The Illusions of Life and Death / Lithium and Lower Risk of Dementia – Crazy Water / School Starts on Tuesday, Sept. 5

Your brain without hugs.

For
my Philosophy students.

Your brains
have been asleep
all Summer long.
Don’t ask me
how
I know this.
Now,
get that confused look
back on your face,
and get to class!
It’s a good indication
that once again,
you are
thinking,
and, according to
René Descartes,
you finally
exist.

“People like us …
know that the distinction between
past, present and future
is only a stubbornly persistent
illusion.”

– Albert Einstein

Our consciousness
does not exist in our brains
or in our bodies.

This illusion
of our individual selves,
and the misinformation of our true origins,
has manifested the idea
that we think independently
from one another.

But,
there is a Spiritual Bond
we hold in common
between all things in the Universe,
and we are all part of
One
Divine Intelligence.

“Know thyself
and thou shalt know
all the mysteries of the gods
and the Universe”.
– inscription on the Ancient
Greek Temple of Apollo at Delphi

Matter,
within the illusory building blocks
of our perceivable existence,
is molded by thoughtful intent.

My Dear Friends,
consciousness shapes
reality.
And we consciously
reshaped our beautiful Forests
from Cathedrals of the Heart,
into structures
where we worship
our feeble minds.

Now,
our thought processes
have become so linear
that
our creativity has been
squelched and highly limited
by the preponderance of
straight lines and
ninety degree angles.
We call these structures
Home.

We kicked ourselves
out
of our beautiful
Garden.
Now the mind
of Mankind
no longer envisions
and dreams of
the breathtaking
Natural World
God
placed us
into.

Now,
we have lived
long enough to say,
and with our dying breath:
“With so very many
things to do,
I
got in my
way.
And along this
narrow path,
I failed
to give away,
all the Love
gifted to me
from Above.”

                      The breathtaking Natural World.

Yes,
we forgot
to give and take Love
easy,
as the leaves grow
on the Trees,
as grass grows
on the open fields
with such ease.

“Peace like a river ran through the city.
Long past the midnight curfew
We sat starry-eyed.
We were satisfied
and I remember,
misinformation followed us
like a plague.”
Paul Simon

But,
there is Hope.

From this moment on,
Life
ever begins again.
The answer
to all our Prayers,
begins
with the Prayer.

“A thrill of Hope;
the weary World rejoices,
For yonder breaks
a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees!
O hear the Angel voices!”
Placide Cappeau

To sing the Song of Freedom
and finally know
what keeps us strong
all day long,
is to have
a reason
to Believe in
Love,
to know
Love is the question
and Love is the Answer
to Prayer
from Up Above.

The Whispers
of the Morning,
through the leaves
of the trees
on high,
are all about
God’s Love.
Our first Home
was in the
Garden,
of His Heart.

          A reflection of the present.

Everything that happens,
tomorrow or in the past,
could be a reflection
of the present.
It is possible
that there is only
ONE moment in Time.

In The Unreality of Time
by John McTaggart,
time is just another dimension,
future events are
already there”.
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The mirrored walls of this moment
could replicate conscious awareness
and fill us with the illusion
of controlling reality
and everything
that exists.

Everything is possible.
What is ‘Real’
could be based upon repeating patterns
designed to function in
a real time
simulation.

What is a simulation?
What is Reality?
How do you determine what is Real?
 Are we floating on a sea of relativity?
Are we projected from some point
at the center of the
Galaxy?

Is each person
at the center of their own
Universal Consciousness?
Is the center
everywhere,
and
at the beginning and the end

of time,
in every when?

Everything
is dependent on the observer?
YOU!

  If you remove the observer,
YOU,
and are replaced
with a quantum computational system
that manipulates the constants
that YOU observe,
do we now have a way to manipulate
time and space?

The road to understanding
may be infinitely
long.
Matter may be nothing more
than a very compelling
illusion.

YOU
may be a very real
uncertainty.

But you do
exist.

René Descartes,
French philosopher and mathematician,
had radical doubts.
He wondered
if nothing that is perceived or sensed
is really true.
But there was one Truth:
there is a mind, a consciousness
doing the doubting.
And so he postulated,
‘I think,
therefore
I am’.

So,
when you come to class,
if you are thinking
I will count you
present.
If not,
you may not
exist.

Epistemological questions
may forever,
if time is even considered
to exist,
have no clear
resolutions.
Points of view,
may never be
resolved.
Which sounds
like the politics of the
day!

                      ‘I think, therefore, I am’.

My Dear Friends,
someday soon,

death will be conquered.
It is the last enemy
on God’s time schedule
to be defeated.

“The last enemy
that shall be destroyed
is death”
1 Cor. 15:26

Eternity,
the anticipated Singularity,
will require a Peace
no one has yet discovered.
It is a Peace
beyond our recognition,
beyond any words or understanding.
It is a Peace that can only come
from our Heavenly Father.

The knowledge of Eternal Peace
resides within
the Holy Word of God.
If we learn to trust
in Him,
we can Love one another
without restraint
and live
in Eternal Peace.

“When peace,
like a river,
attendeth my way,
When sorrows
like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot,
Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well,
it is well with my Soul.”
Horatio G. Spafford

Pray
for Peace.

Goodnight.

Lithium in water may cut dementia
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On a personal note:
How well I remember meeting a Lady
in Mineral Wells, Texas in 1964.
She told me she was 100 years old.
But she looked to me to be in her 60’s! 
She showed me her driver’s license
and she really was 100 years old.

I could not believe it!

Later, I asked her what the secret was
to her longevity and youthful looks.
She whispered in my ear, “Crazy Water”.
No, I did not comprehend what she was saying.
But she got in her car
and headed for the Crazy Water Hotel
with her empty water bottles.
Wow!

People with higher levels of lithium in their drinking water appear to have a lower risk of developing dementia, say researchers in Denmark.

Lithium is naturally found in tap water, although the amount varies.

The findings, based on a study of 800,000 people, are not clear-cut. The highest levels cut risk, but moderate levels were worse than low ones.

Experts said it was an intriguing and encouraging study that hinted at a way of preventing the disease.

The study, at the University of Copenhagen, looked at the medical records of 73,731 Danish people with dementia and 733,653 without the disease.

Those drinking water with the highest lithium levels (above 15 micrograms per litre) had a 17% reduction in risk.

The researchers said: “This is the first study, to our knowledge, to investigate the association between lithium in drinking water and the incidence of dementia.

“Higher long-term lithium exposure from drinking water may be associated with a lower incidence of dementia.”

Brain-altering

Lithium is known to have an effect on the brain and is used as a treatment in bipolar disorder.

However, the lithium in tap water is at much lower levels than is used medicinally.

Experiments have shown the element alters a wide range of biological processes in the brain.

This broad impact could explain the mixed pattern thrown up by the different doses, as only certain dosing sweet-spots change brain activity in a beneficial way.

Prof Simon Lovestone, from the department of psychiatry at the University of Oxford, said: “This is a really intriguing study.

“In neurons in a dish and in mouse and fruit-fly models of Alzheimer’s disease, lithium has been shown to be protective.

“Not only that, but lithium is used to treat people with bipolar disorder and some studies have suggested that people on lithium for this reason, often for life, might also be protected from Alzheimer’s.”

No therapy

At the moment, there is no drug that can stop, reverse or even slow the progression of the disease.

Dr David Reynolds, from the charity Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “It is potentially exciting that low doses of a drug already available in the clinic could help limit the number of people who develop dementia.

“[Our analysis] suggests that a treatment that could delay dementia by just five years would mean that 666,000 fewer people develop dementia by 2050 [in the UK].”

Prof. Tara Spires-Jones, from the Center for Discovery Brain Sciences, at the University of Edinburgh, said: “This association does not necessarily mean that the lithium itself reduces dementia risk.

“There could be other environmental factors in the area that could be influencing dementia risk.

“Nonetheless, this is an interesting result that will prompt more research into whether lithium levels in the diet or drinking water may modify risk of dementia.”

Crazy Water ?
Yes,
it has a high level of Lithium.
I buy mine at Albertsons
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The waters of Mineral Wells, TX have been making folks feel good inside and out since 1881. The legend goes like this: In late 1881, a woman who suffered from dementia would sit by the well all day drinking the mineral water. People slowly began to notice that the crazy old lady was not so crazy anymore. Had the water from the well alleviated the lady’s “crazies”? The well became known as the “Crazy Well” and thousands of people from all over the country flocked to this magical well, including a man named Ed Dismuke. Mr. Dismuke was told by his doctor that there was no remedy for his ailing stomach. But Mr. Dismuke began drinking the magical water and before he knew it, he was restored to health. In 1904, Mr. Dismuke founded the Famous Mineral Water Company, selling and distributing the mineral water. Now, more than 100 years later, people are still drinking Crazy Water

No. 4 is the strongest, full-bodied mineral water that we recommend drinking 1-2 glasses a day.

 Mineral Type (mg/l)
Calcium 32
Magnesium 19
Potassium 5
Bicarbonate (HCO3) 758
T. Alkalinity (CaCO3) 621
Sulfate 1170
Fluoride .5
Sodium Chloride 72
Manganese .006
Zinc .53
Silica 15
Lithium .17
pH 8.2
Dissolved Solids 2763

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Tranquility / Depression and Diet / Friday: Civil War Museum

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Reality in the beautiful shape of Love.

 Love’s wounds never heal,
unless inflicted.
And Love
cannot seal
fate,
until your Love
you reveal.
Love,
My Friend,
is revealed
when the mind
no longer will conceal
what lies buried deep
within our very Human
Heart.

We carry
a reminder
of things that are not
and never were.
Why
do we remember
things that never were?

“You look at things
and ask why,

but I dream of things
that never were

and ask why not”
– George Bernard Shaw

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   A strong vision of the future.

And when the dream is over,
will Love find you there,
wherever you are?
Or will you
still be waiting
with empty memories?

Our dreams
pull reality
from the Heart.
Hope
made manifest.
Prayer
answered.

  “Hope deferred
makes the Heart sick,

    but a dream fulfilled
is a Tree of Life.”
Proverbs 13:12

Each splendid evening,
through the lens
of your Heart,
you can see through all the years,
Life looking back,
through the laughter,
through the tears.
But you see
with a clarity
only imagined,
of what could be.

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Through the lens of your Heart.

The willow weeps for me,
as I lay
beneath the tree.

I sat beneath a willow tree,
Where water falls and calls;
While fancies upon fancies solaced me,
Some true,
and some were false.
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Christina Rossetti

All things are vain
that wax and wane,
for which we waste our breath;
Love only doth not wane
and is not vain,
Love only
outlives death.”

Christina Rossetti
In the Willow Shade

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A dream fulfilled is a Tree of Life.

And I humbly ask,
“Where have all the Leaves
and Flowers
Gone?

To the floor
of the Forest
and back into being –
into the Beautiful Trees
from whence they came:
Flowering Perfection,
Resurrection,
in language never understood.

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              Back into being.

 Visions
of a journey back home,
of Hope sustaining,
Life remaining,
a wistful window onto the very Soul
of what was and is,
of what will be.

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    Language never understood

Yes,
God is neigh,
nearer to Thee
than we can ever see.
So near,
He is far away.
Your Father is always with you,
and within,
whispering Love,
whispering Hope
forever and ever,
Amen.

“The Word is nigh Thee,
even in thy mouth,
and in thy Heart.
Romans 10:8

Yes,
Life begins again.
And Love,
only Love,
shows the
way.

“Why is it l-lee-d
that people who seem to have
so much less,

seem so much more Happy?”
L Lee

.
Side by side,
My Friend,
we come alive.

But dense and hallucinatory,
the World we have created
in our anger
and our shame,
gives little chance
for our children
to mend.

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Dreams pull reality from the Heart.

The faint winds of memory
sweep by,
and the chill
is to the bone.

The path of time
circles round,
to find us
at last bound
for home.
Black and white moments
colored
by Grace
and time,
and soothed
by our Artist’s
Loving Hand.

“Fading light dims the sight
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright
From afar, drawing near
Falls the night.

Thanks and praise for our days
Neath the sun, neath the stars, neath the sky
As we go, this we know
God is nigh.”
Rukard Hurd

Bewilderment, meaningless,
the final denouement,
the awaiting resolution,
of yet
another twist of fate,
another day.

And what
does it really mean?

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     Lindsey Stirling

“You know,
I’ve realized that
a lot of times
I failed
to see the Beauty

that is in the moments
and the people
that surround me
every single day.

[This] reminds me
of a time
when I honestly felt
like no one
could see the Beauty
in me.
And maybe,
that’s something you
relate to,
because you think that
no one sees
the Beauty in you.
Please know
that there is a Gift
inside of YOU.”
Lindsey Stirling

With a strong Belief,
and
our Trust in God,
Prayers become Visions
that bear a remarkable semblance
of impending Salvation,
creating unshakeable Faith
that transforms Reality
in the beautiful shape
of Love,
and into dreams
that come true.

“Now the years are rolling by me.
They are rockin’ evenly.
I am older than I once was
And younger than I’ll be.
But that’s not unusual.
No, it isn’t strange.
After changes upon changes
We are more or less the same.”
Paul Simon

We pay dearly
for news
that is neigh.
Endless
are the string of indignities.

Never quiet, eerie,
at once charming,
but disarming,
our fears come to
delude us.
We think,
rather than feel.
Our minds imagine,
but only the Heart,
My Friend,
will reveal.

And in reading
the Sacred Scripture of God,
we find beautiful
Floral Arrangements,
in form of words
that sparkle with the delight of
Hope,
and the zest
of a red, red Rose,

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Empowered
through Prayer
by the Holy Spirit,
with a strong vision of the future,
we can be made
whole again.

Here’s to the night
that births the
Dawn,
to moments
that birth delight,
to Love everlasting,
Love within sight,
giving birth
to song
we listen to
all through the night.

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The horizon of your dreams will finally be seen.

And here’s to the weariness
of day,
to make our rest
truly felt,
a memory
to stay.

Fluid visions
dancing through altered dimensions,
dreams mixing sweet
with tender direction,
as God guides we wistful
wanderers.

Such is
the power of
Prayer.

“How can the light
that burned so brightly
Suddenly burn so pale?
Is it a kind of shadow

Reaching into the night,
Wandering over the hills unseen.
Or is it a dream?

There’s a high wind in the trees,
A cold sound in the air,
And nobody ever knows when you go,
And where do you start?
Oh,
into the dark?

– Mike Batt

My Precious Friend,
the desolation
of Life
can end.
No languid thing of Beauty
is Tranquility.
It shines within
through the years.
And in that moment,
in the Beauty of the hour you Believe,
in that Tranquil moment,
the horizon of your dreams
will finally be seen.

Goodnight.

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“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.”
William Blake

From our friends at the Underground Health Reporter:
Is Your Diet Causing Your Depression?

If you suffer from depression or anxiety or other mental illness, it may help to look closely at your diet. link between diet and mental health is just as strong as the link between diet and physical health. “There’s a very strong link between quality of diet and risk of common mental disorders like depression and anxiety,” Felice Jacka, associate professor, psychiatric epidemiologist, and director of the Food and Mood Centre at Deakin University in Australia, told HuffPost Australia.

Plant-Based Wellness

This new field of research investigating the link between nutrition and mental health offers completely new methods of treating and preventing mental illness. The mainstays of psychiatric treatments—pharmacological drugs – have achieved only modest benefits. Compelling evidence indicates that nutrition could be a crucial factor in combating increased prevalence of mental health issues around the globe. Clear findings are already emerging as to which foods hurt the most, and which foods help the most.

Jacka and her team analyze how different dietary patterns support or undermine mental well being. One clear connection the team has identified so far is between rates of depression and intake of processed foods that contain high concentrations of…

     Fat
          Sugar
               Carbohydrates
                    Emulsifiers
                         Artificial flavors

Similarly, there is a relation between incidences of depression and low intake of healthful foods, for instance…

     Vegetables
          Fruits
               Legumes
                    Fish
                         Lean red meat

“Even if you’re eating good food, if you’re also eating a lot of junk food, it can be a problem,” Jacka said. On the other hand, even if you eat little or no junk food, you can off-balance your mental health by not eating enough fruits and vegetables.

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                                            On Friday, 11-18-16
we will meet at the Texas Civil War Museum (817-246-2323) 760 Jim Wright Freeway (Loop 820).

Drop-off will be at the Museum at 10:00 a.m.

Pick up will be at the ANDERSON SCHOOL at 3:15 p.m.

FINANCIAL:   $8.00 for students & $10.00 adults. This fee funds our docent program on Leadership, slush fund for confederates      re-enacting the war and not accepting of Robert E. Lee’s surrender, and entrance to the museum.                Please pay Dr. A.

 The MUSEUM STAFF is Battle tested & ready to teach. Note the steady gaze looking for ANY sign of misbehavior.

LUNCH: Following our museum tour we will return to school and enjoy a Thanksgiving Dinner.

GIFT SHOP: Yes! They have a GREAT gift shop with items related to the war we have not necessarily lost!

Uniform pants with a belt & red monogrammed school shirt are required. Unpolish your shoes, the rebels are recruiting this week. This fabulous museum can be enjoyed by the entire family,

Students are NOT to leave the Museum or restaurant at any time for any reason, including the need to secure a ride, go off to war & whip the Yankees (which also requires a uniform,  powder, good teeth to open the powder and gun) or use the restroom, without the approval of Dr. or Mrs. Anderson.
 
MUSEUM RULES *  No loud talking, running, or jumping or one of the Museum staff will get you. (They ALL look like ex-school principals.)
*  Stay with your chaperone at all times. If Dr. A seems jittery, he has had enough! Just offer him coffee with extra cream.
His motto is: “One cup per kid!”
*  Use clipboards for worksheets. Do not lean or write on exhibit display cases or walls.
*  No food, drink, candy, or gum is allowed inside. Give these items to Dr. A., he knows (burp!) what to do with them.
*  The museum has video surveillance & alarms so don’t be alarmed and return the muskets.
*  They reserve the right to refuse service and rough up those who do not wish to follow the rules of conduct. Now, there are exceptions and one of them is Dr. A. He is a good guy and won’t remember the rules, and he already looks roughed up.      

sun-filtering                                                  IMPORTANT  DATES
Nov. 21-25  (Monday-Friday) Thanksgiving / Fall Break  NO SCHOOL NEXT WEEK

Dec. 1-2      Texas A.G.T. Conference (no school)

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

Dec. 23 – Jan. 4                      Winter Break Holiday

Jan. 5 (Thursday)                     Second Semester begins

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

Jan. 20                                       Fort Worth Stock Show

Feb. 20 (Monday)                      President’s Day Holiday

Mar. 13-17                                  Spring Break Holidays

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

April 28                                     Scarborough Renaissance Festival

May 22-26                                 Adventure Trip

May 26                                      Last Day of Semester

May 27                                     Dr. A admitted for therapy (you understand)

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   Anderson Private School

       FOR THE GIFTED, TALENTED
& LOVERS of HISTORY & HERSTORY

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