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

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

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

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

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

in the service of our communities, State or Nation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wonderful neighbors and friends.

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

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

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You are the Guardians of the Gardens of Life.

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

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

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

to win them.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

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

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    The mirror of our own fear.

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

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

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       The Light of God’s Love.

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

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

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

And God,
in His Wisdom,
provides.

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           Towers of Strength.

Yes.
God answers our
Prayers.

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

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

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    Who chose to rise above.

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

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

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

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

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Reflections of our Deeply Held Morality.

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

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

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

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     Courage to the Core.

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

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

We THANK YOU.
And we truly
LOVE YOU
too.

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

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

Our Prayers
are with you
and
your precious Families.

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       Our Prayers are with you.

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

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“In Valor there is Hope.”   – Tacitus

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

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

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

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

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

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           Children can teach us.

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

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

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

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

Goodnight.

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

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

Let us Pray.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  For Friday Oct. 7, 2016

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    God abides within.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Annie & Alexander          Anderson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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              A deeper meaning

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

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

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

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This Life is not about you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Give the most precious Gift of all, your Love.

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

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

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

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

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

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Wield the sword of fearlessly Loving everything that is living.

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

Goodnight

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A moment is given birth that did not exist before.

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

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That Could Totally Change Your Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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