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

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


Life,

ageless and immortal.

We stand
on the threshold
of a truly unbelievable
tomorrow.

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

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

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

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

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

Oh, NO!

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

      A truly unbelievable tomorrow.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

             ONLY THEN, will there be Hope.

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

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

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

Goodnight.

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

Though I may not know the answers
I can finally say I am free.
And if the questions led me here
Then I am who I was born to be.”
– Audra Mae, grandniece of Judy Garland

Nine foods you should never eat again.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                      John Cogan

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                     John Cogan

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                                       by John Cogan

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

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

All my Life I was wandering
in search of Love.

Searching for HIM
in the faces of mortals.

The worldly Love,
which I never achieved,

has pushed me
closer to my God.

Finally,
the long wait receded.

And my Love has become
Immortal.”

– Aarzoo Mehek

         A pathway of virtual beauty.

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

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

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

                          Love is of everything.

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

Real Love
is absolute.

                    Love is everywhere, in everything.

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

            You cannot evade the Love of God.

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

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

              Arriving at what is really Beautiful.

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

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

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

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

John Greenleaf Whittier

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

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

Goodnight.

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

May it be the shadow’s call
will fly away

May it be you journey on
to light their day.

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

Believe
and you will find your way.

A promise
lives within you now.”

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

              .
Our Need for Love

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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                 The beginning without end.

 

I Am Your Child / Secrets to Longevity / Sept. 6 Fall Semester Begins

“Behold,
Children are a heritage from the LORD, 
the fruit of the womb
a reward.”
– Psalm 127:3-5

    I am the beat of my own lonely Heart.

No.
Your child cannot live
without your Love,
anymore than Life
can be without
the ultimate act of Love,
Birth.

My Dear Friends,
YOU
are always smiling
in the Heart
of your Happy child.

Your child cannot live without your Love.

I am the moments
I search your Heart,
in Hope
of finding you.
I am
the beat of my own
lonely Heart,
waiting
just for you.
The music
of my Life
joins in perfect
Harmony
as Heavens sing
of my Life
with you.

          You, my reason to be.

My Home,
destiny of my dreams,
is in
your Heart.
For within
lie the Seasons
yet to come,
days and moments,
precious moments,
to Dawn
as your own.

All Creation,
through all of Time,
is the World yet to be,
if endless tears
roll by,
toward Suns yet to set,
into a Sea
of you
without me.

        My Home is in your Heart.

Yes,
I am
your Daughter,
I am
your Son.
And you,
my reason to be.

Until
the end of Time,
centuries countless to come,
the Spark
of my Life
will endless
have never begun.

For without Love,
the Dawn of all Time
is a World
I will never see.

The sparkle of your eyes, glorious beyond Belief.

But,
hold me

in your arms
and I feel the Breath
of Life,
God breathed into me.
The sparkle
of your eyes,
glorious
beyond Belief,
pass years endless
in bliss,
remembering.

Hold me in your arms and I feel the Breath of Life.

I call
to a World
in momentary disbelief,
transfigured
  of yesterday’s tomorrow,
of today
in Eternity.

The one
who birthed the Dawn
of all my Time,
gave birth to
me.
But breath of Life
can long pass away,
without the Love
that nurtures me.

I am the moments I search your Heart.

Endless
is the Spark of Life
with Love,
the Song
of all Eternity,
Processions
in Perfect Harmony,
flowing
to the Heart of God,
waiting patiently.

For
Life is Love,
the Desire of God,
Destiny.

               Life is Love.

I am
your Daughter.
I am
your Son.
I am
the Will to be,
a Child of God,
His Sacred Seed.

And Love,
LOVE

is all I want,
all I will ever
need.

Goodnight.

Endless is the Spark of Life with Love.

“People were bringing little children
to Jesus for him to place his hands on them,
but the disciples rebuked them.
When Jesus saw this, he was indignant.
He said to them, “Let the little children come to me,
and do not hinder them,
for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Truly I tell you,
anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God
like a little child
will never enter it.”
And he took the children in his arms,
placed his hands on them
and Blessed them.”
– Mark 10:13-16

I am the Will to be, a Child of God.

People That Lived to 100 Spill Their Secrets of Longevity
from modernhealthmonk.com

Besse Cooper, 116

“Mind your own business and don’t eat junk food. Treat everyone the way you want to be treated, work hard and love what you do.”

Bel Kaufman, 101

Laughter keeps you healthy. You can survive by seeing the humor in everything. Thumb your nose at sadness; turn the tables on tragedy. You can’t laugh and be angry, you can’t laugh and feel sad, you can’t laugh and feel envious.

Anthony Mancinelli, 101

Do the right thing, don’t smoke, don’t drink, eat right and don’t overdo it. If you need a little extra help, take some vitamins. Going to work is what keeps me going.

Ruth Gruber, 101

Look inside your soul and find your tools. We all have tools and have to live with the help of them. I have two tools, my words and my images. I used my typewriter, computer and my cameras to fight injustice. Whenever I see a possibility of helping people who are in danger, I want to help them.

Dr. Laila Denmark, 114

Eat right and do what you love. Whatever you love to do is play; doing what you don’t like to do is work. I have never worked a day in my life!

Bonita Zigrang, 108

Have a good appetite, lots of friends, and keep busy.

Benjamin Goldfaden, 99

Stay active… even at 100. Eat in a balanced way… Don’t stay mad at anything – you have to get used to the losses, otherwise you can’t win. Lastly, stay close with your family, they keep you thinking.

Irving Kahn, 106

It is very important to have a widespread curiosity about life.

Helen Mulligan, 101

Take it easy, enjoy life, what will be will be. Sleep well.

Ebby Halliday, 101

Don’t smoke, don’t drink, and don’t retire!

Gilbert Herrick, 100

Take one day at a time and go along with the tide.

Lillian Modell, 100

Keep busy! Do things that you’ve never done before.

Gussie Levine, 100

Don’t fight the day, just let it be. Get up and be positive. Avoid any and all drama; I don’t get involved with silly minutiae or difficult personalities; people respect me for that.

Jennie Cascone, 100

Be good, don’t complain, just get up and do. Keep on working, keep on going, and have a good time.

Murray Shusterman, 100

Get involved. You’ll find pleasure and sometimes disappointment but there is a sense of achievement if you participate in a successful undertaking, whether it is organizational or professional. Work hard, it will pay off.

Loretta Hodge, 102

Whatever is hard, you make hard, but if you take it as it comes, it doesn’t come hard. Don’t worry, don’t want so much, and be satisfied with what you’ve got. Be willing to share with your friends and those less fortunate.

Miriam Henson, 105

You must keep active or you will just wither away. Always be involved in some activity.

Barbara Brody, 102

You have to make the best out of your life and have a good attitude.

Winifred Thomas, 101

When you live for God, talk to him, go to church, have nice people around you; that is the best medicine. God provides for you. Sometimes you don’t know when it is coming, but it is coming.

The Secrets Behind All of These Long-Living People Are Surprisingly The Same

There are definitely a few things repeated over and over.

I went back through the list and wrote down the top 5 things that appeared the most frequently. Do you know what they were?

The most commonly cited things:

  1. Keep a calm mind – Stay calm and relaxed and don’t let your feathers get ruffled. This  is the same advice the supposedly 256 year old Li Ching Yuen said, in addition to his three other secrets.
    .
  2. Don’t retire Stay curious about life, do work you love, and continue to do activities and participate in the community.
    .
  3. Eating right and staying active (traditional longevity)
    .
  4. Friends, social networks, and family – One of the longest running Harvard studies of all time follow men from college to the present day. George Vaillant commented that [in regard to happiness and life satisfaction] “There is 70 years of evidence that our relationships with other people matter, and matter more than anything else in this world.”
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  5. Have a good time – Just a general love for life, a constant curiosity and desire to learn, grow and live.

What About You?

I think that many of us intuitively know some of the things that contribute to a long life, like relaxing and enjoying life, keeping your mind busy, and obviously eating right and exercising.

One of the craziest things I’ve come across in the past few years is that some people have willed themselves to death. In extreme survival situations, people have been found in safe, secure places, with food and water, who simply gave up. Sometimes there was a journal, but other times these people had no verifiable medical reason for their death. They just didn’t want to fight.

The external is seriously overrated in our society –  people seem to neglect the power of the mind to make a person happy or miserable, successful or unsuccessful, lazy or driven.

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

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A Song Begins to Form / Surprising Mental Benefits of Clean Eating / Friday: at School (Shakespeare Rehearsal)

“Nighttime sharpens,
Heightens each sensation
Darkness stirs,
And wakes imagination
Silently the senses
Abandon their defenses

Slowly, gently
Night unfurls it’s Splendor
Grasp it, sense it
Tremulous and tender.”
Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart,
Richard Henry, Zachary Stilgoe

Remembering my precious “Kirby”.

There’s a whisper in the dark,
as Life comes to be
unafraid
to pierce the night
with imagination
and Love
and Light.
Unfolding in our dreams
we come to be,
where it seems,
there is no end
to what we can see.

Then a song begins to form
from deeply felt memories
that once were we,
echoing Love’s harmony
and joined in endless
flight
heard throughout the World
of our awareness,
on this precious
night.

And intoned we hear,
we shall never be alone,
as Hearts beat as one,
and again we find Love,

joined by cherished voices from the past,
and a deep Abiding Love
from Above.

“Oh Great Spirit,
Whose Voice I hear in the winds,
And whose Breath gives life to all the world,
hear me!
I am small and weak,
I need your strength and wisdom.
Let me walk in Beauty,
and make my eyes ever behold
the red and purple sunset.

Make my hands respect the things you have made
and my ears sharp to hear your voice.
Make me wise so that I may understand
the things you have taught my people.
Let me learn the lessons you have hidden
in every leaf and rock.
I seek strength,
not to be greater than my brother,
but to fight my greatest enemy –
myself.
Make me always ready to come to you
with clean hands and straight eyes.
So when Life fades,
as the fading sunset
my Spirit

may come to you without shame.”
– Native American Prayer
listen here

Such is
the Miracle of Love,
that it goes
on and on and on.
Not through time,
that may have never really existed,
or space,
not without end,
but through
Grace,
Everlasting to Everlasting.
Such is the Precious Love of
God.

“Grace, amazing Grace,
takes the powerful nature of Love
to the next level.
Grace is the width, and depth, and breadth of Love
reaching out, rippling across the ponds of time
to reach into the Hearts
of the lost and searching.
Grace is the freeing element of Love.”
Antwuan Malone
read more

I am rendered silent
when trying to fathom
the “Grace” of God’s Love.
How great is the Love of our Father?
Were we to spend our entire Life
trying to comprehend,
we could never grasp
its depth.

“Yea,
I have Loved thee

with an everlasting Love;
therefore with Loving kindness
have I drawn thee.”
– Jeremiah 31:3

Day after day
God’s Love
rises like the Dawn,
and always shines
upon you and me.

And through the dark of night
voices from the past
keep calling,
until
the Light of Dawn
chases away
every whisper
of our remembrances and imaginings
that begged to stay.

Annie and Alex, ages 8 and 5 (1992)

Old friends they are,
the rocks I tread upon –
I kick out from
under my bare feet.
Familiar they are,
these old friends
as comforting as the
ground,
belonging to me
as I to them.

My memory
seemingly seeps from the
Sacred soil
and back into me,
giving me
a sense of Peace,
finding some comfort
here.

 The silence is my teacher.
The calming air I breathe,
I find warm and inviting
and free.

Under the comforting warmth
of a beautiful spreading Tree,
I look to the Heavens
through the flickering,
whispering leaves.

This Sacred Place
I can never leave –
It never left me.
I belong here,
beneath the beautiful
canopy
of God’s Eternal Love.
What God provides
in Nature,
nurtures me.
It steals my Heart,
and leaves my Spirit
free.

I Pray
you will find
God’s Love
hidden deep within
the Forest
of your Heart.

“There is One Ultimate Loving Energy
that is present in all that exists.
You may call it whatever you are comfortable with:
God, Spirit, Source, the Great I Am, Allah, Yahweh, etc.
This is not a personality outside of us,
but rather a Presence within each of us.
We are inherently Spiritual Beings
having a Human experience.
We live in an abundant, unlimited Universe
and within us lies all the Wisdom, Love and Power
needed to create full, Joyous
prosperous lives.”
– Rev. Lee Wolak
Agape Center For Spiritual Living

Such moments
as I am with my Mother,
Nature,
truly magnify
the Miracle of Life
in me.

Goodnight

What God provides in Nature, nurtures me.

“Did you ever think
That we could be so close, like brothers.
The future’s in the air
I can feel it everywhere
Blowing with the wind of change.
Take me to the magic of the moment
On a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow dream away
in the wind of change
Walking down the street
Distant memories
Are buried in the past forever.”
Klaus Meine
listen here

The Surprising Benefits of Clean Eating

by Matthew Solan
read more

Eating unprocessed food is a great way to improve your overall diet, but proponents say it can also do great things for your mental health.

Erica learned the hard way how food affects her physical and mental health. Ten years ago, she worked in the high-pressure, go-go-go TV industry. Meals were devoured in minutes. Drinking two cans of Coke a day was the norm.

The work stress became overwhelming, and she soon left. But it wasn’t until later that she made the connection between what she ate and how it made her feel.

“I was not happy and my job at that time was no longer rewarding,” she says, “but I came to understand how my eating habits and choices had contributed to that.”

Erica realized that her food choices had aggravated her episodes of stress – and, conversely, that her stress had contributed to poor food choices.

“When I adopted a clean eating diet, where I cut out the processed and comfort foods, I immediately noticed a change not only in my mood, but how I reacted when things went wrong,” Erica says.

“No longer was my instinct to reach for the chips, soda, or ice cream.”

Less packaged, more whole

The term “clean eating” is trendy nowadays.

An entire magazine is devoted to the subject. From TV chef Curtis Stone and Whole Foods co-founder John Mackey to actresses Anne Hathaway and Jessica Alba, a slew of personalities and celebrities swear by clean eating.

But what does it mean exactly?

“Without all the excess sugar from processed foods and dairy, I had much less of the mental ups and downs that can happen when faced with daily stress.

“There are a lot of different interpretations, and no one fixed definition,” says

Pamela Fergusson, RD, PhD, a registered dietitian and consultant with Fresh Start Nutrition in Toronto.

“But generally, it refers to eating less processed foods and more whole foods.”

That means food in its natural or near-natural state, with minimal or no added chemicals, additives, or refined sugar. Ideally, what you eat should not be processed, or minimally processed, allowing it to retain high amounts of vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients.

One way to approach clean eating is to skip anything that comes in a box, can, or similar packaging.

But there are exceptions.

“For instance, beans come in cans that may add a little extra salt for flavor and preservation, but they are still beans, which are a nutritious whole food,” Fergusson notes.

You can ID processed foods as those that undergo changes from their natural state: think instant oatmeal instead of steel-cut oats, or French fries instead of whole potatoes.

Sound simple?

For the most part, it is.

“Clean eating encourages eating more of the right kind of foods without thinking about low-fat, low-calorie, or low-carb,” says Fergusson.

If you follow a particular eating plan – including a vegetarian, vegan or Paleo diet – you can still incorporate clean eating into your regimen. Just make a point to avoid processed staples.

For instance, vegetarians may enjoy frozen veggie burgers, but they don’t meet the guidelines of clean eating. Vegans may opt for soy cheese, but that’s often made with additives and preservatives.

Food-mood connection 

Clean eating can have a positive impact on your mood. Indeed, research is beginning to demonstrate how our food choices – not just what we eat, but what we don’t eat – can influence how we think and feel.

The scientific connection between our brain and food is an intertwining path, but here’s an abbreviated version:

When you get stressed, the body goes into fight-or-flight mode, releasing the hormones adrenal and cortisol to combat the stressful event. This reaction typically suppresses our appetite.

If stress persists, however, and you find yourself in a constant state of worry, anxiety, or prolonged exposure to stressful situations, these hormones overload the body and cause heightened inflammation and negative emotions.

“The worse someone feels, the more likely they will seek comfort,” explains Eva Selhub, MD, author of the books Your Health Destiny, The Love Response and Your Brain on Nature.

“Food can act as that comfort, which is why we call foods high in fat and sugar ‘comfort foods.’”

While it can make people feel better in the short term, comfort food serves only as a temporary fix, Selhub warns.

“You find yourself craving more feel-good foods to help fight the stress,” she says. “High amounts of these trans fats and high-sugar foods can further flame inflammation and oxidative stress in the brain, which creates more mental fog and depression.”

Healthy diet, enhanced mood

While your diet can contribute to stress, it may also control how your brain responds to them.

That’s why the goal of clean eating is to eliminate unhealthy “feel-good” food and replace it with natural choices that can actually promote greater brain health.

Studies have found that people who follow the Mediterranean diet, for example – which includes plenty of whole vegetables and fruits, unprocessed grains, fish, and other seafood – have a 25%-35% lower risk of depression compared with those who follow a typical “Western” diet high in processed and refined foods.

One reason that a diet abundant in natural-state foods benefits your brain and mood is that these foods contain high amounts of antioxidants, which have been shown to not only soothe inflammation and oxidative stress but help prevent it in the first place.

A “sweeter” outlook, naturally

If you battle unhealthy cravings as part of your stress, clean eating is a way to break free from your dependence.

Taylor, co-owner of St. Pete Strength and Conditioning in Florida, turned to clean eating when he became more dedicated to his weight-training regimen.

His approach: stick with foods close to their natural state, which helped eliminate high amounts of refined sugar in his diet.

Taylor says he noticed an almost instant change for the better.

“I’m detailed-oriented, I sweat the small stuff, and I get stressed easily. But the clean eating helps me stay more focused and not get sidetracked with distractions.”

Taylor pointed to cutting out sugar, a feeder of inflammation, as the main factor for his improved outlook.

“Without all the excess sugar from processed foods and dairy, I have much less of the mental ups and downs that can happen when faced with daily stress. I’m much better able to go with the flow,” he says.

Another advantage to clean eating is that it can expand your palate, so you’re not always stuck in a food rut.

“Clean eating encourages eating more of the right kind of foods without thinking about low-fat, low-calorie, or low-carb.”

“Clean eating is more about what you can have rather than what you can’t have,” says Rebecca Katz, MS, author of The Healthy Mind Cookbook.

“You’ll discover that when you eliminate a lot of processed ingredients, you’ll add more fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats that can turn into Technicolor meals full of bright greens, reds, and yellows.”

For her part, Erica discovered the many wonders of kale through clean eating.

“I learned that it was such a nutrient-rich food, and there were many ways to use it,” she says. “I use it in my breakfast smoothie, on lunchtime sandwiches, and as a side dish for dinner.”

Keep in mind that clean eating is designed to be flexible, so your healthy efforts will not collapse if you take a day off. If anything, the mental benefits of clean eating make it easier to rebound without guilt or stress.

“Now if I slip up, even over a few days, I’m aware of it and can more easily get back on track,” says Erica. “I don’t stress about it. That’s what’s so great about making positive change – it stays with you.”

Tips to Get Started

Here are some tips for making the move into clean eating:

Begin with breakfast. It’s a smaller meal and easier to prepare. Replace processed cereal with oatmeal, or a smoothie made with almond milk, greens, and frozen fruit.

Plan your meals. Organize and prep your meals for the week over the weekend. Have your fruits and vegetables chopped and stored in a container ready to go. It’s easier to reach into the fridge and grab what you need than to feel overwhelmed trying to prepare an entire meal from scratch.

Make a sweep of your kitchen. Get rid of processed foods lurking in your cupboards, refrigerator, and freezer. “This frees up space for you to add healthier alternatives that make cooking much more efficient,” says Katz.

Examples of “Clean Eating” Foods

The focus of clean eating is to consume more whole foods in their natural state and to avoid heavily processed foods.

When in doubt, read the label. “The ingredient list should be short and recognizable,” says Katz. “If you can’t say them, don’t eat them.”

Avoid anything with chemical-sounding names or phrases like “artificial coloring” and “flavors.” Here are a few examples of food staples that make up clean eating, according to Katz:

  • Healthy fats such as olive oil, grass-fed butter, and coconut oil
  • Fresh fruits – or canned, frozen, or dried fruit with no added sugar
  • Fresh vegetables – or canned or frozen vegetables with no added sauces or salt
  • Nuts like almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, and walnuts
  • Organic or vegetarian eggs
  • Unrefined grains, like whole-grain wheat bread and pasta, non-microwave popcorn, steel-cut oatmeal, quinoa, brown rice, and whole-wheat flour
  • Canned beans and legumes with little or no added salt (rinsing can reduce sodium by 35%)
  • Plain yogurt
  • Plain nut butters
  • Unsweetened almond or cashew milk
  • Organic or grass-fed meat, including beef and chicken
  • Fresh or frozen fish, including Pacific cod, salmon, and tilapia
  • Herbs and spices such as turmeric, basil, rosemary, cinnamon, and ginger

Cooking Tip

How you prepare your food can also help you eat clean. Stick with flash-cook methods like stir-frying and steaming, which lock in more vitamins and minerals. Avoid high-fat cooking techniques, like deep frying or stewing your food in animal or vegetable fats.

“Hold on to what is good,
even if it’s a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe,
even if it’s a tree that stands by itself.
Hold on to what you must do,
even if it’s a long way from here.
Hold on to your life,
even if it’s easier to let go.
Hold on to my hand,
even if I’ve gone away from you.”
Pueblo Indian Prayer

Beneath the beautiful canopy of God’s Eternal Love.

IMPORTANT  DATES:

April 28             Scarborough Renaissance Festival (Weather permitting)
May 1                TUITION DUE for 2017-18
May 15 & 16      Shakespeare Production at Stage West Theater
May 22 – 26       Adventure Trip
May 26               Last Day of Semester.

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allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship,and research. Fair use is permitted by copyright statute. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of “fair use”.

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

Deep Peace / What Every Child Needs For Good Mental Health / Good Friday and Easter Holidays (Friday and Monday)

“Let the mountains talk
Let the rivers run
There is Wisdom here
There is much to learn
There is much to know
Much to understand
In this healing time
All across the land.

Through these darker days
On this narrow line
Help me find my way
Help me see the signs
I am not afraid
I am not alone
You have taught me well
You have brought me home.

To the rising sun
In each brand new day
In our own rebirth
In this healing time
Here on our Mother Earth.”
– John Denver

WE are made of the quiet earth,            and Sacred running waters.

Every
moment in time
can redefine
the mystery of
Life.
The deeper knowledge
of who we really are
can gently unfold
in our Sacred Heart,
our troubled mind.

Our thoughts and worries
trouble us so.
But when
our Hearts become
consciously present enough
in this precious moment,
we can recognize an opening
when it occurs,
and step through a door of awareness,
to clearly see
our mind is filled with distractions,
creating the illusions
of Life.

  The illusions of Life

Life
was never meant
to be lived
in the mind
alone,
but in the Sacred Heart
of God’s Love
for you
and me.

Every Sunrise
felt by your fragile Heart,
every thought
of another,
every Blessing your Life bestows
upon someone
less fortunate than you,
is a portal
to a redefining moment –
a moment that can again discern
and distinguish
YOU.

   A portal to a redefining moment

“Be still, my Soul;
the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord,
When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest Joys restored.
Be still, my Soul;
when change and tears are past,

All safe and Blessed
we shall meet at last.”

Catharine Amalia Dorothea von Schlegel, 1752

listen here

A beautiful Gaelic Blessing
has been set to music,
with lyrics based on the
Blessed Revelations of an
Irish Prayer.
This is one of the most peaceful and relaxing songs
that you will ever hear.
I invite you to
feel your way through the dark
CLICK HERE
(Deep Peace / arr. John Rutter)
and allow the simple and very powerful
message of this Prayer
to enter your precious
Heart.

Yes,
My Friends.
The Great Truths
are simple.
And so are
WE.

WE
are made of
the quiet Earth,
and Sacred running waters,
from the Whirling Flame
of God’s Love.
And one day
soon,
we shall surely return.

“Deep Peace”

“Deep peace of the running wave to you;
Deep peace of the flowing air to you;
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you;
Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace of the gentle night to you;
Moon and stars pour their healing light on you;

Deep peace to you.
Deep peace of the sleeping stones to you;
Deep peace of the wandering wind to you;
Deep peace of the flock of stars to you;
Deep peace, deep peace.
Pure red of the whirling flame to you;
Pure white of the silver moon to you;
Pure green of the emerald grass to you;

Deep peace.
Deep peace of the running wave to you;
Deep peace of the flowing air to you;
Deep peace of the quiet earth
to you;

Deep peace, deep peace.”

Every Sunrise felt by your Sacred Heart

“For the weak and broken down,
For the lost Souls not yet found,
For the hopeful left in doubt.

Peace to you.
Peace.
The peace of Christ to you.

For the wounded child of man.
For the poor who need a hand.
For the humble who understand.

Peace to you.
Peace.”
– Marc Byrd

I wish you
Peace
my Friend.
The deep Peace
that comes from
God’s Love
for you.

Goodnight.

What Every Child Needs For Good Mental Health

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It is easy for parents to identify their child’s physical needs: nutritious food, warm clothes when it’s cold, bedtime at a reasonable hour. However, a child’s mental and emotional needs may not be as obvious. Good mental health allows children to think clearly, develop socially and learn new skills.  Additionally, good friends and  encouraging words from adults are all important for helping children develop self confidence, high self-esteem, and a healthy emotional outlook on life.

A child’s physical and mental health are both important.

Basics for a child’s good physical health:

  • Nutritious food
  • Adequate shelter and sleep
  • Exercise
  • Immunizations
  • Healthy living environment

Basics for a child’s good mental health:

  • Unconditional love from family
  • Self-confidence and high self-esteem
  • The opportunity to play with other children
  • Encouraging teachers and supportive caretakers
  • Safe and secure surroundings
  • Appropriate guidance and discipline

Give children unconditional love.

Love, security and acceptance should be at the heart of family life.  Children need to know that your love does not depend on his or her accomplishments.

Mistakes and/or defeats should be expected and accepted. Confidence grows in a home that is full of unconditional love and affection.

Nurture children’s confidence and self-esteem.

  • Praise Them – Encouraging children’s first steps or their ability to learn a new game helps them develop a desire to explore and learn about their surroundings. Allow children to explore and play in a safe area where they cannot get hurt.  Assure them by smiling and talking to them often. Be an active participant in their activities. Your attention helps build their self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • Set Realistic Goals – Young children need realistic goals that match their ambitions with their abilities. With your help, older children can choose activities that test their abilities and increase their self-confidence.
  • Be Honest – Do not hide your failures from your children. It is important for them to know that we all make mistakes. It can be very re-assuring to know that adults are not perfect.
  • Avoid Sarcastic Remarks – If a child loses a game or fails a test, find out how he or she feels about the situation. Children may get discouraged and need a pep talk. Later, when they are ready, talk and offer assurance.
  • Encourage children – To not only strive to do their best, but also to enjoy the process. Trying new activities teaches children about teamwork, self-esteem and new skills.

Make time for play!

Encourage Children to Play

To children, play is just fun. However, playtime is as important to their development as food and good care. Playtime helps children be creative, learn problem-solving skills and learn self-control.  Good, hardy play, which includes running and yelling, is not only fun, but helps children to be physically and mentally healthy.

Children Need Playmates

Sometimes it is important for children to have time with their peers.  By playing with others, children discover their strengths and weaknesses, develop a sense of belonging, and learn how to get along with others. Consider finding a good children’s program through neighbors, local community centers, schools, or your local park and recreation department.

Parents Can be Great Playmates

Join the fun! Playing Monopoly or coloring with a child gives you a great opportunity to share ideas and spend time together in a relaxed setting.

Play for Fun

Winning is not as important as being involved and enjoying the activity. One of the most important questions to ask children is “Did you have fun?’’ not “Did you win?”

In our goal-oriented society, we often acknowledge only success and winning. This attitude can be discouraging and frustrating to children who are learning and experimenting with new activities. It’s more important for children to participate and enjoy themselves.

TV use should be monitored

Try not to use TV as a “baby-sitter” on a regular basis.  Be selective in choosing television shows for children. Some shows can be educational as well as entertaining.

School should be fun!

Starting school is a big event for children. “Playing school” can be a positive way to give them a glimpse of school life.

Try to enroll them in a pre-school, Head Start, or similar community program which provides an opportunity to be with other kids and make new friends. Children can also learn academic basics as well as how to make decisions and cope with problems.

Provide appropriate guidance and instructive discipline

Children need the opportunity to explore and develop new skills and independence. At the same time, children need to learn that certain behaviors are unacceptable and that they are responsible for the consequences of their actions.

As members of a family, children need to learn the rules of the family unit. Offer guidance and discipline that is fair and consistent. They will take these social skills and rules of conduct to school and eventually to the workplace.

Suggestions on Guidance and Discipline

  • Be firm, but kind and realistic with your expectations. Children’s development depends on your love and encouragement.
  • Set a good example. You cannot expect self-control and self-discipline from a child if you do not practice this behavior.

Criticize the behavior, not the child.  It is best to say, “That was a bad thing you did,” rather than “You are a bad boy or girl.”

Avoid nagging, threats and bribery. Children will learn to ignore nagging, and threats and bribes are seldom effective.

Give children the reasons “why” you are disciplining them and what the potential consequences of their actions might be.

Talk about your feelings.  We all lose our temper from time to time. If you do “blow your top,” it is important to talk about what happened and why you are angry.  Apologize if you were wrong!

Remember, the goal is not to control the child, but for him or her to learn self-control.

Provide a safe and secure home.

It’s okay for children to feel afraid sometimes.  Everyone is afraid of something at some point in their life. Fear and anxiety grow out of experiences that we do not understand.

If your children have fears that will not go away and affect his or her behavior, the first step is to find out what is frightening them. Be loving, patient and reassuring, not critical. Remember:  the fear may be very real to the child.

Signs of Fear

Nervous mannerisms, shyness, withdrawal and aggressive behavior may be signs of childhood fears. A change in  normal eating and sleeping patterns may also signal an unhealthy fear. Children who “play sick” or feel anxious regularly may have some problems that need attention.

Fear of school can occur following a stressful event such as moving to a new neighborhood, changing schools, or after a bad incident at school.

Children may not want to go to school after a period of being at home because of an illness.

When to seek help

Parents and family members are usually the first to notice if a child has problems with emotions or behavior. Your observations with those of teachers and other caregivers may lead you to seek help for your child. If you suspect a problem or have questions, consult your pediatrician or contact a mental health professional.

Warning Signs

The following signs may indicate the need for professional assistance or evaluation:

  • Decline in school performance
  • Poor grades despite strong efforts
  • Regular worry or anxiety
  • Repeated refusal to go to school or take part in normal children’s activities
  • Hyperactivity or fidgeting
  • Persistent nightmares
  • Persistent disobedience or aggression
  • Frequent temper tantrums
  • Depression, sadness or irritability

Learn more about specific mental health conditions and children

Where to seek help

Information and referrals regarding the types of services that are available for children may be obtained from:

  • Mental health organizations, hotlines and libraries
  • Other professionals such as the child’s pediatrician or school counselor
  • Other families in the community
  • Family network organizations
  • Community-based psychiatric care
  • Crisis outreach teams
  • Education or special education services
  • Family resource centers and support groups
  • Health services
  • Protection and advocacy groups and organizations
  • Self-help and support groups

Other Resources

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
www.aacap.org

Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
Phone: 703-684-7710
www.ffcmh.org

Family Support America
Phone: 312-338-0900

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
Phone 800-695-0285
www.nichcy.org

National Association of School Psychologists
Phone 301-657-0270
www.naspweb.org

What Every Child Needs for Good Mental Health is one in a series of pamphlets on children and teen mental health.

Other Mental Health America titles include:

  • Teen Eating Disorders
  • Teen Depression and Suicide
  • Teen Self-esteem Feeling Good About Yourself
  • Teen Stress: A Guide to Surviving Stress

SOURCES

“Facts for Families,” America Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
“Children’s and Adolescent’s Mental Health,” US Dept. of Health and Human Services

IMPORTANT  DATES:

April 14 & 17    (Friday and Monday) Good Friday and Easter Holidays
April 28             Scarborough Renaissance Festival (Weather permitting)
May 1                TUITION DUE for 2017-18
May 15 & 16      Shakespeare Production at Stage West Theater
May 22 – 26       Adventure Trip
May 26               Last Day of Semester.

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allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship,and research. Fair use is permitted by copyright statute. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of “fair use”.


From This Moment On / Eat Your Way to a Longer Life / Friday: At School Today

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Joyful Living,
you know that I am.
You were there in my time,
held me
by the hand.

And as seasons of living
moved across
the landscape of Life,
the persistence of memory
was keeper
of my flame.

Moments
define Life:
solitary,
singular,
or together,
in joy
or in pain.

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            Take in the Light of Love.

In this Garden
of what was Eden,
grow beautiful flowers.
Some we picked today,
to give
to tomorrow.
These were for
Joy,
not sorrow.

And in the midnight hour
of all the time
dreamt into Life,
we stand joyfully
unafraid
to take in the Light
of Love.

Discovering and claiming
something you Love to do

has an amazing susan_bialieffect on your entire life.
It’s like a tiny perfect raindrop landing on a previously smooth, unremarkable expanse of water. The instant the drop arrives, beautiful waves of ever-enlarging rings flow across the entire surface, spreading out virtually
to infinity.

– Dr. Susan Biali, M.D.

Being a child
is easy to do,
be you
four,
twenty one,
or ninety two.
To suffer no more
agony or pain,
to be happy again,
steer the Ship toward
your childhood dreams,
and come Home
from whence you came.

“I tell you the truth,
unless you change
and become like little children,

you will never enter
the Kingdom of Heaven.

Therefore,
whoever humbles himself

like this Child
is the greatest in the Kingdom
of Heaven.
Matthew 18:1-4

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the Heart of a Child
lives,
down by
the Riverside,
by the Sacred Waters
of Life.

“Listen easy.
You can hear God calling,
walking barefoot
by a stream.”
– Neil Diamond

The Good Lord
dreamed you
in a far different way.
He
Loved you
into being.
The Thought of You
was in His Warm Embrace.

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              God is light.

My Friends,
it never gets dark
in the Light
of God’s Love,
days
are never gray,
sadness
never stays.

“God is light,
and in Him
is no darkness
at all.”
– 
1 John 1:5

We marvel
at the Light
filtering through the
leaves
on a beautiful Spring day,
like Love
filters through the Spring
of our lives.

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          We marvel at the Light.

When you call
God’s Name,
it’s like going
Home.

Dear Friends,
we need to look after the welfare
of people all around us.
Jesus did.
He never took
the easy way out.
He did not avoid people
and the troubles they had.
He walked into
the direction of others
and He helped them out.

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   In Him is no darkness at all.

Life
is a mystery.
But the tyranny of tears
may be torn from pages
in the Book of Life.

Forgiveness
begats forgetful,
not regretful.

Let a Prayer
take you there,
where time
does not exist,
where you
are never alone,
never in pain,
never ashamed,
where you stand
unafraid
to Love
everyone and everything.

             Life is a Mystery.

Every Heart
beats imperfectly.
Every mind
cannot always clearly
see.

But know,
that you are precious
beyond worth.

“You are precious in My Eyes …
and I Love
YOU.”

Isaiah 43:4a

Who you were born
to be
is a Sacred Child,
held momentarily
by Mother Earth,
and Forever
by the Father
of Infinity.

Goodnight.

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           Where time does not exist.

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By Krisha McCoy
Reviewed by Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPH

Researchers have found that some foods in particular do have superior disease-fighting properties that can make you healthier. Regularly incorporate some of these healthy foods into your diet, and the health benefits they deliver may stick with you for a lifetime.

bb1. Salmon
2. Blueberries
3. Yogurt
4. Sweet Potatoes
5. Spinach
6. Green Tea
7. Tomato Pastesp
8. Dark Chocolate
9. Oatmeal
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     He Loved you into Being.

The Heart That Beats Within / Safflower Benefits / Trip: Modern Art Museum

“A little philosophy
inclineth a man’s mind to atheism,
but depth in philosophy
bringeth men’s minds
about to religion”
.
– Lord Bacon

At window

Look out the window of this brief view of Life.

God gives us truly beautiful gifts.

This we know
With eyes to see,
And ears to hear,
And the mirror of our mind
To remember.

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Truly beautiful gifts

But it is the Heart
That can plainly tell
You are one
Of those gifts.

Our Hearts daily sing,
At times,
As quietly
As the dark is
Night.

But we little know,
Deep inside,
Just how rare and beautiful it is
For a person, of any age,
To acknowledge
In the time we have on this Earth
The dynamic and wonderful deeds
We do for others.

boy with birds

Gaze into the Infinite and beautiful sky.

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How rare and beautiful.

We never seem to do justice
To ourselves in recognizing
The thoughts and efforts
We have contributed to
Countless friends and family,
And those we have
Not met.

Justice
Is a fleeting thing,
And can appear meaningless
In the Grand View of All things.

But the Love of God,
As it flows through you
From our Father
In Heavens Above,
Sees you.
He feels you,
He knows
You,
He is you.

boy and sand

The Love of God flows through you.

The Heart
That beats within His child
Is His.
And throughout your precious Being
His dynamic presence flows
From an Everlasting Grace.

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Most go never being known.

Listen
To the song
Of your Heart.
Look out the window
Of this brief view of Life.
Gaze into the Infinite and Beautiful sky.
You will see many memories,
Moments that passed by,
Emotions more real
Than are you.

The Human Spirit
Is able to return
To the Love
From which it came.

TREE in hand

The story of your Life begins and ends with you.

The stories you share
Have a Life of their own.
Moments of great Love,
And greater Sacrifice,
Flow like a Sacred River
To an Infinite Sea
Of what we feebly know,
Of what has been,
Can ever be.

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The course we chart in Life carries more than we.

The course we chart in Life
Carries more than we.
It harbors our Dreams,
And Memories,
All the Love we came to be,
The Compassion we felt
For others,
And
So very much more
We shall never truly know,
Never see.

This is Life.

But the story of your Life
Begins and ends
With you.

Every page
Knows your name,
Each chapter begins
Anew.

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Like a Sacred River to an Infinite Sea.

Everyone lives their own story.
Some create a legacy,
A story that will always be remembered.
Most
Go never being known,
Save by God,
Never being unknown.

God’s Love for you
Will never let you keep
The love you have for others
Forever inside.

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His dynamic presence flows from an Everlasting Grace.

Gently moving,
Your Love drifts
From Life
Into your Dreams,
That break upon the rocks
Of the Real World,
His World.

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Did He not leave the ninety and nine in search of one?

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So very much more we shall never know, never see.

God conveys His Dreams
To protect us,
To heal,
To change us
And save us
From ourselves,
To guide us
In the direction we take.
Should we humble ourselves
In Prayer,
Should we ask,
We shall receive.

One Blessed Night
We will, at last,
At long last,
Listen
To His Heart
As He speaks to ours.

You are a dream.
And when you dream,
A dream within
A dream.

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         We are that one.

God lives in Life by Faith.
If you have Faith
God will abide in His Word.
Without Faith
What have you
But yourself?

Dreams from the Lord
Can speak directly
To your Heart.

Exercise your Faith
In Prayer.
Your Faith
Is the Pathway
To connect your Heart
To the never ending,
Ever spinning
Windmills of your mind,
O Dreamer of Dreams.

earth

In the time we have on this Earth.

Ask God for the Grace
To Awaken your Heart
And become
His Dream.

We are Beloved
Beyond Belief,
Infinite
And Everlastingly.

Did He not leave
The ninety and nine
In search of one?

road

The Human Spirit is able to return to the Love from which it came.

We are that
One.
Believe in One
Who Believes
In you.

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God gives us truly beautiful gifts. You are one of those gifts.

Great Courage and Dignity
Reside within your Faith.
And so does
Salvation.

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Your Love drifts from Life into your Dreams.

My thanks to Kayla
sharing the following:

Safflower is in the “battle of the bulge”.
With millions of people praising this so called “miracle pill”
that you take as a supplement to lose weight,
it has been getting a lot of attention
since it was recently featured on The Dr. Oz Show.

Surprisingly,
many people who struggle daily with their weight
have yet to hear about this powerful option.
Those that have heard of Safflower are confused
about what it is, how to use it,
and how to avoid falling for ineffective formulas.

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Great Courage and Dignity reside within your Faith.

According to Dr. Oz,
Safflower works in more than one way.
The first way is that it goes in and causes the body
to burn fat from within “like a furnace,”
literally melting the fat away.

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We are Beloved Beyond Belief.

The second feature, and the most important one,
is that after Safflower has burnt the fat,
you’re left with the sleek, lean muscle
that was buried underneath.

The third feature
is its ability to strengthen
not only the muscles,
but the bones as well.
read more
“This thing is lightning in a bottle;
it’s a miracle
flower to fight your fat”

Results of a 12-week clinical study are
published in the US National Library of Medicine
(National Institutes of Health).

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Without Faith, what have you but yourself?

Safflower contains no stimulants.
Safflower contains 10% Pure Safflower,
the active ingredient in CLA Safflower Oil.
Safflower has been found to burn belly fat
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Studies have shown that daily
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and bone density.

gabon__s_sphrodomantis_by_mantideOn Friday, Oct. 16, 2015,
we will meet at the
MODERN ART MUSEUM OF FORT WORTH,
3200 Darnell Street (telephone 817-738-9215)
at 9:45 a.m.
Do NOT drop your child(ren) off early
or without Dr. and Mrs. Anderson present.

Our docent guided tour of “A New Republic” will start at 10:00 a.m. Following the tour we will dine at the museum’s restaurant, Café Modern, at 11:30 a.m. Parents, guests and family members and friends are invited to join us.

Pick-up is at 2:30 p.m. at the museum.

After lunch we will have a self-guided tour of the permanent exhibit and shopping at the fabulous gift store. Exhibitions will include the permanent collection and “A New Republic”: Parents are advised that mature subject matter may be on exhibit including language, nudity, and sexual content.

The Museum presents Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, an overview highlighting the range of the artist’s prolific 14-year career and comprising approximately 60 works. The exhibition begins with early examples of paintings inspired by Wiley’s observations of street life in Harlem; these images of African-American men mark the onset of his focused exploration of the male figure.

The Modern maintains one of the foremost collections of modern and contemporary art in the United States.

FINANCIAL: No fee for admission.

GIFT SHOP: Has fascinating items. (I bought a DOG Bowl! Stop laughing.)

LUNCH: Café Modern serves contemporary American cuisine. Please provide funds for lunch. One check per table will be provided. A gratuity will be added. Students please order from the Children’s Menu & Observe POLICIES of the Museum (Yes, you must leave the art there!)

Uniform pants with a belt, polished shoes & monogrammed shirts required. Parents / NEIGHBORS / SIBLINGS & WHO ARE YOU? are always invited to participate on our trips.

IMPORTANT DATES
Oct. 25 FossilMania in Glenrose (This is where Mrs. A found Dr. A – deeply discounted!)
Nov. 23 – 27 (Monday – Friday) Thanksgiving / Fall Break
Dec. 3 – 4 Texas A.G.T. Conference (No school Thurs. & Fri.)
Dec. 18 Last Day of Fall Semester
Dec. 21 – Jan. 4 Winter Break Holidays
Dec. 20 Dr. A admitted for therapy (overexposure to children)
Jan. 22 Fort Worth Stock Show (It was called the FAT stock show. But, Dr. A lost a few pounds.)
March 18 DFW New Auto Show in Fort Worth
April 29 Scarborough Renaissance Festival

The “ladder to nowhere” proves that you too can be an artist! Your career may go nowhere, but neither does the ladder. So, stop staring at the ladder! (This has been our favorite exhibit.)