Magic in the Mirror / The Beauty of the Little Things in Life / Friday: Half Price Books and Movie: Call of the Wild

The Treasure
of our Lives,
is in our Love
for one another,
and in the moment
we realize –
we are Magic.

Wherever
your Heart is,
there you will find your Treasure,
and everything you have learned
along the way
will finally make
sense.

Yes,
there is Magic
in the mirror
of memories
we share
with this moment,
the one we call
Today,
and Magic in Tomorrow,
the reflection of
this day.

Life
is but a moment
filled with
the Majesty of
Magic.

There is Magic
in EVERY moment:
the moment you play
a Song,
every time you
pet you Dog,
every time
you Forgive someone,
every Time
you take a leap of
Faith,
and every Time
you say Amen.

                    The mirror of the memories.

There is Magic
in the moment
you fall in Love,
and every Time
a Dream comes True,
in every beat
of your precious Heart,
in everything you do,
and everyone you meet.
.
There is Pure Magic
in finding delight
in every Sunrise
and every day,
and
in every Prayer
you Pray.

My Dear Friends,
there is Magic
in the every Time
you say Hello,
and the last Time
you say
Goodbye.

We Live
in a Web woven of Magic,
intertwined and related
by golden filaments of chance
and circumstance.

Don’t
live in the past
or the future.
Live
only in the present.
If you can be always
in the present,
you will be Happy.
Life will be
what you want,
what you Pray for.
Because Life
is
the moment
we are living now.

Listen to your
Heart.

It is aware
of all things.
It came from
your Father in Heaven Above,
and it will one day
return.

Your Heart is beating
for this moment in Time.
Look deeply
and you
will see Forever
in a single drop of rain.
And in the same
glimpse of ever and ever,
look down deep inside of you.
There is a Spark
of the Creator.
He Lives
in every Living Thing.

      Forever in a single drop of rain.

You have inside
the wind and the fire,
the Sun and the Stars,
and everything God desires.
He created you
and your Universe.
He made us
in His Image
and by the same Hand.

“The ability to be
in the present moment

is a major component
of mental wellness.”
~ Abraham Maslow

There is Magic
in EVERY moment.
Yes,
Magic
in Love
and Life.
There is Magic
in the moment
your realize
God
Loves you.
.

There is
the Magic of God
in
YOU.

Goodnight.

  The Beauty of the Little Things in Life
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The pursuit of happiness makes us strive for more all the time. And once we’ve accomplished a certain goal that promised great happiness, we are already pursuing the next one.

This kind of attitude focuses our attention on the things we do not have and tricks us into believing that by adding these things to our lives, happiness will emerge. It is a way of thinking that makes it quite difficult to be quite happy in the present moment. Similarly, it can result in greater levels of discontent when we are not able to attain what we desire.

It also shifts our attention far away from the present moment and all the beautiful joys that can be found in it.

The ability to draw happiness from the little things in life also has a lot to do with gratitude. If you are able to center your attention on all the beautiful aspects that are already to be found in your life, you will become a much more grateful person.

“The small things of life were often so much bigger than the great things… The trivial pleasure like cooking, one’s home, little poems especially sad ones, solitary walks, funny things seen and overheard.”
                                                 – Barbara Pym

Being grateful for the little things is a unique skill to not only be content with your Life but also to be less dependent on the outcome of external circumstances.

It marks the first step towards discovering the true source of Happiness which lies within.

      80 Little Things in Life That Make You Happy

If you need a little inspiration for discovering all the magnificently beautiful little things in your life then have a look at the following. Enjoy this collection of the truly beautiful little things in life that make life worth living.

  1. Seeing the sunrise and sundown
  2. Stargazing and philosophizing about life
  3. Laughing until your muscles start aching
  4. Eating breakfast in bed
  5. Tasting something incredibly delicious for the first time
  6. The delicious smell in your kitchen when you bake cake
  7. Making other people happy
  8. Finding money you had forgotten about
  9. Heartfelt laughter
  10. Eating dessert
  11. Running into a friend you haven’t seen for a long time
  12. Taking a nap in your warm bed during a cold winter
  13. Having a movie night with your friends
  14. Being totally exhausted after a workout
  15. Unearthing something you have been missing for years
  16. Making someone laugh
  17. Sleeping while the rain gently beats against your window
  18. Realizing that a certain setback turned out to be incredibly important
  19. Swimming
  20. Smelling a perfume that you love
  21. Watching your favorite sitcoms for hours
  22. Hearing your favorite song
  23. Finishing a protracted
  24. Having a pillow fight
  25. Drinking the first sip of your favorite beverage
  26. Finishing your girl-/boyfriends sentences
  27. Crawling into a bed with warm and fresh sheets
  28. An excited child smiling at you in public
  29. Getting the parking spot right beside the entrance
  30. Waking up way too early so you can continue sleeping for hours
  31. Listening for the first time to a song that becomes the song of your life
  32. Wearing warm clothes straight from the dryer
  33. Being in the flow
  34. A stranger smiling at you for no reason
  35. Days in which just about anything works
  36. Seeing children laughing together
  37. Your favorite snack after a period of stress
  38. Meeting someone who really cares about you
  39. Listening to music you haven’t heard in a long time
  40. Drawing something that actually looks fantastic
  41. Having a good hair day
  42. Receiving a sincere compliment
  43. Eating your favorite dish
  44. A kind person helping you when you need it the most
  45. Correctly guessing something when you have no idea
  46. Swimming in the moonlight
  47. Expressing your creativity
  48. Slipping into pants that perfectly fit the first time
  49. Watching your favorite classic TV series
  50. Reading a brilliant book
  51. The moment when you’ve finished all your work
  52. Spending time with your beloved pet
  53. Having ticked off everything from your to-do list
  54. Being the first in line at a rotating sushi bar
  55. Walking barefoot through nature
  56. Finally getting an annoying hair out of your eye
  57. The first warm and sunny day after a cold winter
  58. Something that makes you laugh tears of joy
  59. Seeing a double rainbow
  60. Singing under the shower
  61. Guessing someone else’s password correctly
  62. The smell of fresh cut grass in your room
  63. The first bite of a delicious sandwich
  64. Breaking a perforated seal
  65. Waking seconds before your alarm clock
  66. Having the right timing so that you can hit all the green lights
  67. Dancing like a maniac when no one’s watching
  68. Packaging with bubble wrap that you can pop
  69. Tossing something in the trash from far away
  70. Elevator doors opening as soon as you push the button
  71. The moment you arrive at the beach during your holiday
  72. Finding a hairdresser who perfectly understand how you want to have your hair cut (try Rann at 817-706-5600. WE Love Him!)
  73. Smelling the scent of places that you love
  74. Singing in the rain
  75. Accidentally dropping something without leaving a scratch
  76. Seeing a funny license plate
  77. Someone calling who you were just thinking about
  78. Holding something in your hands you wanted for ages
  79. Being able to help someone in need
  80. Seeing clouds that form into a face or object

                                 

                                    Anderson Private School
                                            School Calendar

                                                 2019-2020
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Second Semester  Jan. 7 – May 22
Feb. 28 (Friday)                         Half Price Books / Movie: Call of the Wild
March 9 – 13                             Spring Break Holidays
April 10 & 13 (Fri. & Mon.)        Good Friday and Easter (No school)
April 28 (Tuesday)                    Trip to Scarborough Renaissance Festival
May 18 (Monday)                      Preparation Day for Adventure Trip
May 19 – 22                              Adventure Trip
May 22                                      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.

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There Is Far, Far More To Life Than Living / Lotman Consultation Services / Friday: Half Price Books and SeaQuest Aquarium

Life
has never been truly
understood.
.
Understanding
the Beautiful Phenomenon
that is Life and Living,
means
that we must Blossom
in the Beautiful Morning of our Sun,
Flower
in the fragrant wind,
immerse ourselves in the Joy
of simply Being,
and flow with ease
in the ebb and tide
of the emotions
we stride.

There is far, far more
to Life,
than Living.

Before our Dawn,
was found
forever.

And then
God
touched your Heart,
and promised to Love you
forever and ever.

My Dear Friends,
Life
in itself,
is a Masterpiece.
It is
a musical score,
a Song of Being
that captures the Heart
of the full meaning
of Love.

It is
the Beautiful foliage
of the magnificent Trees,
perfected for tranquil
and pensively performed Music
of the Beautiful Birds,
singing the songs
that take your Heart away
to other Beautiful places,
where we all can Live
captured by Time.

It makes one reflect
upon so many things,
the things and people we see
and one day never shall see again.
It leads us to the fact
that each day,
however ordinary it may seem,
is Beautiful
in its’ own way.

And,
if we gaze at Life
through a fog of Love,
we may envision what Heaven
feels like and sounds like.
.
In each precious Moment
that we feel the presence of Love,
Beauty
becomes so intense,
that Life becomes relevant
and meaningful.
And we are Blessed
by a Noble interpretation
of the Masterpiece
we call
You and Me.

.
As 1 Timothy 1:17 says,
“Now unto the King eternal, immortal, INVISIBLE,
the only wise God,
be Honor and glory for ever and ever.”
.

Consciousness
is something that no one
can see,
or seem to
truly define.

God has created all things
those that can be seen
and those that cannot be seen.

Colossians 1:16 says:
“For by Him were all things created,
that are in Heaven,
and that are in Earth,
VISIBLE and INVISIBLE,
whether they be thrones, or dominions,
or principalities, or powers:
all things were created by Him,
and for Him.”

My Friends,
all we know for sure
are sensations and thoughts.

We know that we have thoughts,
though few of us know
how our thoughts arise
or how we become
cognizant of them.

Thoughts
arise logically, or illogically,
from memory.
Our thoughts and memories,
of the past
or in the making,
are the same,
in essence.

What becomes self evident
is that our feelings
make us FEEL
ALIVE.
.
And this perception
is very intimate.

It is at the very core
of our BEING.
It is
at the center
of our HEART.

If
we trust our intuition,
this
is the most fundamental
REALITY.

We see a blue sky
during the day,
and the sensation is
unmistakable.

And yet we know,
beyond any shadow of a doubt,
that the blue sky
is non existent!

The entire Cosmos
is a set of
sensations.
We do not know,
and we cannot possibly know,
the cosmos that is out there
as an independent reality.
But we do know
the sensation of it.

We feel sure of
our own ALIVENESS,
because we find it
sensational.

“Feeling the reality of the state sought
and living and acting on that conviction
is the way of all seeming miracles.
All changes of expression
are brought about through a change of feeling.
A change of feeling
is a change of destiny.”
– ​
Neville Goddard

We exist,
but we can never really know any reality
other than our feeling of
EXISTENCE,
and hence our feeling
is the fundamental
REALITY.

Goodnight.

May I highly recommend:
Robert Lotman,
Lotman Consultation Services.
He is a Registered Sanitarian and Health Inspector.
I have known Robert for many years and truly admired
and respected him. He is now retired and has the time
to help others. He can assist with the following:

Safety Inspections
Environmental Inspections:
Foster Homes
Adoption Home Inspections
Daycare Inspections
Swimming Pool Inspections
Food Handler Training
Certified Pool Operator Training and
Food Service Consultations.
Robert is State Certified for Food Handler Classes,
Registered Sanitarian and
* Certified Pool Operator Instructor.

According to the World Health Organization,
drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death
in the world,
with 372,000 drowning deaths reported
annually.

The Centers for Disease Control
reports that here in the United States,
on average, 3,536 people died from drowning annually
from 2005 to 2014, which equates to 10 deaths each day.
Then there are the thousands of others who suffer swimming pool-related injuries each year.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
reports that an average of 4,900 people
received emergency care for injuries
suffered in a swimming pools or spas each year.

Swimming Pool Drowning Deaths and Kids

It’s an unbelievable statistic: According to the CDC,
drowning is the number one cause of unintentional death
for children between the ages of 1 and 4.
And according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission,
390 deaths a year on average
are attributed to drowning
in a swimming pool or at a spa in the U.S.

My Friends,
let’s take the extra precaution
of having our swimming environments inspected.
The Life you save may be the one you
cherish most in this World.

I know you will enjoy working with Robert Lotman.
The Anderson Private School
has truly benefited from his expertise.
Robert may be reached at 817-946-5952 or
robertlotman@sbcglobal.net.


                                   Anderson Private School
                                           School Calendar

                                                 2019-2020
.
Second Semester  Jan. 7 – May 22
Feb. 14 (Friday)                        Half Price Books and SeaQuest Aquarium
Feb. 17 (Monday)                     President’s Day Holiday
March 9 – 13                             Spring Break Holidays
April 10 & 13 (Fri. & Mon.)        Good Friday and Easter (No school)
April 28 (Tuesday)                    Trip to Scarborough Renaissance Festival
May 18 (Monday)                      Preparation Day for Adventure Trip
May 19 – 22                              Adventure Trip
May 22                                      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.

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Every Flower That Is Unfolding / Life Hacks to Help You Lose Weight / Friday: Half Price Books and a Movie (Wonder)

The innate intelligence
of Nature
is far more powerful
and Beautiful

than we can ever
imagine.

Flowers
lift the Spirits
of the Earth.
They sustain Life
with all their
Splendor.

                        They sustain Life.

We can see
every Flower
that is unfolding
as it says
to every Living Thing,
“I Love You”.

And,
as the wind gently whistles
a pale blue sigh
though the lonely leaves
of all the trees,

it plays the music
of Life.

If we listen carefully
we can hear
the wishes of all

Creation
coming True.

          To every Living Thing: “I Love You”.

Beauty
is far more than
what it seems.
The constant
motion of Love,
Beauty begins.
And it never really
changes
its meaning.

Life never really wants
more
than Love asks.
And what does Love
ask?
That you care,
that you share,
that
when you are needed,
you are there.

“Yes,
How many times
must a man look up

before he can see the sky?”
Bob Dylan

As the fingers
of our questions
reach
deep into the pockets
of our minds,
we may find
what we are truly
searching for:
our Love
for
every living thing,
and the Love
of God
in
every living thing,
and in us.

Nothing more
could we ask.

“But ask now the Beasts,
and they shall teach Thee;
and the Fowls of the air,
and they shall tell thee:
Or speak to the Earth,
and it shall teach thee:
and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto Thee.
Who knoweth not in all these
that the Hand of the LORD hath wrought this?
In whose Hand is the Soul
of every living thing,
and the breath of all Mankind.
– Job 12:10

                                 What does Love ask?

Watch the Sun
rise in the
eyes
of one you tell
of all the Love
in your Heart.

Yes,
there is Magic
in the moments
we marry,
that are divorced
of time.

We become
so blind
to the deeper
realities of Life.
The Beautiful Creation
you are
is more surprising
and Mysterious
than the feeble mind
of Mankind can
imagine.

Our transitory existence
goes far beyond
the surface dimensions
of Life.

             God’s Truth is always joined with Love.

My Dear Friends,
Forgiveness,
Compassion
and Hope
can unleash Mysterious
and powerful forces
within.

Yes,
imperfection
is part of
the very fabric
of Human Life.

But,
Divine Perfection
may be found
in the abundance
of God’s Beauty
and Love.
And it is offered
to us in
each
precious moment
we are on
this Earth.

Knowledge
of God’s Truth
is always
joined
with Love.

Divine Perfection is found in the abundance of God’s Beauty.

The energy in Nature
is never lost,
never destroyed,
only transformed.
And
God’s Love
integrates Eternity.
Nothing
is ever lost,
no tear
is ever forgotten,
and no death
is ever
meaningless.

God
is neither beyond us
or outside of us.
He is
within us.
Each one of us
is a Child
of God.

“Do you not know that
YOU

are a Temple of God
and that the Spirit of God
dwells in you?”
1 Corinthians 3:16

Regardless
of fate’s fearless frown,
God’s Light
pours down.

Ultimate reality
is always Mysterious
and unfathomable.
God’s presence
everywhere
and in all things
is beyond
Human comprehension.
God’s Spiritual Presence
is deep within
the World of matter,
which He
created.

Discover
the Beauty,
the meaning
and the Joy
of your existence.

In the cold and lonely moments
of uncertainty,
the Words of our Lord
will warm your Heart
and free your Loving mind.

When shadows pale
the horizon of your Being,
the place to be
is behind your Loving smile,
and deep in your Faith,
trusting in
the patient Love
of your Creator.

Goodnight.

               Beauty is far more than what it seems.

” I come to the Garden alone
While the dew is still on the Roses.
And the Voice I hear falling on my ear,
The Son of God discloses.

And He walks with me,
and He talks with me
,
And He tells me
I am His own.

And the Joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

He speaks,
and the Sound of His Voice

Is so sweet that the birds hush their singing.
And the Melody that He gave to me,
Within my Heart is ringing.

And He walks with me,
and He talks with me
,
And He tells me
I am His own.

And the Joy we share as we tarry there,
None other
has ever known.”
Brad Paisley

“If you want to learn to Love better,
you should start with a friend
who you hate.”

– Nikka  (age 6)

Life Hacks to Help You Lose Weight

By Jeffrey Kopman        read more

Several simple life hacks can make a huge difference. Changing your diet and getting regular exercise will always be the best way to get healthy, but these tricks can help too, and won’t take much time or effort.

Most people make many little mistakes throughout the day that can add up to form really unhealthy habits. What are some simple ways to correct these problems?

* Lack of exposure to a varied temperature, whole populations may be prone to develop diseases like obesity,” researchers at Maastricht University Medical Center in The Netherlands wrote in a study published in Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism earlier this year.

The researchers suggested that regular exposure to mild cold could be a simple way to help people lose weight.

*  You should be drinking lots of water. But the best way to do this and lose weight is to replace other drinks with water.

This cheap and effective trick will eliminate sugary and high calorie drinks and replace them with a healthier alternative, according to a study presented at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society.

“People should drink more water and less sugary, high calorie drinks. It’s a simple way to facilitate weight management,” Brenda Davy, Ph.D., senior author on the study said in a press release. “We found that over the course of 12 weeks, dieters who drank water before meals, three times per day, lost about 5 pounds more than dieters who did not increase their water intake.”

*  People who were given pedometers were more likely to participate in physical activity than those who did not, according to research from The International Association of Applied Psychology.

These devices make it easier to track how much exercise you’re getting and how many more steps you should be taking. Reaching your goals can be made with small adjustments throughout your day, something a pedometer will highlight — instantly.

 *  Using a standing desk for three hours a day will help you burn an extra 144 calories per day, according to a study from the University of Chester in the United Kingdom.

“This is the perfect way for any office-bound worker to achieve the typical New Year’s resolution of wanting to lose weight without changing anything else — how easy is that?” said Dr. John Buckley, Reader of Applied Exercise Science in Health and lead Lecturer for the University’s MSc in Cardiovascular Rehabilitation, in a press release.

* One major cause of the obesity epidemic in America is an inability to control portion sizes. But this easy life hack can help you lose weight without even realizing it.

To make sure your portions are in control, use smaller plates, bowls or glasses. Research shows that people perceive the amount of food they’re eating differently based on the plate size they use.

One cup of food on a small plate looks like more than the same amount of food on a large plate, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

* In addition to changing the size of the plate you eat off of, consider switching the color of the plate as well.

Yes, even the color can affect how much food you’re eating, and either encourage or discourage overeating.

A Cornell University study found that eating food off a plate of contrasting color would help people reduce the amount they are eating. The study called this mind-over-matter practice “critical” for some people’s portion control.

* Here’s one to try right away: Slow down!

 No, don’t slow down your exercise — slow down your eating. When you stuff your face full of food in mere moments, you’re not giving your body a chance to feel full until all the food is gone.

Similar to eating off of smaller plates, slowing down your pace will help you feel full without overeating. Eating too quickly leaves you full of more food than necessary.

Recently, researchers found that eating slowly led to increased fullness ratings in both normal-weight and overweight/obese participants, according to a study from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

 * It’s easy to get in the habit of paying for everything with a debit or credit card, just like it’s easy to get in the habit of eating and ordering too much food.

Paying with cash will serve as a psychological trick to keep your wallet full and your stomach just full enough.

People who pay with cards spent far more at Fast Food Restaurants ($4.50 compared to $7.00) than those who paid with cash, according to data from NerdWallet.

Similarly, people who paid with cash at grocery stores made smarter food choices, partially because they didn’t impulse buy junk food, according to a study published in the Journal of Consumer Research.

Important Dates
Dec. 1 Friday                        Half Price Books & Rave Motion Pictures
Dec. 4, 5 & 6 (Mon.-Wed.)    Inservice (No school)
Dec. 22 Friday                      Last Day of Fall Semester
Dec. 23 – Jan. 8                    Christmas Holidays
Jan. 9 (TUESDAY)                Second Semester Begins
Jan. 15 (Monday)                 Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Holiday
Feb. 19 (Monday)                 President’s Day Holiday
March 12 – 19                       Spring Break Holiday
April 13 & 16 (Fri. & Mon.)  Good Friday and Easter Holidays
May 22- 25                            Adventure Trip
May 25                                  Last Day of Semester

Trip Details are posted each Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.: William’s Weblog at andersonschool.net

                                                    Friday Trip:

On Friday, December 1,  we will meet at Half Price Books (817-732-4111, 475 Sherry Lane, North of Ridgmar Mall, at 10:00 a.m. 

At approximately 12:00 p.m. we will travel to Ridgmar Mall, 2300 Green Oaks Road, to enjoy lunch at the Food Court and a movie at Rave Motions Pictures“Wonder” at 1:20 p.m.

Pick up will be at 3:15 p.m. at Rave Motion Pictures inside the Mall.

Please provide funds for a book, lunch and the movie.

On Dec. 4, 5 & 6 (Mon.-Wed.)  We will have Inservice and there will be No school.

Genre

Drama

Cast

Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson, Mandy Patinkin, Daveed Diggs, Noah Jupe, Bryce Gheisar, Izabela Vidovic, Danielle Rose Russell, Millie Davis, Elle McKinnon, Sonia Braga

Synopsis

Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie Pullman becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to discover their compassion and acceptance, Auggie’s extraordinary journey will unite them and prove you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

Copyright Disclaimer – Section 107 – Copyright Act 1976,
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/paintings are property and copyright of their owners
and provided for educational purposes.

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Guardians of the Gardens of Life / Friday Trip: Movie and Half Price Books

Dedicated
with our Sincere Love
and Deep Appreciation
to
Floyd and Brenda Heckman.

LeVonna, and I have created a scholarship
to Honor this Beautiful Family –
the Floyd and Brenda Heckman Scholarship.

Floyd serves Tarrant County
as an Officer and Deputy Sheriff
and his daughter, Katie,
has been one of our scholars at the Anderson School.
Brenda was an exemplary teacher at our school.
We are extremely proud of Floyd and Brenda
and wish to honor their family
and their wonderful service to our citizens.

 The Floyd and Brenda Heckman
scholarship is available to the child(ren) of officers
who have become permanently disabled
or died in the Line of Duty,

in the service of our communities, State or Nation.

May God Bless and Keep
all of our friends in law enforcement,
as they prove to be
such a Blessing to all of us.

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Bouquets of Flowers never formed into words, never spoken, can block the Sun.

“Someone’s lost the plan
for the Brotherhood of Man,
and no one is trying to find it
anymore.
And the winds become a sigh
for those who hate and those who die.
And the waves are black
and slow along the shore.”
– Roger Whittaker

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Evil must be mirrored in the face of Courage, or it will overwhelm the innocent.

Our ignorance leaves exposed
parts of the Heart
we keep covered
from our own
deeper selves.

We want so desperately
to stand on the
Purity of Truth.
But we often cower in silence
facing the mirror
of our own fear.

As we tumble
out of our dreams
and back
into what we assume
is reality,
we fall from the Grace
of our beautiful imaginings,
and into the moment
of never really knowing
what is real,
what is
True.

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Wonderful neighbors and friends.

So very many
of our precious children
knew not
the difference between
now and never,
this moment
and forever.

They came
to a moment in time
paralyzed in thought,
no longer able to
make sense
of the waking
World –
drifting,
as it were,
in and out
of what
they dreamed of
and hoped for,
and the World
that became
a living nightmare.

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You are the Guardians of the Gardens of Life.

We watched
as many drowned
in the deep end
of an ocean of drugs and violence,
between innocence and confusion,
between waves
of goodbye
lapping upon our shores.

Indifference and ignorance
stagnated into
Daylight Nights
that seemingly would never end,
and into days
of sufferance with no new
beginning.

“Peace has its victories,
but it takes
Brave men and women

to win them.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fear
perpetuated itself
in our ignorance,
as we listened not
to the soft, still voices
that cried from within
the fragile Human Hearts
of our precious children.

And we allowed evil
to steal from us
everything that God and Man
held Dearest.

But Hope
rises with the dawn
of a new horizon,
a new awareness,
as we find new meaning
in old lyrics
of Life.

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    The mirror of our own fear.

My Dear Friends,
we are never really
far from the Light.
On the other side
of our spinning Globe,
it is always
on its way.

And as it spins
round and round and round,
we come face to face with fear,
in a seemingly
never ending dance
with destiny.
And we wait for the Light
of God’s Love,
unaware,
it is always
on its way,
or perhaps,
already
here.

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       The Light of God’s Love.

Evil
must be mirrored
in the face of courage,
or it will overwhelm
the innocent.

And our children,
My Dear Friends,
are not for the taking.

If alone,
we have not
the courage and the strength,
the insight
and the wisdom,
to do battle
with the forces of darkness,
that for financial or other gain,
would destroy everyone
we truly Love,
then we must fervently Pray
for those
Towers of Strength
surpassing all others,
to come our way.

And God,
in His Wisdom,
provides.

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           Towers of Strength.

Yes.
God answers our
Prayers.

But then,
My Friend,
we MUST listen
to His Answer,
or ALL we will ever hear
is the cold and very lonely
sound of
Silence.

God
fervently
answers our Prayers.
He is with us.
And he abides
within the Hearts and Minds
of so very many
wonderful neighbors and friends,
who have dedicated themselves
to protect
and save and serve,
and often
lay down their Precious Lives,
so we may live,
so that our children
may survive
and thrive,
and do so
without FEAR.

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    Who chose to rise above.

These Sacred Soldiers
of our Society,
are reflections
of our Deeply Held Morality.
The are
the very Best
of the Best.
They are Gifts
that God and Mankind
have bestowed
upon us.

They are
the very Human
and very Courageous
Crusaders of our fragile Culture,
who willingly give their lives,
so we may live,
in Peace and prosperity,
in Freedom,
and with Honor,
with Dignity,
and with a Love
for Life.

They are the
Peace Officers
of our Nation,
who chose to rise above
the ordinary demands
of Life and Living.

Courage,
My Friend,
is a form of pure
Love.
The very word
comes from the Heart.
Coeur
is the French word
for Heart.

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Reflections of our Deeply Held Morality.

In the finest traditions
of Service to Mankind,
we find the Purity of Truth,
dictates
that the Courage
to Protect and Serve
and become a Salvation
for so very many,
is truly birthed in the
Heart.

Yes,
there is a deep River
that flows through
me and you.
Its reach
is very long.
It is truly deep.
And it is
Blue.
So very Blue.

A River of Love
is flowing,
ever flowing toward
what abides Infinitely Deep –
and it flows
to the Vast Ocean
of God’s Love.

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     Courage to the Core.

Our Brothers and Sisters
in Blue
are Human too,
with Courage
to the Core,
so you
can be you.

Please join me
in extending our sincere appreciation
to one and all,
who are so
Lovingly and Courageously
dedicated to preserving
our way of Life,
our Love of Living
and our precious Children.

We THANK YOU.
And we truly
LOVE YOU
too.

And
we thank God
for the precious Gifts
of your Lives.

You
are the Guardians
of the Gardens of Life.
And we are
truly grateful.

Our Prayers
are with you
and
your precious Families.

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       Our Prayers are with you.

May you always find
Peace
in your Hearts
and Peace of Mind,
the Peace in our Hearts
and our Minds,
that you so courageously give
to us.

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“In Valor there is Hope.”   – Tacitus

You reach out to us
each and every day,
and selflessly give
so that we
may live.
Flowers grow
for the comfort
of Mankind.
Grasping wild,
they tell evermore
of Love
that blossoms like those
now in hand.

But bouquets of Flowers
never formed into words,
never spoken,
can block the Sun.
A constant shadow
can lie evermore across
what we did not say
today.

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God Loves us through the lives of those who live to protect us.

So let us begin
to express our Love,
the very deep and abiding gratitude
that lives within,
to those who have
given so much,
to so many.

Children
can teach us
many things.
They can show us
that Love
is a simple thing.
It begins
with but a smile,
and it never really
ends.

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           Children can teach us.

May God Bless
and Keep
each one of you,
our
Officers
of the Peace
in the Valley.

May God
take into His Heart
the precious Spirit
of all those
who laid down their lives
upon the Sacred Altar
of our Freedom.

Yes,
our Father in Heaven Above
is never really far away.
He guards us,
illuminates our path
and Loves us,
through the lives of those
who live to protect us
every day.

Greater Love
hath no man
than this,
that a man lay down his life
for his friends.”
– John 15:13

Goodnight.

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Patrick Zamarripa – deeply Loved Father, Son, Soldier, Savior and Brother to us ALL.

Dallas Police Officer Patrick Zamarripa,
pictured with his precious daughter,
was recently killed by a cowardly sniper
along with four other police officers.
This Loving Father of two was a veteran
who served three tours in Iraq
before coming home
to be a Dallas Police Officer.
His Father, Rick Zamarripa,
has asked for our Prayers
to help the family
through this.

Let us Pray.

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“It is not how these officers died that made them heroes, it is how they lived.”      – Vivian Eney Cross

Since the first recorded police death in 1791,
there have been over 20,000 law enforcement officers
killed in the line of duty.
Currently, there are 20,789 names
engraved on the walls of the
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
memorialEvery day Texas State Troopers,
Agents and Texas Rangers
risk their lives to protect and serve Texas,
and they are honored to do so.
Some DPS officers pay the ultimate sacrifice,
and we are forever
grateful to them and their families
for their courageous service to the people of Texas.

The following is a list
of our fallen Texas officers and the date of death,
since 1823, when the agency first
began as the Texas Rangers,
and since 1935 as the
Texas Department of Public Safety,
when the Rangers and Highway Patrol
were combined into one agency.

Ranger David Clark: Jan. 7, 1837
Ranger Jesse Blair: Nov. 10, 1837
Ranger James Christian: Nov. 10, 1837
Ranger Alexander Bostwick: Nov. 10, 1837
Ranger Joseph Cooper: Nov. 10, 1837
Ranger James Joslen: Nov. 10, 1837
Ranger Alfred H. Miles: Nov. 10, 1837
Ranger Westley Nicholson: Nov. 10, 1837
Ranger William Nicholson: Nov. 10, 1837
Ranger William Sanders: Nov. 10, 1837
Ranger Lewis P. Scheuster: Nov. 10, 1837
Ranger Julius Bullock: Oct. 12, 1838
Ranger John W. Carpenter: Oct. 12, 1838
Ranger Thomas M. Scott: Oct. 12, 1838
Ranger John Wilson: Oct. 12, 1838
Ranger James Hall: Dec. 17, 1838
Ranger Edward Blakey: Feb. 25, 1839
Ranger Jacob Burleson: Feb. 25, 1839
Ranger John B. Walters: Feb. 25, 1839
Ranger James Gilliland: Feb. 28, 1839
Ranger John Bird: May 26, 1839
Ranger Thomas Gay: May 26, 1839
Ranger Hiram M.C. Hall: May 26, 1839
Ranger Jesse E. Nash: May 26, 1839
Ranger William Weaver: June 26, 1839
Ranger Marimo Mindiola: Late 1839
Ranger John Stein: July 21, 1841
Ranger A.T. Smith: Aug. 5, 1841
Ranger G.W. Hurd: Aug. 22, 1841
Ranger Peter Fohr: June 1844
Ranger Richard S. Gilbert: Dec. 18, 1847
Ranger Thomas Couzens: Jan. 11, 1848
Ranger James L. Reed: 1848
Ranger John Weatherford: Aug. 12, 1848
Ranger Isaac Heck: Aug. 29, 1848
Ranger Nathaniel H. Mangum: Sept. 5, 1848
Ranger Wesley Dier: Nov. 12, 1848
Ranger Littleton Ratton: Dec. 18, 1848
Ranger Charles G. Bryant: Jan. 12, 1850
Ranger William Gillespie: May 29, 1850
Ranger D.C. Sullivan: Aug. 20, 1850
Ranger John Wilbarger: Aug. 20, 1850
Ranger Samuel Baker Barton: Jan. 27, 1851
Ranger William Lackey: Feb. 3, 1851
Ranger Thomas Drennan: July 16, 1851
Ranger Henry J. Willis: Sept. 15, 1851
Ranger William H. Clopton: Oct. 3, 1855
Ranger H.K. Holland: Oct. 3, 1855
Ranger Willis H. Jones: Oct. 3, 1855
Ranger Augustus Smith: Oct. 3, 1855
Ranger William Barbee (Earbee): May 5, 1858
Ranger Robert Nickels: May 12, 1858
Ranger Waco (Huaco): May 12, 1858
Ranger Jonathon Thompson: Feb. 27, 1859
Ranger Estes (Estis) Smith: July 15, 1859
Ranger John M. Davenport: Oct. 29, 1859
Ranger Samuel A. Jackson: Nov. 13, 1859
Ranger John Fox: Nov. 16, 1859
Ranger Thomas Grier: Nov. 16, 1859
Ranger William McKay: Nov. 16, 1859
Ranger Nicholas Mallett: Nov. 16, 1859
Ranger David Herman: Dec. 14, 1859
Ranger Fountain B. Woodruff: Feb. 4, 1860
Ranger Theophilo Martinez: Sept. 11, 1860
Ranger John D. McLeod: Oct. 29, 1860
Ranger James Ireland: Dec. 25, 1860
Ranger Jerome C. Lynn: July 29, 1861
Ranger Robert Carter: Oct. 19, 1861
Ranger James McKee: July 18, 1863
Ranger N.F. Dunn: Nov. 20, 1865
Ranger Alvin Clark: June 29, 1866
Ranger Lorenzo Bietiger: Dec. 6, 1870
Ranger Walter Richarz: Dec. 6, 1870
Ranger Joseph Riff: Dec. 6, 1870
Ranger A.M. Swift: December 27, 1870
Ranger John Green: July 10, 1873
Ranger Thomas Gatlin: Jan. 2, 1874
Ranger Henry Jones: March 22, 1874
Ranger D.W.H. Bailey: July 12, 1874
Ranger W.A. Glass: July 12, 1874
Ranger Joseph F. Osgood: July 1874
Ranger William H. Clift: Sept. 18, 1874
Ranger L.B. Smith:  June 12, 1875
Ranger Conrad E. Mortimer: Dec. 13, 1877
Ranger John E. McBride: Dec. 17, 1877
Ranger Tim McCarty: Jan. 2, 1878
Ranger H.H. Ruzin: Aug. 10, 1878
Ranger H. Crist: Oct. 13, 1878
Ranger W.B. Anglin: June 29, 1879
Ranger George R. Bingham: July 3, 1880
Ranger Benjamin G. Warren: Feb. 10, 1885
Ranger Frank Sieker: May 17, 1885
Ranger J.P. Wood: June 13, 1885
Ranger William M. Bohanon: July 2, 1885
Ranger J.H. Moore: March 31, 1886
Ranger Charles Fusselman: April 17, 1890
Ranger John F. Gravis: Aug. 3, 1890
Ranger Robert E. Doaty: March 22, 1892
Ranger Frank L. Schmid: June 17, 1893
Ranger Frank Jones: June 30, 1893
Ranger J.W. Woods: July 1893
Ranger Joe McKidrict: April 5, 1894
Ranger W.L. Hooker: Aug. 28, 1894
Ranger Thomas P. Nigh: Aug. 16, 1896
Ranger Ernest St. Leon: Aug. 31, 1898
Ranger T.L. Fuller: Oct. 15, 1900
Ranger Emmitt Robuck: Sept. 9, 1902
Ranger Thomas Goff: Sept. 13, 1905
Ranger Homer White: Feb. 4, 1908
Ranger N.P. Thomas: Jan. 6, 1909
Ranger Quirl Bailey Carnes: July 31, 1910
Ranger Grover Scott Russell: June 23, 1913
Ranger Robert Lee Burdett: June 7, 1915
Ranger Eugene B. Hulen: May 24, 1916
Ranger Henry L. Ransom: April 1, 1918
Ranger William P. Stillwell: April 3, 1918
Ranger Thomas Carlyle Hyde: May 1, 1918
Ranger John Dudley White, Sr.: July 12, 1918
Ranger Joe R. Shaw: Aug. 21, 1918
Ranger Lenard T. Sadler: Sept. 15, 1918
Ranger Delbert Timberlake: Oct. 11, 1918
Ranger Benjamin L. Pennington: Oct. 12, 1918
Ranger Robert E. Hunt: Oct. 15, 1918
Ranger T.E. Paul Perkins: Nov. 7, 1918
Ranger John A. Moran: Dec. 12, 1918
Ranger Will M. Alsobrook: Dec. 9, 1919
Ranger Joe Ben Buchanan: Dec. 25, 1921
Ranger Stephen F. Sherman: Nov. 7, 1922
Ranger Dan L. McDuffie: July 7, 1931
Trooper Arthur W. Fischer: Jan. 18, 1932
Trooper Aubrey Lee Moore: April 16, 1932
Ranger Emmett White: Aug. 8, 1933
Trooper H.D. Murphy: April 1, 1934
Trooper Edward B. Wheeler: April 1, 1934
Trooper Joseph N. Avary: May 17, 1935
Trooper Guy A. Freese: July 11, 1935
Trooper Mart D. Tarrant: Nov. 4, 1935
Trooper David A. McGonagill: Sept. 4, 1940
Trooper Roger Q. Harriss: April 5, 1942
Trooper Floyd E. Lawson: April 7, 1948
Trooper Louis W. Dickson: April 17, 1949
Trooper Bill J. Mahoney: April 18, 1949
Trooper Winfred O. Hanna: Jan. 25, 1954
Trooper Felix A. Murphey: March 4, 1954
Trooper Robert J. Crosby: Nov. 27, 1954
Trooper Milton D. Brooks: Jan. 2, 1955
Trooper Audie A. Isbell: April 7, 1955
Ranger Clarence Nordyke: July 18, 1955
Trooper Lynn R. Smith: Jan. 25, 1957
Trooper Benjamin K. Smith: June 23, 1958
Trooper Herman P. Marshall: May 17, 1960
Ranger H.A. White: Dec. 8, 1961
Trooper Richard D. Berens: March 8, 1963
Trooper Kenneth W. Harrison: June 8, 1963
Trooper Bobby Lee Maynard: Nov. 30, 1964
Trooper Harry Lee Mills Jr.: April 3, 1965
Trooper Charles A. Pryor: April 27, 1965
Trooper Robert F. Stinnett: July 2, 1965
Trooper Darvin K. Hogg: April 25, 1966
Trooper Billy Ray Wynn: Dec. 24, 1967
Trooper Fred C. Burns: Jan. 2, 1968
Trooper Tom P. Holland: April 23, 1969
Trooper Norman E. Zator: Oct. 6, 1969
Trooper Floyd W. Etheridge: Oct. 28, 1969
Trooper Travis Raburn Locker, Nov. 9, 1969
Trooper Douglas H. Thompson: Dec. 7, 1969
Trooper Gara Oliver Cooper: Oct. 2, 1970
Trooper Billy Dan Howry: March 18, 1972
Trooper Gayle Lamar Holmes: May 19, 1972
Trooper Larry E. Hobson: Dec. 1, 1973
Trooper Kobler C. Winn: Dec. 1, 1973
Trooper Ernest C. Dobbs: Feb. 15, 1974
Trooper John D. Oldham: July 7, 1974
Trooper Harold D. Hambrick: July 7, 1974
Trooper Hollie L. Tull: Sept. 14, 1974
Agent Patrick A. Randel: Oct. 23, 1974
Trooper Jimmie W. Parks: Aug. 10, 1975
Trooper Mark A. Frederick: April 4, 1976
Trooper Tomie Michael Tucker: May 29, 1976
Trooper Sammy C. Long: Nov. 21, 1976
Ranger Bobby P. Doherty: Feb. 21, 1978
Agent James Dalrymple: June 5, 1978
Trooper Jerry Don Davis: Oct. 5, 1980
Trooper Hollis S. Lacy: Dec. 26, 1980
Trooper Howard W. Jordan: June 2, 1981
Trooper David I. Rucker: Sept. 29, 1981
Trooper Ernesto Alanis: Feb. 27, 1983
Trooper Daniel M. Higdon: March 13, 1983
Trooper Milton Alexander: April 14, 1983
Trooper Robert R. Jones: Sept. 16, 1983
Trooper Russell L. Boyd: Oct. 11, 1983
Trooper William P. Kohlleppel: April 19, 1985
Ranger Stanley K. Guffey: Jan. 22, 1987
Trooper William J. Kuhnle: May 21, 1989
Trooper Ralph G. Zerda: May 21, 1989
Trooper Willie D. Taylor: May 19, 1990
Trooper Mark J. Phebus: Sept. 17, 1990
Trooper Carlos R. Warren: March 5, 1991
Trooper Bill Davidson: April 14, 1992
Trooper Bobby S. Booth: June 16, 1993
Trooper Troy Hogue: Dec. 30, 1994
Trooper Timothy W. McDermott: May 14, 1995
Trooper Roel Garcia: March 26, 1997
Trooper Terry Miller: Oct. 12, 1999
Trooper Randall W. Vetter: Aug. 7, 2000
Trooper Richard D. Cottle: May 9, 2001
Trooper Kurt David Knapp: May 8, 2004
Trooper Jimmy Ray Carty Jr.: May 27, 2005
Trooper Billy J. Zachary: Jan. 1, 2006
Trooper Matthew D. Myrick: Jan. 20, 2006
Trooper Eduardo Chavez: May 2, 2006
Trooper Todd Dylan Holmes: March 14, 2007
Trooper James Scott Burns: April 29, 2008
Trooper David Ralph Slaton: Sept. 20, 2010
Trooper Jonathan T. McDonald: Nov. 15, 2010
Trooper Javier Arana, Jr.:  March 24, 2012
Trooper Paul Hernandez:  Oct. 4, 2012
Trooper William Keesee:  Oct. 29, 2015
Trooper Jeffrey Nichols:  March 26, 2016
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GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN

“Dedicated to the memory of people of the Texas Department of Public Safety who, in the line of duty,
unselfishly sacrificed their lives in the protection of the lives, property, rights and privileges
of all the people of Texas.”

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“The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are as bold as a lion.”    – Proverbs 28:1

  For Friday Oct. 7, 2016

We will meet at 10:00 a.m. at Half-Price Books, located at 475 Sherry Lane, north of Ridgmar  Mall Telephone: 817-732-4111.

At approximately 11:00 a.m. we will travel to the Ridgmar Mall 2300 Green Oaks Road, Fort Worth – TELEPHONE:  817-566-0025 to enjoy lunch at the food court  and then walk to the Rave Theater to enjoy the new movie: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children rated PG13, starting at 12:50 p.m. & running 127 minutes. Younger children with a parent may view another movie with the permission of Mrs. A.

   PICK UP will be at the Rave Theater at 3:00 p.m.

                                 “He who travels has stories to tell.  
                                                                           – Gaelic Proverb


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Synopsis It is a story of a boy who, following a horrific family tragedy follows clues that take him to an abandoned orphanage on a Welsh island. This young adult book was originally intended to be a picture book featuring photographs Riggs had collected, but on the advice of an editor he used the photographs as a guide from which to put together a narrative. Riggs was a collector of photographs, but needed more for his novel. He met Leonard Lightfoot, a well-known collector. The result was a story about a boy who follows clues from his grandfather’s old photographs which lead him on an adventure to a large abandoned orphanage on a Welsh island.

The book has been a New York Times best seller. It reached the #1 spot on the Children’s Chapter Books list on April 29, 2012, after being on the list for 45 weeks.

        If you arrive late, we shall have departed with your child(ren) and will return to school.
Students are NOT to leave the bookstore, food court or theater without the approval of Dr. or Mrs. A. 

FINANCIAL: Please provide funds for a book (as low as one or two dollars – see Mrs. A), lunch, snacks and ticket priced at $5.00.
Uniform pants with a belt & red monogrammed school shirts are required.

PARENTS / FRIENDS / SIBLINGS / NEIGHBORS, are always invited to participate on our trips.

IMPORTANT DATES:
Oct. 7                                                Movie: Miss Peregrine’s Home for     Peculiar Children / Half Price Books
Oct 10                                               Columbus Day Holiday
Oct 28                                               Fossilmania (Glenrose)
Nov. 4                                                Modern Art Museum
Nov. 21-25  (Monday-Friday)          Thanksgiving / Fall Break
Dec. 1-2                                            Texas A.G.T. Conference (no school)
Dec. 20 (Tuesday)                            Last Day of Fall Semester
Dec. 21 – Jan. 4                               Winter Break Holidays
Jan. 20                                              Fort Worth Stock Show
(See William’s Weblog at andersonschool.net for trip details (posted Wed. at 6:00 p.m.)

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 “Carved on these walls is the story of America, of a continuing quest to preserve both democracy and decency, and to protect a national treasure that we call the American dream.”
President George H.W. Bush

The Spirit Human / Tiny Habits That Change Your Life / Cancer News from Biocompare / Friday: Museum of the Americas

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    God abides within.

A deeper meaning
moves the Spirit Human.
For we are truly never alone.
God abides within,
and we in His Love
Forever.

Destiny
seemingly dictates many things.
But the illusion
is that YOU
are not free
to create the World
of your tomorrow,
and Deliverance
cannot be obtained.

“Live free
and beauty surrounds you,
the world still astounds you,
each time you look at a star

Stay free,
where no walls divide you.
You’re free as the roaring tide,
so there’s no need to hide.

Born free,
and life is worth living,
but only worth living
’cause you’re born free.”
– Don Black

My Friends,
without the collective conscience
of many Hearts,
the future is
a hollow thing,
like a rusty old bell
that can never again
ring.

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Annie & Alexander          Anderson

The strongest bridge
someone can ever cross over
is your smile,
lit by the sparkle
in your eyes.

When you connect
with someone smiling back,
a moment is given birth
that did not exist before.

That moment is real,
perhaps the only reality.
And it can be nurtured,
and evolve into
Friendship, Fulfillment, Understanding,
Trust,
and a new awareness
of what Life
is really for.

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A smile
is a seed
planted in the firmament
of the moment.
And it can blossom
into many beautiful dimensions
of awareness,
and Love.

This moment
and the next,
can become one and the same,
a seed
that blossoms and grows
into the Beauty
of what was you,
all along.

“And God is able
to make all Grace abound toward you;
that ye, always having all sufficiency
in all things,
may abound to every good work.”
2 Corinthians 9:8

Believing this Life
is the end of everything
is the greatest
of illusions.

optical-illusion-cThis Life is not about you.
The pinnacle of being
is about US.
One and one,
make you,
enfolded within
the Loving Arms of God.

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              A deeper meaning

Yes,
a much deeper meaning
moves with the Spirit of God
in us.
It moves past me,
into WE,
and we become
One
with the Lord,
as are we all,
and ever and ever
will always be.

More than we as One
cannot be,
for in Truth,
in our Divinity,
there is Unity.

In the Arms of God
we feel the Oneness
of Love
that is not divisible.

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This Life is not about you.

Give your heart a beautiful song to sing.
Give your life away.
Everyone is in need.
Everyone.
In need of Hope,
Faith, Forgiveness,
Compassion –
In need
of someone to
Love.

Reach out
and give the most
precious Gift of all,
your Love.

Then,
My Friend,
you will truly feel
the beat of your own
Heart,
for it lies buried
deep within
another.

“When you do things
from your Soul,
you feel a River
moving in you,
a Joy.”
– Rumi

Give your life
Something to say,
and the breath
to say it.
Give it to another,
and say
at long last,
goodbye to sorrow.
Create a new World
of your own Tomorrow.

“Earth has no sorrow
that Heaven cannot heal”
Thomas Moore.

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Give the most precious Gift of all, your Love.

This Life
was never yours.
God gave it
for you to borrow,
and with it
to breathe Life into
another precious Human Being,
as He breathed
the Breath of Life
into you.

Tomorrow is open
and right now
it seems
to be more than enough

to just be here today,
and I don’t know
what the future is holding in store,

I don’t know where I’m going,
I’m not sure where I’ve been.
There’s a Spirit
that guides me,

a Light that shines for me,
my life is worth the living,
I don’t need to see the end.”
– John Denver

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Wield the sword of fearlessly Loving everything that is living.

When we unlock the door
to our own prison
of very, very limited vision,
we can begin the journey
to understanding,
and wield the sword
of fearlessly Loving
everything that is living,
and forget the past
of never knowing,
by forgiving –
ourselves.

Goodnight

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A moment is given birth that did not exist before.

“Joy and sorrow
are inseparable.
Together they came,
and where one
sits alone with you
at the board,
remember
the other is asleep
upon you bed.”
– Kahlil Gibran

pink-roseTiny Habits
That Could Totally Change Your Life

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                             Tiny Habits for Better Physical Health
1. Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning. We often don’t get enough water in our systems, and get so busy throughout the day that we don’t think about stopping to replenish our supply. Or we replenish with soda or coffee or tea but not water. Trigger yourself by leaving a big glass out on the counter or table. Or do what I do, and get a big travel mug with a lid. At night, I fill it up with a lot of ice and a bit of water, and in the morning it’s waiting for me: a nice, cool cup of water. Flush the toxins, kickstart your system, wake yourself up.

2. Park as far away as you can from the door. Fight the effects of a sedentary lifestyle by getting more steps into your day whenever you can. In fact, simple things like a longer stroll from the car to the door might be more effective than a vigorous work-out at counteracting the effects of long hours at a desk.

3. Eat raw fruit or vegetables with every meal. Think: a green side salad, a slice of melon, some berries, a few carrot sticks and cucumber slices. Not only will you get more nutrients in, you will also be getting in more fiber and potentially helping your body lose weight, retain energy, and decrease hunger.

4. Stand up and stretch every hour, on the hour. Trigger yourself with a beep on your phone or watch (do people still wear those?) or computer. Sitting for extended time periods is a bad idea for both your body and your brain. You need a mental and physical break, and it doesn’t have to be a big deal. Just stop, when your on-the-hour beep sounds at you. Stand up where you are, reach over your head, take a deep breath, touch your toes, roll your shoulders.

5. Carry a small bag of nuts or beef jerky everywhere you go. Something protein-rich will help stave off hunger as well as keeping you from getting to that ravenous point when you’ll eat anything in sight, no matter what the calorie count is. Getting a little more protein in your diet can help boost your metabolism and build your muscle, as well.

                                Tiny Habits for Better Mental Health
1. Ask open-ended questions. Instead of throwing out questions just so you can insert your own opinion, ask bigger, better questions. Avoid asking questions that can be answered with a simple Yes or No. Try questions that start with “What do you think about…?” and “How would you….?” or “What is your experience with…?” Then listen to the answers with the attitude that you are here to learn. Having an open perspective and initiating deeper conversations will help you to relate with others, cultivate empathy, keep your own problems in perspective, make new friends, and learn new ways of approaching life. Imagine the wisdom you would gain in five or ten years if you just have one of these conversations every week.

2. Keep a tray of art supplies out on your table/desk/shelf. Don’t force or even expect yourself to clock in a certain number of minutes or productions. Just keep them out, in reach, so that when you feel like doodling around with something artistic, it is effortless. Bonus points: switch the art medium out every week or month (pastels, crayons, watercolors, ink, clay, playdough, carving knife & wood block).

3. Sit in silence for a few minutes every day. We don’t have to call this meditation, because that might be a little too intimidating. You don’t have to sit cross-legged. You don’t have to close your eyes. You don’t have to be Zen-like in anyway. Your brain can be flying a hundred miles an hour, but don’t say or do anything. Just sit, comfortably, and breathe for a few minutes.

4. Jot down everything on your mind for a few minutes at the end of the day. This is a brain dump in the easiest way possible. It’s not a big deal like a daily journal or to-do list or planner might feel. Keep a simple notebook by the bed, and give yourself a few minutes to pour out everything that’s on your mind before you go to sleep. Don’t edit. Let it all out, in any format, in any order. It doesn’t have to make sense, even to you. Studies show that this type of writing can reduce anxiety and depression. Alternative: use a voice recorder and simply talk, in unedited stream-of-consciousness style, for a few minutes into your recorder.

5. Repeat a personal mantra to yourself when you hit stress points. Make it something simple to remember that calms you and reminds you of the important things in life. This is a simple way to retrain your brain and tell it how to respond to stress. Instead of letting stressful points send you into a panicked mode, you pull out your mantra and tell your brain that it’s going ot be okay. A few of my favorites: This too shall pass. I am stronger than I think. I can learn what I need to learn when I need to learn it. I’ve handled worse than this. I am not alone. There is freedom here. When I take responsibility, I take power.

Tiny Habits for Better Productivity and Work
1. Pretend to be your hero. When you’re faced with a challenging situation, an intimidating project, a new career leap, an important meeting, think about a hero in your industry or career. Then ask yourself what this person would do in your situation. How would she handle it? Would he be intimidated? Fearful? Or confident and calm? Now imagine yourself doing exactly what you think your would do. This helps to clarify what the right actions are for you by removing the self-doubt and negative self-talk that can bog you down in uncertainty.

2. Do a 5-minute daily review at your desk at the end of the day. Before you leave work, or from your desk at home before you wrap things up for the day (or night!), take five minutes. Write down what you accomplished in a quick, bulleted list. Write down what you didn’t accomplish that you had hoped to, and what stopped you. Don’t beat yourself up for your failures, just notice, if you can, what caused you to get off track. And notice how much you did accomplish. This type of review is a way to help your brain focus on the positive (I did accomplish something today) and will help you to become more aware of the things that tend to derail you or distract you from productive work.

3. Turn off all notifications for at least one long block of work time every day. Our brains are not adept at switching from one task to another. The single ding of an email notification or text, even if it’s about something completely unimportant, can cause you to lose up to 40% of your work time. Is it really worth it? Maybe if you have infinite time at your disposal… But we all know that you don’t. So do yourself and your career a favor, and silence all the dings and chirps for at least one long block of time (2 – 4 hours).

4. Respond to all invitations and opportunities with “I’ll check my calendar.” Stop the knee-jerk response that you give, whether it is negative or positive. Maybe you’re too quick to say no (I am). Or maybe you’re a people – pleaser and you’re too quick to say yes, and find yourself over-booked and overwhelmed. Give yourself time to evaluate each opportunity by simply making it your practice not to answer right away. Instead, say, “I’ll check my calendar and let you know.” Then, when you have a little time, check your calendar, your priorities, and determine what you can fit it in.

5. Spend 5 minutes a day thinking about the process you will take that will get you to your career goals. This is the right kind of positive visualization. Visualizing the end result doesn’t usually help you get there. But visualizing yourself doing the steps you will take to reach your end goal can help you to actually follow-through on those steps when it is time.

Tiny Habits for Better Relationships
1. Call, text, or email one friend or family member a day. Staying in touch has never been easier, but it’s all too easy to only connect with the people we see at work or the ones who just won’t stop showing up in our Facebook feed. Reach out a little further than that to stay connected with the friends and family members you value. It only takes a few minutes to invest in a relationship, with the result that you have a strong network of people around you, both near and far.

2. Write a thank you note every week. This can be an exercise solely for you: write a thank-you note to someone who’s passed on but impacted your life, and tell them all the things you wish you could say in person. Or write a note of thanks to someone who is or was part of your life and send it to that person. Cultivating gratitude helps to lessen the fear in your life. How much better would your life be if you had trained yourself to be appreciative instead of afraid?

3. End your night with a word of thanks or encouragement. This is the kind of simple habit that can make or break a lifelong relationship. Before you roll over and go to sleep, let your significant other know you accept and value him or her. You don’t have to be elaborate: “I love being with you,” or “Thanks for being there for me,” sends the right message. If you’re not in a relationship, give yourself a word of thanks or encouragement. Sounds silly? Maybe. But it can help build your confidence and keep you from letting one bad day spiral into depression.

4. Pause before you answer or respond to people. Train yourself to listen well, by giving yourself time to think up your response in that pause, not while the other person is talking. This not only shows that you value what the other person is saying (which communicates acceptance and respect) but it also gives you time to weigh your attitude and words. In a high-tension situation or stressful conversation, a simple five-second pause might be what keeps you from blowing up and ruining a relationship you value.

5. Give yourself a time out. Life happens. You’re going to hit points when you feel stressed, frustrated, angry, or impatient. That’s okay, because if you can give yourself a time-out then you can keep things in perspective. You can’t expect yourself to be a non-emotional robot, but you can train yourself to take a five-minute break from humanity when things are getting to you. Walk around the block, lock yourself in the bathroom, take a quick drive with the windows down and the music blaring. Find the “time-out chair” that works for you, and use it.

                 Tiny Habits for a Better Community and Environment
1. Take a short walk around the block with a trash bag and pick up litter. This weekly or daily ritual will help you to be more aware of how you treat your daily environment, and you never know the effect it can have on others. Sometimes just one person taking the time to make something better can spark others to take better care of things, as well.

2. Stop and say hi to your neighbors. Make it a habit to do a little more than a nod or smile. It takes just a moment, whenever you see them out, to walk over and say hello. Create a friendlier community and help the people around you get plugged in, too. Some of my best friends are neighbors who were willing to lean over the fence and chat for a minute. Now they’re the ones calling to see if I need anything when they run to the store, or offering to babysit my kids if I’m not feeling well.

3. Borrow before you buy for big purchases. It’s not always possible, but why not try it? Save money and help the environment. Make it a habit to borrow first, try it out, and see if it’s what you really need/want/must have. Then try to buy used before you buy new. Obviously this won’t apply to every big purchase… but it will apply to a lot.

4. Set aside money for giving. It can be a small amount. Really. Five dollars can make a big difference to somebody. Out of every paycheck, or every month’s total income, put aside a small bit for giving. It has to be no-strings-attached, and anonymous is the way to go whenever possible. Help out your neighbors. Donate to a charity. Buy that homeless guy a meal. We are all part of the same human family.

5. Keep your bike out where you can see it. No, you don’t have to use it… Just put it out there, in front of you, where you can eyeball it. Every day, when you run to the car and hop in. Wait, you don’t have a bike? Hmmm. Maybe call up a neighbor and see if you can borrow one.

On Friday, Sept. 30, 2016 Our destination is: The Museum of the Americas, 216 Fort Worth Highway, Weatherford, (Telephone: 817-341-8668 / 817-599-0490) and the Vintage Grill & Museum (next door). We will depart from the school at approximately 9:30 a.m. to arrive & begin our visit at 10:00 a.m.

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Our dear friend and Museum Director, Dr. Harold Lawrence, will provide a docent guided tour. Following a morning of great stories, questions and answers, and unique insights into the lives of Native Americans and cultural and philosophical perspectives, we will have time for a self-guided tour and shopping at the museum store and then enjoy lunch at the Vintage Grill and Museum (next door). Then we will return to school.

The Museum of the Americas is a jewel of Weatherford, where we can find the colorful and diverse heritage of native peoples of the Americas through a fabulous collection of 19th & 20th century artifacts, crafts and folk art. The rich cultural traditions of the people and tribes of north, central and South America are reflected in the intricate and distinctive designs of the objects they make for daily use for religious ceremonies and for trade.

FINANCIAL: Museum/Speaker Fee $5.00 Please pay Dr. A. Lunch: Please provide funds for lunch today. Gift Shop: Yes! There have wonderful gifts.

Note: Uniform pants, a belt & red monogrammed school shirt are required. No flip flops and shirts must be tucked in.
PARENTS/GUARDIANS are always invited to participate on our study/fun/adventure trips.

Students are NOT to leave the Museum or the Restaurant at any time or for any reason, without the knowledge and approval of Dr. or Mrs. Anderson.

Drop-off will be at The Anderson School at 8:30 a.m. Pick-up will be at the Anderson School at 3:15 p.m. If you have easy questions please contact us at 817-448-8484.

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IMPORTANT DATES
Sept. 6
                                              Tuition was Due for 2016-17
Sept. 30                                             Museum of the Americas/Weatherford
Oct. 7                                                 Movie: Miss Peregrine’s Home                                                                 for Peculiar Children & Half                                                                Price Books
Oct 10 (Monday)                              Columbus Day Holiday
Oct 28                                               Fossilmania (Glenrose)
Nov. 21-25  (Monday-Friday)          Thanksgiving / Fall Break
Dec. 1-2                                            Texas A.G.T. Conference (no school)
Dec. 20 (Tuesday)                            Last Day of Fall Semester
Dec. 21 – Jan. 4                               Winter Break Holidays
Jan. 20                                               Fort Worth Stock Show

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The illusion is that YOU are not free to create the World of your tomorrow.

Adrift In The Stark Eternity / Natural Wellness Programs / Friday: Half Price Books and Movie – Race

 “Love is a canvas
furnished by Nature
and embroidered
by imagination.”

– Voltaire

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               Love is a canvas.

There’s a truth in your eyes,
In the smile
On your face.
It speaks
Of a Love within,
Showing
The Beauty
Of Inner Grace.

You say it best
When,
Knowing your children
Need you
And hearing them call,
The Love in your eyes speaks,
And you need say
Nothing at all.

Between two hearts
Lies an infinity
Of Worlds,
And of words
Never said.

sun

So much more than our imagining .

Adrift in the stark Eternity
Of a singular moment,
Within countless Realms
That are but One Place,

Dwells the Spirit of the Lord,
Holding you
In Warm Embrace.

“The most pathetic person
in the world

is someone who has sight
but no vision.”
Helen Keller

Keller

Love
Is a Vision,
And so much more
Than our imagining,
A different kind of seeing,
An Intuitive knowing,
In a place
Called the Heart.

“In every living thing
there is
the desire for love.”

D.H. Lawrence

  Love
Is not material,

  But energy,
Pure energy,
The purest form known,
The powerful, dynamic,
Indeed Spiritual
Creative Force
That gives birth
To every
Living thing.

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Countless Realms that are but One Place.

Love
Stirs the Stars around,
Makes the tears
And the rain

To fall,
Gives a child
Your name to call,
And the Sun
Reason to rise.
Love Catches you
When you fall.

You were created
To love
And be loved.
To no other purpose
Were you given
The precious Gift
Of Life.

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Meister Eckhart

“The eye
through which I see God

is the same eye
through which God
sees me;

my eye
and God’s eye
are one eye,

one seeing,
one knowing,
one Love.”

My Dear Friends,
Your child

Remembers
Every day
Filled with the warmth
Of your smile.

This image of a pair of interacting galaxies called Arp 273 was released to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the launch of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The distorted shape of the larger of the two galaxies shows signs of tidal interactions with the smaller of the two. It is thought that the smaller galaxy has actually passed through the larger one.

     Love stirs the Stars around.

“I want one moment in time
When I’m more than I thought I could be
When all of my dreams are a heartbeat away
And the answers are all up to me.
Give me one moment in time

When I’m racing with destiny.
Then in that one moment of time
I will feel eternity.”
– Albert Hammond and John Bettis

In the Mathematics
Of Love,
Two are really One.
And in the Presence
Of God’s Grace,
One becomes
An infinite number
In dimensionless space,
That cannot be defined,
Only viewed as Art,
And found in a place
We know
As the Human Heart.

Keep smiling
My friend.
Your child hears
Every word
You do not speak.

Goodnight.

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               Two are really One.

“Some day some old familiar rain
will come along and know my name.
And then my shelter will be gone
and I’ll have to move along.
But ’till I do I’ll stay awhile
and track the hidden country
of your smile.”
– Jimmie Rodgers

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 A person should receive five to eight good hugs per day
in order to maintain emotional stability.

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“Being deeply loved
by someone gives you strength,
while loving someone deeply
gives you courage.”
– Lao Tzu

                                   For Friday Feb. 26, 2016

We will meet at 10:00 a.m. at Half-Price Books, located at 475 Sherry Lane, north of Ridgmar Mall –Telephone: 817-732-4111.

At approximately 11:00 a.m. we will travel to the Ridgmar Mall 2300 Green Oaks Road, Fort Worth, TX 76116 – TELEPHONE: 817-566-0025 to enjoy (burp!) lunch at the food court and then walk to the Rave Theater to enjoy the new movie: Race. Younger children may view another movie with the permission of Mrs. A.

PICK UP will be at the Rave Theater at 3:15 p.m.

  “There is no remedy for love
but to love more.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Synopsis
Track-and-field superstar Jesse Owens (Stephan James) prepares to compete in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 scheduled to start at approximately 1:00 p.m. with a runtime of 134 minutes.

Starring: Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Jeremy Irons, Carice van Houten & William Hurt

Genre: Biography, Historical drama

Students with hot popcorn have permission to sit close to Dr. A. and Diana (the munchkins).

If you arrive late, we shall have departed with your child(ren) and will return to school.

Students are NOT to leave the bookstore, food court or theater without the approval of Dr. or Mrs. A.

FINANCIAL: Please provide funds for a book (as low as one or two dollars – see Mrs. A), lunch, snacks & ticket priced at $5.40. (May be higher.)

Uniform pants with a belt & red monogrammed school shirts are required.

PARENTS / FRIENDS / SIBLINGS / NEIGHBORS, are invited to participate on our trips.

“Love is that condition
in which the happiness
of another person

is essential
to your own.”

– Robert A. Heinlein

IMPORTANT DATES:
March 4 (1:00 PM) Stolen Shakespeare Guild Monologue and Scene Competition at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center (we have several young ladies competing in the finals)
March 14-18 Spring Break Holiday
March 25 & 28 (Fri. & Mon.) Easter Holiday
April 6 (Wednesday) Screening of Hamlet at The Modern Art Museum (11:00 am)
April 29 Scarborough Renaissance Festival
May 1 Tuition Due for 2016-2017 school year
May 2 & 3 (MONDAY & TUESDAY) Annual Anderson School Shakespeare Production (Hamlet)
May 15 (SUNDAY) Preparation for Adventure Trip
May 16-20 Adventure Trip to Little Rock, Ark.
May 20 Last Day of School
(See William’s Weblog at andersonschool.net for trip details (posted Wed. at 6:00 p.m.)

“The failure to read good books robert
both enfeebles the vision
and strengthens our most fatal tendency
– the belief that the here and now
is all there is.”

– Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind

TRUNK

Folks, this is the kind of trunk
that our wonderful Director, George Rodriguez,
would like to use in our upcoming production
of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Quarto One .
If you know of one we could borrow
or buy, please let us know.
Thanks!

A . n . d . e . r . s . o . n
FOR THE GIFTED, TALENTED & MOVIE FANATICS
And precocious children are appreciated.

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   Love can only viewed as Art.

A Father to Many, A Savior to Me / Nearer My God to Thee / Friday: Half Price Books and FLIGHT DECK

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Please take the kid for a walk.

There are many stories to tell.
And our children love to hear them.
Some tell of hope, survival and salvation,
Some of Love everlasting.

As I stood at grave of a man I deeply admired and loved, beyond belief, I paused to reflect upon the meaning of his life, and mine. He first appeared to me at the tender age of ten. His name, Werner Bendorf, and his life is forever engraved in my memory and alive in my heart. He still lives in my life, day by day, between every beat of my heart, he smiles, he laughs, he is vibrant in my memory and still shares his love. My heart continues to beat because of his deep and abiding love, because the depth of his compassion was far greater than anything I had ever known.

He became the Father I never knew. He was a Father to many young souls, and a Savior to me.

When we practice
Loving kindness and compassion
we are the first ones to profit.
– Rumi

I was visiting, at the invitation of my friend and neighbor, Roger Carter, Boy Scout Troop 17. We had earlier formed a club, the Fox Club, in our neighborhood for the purpose, unbelievably today, of “doing good” for others.

Our club of three, met on the banks of the infamous Gonzales creek to plan good things to do and lay the groundwork for combating evil. Seriously, we met for that purpose. We had great plans to right wrongs.

Television was a big influence. You may remember Superman and the Lone Ranger and Roy Rogers, among others. But the dynamic and good person that I found in Roger Carter, was far greater. He always thought of others and sought to help people in any way that he could. He became for me, and many others, a personal hero.

I was ten at the time, and Roger was older. As a Patrol Leader in the Troop, he wanted another member. And when I arrived to visit, at the tender age of ten, I discovered that he really did need another member, since he was the only member of the, you guessed it, Fox Patrol. I imagined that he elected himself the Leader garnering 100% of the vote. I knew I would have voted for him, and later I did.

“There are only two ways to live your life:
as though nothing is a miracle,
or as though everything is a miracle.”
– Albert Einstein

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Dr. Lester Kuperman

The one other Patrol in the Scout Troop had ALL of the other members in Troop 17 (about twenty five boys). Yes, I thought it was strange, until I thought more about it.

“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.”                 – A. A. Milne

And the Senior Patrol Leader was none other than Lester Kuperman, who you may know today is Dr. Lester Kuperman, a highly respected Orthodontic Specialist serving the citizens of Fort Worth (including, by the way, our daughter, Annie, when she was younger). I paid him a visit a few years ago and truly enjoyed seeing him after all these years. Yes, I highly recommend him to you. He is a man of integrity.

I thought it strange that Roger was, by himself, the entire Fox Patrol. I just knew there would be other members. So I joined the Patrol of one and, together, we were the Fox Patrol, evolved from the Fox Club. It made sense though, because the Boy Scout slogan was, “Do a Good Turn Daily”, which reflected the purpose of the Fox Club. read more

“Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find all the barriers
within yourself
that you have built against it.”
– Rumi

Later, I would come to realize that Roger was a singular, unique and lone young man because he was not like the others. He was, and remained until his death, dedicated to being a good, kind and truly compassionate person. And since no one else held to this standard, he was truly alone and deeply admired by me. Time would see him evolve into a jet pilot and heroic fighter.

The others in this large Troop were rascals, dedicated to having a good time, even at your expense. Yes, Lester had his work cut out for him, corralling these rascals. And he exerted Herculean efforts to mold them into shape. Yes, he was very successful!

“When you Love
you should not say,

“God is in my heart,”
but rather,
“I am in the Heart of God.”
– Rumi

Our Fox Patrol meetings were, essentially, time for planning “Good Deeds”, while the others were satisfied, as I recall, with pranks and games and some “put down” kinds of things. Let’s face it, they were just having a good time.

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Werner with Alex & Annie Anderson.

Now, into this mix arrived a truly remarkable man, a new Scoutmaster, Werner Bendorf. He was much more remarkable than I ever realized at the time, and was to me, a Gift from God and my personal Savior. And his story is both remarkable and unbelievable. And I would love to share it with you.

“I’ve learned that if you pursue happiness,
it will elude you.
But if you focus on your family,
the needs of others, your work,
meeting new people,
and doing the very best you can,
happiness will find you.”

– author unknown

In growing up, I thought life was difficult. But I had no idea what difficult meant. Werner shared with me stories from his life. Then I knew what the word meant. And I became truly grateful for the Blessings bestowed upon me by my precious Mother, Marie, and Werner and Donald and so very many others. In recognizing the seemingly impossible obstacles others have had to overcome to survive, we gain perspective and a depth of appreciation.

Later, when I dry my tears, I will share some of the unbelievable stories Werner told me about surviving the evil of the holocaust. He and his wife hid in the attic of a farm house for over three years. From the floor to the peak of the attic was about 3 & 1/2 feet. And the discomforts only began there. I could not believe they had a baby during this time. But more about their inspiring story of survival later.

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My Mother, Marie, and Werner Bendorf, present the Eagle Scout Award to a younger me (age 12).

Remembering Werner always brings my heart closer to God. The words of John Newton’s beloved song, “Amazing Grace” touch each of us with Truth in a Grace of its own. And I now know that “home” is a place found deeply embedded in my heart. It is a place where Werner and his family have resided for many years.

And in his heart, I found something difficult to believe. After all the suffering, the loss of precious lives and the horror found everywhere, Werner led me to the threshold of something far more powerful than guns and bombs and torture and the pure evil of murderous minds. He opened his wounded Heart to show me his forgiveness. And I have never been the same since that day filled with such Amazing Grace.

“Through many dangers, toils and snares…
we have already come.
T’was Grace that brought us safe thus far…
and Grace will lead us home.”
– John Newton

Troop 17 camped out every other weekend, rain or shine, hail or high winds. Nothing stopped us from our adventures, except the summer heat. From September to June, we explored every possible terrain.

There are so many stories to share and I simply do not know where to start. I am not sure how I survived my younger days, but God had to be beside me. Allow me to elucidate.

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Making it to the top of motorcycle hill had to be easier than making it to the bottom!

We were camping at the base of what was called Motorcycle Hill, just outside of Mineral Wells. In my mind, nothing was challenging enough, ever. That’s called being a “Rascal”. And brother, I was!

It was about 1961. And brave young men frequently attempted to ride their motorcycles all the way to the top of this very, very steep and high hill. Few made to the top. You can just imagine the trip back down with your motorcycle following you or on top, when you failed.

The pace of activities at camp was not up to my standard, so, alone, I climbed up motorcycle hill, from the backside. At the top, I decided to run down the steep incline where so many others, on their motorcycles, had failed to reach the top. Yes, I was young and in love with daring adventures and living on the edge!

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True wisdom lies in gathering the precious things out of each day as it goes by.    – E. S. Bouton

I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, but gravity was about to become my teacher of the year. And it sure looked like fun! So off I went, running down the extremely steep and dangerous hill, by myself. And yes, I picked up so much speed that I really needed to STOP and very quickly. I could not keep my legs under me.

About half way down, I spotted a large flat rock off to the right side and decided to “land” on top and thereby prevent death. So I did. I landed on top and instantly, and I do mean instantly, a LARGE rattlesnake came from underneath the giant bolder and struck at my right leg. I did not stay long. We had nothing to share in a conversation. I leaped off the rock just as the rattle snake opened his large mouth, replete with splendid looking fangs, and moving very, very fast toward my uninvited foot.

Apparently, I disturbed his rest. And did I ever move fast. I bounced off that rock so fast and so high that I should have had a pilot’s license. I think that this is the moment when I fell in love with flying and (very quickly) began my search for God. I was headed in the right direction (up!).

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We are made kind by being kind.               – Eric Hoffer

It was then that I noticed I had another problem. I was very high in the air and about half way down the infamous motorcycle hill. Oh hell! I had to, and I mean had to, stay on my feet and run, what felt like eighty miles an hour, to the base of this impossibly steep hill.

In a way, the rattle snake really did save my life. I learned about something to avoid. Stopping, although briefly, on the rock did slow my decent. And I became highly motivated to end this misadventure. All I thought about at that moment was being at the base of this hill, unknown to anyone, battered and bruised from tumbling all the way down, perhaps unconscious and having highly deadly venom from a large rattlesnake coursing its way up my leg toward my rapidly beating heart. Assuming, of course, that I survived the fall! What doesn’t kill you makes you never try that again.

Well, I actually made it to the bottom, alive. The landing found me tumbling and dizzy. And I was so happy that no one was watching. And did I share this story with anyone? Heck no!  No one wants to admit to this level of stupidity, uh, I mean adventure (gulp!).

Love is the Universal language.

Love is the Universal language.

Scouting taught me many, many things. And one was to bounce off things and run like the wind, perhaps, even taking flight. It’s a philosophical bent. I did tell the others that I went hunting for rattlesnakes and found one. Having grown up in West Texas, I failed to share that a rattlesnake actually went hunting for me. Which proved I was a fisherman at heart.

Hey, it wasn’t the dumbest thing I’ve ever done, but close. We’ll save those other stories for later. Remind me to tell you about my high flying dance with death when I took my one and only lesson to become a pilot. The instructor failed to tell me I was not a stunt pilot. A few cows failed to show up for milking. Hey, it looked like a landing strip to me! Moooooove over. And no, I did not see the barbed wire fence. In fact, I do not recall seeing the instructor get out of the plane or what was left of it. I think he was glued to his seat. He did scream a little. God watches over us, even when we are high in air or, as I call it, nearer my God to Thee.

Mom only had one child. And I never wondered why.

Philosophy Program For This Week:
This is for Carter who is unable to be with us this week.
I know you did not want to miss the program.

Holographic Universe
The perceptions we observe
may well be coming from an artificial source.
click here to view movie
The Holographic universe suggests
that the physical world we believe to be real
is in fact illusion.
Energy fields are decoded by our brains
into a 3D picture,
to give the illusion of a physical world. 

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 “The Earth may not be
the center of the Universe,
But you are.”
– Wm. C. Anderson

Plans for FRIDAY:

For Friday Nov. 13, 2015

By Popular DEMAND!
We will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Half-Price Books, located at 475 Sherry Lane, north of Ridgmar Mall –Telephone: 817-732-4111.

We will then meet at Flight Deck (817) 246-2710 (info@fdtp.com) located a half mile west of Ridgmar Mall, at the Cherry Lane exit off I-30, at 7751 Scott St. in Fort Worth, to enjoy jumping and acting, otherwise, a little abnormal.

                      PICK UP will be at FLIGHT DECK at 2:30 p.m.

         “The two most important days in your life
are the day you are born

    and the day you find out why.”
      – Mark Twain

DESTINATIONS: FLIGHT DECK is where FUN and fitness take flight! It integrates rebounding (trampoline jumping) along with strength and flexibility training. Reconnect with your inner child. Flight Deck features a mix of aerobics, core strengthening, coordination & flexibility exercises. * YOU WILL NEED WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM YOUR PARENTS (contact Flight Deck (817) 246-2710 / or go ONLINE: info@fdtp.com for the form and instructions. Print it, have it signed and bring it with you.

If you arrive late, we shall have departed with your child(ren) and will return to school.  Please call if you will be late.

Students are NOT to leave the bookstore, restaurant or take flight
from the flight deck without the approval of Dr. A. He is well known for
melodramatic swoons and fainting spells if you are missing and it is a bit much for Mrs. A.

FINANCIAL: The cost for Flight Deck is approximately $12.00 for our one hour – please pay at the Flight Deck. And please provide funds for a good book and for lunch. Refreshments: Yes!

Uniform pants with a belt & red monogrammed school shirts are required. PARENTS / FRIENDS / NEIGHBORS, are always invited to participate on our trips.

IMPORTANT DATES:
Nov. 12 Shakespeare Scene and Monologue Competition
Nov. 20 Texas Civil War Museum (Avoid wearing blue!)
Nov. 23 – 27 (Monday – Friday) Thanksgiving / Fall Break
Dec. 3 – 4 Texas A.G.T. Conference (No school)
Dec. 18 Last Day of Fall Semester
Dec. 21 – Jan. 4 Winter Break Holidays
Jan. 22 Fort Worth Stock Show
March 18 DFW New Auto Show in Fort Worth
April 29 Scarborough Renaissance Festival
A. n . d . e . r . s . o . n

                          “Happiness is someone to love,
                                        something to do
                              and something to hope for.”
                                                            – Chinese proverb