A Celebration of Existence / “Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare at Stage West Theater

Dedicated to a Precious Mother
One who has suffered beyond belief
And
Lost her wonderful son.
With all my Love to
DEBBY HARRIS

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Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.                        – Rabindranath Tagore

 I had a new student, who was older, ask me
A few years in the past,
“How could my life become this?
What is this living for,
If only to have my heart hurt so much
And be buried so deep?”

The pain some of our children share
Is often not really known or understood.

The emptiness created by so much misfortune,
As many young lives have experienced,
Can be filled with such love
As your heart can hold.

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Everything is a Celebration of Life.

God will never fail you
In your search for Love,
Should you ask.

And so, I Pray
That you Pray.
God will open up the hollow space
Created by transgressions against you,
And fill you with His Spirit
And His Strength
So you will truly live,
To Love others,
As He Loves you,
Yes,
To celebrate Life.

I have witnessed the love
Shared by so many children.
I have seen it in their eyes.
I have witnessed pure joy
Brought to everyone,
By the unconditional Love
In a child’s heart.
Yes,
I know a good heart when I find one.
And so do you.

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 The emptiness can be filled with such Love as your heart can hold.

As you find joy and forgiveness
In your own heart,
The spirit of your goodness
Will become a part of everyone
That so desperately need your joyful spirit.
I truly long to see your precious life
Reflect the Soothing Colors
Of our Artist’s Loving Hand.
For you are not only a Gift from God,
You are His Child.
And you are deeply Loved.

And after all the deeply heartfelt memories
Of having special moments
With your precious child,
I want you to know something –
That life is a song –
The beautiful music of our brief time.
Celebrate the memory of those precious moments.
Honor our Father in the Heavens above.
Find joy in the precious Gift of Life.
Tell the child
Standing near to you
To come nearer.
Whisper of the Love,
The deep abiding Love,
That dwells within,
The Love you feel
For only her
Or only him.
This Love flows through you.
It is Everlasting the Love of God.

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I truly long to see your precious life reflect the Soothing Colors of our Artist’s Loving Hand.

Close your eyes
In Prayer of Thanksgiving.

“If the only prayer
you ever say
is thank you,
it will be enough.”
–  Meister Eckhart

Discover the Bountiful Love of God
In your heart.
He is alive.
His Love is as alive as you,
It dwells within.
Now you may stop searching,
For His Love is you.
You can feel it, in your heart.
In His heart.
In Prayer.

Now you have lifted
Those in need,
From their knees.
Celebrate!
You are alive.
You are in Love,
You are deeply Loved,
And there is Joy within.

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You may stop searching, for His Love is you.

 The presence of your Love
Showers down upon everyone
Your life touches.
The heart of your Loving Spirit
Becomes a part of everyone
In your presence.
Your brief life can become
A triumph of the Spirit.

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You can celebrate everything.

“Each of us is the result
Of a Thought of God.
Each of us is willed.
Each of us is Loved.
– Benedict XVI

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Even the flowers of the field celebrate.

  My friends,
The whole universe
Is a celebration of existence.
Look around,
Even the flowers of the field
Celebrate
With a rainbow of vibrant color,
With aroma to delight.
You and everything in Life
Have a rhyme, a reason.
You can celebrate breath
With every breath you take,
You can celebrate everything –
The bountiful sunshine, the precious rain, a warm smile, even a frown.

Celebrate life in different ways:
In the food you eat,
The air you breathe,
The people you meet,
In everything you do,
If you see the world
With the eyes of a child.

GAVIN

B. S. A. quicklinks

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William Anderson, age 14, at Philmont Scout Ranch (far right). I highly recommend a Scouting experience for every child.

We enjoyed our trip to the Scarborough Renaissance Festival thanks to Nick Meagher, father of Gavin and Wyatt.

We enjoyed our trip to the Scarborough Renaissance Festival thanks to Nick Meagher, father of Gavin and Wyatt.

On May 4 & 5 (Monday & Tuesday) we will have our Anderson School Theatrical Production “Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare at Stage West Theater.

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We truly enjoyed our first class ride.

Theatrical performances will be  at 7:30 p.m. on both days.
Tickets for Tuesday are $20.00 each and may be purchased at
the door. Donations will be gratefully accepted for the Preview Performance on Monday evening. Additional contributions made to help fund our production are needed and sincerely appreciated.

On MONDAY we will meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Stage West Theater located at 821 West Vickery Blvd., for rehearsal. (Mon. from 9:00 a.m. –  5:00 p.m. Dinner, on your own, is from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Our actors, like Natalie, were interviewed by the press.

Our actors, like Natalie, enjoyed being interviewed by the press.

On TUESDAY we will meet at the theater at 9:00 a.m. and remain until 5:00 p.m. We will break for dinner at 5:00 p.m. and meet again at 6:30 p.m. at Stage West for the evening performance which begins at 7:30 p.m.

Please provide funds for LUNCH (approx. $5.00 – $10.00 each). Students may not leave the theater without the permission of the Director, George Rodriquez and Dr. or Mrs. Anderson. Do not just disappear as Dr. A’s heart is weak from lack of exercise, way too many pastries, and over exposure to many children over many eons (yes, many!). You understand.

Our own

Our own “Lady” Diana performed beautifully on stage.

Uniform pants with a belt & red monogrammed school shirts are required. PARENTS / GUARDIANS / FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS are invited to be with us and observe, but PLEASE do NOT interfere with rehearsals.

DINNER ON BOTH DAYS IS FROM 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. on your own.
ALL actors please report back to the theater at 6:30 p.m. for final preparations on Monday & Tuesday. PLEASE DO NOT BE LATE!!!

OUR SINCERE GRATITUDE goes to Dana Schultes and the wonderful staff at Stage West Theater. Our productions could not exist without the dynamic and extensive support of this wonderful Theater. Our community is truly blessed by the Stage West Theater. read more
Thank you!

Riley performed off stage as the

Riley also performed off stage as the “Perfect” baby sitter. It’s a natural ability.

And a VERY VERY SPECIAL THANKS to Director George Rodriguez. You are truly appreciated and deeply Loved by EVERYONE! Thank you!

IMPORTANT DATES
May 1 Tuition Due for 2015-16
May 4 & 5 (Mon. & Tues.) Anderson School Theatrical Production “Twelfth Night” At Stage West Theater

The audience, including Wyatt and Jack, were captivated.

The audience, including Wyatt and Jack, were captivated.

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Living Treasures / Fort Worth Nature Center

“Love is like a mirror.
When you love another you become his mirror,
And he becomes yours. . .
And reflecting each other’s love
you see infinity.”
                                        – Leo Buscaglia

Rosie Junior is soooooooo Cute

Rosie Jr. is soooooooo Cute!

Meet Alden, better known as "Snakes on a Face"!

Meet Alden, better known as “Snakes on a Face”!

The Japanese have a special saying for older people – “Living Treasures”. Respect for the Aged Day (Keirō no Hi) is a Japanese holiday celebrated annually to honor elderly citizens every September.

The mark of any civilized society is how it cares for its young people and its elderly. And this concept, considering and valuing our older, experienced and knowledgeable citizens as treasures is missing in America.

Michael is ready for battle.

Michael is ready for battle.

My friends, we need a clearer vision. Let’s follow the beautiful example offered by the Japanese culture and value and celebrate our living treasures. Grandparents, fathers, mothers, aunts and uncles have a lifetime of fascinating stories to share with their children and grandchildren.

Not only are their life stories and achievements invaluable to their families, they are important to us as a nation and our collective response towards aging. Older people are the beautifully woven tapestry of living history. They are a true treasure. They are the gold reserves of the Nation. And this gold mine is, essentially, unrecognized and, sadly, unappreciated.

Thinking of them reminds me of Mrs. A. When asked when she plans to retire she responded, “I think they are going to have to carry me out feet first. Until then, I will be here doing what I love, teaching.”

Are you a living treasure yourself ? Don’t leave all those precious

Kylee enjoys snuggling with our new puppy

Kylee enjoys snuggling with our new puppy.

memories tucked away in your head. Isn’t it time you recorded your life story. Please do so, for the sake of your family and your country. Find something to record your precious words – a camera, tape recorder, even pencil and paper. Or perhaps, start a website and surprise your family by beginning with the beginning – chapter one – your earliest thoughts, remembrances, and emotions. Here is a great place to pass on the legacy of your life! Share the meaningful, funny and truly significant stories. And let those you love, and many others, know how much you love them.

Amid the clamor of technological and economic success, a reverence for age, custom, and tradition endures in Japanese culture. And it should also be valued here, in this country.

We don't explain them. We just train them.

We don’t explain them. We just train them.

There are approximately 70 Japanese officially designated as ”The Living Treasures”. They are elderly men and women. Click here for more.

These are women and men in recognized fields who have been designated by the Japanese government as “Bearers of Important Intangible Cultural Assets” are often referred to as “Living National Treasures” or “Ningen Kokuho” coined from the term “national treasure” which was found in a 1929 law.

At the Anderson School, we treasure everyone. And we especially treasure the most valued citizens and educators. Several of our teachers retired years ago. And they enable and enlighten our students with their personal insights and philosophy of life and living garnered from many years of valuable experience.

I am always anxious to meet older and wiser minds still willing to share the vast wealth of their knowledge and their love of life. Are you one these? If so, let me hear from you.

Yes, a good time was had by all at the Indian Festival

A good time was had by all at the Indian Festival.

It has become a tradition for students to place a price tag on me at the annual Fossil Mania Show in Glenrose. Prices have ranged from 1 cent to 25 cents, which proves that I am no longer worth less than a “plug nickel”. But last Fall Natalie, known for always telling the truth, placed a tag on my back that said, “Priceless”.

Folks, the knowledge and experience you have gained from a life-time of living and loving life is also, “Priceless”. Pass it on!

“The world in its essence is the reconciliation of opposite forces.
These forces, like the right hand and left hand of the creator,
act in perfect harmony,
and yet in opposite directions.
                                                  – Rabindranath Tagore

 FRIDAY  STUDY/FUN  TRIP

Caty and Ian were really into face painting.

Caty and Ian were really into face painting.

On Friday, March 28, 2014 we will visit the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, an Urban Wilderness with a mission to enhance the quality of life by enrolling and educating our community in the preservation & protection
of natural areas while standing as an example of these same principles and values in North Central Texas.”

The Nature Center is located just inside the city limits of Fort Worth. It is a hidden jewel, a wilderness comprised of forests, prairies, and wetlands reminiscent of how much of the Fort Worth once looked. Replete with native flora and fauna, the area beckons to those searching for a piece of nature to refresh their spirits and reintroduce a measure of tranquility.

Over 3600 acres, the center is one of the largest city-owned nature centers in the United States and offers residents and visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the natural history of north central Texas. Over 20 miles of hiking trails provide easy access to a myriad of natural wonders to be found on the Refuge.

And, there were really into a teepee.

And, there were really into an Indian Teepee.

The center is located on the northwest side of Fort Worth, four miles west of I-820 on Jacksboro Hwy. (TX Hwy. 199).

We plan to hike the trails, have fun and get some sunshine and fresh air.
* Students are to follow policy at all times
* They ask that there be no loud talking, running, or jumping. (Good luck with that one!)
* Stay with the chaperone at all times.
* Use clipboards for worksheets. Do not lean or write on the exhibit display cases or walls.
* No food, drink, candy, or gum is allowed in the building.
* The museum is under video surveillance and all areas are equipped with security alarms.
* No “wheeled” foot gear allowed in the museum.

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

We are dressed for the Myan reunion.

We are dressed for the Myan reunion.

Pick up will be at the Nature Center at 2:30 p.m.

FINANCIAL: Admission: $5 Adults (13-64) $2 Children (3-12; under 3 FREE) $3 Seniors (65+) Please pay at the door.

LUNCH Please bring a PICNIC LUNCH today. (Don’t forget the drinks.)
GIFT SHOP Yes!

Uniform pants with a belt & red monogrammed school shirts are required. Students without shirts tucked in & belts on will not be allowed to participate.

Our Nature Center can be enjoyed by the entire family and your friends. All PARENTS / IN-LAWS / NEIGHBORS, SIBLINGS, etc. are invited to participate on our trips. Your family is always welcome.

Cole wanted one too.

Cole wanted one too.

Students are NOT to leave the Nature Center or the presence of an adult chaperone at any time for any reason, including the need to secure a ride or use the restroom, without the knowledge and approval of Dr. or Mrs. Anderson.

IMPORTANT DATES
April 4 – Kimbell Art Museum Samurai Armor Exhibit
April 18 & 21 (Fri. & Mon.) Easter Holidays
May 1 Tuition Due for 2014-15

Ian's Indian name: "Fits Right In".

Ian’s Indian name: “Fits Right In”.

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“The whole universe
is to us
a writing of the Infinite
in the language
of the finite.
               – Vivekanada