 24 – Jan. 7                                  Winter Break Holidays

Second Semester

January 8 – May 24   2019

Jan. 8 (Tuesday)                                 Second Semester begins

Jan. 21 (Monday)                               Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Holiday

Feb. 18 (Monday)                               President’s Day Holiday

Mar. 11 -15                                         Spring Break Holidays

April 19 & 22 (Fri. & Mon.)             Good Friday & Easter Holidays

May 20                                                Prep. Day for Adventure Trip     (no school)

May 21 – 24                                        Adventure Trip

May 24                                                Last Day of Semester

  Dr. & Mrs. Anderson may schedule 2-5 additional days
(to be announced later) for In-service Training.
Visit our website at
http://www.andersonschool.net
for updated information.

    The School Calendar is subject to change.
There are no make-up days
if school is closed due to
 inclement weather.

Inclement Weather Policy:
the school will close if Fort Worth I. S. D. is closed.

(Calendar 2018-2019 / approved 7-29-18)

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The Deadly Effect of Being Perfect / How to Prevent Cancer by Eric Jensen (excellent)

The Love of God is perfect.

The Deadly Effect
of Being Perfect

“Have no fear of perfection
– you’ll never reach it.”

Salvador Dali

I constantly remind myself, and others,
of the dangers of being
a perfectionist.
To strive for perfection is to never be satisfied.
And importantly, to never be Happy.
Endeavoring to be perfect can easily become
a deadly double-edged sword.

This is my favorite photo of R. J. He is showing off his new collar!

This is my favorite photo of R. J.
He is showing off his new collar!
He is another perfect gift.

Trying to always be perfect is pursuing the worst in us, that part that tells us nothing is ever good enough.

I have found one of the best antidotes to the unnatural inclination toward perfection is simple. Stop thinking about it and give your life, your labor and your love to others. Recognize that Love is the condition in which
the happiness of another person is essential to your own.

An antidote, by the way,
is a substance which can counteract a form of poisoning.
The term ultimately derives from the Greek αντιδιδοναι antididonai, “given against”. Antidote is the best term to use, in my opinion, to better understand what we are really coping with.
For you see,
perfectionism is a form of poisoning.
The expectation of perfection can poison the Spirit of a Child.
Yes, it can lead to death,
and has
many millions of times.
click here for Proof.

W
A
K
E

U
P

Allow me to mention, again, the horrifying statistic involving our precious children that enroll in a College or University.

Statistics on College suicides has tripled since the 1950s and suicide is currently the second most common cause of death among college students, second only to traffic accidents.
1 in 12 college students has actually made a suicide plan
at some point.
For more see: youngadults.about.com

It is unbelievable, but tragically true. And suicide, typically, does not discriminate based on age, race, gender, or sexual orientation. But in this country it does discriminate. Suicide rates are inordinately high for our young, vulnerable and emotional distressed and stressed out children. For middle and high school age youth (ages 12-18), suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death.

In ages 10-14, we have seen an alarming 128% increase in suicides since 1980, making it the third leading cause of death for that age group according to the Jason Foundation – see: http://jasonfoundation.com/youth-suicide/facts-stats/

More teenagers and young adults
die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED.

Come on Folks,
WAKE UP!

Each day in our nation,
there are an average of over 5,400 attempts by young people grades 7-12. My dear friends, these are NOT just numbers,
they are our children.

W
A
K
E

U
P

 

War deaths in Afghanistan number over 2,100 young Americans, lost since the U.S. entered that conflict in 2003. But most people are unaware that a much greater loss of young lives occurs
every year
on this nation’s college campuses.

Yes,
we are effectively at war,
in our own country,
with what causes the death
of many more young Americans.
And the sooner we realize that it is a war,
and one that we are losing,
the sooner we will find hope for the many thousands
who desperately need Hope.
They are the children of our deepest love.
They are the sons and daughters of us all.
They are my children.
And they are your children.

Folks, we need to admit our mistakes.
We need to take responsibility.

We need to love each other enough to see the light of our neglectful transgressions. We need to stop pretending that we are doing what is right. We have failed so many of our deeply loved children, by not having the courage to say no. Say NO to outdated and oppressive teaching methodologies. Say NO to antiquated and overly stressful and unnecessary assessment strategies that place so much stress on children that they simply stop breathing. Say NO to anyone who expects our children to be perfect. Shout No. And then, by God, go out into this world and do something about it.

And what has Dr. A been up to?And what has
Dr. A
been up to?

My friends,
there is simply too much stress placed upon our young, sensitive, vulnerable children. And what have you gained, if your honor roll child no longer exists. The only thing to be gained from such tragic loss is knowledge – truly sad knowing, and deep, everlasting regret.

We now have the wisdom, garnered from an unimaginable price paid by so very many children, to know that a precious child means far more to us than a crippled letter of the alphabet printed upon a piece of really dumb looking paper.

LeVonna and I have come to the realization that such artificial contrivances as report cards and grades, are highly superficial and deplorably subjective. Our state government (that’s us, Folks, you know – WE the people!) is responsible for adding even more unnecessary stress through mandated testing. And, importantly, these man-made artificial contrivances can become highly destructive of fragile self-esteem and of Life itself. And the truth is, they are really meaningless, in the grand scheme of things. But, on the bright side, corporate profits are up, as they have effectively lobbied to market these very expensive examinations.

By the way, Martin Carnoy, at Stanford University
and Richard Rothstein of the Economic Policy Institute
examined test series over the last decade.

An analysis of international tests suggests
students in the U.S. are not lagging behind
their peers in other countries.
Based on their analysis, the researchers found that average low,
partly because a disproportionately greater share of US students
comes from disadvantaged social class groups.

My friends,
this is part of the price we pay for living in a vibrant democracy.
We educate and test EVERYONE.
Many other countries test ONLY those that are not screened out and placed in fast-track vocational programs. If you are not bright enough,
off you go to the factory!
And guess what,
these students are not included in tests
that compare the U. S. with other nations.

Based on analysis,
these researchers found that average U.S. scores
are low partly because a disproportionately greater share of US students comes from disadvantaged social class groups.
(Remember, we include EVERYONE in our testing.)

The analysis also shows how errors in selecting sample populations of test-takers and arbitrary choices regarding test content contribute to results that appear to show U.S. students lagging.

Folks,
the UNFAIR and highly publicized comparative results create panic and stupidity in response to a very unreal scenario.
The results can be abhorrently devastating to your child,
who is NOT doing poorly in comparison.
The stress placed upon the teachers, administrators and your child
is unwarranted, and many times, destructive.
It is dangerous
and contributes to very deadly atmosphere
that pervades academia.
We now live in a dangerously delusional place.
And only the truth shall set us
free.

Remember the TECAT testing fiasco – the infamous Texas Examination of Current Administrators and Teachers. It was a test of basic literacy given to Texas teachers in 1980’s. This test, seen as politically essential, was intended to raise the public esteem of teachers by weeding out incompetents. Teachers expended massive effort in reviewing basic skills and drilling on the test format
(yes, the format of all things, and totally useless in this life
or the hereafter).

The focus in our public schools, at the time, was drawn AWAY from teaching and placed entirely upon preparation for this test.
99% of the 210,000 who took the test had passed.
And we lost thousands of experienced vocational education teachers, special education-teachers and others who were over represented among the failures. The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled it an UNFAIR TEST.
This, so called, literacy test, it ruled,
discriminated against teachers who were black or over 40.

I recall one very dear and deeply loved third grade teacher, with over thirty years of experience, who was so nervous that she could not cope with the stress. It was over three decades ago when she took her last test in college, at Texas Wesleyan University. I was her Principal and found her to be not only highly competent, but very, very loving and deeply dedicated to every child. The students in her class were privileged to be in the life-affirming, warm and loving environment she created for them. I attended her funeral shortly after she lost her employment and all hope. I cried for weeks. This was yet another example of an ill-conceived assessment program with deadly consequences.

Ed. Note:
Not ONE
state legislator
attended her funeral.

Yes,
it was another testing fiasco
that slapped thousands of educators in the face.
It devastated the lives of precious, dedicated veteran educators
– people that our kids needed in their shop classes, elementary classes and special education programs.
What a horrible experience for everyone.
It scarred educators so much
that it was never repeated.

Thank God!

And all it accomplished, other than spending our money in a cruel and unwise manner, was to leave the landscape of so many dedicated and experienced educator’s lives in ruin. What a way to appreciate those precious people who chose a life of near poverty (yes, some teachers received food stamps to survive) in order to help our children.

But,
we had people who needed to get re-elected,
regardless of the cost.

Remember folks,

your vote

is the single most valuable thing you possess!
When you place someone in control of your life, and the lives of your precious children, by giving them your vote – make certain that they possess the qualities of being truly Human.
If compassion and common sense have not been
the hallmark of their life,
vote for someone else.
It is that simple.

I have a suggestion for you.

Please take the last report card you received and tack it to the wall. Throw darts at it until it has so many holes in it that you can see the light of day through it (another way of saying – the truth).

Now,
when you have put enough holes in this byproduct of an
ill-conceived, panic laden, distortion of reality,  you will realize that it shall never do your child much good. After all, it is not really accurate and can convey negative connotations that are truly
harmful.

These reports are are so subjective they are not really telling you much of anything, at all. But, you got in some good practice throwing darts. I also recommend the same for those self-destructive and illusory state exam results. You know, the ones that have resulted in closing entire schools, while stroking the egos of a few politicians.

Oh my God!
Please forgive us.
And hand me another dart.

If
you really want to give your child an assessment,

give him or her a huge hug at the end of day,

and tell the one you cherish just how much he or she is loved by you. Take the time to say everything you ever wanted to tell your child, each and every single day. Let them know that they are the PERFECT gift from God. And they need not even try to improve upon such perfection. Now that is a genuine and heart-felt  assessment.
And it is one worth giving.

And if your really feel compelled to have a written report card, write

“I LOVE YOU”

on a piece of paper, fold in half and hand it to your child.

I asked that you not use so much eye makeup.

I asked that you not use
so much eye makeup.

The Love of God is perfect.

And the Gift He has given you, in a child of His, is all you need and all you shall ever need. Please, do not even think about asking for more. That would truly be an affront to God. Please do not insult and offend the One who has given you a Perfect Gift in the form of His precious child.

And please, don’t allow your child to be given contrived, superficial, highly subjective grades for anything. Do not allow some pretentious, philosophically antiquated, overtly biased and over bearing teacher to do this.

Hey,
give your kid a puppy, or a smile, or the wink of an eye, or a big hug or a new toy or a good laugh or a trip to the back yard to play with him or her.

Squirt your kid, regardless of age, with the water hose, and then take off running. (Expect to get wet within the next 15 seconds. You cannot have more fun than a great water fight on a hot day).
Give your child the very firm knowledge
that whatever they do is good enough.
In fact, tell him or her that what you EXPECT
is not to be perfect.

No one is.
No one.

It would be abnormal to be perfect.
Trust me, you would not fit in with the rest of us.
A perfectly behaving child really doesn’t exist.
And, nothing good will ever come from it.

The only thing you should expect from your deeply loved child
is that he or she
be Happy.
If he or she is not, do something different.
If you think about what makes you happy,
you can make someone else happy.

It is that simple.

Yes,
it is important to graduate.
But in order to graduate, you must survive.
You must be alive.

And your child will, if you relax,
and Pray
and play with him or her
(by the way, more play results in a better preparation
for the game of life.
And, in many ways,
it is a really dumb game!).

If your child is being provided with an antiquated grade from a philosophically outdated school,
give the grade back to the teacher
,
where it belongs.
Yes,
just hand it back.
A superficial and subjective grade
truly belongs given back to the instructor.
Isn’t it a reflection upon how the child did
under the tutelage of that teacher?

Hand it back!

Ask why the teacher did not do a better job teaching your child.
And inform the teacher that you really don’t want or need his artificial appraisal of someone he will really never know.

Fear
can keep you, and your children, from living.
But with God on your side,
you need not fear anything or anyone
.
You are perfectly loved by your Creator.
In fact,
you are the very definition of perfection.

But perfection from human beings is unattainable.
The expectation of perfection from children is as deadly
as any toxin, infection, contagion or war.

So relax.

We are already perfect.
Now, you can say a simple prayer of Thanksgiving.
And give that perfectly wonderful child of yours
a big hug for me.

Hey,
give me one too!
I will be perfectly happy with that.

Goodnight.

Ahhhh!!   More highly subjective grades!

Eric Jensen
CEO, Jensen Learning
Brain-Based Education

What would you be willing to do to have an extra day, month, or years with your loved ones?

Each year we take a break from the science of education and update you on two devastating diseases likely to impact you and/or your loved ones.

This month it is cancer; July will be about Alzheimer’s disease.

You need to know how to protect yourself and your family from cancer. Mostly because you CAN! Yes, most cancers are preventable and I’ll tell you how.

DISCLAIMER: Before I begin any comments about health, I am required by law to make a disclaimer: “The following comments are not meant to diagnose or treat any disease, nor have they been approved by the FDA.” (By the way, an oncologist would have to make the same disclaimer.)

Eric Jensen

The Research

Cancer continues to be the #2 cause of death, next to #1 heart disease. This is disturbing considering how much money is spent on cancer research every year. In fact, when I type “cancer” into one of my favorite medical research engines I can find over 72,000 NEW research articles on cancer published in 2018 ALONE. And we are only halfway through the year! That is over 400 articles being published EVERY DAY just about cancer.

Scientists are learning a tremendous amount about cancer every day. But then why does the World Health Organization predict cancer incidents will more than DOUBLE in the next two decades? How is it that more than 14 MILLION people will receive a cancer diagnosis this year? I’ll tell you.

One explanation is that a lot of people aren’t paying attention to what the research is saying. Instead, they are relying on outdated assumptions or results from bad research that somehow got too much publicity.

For example, many believe that cancer is hereditary, or just a result of really bad luck. Turns out genetics and “bad luck” account for a very small percentage of all cancer diagnoses. Most cancers (depending on which type) have a shockingly low 2-10% heritability.

In fact, did you know that the heritability of breast cancer from your mother is a shockingly low 1.8%? This might sound surprisingly low. Let me explain how we might get fooled into thinking it is genetic, but in fact, it is a slew of environmental factors creating familial trends (Anand, et al., 2008).

Girls often grow up in the same house as their mother. They eat the same kinds of foods, breathe the same air, and get exposed to the same molds, toxins and noise stress. They might use the same cleaning products (bleaches, sprays, toxins, etc.), the same personal care products (creams, hair color, deodorant, toothpaste, etc.) and they can take on similar beliefs and attitudes. In short, females are often immersed in their mom’s environment. Because this is the environment they grow up in, they often continue these habits into adulthood. It is these lifestyle choices and environmental factors that lead to most familial trends in breast cancer, NOT genetics.

This is actually great news! This means that you and I have a CHOICE, to a large degree, when it comes to cancer. The majority of all CANCERS ARE PREVENTABLE! Then why are we still losing the war on cancer? Because some people (NOT you) are unwilling to make the adjustments to their lifestyle and environment to PREVENT most cancers.

Prevention is the way to go for many reasons. Typical cancer treatments are expensive and often painful. Although there are some new and promising alternatives, the most common ways cancer is treated are surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. These require you to be cut open, poisoned, or burned, respectively. So, if some of the lifestyle changes outlined below sound unpleasant, just remember your alternatives.

Here are 5 lifestyle adjustments you can make to protect yourself from cancer. I think you’ll be surprised to learn how much money you are spending on things that are putting you at a GREATER RISK of cancer.

Five Ways To Save $$$ While Building
A Forcefield Against Cancer

1. Stop putting toxins IN your body
Below are some of the more common toxins you might be putting IN your body. Each one directly increases your risk of cancer. Which one is the easiest for you to eliminate (or at least reduce drastically) from your diet?

  • Tobacco – Using tobacco increases your risk of developing at least 14 types of cancer. It also accounts for about 25–30% of all deaths from cancer and 87% of deaths from lung cancer (Anand et al., 2008). If you have a habit of smoking, seek help and make a positive change in your life. You are worth it. Check out http://www.smokefree.gov for some extra support. And if you are wondering, e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, and water pipes (or bongs) may also cause cancer.
  • Excessive alcohol – Are you part of the 70% of Americans that do not recognize alcohol consumption as a risk factor for cancer? If so, consider yourself now informed (Heymach et al., 2018). If you are having more than 2-4 drinks a WEEK, you might want to consider cutting back. Like most things, a little bit probably isn’t going to hurt you but too much is putting you at greater risk.
  • Sugar (candy, soda, sugary flavored coffees, baked goods, etc.) – Cancer LOVES sugar. It feeds off of it, literally, and helps the cancer to grow. Did you know doctors give patients pure glucose linked to a radioactive dye to locate tumors in the body? Those sugar-loving cancer cells, suck up the sugary marker and thus glow brighter than the other tissue, helping the scanning device to see the cancer cells.
  • White bread and white rice – These (along with sugar) all raise your blood sugar levels, and you produce extra insulin in the pancreas. (Asians have a gene that prevents this.) Diabetes is a known dietary cancer risk (Anand, Nath & Saraswathy, 2014).

All of the substances listed above are addictive substances. Therefore, cutting them from your diet will not be as easy as cutting Brussels sprouts, even though it could potentially save you hundreds of dollars a month. I’m not going try to tell you it will be easy to stop smoking, give up soda or your morning sugary cup of joe, or whatever your favorite vice is. It will be hard.

But you know how to do hard things. You do it every day. You are a teacher! Every day you do things much harder than say NO to something listed above. Harness your teacher superpowers and take care of your body.

2. Stop putting toxins ON your body

Do NOT rely on the government to tell you what you eat (the food pyramid changes every few years and it’s still wrong) or to help you make safe choices for you. PAY attention to the ingredients that interact with your body, especially shampoo, hair conditioner, hair coloring products, deodorant, face cleaning products, soaps and makeup products.

Stop buying things that contain “Parabens.” They’re a family of chemicals used in various personal care products and have long been linked to cancer. They disrupt estrogen function (Harvey, 2003). As an alternative, buy from the companies Arm & Hammer (“Essentials Natural Deodorant”) and Tom’s (“Natural Deodorant” and toothpaste) who both sell healthy products. You’ve just started to lower your risks.

One-time usage does not put you at risk. But using slightly dangerous products over time is a higher-risk behavior. You can save yourself a lot of money by eliminating toxic products that don’t fall in the “need” category as well.

The Food and Drug Administration has been sitting on damning evidence from government research studies since July 2009, showing over 80% of all sunscreen products contain known carcinogens. We’ll get to what to avoid in just a moment.

3. Reduce your stress

What does your stress level have to do with cancer? More than you might think. Chronic stress impairs your body’s capacity to fight inflammation. If you are an over-scheduled adult, or have an over-scheduled child, do yourself a favor and aim to under-schedule yourself and your family. Cut back on an activity or two. Not only will this save you more money, but it will create space and time in your life for things that will contribute to your cancer force field:

  • Meditation
  • Journaling
  • Breathing exercising
  • Appreciating nature
  • Spending time with loved ones
  • Mindfulness

4. Exercise

Researchers have long linked exercise with lower breast cancer risk for women past menopause, believing it works partly by lowering the estrogen levels. Higher estrogen levels can raise breast cancer risk. Find a physical activity you love and commit to doing it 3-6 times a week for at least 20 minutes.

And then consider some of these other habits that could help you move your body more:

  • If it’s 1-3 floors in a building, take the stairs down to the lobby.
  • Instead of driving around for an extra 3 minutes waiting for the best parking spot to come available, spend those minutes walking the parking lot.
  • Take the stairs instead of the escalator at the mall or airport. My rule of thumb is unless I’m carrying more than 20 lbs, take the stairs!

5. Get your vitamin D

The most common cause of skin cancer is the sun. You probably already knew that.

You probably also know that vitamin D (that you get from the sun) is great for your physical and emotional health. So, what is one to do? Stay out of the sun? Go out in the sun? Read on – I’ll tell you

There’s no risk of skin cancer at short exposures (15 minutes or less) and a HUGE upside. The Vitamin D helps facilitate healing from illnesses and helps metabolize the potassium and calcium needed for strong bones (Lappe, Travers-Gustafson, Davies, Recker, & Heaney, 2007). If you want to stay outside longer, do intervals of sun, then shade. It is the continuous sun exposure that stacks up the radiation, not the intervals.

When you use sunscreen, use the lowest number that can work for you. Most people think they’re protecting themselves better by using a higher numbered sunscreen. But the higher the number, the more risk you’re taking with toxic chemicals.

The higher SPF is also a waste of money… Sunscreens with SPF 8 block 87% of UVB rays (the ones that burn your skin). SPF 30 blocks 97%. SPF 100 sunscreens block 99%. In any case, read the ingredients on what you buy.
Certain sunscreen ingredients may be potentially carcinogenic or have other health risks (anything with oxybenzone, benzophenone, octocrylene, or octylmethoxycinnamate.)

Please be a healthy label-reader: Avoid personal care products with retinyl palmitate and oxybenzone.

Please do not buy products that may increase cancer risk. And remember, a little sun is good; too much is dangerous.

How to spend the money you just saved?

With the adjustments above, you can potentially save yourself hundreds of dollars a month. With that extra money, might I suggest a few things to stock your fridge and shelves with to help prevent cancer:

  • Foods packed with antioxidants: Antioxidants include enzymes or other organic substances, such as sunlight, vitamin or food sources that are capable of counteracting the damaging effects of oxidation. Stock up on sweet potatoes, watermelon, colored berries (like blueberries… frozen is OK), cold water (NOT farm raised) fatty fish (like salmon), colorful vegetables (such as peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, kale, etc.), green tea, olive oil, coffee, dark chocolate (60-65% is best), plain Greek yogurt, mangos, and papayas.
  • Folic acid: Folic acid is known to reduce cancer risks. That includes the following dark greens (in order): spinach, collard, turnip and mustard greens, broccoli and asparagus, papaya, beans, peas, lentils and avocado (Willett, 2006). When you slowly reduce, and then eliminate the products made by humans (chips, cookies, bread, candies, etc.) and focus on nature-made foods, health often improves. Keep in mind, if it’s dark and bitter, it’s better for your body.
  • Curcumin: Turmeric’s active compound is a yellow spice, called curcumin. This spice is commonly used in Indian foods. In one recent study, two researchers concluded, “Curcumin can selectively modulate multiple cell signaling pathways linked to inflammation and to the survival, growth, invasion, angiogenesis, and metastasis of cancer cells.” (Hasima & Aggarwal, 2016).  Studies have shown that curcumin even kills cancer stem cells, the “mother” cells that control the growth and spread of cancer cell colonies (Prasad, 2015). You can buy curcumin capsules in most drug stores and supermarkets. I buy mine from Amazon (VitaLabs as Curcumin C3 Complex).
  • Graviola: Annona Muricata (also known as Soursop, Graviola, and guanabana), is an amazing evergreen plant found in tropical and subtropical climates. Multiple studies have substantiated its effects as being anticancer, anticonvulsant, anti-arthritic, antiparasitic, hepatoprotective and antidiabetic. This fruit extract may be purchased from Amazon as Biotech Nutritions Graviola (Paul, Gnanam, Jayadeepa, Arul, 2013; Antony, Vijayan, 2016; Moghadamtousi, Fadaeinasab, Nikzad, Mohan, Ali, Kadir, 2015).

Cancer prevention requires serious lifestyle commitments to healthy living. Those changes include smoking cessation, increased ingestion of fruits and vegetables, moderate-low use of alcohol, caloric restriction, sufficient exercise, avoidance of over-exposure to sunlight, minimal meat consumption, use of whole grains, and use of vaccinations, getting sufficient vitamin D, avoiding toxic personal care products, cutting the sugar, use of curcumin, Graviola, and getting regular check-ups with fewer radiation doses.

That’s a lot.

So, first, take a moment and acknowledge yourself for whichever of these are already a part of your personal lifestyle. You are already helping your body stay cancer free. Now, pick one area you know you can improve on. Make a change and stick with it. When it becomes a comfortable habit, make another improvement. You are worth it!

The Biggest news in cancer TREATMENT for 2017-18

The most promising breakthroughs in cancer treatment revolve around gene editing, immunotherapy, and proton therapy.

Gene editing is maturing. You may have heard of the gene-editing technique simply called CRISPR. It works like a pair of scissors to cut DNA, inserting or reordering bits of genetic code with remarkable, science-fiction-like results: CRISPR can help create mosquitoes that don’t transmit malaria, or be used in humans, to battle 50 untreatable diseases, including cancer. How? You can remove the patients’ immune cells, edit the genes, and reinsert the weaponized cells into the body to hunt and kill cancer. This is not science fiction; it has already succeeded in test patients.

Another option is immunotherapy, which “activates” certain parts of your immune system to fight disease. Immune cells cruise around your body looking for “foreign molecules”. Once they find these foreigners, a certain class of immune cells (cytotoxic T cells) attack and eliminate the foreigners. Unfortunately, cancer has several ways it can hide from immune cells. However, scientists have discovered ways to genetically re-engineer a patient’s immune T cells to detect the previously hidden cancer cells. The game of hide and seek is over.

But, there’s a glitch. Making immune-cell treatments for every patient is expensive and time-consuming. Commonly, doctors can’t use a patient’s own T cells because there are not enough healthy ones for them to tinker with. Instead, they use someone else’s. This increases time and expense. So while it shows promise, immunotherapy has some limitations.

Proton therapy is essentially an improved form of radiation. At high energy, protons (positively charged particles) can destroy cancer cells. Traditional radiation treatment has been shown to be quite successful, but at the cost of damaging healthy tissue near the cancerous tumor. This can create additional health challenges. With proton therapy, radiation can be deposited directly in the tumor without exposing nearby healthy tissue with the radiation.

The world of science is making progress with cancer treatments. It is time for YOU to do your part and make progress with cancer preventions. How can you help yourself? Take hold of your health and commit to making at least one change today.

Eric Jensen
CEO, Jensen Learning
Brain-Based Education

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   Perfection comes from God.

.

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
read more

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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A Morning in Every Moment / Negative Influence of Social Media / Thank You Officer Brandon Gilbert / NASA 2016 Pictures of the Day / Friday: T. B. A.

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            Let your Spirit take you.

The greatest Blessings of mankind
are within us.
They are within our reach.

Far, far beneath
the Splendor and the Majesty
of this moment,
we hide our Hearts
in a shadowy existence.
But
there is no darkness
when we choose
to banish the night.

My Dear Friends,
there is a Light,
bright shining like a Star,
that belongs to you.
You cannot see it
by gloom of night.
But wait.
With your fervent Prayer
it will unfurl its Splendor
and burst into sight.
And there
will be your delight.

Yes,
there is a morning
in every moment
that brings a Love story
to Life.

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   There is a Star that belongs to you.

Gently,
close your tired eyes,
and surrender to the Heart
that truly possesses you.
In the darkness
of your fears
is the Light,
a Light Divine.

Your mind
can never begin the journey
to be free,
until you leave
the vexing years
that knew you.

Let your Spirit take you
where your fears
cannot bind you,
to where your dreams begin:
to where your Heart sings
and you savor the flavor
of every single moment
Love and Life can bring.

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                  Peace attend Thee

There is a harmony
only you can write.
It will take you
to where you long to be,
to where the mind
fragrantly forgets,
to where the Heart
takes flight.

And
if you look down
upon your own Creation,
the only explanation
you will have found
is the Love that abounds
all around.

And if you look
even deeper,
within your very Human Heart,
you will find YOU
hiding deep inside.

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  The future is the past dreaming.

Yes,
begin a new journey!
Leave all thoughts of the World
you knew before.
Let your Spirit take you
where you so long to be:
in Love with Love,
and in Love with Life,
and at last
free.

“Ninety-nine percentfuller
of who you are
is invisible
and
untouchable.”

Buckminster Fuller

Always,
will we be
frozen in time,
until the day we realize,
tis’ the Heart that truly sees,
not the finite
mind.

Love is:
a Peace
that longs to attend Thee,
an acceptance
that this moment
harbors Infinity,
a knowing
God will send Thee
visions of His Light,
to pierce that darkest dark
of every night.

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              Begin a new journey!

So sleep My Friend
and Peace attend Thee
and Pray to God
to send Thee
His ever present Light,
so that you may truly see
through the lens of Love
there is no
night,
no unfeeling cold,
no darkness to stir and wake
the imagination to fright,
to silently abandon your defenses
and heighten sensations
that steal from you
every day and night.

You can Live
as you’ve never Lived before,
and Love everyone
and every Living thing
in sight.

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Love is
the most Beautiful thing
we can experience.
Bring your Love Story
to Life,
and be unafraid
to brave the Dawn.

The Human Heart
has its own gravity,
and the center of gravity
is the Heart’s desire.

The future
is the past
dreaming.
Let your Dream
begin.

Goodnight.

freedom

Be unafraid to brave the Dawn.

“You would not believe your eyes
If ten million fireflies
Lit up the world as I fell asleep,
‘Cause they’d fill the open air
And leave tear drops everywhere.

youngYou’d think me rude
But I would just stand and stare
I’d like to make myself believe
That planet Earth turns slowly
It’s hard to say that I’d rather stay
 awake when I’m asleep
‘Cause
everything is never
as it seems
.”

Adam Young
.

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      This moment harbors Infinity.

Social media
is great for sharing personal experiences,
but it has a strong negative influence
on our lives,
as it prevents us
from actually experiencing life!

The lack of face to face communication
puts a toll on our lives,
making it harder for us
to really communicate
with other people.

When you gather with friends
there are good times,
which are not going to come back.

Encourage
your children to leave
the phone at home.
Give them a chance
to truly live
Life.

“Success consists of goingwinston
from failure to failure
without loosing
enthusiasm.”

Winston Churchill

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Arlington Police Officer

buys struggling mom new car seats
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 Photo:  Fox4 News.com

From Fox4 News.com comes another beautiful story of Love and Compassion. An Arlington mother got more than she expected after she was pulled over. Instead of writing the woman a ticket for broken car seats, the officer bought new ones.

Alexis Jones says she knew her car seats were in really bad shape and was waiting until black Friday to go out and get new ones. But the Arlington police officer got to her first.

Jones was with her 3-year-old daughter and her 9-month-old son, and Arlington Police Officer Brandon Gilbert was ready to write her a ticket.

“The car seat was broken. It was a very old car seat,” the officer said. “And there really wasn’t any way of restraining the child that was inside the car seat because it was broken.”

Jones already was trying to manage a new job and a new apartment. The dash cam shows the officer putting the car seat on the hood of the patrol car and helping her with it.

“I thought about taking enforcement action,” Gilbert admitted. “But then I thought that’s not gonna help her.”

But it wasn’t until he got home that Officer Gilbert decided he needed to respond – not as an officer, but as a fellow parent.

Officer Gilbert brought two big boxes of car seats and stuffed animals,” Jones said. “And I was just in total shock. It was just it was amazing, actually.”

Gilbert used his own money to buy two car seats. He brought them over to her house and showed her how to install them.

“Lord willing I don’t, but if I was to get in a car accident, they would be safe,” Jones said. “I just feel so much better every time I drive my car.”

It was an act of Love and Kindness that Jones says made all the difference in the world.

If you can further assist Alexis Jones please contact Officer Gilbert at the Arlington Police Department. And may God Bless You.

Thank you officer Brandon Gilbert.
We Love you too.

 click here to read more from
William Anderson’s tribute to Peace Officers
in
Guardians of the Gardens of Life

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“If I could be a little girl again
This is how I wish it would have been.
I’d watch slowly the flowers grow,
I’d watch slowly the rivers flow,
If I could be a little girl again.

If I could be a little girl again
This is how I wish it would have been.
I’d watch the sunrise every day,
and see the sunset come what may.
If I could be a little girl again.

If I could be a little girl again
This is how I wish it would have been.
I’d kiss the birds, and love the bees
And make sure that I climbed every tree.
If I could be a little girl again.

If I could be a little girl again
I’d never miss a beat of life
Until the Lord says your mine tonight,
Then with eyes glowing alive and bright
I’d be that little girl again.”
– Gail C. Berreitter

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Savor the flavor of every single moment.

“Nothing comes from violence
and nothing ever could.
For all those born
beneath an angry star

Lest we forget
how fragile we are.

On and on the rain will fall
Like tears from a star,
like tears from a star

On and on the rain will say
How fragile we are,
how fragile we are.”

– Sting

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      Where the Heart takes flight.

“Learn from those who can teach you.
The experiences of those who preceded us
in our ‘dead poets’,
help you walk through life.
Today’s society is us ‘poets alive’.
Do not let life pass you live without that.”
– Edu Fau
.
May I recommend:
Robert Lotman,
Lotman Consultation Services
He is a Registered Sanitarian and Health Inspector.

I have known Robert for many years and truly admired
and respected him. He is now retired and has the time
to help others. He can assist with the following:
Safety Inspections
Environmental Inspections:
Foster Homes
Adoption Home Inspections
Daycare Inspections
Swimming Pool Inspections
Food Handler Training
Certified Pool Operator Training and
Food Service Consultations.
Robert is State Certified for Food Handler Classes,
Registered Sanitarian and
Certified Pool Operator Instructor.
I know you will enjoy working with Robert Lotman.
The Anderson Private School has truly benefited from his expertise.
Robert may be reached at 817-946-5952 or
robertlotman@sbcglobal.net

.                                           Important Dates

                                         (subject to change)
.
Dec. 22 (Thur, – changed from Dec. 20)  Last Day of Fall Semester

Dec. 23 – Jan. 4                      Winter Break Holiday

Jan. 5 (Thursday)                     Second Semester begins

Jan. 16 (Monday)                      Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Holiday

Jan. 20                                       Fort Worth Stock Show

Feb. 20 (Monday)                      President’s Day Holiday

Mar. 13-17                                  Spring Break Holidays

April 14  & 17 (Fri. & Mon.)      Good Friday & Easter

April 28                                     Scarborough Renaissance Festival

May 22-26                                 Adventure Trip

May 26                                      Last Day of Semester

May 27                                     Dr. A admitted for therapy (you understand)

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“For Love one can die. But for the      lack of Love, one will surely die.”          – Wm. C. Anderson

Astronomy Pictures of the Day Archive 2016
NASA images are in the public domain

Enjoy!

aurora-over-juno-nasa2016 December 06: Aurora over Jupiters South Pole from Juno
2016 December 05: Lightning over Colorado
2016 December 04: Official Star Names for Orion
2016 December 03: Galaxies in Pegasus
2016 December 02: A Triple Star is Born
2016 December 01: Flaming Star Nebula
2016 November 30: Milky Way over Shipwreck
2016 November 29: W5: The Soul of Star Formation
2016 November 28: Arp 240: A Bridge between Spiral Galaxies from Hubble
2016 November 27: Verona Rupes: Tallest Known Cliff in the Solar System
2016 November 26: East to West, Light and Shadow
2016 November 25: Apollo 17 VIP Site Anaglyph
2016 November 24: Ring Scan
2016 November 23: NGC 7635: Bubble in a Cosmic Sea
2016 November 22: Plutos Sputnik Planum
2016 November 21: Nova over Thailand
2016 November 20: NGC 4414: A Flocculent Spiral Galaxy
2016 November 19: IC 5070: A Dusty Pelican in the Swan
2016 November 18: Philadelphia Perigee Full Moon
2016 November 17: Soyuz vs Supermoon
2016 November 16: The Heart and Soul Nebulas
2016 November 15: Cold Weather Delayed over North America
2016 November 14: Supermoon and Space Station
2016 November 13: Super Moon vs Micro Moon
2016 November 12: NGC 891 vs Abell 347
2016 November 11: NGC 7822 in Cepheus
2016 November 10: Great Rift Near the Center of the Milky Way
2016 November 09: M63: The Sunflower Galaxy from Hubble
2016 November 08: The Cosmic Web of the Tarantula Nebula
2016 November 07: Inverted City Beneath Clouds
2016 November 06: Starburst Cluster in NGC 3603
2016 November 05: ISS Fisheye Flythrough
2016 November 04: Portrait of NGC 281
2016 November 03: NGC 253: Dusty Island Universe
2016 November 02: M27: The Dumbbell Nebula
2016 November 01: Arp 299: Black Holes in Colliding Galaxies
2016 October 31: Ghost Aurora over Canada
2016 October 30: Halloween and the Ghost Head Nebula
2016 October 29: Moonset at Whitby Abbey
2016 October 28: Haunting the Cepheus Flare
2016 October 27: A Giant Squid in the Flying Bat
2016 October 26: Propeller Shadows on Saturn’s Rings
2016 October 25: Clouds Near Jupiter’s South Pole from Juno
2016 October 24: HI4PI: The Hydrogen Sky
2016 October 23: Eagle Aurora over Norway
2016 October 22: Cerro Tololo Trails
2016 October 21: Full Moon in Mountain Shadow
2016 October 20: The Tulip in the Swan
2016 October 19: M45: The Pleiades Star Cluster
2016 October 18: The Antlia Cluster of Galaxies
2016 October 17: An Atlas V Rocket Launches OSIRIS REx
2016 October 16: Cylindrical Mountains on Venus
2016 October 15: Gemini Observatory North
2016 October 14: Herschel’s Orion
2016 October 13: Galaxies from the Altiplano
2016 October 12: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
2016 October 11: The Cygnus Wall of Star Formation
2016 October 10: The Winds of Earth
2016 October 09: Hurricane Ivan from the Space Station
2016 October 08: Moon, Mercury, and Twilight Radio
2016 October 07: The Hydrogen Clouds of M33
2016 October 06: Trifid, Lagoon, and Mars
2016 October 05: A Crumbling Layered Butte on Mars
2016 October 04: Nest of the Eagle Nebula
2016 October 03: Explore Rosetta’s Comet
2016 October 02: Aurora Over White Dome Geyser
2016 October 01: Rosetta’s Farewell
2016 September 30: Lynds Dark Nebula 1251
2016 September 29: Five Hundred Meter Aperture Spherical Telescope
2016 September 28: NGC 3576: The Statue of Liberty Nebula
2016 September 27: Jupiter’s Europa from Spacecraft Galileo
2016 September 26: Gaia: Here Comes the Sun
2016 September 25: Saturn from Above
2016 September 24: Heart and Soul and Double Cluster
2016 September 23: Harvest Moon Eclipse
2016 September 22: Sunset at Edmontonhenge
2016 September 21: Zooming in on Star Cluster Terzan 5
2016 September 20: The Helix Nebula in Infrared
2016 September 19: 50000 Kilometers over the Sun
2016 September 18: Starry Night Scavenger Hunt
2016 September 17: M33: Triangulum Galaxy
2016 September 16: Full Moon over Brno
2016 September 15: Retrograde Mars and Saturn
2016 September 14: The North and South Jupiter
2016 September 13: NGC 1672: Barred Spiral Galaxy from Hubble
2016 September 12: Philae Lander Found on Comet 67P
2016 September 11: All the Water on Planet Earth
2016 September 10: The Launch of OSIRIS REx
2016 September 09: The Wide and Deep Lagoon
2016 September 08: Mars in the Clouds
2016 September 07: Eclipse to Sunset
2016 September 06: The Whirlpool Galaxy and Beyond
2016 September 05: Spiral Meteor through the Heart Nebula
2016 September 04: Io over Jupiter from Voyager 1
2016 September 03: Reunion Island Eclipse
2016 September 02: Little Planet Astro Camp
2016 September 01: Light at the End of the Road
2016 August 31: Annular Solar Eclipse over New Mexico
2016 August 30: Aurora over Icelandic Fault
2016 August 29: Young Suns of NGC 7129
2016 August 28: Abell 370: Galaxy Cluster Gravitational Lens
2016 August 27: Lunar Orbiter Earthset
2016 August 26: The Milky Way Sets
2016 August 25: Closest Star has Potentially Habitable Planet
2016 August 24: Curiosity at Murray Buttes on Mars
2016 August 23: Gigantic Jet Lightning over China
2016 August 22: Tutulemma: Solar Eclipse Analemma
2016 August 21: Map of Total Solar Eclipse Path in 2017 August
2016 August 20: Gamma rays and Comet Dust
2016 August 19: Perseid Fireball at Sunset Crater
2016 August 18: Perseid Night at Yosemite
2016 August 17: Meteor before Galaxy
2016 August 16: Five Planets and the Moon over Australia
2016 August 15: Human as Spaceship
2016 August 14: The Keyhole in the Carina Nebula
2016 August 13: Perseid from Torralba del Burgo
2016 August 12: The Easterbunny Comes to NGC 4725
2016 August 11: Perseid, Aurora, and Noctilucent Clouds
2016 August 10: Colliding Galaxies in Stephans Quintet
2016 August 09: Mars at Closest Approach 2016
2016 August 08: Perseid Meteors over Mount Shasta
2016 August 07: Io: Moon over Jupiter
2016 August 06: Las Campanas Moon and Mercury
2016 August 05: Apollo 15 Panorama
2016 August 04: M63: Sunflower Galaxy Wide Field
2016 August 03: Behold the Universe
2016 August 02: A Rocket Booster Falls Back to Earth
2016 August 01: Behind Saturn
2016 July 31: A Huge Solar Filament Erupts
2016 July 30: Ripples Through a Dark Sky
2016 July 29: Blue Danube Analemma
2016 July 28: Herschel’s Eagle Nebula
2016 July 27: M13: A Great Globular Cluster of Stars
2016 July 26: Puzzling a Sky over Argentina
2016 July 25: Deep Magellanic Clouds Image Indicates Collisions
2016 July 24: M2 9: Wings of a Butterfly Nebula
2016 July 23: Summer Planets and Milky Way
2016 July 22: Galaxy Cluster Abell S1063 and Beyond
2016 July 21: Falcon 9: Launch and Landing
2016 July 20: Dark Dunes on Mars
2016 July 19: Color the Universe
2016 July 18: The Orion Nebula in Infrared from HAWK I
2016 July 17: Mercury on the Horizon
2016 July 16: The North Celestial Tower
2016 July 15: NGC 2736: The Pencil Nebula
2016 July 14: NGC 1309: Spiral Galaxy and Friends
2016 July 13: M7: Open Star Cluster in Scorpius
2016 July 12: Chasing Juno
2016 July 11: Aurorae on Jupiter
2016 July 10: Moon Meets Jupiter
2016 July 09: Noctilucent Clouds Tour France
2016 July 08: The Swirling Core of the Crab Nebula
2016 July 07: The Altiplano Night
2016 July 06: Arp 286: Trio in Virgo
2016 July 05: The Colorful Clouds of Rho Ophiuchi
2016 July 04: IC 4628: The Prawn Nebula
2016 July 03: The Cat’s Eye Nebula
2016 July 02: Firefly Trails and the Summer Milky Way
2016 July 01: Juno Approaching Jupiter
2016 June 30: The New World Atlas of Artificial Sky Brightness
2016 June 29: From Alpha to Omega in Crete
2016 June 28: Juno Mission Trailer
2016 June 27: Anticrepuscular Rays over Colorado II
2016 June 26: Jupiter’s Clouds from New Horizons
2016 June 25: Strawberry to Honey Moonrise
2016 June 24: Sagittarius Sunflowers
2016 June 23: Solstice Dawn and Full Moonset
2016 June 22: Cirrus over Paris
2016 June 21: NGC 6814: Grand Design Spiral Galaxy from Hubble
2016 June 20: Sunrise Solstice over Stonehenge
2016 June 19: Galaxy and Planets Beyond Bristlecone Pines
2016 June 18: Sputnik Planum vs. Krun Macula
2016 June 17: Comet PanSTARRS in the Southern Fish
2016 June 16: Northern Lights above Lofoten
2016 June 15: GW151226: A Second Confirmed Source of Gravitational Radiation
2016 June 14: The North America and Pelican Nebulas
2016 June 13: Unexplained Dimmings in KIC 8462852
2016 June 12: A Roll Cloud Over Uruguay
2016 June 11: The Fornax Cluster of Galaxies
2016 June 10: NGC 6888: The Crescent Nebula
2016 June 09: Pluto at Night
2016 June 08: The Horsehead Nebula in Infrared from Hubble
2016 June 07: Night on Venus in Infrared from Orbiting Akatsuki
2016 June 06: The Supernova and Cepheids of Spiral Galaxy UGC 9391
2016 June 05: Comet PanSTARRS and the Helix Nebula
2016 June 04: The Shadow of Surveyor 1
2016 June 03: NGC 4631: The Whale Galaxy
2016 June 02: Three Planets from Pic du Midi
2016 June 01: Tycho’s Supernova Remnant Expands
2016 May 31: Stars and Gas of the Running Chicken Nebula
2016 May 30: Galaxy Evolution Tracking Animation
2016 May 29: Valles Marineris: The Grand Canyon of Mars
2016 May 28: Cat’s Eye Wide and Deep
2016 May 27: The Great Carina Nebula
2016 May 26: IC 5067 in the Pelican Nebula
2016 May 25: NGC 5078 and Friends
2016 May 24: Milky Way Over the Spanish Peaks
2016 May 23: Inside a Daya Bay Antineutrino Detector
2016 May 22: LL Orionis: When Cosmic Winds Collide
2016 May 21: Milky Way and Planets Near Opposition
2016 May 20: 3D Mercury Transit
2016 May 19: The Surface of Europa
2016 May 18: Halo from Atacama
2016 May 17: The Orion Nebula in Visible and Infrared
2016 May 16: Clouds of the Carina Nebula
2016 May 15: Milky Way Over Quiver Tree Forest
2016 May 14: Falcon 9 and Milky Way
2016 May 13: ISS and Mercury Too
2016 May 12: A Transit of Mercury
2016 May 11: A Mercury Transit Music Video from SDO
2016 May 10: Saturn and Mars visit Milky Way Star Clouds
2016 May 09: Webb Telescope Mirror Rises after Assembly
2016 May 08: Mercurys Transit: An Unusual Spot on the Sun
2016 May 07: Three Worlds for TRAPPIST 1
2016 May 06: NGC 7023: The Iris Nebula
2016 May 05: The SONG and the Hunter
2016 May 04: A Mercury Transit Sequence
2016 May 03: Aurora over Sweden
2016 May 02: Crossing Mars
2016 May 01: Contemplating the Sun
2016 April 30: Moon over Makemake
2016 April 29: Fermi’s Gamma-ray Moon
2016 April 28: A Dust Angel Nebula
2016 April 27: Omega Centauri: The Brightest Globular Star Cluster
2016 April 26: NGC 6872: A Stretched Spiral Galaxy
2016 April 25: Simeis 147: Supernova Remnant
2016 April 24: M16: Pillars of Star Creation
2016 April 23: Milky Way in Moonlight
2016 April 22: NGC 7635: The Bubble Nebula
2016 April 21: The Comet, the Owl, and the Galaxy
2016 April 20: Galaxy Einstein Ring
2016 April 19: Andromeda on the Rocks
2016 April 18: The International Space Station over Earth
2016 April 17: Asperatus Clouds Over New Zealand
2016 April 16: Heliopause Electrostatic Rapid Transit System
2016 April 15: Mercury and Crescent Moon Set
2016 April 14: Full Venus and Crescent Moon Rise
2016 April 13: Orion in Red and Blue
2016 April 12: Combined Solar Eclipse Corona from Earth and Space
2016 April 11: The Comet and the Star Cluster
2016 April 10: Cassini Approaches Saturn
2016 April 09: A Green Flash of Spring
2016 April 08: Lapland Northern Lights
2016 April 07: Wolf-Lundmark-Melotte
2016 April 06: Auroras and the Magnetosphere of Jupiter
2016 April 05: Cancri 55 e: Climate Patterns on a Lava World
2016 April 04: Lucid Dreaming
2016 April 03: Close up of the Bubble Nebula
2016 April 02: Pluto’s Bladed Terrain in 3D
2016 April 01: Europa: Discover Life Under the Ice
2016 March 31: Big Dipper to Southern Cross
2016 March 30: NGC 6188 and NGC 6164
2016 March 29: NASA’s Curiosity Rover at Namib Dune (360 View)
2016 March 28: Orion’s Belt and Sword over Teide’s Peak
2016 March 27: NGC 6357: Cathedral to Massive Stars
2016 March 26: Solstice to Equinox Cubed
2016 March 25: Close Comet and the Milky Way
2016 March 24: Hickson 91 in Piscis Austrinus
2016 March 23: The Great Nebula in Carina
2016 March 22: Rainbow Airglow over the Azores
2016 March 21: Alaskan Moondogs
2016 March 20: A Picturesque Equinox Sunset
2016 March 19: 3D Ahuna Mons
2016 March 18: The W in Cassiopeia
2016 March 17: Close Comet and Large Magellanic Cloud
2016 March 16: A Phoenix Aurora over Iceland
2016 March 15: Cheering a Total Solar Eclipse
2016 March 14: Dark Nebulas across Taurus
2016 March 13: Neon Saturn
2016 March 12: The Flash Spectrum of the Sun
2016 March 11: Lunar Shadow Transit
2016 March 10: Dark Sun over Ternate
2016 March 09: Edge On Galaxy NGC 5866
2016 March 08: Solar Eclipse Shoes in the Classroom
2016 March 07: Mystery Feature Now Disappears in Titan Lake
2016 March 06: A Solar Prominence Eruption from SDO
2016 March 05: Cities at Night
2016 March 04: Sculptor Galaxy NGC 134
2016 March 03: Moons and Jupiter
2016 March 02: Unusual Clouds over Hong Kong
2016 March 01: NGC 3310: A Starburst Spiral Galaxy
2016 February 29: Julius Caesar and Leap Days
2016 February 28: IC 1848: The Soul Nebula
2016 February 27: Northern Pluto
2016 February 26: The Tarantula Nebula
2016 February 25: Highest, Tallest, and Closest to the Stars
2016 February 24: USA’s Northeast Megalopolis from Space
2016 February 23: A Supernova through Galaxy Dust
2016 February 22: Flying Over Pluto’s Moon Charon
2016 February 21: M82: Galaxy with a Supergalactic Wind
2016 February 20: Where Your Shadow Has Company
2016 February 19: NGC 2403 in Camelopardalis
2016 February 18: Hitomi Launches
2016 February 17: Milky Way over the Pinnacles in Australia
2016 February 16: Star Forming Region S106
2016 February 15: White Rock Fingers on Mars
2016 February 14: A Heart Shaped Lenticular Cloud
2016 February 13: Yutu on a Little Planet
2016 February 12: Two Black Holes Merge
2016 February 11: LIGO Detects Gravitational Waves from Merging Black Holes
2016 February 10: Galaxies in the River
2016 February 09: The Rise and Fall of Supernova 2015F
2016 February 08: Light Pillars over Alaska
2016 February 07: Advanced LIGO: Gravitational Wave Detectors Upgraded
2016 February 06: Five Planets at Castell de Burriac
2016 February 05: Massive Stars in NGC 6357
2016 February 04: Dwarf Planet Ceres
2016 February 03: Galaxy Wars: M81 versus M82
2016 February 02: Comet 67P from Spacecraft Rosetta
2016 February 01: Find the Man in the Moon
2016 January 31: MWC 922: The Red Square Nebula
2016 January 30: A Five Planet Dawn
2016 January 29: Hidden Galaxy IC 342
2016 January 28: Elliptical M60, Spiral NGC 4647
2016 January 27: An Airglow Fan from Lake to Sky
2016 January 26: A Candidate for the Biggest Boom Yet Seen
2016 January 25: Where Your Elements Came From
2016 January 24: Star Cluster R136 Bursts Out
2016 January 23: Big Dipper, Deep Sky
2016 January 22: 21st Century M101
2016 January 21: The View Toward M101
2016 January 20: Stars and Globules in the Running Chicken Nebula
2016 January 19: A Dark Sand Dune on Mars
2016 January 18: Proxima Centauri: The Closest Star
2016 January 17: The Galactic Center in Infrared
2016 January 16: The View Toward M106
2016 January 15: Wright Mons in Color
2016 January 14: Infrared Portrait of the Large Magellanic Cloud
2016 January 13: Reflections on the 1970s
2016 January 12: The California Nebula
2016 January 11: A Colorful Solar Corona over the Himalayas
2016 January 10: Sun Storm: A Coronal Mass Ejection
2016 January 09: Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 1300
2016 January 08: Prometheus and the F Ring
2016 January 07: High Energy Andromeda
2016 January 06: Comets and Bright Star
2016 January 05: The Lagoon Nebula in Hydrogen Sulfur and Oxygen
2016 January 04: Earthset from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
2016 January 03: A Starry Night of Iceland
2016 January 02: Sky Lights in the New Year
2016 January 01: Comet Catalina Tails

LOVE Is Simple and Truly Beautiful / Recommended Websites/Resources / Keep Calm – School starts Sept. 6

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   Hachikō

LOVE
is simple,
and truly Beautiful.

Hachikō was an Akita dog
born on a farm
near the city of Ōdate, Japan.
He is remembered to this day
for undying Love and loyalty
to his owner, Dr. Eisaburo Ueno,
a professor at Tokyo University.

The professor’s home
was in Tokyo
and he commuted to Komaba
and the agricultural experimental station
in Nishihara.

Hachiko 2On May 21, 1925,
Dr. Ueno did not return.
He had suffered a stroke
and died at the University.

Hachiko was 18 months old.
The next day and
for the next nine years,
Hachiko returned to the station
and waited for his beloved master
before walking home,
alone.

Nothing and no one
could discourage Hachiko
from maintaining his nightly vigil.
It was not until he followed his master in death
that Hachiko failed to appear
at his waiting place at the railroad station.
Hachiko was sent to the homes
of relatives or friends,
but he always continued to await his master,
who was never to return
at the train station.

Hachikō was given away
after his master’s death,
but he routinely escaped,
returning again and again to his old home.
Eventually, Hachikō apparently realized
that Professor Ueno no longer lived at the house.
So he went to look for his master at the train station
where he had accompanied him so many times before.
Each day, Hachikō waited for the return of his owner.

Hachiko bronzThe permanent fixture
at the train station
that was Hachikō
attracted the attention
of other commuters.
Many of the people who frequented the train station
had seen Hachikō and Professor Ueno
together each day.
They brought Hachikō treats and food
to nourish him during his wait.

This continued for nine yearsHachiko 3
with Hachikō appearing precisely
when the train was due at the station.

Hachiko’s fidelity to his master
was known throughout Japan.

During his lifetime Hachiko was held up
in Japanese culture
as an example of true Love, loyalty and fidelity.
He continues to be remembered.

Hachiko statue

Upon Hachiko’s death,
newspaper stories led to the suggestion
that a statue be erected
at the train station.
Contributions from people
in the United States
and other countries were received.
Today, a statue of Hachiko
pays silent tribute
to his faithfulness, his loyalty,
to his Love.
It was erected at his waiting spot
outside the Shibuya railroad station,
which is now the most popular rendezvous point
in Shibuya.

REUNITED bThe famous story of Hachiko
overlooks the fact
that before his master’s passing,
the two would happily reunite
every evening
and walk home together.

In 2015 a new statue was erected showing Hachiko, as he’s rarely been depicted before, bursting with joy upon seeing his owner.
The University of Tokyo erected a bronze statue of Dr. Ueno and Hachiko
on its campus, together at last.

Hachiko’s ashes rest
beside those of his beloved master.

Hachiko grave

Hachiko (1923 – 1935)
click here for more

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale
is a DVD movie (for Kids & Family)
starring Richard Gere & Joan Allen
from Sony Pictures (rated G, 93 min.)
released in 2010. click here

movieAnother Beautiful story
of pure and simple Love
may be found in reading about
Greyfriars Bobby,
the dog who for 14 years
guarded his masters grave,
in Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh, Scotland.
This Love story
was posted on April 22, 2015
in William’s Weblog.
click here to read

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     Greyfriars Bobby

Please
do not wonder
why our students
are found embracing,
feeding and playing
with our precious adopted
animal friends.
They are busy
with the real
purpose of life

– giving and receiving
unconditional Love,
discovering that
it really does exist.

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The real purpose of life.

You and I make it possible
to experience
unconditional Love
given so freely by our friends,
who sometimes happen to be dogs
and other beautiful Creations of God.
What we do is truly heart-felt
in so many ways.
Through our Loving work,
their precious lives are sustained
and our lives
are made worth living.

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We are all on a journey.

My Dear Friends,
stop holding your breath.
ONLY Love shines the way
into Paradise!

Yes,
Love can move
in slow motion,
somewhere below
the speed of Life.
But it also moves
at the speed of LIGHT,
between your smiles
and the moments
that take
your breath away.

To be in Love
with Life
is to be searching
for your Soul

Anything less
than Love,
is a flash dance
  with death.

Your passion for Life,
your search for Love,
your compassion
for others,
for ALL of God’s
beautiful Creations,
make Life happen.

Our culture
has vastly restricted our sense
of what is possible.
But it is time
My Friends,
to transcend
our self-imposed limits.

Though we have seen the Truth,
we keep losing sight of it,
and then,
we have to find it again.

We are all on a journey
to encounter Love,
to find the Ultimate Truth,
UNKNOWING,
so very unaware,
it lies
through the door
of our Faith,
between the covers
of a Book
more widely read
than any other
ever published on
this Earth –
The Holy Bible.

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If you wish to see
with your own eyes,
the silent Tribute
to Love,
to the Infinite and Everlasting,
Unconditional Love of God

for you and for me,
go outside tonight
and just look up.

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It is time
My Friend,
for your day
to begin,
with the rising of the Sun
in your precious Heart.

Living Life
through Love,
is flying high enough
to finally see
where you have been,
and where
you should have been going
all along.

Goodnight.

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Living Life through Love is flying high.

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ROSIE

How precious did Grace appear in the form of pure Love. We do not have enough time left on this Earth to count all the Blessings. (Photo of my precious Rosie)

Perhaps We Never Left The Garden

You may not fully realize this, but a pesticide free environment produces many beautiful by-products. Our campus is adorned with specimens that are simply breathtaking. I never believe the number of small, intricately designed creations that exist, until I work outside. Sometimes I simply cannot work because I am so mesmerized by the beauty I find in nature.

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You may want to thank a teacher, if you can find one still able to walk and speak coherently.

Our landscaping friends and neighbors at the Color Ranch, just down the road from us, have truly performed miracles. I include photos of their recent work at the school. Our heartfelt thanks to Janis Gish, pictured left, and her wonderful staff,  who are responsible for the many improvements. I highly recommend the Color Ranch for your landscaping needs.

The photo of our two bird friends reminds me of, “With this ring I thee take” as they argue over seed we provide. And I thought you may want to see another new bird bath, very popular with the winged types. Now, if I can just keep the children out.

And I snapped a photo of a particularly beautiful specimen of what I believe is a Colored Bunting. What do you think?

And finally, I challenge you to find a more beautiful work of art in the Modern Art Museum (a favorite destination of our students) than the moth photographed by our son, Alex, on the back deck of the school. If you study this beauty carefully, you may see what I am saying.

I am simply stunned by the beauty all around.

Try to take some time with your child to admire the magnificence of life. Perhaps we never left the Garden of Eden. Mankind just sprayed insecticides all over the place and destroyed the evidence.

In Every Child

In every life there is a Spark of the Divine. One cannot measure or even imagine the magnitude and immensity of it’s potential to change the world.

That Spark, my friend, dwells within you and the life of your child. It can never be extinguished. And it can ignite the world and be the light of salvation for a new human being, a new beginning, yes, a new tomorrow – so different and so new that our imagination may never dwell within it.

The flame of your child’s heart can fire the mind and engulf all that humanity desires. It can touch others so deeply that they will truly cherish the memory of your being beyond that you exist, even unto the distant dreams held constant in the firmament of man’s deepest desires – to live a life fulfilled, to love life beyond the self and to lift a lamp of hope and compassion so that others may see.

Take this new day, another dawn, and cherish it as God loves us. In every child is the gift of life, the essence of love.