Tell Your Heart To Say, “YES” / Freeing Your Truest Self / Friday: 1/2 Price Books and A Movie / 2018-19 School Calendar

“Faith
is the assurance of things hoped for,

the conviction of things not seen.”
Hebrews 11:1

   Life begins again and again.

Taking
a leap of Faith
is just
letting your mind
quietly tell your Heart
to say,
“Yes”.

And
when you do,
when all the trials and sorrows
and suffering and pain
have led you
to this moment,
you will discover,
you were looking for
Home,
and you were Home,
and did not
know it.

       We all live under the same sky.

There is Glorious Splendor
in our quest,
this hunger for Life
that lives within,
this thirst for Love
that will never end,
as each day by day
Dawns anew,
and Life
begins again and again.

“We all live under the same sky,
but we don’t all have
the same Horizon.”
Konrad Adenauer

And,
in the Dawn
of our Faith,
we too
are born anew,
and live again.

Let your mind quietly tell your Heart to say, “Yes”.

My Dear Friends,
we are
more than what we seem,
Oh Child of God,
of Unending Grace.

We will never behold
what can never be told,
never held in the mind
of Man,
never found
in Time or Space.
But,
through our Faith
we are born again
by God’s Everlasting
and Loving Grace.

       In the Dawn of our Faith.

Like
a candle in the wind,
flickering for the
moment,
the Light
of your Life
can become a reflection
of God’s Love.

Have Faith,
my Friend,
and let the Light
of God’s Love
shine from within.

We don’t all have the same Horizon.

Can knowledge
arise
to reassure someone
that Life is not
a singular, lonely journey,
leading to nowhere,
to nothing
but death?

Life is complicated,
vast and filled with conflicting elements.
No one of us can find
all the answers.
Even endless nights
of worry and toil
will not solve
all of Life’s mysteries.
We may stay up all night
and worry all day,
trying to think through and understand
the complicated events
and circumstances of our lives.
But we will never
fully understand.

“When I applied my mind to know Wisdom,
and to see the business that is done on Earth,
how neither day nor night one’s eyes see sleep;
then I saw all the work of God,
that man cannot find out
the work that is done under the sun.
However much man may toil in seeking,
he will not find it out;
even though a wise man claims to know,
he cannot find it out.

Ecclesiastes 8:16-17

These words were penned
by one of the Wisest men
of the ancient World,
a man known for Wisdom
throughout his reign as
the King of Israel.
And yet,
he admitted that mankind
cannot know
all the answers.

Our diligence in thoughtful labor
will not unravel Life’s mysteries:
“However much man may toil in seeking,
he will not find it out.”
We will still be left asking
the Eternal,
Why?

“For as the Heavens are higher than the Earth,
so are My Ways higher than your ways
and My Thoughts than your thoughts,”
Isaiah 55:9

Hebrews 11:1 reassures us
that Faith  is
“being sure of what we hope for
and certain of what we do not see.”

Nothing
is more important than Faith,
our Belief in and Trust
in something without proof.
The Bible
has much to say about Faith
and how important it is.
It is so important
that without Faith,
we have no place with God,
and it is impossible to please Him.
(Hebrews 11:6).

Faith is Belief
in the one, true God,
without actually seeing Him.

“Bad things happen to good people
just about as often as they

happen to bad people.
We have not been given a shield
protecting us from misfortune,
but there is within all of us,
waiting to be discovered,
the strength to deal with adversity,
to overcome it, and learn from it
so we can still find
Love, laughter and joy
despite it.”

Michael Josephson

In this time of fear
When prayer so often
Proved in vain,
Hope seemed like the summer birds
Too swiftly flown away.
Yet now I’m standing here,
With Heart so full I can’t explain,
Seeking Faith and speaking words
I never thought I’d say.
There can be miracles
when you Believe.
Though Hope is frail
It’s hard to kill,
Who knows what miracles
You can achieve
When you believe.
Somehow you will.

You will when
you Believe.”

Stephen Schwartz

By Faith
Abel offered a pleasing sacrifice to the Lord;
by faith Noah prepared the ark in a time when rain was unknown;
by faith Abraham left his home and obeyed God’s command
to go he knew not where, then willingly offered up his only son;
by faith Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt;
by faith Rahab received the spies of Israel and saved her life.

Many heroes of Faith
are mentioned in the Bible
“who through Faith
conquered kingdoms,
administered justice,
gained what was promised;
shut the mouths of Lions,
quenched the fury of flames,
escaped the edge of the sword;
had weakness was turned to strength;
became powerful in battle and routed armies”.
Faith is demonstrated by action.

Let YOUR Faith
be YOUR strength.

Goodnight.

  Able to “move mountains”.

“Faith”,
Jesus says,
“If it were the size of even
the smallest of the seeds,
the mustard bush,
they would be able to
move mountains.”
Matthew 17:20

“Stress, depression, and anxiety
are caused when we are living
to please others.”
Paulo Coehlo

Freeing Your Truest Self
When You’ve Been Anxious
to Please Everyone Else

I came from a broken and very poor family. My father left the house during my teenage years, and it was just my mother, little brother, and I remaining.

Like most single parents going through the hardships of single handedly caring for two children, my mother was often anxious about my well-being. And she overcompensated for her anxiety by being overbearing.

I unfortunately inherited this anxiety.

For the longest time, it was a daily battle for me.

You know the feeling.

Your muscles tense up, you feel an overwhelming sense of fear, and your heart begins to race.

It’s the uncomfortable worries that surface as you play out worst-case scenarios in your head.

Though we can feel anxiety about debt, work pressures, or any number of challenges, for me, it was mostly triggered by the fear of not being good enough and disappointing other people.

Professor Harry Lacey

Professor Lacey teaches Latin, Greek & Epic Literature.

My struggle with anxiety was one of the most crippling experiences, and as a result, I never grew.

So, is it really possible to overcome anxiety?

I realized the answer is yes, but first I needed to understand where my anxiety was coming from.

Anxiety is Your Brain Trying to Protect You

There’s a small, almond-sized part of your brain known as the amygdala whose main job is to look out for your survival. For example, if a mountain lion were chasing you, your amygdala would trigger fear so that it would activate your body to run for your life or grab a weapon to fight.

Your amygdala doesn’t only watch out for your physical survival. You feel the same kind of fear when you are nervous about giving a public speech or going on a first date.

When you experience anxiety in these situations, it’s your brain’s way of trying to help you survive emotionally.

Unfortunately, your amygdala is not the greatest at accurately gauging how dangerous a situation might be. It often blows things way out of proportion.

I remember what it felt like when I was a kid and wouldn’t see my mother the whole day because she was always working late. I’d wait for her to talk about something I was excited about only to have her turn the conversation toward things about myself that I should be improving.

Even though this was her way of trying to make sure I survive in the world, because we were barely getting by, the constant requests to do things better made me feel like I wasn’t good enough.

It felt like no matter what I did, I could never fully please her. If I accomplished something she requested of me, I’d get a quick “thank you,” then she’d move on to talk about what else I should do.

Philippe Arrighi teaches French and French History and Culture.

I found it most hurtful when she would talk about how great someone else was. She’d update me about some amazing thing that one of her client’s children had accomplished and suggest that I should try to follow in that person’s footsteps.

All that did was make me think that something was wrong with me.

I ended up with low self-esteem, and because I thought I was worthless, nothing was scarier than the thought of making mistakes and failing, because that would confirm that I was not good enough.

This was why I never took too many risks and searched only for options that seemed to have a guarantee for success.

My anxiety made me develop a behavior of perfectionism, and it was ruining my life. The more I let it make my decisions for me, or lack of decisions for that matter, the further I felt from who I wanted to become.

Ironically, becoming a perfectionist was my brain’s solution to helping me feel good enough.

“Perfectionism
is the belief that if we live perfect,
look perfect, and act perfect,
we can minimize or avoid the pain
of blame, judgement, and shame.
It’s a shield.”

Brené Brown

This toxic behavior put me in an endless cycle of working hard to achieve all sorts of cool things so that one day, I might feel good about myself. In reality, every accomplishment felt anti-climactic. I was always dissatisfied and constantly looking for the next big accomplishment to chase.

No matter how much I succeeded, it was never enough for me, just like I never felt like I was enough for other people.

It wasn’t until I met someone who could see the real me that I finally figured out how to overcome my anxiety.

The Power of a Safe Space

When I was a teenager, a man named Anthony saved my life. If it weren’t for him, I would’ve gone down a much more self-destructive path.

He never questioned the mistakes I’d made unless I wanted to talk about them. And when I didn’t want to talk about them, he’d openly share his own horrible mistakes.

I never once felt judged by him, nor did I feel like he had a set of expectations for me.

Anthony helped me feel safe.

People touched by you will not be ordinary anymore.

People touched by
you will not be
ordinary anymore.

I realized for the first time that for most of my life, I didn’t feel safe to be who I was.

I was almost always in survival mode, shielding myself emotionally. All my behavior was in reaction to the anxiety of not feeling good enough for other people.

Being in a safe space finally helped me put my guard down and look at myself objectively. It was in these moments that I became deeply aware that being a perfectionist wasn’t the answer to my anxiety, and that I was heading down a path toward depression.

I didn’t come to this realization sooner because the pre-frontal cortex, the thinking part of the brain, is turned off when the brain’s in survival mode. This pre-frontal cortex is what’s capable of rational behavior, critical thinking, and emotional regulation.

The only way to calm down the survival mode of your brain is to place yourself in environments where you feel safe.

The thinking part of your brain will help you understand where your anxiety comes from and figure out an effective way to handle it.

It was in this safe space that I finally realized that I had the power and responsibility to stay true to myself.

How I Overcame My Anxiety

Deep down, I hated myself for constantly giving in to other people’s expectations of me and for letting their standards determine my self-worth.

But the reality is that I let this happen.

And here’s the even harsher truth.

I let it happen because it’s much easier to live a life that someone else wants you to live.

The scariest part is that once you take ownership of the one life you have, you have no one to blame if things go wrong. At least following someone else’s path gave me the right to blame him or her.

My brain would rather me let others’ standards dictate my life and sacrifice my mental health than do anything that might make me experience the emotional pain of looking like a failure and falling short of someone’s standards.

Now that I knew all my anxiety was coming from my brain being in survival mode, I needed to figure out a way to regularly calm it down.

          A beautiful sunset at the Anderson School.

This was when I discovered meditation. 

I learned that brain scans in studies have revealed that meditation calms the amygdala and activates the thinking part of your brain.

I started using the free version of an app called Head space, and I learned how effective it can be to simply be present and enter a state of awareness.

For most of my life, I’d been tossed left and right by my circumstances and was a slave to my emotional reactions. Meditation helped me become more aware of why I was behaving the way I did, especially in these reactive moments.

I finally saw that almost all my anxiety led to irrational thoughts and behaviors.

For example, I remember when I decided to start my business, it was hard to build my audience. Nobody was reading any of my articles, and I wasn’t getting any traffic on my website.

I’ve given up on other ventures plenty of times before, and I was ready to give up on this one too. I took it personally and started telling myself the familiar narrative that I didn’t have what it takes. I just wasn’t good enough. Then I recognized that I was reacting to my anxiety as I’d always done, and I could choose a different way.

I was able to be aware and think to myself, “I’m feeling anxious right now because this moment feels similar to a couple of painful experiences I had in the past.”

The moment I became aware of this I gave myself the power to make a choice rather than to habitually react.

So I told myself, “The old you would put yourself down and give up, but the new you can try to assess the situation objectively and see what is really setting you back.”

After doing this, I was finally able to grasp that I didn’t have business challenges because of my character, but most likely because of the strategies and tactics I was using to market myself. Once I used different strategies, I got different results.

Your Best Life Starting Now

In order to live our best life, we have to calm our anxiety about disappointing other people and not being good enough, and find the courage to be true to ourselves.

It is one of the hardest decisions you will ever make, but it will also be one of the best.

The first step to changing my life for the better was having awareness. The next key step was focus.

What you focus on is usually what you will gravitate toward.

The key to living your best life is not to run away from who you were, but to run toward who you want to become.

As I meditated, my anxiety calmed down and I started to have such a clear idea of the person I wanted to be.

I no longer wanted to be the anxious person who thought he was worthless. I wanted to become a great husband, father, and leader. Rather than worrying about not being able to meet these expectations, I started to engage the thinking part of my brain to figure out what needed to be done.

I didn’t have all the answers, but I knew I could only make this life I wanted a reality if I started making changes and learned as I went.

I wanted to learn what it took to become a better husband, so I started going to marriage counseling.

I wanted to become a better parent, so I researched how children are wired and how to best communicate with them.

I wanted to be a better leader, so I invested in credible leadership and coaching courses.

And I did these things not because I wanted to prove something to myself, but more because it mattered to me deeply and I knew it was a part of who I truly was.

I’ve spent too much time running away from opportunities for growth because I was afraid I might not be good enough. The problem, though, was that I was running away without knowing where I wanted to go. I ended up in destinations where I felt more lost than ever, and my anxiety kept catching up to me in the end.

Now, whenever I experience anxiety, I tell myself, “This is anxiety.” I thank my brain for looking out for me and then I ask myself, “What do I need to focus on in this moment, and how can I get it?”

Then, surprisingly, the anxiety calms down and the thinking part of my brain activates to try and figure out the best way to go about things.

This is what changed everything for me.

And I know it can for you too.

While people might have expectations for you, the world desperately needs the power that comes from you living your most authentic life.

If you are battling anxiety about not being good enough or pleasing other people, take a moment to slow down and acknowledge what you are experiencing. Then, identify what you need to feel safe so you can turn on the thinking part of your brain and start uncovering the answers you most need. That might mean meditating, talking to a close friend, or even just getting out in nature for a walk.

It’s time to take a deep breath, be compassionate with yourself, and decide who it is you want to be.

Stay aware and focused and you’ll be there sooner than you think.

About Eugene Choi

Eugene works with professionals who are frustrated because they’ve made it as far as they can go and start to feel stuck. His unique method of coaching helps them figure out what their next steps can be whether it’s a way to grow within their company or even switch careers.

2018-19 Anderson School Calendar

First Semester

September 4 – December 21   2018

Sept. 4 (Tuesday)                              First Day of First Semester

Oct 8 (Monday)                                 Columbus Day Holiday

Nov. 19 – 23                                       Thanksgiving / Fall Break

T. B. A.                                                 Texas A.G.T. Conference (no school)

Dec. 21 (Friday)                                 Last Day of Fall Semester

Dec. 24 – Jan. 7                                  Winter Break Holidays

Second Semester

January 8 – May 24   2019

Jan. 8 (Tuesday)                                 Second Semester begins

Jan. 21 (Monday)                               Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Holiday

Feb. 18 (Monday)                               President’s Day Holiday

Mar. 11 -15                                         Spring Break Holidays

April 19 & 22 (Fri. & Mon.)             Good Friday & Easter Holidays

May 20                                                Prep. Day for Adventure Trip     (no school)

May 21 – 24                                        Adventure Trip

May 24                                                Last Day of Semester

  Dr. & Mrs. Anderson may schedule 2-5 additional days
(to be announced later) for In-service Training.
Visit our website at
http://www.andersonschool.net
for updated information.

    The School Calendar is subject to change.
There are no make-up days
if school is closed due to
 inclement weather.

Inclement Weather Policy:
the school will close if Fort Worth I. S. D. is closed.

(Calendar 2018-2019 / approved 7-29-18)

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IS MORE IMPORTANT
THAN SPENDING MONEY ON CHILDREN.”
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What Gives Us Hope / 7 Things Mentally Healthy People Tell Themselves / Sept. 4: Classes Resume

“You see it as YOU are.”

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

depends on the intent of the scientist.

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

“You do not see
the World
as it is.

You see it
as YOU are.”

Anais Nin

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

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

Jeremy Hayward (Nuclear physicist)

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

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

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

Waiting just inside your Beautiful Heart.

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

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

But,
do not cry.

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

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

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

                    WE define Reality.

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

We have
the power.

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

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

My Dear Friends,
God

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

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

                          If we walk together.

If
we walk together
with
OUR Creator,

this World
will not fall down
upon us.

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

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

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

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

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

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

We are both Creator and Created.

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

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

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

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

Matthew 17:20

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

and become the Master
of your Life.

       Emerge from the dark cave.

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

yours and ours.

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

Prayer
is simply talking
with God.

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

Goodnight.

 Our Prayers enable us.

7 Things Mentally Healthy People
Tell Themselves
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By

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

Marie Hartwell-Walker, Ed.D.

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

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The Beautiful Way Life Was Intended / Bergamot Benefits / Friday: Rollerland West and Shakespeare

“When one realizes
one is asleep,
at that moment
one is already half-awake.”
– P. D. Ouspensky

lilies-flowers

Experience life in the beautiful way it was intended.

Deep, powerful knowledge
Is the key
To inspired thinking
and
Finding intelligent solutions
To problems.

And inspired awareness
Is the key
To a beautiful way
Of Life.

White-Flowers

A richness in the texture of living.

Each of us,
In a very unique way,
Possess a pathway
For higher awareness
Of Love
And of living,
To experience our life
In the beautiful way
It was intended,
To change this life
And create new possibilities,
And revolutionize the way
We comprehend the complex
and mysterious place that is
The Galaxy
Of our Heart.

lake

        The beauty waiting within.

Shrouded by the dust of living,
We are able to be
Liberated through a view
Of Love.
We can remove the things if life
That block our vision
To the awareness of
Love’s presence.

For Love
Is your natural,
God given inheritance,
And it is there
For you to see,
It is there
For you
to
Let it be.

“Your arms reach out to me
and my heart is free

From all care,
for it knows
there are no gloomy skies

When seen through the eyes
of those who are blessed
with love.”

– Max Steiner

There is no need
To let sorrow abound,
To enter your life
And go
Around and around,
From beginning to beginning,
In a perpetual motion
That you keep
Spinning.

“Like a circle in a spiral,
like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending or beginning
on an ever spinning reel
As the images unwind,
like the circles that you find in
The windmills of your mind!”
– M.Bergman, M. Legrand, A. Bergman

phlox-flower

Faith, and the mountain, are within.

To truly harvest life,
Search for the intensity
Of Human Kindness,
Which reflects our humanity,
And creates the Loving forces
Which go beyond this moment,
Beyond what we think and imagine,
Beyond things as they are,
To what they can be,
To the beauty waiting
Within.

oleander

             Create new possibility.

To see all things
Are truly possible,
Reveals
Facets of meaning
And a richness in the texture
Of being,
Of Loving
And of living.

“When all is come to pass
The storm has breathed it’s last
And the rain
Has washed our fears away,
Love will fall on us all
And we can smile again.”
– Hayley Westenra

The Miraculous application of Love
Is a balm on every wound.
And as we begin to understand
More deeply
Why love is such a necessary element
In the healing of the world,
We need do no more
Than trust
In what the Gospel
says.

“God is Love,
and all who live in Love
live in God,
and God lives in them.”
– 1 John 4:16

Jesus says
Something remarkable
In Matthew 17:20:

“If your Faith were the size
Of even the smallest of seeds,
The mustard bush,
We would be able to
Move Mountains.”

Your faith
Can move a mountain.
How?

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Revolutionize the way we understand our Hearts.

My Dear Friends,
Faith,
And the mountain,
Are within.

“You are given
the gifts of the Gods,

you create your reality.”
– Jane Roberts

We are beings
Of a very fragile
And a very human
Dimension and degree,
But with a Faith
That can move mountains.
Faith
Can also move us
To
Love one another.

We not only have the strength,
Through Faith,
To Love each other,
We have the Commandment:
‘You shall love your neighbor
as yourself.’ 
– Mark 12:28-31

I have always felt
That Love was misunderstood.
Love is not
An unusual, abnormal,
Infrequent state of being.

Love
Created us.
It is who we are,
What we are doing
And where we are going.
It
Is our destiny.

I felt
So deeply Loved
As a child.
I cannot remember feeling
Anything but Love,
In the presence of
My precious Mother,
Marie.

Anton

     Anton Chekhov

Love
Births Love.
Tis the way
It was,
And shall always
Be.

“Perhaps the feelings
that we experience

when we are in love
represent a normal state.
Being in love
shows a person
who he should be.”
– Anton Chekhov

orchids

        Go beyond the moment.

“It doesn’t matter who you love,
or how you love,
but that you love”
– Rod McKuen

We have, essentially,
Three types of understanding,
Empirical, philosophical and
Spiritual.

Yes,
Mankind has entertained in his mind
A philosophical
And an empirical beginning.
But the beginning
Of beginning,
Was a Spiritual Birth.

My Dear Friends,
The question is NOT:

“Who am I?”
but rather,
“Whom do I have
the freedom to be?”
– Philip J. Mancuso

God fosters the Spirit of freedom.
He knows that the Human Spirit
Requires freedom
.

And the more disciplined we are,
The more freedom we have.

Sin limits our future choices.
Drugs and alcohol and tobacco
Quickly become addictions.
They become the master
And we, the unaware slave.

Abuse of your precious freedom
Will paralyze your life,
And remove tomorrow
From the landscape
Of your every
Desire,
Your every dream.

“If freedom of speech is taken away,
then dumb and silent we may be,
led like sheep to the slaughter.”
  – George Washington

Yes,
Every day we make choices

That determine our destiny.
Each day
God gives us
A most beautiful gift
,
A God like quality:
Freedom,
To think,
To choose,
To be.

“But to every man there openeth,
A high way and a low,
And every mind decideth,
The way his soul shall go.

One ship sails East,
And another West,
By the self-same winds that blow,
‘Tis the set of the sails
And not the gales,
That tells the way we go.”
– Ella Wheeler Wilcox

columbine

            Truly harvest life.

God gave us Life
And Love,
To you and to me.
And it is a Life
And Love so
Beautiful,
And so powerful,
It is,
My Friends,
Beyond
Belief.

” Go more deeply into your heart
and feel yourself expand.
Get as large as the universe.
Feel your connection to all things.
Let that connection hold you and Love you.
Become the Universe.”

Bergamot

               Bergamot

2 Bergamot Benefits:
Raise the
HDL “Good” Cholesterol and
Relieve Anxiety Naturally
by Kathleen Jade, N.D.
Natural Health Advisory Institute
read more

Bergamot is a small, pear-shaped citrus fruit
that grows on small trees that are cultivated
almost exclusively in coastal regions of southern Italy.
Bergamot essential oil, made mainly from the peels,
is very aromatic and commonly used in
aromatherapy and perfumery.

Is bergamot becoming
an alternative to statin drugs?

Researchers conducted a study using
a higher dose of bergamot extract
as a substitute for statins in 32 patients
who could not tolerate statins due to the side effects
of these drugs.

After stopping statins for 2 months,
they took 500 mg of bergamot extract in capsule form
three times a day for a total of 1500 mg per day.
After 30 days, the average reduction in total cholesterol
was 25%, with an average 27.6% reduction in LDL cholesterol.
There was no re-appearance of side effects.

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“So take my hand and walk this land with me
And walk this lovely land with me
Though I am just a man, when you are by my side
With the help of God, I know I can be strong.”
– Pat Boone

For Friday Feb. 12, 2016

Due to popular demand, we will meet at 10:00 a.m. at ROLLERLAND WEST, located at 7325 Calmont Avenue  – Telephone: 817-244-8290. At approximately 11:15 a.m. will we will travel to La Madeleine Country French Cafe, 6140 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth, (817) 654-0471  to enjoy lunch. Following lunch we will travel to the Anderson School to work on our Shakespeare Production, Hamlet, with our wonderful Director, George X Rodriguez.

Skating time is from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. If you arrive late you will not be able to skate for a full hour. Pickup will be at 3:15 at school.

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

Students are NOT to leave Rollerland, or the restaurant without the approval of Dr. or Mrs. Anderson.

FINANCIAL: Rollerskating $10.00 (Please pay Dr. A.) and lunch. Refreshments available: Yes!

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

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

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

Anderson
Where precocious children are nurtured, appreciated
& from time to time, roller skate!