Lost in Peaceful Dreams / Best Things You Can Do For Your Child / Atex Trash Service / 2018-19 School Calendar

“To see clearly
is poetry, prophecy, and religion
all in one.”
– John Ruskin

Lost in Peaceful Dreams

Sometimes
late at night,
while we lay there
in the dark,
we are lost
in peaceful Dreams.

The night
turns on the Light
of the Heart,
to reveal
what we truly feel.
And in that Sacred moment,
we see
something priceless,
as true Love
is revealed.

Letting go
of the World we think
we know,
can easily show
God’s Promise
lives within.
And
our journey
is very short.
The pathway to
His Truth,
always points to
the Human Heart.

 Let the Heart simply be.

When our time on Earth is through,
when the Portrait
and the curtain are drawn,
what is left
of Life and living?

On the portrait
of this day,
the Light pours in
to set our Spirit
Free,
to let our thoughts
wander,
let the Heart
simply
be.

As dawns the day,
God loves you so,
to let Life
begin again.

When night is overcome,
we rise
to find the Sun.
But where we are
could easily become
a moment
found only
in a Dream?

            We rise to find the Sun.

Is there a way
God
can find His Dream,
and bring you
Home again?
If you know
where you
are,
surrounded
by His Love,
what your Heart
feels
will show Him
the way.

How often
we have wished,
thinking
of those we have
Loved and Lost:
“If only
I could be
where you are.”

click to read “Flowers Watered with Tears”

But,
you are.
They are alive,
in your Hopes
and in your Prayers,
and in your Memories,
and in your Dreams,
and in
God’s Abundant and Eternal
Love.

Beneath
the Wings of your Love,
everyone
takes flight.
For in your Heart,
our Sovereign Lord
resides.

Beneath the Wings of your Love.

Don’t let your
Dreams
reside in the graveyard
of rusty resolve.

The mind
is an Ocean,
searching for meaning
from Above –
an Ocean
filled with the wrecks
of many ships
headed to many shores
of Love.

But,
the Compass
of the Heart
was never used,
never found.

               The mind is an Ocean.

Yes,
your feet
were made to
wander,
to make you stronger,
to live
far longer

Tomorrow
is all yours.
The mold of life
in your hands,
to make or break.
The future
is yours to take.

Of Life and living
take
measure of the
meaning.
Stop thinking
and start Dreaming.
The passion,
and the Promise,
are quickly
leaving.

The greatest adventure
Life will ever offer
lies ahead,
in Tomorrow,
in what is yet
to be said,
or Dreamed of,
or from His Precious Word,
to be read.

YOU
do not need to be
told
to be bold.
There is little time,
regardless of age,
for you to say
what is alive
in your Heart.

Goodnight.

          Let Life begin again.

“The Beauty of God
transfigures the one
who contemplates it
and transforms him
into this very same Beauty.”
(2 Cor 3:18)

The 10 Best Things You Can Do For Your Child
By Charlotte Latvala
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What can you do to make sure your child has an advantage in life? Get season tickets to the symphony, travel through Europe together, provide French lessons by age 5?

Surprise: Some of the most beneficial things you can do are the easiest and least expensive:

  1. Spin the globe. Let’s face it: We Americans don’t know geography as well as we should. And hand in hand with knowing which countries are in Africa is understanding that the cultures there are different from our own  — and different from one another too.

To raise a child who appreciates this, get her a globe or world-map puzzle and discuss other countries and places. You might need to do a little research yourself, but you needn’t have all the answers. Show your child how to look up this kind of information online or at the library. Challenge each other to come up with a new place to learn about every week.

Sue of Grand Rapids, Michigan, had a more immediate reason to teach her son, Nic, about U.S. geography. “My husband travels for work, and because Nic and I have spent a lot of time with our states puzzle, I know Nic has a good sense of where his dad is when he says he’s going to California or Minnesota.”

2. Put him on the family payroll. Even a preschooler can learn good financial habits that’ll serve him well as he grows up. You can start to teach him today by setting up an allowance  — but don’t tie it to chores or grades. “Think of giving your child an allowance as sharing the family’s resources,” says psychotherapist Eileen Gallo, Ph.D., co-author, with husband Jon Gallo, of Silver Spoon Kids: How Successful Parents Raise Responsible Children. Having a little money of his own will help your child learn to make good decisions early and figure out that saving money  – and postponing gratification in general  – can be worth it.

Another great reason to start talking about money now, even though your child’s still too little to really get the dollars and cents of it: Even young kids are able to be empathetic and understand giving. So involve your child in whatever charity or volunteer work you do, and he’ll come to realize that money is not just for buying what he wants but for helping other people too.

  1. Bring up the big stuff. Whether you’re religious or not, talking to your children about issues larger than your own family  – from the vastness of the universe to God  – can help them keep their own lives in perspective for years to come. Denise of St. Louis feels that taking her 7-year-old daughter, Phoebe, to Sunday school lays a moral foundation for Phoebe’s life. “I also think that teaching her about Spirituality answers some of her questions about the world,” she says. “The other day, Phoebe said, ‘God is a good artist, because the World is a beautiful place.'”

Not sure where to start? Ask your child what she thinks about God or point out something amazing or mysterious that happens in nature.

4. Laugh at his jokes. Maybe you can’t listen to your child chatter about Bob the Builder all day long, but even the busiest parent can take 30 seconds to hear the latest knock-knock joke. Your undivided attention means the world to your kid  – and we all love it when someone thinks we’re funny.

5. Release your inner pop star. You can’t carry a tune. So what? Your singing voice doesn’t have to sound like Norah Jones’s to communicate with, calm, and encourage creativity in your child. Not remembering the words to kids’ songs isn’t an excuse either. Teresa of New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, started singing to her daughter, Olivia, when she was a baby. “I would just make up songs or use silly words to old rock-and-roll tunes. My voice always soothed her when she was cranky,” she says.

Charlotte Latvala is a mom of three, ages 8 months to 9 years.

Responsibility and Togetherness

  1. Assign a chore. It may be a pain to make your 4-year-old hang up her jacket or stash her boots, but it does matter. “Kids get a sense of responsibility and accomplishment by completing chores and being part of a team,” says Norbert Herschkowitz, M.D., a pediatrician, neuroscientist, and coauthor of A Good Start in Life: Understanding Your Child’s Brain and Behavior.

Children are capable of more than we give them credit for. A 3- or 4-year-old can pour cereal for a family breakfast; a 5-year-old can help you fold clean socks and towels.

  1. Write a will. Drawing one up usually costs a few hundred dollars, but it’s quick  – and essential for your children’s well-being. “If you don’t have a will, the state will end up writing one for you to determine who gets your property and who become the guardians of your children,” says estate-planning expert Jon Gallo. While that doesn’t mean your kids will end up living with strangers, they may not be raised by the people you would have chosen.

Also, ask your lawyer to help you create an “ethical will,” to guide the guardians you select in making educational and other decisions about your kids. “My advice for parents of young children is to write a family mission statement,” says Gallo. “Really think about your values, what’s important to you  – and then put it in writing.”

  1. Read together for 15 minutes. (Our school requires 60 minutes) Sharing a story is important not just because of the brain-boosting power of books  – reading also guarantees a snuggly-good time. “We like to cuddle in bed as a family when we read; for us, it’s as much about being together as it is about the particular book we pick,” says Jeanne, a mom of two in Philadelphia.

Even 15 minutes a day is enough for kids to feel that close connection with you and develop a love of books, says Sharon Darling, president of the Louisville, Kentucky—based National Center for Family Literacy. Carry books in the car, encourage your child’s interests (so what if he only wants to read about dinosaurs), and consider reading together a reward.

  1. Hit the playground. Get out there and have fun with your kids! Playing outdoors is a great way for toddlers and preschoolers to improve their large motor skills. Exercise also affects the brain: Recent studies show that kids who are physically active do better in school and have higher self-esteem than those who aren’t. And, of course, the more exercise your child gets, the less likely she is to become obese.

So take your baby out to the park in the stroller; that way, she gets used to being on the move right from the start. An older child can focus on having a good time doing some of her favorite activities. “Don’t push her to be competitive,” says Robyn Housemann, Ph.D., a public health expert. “Some kids who don’t like team sports end up loving to dance, bike, or study karate.” And get in the act yourself: Look for opportunities just to play together as a family. You’re never too old for the swings.

  1. Get ’em to bed by 8:00. “Things run so much more smoothly when they go to bed early,” says Carrie of Edgeworth, Pennsylvania, who puts her sons, Ben, 5, and Will, 2, to bed at 8:00 every night. “The next day, they’re not cranky and they get along better.” Early bedtimes are a bonus for her too. “Evening is a peaceful time when I can read, catch up on e-mail, and do scrapbooking  – things I don’t have time to do when the kids are around.”

According to the National Sleep Foundation, 60 percent of children feel tired during the day. “For better or worse, the sleep habits kids learn now will follow them through adulthood,” says Karen Waldron, Ph.D., author of Unleashing Kids’ Potential. “One problem is that kids’ bedtimes are driven by adult schedules.” The result: tired children who forfeit restful REM sleep. They become cranky, find it tough to concentrate, and suffer from impaired memory and judgment. Not what any of you need on a Monday morning. Start to remedy this tonight. Then go and get some rest yourself  – you’ve had a busy day.

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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What Gives Us Hope / 7 Things Mentally Healthy People Tell Themselves / Sept. 4: Classes Resume

“You see it as YOU are.”

Scientists have discovered
the Mirror of their own minds
inside the tiny atom.
They found
that the existence and behavior of particles

depends on the intent of the scientist.

What science now tells us,
is that WE
define Reality itself,
and Mankind can tell a new story
about what it really means
to be Human.

“You do not see
the World
as it is.

You see it
as YOU are.”

Anais Nin

Our Consciousness
makes all of the things
that were,
and are
and will ever be.

“Many scientists
who are still part of the scientific mainstream
are no longer afraid to openly state
that consciousness/awareness could,
in addition to space, time, matter and energy,
be a fundamental element of the world –
perhaps even more fundamental than space and time.
It may be a mistake to ban the Spirit from Nature.
It is even questioned as to whether matter
should be considered a fundamental
element of the Universe.”

Jeremy Hayward (Nuclear physicist)

If we happen to be Immortal,
then it must be
a form of consciousness that,
in some way,
survives death.
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                   As YOU are.

My Dear Friends,
if consciousness is a non-physical entity,
then it
(“YOU and I”)
by the Grace of God
will survive death.

”Consciousness is a process
lying outside the laws that govern
the material World,
and it is just this immunity from the quantum rules
that allows the mind to turn possibility into actuality.”
That is,
consciousness emanates into the physical World
from the brain
and the Spiritual world interacts
with biological evolution.”
Nick Herbert (physicist)

Waiting just inside your Beautiful Heart.

You are,
like your Father,
the One you came from,
not through.
And as a Child of God,
YOU are a Creator,
and your Hopes and Dreams
can become your adventures,
and become real.

If
you are laced with doubt,
just look about!
This unreal World
was made very real,
by the likes and dislikes
of you and I.
And
everything in it
was preceded by
a conscious thought.

But,
do not cry.

Yes,
the mind of Mankind
can make
whatever it imagines.
And that gives us
Hope.

What is painful
to remember,
we can choose
to forgive and
forget.
The past is of great importance,
but it no longer
defines the future.

For
we have the
power
to give and Love and live
and forgive.

                    WE define Reality.

Oh yes,
we
can end
from the start,
make even more
devastating weapons,
create more suffering and grief,
more, much more,
hopelessness
and deep regret.

We have
the power.

But,
let us not forget,
we are both
Creator and Created,
and our Dreams and Imaginings
can be made more
than real.

And God said:
“I AM THAT I AM”.
It is a five word description
of the mirror
we call Life.

My Dear Friends,
God

also empowers us,
enables us,
to turn our fascination
with the power to Create,
into Love.

Waiting just inside
your Beautiful Heart
is our Tomorrow,
a day we can share,
a Love
that can last
Forever and ever.

                          If we walk together.

If
we walk together
with
OUR Creator,

this World
will not fall down
upon us.

Here I am Lord
Is it I Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night
I will go Lord
If you lead me.
I will hold your people in my Heart.”
Daniel L. Schutte

Lonely
is a World
without Love.
And beyond lonely
is none.
Nothing!
No one –
a savage discontent
with existence,
a mirror of reality
with no reflection.

But,
My Dear Friends,
we can
Light up
the Day
with Laughter,
create Joy and Love
that lasts longer
than ever after.

“Your Love is always there.
No sea could ever divide
The Love we share.
It’s always there.
Clear as the morning air,
As sure as winds keep blowing,
Love will be always there.”
Marti Webb

Each fragment
of our Sacred Being
is on a voyage of Creation,
a journey
of its own.

The Truth,
the reality of our Being,
is in our hands,
living in our Hearts,
mirrored
in a reflection
of God’s Love.

We are both Creator and Created.

When we look into that marvelous mirror
called Life,
what appears there
speaks most intimately
of you as Creator.
After all,
we are the Children
of God.

Which leads
to a profound revelation:
if you desire,
if you have Faith,

YOU may take
complete control of your thoughts,
your feelings, your desires,
and Reality itself.

Truly I tell you,
if you have Faith as small as a mustard seed,
you can say to this mountain,
‘Move from here to there,’
and it will move.”

Matthew 17:20

God beckons you
to emerge from the dark cave
of denial and ignorance

and become the Master
of your Life.

       Emerge from the dark cave.

The true Nature
of Reality
lies deeply embedded
within
our Dreams and Hopes,
our Music and Poetry and Prayers,
our works of fiction
called Life,

yours and ours.

We
are quietly Sacred.
Our Prayers
enable us
to feel the very Fabric
of our Being,
to connect with a Consciousness
we have never felt,
never seen.

Prayer
is simply talking
with God.

Discover the Beautiful Nature
of your Reality.
It lies in the World
of the unseen,
deeply embedded
in a work of Divine Art
you know of
as the Human
Heart.

Goodnight.

 Our Prayers enable us.

7 Things Mentally Healthy People
Tell Themselves
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By

  1. “I am a lovable.” No child is born who is not Lovable. Look at any newborn. That button nose and those tiny fingers and toes are meant to engage adult’s protective and loving feelings. You were no different. The adults around you when you were small may have been too wounded, too ill or to overwhelmed to love you but that is on them. You were and are — just by the fact of your existence — a lovable person.
    .
  2. “I am capable.” From the time they take their first breath, Humans are wired to learn, to adapt, and to grow. You have been learning and growing every minute. You may not have been taught all you need to know to manage your feelings or to take care of yourself. You may have learned unusual behaviors or in order to survive. But you are never too old to learn new skills. Anything you’ve learned that is not helpful or healthy can be unlearned.
    .
  3. Most other people are Lovable and capable, too.” It’s crucial not to let negative or painful experiences with a few negative or toxic individuals color our opinion of everyone. The majority of people in the world do mean well and are doing the best they can. Once we’re adults, we can choose who we want to surround ourselves with. We can seek out the people who are living lives that are decent, warm and contributing good to the world.
    .
  4. “Success comes from doing.”  It’s been proven over and over again by researchers: Feeling good comes from doing good things. Positive self-esteem is the outcome, not the prerequisite, for being successful in relationships, school, work, sports, hobbies —  just about anything. We all have a choice whether we wait to feel better or we do the things that we know will help us become better.
    .
  5. “Challenges are opportunities.” Life isn’t always easy or fair. How we meet challenges and obstacles is a choice. Healthy people find ways to engage with a problem and look for ways to solve it. They refuse to let their fears keep them from trying something new, even if it is difficult. Stretching ourselves outside of our comfort zones is what helps us grow. Mentally healthy people also recognize that sometimes the opportunity hidden inside a challenge is the opportunity to say “no.” Not all problems are worth solving. Not all problems can be “solved” as they are defined.
    .
  6. “It is only Human to make mistakes”  : Mentally healthy people know that a mistake is not the reason to give up. It is an opportunity to learn and try again. Willingness to acknowledge and fix our errors is a mark of strength. Cultivating the courage to be imperfect is central to being willing to try again.
    .
  7. “I have what it takes to cope with change — and to make changes.” Change is inevitable in life. Mentally healthy people believe in their ability to cope and to adapt to changes. They aren’t unrealistic. They don’t deny the seriousness of a problem. They do acknowledge when a situation is very difficult. They don’t criticize themselves for not wanting to deal with whatever it is they have to deal with. But they have a deep seated belief that if they do tackle the problem, they will eventually find a solution or a way around it.

Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D.

Marie Hartwell-WalkerDr. Marie Hartwell-Walker is licensed as both a psychologist and marriage and family counselor. She specializes in couples and family therapy and parent education. She writes regularly for Psych Central as well as Psych Central’s Ask the Therapist feature. She is author of the insightful parenting e-book, Tending the Family Heart. Check out her book, Unlocking the Secrets of Self-Esteem.

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Trapped Within The Truth / Liquid Crystal Shells / Prevent Heart Disease / Sept. 4: Classes Resume

We are Reborn each day,
as we rise with the Sun.
But a warmth
rises in our Hearts,
and it is
not from the Sun.

For the Meditations
of the Heart
be Thou the
Vision
of His Light
in us.

“Be thou my vision,
O Lord of my Heart;

naught be all else to me,
save that Thou art –

thou my best thought,
by day or by night;

waking or sleeping,
Thy presence my Light.”

Saint Dallan

When Love,
it seems,
is never enough,
it is time to
give

and not
receive.

Understanding and caring
for another,
enables and empowers
us
to navigate
the hills and valleys
of Life and Love.

                                   It is time to give.

When
Hearts beat
for one another,
it is the rhythm
we feel
the rhythm of Life.

Life
is a Heartbeat away.
And
so is death.
Breathe deeply
the Beauty
that abounds
all around.

               The Beauty that abounds.

Click here
for an awakening
Video
(Michel Pépé – Le Berceau de la Vie)
to remind you
of what Life
is really all about.
Erich Segal

“The pain of not knowing what to do
was exceeded only by that
of knowing what I had done.”
Erich Segal, Love Story

.
.
There are
theories of knowledge,
Epistemology,
that permeate the very
Horizon
of our Being.

Such is
the Mystery of
Life.

My Dear Friends,
memory
is knowing.
Intuition is a knowing.
Forgetting
is a knowing that was,
what you now know
not.
Knowing
what you do not know
is knowing.
Knowing
that you never knew
is knowing,
as is
knowing that you
will never know.

“In expanding the field of
knowledge,

we but increase
the horizon of ignorance”
Henry Miller

                 Breathe deeply the Beauty.

Yes,
we can become
trapped
within the Truth.

Plato“I am the wisest man alive,
for I know one thing,
and that is
that I know nothing.”

Plato, The Republic

.
On one day,
I wanted to
help.
But,
I didn’t know how.
Little did I know,
I did not need
to know –
how.
I did not need
to know
anything.

What I did need,
was to feel.
Feeling
is truly knowing.
William Paul Young

“So many believe
that it is Love that grows,
but it is the knowing that grows
and Love expands to contain it.”

William Paul Young

.
Every person is connected
to the Eternal,
the Infinite.
Our deepest feelings
connect us to this source.
Seek the deepest part of your Heart,
and learn what it means
to manifest your true self
into this Beautiful
World.

  Something truly Beautiful

As I gain something else
in Life,
something truly
Beautiful
and still in me,
I surrender.
And freedom is formed
from a new moment,
a new perspective,
and I access something more intense:
a new awareness.

And
I am reborn.

My Dear Friends,
Love
can only be
FELT.
It cannot be
described
or defined.
We may never
know
what Love is.
Unless,
we come to know
God.
Because
God
is Love.
.
“Anyone who does not Love
does not know God,
because God is Love.

Whoever lives in Love
lives in God,
and God in him.”

(1 John 4:8 and 4:16b)

Love
may one day
touch your
Soul.
Then,
and only then,
will you
know.

Goodnight.

“When I was a child
There were flowers that bloomed in the night
Unafraid to take in the Light
Unashamed to have braved the dark.

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.”
Tobias Lundgren, Tim Mikael Larsson,
Johan Fransson, Audra Mae

“Young and restless friend,
You’ll never pass this way again.
So drink the summer wine
Reach for the Stars
While you have time.
Your restless heart,
It will lead the way.
So dream your dreams
and live for each day

While you are young.”
David Hasselhoff

Frequent Technology Use
Linked to ADHD Symptoms in Teens

A new study of 2,500 teenagers
suggests that frequent use of digital media
can lead to higher risk
of developing ADHD-related symptoms.

The more teens use social-media networking sites,
video games and streaming services,
the higher their risk of developing symptoms
of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder,
or ADHD, a new study found.

The study, published Tuesday
in the Journal of the American Medical Association,
tracked 2,500 teens over two years
and monitored their usage and symptoms.

Click here to read more.

Heart disease kills 2,200 people
in the United States
each DAY.

How to Prevent Heart Disease
read more

Eating Heart-Healthy Foods

  1. Be aware of emerging science.
  2. Boost your intake of foods that contain Omega-3 fatty acids.
  3. Increase the amount of fruits and vegetables that you consume each day.
  4. Opt for whole grains and cut back on carbs.
  5. Keep your portion sizes under control.

Make Other Lifestyle Changes

  1. Lose weight
  2. Exercise for 30 minutes five days per week.

Liquid Crystal Shells

Research led by scientists in Europe has shown the potential of liquid crystal shells as enabling material for a vast array of future applications, ranging from autonomous driving to anti-counterfeiting technology and a new class of sensors.

Liquid Crystals, already widely used in flat-screen TVs, are materials that are in a state between solid and liquid.

Guiding autonomous vehicles

Liquid Crystal shells, only fractions of a millimeter in size so they can easily be applied to surfaces, have several unique properties that could be utilized in engineering: As they reflect light highly selectively, they can be arranged into patterns that are readable for machines, akin to a QR code, adding coded information to objects. “These patterns could be used to guide autonomous vehicles

Tactile feeling for Robots

Additionally, the shells can be manufactured in a way that they change their structure when they are exposed to certain external impacts, such as pressure, heat or specific chemicals. Together with computers to interpret these changes, the shells could be used as sensors, for example as pressure sensors in the fingertips of robots enabling tactile feeling which is currently hard to achieve in robotic engineering.

Get ready!
YOU can be replaced.

Preventing counterfeiting

Finally,
liquid crystal shells could be used to prevent counterfeiting. The micro patterns that emerge when the shells are brought together are unique.

The very Horizon of our Being.

François Lelord “Knowing and feeling
are two different things,
and feeling is what counts.”

François Lelord,
Hector and the Search for Happiness

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Stay in Motion / In-depth Depression Information / Sept. 4: Classes Resume

          My other Mother, Nature.

One thing
I am most grateful for,
is spending so many
of my Sacred Summers
and weekends
with my other Mother,
Nature,
learning how good
Life can be.

                           Sacred Summers

I thank
my precious Mother,
Marie,
each day in Prayer
for trusting in the Lord
and ME.

She placed me
in the care of the greatest man
I have ever met.
He was the Scoutmaster of Troop 17,
Werner Bendorf.
In him,
I found the Loving Father
I never met.
In his precious son,
Allen,
I found a brother.

There are no words
to describe
the Beauty I discovered
in God’s Glorious and Magnificent
World of Nature,
or in truly Loving friendships
fostered over many years,
while camping under
the Stars at night,
and hiking through the woods
in the bright, beautiful Sunlight.

                         Under the Stars at night.

I had a GREAT time
and would not change
a single second
of my many, many adventures.
NOT ONE!

My Dear Friends,
please remember
one antidote for depression,
which we ALL are in sufferance of,
is movement – motion.

STAY
in motion
(physically, mentally, emotionally,
Spiritually)
and you will NOT have
the time or wherewithal
to even think about
being depressed.

Stagnant water
becomes undrinkable,
a stagnant mind,
unthinkable,
and a stagnant body –
highly breakable.

There is
a Beautiful Sunset
just on the horizon.

                                              Stay in motion.

Go outside.
Celebrate Life!
Show your child
just how good
Life can be.

Goodnight.

From our friends at WEBMD:

Depression

An estimated 19 million American adults are living with major depression. At WebMD you’ll find in-depth depression information including symptoms, medications, and therapy.

Here are some of the things you can do:

Reach Out

Meet a close friend for a walk if you have one nearby. If they’re all too far away, make a call. Talking with someone you care about can help you feel supported and less stressed. Along with lifting your mood, research shows it can strengthen your immune system so your body is better at fighting illness, and it’s good for your heart, too.

Have a Little Dark Chocolate

It has chemicals called flavanols that can make more blood flow to your brain and may help you think more clearly. But don’t overdo it. Chocolate also has fat and calories and lots of caffeine, too. Just a small square of the dark stuff – 70% cocoa or more – 2 or 3 times a week may be all you need.

Play Some Tunes

Music can affect your brain in the same way chocolate does. And when you sing along – it doesn’t matter how well – your brain makes natural painkillers that can give your mood a boost.

Laugh

This can help ease tension in your muscles, and when you breathe in quickly, your heart and lungs get a boost, too. Laughing also makes your brain release chemicals that help your body fight pain and infection. So hunt down some funny clips of your favorite TV show. It’s not goofing off – it’s good for you.

Do a Good Deed

When you do something nice for someone, your body makes hormones called endorphins. These are natural painkillers linked to trust, pleasure, and a connection with other people. Helping others also has been shown to raise your self-esteem.

Hug Your Dog

Just being around your pet can make you feel better. Your body releases a hormone called oxytocin that lifts your mood and bonds you to other living things.

Drink Water

When your body needs water, you can feel tired, cranky, or a little blah. It may even affect your mental sharpness. If you’re not excited about drinking a glass of water, you can get it from food: Fruits and vegetables are good sources.

Go Outside

Not only can it lift your mood, but it also can be good for your blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and stress level. You’ll get even more out of it if you take your dog with you and add in some exercise. At the office, a plant on your desk or a picture of the woods can make you feel less anxious or irritable.

Exercise

You don’t have to sweat it out at the gym. A 10-minute walk seems to lift your spirits just as well as a 45-minute workout. And people who exercise often deal with stress better overall. Invite a friend and do something outside to boost the benefit.

Eat Something (Healthy)

If you don’t eat enough to fuel your day, you can get tired, hungry, and maybe even a little snippy – “hangry.” Just make sure to eat the good stuff: Whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and lean meats have nutrients to feed your brain and perk you up. They also take longer to digest, so you have energy throughout the day instead of all at once. Things like junk food may give you a boost, but a crash may follow.

Meditate

Focus on your breath and try to keep your mind free of thoughts. When a worry enters your mind, try to let it go. It’s OK if you get distracted – the point of meditation is to continue to try. It can calm you down and lift your mood, especially if you make it a regular part of your day.

Rest

Sleep can ease anxiety and boost your mood and focus — try for 7 to 9 hours a night. If you have trouble going to sleep, keep your room cool, dark, and quiet and don’t watch TV or use the computer right before you turn in. It also helps to go to bed and get up at the same times every day.

Take a Vacation

If you just can’t shake out of it, you may need time to recharge, relax, and take stock. This can help you see all the good things in your life that get lost in the rush of daily routine. It also gets you away from the stress of work or home life and can help you bond with family and friends.

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God is constantly in motion showing us what a Great Artist He is.

The Dangerous Illusions We Perceive / The Longevity Diet / Sept. 4: Classes Resume

“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.”

Dalai Lama

                              Accept the Love of God.

Things
are rarely
as they appear
to be.

And
what is hidden,
what is missing,
cannot be focused upon
by the
Human mind.

We often
doubt
what we cannot see,
when up is down,
what is
may not be.

As we journey
through the multiplicity
of Life’s illusions,
our sense of reality
can become distorted.
Some moments
can become mirrored in madness.
Yes,
each year over one million
very precious Souls
are pushed
completely over the brink of sanity.
(click here and look deeply into the eyes of reality)

The illusions
packed into Life
are fomented by
perception and motion,
proximity,
and a myriad of other
dimensions of improbability.

This
has led some to conclude that,
“Life, itself,
may be an
llusion.”

If
the Universe doesn’t exist
when we stop looking at it,
then it is
hung only on the walls
of our perceived
awareness.

From our friends at dailymail.com:
A famous theory in quantum mechanics
argues that a particle’s past behavior
changes
based on what we see.

Now,
scientists have performed a new experiment
proving this theory to be true
on the scale of atoms.

‘It proves that measurement is
everything.
At the quantum level,
reality does not exist

if you are not looking at it,’
said Associate Professor Andrew Truscott.

Despite the apparent weirdness,
the results confirm the validity of
quantum theory.

Quantum theory governs the World of the very small,
and has enabled the development of many technologies
such as LEDs, lasers and computer chips.

read more

But,
SOMETHING
animates all conscious
Beings.
No.
It is not
us.
That is another
very dangerous
ILLUSION.

It is LOVE!

The Love we seek
is reflect in Time.
If we open our eyes
to the illusions
of Life in living,
we may close them again,
and simply Love
in remembering.

L
O
V
E

Looking back,
we may forward see.
God’s Love
was always now,
and will forever be,
the Ever Ebbing Tide
of a deepening, endless Sea.

In each moment
the Love of God
will always be,
here and now,
the Mirror
of each moment to be.
For His Love
is Love,
Infinity.

                 The Love we seek is reflect in Time.

Our mentality is
very fragile and malleable,
much like
the reality
we think we see,
when we take the time
to look.

But,
the illusions we perceive
and desperately try
to understand,
can shatter the Lives
of our very fragile
Children
and ourselves.

As they and we
strive toward pleasing
so many others,
we can come to see
perfection
as the ultimate goal
of Life and living.

           Is that the Moon or ME?

The total focus
is then upon
what is now
“ME”.
And that
is a very dangerous
place to be.
.
My Dear Friends,
everything
but
Love

is illusory.
And there is MUCH evidence
in quantum mechanics
and
the Holy Bible:

All that is in the World
(the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes
and the arrogance produced by
material possessions)

is not from the Father,
but is from the world.”
1 John 2:16
.
Ultimate Reality
is God,
and God is not just the essence of
Love,
HE  IS  LOVE.


“God is Love;
and he that dwelleth in love

dwelleth in God,
and God in him”.
1 John 4:16

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YOU, too, are beautiful beyond Belief.

If you desire
to guide your precious
Child
toward sanity,
toward TRUTH,
and Life
and JOY,
Love your Child,
simply Love,
and ONLY Love.
.
Yes,
you may come to see
everything else in Life
and on Earth
is an illusion.
.
Those who give up
on Life
have felt abandoned
by the one reality
of Love.
.
If your child
looks into your eyes
and does not see
Love,
no,
it does not
exist.
.
Reality does not exist
if you are not looking at it.
.
EVERYTHING
is in
the Eye and Mind
of the Beholder.

.

Yes,
our need for Love
lies at the very foundation
of our existence.
.
My Precious Friends,
the JOY
you find in sharing
all the Love hidden
in your precious Heart,
can become their reason
for living.
.
The great Truths
are simple.

.
Ultimately,
the further we move
away from God
(Love)
the more endangered
WE
and our Children
become.
.
Let us keep Life
simple.
.
Accept
the Love of God.
And let it flow
through YOU
to everyone you meet.
.
Goodnight.
.

“Love is the fire
that warms our lives
with unparalleled Joy
and Divine Hope.”
– Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“God Is Love.”
John affirms that
“God is Love”
( 1 John 4:8 ).
God does not merely Love;
He Is Love.
Everything that God does
flows from his Love.

                        Everything.

“The sun comes up,
it’s a new day dawning.
It’s time to sing
Your song again
Whatever may pass,
and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing
when the evening comes.”

Matt Redman – Ten Thousand Reasons

          Eating what nature intended.

From our Friends at:
eco-friendly-africa-travel.com/longevity-diet.html

The longevity diet
is simply eating what nature intended us to,
thus ensuring a healthier and longer life.

Animals in the wild, eating their natural diet, live an average of ten times the number of years it takes them to reach maturity (Chimpanzee’s reach maturity by the time they’re five, and live to about fifty years, for instance).

Meanwhile, most humans’ lifespan is barely five times the number of years it takes to reach maturity.

The Longevity Diet: How long should we be living?

Steve Charter, in Eat More Raw: A guide for health and sustainability, cites Dr Joel Wallach, who emphasises the scientifically accepted view that the genetic potential for longevity in humans suggests we should live to around 120 to 140 years old.

Dr Wallach lists a few more cases to further support this, including Russian Georgians who commonly live to 120 and the Armenians and Ebkanians, where living to 140 is not uncommon.

He cites one Armenian who, from his military records, is thought to have lived to 167 years old, and the Titicaca Indians of south-east Peru who lived to between 120-140 years old. There’s also the case of the Niger chief who died at 126 with all his teeth, and a Syrian in the Guinness Book of Records who fathered 9 children after 80 and went on to live to 133.

Put into context, the average age for Americans was 75.5 years old in 1994. For doctors it was 58. Dr Wallach suggest that these figures suggest that there is great value in treating yourself (through nutritional and lifestyle changes), rather than putting your health in the hands of doctors.

If you think about it logically, the reason there’s such a difference in our lifespan (compared to chimpanzees or those who manage to live to a ripe old age) is that we are not eating our natural diet.

In this article I’ll discuss some of the longest-living tribes and what the commonalities are in terms of their diet and lifestyle, what I term the longevity diet.

“Bad men live that they may eat and drink,
whereas good men eat and drink
that they may live.”

Socrates

                The longevity diet: Diet of the longest-living cultures

John Robbins, in Healthy at 100: The Scientifically Proven Secrets of the World’s Healthiest and Longest-Lived Peoples, describes the lifestyles and dietary patterns of the long-lived cultures of the Abkhasia of Southern Russia, the Vicalbamba Indians of the Ecuadorian Andes and the Hunza of North Pakistan.

He found that the percentage of calories they obtained daily was between 69-73% carbohydrates, 15-18% from fat and 10-13% from protein.

Overall daily calories ranged between 1,700 -1,800, while the Abkhasia ate 90% plant foods and the Vilcabamba and Hunza ate 99% plant foods.

All three ate low amounts of salt, zero sugar or processed food, and had no incidence of obesity and other common diseases.

He also discussed the Okinawa, who, though eating a more animal-based diet, had a similar lifestyle.

I highly encourage you to read this book, or if you need a taste of what it’s about, read this review of Healthy at 100, which includes a preview of the fascinating first chapter.

The longevity diet includes some common denominators. These are:

  • Diet including whole mostly vegan, organic food with minimal animal products and fat.
  • Vitamin D and exercise
  • Strong community values
  • Spirituality and a sense of purpose

The best six doctors anywhere
And no one can deny it
Are sunshine, water, rest, and air
Exercise and diet.
These six will gladly you attend
If only you are willing
Your mind they’ll ease
Your will they’ll mend
And charge you not a shilling.

~Nursery rhyme quoted by Wayne Fields, What the River Knows, 1990

Longevity Diet lesson 1: Whole, organic fresh food

Longevity Diet lesson 2: Vitamin D and exercise

Longevity Diet lesson 3: Strong community values

The Longevity Diet lesson 4: Spirituality and a sense of purpose
                                      CLICK HERE for more

LIFE can easily come to be out of focus.

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You Can Only Imagine / They Live for Love / Sept. 4: Classes resume

You can only Imagine
what you will see,
if you open
the Eyes of your
Heart.

Only
the Human Heart
dances
to the rhythm
of another Human
Heart.

Only
the Human Heart
can cry
when another
Human Heart
will die.

Only
the Heart of another
person,
like you and I,
possesses the
Infinite
Love of God.

“What else does this craving,
and this helplessness,
proclaim
but that there was once in man
a True Happiness,
of which all that now remains
is the empty print and trace?
This he tries in vain to fill
with everything around him,
seeking in things that are not there
the help he cannot find in those that are,
though none can help,
since this Infinite abyss can be filled
only
with an Infinite and Immutable Object;
in other words,
by God Himself.”

Blaise Pascal
Pensées VII(425)

The Human Heart
is made
to Love,
and be Loved.

There is
no other reason
that it beats.

Go where your Heart leads you.

Every
precious Earth made Child
is made to be
what they must be,
go where they
must go.

So go
where your Heart
leads you.
And be.

And do so
in the name
of Love,
and you will
come to see,
the Sun rises
in the eyes
of everyone
you meet.
And
it shall never
set.

“Love
is an exclusive reality

of the Human Heart. 
We were Created out of Love,
and we were Created to know Love,
to live by Love,
and to communicate it
in such a powerful way
that it will give Life.
Just as Saint Maximilian Kolbe said,
Only Love Creates.”
Karol Wojtyla
Love and Responsibility

Without proclaiming Love,
will I ever be able
to truly speak?
Will death claim
all,
even the last vestige
of the lingering Love
the lives within,
and longs
to be free?

Rivers running
deep
know how we feel.

What is neglected
becomes invisible.
In the center
of what you are,
is the center
of who you are.
To arrive
at the center
of ourselves,
is the shortest
journey
we shall ever take.
And
the pathway to
our Heart,
leads to
an Infinite Destiny.

Do not neglect
the beautiful destiny
God desires for
YOU.

Every person
longs for a sense of purpose
– destiny: not fate.
God has written this desire
into our Hearts.

“Delight yourself in the Lord
and He shall give you
the desires of your Heart.
Psalm 37:4

   Do so in the name of Love.

A Philosophy
of Love
is a declaration for
truly living.

A great awakening
awaits,
in the silent space
between each beat
of your precious
Heart.

“God is Love.
Whoever lives in Love
lives in God,
and God in him.
1 John 4:8

This sentence brought more understanding,
more sweetness,
more liberation to the Heart
and to the mind,
even in the time it was written,
than the whole World can bring
today.

Yes,
to be truly alive,
Love,
simply Love
everyone,
and every living
thing.

God
is Love.
And Love,
my Precious Friend,
is what YOU
are.
.
“A new command I give
YOU:

Love one another.
As I have Loved you,
so you must Love one another.
John 13:34

My Dear Friends,
the tragedies
that befall us,
are the way
to gain
Wisdom,
not
a guide for
living.

“10 million red blood cells are made every hour
and an equal number destroyed.
If either supply or destruction
becomes out of synchrony by as little as 1%,
before long, your life ends
due to anemia, or polycythemia,
which is to say,
your blood gets so thin
than oxygen transport is insufficient
or it gets so thick
that it can no longer circulate.

Our very existence seems more an affront to a
“Survival of the Fittest” evolutionary scenario.
Man’s unimpressive hair covering
would have restricted early man
to the warmest climes.

Man’s kidneys are relatively poor
water conservers

compared to most animals,
suggesting that man was restricted
to a warm and wet environment.
Our claws are NOT impressive.
Our running speed could hardly serve
as an effective escape mechanism.
Man’s teeth aren’t especially good
at capturing or killing game.

Relative to most animals,
man’s digestive ability is inefficient.
Even man’s greatest ability,
his intellect,
would not have done the earliest man
a great deal of good in the harshest
of survival conditions.

How much good would your intellect do you
in a tropical wilderness
without food, clothing, shelter
and specific training in survival?
If survival of the fittest were the rule
in the earliest days of man,
how did we ever make it?”
click here to read more
Dr. Phillip Bishop

Every precious Life
is a Song.
And
if you listen,
truly listen,
you will know
the rhythm
is the beat
of its Heart.

Yes,
Listen.

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

      Let a flower pick you.

Let a flower
pick you.
Give it
to someone
in need of Love.
Do it often,
and come back
to Life,
again
and again.

“Every mystery of life has its origin in the Heart.”           ― Hans Urs von Balthasar, Heart of the World

To look
deeply
into the eyes
of another,
is to hold
a mirror,
and see Worlds
you have never
seen.

In the eyes
of another,
your beautiful Soul
will be revealed.

Goodnight.

                        They live for Love.

Atlas Moths have no mouths
and don’t eat even once
after emerging from their cocoons,
relying on fat storage from their immature stages of life.
Once they emerge from their cocoons,
they have a very short lifespan.

They can never
eat,
so, they live for
Love.

After spending about a month in their cocoons,
Atlas Moths emerge as beautiful creatures.
This state is short lived.
The adult moths typically die within a week or two
of spreading their wings.

                To be truly alive, live for LOVE!

“And now here is my secret, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
a very simple secret:
It is only with the Heart
that one can see rightly; 

what is essential
is invisible to the eye.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince 

 

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Milan Kundera   “When the Heart speaks,
the mind finds it
indecent to object.”

–  Milan Kundera
The Unbearable Lightness of Being

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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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