Heaven is for Real / The Hope of Immortality / D3 for Arthritis Pain

Some say
A good deed is over
When it is done,
When it just begins
To live
That day.

Love never dies.

Annie with John Hammons

Annie Anderson with John Hammons. John donated hundreds of hours to construct this school. He always refused payment saying, “No. This is for children.” I found in John a remarkable, Loving friend and a truly Christian Man, a man whose Love lives to this day.

As the phoenix of our Heart ascends,
The essence of our being
Discovers rebirth.
And with our Heart filled with Love,
Hate has nowhere to hide.
The prison walls
Of our bitter discontent,
Crumble into the dust
Beneath our feet.

How Blessed we become
When anger is in retreat,
For the human Heart
Harbors Love and Hate,
And one
Will taste defeat.

The vibrancy of our lives
Is always
Precariously perched
Upon the eve
Of destruction.

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Seeking shelter
From the storms of life,
One Heart seeks refuge
Inside of another,
To be born again,
Freed from despair,
Bathed in rare beauty,
One melts inside the other,
In the Heart of another,
The mind of a Father,
The tears of a Mother.

My very dear friends,
We cannot live in hope and happiness
With a pale dead sun
That fails us at dawn,
And a sky always streaked with gray,
Doubting everything,
Fearing only that life
Will soon end.

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But knowing,
Surely knowing,
Within the fiber of your being,
That you are a Beautifully Crafted
Creation of God,
Will give your precious Heart
A beautiful song to sing.

 “We know that if our earthly house
of this tabernacle were dissolved,
we have a building of God,
a house not made with hands,
eternal in the heavens”
2 Corinthians 5:1.

God does exist.
Heaven Is For Real.
You may enjoy Eternal Life,
And know the Compassionate
Love of God.

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“If God is dead,
then man is dead, too.”
– Francis Schaeffer

This century may herald the day
We learn the secrets of eternal life.
In 1786, average life expectancy was 24 years.
In 1886 it doubled to 48.
Today a newborn can expect to live,
On average, 76 years.
And new discoveries have scientists
Forecasting our life expectancy
Will soon be over 100 years.
If the pace of research continues to accelerate
And predictions are correct,
Human beings may not have to die at all
In the future.

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And this leads to deep
Philosophical considerations,
And challenging Theological reflections.
Such an evolving theoretical conclusion
Posits and affirms
The dynamic assertion that
Science and Religion are rapidly merging,
Becoming one.

Millenniums of our human history
Have recorded time after time after time,
The reality of immortality.
Universally believed,
It is the most indestructible of all Beliefs
And the most insightful and penetrating
Of all the phenomenon of mind.

The Hope of Immortality
Was placed in the Heart of Man
By One who has no beginning,
By One who has no end.”

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But,
It is not just immortality
That man needs.

If life is to be meaningful.
If man could exist forever,
But God not exist,
Existence would have
No real significance,
No eternal meaning.
And the universe
Has no meaning,
If there is no God
To give it one.

In a Universe without God,
Good and evil do not exist,
There is only the barren plain
Of existence,
No one to say you are right,
And I am wrong.
Think of the suffering and death,
The unbearable pain,
Godless men have caused.

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What is true of mankind
Is true of each of us,
As individuals.

The question of God’s existence
Is vital to man.
It is vital to mankind.

Christianity,
And countless other
Beautiful expressions of Faith,
Over centuries of time,
Promise a purposeful life,
Filled with hope and joy.

We can live happily
In our Faith and in our Love,
And with the assurance of
Eternal Life,
And Bountiful, Unbelievably Beautiful
And truly Everlasting
Love.

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“Words are not words.
They are flowers you pick
and put into
thoughtful bouquets
.”

– Wm. C. Anderson

Vitamin D3 and Arthritis Relief

Well Folks, I was mowing the grass one day
and truly in sufferance of arthritis. I literally could not turn my head enough to look carefully left or right while driving. My wrists were always very painful. And yes, I prayed for some relief from all the pain.

Marie Anderson

Marie Anderson

I was in the throes of pain when I drifted into remembrance of my Mother, Marie, who suffered so very, very much from this disorder. She told me that when she was ten years old she was admitted to the University of Iowa Medical Center. Her arms and wrists and legs and ankles and neck were bandaged, as she sat in a chair in her hospital room and cried whenever anyone entered the room for fear they would touch her.

Later, a Surgeon would sever her nerves in both wrists, her neck and ankles, in order to give her some relief from all the pain. Keep in mind this was in the early 1930’s.

Her pain in the neck would return when I was born.
Yes, I was a little rascal. Today I love all little rascals. And my neck pain returns from time to time. (Call it: payback!)

I vividly recall observing the indentions on the back of her wrists and the back of her neck that resulted from the operations. Prior the this surgery, her primary physician informed her parents that nothing could be done and that she would probably, “Leave the hospital only in a little pine box”. I was astonished that this was the manner in which they were told of the severity of the arthritis. Apparently, not everyone survived.

My how my Mother suffered. You can imagine how I cried later in life when she told me I was the only real joy in her life.

Well, I was able to ride on the lawn mower and keep praying for relief when a dear friend, Linda Latham, the Mother of another truly wonderful friend and former student, Sam. stopped her car on the road to visit with me. I do love west Texas style gabbing and swapping of tall tales. Hey, I can brag about anything, even your child.

Sam Latham

     My dear friend Sam. (Come and see me again.)

I shared my suffering with her. And she, with great compassion in her eyes, took the time to inform me of the relief she found taking Vitamin D3. So I drove, a little over the speed limit, to the health food store and purchased a bottle. And guess what? It took a couple of weeks but suddenly I noticed that I was no longer in pain! Linda, you were an answer to a fervent prayer.

Is that Mary Alice? (Yes. In 2009)

Is that Mary Alice? (Yes. In 2009)

God Blesses each of us who seek His help. And may God always abide with you, Linda, and your truly wonderful son, Sam. I Love you both very much. Thank you.

Perhaps you need help.

Vitamin D3

Several studies have looked at the connection between vitamin D and autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and Mental Health Benefits.

Vitamin D deficiency is highly prevalent in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, and vitamin D deficiency may be linked to disease severity.

Vitamin D-3 is the natural form that your body creates when the skin is exposed to the ultraviolet rays from the sun. Vitamin D-3 can also be found in animal products but especially oily fish, such as salmon. read more

It is the only vitamin that can be made by the human body from

Derek was an avid shopper at Fossil Mania (2009)

Derek was an avid shopper at Fossil Mania (2009). Over 17,000 photos are on our website.

sunshine. Research is suggesting a strong link between vitamin D status and basic cognitive function, mood and overall mental health. It is amazing to discover how many serious maladies may be prevented or cured with a little sunshine. Folks, get the kids out of the house.

If you are taking vitamin D supplements, you need to pay close attention to the dose you are taking, because taking too much vitamin D can cause serious side effects and interactions with other medications. The National Institute of Medicine has set a tolerable upper intake level of 100 mcg per day, which is equivalent to 4,000 IU. Like all health supplements, you should only take vitamin D with your doctor’s approval. So give the good Doctor a call! read more

Dr. A before Vitamin D3 and coffee.

Dr. A before Vitamin D3 and coffee.

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The Unconditional Love of Greyfriars Bobby / Scarborough Renaissance Festival on Tues.

“Where is Love?
Does it fall from skies above?

Is it underneath the willow tree
that I’ve been dreaming of?
Where is she, who I close my eyes to see?

Will I ever know the sweet hello
That’s meant for only me?”

Greyfriars Bobby

         Greyfriars Bobby

These touching words,
From the sensitive performance of
Mark Lester
In the 1968 British musical drama film,
Oliver,
Reminds me of the quest
Each of us embarks upon
From the time of our birth.
Some of us find Love.
Others only just survive,
To die one day
In the sunless shadows
Of darkened dreams,
Living a lonely life,
To never find what all of us need,
Few discover
And
Fewer share.

The most poignant story of Love
That I have discovered of late,
Happened in Edinburgh, Scotland.
It does not involve just people.
It is a true story about a remarkable
Little Skye Terrier named Bobby,
Who became one of Scotland’s
Most beloved and celebrated.

This little animal friend died in 1872 and you can still find fresh flowers on his grave every day. His life and his uncommon devotion and love is remembered today with such things as his own magazine, websites, bronze memorials, a Disney movie and numerous items imprinted and engraved with his likeness.bobby 2

Now I had to ask myself, what could a small dog do to engender such love from so many people for so long after his life ended? Then I read the story that became one of the most touching of my life. Today, I long to travel to the grave of little “Greyfriars Bobby” to bring flowers of remembrance.

As the story goes, Greyfriars Bobby bin 1850 a gardener called John Gray, together with his wife Jess and son John, arrived in Edinburgh. Unable to find work as a gardener he avoided the workhouse by joining the Edinburgh Police Force as a night watchman.

To keep him company through the long winter nights John took on a partner, a diminutive Skye Terrier, his ‘watchdog’ called Bobby.  Together John and Bobby became a familiar sight trudging through the old cobbled streets of Edinburgh. Through thick and thin, winter and summer, they were faithful friends. The Love that blossomed is unbelievable!

The years on the streets appear to have taken their toll on John, as he was treated by the Police Surgeon for tuberculosis. John eventually died of the disease on the 15th February 1858 and was buried in old Greyfriars Churchyard. His grave leveled by the hand of time, and unmarked by any stone, became scarcely discernible; but, although no human interest seemed to attach to it, the sacred spot was not wholly disregarded or forgotten.
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The kind folk of Edinburgh took good care of Bobby, but still he remained loyal to his master.  For fourteen years the dead man’s faithful dog kept constant watch and guard over the grave until his own death in 1872.
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Movie about BobbyBobby touched the hearts of the local residents when he refused to leave his master’s grave, even in the worst weather conditions. The gardener and keeper of Greyfriars tried on many occasions to evict Bobby from the Kirkyard. In the end he gave up and provided a shelter for Bobby by placing sacking beneath two tablestones at the side of John Gray’s grave.
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Bobby’s fame spread throughout Edinburgh. It is reported that almost on a daily basis the crowds would gather at the bobby2 william dowentrance of the Kirkyard waiting for the one o’clock gun that would signal the appearance of Bobby leaving the grave for his midday meal. Bobby would follow William Dow, a local joiner and cabinet maker to the same Coffee House that he had frequented with his now dead master, where he was given a meal.
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Sir William Chambers

Sir William Chambers

In 1867 a new bye-law was passed that required all dogs to be licensed in the city or they would be destroyed.  Sir William Chambers (The Lord Provost of Edinburgh) decided to pay Bobby’s license and presented him with a collar with a brass inscription “Greyfriars Bobby from the Lord Provost 1867 licensed”. This can be seen at the Museum of Edinburgh.

Baroness Angelia Georgina Burdett-Coutts, President of the Ladies Committee of the RSPCA, was so deeply moved by his story that she asked the City Council for permission to erect a granite fountain with a statue of Bobby.

grefriars-bobby-monumentThe American Lovers of Bobby erected a Red Granite stone to mark John Gray’s grave, the inscription reads “John Gray died 1858 – Auld Jock – Master of Grayfriars Bobby – Even in his ashes most beloved”.

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The statue of little Bobby has become one of most lasting icons of Edinburgh and his likeness is as well known as all the famous dignitaries whose monuments pepper the streets of Scotland’s capital.

Bobby’s headstone is a Red Granite stone erected by The Dog Aid Society of Scotland. The inscription reads, “Greyfriars Bobby – died 14th January 1872 – aged 16 years – Let his loyalty and devotion be a lesson to us all – Unveiled by His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester CCVO – on the 13th May 1981”.

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“Greyfriars Bobby” is undoubtedly the greatest love story of all time, proving once and for all that true love can last for all eternity – beyond this life and into the next.

William Brody sculptured Bobby’s statue from life, and it was unveiled in November 1873, opposite Greyfriars Kirkyard. And it is with that, that Scotland’s Capital city will always remember its most famous and faithful dog.

So please
Do not wonder why our
Students are found
Embracing,
Feeding and playing
With our precious adopted
Animal friends.
They are busy
With the real purpose of life – Giving and receiving
Unconditional Love –
Discovering that
It really does exist.
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We make it possible
To experience the
Unconditional Love
Given so freely by our friends,
Who sometimes happen to be dogs
And other creatures of God.
What we do is heart-felt
In so many ways.
Through our Loving work,
Mary Alice & dog Trips Fall 2013 104Their lives are sustained
And our lives
Are made worth living.

May the Lord
Keep you and guide your life,
As you make so many people
And our animal friends
Healthy and joyful
Beyond all understanding.
The Love of God
Is always alive in your heart.
It is vibrant and glowing
Even in the darkest of nights,
Lighting the path
For others to see.

Travis poses with one of our counselors.

Travis poses with one of our counselors.

“You cannot do a kindness too soon,
for you never know
how soon it will be too late.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Scarborough Renaissance Festival

Come and join us for an interactive visit to King Henry VIII’s England! Student Day at Scarborough Renaissance Festival is exclusively for students and is this Tuesday, April 28, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

We are invited to enter the realm of England’s legendary King Henry VIII and experience the intellectual, cultural, and artistic splendor of the Renaissance first hand and will experience a full day of demonstrations, shows, and educational interactions. The Royal Court and villagers welcome, and in fact relish, discussions about daily life in the Renaissance.

We will meet at the school on TUESDAY morning at 8:00 a.m. to caravan to Waxahachie to enjoy the day at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival. Please Do not be late. We will spend the entire day having fun. PICKUP will be at school at APPROXIMATELY 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. We may CALL you on our way back and let you know more precisely when to pick up your child(ren), but we MUST have a current telephone number that you will answer on Tuesday afternoon or Dr. A will act very sick.

Student ENTRY is $8.00. Adults: $15.00 Lunch is available at the Festival.

Festival Facts: Began in 1981. The Festival runs 8 consecutive weekends and Memorial Day Monday each spring. Scarborough Renaissance Festival is a Renaissance-themed festival based on the year 1533, during the reign of England’s King Henry VIII. Scarborough Festival is a 35 acre ‘village’ (larger than most area shopping malls) within a 167 acre site. The festival employs more than 2,000 performers, artisans, and staff.

Entertainment: 21 stages & 200 performances daily. 3 Full Combat Jousts take place each day. 150 volunteer members of the Scarborough Academy of Performing Arts make up the performing company that become the “characters” of Scarborough including our very own King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn. Daily Falconry demonstrations are conducted.

Shoppes & Artisan Demonstrations: 200 permanent shoppes feature unique handmade wares made by artisans from around the country. Artisans demonstrate ancient arts such as Glassblowing, Blacksmithing, Candlemaking, Printing on a Guttenberg Press, leather crafting, broom making, Armor making, Coin minting, & much more.

Hearty Food: More than 20 tons of the Festival’s famous Giant Turkey Legs are devoured annually. Hand made pastas, seafood, stir fry, steak-on-a-stick, Scott’s eggs, Italian Ice, etouffee, empanadas, fajitas, meatball sandwiches, baklava, quiche, pastries, and more than 60 other hearty foods make up the culinary adventure at Scarborough Renaissance Festival. Five Food Court Areas (kitchens) are located throughout the festival.

Students are allowed to dress in costumes. PARENTS / FRIENDS, etc. are always invited to participate.

IMPORTANT DATES
May 1 Tuition Due for 2015-16
April 28 Scarborough Renaissance Festival-Drama Competition is “Twelfth Night”.

We are very proud of our Anderson Scholars participating in the Shakespeare competition on Tuesday: Cole Fisher, Mary Alice Oliver (First Place Winner in the Junior High School Prose and Poetry Competition last year), Natalie Raulerson (First Place Winner in the High School Prose and Poetry Competition last year) and Diana Rodgers.

May 4 & 5 (Mon. & Tues.) Anderson School Theatrical Production “Twelfth Night” At Stage West Theater. Please join us. Call us at 817-448-8484 for information. The dress rehearsal performance is on Monday at 7:30 p.m. and the presentation on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door.

Directions From Fort Worth: On Loop 820 go south to I-35E. Go south to exit 399A. Exit and go west for 1.6 miles on FM 6

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at night when he was let out from the lodging house that he had now been adopted in he made straight for Greyfriars - scrambled under the gates and found the grave of his master.

At night, when he was let out from the lodging house that he had now been adopted in, he made straight for Greyfriars – scrambled under the gates and found the grave of his master. He was discovered the next morning and evicted from the grounds, but almost as soon as he was out, he found another way back in and resumed his place with determination. This ritual was performed many times before the church elders finally gave up and permitted Bobby to maintain his vigil. Love, my friends, never dies.

Smiles Wider Than a Mile at Scarbrough Renaissance Festival

Mary Alice Oliver with her Father, Wes, and Mrs. Anderson

Mary Alice Oliver is pictured with her proud Father, Wes, and equally proud Mrs. Anderson

UPDATE:   Two FIRST PLACE medals were won by Anderson scholars in the Scarborough Renaissance Festival Drama Competition. We are proud of all of our students. And today we express our pride in the accomplishments of Natalie Raulerson and Mary Alice Oliver.

Both young ladies won FIRST place awards. Natalie won the High School competition in Prose and Poetry with her interpretation of a work of William Shakespeare. Mary Alice won the Middle School category also with a performance from Shakespeare.

Derek Cook also loves the beautiful works of William Shakespeare.

Derek Cook also loves the beautiful works of William Shakespeare.

We are also very proud of Derek Cook, who was remarkable in his preparation for the competition, but could not perform due to technical difficulties. Thank you Derek for a job, as always, well done. Derek prepared for this Shakespeare performance at the same time he studied for a major role in our Shakespeare play to be presented at Stage West Theater on May 12 and 13. We are always very proud of this remarkably talented young man.

Natalie Raulerson

Natalie Raulerson

We will shortly, with the kind assistance of Alexander Anderson, place these outstanding performances on our website for your enjoyment.

My special gratitude goes to our outstanding and talented Director of Shakespeare productions, George Rodriguez. We are truly blessed having George as a member of our school family. Once again, this remarkably gifted actor and director, and wonderful friend, has empowered our children to blossom like flowers in the wind.

Director of Shakespeare George Rodriguez

Director of Shakespeare George Rodriguez

He enables each child to not only understand the remarkable and powerful works of Shakespeare, but to come to truly cherish the many gifts he conveys over the centuries. It is so inspiring to see children, of all ages, come to love the beautiful language, imagery, poetic beauty and convivial spirit of this most treasured writer of the English language.

Thank you George for all you do. What you accomplish with children is nothing short of miraculous. You life is an inspiration for every child and to me. The many insights you provide of Shakespeare and his time are both refreshing and breathtaking.

But the most wondrous gift you give is the love you impart to everyone. To observe a child become passionate about the intricate and powerful literature of William Shakespeare imparts a feeling that cannot even be described. It is a resurrection of the spirit, like the blossoming of a beautiful flower of Spring in the wind.

Thank You!

For TUESDAY 4-29-14

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RJ acts out too, but not while sleeping wrapped around a nice warm foot.

We will visit King Henry VIII’s England! Student Day at Scarborough Renaissance Festival is exclusively for students and is this Tuesday, April 29, from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Natalie with Director, George Rodriguez

Natalie Raulerson with Director, George Rodriguez in a scene from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”

Three Anderson scholars will be competing in the annual Shakespeare Competition at the Festival: Mary Alice Oliver, Natalie Raulerson and Derek Cook. All three are veteran Shakespeare performers and have participated in Anderson School productions. We wish them the best and will update you on this weblog on their achievements.

We are invited to enter the realm of England’s legendary King Henry VIII and experience the intellectual, cultural, and artistic splendor of the Renaissance first hand and will experience a full day of demonstrations, shows, and educational interactions. The Royal Court and villagers welcome, and in fact relish, discussions about daily life in the Renaissance.

Mary Alice with Lucas Short

Mary Alice with Lucas Short in rehearsal

We will meet at the school on TUESDAY morning at 8:00 a.m. to caravan to Waxahachie to enjoy the day at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival. Please Do not be late. We will spend the entire day having fun. PICKUP will be at school at APPROXIMATELY 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. We may CALL you on our way back and let you know more precisely when to pick up your child(ren), but we MUST have a current telephone number that you will answer on Tuesday afternoon or Dr. A will act very sick.

Student ENTRY is $7.25. Adults: $15.00 Lunch is available at the Festival.

 

Derek Cook

Derek Cook

Festival Facts: Began in 1981. The Festival runs 8 consecutive weekends and Memorial Day Monday each spring. Scarborough Renaissance Festival is a Renaissance-themed festival based on the year 1533, during the reign of England’s King Henry VIII. Scarborough Festival is a 35 acre ‘village’ (larger than most area shopping malls) within a 167 acre site. The festival employs more than 2,000 performers, artisans, and staff.

Entertainment: 21 stages & 200 performances daily. 3 Full Combat Jousts take place each day. 150 volunteer members of the Scarborough Academy of Performing Arts make up the performing company that become the “characters” of Scarborough including our very own King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn. Daily Falconry demonstrations are conducted.

Shoppes & Artisan Demonstrations: 200 permanent shoppes feature

Natalie in famous scene with Noah Thompson

Natalie in a now famous scene with Noah Thompson

unique handmade wares made by artisans from around the country. Artisans demonstrate ancient arts such as Glassblowing, Blacksmithing, Candlemaking, Printing on a Guttenberg Press, leather crafting, broomaking, Armor making, Coin minting, & much more.

Hearty Food: More than 20 tons of the Festival’s famous Giant Turkey Legs are devoured annually. Hand made pastas, seafood, stir fry, steak-on-a-stick, Scott’s eggs, Italian Ice, etouffee, empanadas, fajitas, meatball sandwiches, baklava, quiche, pastries, and more than 60 other hearty foods make up the culinary adventure at Scarborough Renaissance Festival. Five Food Court Areas (kitchens) are located throughout the festival.

Another famous scene from The Tempest with Mary Alice & Lucas

Another famous scene from The Tempest with Mary Alice & Lucas

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

PARENTS / GUARDIANS / FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS are always invited. Dr. Anderson may be reached at (1) 972-777-1908 (EMERGENCY).

IMPORTANT DATES
May 1Tuition Due for 2014-15
May 12 & 13 (Mon. & Tues.) Shakespeare Production at Stage West Theater
May 16 (Friday) Main Event
May 21-23 Adventure Trip
May 24 Dr. A admitted to hospital to recover from trip! (tired everything syndrome, effort bypass surgery, removing foot from mouth, etc.

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                           Actors one and all!

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