There Are Things We Cannot Deny / All-Natural Products That Pose Absolutely NO Risk / School Again – Tuesday, Jan. 7

“We’re heading for something,
Somewhere I’ve never been.
Sometimes I am frightened.
But I’m ready to learn,
Of the
Power of Love.”
.
Wolfgang Detmann, Jennifer Rush,
Mary Susan Applegate, Gunther Mende

We are
yearning to know
the Source of our Existence,
the Meaning
of our Life.

And in contemplating
the seemingly unfathomable,
we may come realize
that in the depths
of our Hearts,
in our Love
for our Children,
and in our Love
for ourselves,
and our Love for each other,
and in the Love
of God,
is the ultimate meaning
of Life,
the understanding,
the Hope
for all
Mankind.

one-white-flower

     A vivacious Love of Life and Living.

Our quest
to understand
the Beautiful Abstract Art
that is Life,
invites you to discover
something about yourself,
and your Maker,
and
about the meaning
of Life itself.

It is not easy to comprehend
our Portraits,
drawn from the struggles
to survive,
blended as they are
with the illusions of Life
and of Living.

In each moment,
we stand at a
crossroads
and sigh.
For,
there are things
we cannot
deny.
.
One is,
that without Love,
we will surely
die.

Nowhere
to be found,
is Love
never felt.

Nowhere
to be heard,
is a Song
never sung.

In the darkness
of silence
we
cannot remain,
we cannot
survive.

“Hello darkness,
My old Friend,

I’ve come to talk with you again.
Because a Vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping.
And the Vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains,
Within the sound
Of silence.

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a streetlamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence.

And in the naked Light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking,
People hearing without listening,
People writing songs that voices never share.
No one dare
Disturb the sound of silence.

Fools
said I,
“You do not know.

Silence like a cancer grows.
..
Hear my words
that I might teach you.

Take my arms that I might reach you.
But my words like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of
silence

Simon & Garfunkel

Nowhere to be heard, is a Song never sung.

Our reason for Being
appears
to be open to interpretation.
Our representation on Earth,
in such brevity
as is this one brief moment,
is as fleeting
as the movement of clouds
across the horizon
of our sky.

“From this moment Life has begun.
From this moment you are the one.
Right beside you is where I belong
From this moment on.

From this moment I have been blessed
I live only for your happiness
And for your Love I’d give my last breath.
From this moment on.

I give my hand to you with all my heart
Can’t wait to live my life with you, can’t wait to start
You and I will never be apart
My dreams came true because of you

From this moment as long as I live
I will Love you,
I promise you this

There is nothing I wouldn’t give
From this moment on.

You’re the reason I believe in Love
And you’re the answer to my prayers from up above.
All we need is just the two of us
My dreams came true because of you.

From this moment as long as I live
I will Love you,
I promise you this

From this moment
I will love you as long as I live.
From this moment on.”

Robert John Lange

many-flowers-b

         He has made everything Beautiful.

Understanding
the Work of Art
that is your Child,
requires a truly open mind,
devoid of Judgement.
When you look at the Living Portrait
of such a precious Gift,
what do you see?

Whirling shapes,
appearing at times
to approach the speed of Light,
seemingly weightless,
colorfully arrayed patterns
in constant motion.

I know.
Children seem to be
that way.

But look closely,
and you will see
in the language of Nature,
and in the Nature of
your precious Child,
is a vivacious Love
of Life and Loving and Laughter,
and truly Living.

green-leaves

            In the language of Nature.

Pure energy and cosmic flow,
a Divine message
that in the dynamic of Life,
is the Divinity of Love.

They are Beautifully
intertwined.
They are
one.

“Morning has broken,
like the first morning.

Blackbird has spoken,
like the first bird.

Praise for the singing,
praise for the morning.

Praise for them springing
fresh from the Word.

Sweet the rain’s new fall,
Sunlit from Heaven.

Like the first dew fall,
on the first grass.

Praise for the sweetness
of the wet garden.

Sprung in completeness
where his feet pass.

Mine is the Sunlight,
mine is the Morning.

Born of the One Light,
Eden saw play.

Praise with elation,
praise every morning.

God’s re-creation
of the new day.”

Cat Stevens, Eleanor Farjeon

My Dear Friends,
we are called to reflect
upon the Life
of our ancestors.
.
As we gaze into the eyes
of our Children,
Love,
Honor,
and Cherish
our Mother Earth.
Walk upon Her lightly.
And wish Happiness and Kindness
to all Hearts,
to all Life.

Thank God
for the Wondrous Creations,
and Thank Him
for YOU
being
you.

For you
are the  most
wondrous Creation
of all.

“Perhaps Love
is like a resting place,

A shelter from the storm.
It exists to give you comfort.
It is there to keep you warm
And in those times of trouble
When you are most alone
The memory of Love will bring you Home.

Perhaps Love is like a window
Perhaps an open door
It invites you to come closer
It wants to show you more.
And even if you lose yourself,
And don’t know what to do,
The memory of Love will see you through.

Oh, Love to some is like a cloud,
To some as strong as steel,
For some a way of living,
For some a way to feel.
And some say Love is holding on,
And some say letting go.
And some say Love is everything,
And some say they don’t know.

Perhaps Love is like the ocean:
Full of conflict, full of change,
Like a fire when it’s cold outside,
Or thunder when it rains.
If I should live forever,
And all my dreams come true,
My memories of Love will be of
you
John Denver

WHAT
will withstand the passage
of time?
The song
your Life will sing
will make one think and reflect
upon the Beauty
and brevity
of Life.

Blessings
are all around us.
Just become aware of them.
It is easy
to lose focus on what we have,
and on what we lack.
But,
thinking such as this,
is detrimental
to you,
and all those
who cherish you,
and Love you.

The great Blessing
that comes from having a Child
is the intense Love and Joy
that overcomes you when your child
is what you are thinking of.
.
This Love you feel
will make you want to protect
and Pray for them,
and give them the greatest Life
and all the Love
that you can.
And then,
My Friend,
let God do the rest
in bringing up
your child.

Life is a Beautiful Gift.
And,
a child received by
a grateful Mother and Father,
is as Beautiful and Precious
as anything we find in nature.

Goodnight.

Someone’s lost the plan

For the Brotherhood of Man.

And no one’s 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.

And will the grass be gone from underneath the sky?

Will the golden flower wither soon and die?

Will the fire burn out the land?

And the sea fill-up with sand?

Will the last word ever spoken
be
why?
.
Roger Whittaker 

All-Natural Products That Pose Absolutely NO Risk
from Natural News
http://www.naturalnews.com

Keeping harmful chemicals in your home puts both children and pets at risk (as well as adults), especially if they accidentally get into them when you’re not looking. That’s why it’s best to use all-natural products that pose absolutely NO risk, except to your target.

Below are ways to effectively deter ants naturally, provided by Mother Nature Network.

Lemon Juice – Spraying pure lemon juice in or around openings near your home can prevent the pests from entering.

Kylee found several new friends.

Kylee found several new friends at the Zoo.

Cinnamon – Ground, oil or combined with ground cloves, both fill your home with warm, seasonal scents and deter ants if sprinkled in their paths.

Peppermint – either by itself, or combined with equal parts water can be mixed and sprayed directly at the ants or along their pathways.

Coffee grounds – place used coffee grounds in the cracks near their entryway. The coffee deters the ants, forcing them to set up shop somewhere else.

Chalk – Drawing a line around windows or doorway entries has kept ants at bay for some. You can usually find chalk at home improvement stores, some of which come in a squeeze bottle, making application easy.

Baking soda and powdered sugar – Mixing baking soda and powdered sugar in jar lids and placing them in strategic corners can greatly reduce ant populations.

Hot water and dish soap – Filling a spray bottle with soap and hot water can work very effectively against ants. Also, food items that attract ants, such as honey jars, can be placed on a small water-filled saucer to prevent the insects from reaching it.

Rylee, Kylee and Kayla loved the birds.

Rylee, Kylee and Kayla loved feeding the birds.

Vinegar plus equal parts water isn’t just great for cleaning your kitchen counter tops and floors but has been known to sufficiently kill unwanted insects. Pouring the solution where the ants have their nest is key. You can also mix vinegar with peppermint for an extra kick that gets rid of them faster.

Cream of wheat – Posts on Helpful Gardener say cream of wheat takes care of ant infestations. After eating the cream of wheat, rolled oats, dry cornmeal or grits, it swells up in their guts and their stomachs explode.

We love the Fort Worth Zoo.

We love the Fort Worth Zoo.

There are so many effective ways to control ants, or other insects, without using toxic chemicals. Next week, I may focus on helping to control the Uncles! And later, the pesky cousins.

Sources:
http://www.mnn.com
http://www.spraguepest.com
http://www.helpfulgardener.com
http://lifehacker.com
http://www.apartmenttherapy.com
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com

Also from Natural News: For decades, top officials at the Environmental Protection Agency (PEA) were aware that a compound approved for agricultural use in the United States was wiping out the Honeybee population, but they chose to ignore the compound’s effects in deference to pressure from agri-giant corporations.

I that Dr. A setting the good example for lunch? And what's with the fur coat?

Is that Dr. A setting a good example for lunch? And, what’s with the fur coat?

Worse, the agency reacted harshly to anyone within the EPA who attempted to bring the issue to light, including through firings, forced reassignments and other actions.According to a scholarly study [PDF] compiled by researcher Rosemary Mason, “on behalf of a global network of independent scientists, beekeepers and environmentalists,” and published on the website of MIT, “We have found evidence to show that the herbicide glyphosate (or alternatives) the primary substance found in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide – became a global best-selling herbicide because the public was told by industry and the regulators that it was ‘safe.’ “
Travis showed us his two handed method.

Travis showed us his two handed method.

The results have been disastrous. The heavy use of glyphosate has led to the rise of so-called “superweeds” that are resistant to the herbicide. And there is another compound that was approved by the EPA — over the objections of scientists — that has had a devastating effect on the nation’s honeybee population: clothianidin, which is used for seed treatment on corn and canola, by Bayer.

Alden showed us the finer points of befriending the feathered ones.

Alden showed us the finer points of befriending the feathered ones.

        ‘Honeybees are going extinct’

According to this EPA document describing clothianidin [PDF], it “is highly toxic to honey bees on an acute contact basis,” and “has the potential for toxic chronic exposure to honey bees, as well as other non-target pollinators, through residues in nectar and pollen. “In Honey bees, the effects of this toxic chronic exposure may include lethal effects in the larvae and reproductive effects in the queen,”. Her research team found additional evidence of corporate/EPA cover-up regarding the effects of clothianidin.
This 99-page EPA memorandum, [PDF] noted, in part:The major risk concerns are with aquatic free-swimming and benthic invertebrates, terrestrial invertebrates, birds and mammals.Clothianidin is an insecticide that is both persistent and systemic. Acute toxicity studies to honey bees show that clothianidin is highly toxic on both a contact and an oral basis.

Tests and field studies, as well as incident reports suggest the potential for long term toxic risk to honey bees and other beneficial insects.

A number of EPA scientists – those with integrity, anyway – have tried along the way to sound the alarm – over both glyphosate and clothianidin.

In a piece for The Huffington Post, former EPA scientist Evaggelos Vallianatos wrote that honeybees were on the verge of extinction.
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Here is a beneficial insect pollinating a third of America’s crops, especially fruits and vegetables, and we thank the fragile and highly beneficial honeybees with stupefying killing.

A good time was had by all at the beautiful Fort Worth Zoo.

A good time was had by all at the beautiful Fort Worth Zoo. Please take your family for a relaxing, wonderful time.

Poisoning of honeybees became routine in the mid-1970s with the EPA’s approval of neurotoxins encapsulated in dust-size particles that took days to release their deadly gas. He further noted that some of his colleagues have tried to denounce the EPA actions, but the agency reacted “with fury” after one EPA ecologists discovered neurotoxic plastic spheres in the gut of a queen honeybee, which “meant poison in the honey.

“It forced the scientist out of his laboratory and into paper pushing in Washington. Approval of the industry’s neurotoxins expanded to cover most major crops. This meant honeybees had less and less space to search for food without dying,” Villianatos wrote. Read the entire Mason report here [PDF].

Sources: http://people.csail.mit.edu [PDF]
http://www.epa.gov [PDF]
http://beyondpesticides.org [PDF]
http://www.huffingtonpost.com
http://science.naturalnews.com
Learn more:
http://www.naturalnews.com

Please Note: LeVonna and I maintain a honeybee hive behind our home. Honeybees have thrived on our property for decades. We have lived in harmony and have treasured their presence. The wildflowers we keep during the Spring and Summer, in front of the school, are beautiful to see and they are for our Friends – OUR beautiful and precious HONEY BEES.

But more importantly, the Flowers are grown without the use of pesticides and benefit our precious, life sustaining honey bees and many other beautiful creations, such as spectacular moths, mosquito eating and unbelievably beautiful Dragonflies, our precious friends the Praying Mantises, our bountiful and beautiful life saving birds and many others.

 

 

Believing In Each Other / The Healing Power of Music / Friday: Christmas Party at School

Among
the greatest of Blessings
is the Gift
of what we
Believe.
And the Gift
of Believing
in each other
can become truly
unbelievable.

What lay before us
in our Friendships,
and in our Trust,
can surpass all
knowing.

And,
knowing you,
is seeing
me.

“We Believe each other
into Being.”
Jennifer Michael Hecht

Beyond
the Horizon
of Life and Living,
is all the
Love
we will ever need.

“Greater Love has no one than this,
than to lay down one’s Life for his friends.”
John 15:13

My Dear Friends,
with every breath
you take,
you save the Life
of another,
another moment,
another new dawn,
another Beautiful Day,
and YOU.

To take this
moment
in your hands
and warmly embrace
Today,
will give you
the Gift
of JOY.

Being focused
on what you are doing,
will make you
the Happiest person
you can be.
Happiness
is found
by Living in the
NOW.

              Happening right NOW !

Research
tells us
that people spend
nearly half of the Time
thinking about something
other than
what they are doing.
They think ahead,
or of the past,
or they dream
during the day.
They
allow the fragile
and very Human mind
to wander.

My Friends,
things that are
not happening right NOW,
are the least engaging,
and can be destructive
to our Happiness.

“A Human Mind
is a wandering mind.
And a wandering mind
is an unhappy mind.
The ability to think about
what is NOT happening,
is a cognitive achievement
that comes at an
emotional COST.”
from Journal Science

There is more
than Life
in THIS moment,
more than Love,
more than
ALL
the Blessings from
Above.

THIS
moment in Time
is a Belief
in Tomorrow.
It is
HOPE
to end all
sorrow,
and the WONDER
of it all,
Today,
not Tomorrow.

              Cast into the vast Unknown.

The Children
of yesterday
grant pardon
for all that
has been done.
They
are now grown
or gone.

“I believe that we are here for each other,
not against each other.
Everything comes from an understanding
that you are a gift in my life.”
John Denver

The distance between
the shores of your departure
in days gone by,
and the Horizon
of your Dreams,
is Infinite.

YOU,
and you alone,
shape this moment
into everything
that will be.

The Rays of the
Sun
are cast into
the vast Unknown
never to return.
Much like
the Hope in our
Hearts,
when Love shines
bright
in its Infinite
Sojourn.

Blessings
are all around.
Our need
is to become aware of them.
.

It is so easy
to lose focus
on what we are doing
and start living in the
past,
or the imagined past
of Tomorrow.
But this is detrimental
to our Joy
in the moment.

Life
is a Beautiful
Gift.

The perfume
of Creation
is spilled all over
our Sacred Planet.
To open the doors
of opportunity and possibility
in every area of Life,
just open your
eyes,
open your ears,
and open your Heart
.
.
There is a
Key
to unlock
the Beautiful and Bountiful
Mysteries of this Life
.
It is
awareness:
a profound and intense
knowing
that YOU are
here,
in this Sacred moment of
Time.

The greatest Life
that you can Live,
lies in bringing up the
Child
you are,
and in letting God
do the rest.

The intense Love and Joy
your can feel
is as Beautiful and precious
as anything to be found
in nature.

Goodnight.

 

 

 

 

In the Eyes of God / Sept. 3 (Tuesday) is the First Day of Fall Semester

              A cast of one.

When places distant
call,
all are tales of Love
at Heart,
destiny ignited
by acts of deep reflection.

This day can form a lonely stage
upon which we play,
a cast of one
in search of none.
But to share today,
and search for Love
to come our way,
is to gently tread
with our Heart,
and not our head.

                 Search for Love.

In such clam surrender
we end our day,
failing to explore
never ending trails
that lead to such Splendor
as we have never known.

The awareness of all the Love
that lies within the Human Spirit
is truly empowering.
It is the birth
of our Sacred Reality.

You are a beautiful Masterpiece,
a work of Art
unparalleled in all Creation.
Crafted with such Love
that you have been revealed
in a New Reality.
Words falter
in describing the Truth
of just how beautiful
you really are.
In the Eyes of God,
with ever step you take,
you dance.
With ever breath,
you sing.
And with every thought of Love,
you pour the essence of your being
into everyone around you,
creating Sacred waves
in the vast Ocean of time.
A lonely stage

You are
a Pristine form of God’s Love.
The Purity of this Love
can effortlessly heal
those around you
and allow them to cope with
the ILLUSION that is
Living.

      Revealed in a New Reality.

Our Sacredness
is encoded into every
fragile cell of Human Life.
It can emerge
from the wasteland of living
and become our Consciousness
in a new birth
of freedom and deliverance.

The choice
is yours.

As Micheal Forrester clearly establishes:
“Scientists are aware that 97% of our DNA is,
as they call it “junk DNA”.
They call it junk because they don’t see
that we have any use for it.
But Humans will soon know and understand
why 97% of our DNA has a higher purpose
and why its transformation is leading us
into an awakening that we
never could have imagined.”
This discovery points to the significance
of sound frequencies and vibrations
in the origin of human life
and the possibility that Creation
was generated by waves of
consciousness.
read more

      Unparalleled in all Creation.

Did we really think
that what constitutes almost all of
each precious Human Creation
would be worthless, “Junk”?
Really?

We have assumed for many years
that Humans use only a small portion
of our brains.
Less than 10% is frequently cited.
We even hear that there’s a part of our brain
that’s not used at all.
.
But from an evolutionary perspective,
there is not much waste to what our bodies do.
Most of the brain is used.
.
Imaging studies that map brain activity
like PET scans and MRI
show that brain activity is spread
throughout the brain.
.
Consciousness can exist to varying degrees
among humans and other animals.
A new theory incorporates the philosophy
that a quality of mind is not only present in Humans,
but in all things.
.
We know so very little.
Bu science is powerful.

We may never be able to understand.
Max Born and Erwin Schrödinger
created a new field of physics:
quantum mechanics.
Objects, according to quantum theory,
no longer move along a single well-defined path.
Rather, they can simultaneously take different paths
and end up at different places at once.
Physicists speak of quantum superposition
of different paths.
.
Our knowledge
of the true nature of our reality
is very, very limited.
.
In fact,
we may never be able
to understand.
.
“But the natural man receiveth not
the things of the Spirit of God:
for they are foolishness unto him:
neither can he know them,
because they are spiritually discerned.”
1 Corinthians 2:14
.
A Human embryo
in the early weeks of Life,
while in utero, “in the womb”,
in the state of an embryo or fetus
is nearly 98 percent water.

Couple this fact
with the knowledge
that matter, of which we are made,
is flashing into and out of existence
billions of times each second.

So where do, what constitutes
so little of we go,
when what we are composed of
flashes off?
Another dimension?
Perhaps that’s why
we are dead tired
ever now and then.

The next time someone says,
“I don’t think you are
all here”,
they may be right!
Or perhaps,
you never were
here.

It is now generally believed
that less than 5% of the physical composition
of the known Universe is made up of ‘matter’.
But scientists are now asking,
.
“Could the actual percentage
of the physical composition be
zero?”

In the early weeks of Life we are 98% water.

My Dear Friends,
a road map
to a Life fulfilled
has been gently and Lovingly placed
in a Book,
The Holy Bible.
And God wants to place it
gently
into your hands.
It is the Oasis
for all Life
in this moral desert in which
we dwell.
It is a Holy Fountain,
a Book of Secrets
to Immortality.

In your fragile and precious hands
you will feel the greatest freedom
that exists in this life,
to open it,
to open your Heart,
to open the Book of Life
and find your journey complete,
to find the long night is over.

Such Splendor as we have never known.
Yes,
you’ve got to walk
that lonesome highway.
But
never again
by yourself.
Never again.
.

We are all dancing
away the time
through the stained glass windows
of fading colors
longing to gleam bright.

Perhaps
the most beautiful path
to follow
in seeking a calm surrender
in our search for Love
can be found in
“Annie’s Song”,
by John Denver.

Our precious little girl,
Annie,
was named after this
truly beautiful and deeply inspiring
song.

“Come let me love you
Let me give my life to you
Let me drown in your laughter
Let me die in your arms
Let me lay down beside you
Let me always be with you
Come let me love you
Come love me again”
John Denver

In the beautiful story of
The Secret Garden,
there is a hidden door.
In every precious Human Heart
there is also
a hidden door.
Your Loving Father
in Heaven above
wants you to
OPEN it.

May God always hold you
in the Palm of His Hand.
And may you always hold
His comforting Words
in the palm
of your hand.
.

Goodnight.

2019-20 Anderson School Calendar

First Semester

Sept. 3 – Dec. 20   2019

Sept. 3 (Tuesday)                              First Day of Semester
Final Calendar dates: To Be Arranged.

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(to be announced later) for In-service Training.
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A Song Begins to Form / Surprising Mental Benefits of Clean Eating / Friday: at School (Shakespeare Rehearsal)

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

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

Remembering my precious “Kirby”.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Grace, amazing Grace,
takes the powerful nature of Love
to the next level.
Grace is the width, and depth, and breadth of Love
reaching out, rippling across the ponds of time
to reach into the Hearts
of the lost and searching.
Grace is the freeing element of Love.”
Antwuan Malone
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I am rendered silent
when trying to fathom
the “Grace” of God’s Love.
How great is the Love of our Father?
Were we to spend our entire Life
trying to comprehend,
we could never grasp
its depth.

“Yea,
I have Loved thee

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

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

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

Annie and Alex, ages 8 and 5 (1992)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Goodnight

What God provides in Nature, nurtures me.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Less packaged, more whole

The term “clean eating” is trendy nowadays.

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

But what does it mean exactly?

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

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

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

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

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

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

But there are exceptions.

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

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

Sound simple?

For the most part, it is.

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

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

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

Food-mood connection 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Healthy diet, enhanced mood

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

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

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

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

A “sweeter” outlook, naturally

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tips to Get Started

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

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

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

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

Examples of “Clean Eating” Foods

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

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

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

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

Cooking Tip

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

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

Beneath the beautiful canopy of God’s Eternal Love.

IMPORTANT  DATES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  The illusions of Life

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

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

   A portal to a redefining moment

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

All safe and Blessed
we shall meet at last.”

Catharine Amalia Dorothea von Schlegel, 1752

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

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

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

“Deep Peace”

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

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

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

Deep peace, deep peace.”

Every Sunrise felt by your Sacred Heart

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

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

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

Peace to you.
Peace.”
– Marc Byrd

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

Goodnight.

What Every Child Needs For Good Mental Health

Mental Health America (MHA) permits electronic copying and sharing of all portions of its website.

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

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

Basics for a child’s good physical health:

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

Basics for a child’s good mental health:

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

Give children unconditional love.

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

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

Nurture children’s confidence and self-esteem.

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

Make time for play!

Encourage Children to Play

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

Children Need Playmates

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

Parents Can be Great Playmates

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

Play for Fun

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

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

TV use should be monitored

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

School should be fun!

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

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

Provide appropriate guidance and instructive discipline

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

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

Suggestions on Guidance and Discipline

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

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

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

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

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

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

Provide a safe and secure home.

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

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

Signs of Fear

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

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

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

When to seek help

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

Warning Signs

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

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

Learn more about specific mental health conditions and children

Where to seek help

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

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

Other Resources

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

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

Family Support America
Phone: 312-338-0900

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

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

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

Other Mental Health America titles include:

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

SOURCES

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

IMPORTANT  DATES:

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

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”.


There’s Wonder Here / Non-drug Remedies for Anxiety / Important Dates

lotus

In this moment resides Infinity.

We have all felt
a profound longing
for our Spirit to be taken
back in time,
to be lifted up.

My Dear Friends,
you can
go back in time.
You can enter your mind
through the door
of your Heart.

You can go back
to when you
were simply and memorably
Happy.

You can take yourself
back to your childhood,
and take your child,
with you.

And you can stay there.

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The moments we Love are held in our Hearts forever.

You do not need
to dream
that Joy will again
one day
come your way,
that it will last,
that it will stay.

In our past
lies a key
to our Future.

For we never
leave the moments we Love.
They are held
in our Hearts
Forever.

child

         You can go back in time.

“She smiled and said with an ecstatic air:
“It shines like a little diamond”,
“What does?”
This moment.
It is round,
it hangs in empty space
like a little diamond;
I am Eternal.”
Jean-Paul Sartre, The Age of Reason

As you breathe slowly in
and breathe out,
quietly listen.
You can hear the beat
of your precious Heart.
There’s wonder here.

There is a Miracle
in the moment
you finally come to realize
you are really here,
you are alive,
you are a Miracle,
and a Child of God.

Let it bring tears
to add to your Joy.
Taste them as they fall
ever so softly from the Wellspring
of your Sacred Heart.

family

                They are you.

You are everyone
in your
Family of Man.
You sing in your Heart
every song
they ever did sing.
The Joy in your Heart
your child will, one day,
be remembering.
You are a precious Child
Almighty God brought into
Being.

Only this moment
is Life,
This
is the day we see,
for the next
may never be.

You are the promisejohn-d
of all the ages,

you are the Prodigal Son,
You are the vision of prophets
and sages,

you are the only one.
The gift you are,

like the very first breath of Spring.
The gift you are,
all the joy that Love can bring,

The gift you are,
all of our dreams come true.

– John Denver

Love
is not only
a kind of energy.
It is
the most powerful force
in the Universe.
Love is the dynamic
force of Creation.
Every living thing
exists because of
Love.

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You are more than many things.

Look deeply into the reflection
of your own eyes.

You will see your Mother and Father.
You will see their likeness,
that you are an image
of their Sacred Being.

Open the door of your Heart
and you will see them.
They still exist.
They are you.
And,
in a Spiritual way,
more real than real.
They still Live within
YOU.

Such is the nature
of Life and Love,
of survival,
of the will
to be.

Reproduction
bypasses the constraints
of death.
It moves Life
forward in time,
circumventing the many
avenues of death.

flower-3

In the Secret Garden of your Being grow many Flowers.

Look closely
and you will see all the generations
that preceded your birth.

Every one them is alive
in this moment.

They are still alive
in YOU.

Yes,
in this moment
resides Infinity.

“With you Eternally mine,
in Love

there is no measure
of time.
– Barry and Robin Gibb

Each person
perched upon a branch
of your Family Tree,
is present in your body.

You are the continuation
of each and every one
of these precious people.

The Reality of your being
transcends every meager attempt
you can ever make to conceptualize
your existence on Planet Earth.
There is no way to adequately describe
who you really are.

Our Sacredness
is encoded into every
fragile cell of Human Life.
It can emerge
from the wasteland of living
and become our Consciousness
in a new birth
of freedom and deliverance.

The choice
is yours.
                                

God
cannot be defined,
described.
And neither can
His deeply Loved Child:
YOU.

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                    Love will last.

You are far, far more
than you can ever imagine
who you are.

The DNA possessed in the blood
of your veins,
flowing through your precious Heart
and very fragile Mind,
has traveled many millions of miles,
coursing through the veins of
many, many generations.

You are,
My Friend,
the culmination,
and the combination,
of all the Family
that came before
you.

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Brian Barrett

“It seems like something out of a movie,
but there’s some scientific evidence
that we actually carry the memories
of our ancestors with us
in our genetic code.

Our DNA determines our physical appearance,
and our predispositions to various illnesses,
and plays a role in our general disposition and skill set.
All of that has been passed down to us
through countless generations.
So why not memories?

It sounds far-fetched,
but there are still vast swaths of genetic code
whose purpose is unknown.
And the evolutionary advantages
of having memories passed down –
even one as simple as “FIRE BAD”,
are overwhelmingly clear.” 
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– Brian Barrett (Gizmodo)

And much more than this:
you are height and breadth
and the very depth
of every Dream,
every desire
and the destiny
of all those
who came before.

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            Live in this rare Gift.

You are more than
many things.
You are ALL things
that Mankind and God
has ever Loved,
ever desired.

You are the precious Child
of His Holy Being.

You are to Him
everything.
Just as your precious child
is everything
to you.

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Look closely and you will see all the generations that preceded your birth.

Drink in the likeness
with your eyes,
and with every sense
God pleases with you
to be,
all the beautiful people you meet.
Lest I remind,
these too are family
of the very same Tree.

Slowly and reverently,
without rushing toward the future
in your fragile mind,
come to see.

You live in this rare Gift,
this moment.
Only this actual moment is Life.
The next,
may never be.

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In the Secret Garden
of your Being,
grow many Beautiful Flowers,
most of which
you have never seen.
The fragrance
of our Being
has never been Graced
by full awareness,
the beautiful colors and fragrances
of Life,
never gleaned.

For what is within,
is far beyond our meager ability
to add or detract,
to understand,
to see.

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There is a Miracle in the moment.

Dear Friends,
your child
needs to hear you say:

“I wish you could know,
how much
I LOVE YOU.”

You will not have enough time
left on this Earth
to convey
what is in your Heart.

So,
get started.

And on this Sacred Day,
speak to your Father in Heaven above.
Go to Him in Prayer.
And Love and Joy will again,
one day
come your way.
And that Love
and that Joy
will last,
Forever.

May you
and your precious family
experience God’s Loving Embrace.

Merry Christmas to all!

And to all,
Goodnight.

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I wish you could know how much I LOVE YOU!

“All my years to this momentfisher
All my roads to this wall.
All my words to this silence
All my pride to this fall.
– Songs of Sapphique”
Catherine Fisher, Incarceron

From our friends at Health.com:
non-drug remedies for anxiety

There are many safe non-drug remedies for anxiety, from mind-body techniques to supplements to calming teas. Some start working right away, while others may help lessen anxiety over time.

Chamomile:    If you have a jittery moment, a cuppa chamomile tea might help calm you down. Some compounds in chamomile (Matricaria recutita) bind to the same brain receptors as drugs like Valium.

You can also take it as a supplement, typically standardized to contain 1.2% apigenin (an active ingredient), along with dried chamomile flowers. In one study at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, in Philadelphia, patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) who took chamomile supplements for eight weeks had a significant decrease in anxiety symptoms.

L-theanine (or green tea):  Japanese Buddhist monks could meditate for hours, both alert and relaxed. One reason may have been an amino acid in their green tea called L-theanine, says Mark Blumenthal, of the American Botanical Council.

Research shows that L-theanine helps curb a rising heart rate and blood pressure, and a few small human studies have found that it reduces anxiety.

Valerian:  Some herbal supplements reduce anxiety without making you sleepy (such as L-theanine), while others are sedatives. Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is squarely in the second category. It is a sleep aid, for insomnia. It contains sedative compounds; the German government has approved it as a treatment for sleep problems.

Valerian smells kind of nasty, so most people take it as a capsule or tincture, rather than a tea. If you want to try it, take it in the evening – not before you go to work! Valerian is often combined with other sedative herbs such as hops, chamomile, and lemon balm.

Lemon balm:  Named after the Greek word for “honey bee,” lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), has been used at least since the Middle Ages to reduce stress and anxiety, and help with sleep. In one study of healthy volunteers, those who took standardized lemon balm extracts (600 mg) were more calm and alert than those who took a placebo.

While it’s generally safe, be aware that some studies have found that taking too much can actually make you more anxious. So follow directions and start with the smallest dose. Lemon balm is sold as a tea, capsule, and tincture.

Exercise:  Exercise is safe, good for the brain, and a powerful antidote to depression and anxiety, both immediately and in the long term. “If you exercise on a regular basis, you’ll have more self-esteem and feel healthier,” says Drew Ramsey, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University.

The 21-minute cure:  Twenty-one minutes: That’s about how long it takes for exercise to reliably reduce anxiety, studies show, give or take a minute. “If you’re really anxious and you hop on a treadmill, you will feel more calm after the workout,” Dr. Ramsey says.

Passionflower:  In spite of the name, this herb won’t help you in love. It’s a sedative; the German government has approved it for nervous restlessness. Some studies find that it can reduce symptoms of anxiety as effectively as prescription drugs. It’s often used for insomnia.

Like other sedatives, it can cause sleepiness and drowsiness, so don’t take it – or valerian, hops, kava, lemon balm, or other sedative herbs – when you are also taking a prescription sedative.

Be careful about using more than one sedative herb at a time, and don’t take passionflower for longer than one month at a time.

Lavender:  The intoxicating (but safe) aroma of lavender (Lavandula hybrida) may be an “emotional” anti-inflammatory. In one study, Greek dental patients were less anxious if the waiting room was scented with lavender oil. In a Florida study, students who inhaled lavender oil scent before an exam has less anxiety – although some students said it made their minds “fuzzy” during the test.

In one German study, a specially formulated lavender pill (not available in the U.S.) was shown to reduce anxiety symptoms in people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder.

Hold your breath!:  Ok, let it out now. We’re not recommending that you turn blue, but yoga breathing has been shown to be effective in lowering stress and anxiety. In his bestselling 2011 book Spontaneous Happiness, Andrew Weil, MD, introduced a classic yoga breathing technique he calls the 4-7-8 breath.

One reason it works is that you can’t breathe deeply and be anxious at the same time. To do the 4-7-8 breath, exhale completely through your mouth, then inhale through your nose for a count of four. Hold your breath for a count of seven. Now let it out slowly through your mouth for a count of eight. Repeat at least twice a day.

Eat something, quick:  “Almost universally, people get more anxious and irritable when they are hungry,” says Dr. Ramsey, coauthor of The Happiness Diet. “When you get an anxiety attack, it may mean your blood sugar is dropping. The best thing to do is to have a quick sustaining snack, like a handful of walnuts, or a piece of dark chocolate, along with a glass of water or a nice cup of hot tea.”

In the long term, diet is key to reducing anxiety, says Dr. Ramsey. His advice: Eat a whole-foods, plant-based diet with carefully selected meat and seafood, plenty of leafy greens (such as kale) to get folate, and a wide variety of phytonutrients to help reduce anxiety.

Eat omega-3s

You know fish oils are good for the heart, and perhaps they protect against depression. Add anxiety to the list. In one study, students who took 2.5 milligrams a day of mixed omega-3 fatty acids for 12 weeks had less anxiety before an exam than students taking placebo.

Experts generally recommend that you get your omega-3s from food whenever possible. Oily, cold-water fishes like salmon are the best sources of the fatty acids; a six-ounce piece of grilled wild salmon contains about 3.75 grams.

Other good choices: anchovies, sardines, and mussels.

Experts generally recommend that you get your omega-3s from food whenever possible. Oily, cold-water fishes like salmon are the best sources of the fatty acids; a six-ounce piece of grilled wild salmon contains about 3.75 grams.

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Important Dates 
(subject to change)

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

Dec. 23 – Jan. 4                      Winter Break Holiday

Jan. 5 (Thursday)                     Second Semester begins

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

Jan. 20                                       Fort Worth Stock Show

Feb. 20 (Monday)                      President’s Day Holiday

Mar. 13-17                                  Spring Break Holidays

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

April 28                                     Scarborough Renaissance Festival

May 22-26                                 Adventure Trip

May 26                                      Last Day of Semester

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We never leave the moments we Love.

Our Cherished Dreams / The Perfect Food / Cancer and Deodorants / Friday: Fossil Mania

As we embrace
this moment
and say hello,

we usher in goodbye,
and look
into the space
where once lived
our Cherished Dreams.
lotusThe road of Life narrows

the longer it gets,
as we stumble and fall,
never truly knowing why.

And from those
who help us up,
who sustain and nurture us,
who come to Love us,
who forgive us all,
the lessons

we learn from living,
tell us
Wonderful Things:

While in Love,
there is no
measure of time,
no distance
between our thoughts
of each other.

With someone you Love,
you live in a space
the size of your
Heart.
And everything
you truly want
in Life,
is inside.

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      We have all been dreaming.

Now,
you may think
that’s not much space.
But the vast and possibly
Infinite Universe,

that houses all the Stars and Galaxies,
most of which
we simply cannot see,
started in a space
much smaller
than the period
at the end of this
sentence [.]

Most physicists now believe
that the entire Universe
began with one Big Bang.
At first,
all the matter and energy
in the Universe
was crammed together
in one unimaginably small dot.
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Move out of your house, and Live in your Heart.

The Universe
of your awareness,
most of which
you simply cannot see,
began with but a tiny beat
of your very small precious Heart.
And now,
it encompasses
everything in this World
your Heart
desires.

“Have you never tried
to find a comfort from inside you?
Have you never been happy
just to hear your song?
Have you never let someone else
be strong?”

– John Farrar

Yes,
LOVE
occupies the Infinite space
between every beat

of your Heart.
Eternity
truly is Love
never ending.

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If you want to fly
across the Sunrise
and discover
what begins each
shining day,
and begin your
endless flight
through time,
to someone be
Eternally mine”.

“Love is like a resting place,
a shelter from the storm.
It exists to give you comfort.
It is there to keep you warm.
And in those times of trouble,
when you are most alone
the memory of Love
will bring you
Home.”

John Denver

There is a hidden landscape
that exists
within you –
  a Divine Essence.
Let the Divine
within
claim its place
in your Heart,
and in your Life.

Honoring the Love
within you,
is accepting
the Gift of Life,
the Gift of God’s
Love.

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A hidden landscape exists within you.

When the Truth
of your Love
joins with another,
you form
a Sacred Whole.

“To thine own self
be true
– William Shakespeare

Who you are
cannot be defined
by who you think
you are.
You can never really see
yourself,
except in the reflection
of someone’s eyes,
someone who truly Loves
You,
as God Loves
You.

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You can never really see yourself.

Through your tears
of Joy,
will you be washed clean
of all doubt,
all sadness,
every moment
of deep regret.

In quantum physics,
if something is not forbidden,
it necessarily happens.

Do not forbid
the Love of God
and the Joy
He envisions for YOU
to enter your
Heart.

The Antennae Galaxies (also known as NGC 4038 and 4039) are a pair of distorted colliding spiral galaxies about 70 million light-years away, in the constellation of Corvus (The Crow). This view combines ALMA observations, made in two different wavelength ranges during the observatory’s early testing phase, with visible-light observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The Hubble image is the sharpest view of this object ever taken and serves as the ultimate benchmark in terms of resolution. ALMA observes at much longer wavelengths which makes it much harder to obtain comparably sharp images. However, when the full ALMA array is completed its vision will be up to ten times sharper than Hubble. Most of the ALMA test observations used to create this image were made using only twelve antennas working together — far fewer than will be used for the first science observations — and much closer together as well. Both of these factors make the new image just a taster of what is to come. As the observatory grows, the sharpness, speed, and quality of its observations will increase dramatically as more antennas become available and the array grows in size. This is nevertheless the best submillimetre-wavelength image ever taken of the Antennae Galaxies and opens a new window on the submillimetre Universe. While visible light — shown here mainly in blue — reveals the newborn stars in the galaxies, ALMA’s view shows us something that cannot be seen at those wavelengths: the clouds of dense cold gas from which new stars form. The ALMA observations — shown here in red, pink and yellow — were made at specific wavelengths of millimetre and submillimetre light (ALMA bands 3 and 7), tuned to detect carbon monoxide molecules in the otherwise invisible hydrogen clouds, where new stars are forming. Massive concentrations of gas are found not only in the hearts of the two galaxies but also in the chaotic region where they are colliding.

Let the Divine within claim its place.

The Heart
is a theme woven
throughout the Holy Bible
and is mentioned
in the King James Version
830 times!

Why?

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       Form a Sacred Whole.

Hope
is one thing
that defines us
as Human Beings.

Hope connects us
to something more,
to something larger
than we envision

as ourselves,
larger than Life itself.

Hope
is the Whisper
of God,
telling us
of His Love.
It is His Grace,
flowing through
the will
to be.

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“We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a Universe in which there are far more galaxies than people.”                – Carl Sagan

My Friend,
we have all been
dreaming.
Now,
close your tired eyes
and rest your
weary mind.
God’s Promise
is to stay with
you,
and let you feel
just how much
He Loves You.

“Our revels now are ended.
These our actors,

As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp’d towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Ye all which it inherit, shall dissolve
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made of, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.”
– William Shakespeare

God can never be
closer to you,
than to live in
your precious Heart.
And it is there
He dwells.
Go to Him
in Prayer –
in the Cathedral
of your Heart.


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of your house,
and Live in your Heart.

This is the only place
of no
regret.

Furnish
your new home
with smiles,
and laughter,
with kind thoughts
and deeds.

The Essence
of your Being
will one day be found
scattered throughout

the Universe
of your awareness,
and that of so many others.
And your Life,
through your Love,
will go
on and on and on.

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My Dear Friends,
YOU

are Infinitely Loved,
and
you can

Infinitely Love.

Love
is the only dimension
in which one
never dies.

Yes,
God is Love,
the purest Love
there can ever be.

And,
Child of God,
so are YOU.

Go to Him
in Prayer,
and He will
abide with you
FOREVER.

Goodnight.

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“Regardless of your age,
My Friend,
you are too young
to hate.”
– Wm. C. Anderson

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When the Truth of your Love joins with another, you form a Sacred Whole.

The Avocado

has been called the world’s most perfect food? It has achieved this distinction because many nutritionists claim it not only contains everything a person needs to survive – but it has also been found to contribute to the prevention and control of Alzheimer’s, cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other health conditions.

The avocado originated in Puebla, Mexico and its use dates back to 10,000 years B.C. Since AD 900, the avocado tree has been cultivated and grown in Central and South America. In the 19th century, the avocado made its entry into California, and has since become a very successful commercial crop. Ninety-five percent (95%) of U.S. avocados are gown in Southern California.

The avocado, also called the alligator pear, is a high-fiber, sodium-and cholesterol-free food that provides nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, is rich in healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (such as omega-3 fatty acids), vitamins A, C, D, E, K and the B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12 and folate) – as well as potassium.

Foods naturally rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as avocados, are widely acknowledged as the secret to a healthy heart, a brilliant brain and eagle eyes.

Dr. Daniel G. Amen, a clinical neuroscientist, psychiatrist, brain-imaging expert and author of the New York Times bestseller Change Your Brain, Change Your Life counts avocados as one of the top brain-healthy foods that can help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease. That’s not only because of the avocado’s omega-3 fatty acid content but also its Vitamin E content,

An international journal called Alzheimer ’s Disease and Associated Disorders, reported its findings from years of clinical trials – high doses of Vitamin E can neutralize free radicals and the buildup of proteins to reverse the memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients; reverse symptoms of Alzheimer’s in the early stages and retard the progression of the disease;

Folate content – helps to prevent the formation of tangled nerve fibers associated with Alzheimer’s.

The virtues of the avocado are too numerous to mention, but here are just a few more health benefits that its nutritional profile provide:
Monounsaturated Fats – These types of fats help control triglycerides in the bloodstream, lower blood cholesterol and control diabetes.

Folate – This water-soluble B vitamin promotes healthy cell and tissue development. According the National Institute of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements, “This is especially important during periods of rapid cell division and growth such as infancy and pregnancy. Folate is also essential for metabolism of homocysteine and helps maintain normal levels of this amino acid.”

Lutein – This is a carotenoid (a natural pigment) that protects against cataracts and certain types of cancer, and reduces the risk of macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in adults 65 years of age and older. Avocados contain 3 or more times as much lutein as found in other common vegetables and fruits.

Oleic acid and Potassium – Both of these nutrients also help in lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk of high blood pressure.

Before you indulge in avocados to your heart’s content, however, remember that they have lots of calories because of their fat content. According to WebMD, “A medium-sized avocado contains 30 grams of fat, as much as a quarter-pound burger. That’s why diet experts have long urged Americans to go easy on avocados in favor of less fatty fruits and vegetables. But now nutritionists are taking another look. They’re finding that most of the fat in an avocado is monounsaturated – the “good” kind that actually lowers cholesterol levels. Thanks to this new understanding, the U.S. government recently revised its official nutrition guidelines to urge Americans to eat more avocados.”

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     If something is not forbidden, it necessarily happens.

Some deodorants could cause breast cancer: Swiss study
 Published: 26 Sep 2016  read more

Women who regularly use deodorants containing aluminium salts could risk developing breast cancer, a new Swiss study warns.

“I think we should avoid all deodorants containing aluminium salts,” according to  André-Pascal Sappino.

“And it’s very difficult to be sure that the so-called ‘without aluminium’ brands really are without,” added the oncology Professor from the University of Geneva.

“Asbestos is cheap, has very attractive industrial potential, and it took 50 years to ban it. We hope it doesn’t take so long to ban aluminium salts,” said Sappino.

Like asbestos, aluminium is not detectably mutagenic in bacteria, but subcutaneous injections of aluminium salts in mice resulted in “very aggressive tumours”.

The study, co-authored by four researchers from the Clinique des Grangettes, is published in the International Journal of Cancer.

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Our destination for FRIDAY, October 28, 2016 is:
The SOMERVELL COUNTY EXPO CENTER HIGHWAY 67 in GLEN ROSE, TEXAS to enjoy Fossil Mania.

We will depart from the school at 9:00 a.m. to arrive at approximately 10:30 a.m. for a self-guided tour and a LATE LUNCH in Granbury. We will return around 3:30 p.m. Please be patient if we are late.

PLEASE  have  breakfast  today. We will have a very late lunch.

Fossil Mania is a highly motivating science project that can be enjoyed by the entire family.  Friends, family and neighbors are invited join us.

FINANCIAL: No fee required.

LUNCH:  Please provide funds for lunch & snacks & fossils.

GIFT SHOP: Parents may want to provide jobs around the house to let child(ren) earn money to spend. They will want to purchase something slightly older than Dr. A.

Uniform pants with a belt & red monogrammed school shirts are required. Tuck your shirt in & wear a belt, and you will be allowed to act normal and participate.

Please do not make references about Dr. Anderson being an old fossil during this trip. He is sensitive & not for sale, so please do not put price tags on him (especially if they are below 1 dollar). And thank you, Natalie, for the truth in advertising price tag in times gone by: Priceless”. 

Students are NOT to leave the Exposition Center or eatery at any time for any reason, including the need to secure a ride or use the restroom, without the approval of Dr. or Mrs. Anderson.

IMPORTANT DATES:

Nov. 4                                                             Modern Art Museum

Nov. 21-25  (Monday-Friday)                       Thanksgiving / Fall Break

Dec. 1-2                                                          Tx. A.G.T. Conf. (no school)

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

Dec. 21 – Jan. 4                                              Winter Break Holiday

Jan. 5 (Thursday)                                           Second Semester begins

Jan. 16 (Monday)                                           Dr. Martin L. King Holiday
Jan. 20                                                             Fort Worth Stock Show

Feb. 20 (Monday)                                           President’s Day Holiday

Mar. 13-17                                                       Spring Break Holidays

April 14 & 17 (Fri. & Mon.)                            Good Friday & Easter
April 28                                             Scarborough Renaissance Festival

May 22-26                                                      Adventure Trip

May 26                                                            Last Day of Semester

(See William’s Weblog at andersonschool.net for trip details (posted each Wed. at 6:00 p.m.)

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