Never Again Lock This Door / Shiitake Mushrooms / Philippe Henri Arrighi

Neuroscientists believe
that hearing another person laugh
triggers mirror neurons in a region of the brain
that makes listeners feel as though
they are actually laughing themselves.

tree

           To shine a Light of Hope.

As we inhabit our Spheres
dimly lit or unaware,
each of us reflects
from time rare
to forgotten,

upon our purpose
far or near,

for the deeper meaning of Life,
the reason we are here.

You,
birdalone,
among all the precious
living things in the
Universe,
possess the singular ability
to save the Life
of someone known
but to God above,
and desperately in need
of His Love.

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    You and I are here for Love.

To instill Hope
in the Life of another,
is to raise from the dead
a Life lost
in the horrible abyss of
apathy.

God
endowed each of us
with precious and amazing Gifts
to deeply touch
the Hearts and minds
of others.

Yes,
you are here
for a reason:
to shine a Light
of Hope,
to shower all those around you
with the Blessings
of God’s abundant Love,
reflected and refracted through the prism
of your beautiful personality.

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May your unfolding be like that of God’s beautiful Flowers.

My Dear Friends,
the reason you are here
has nothing
to do with
you.

You and I
are here for
Love.

We are in this small space,
on this tiny planet,
in this one sliver of time,
to open our Hearts
and let the Infinite Love
of God
flow through us,
the Love
that sparkles in your eyes,
the Love shared
with your warm smiles,
charitable thoughts
and forgiving ways.

Blake“If the doors of perception
were cleansed,
everything would appear to man
as it is,
Infinite.”
– William Blake

You
are the greatest Gift
God can bestow
upon someone
in need of His Love.
To open your Heart
is to unwrap
this magical, mystical gift
of Spirit
from Above.

“Nobody on earth jiddu
can give you
either the key

or the door to open,
except yourself.”
– Jiddu Krishnamurti

The door
to your Heart
gives entrance
to the Divine Itself.

For we dwell
in the Divine,
and the Divine dwells in us.
This Truth is the central
awareness of life.

Every man 00t/20/arve/g2327/054
is a Divinity in disguise,

a God
playing the fool.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

May the unfolding
of your Sacred Heart
be like that
of God’s beautiful Flowers.

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    The real reason we are here.

Your precious Life
touches everything
and everyone.

“He Who Saves Just One Life
Saves The World Entire”
– Talmud 

My Dear Friends,
the center of the
Universe
is in the middle
of your Heart.
And your Heart
is Home
to everyone
to whom you open
the door.
It is Home
to everything God
desires for you.
It is the question
and the answer.
It is the now
of forever.
It is the pathway
forward.
It is
who you are,
and what God
desires for you.
It is
the Universal language
and the end of all war,
the answer to Prayer
and Salvation
ever after.

It is
Heaven’s Gate.

Look for the
Key,
and never again
lock this door.

Goodnight.

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Only Love turns darkness into Light.

“How often we turn our bodies
into prisons

as we carry our hearts around
like inmates.

We hold back our love
until we feel it’s deserved;

we want to be assured
we’re loved in return.

Why are we so selfish
with something of endless supply?

We can turn our bodies into prisms
allowing our sunshine

to cast rainbows
on the world.

Like a rainbow,
love bends, radiates, and stretches,

giving hope to all it reaches.
Love penetrates the darkness
and catches the World on fire.”
Suzi Cate

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You alone possess the singular ability.

“As a teacher,
I possess a tremendous power
to make a child’s life miserable or joyous.
I can be a tool of torture
or an instrument of inspiration.
I can humiliate or humor,
hurt or heal.
In all situations,
it is my response that decides
whether a crisis will be escalated
or de-escalated
and a child humanized
or de-humanized.”
Dr Haim Ginott
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Important Dates
Sept. 6  First Day of Fall Semester
(OK, wake up Dr. A!)
Oct. 10    Columbus Day Holiday
Nov. 19-25     Fall Break Holiday
Dec. 20 – Jan. 4  Christmas Holiday
Jan. 5    First Day of Spring Semester
February 20  Presidents Day Holiday
March 13-17   Spring Break Holiday
April 14 & 17   Good Friday & Easter Monday Holidays
May 22 – 26      Adventure Trip (All Aboard!)
May 26             Last Day of Spring Semester
(OK.  Go back to sleep)

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                Little Rock was a beautiful experience.

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From our friends at NaturalNews.com:

Shiitake mushrooms  are native to various parts of Asia. They have been cultivated and prized for thousands of years and are sold both fresh and dried and can be considered a staple of much Asian cuisine.

Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center has studied the shiitake mushroom and managed to isolate one of its active compounds, a substance called lentinan, a form of beta-glucan, a class of molecules with a proven track record of anti-cancer benefits. Lentinan helps to strengthen the body’s natural immunity and that, in turn, helps to stimulate immune cells that can help fight off pathogens, including cancerous and precancerous or mutated cells.

One of the reasons shiitake mushrooms may be so effective at treating cancer is that they are incredibly high in selenium, a mineral needed by the body in small amounts that also has powerful antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are known to reduce oxidative stress to the cells as the body ages and this is significant, since this stress is thought by many to be one of the underlying causes for cancer.

Researchers believe that shiitake mushrooms help prevent cancer by simply promoting and supporting the overall health of the body. Several compounds in shiitakes have cardio-protective properties, helping to lower cholesterol and normalize blood pressure levels. It can also help treat obesity, which is a major risk factor for many different forms of cancer. These mushrooms are copper-rich also which helps support good circulation of the blood and oxygenation of the cells. Cancer cells are known to thrive in low-oxygen environments.

Shiitake mushrooms are delicious delicacies and their active compounds have been shown to have definite anti-carcinogenic effects and might help to prevent the development of this serious disease.
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Philippe (French teacher)

  Philippe

Who is that handsome man?french
He is the Great, Great, Great
Grandson of Toussaint Arrighi
A General of the Army under Napoleon
(generaux de Napoleon 1778-1853)
and our beloved Teacher of French
Language, Culture & History
Philippe Henri Arrighi
We LOVE YOU Philippe!

see: Nouveau Petit Larousse Illustre

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            View from the Anderson School.

“To the pain of the past
We don’t have to feel it anymore!
Love is an open door!
Life can be so much more!
– Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez
from the movie, Frozen
(Thank you to my friend Ian
for introducing me
to this beautiful Movie.)

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How Fragile the Threads of Life / The Art of John D. Cogan / Spring Break This Week

Dedicated with my deep admiration
and appreciation
to Dr. John D. Cogan,

my Dear Friend of many years
and a truly gifted artist.
Our school is Graced
with his inspired paintings.
Thank you John,
for a life filled with Blessing
all those around you
in sharing your vision
of God’s
unbelievably beautiful World.

John earned a Ph.D.
in experimental physics
from Rice University.
He decided early in life to follow his heart
and has been an artist, painting landscapes
and wildlife and other subjects,
mostly in acrylic, since 1982.
He is listed in Who’s Who in American Art.

One man’s art
does what Man in another life
could never do.

See what happens
When you follow your
Heart.

click here to view John’s beautiful work

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“Break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein.” – Isaiah 44:23    Art by John D. Cogan

How fragile the thread of Life,
How delicate
The dance of the living,
How Beautiful
The Heart
Of the Loving.

Gossamer and fine,
The threads that bind
All things living,
While I,
In the Sheltered Arms
Of God,
Am sleeping.
We are bound to our bodies
with the fragile threads
Of this Earth.
And threads of Love
Connect us to each other.

“The strongest Love
is the Love
that can demonstrate
its fragility.”
― Paulo Coelho

Brightly shinning
As our Star,
Only God can make Life
Endless day
Of endless night,
Bringing near
What is afar.

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Only in the Loving Nurture Of God’s Nature.    – Art by John D. Cogan

In the whisper
Of raindrops
Falling ever so gently
Upon my window,
As the birds
In their trees
Are comfort seeking,
And dreaming
Of singing
In the bright morning light,
My Heart also hears
Comforting words,
Found only
In the Loving Nurture
Of God’s Nature,
From One
Who truly Blesses
This Life,
Who Anoints our Sacred Soil
With His tears of Love that fall,
To sustain the fragile threads of Life,
And birth the Dignity
Of us all.

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Feel His Spirit so strong, as your Soul takes flight.     – Art by John D. Cogan

I cannot imagine
A more Beautiful,
A more comforting way
For you to know
That God truly Loves you,
Than to listen
To the perfection of song
In the silence of the night,
And feel His Spirit so strong,
As your Soul
Takes flight.

“Remember what peace
there may be in silence.”
Max Ehrmann

My Precious Friends,
When Life has seemingly
Lost all meaning
,
To God’s thoughts be listening,
And free you shall become
By the Precious Words,
Kind and compassionate,
A Sacred Call
From the Voice of One
Who Loves us all.

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   To God’s thoughts be listening.            – Art by John D. Cogan

And as Hope
In a Heartbeat returns,
You are set free
By the One
Who shall not look
Through you,
But see within,
To find the Heart
In which He
Dwells.
For He is there,
Waiting patiently
For you
To discover
All the Love
Alive in you,
His Love,
To give
To someone else
In need.
For Love
Comes not from you,
But
Through you
From God above.

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A fragile dance of Hearts ever mending.     – Art by John D. Cogan

“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow.
Though they are red as crimson,
they shall be white like wool.”
Isaiah 1:18

In the moment
I feel
The Spirit of God
In me,
I glimpse Eternity.

 Gently close your tired eyes,
Dim the lights of this Life,
Forgo the moment,
The confusion
Of so much illusion,
And softly whisper
A simple prayer,
For He is there.

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Only God makes Life endless day of endless night.    – Art by John D. Cogan

God
Holds you
In Warm Embrace.
Look no further
Than your precious
Heart.
He is there,
And everywhere.

“Heavenly Father,
are you really there?
And do you hear and answer
Every child’s prayer?
Some say that heaven is far away,
But I feel it close around me
as I pray.”
– Janice Kapp Perry

Yes,
Life is a fragile thread,
Like the light of a candle,
That can flicker away,
Like the reality of dreams
We remember not.
Any gust of wind,
Even a whisper,
Ill or no,
Can make the flame
Of Life sway
And go.

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Feel His Spirit so strong, as your Soul takes flight.      – Art by John D. Cogan

Who knows what lies
In tomorrow.
We have not the vision
To see,
Save the blending
Of joys and many a sorrow
In a fragile dance,
Of Hearts ever mending.

“God is light,
and in him
is no darkness
at all.”
– 1 John 1:5

A life of fulfillment
We find
In coming to know
That God is Light,
In Gracefully forgiving
What is wrong,
And humbly accepting
What is right.

Goodnight.

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  God is Light.    – Art by John D. Cogan

“There’s a place for us,
somewhere a place for us
peace and quiet and open air,
wait for us SOMEWHERE.”

– Stephen Sondheim

IMPORTANT DATES
March 25 & 28
(Friday & Monday) 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) at Stage West Theater
May 15 (SUNDAY) Preparation for Adventure Trip
May 16-20 Adventure Trip to Little Rock, Ark.
May 20 Last Day of School
(See William’s Weblog at andersonschool.net for trip details (posted Wed. at 7:00 p.m.)

Here’s What 4.5 Thousand Years
of War Looks Like:

click here

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“Consider the sheep of His fold,
How they follow where He leads.
Though the path may wind across the mountains,
He knows the meadows where they feed.”
– Roger Hoffman

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This World is so Beautiful / His Beautiful Child also Dreams / Cell Phone Radiation Can Cause Cancer

Emerson quote landscape

Photographs by Robert Frutos

“I declare
this world is so beautiful
that I can hardly believe
it exists.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Emerson observed:
“Though we travel the world over
to find the beautiful,
we must carry it with us
or we find it not.”

Please allow me to share the thoughts
of a man I deeply admire. His writings have
changed many lives, including mine,
and brought about a deep and personal
awareness and precious insights that
could only have come from God.

John Muir
was America’s most famous and influential
naturalist, conservationist, author,
environmental philosopher,
early advocate of wilderness preservation
helping to establish Yosemite and Sequoia
National Parks
and founder of the Sierra Club.

He experienced in nature
a religious ecstasy.
Before the Majesty of natural beauty,
he found himself humble
before the power of God
who created it all.

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      The wilderness in the Human Soul

Muir learned to read
from the Divine Manuscript,
the rocks and the trees.
He came to discover complete freedom

and had experiences that
seemed timeless
and devoid of space.
He felt his body had no weight.

“Life seemed neither long nor short,” he wrote,
“and we take no more heed to save time
or make haste than do the
trees and stars.

He entered the Eternal now
and experienced days
that seemed to have
neither end nor beginning.
John discovered an immortality,
and experienced himself
dissolved into the landscape.

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                        God’s first temples

Muir experienced
the inter-relatedness of all things,
the union of rocks and clouds,
the humanness of the landscape,
the wilderness in the human soul,
a kinship with the wild Nature
he grew to love,
a oneness.
One of my favorite thoughts

from John is this:

“A few minutes ago every tree was excited,
bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling,
tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship.
But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent,
their songs never cease.

Every hidden cell is throbbing with music and life,
every fiber thrilling like harp strings,
while incense is ever flowing
from the balsam bells and leaves.

No wonder the hills and groves
were God’s first temples,

and the more they are cut down and hewn
into cathedrals and churches,
the farther off and dimmer
seems the Lord himself.”

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                      The Divine Manuscript

Muir wrote of being struck by
how clean nature is.
All plants are clean;
all animals are clean.
Of all the living things on the planet,
mankind alone seems dirty.

“The wilderness is a natural place
to consummate the longings
of the Soul.”

“We are now in the mountains
and they are in us,
kindling enthusiasm,
making every nerve quiver,
filling every pore and cell of us.
Our flesh-and-bone tabernacle
seems transparent as glass
to the beauty about us,
as if truly an inseparable part of it.”

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  Humble before the power of God

My dear friends,
we are a part
of everything around us.
We are truly
one.
And we are
One with God.


Have I ever felt the way
John Muir describes
his feelings?
Yes, my friends,
Many times,
daily.
And I feel very deeply
that the greatest gift
I could ever convey to you
Is the message found
in the writings of
John Muir.

Please discover
who you are,
and why.
Take time
to say a Prayer
in the unbelievably beautiful
Cathedral of God’s Heart.

You will find it
beneath a sky
filled with a Grace
you cannot deny.

The peace
your precious Heart

longs for
is waiting patiently
for you.
Now you know
where to find it.

I beg of you,
do not wait
too long.

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Opening a thousand windows to show us God.

For further information
on the life of John Muir,
see the Sierra Club’s John Muir Exhibit,
You may shop online at
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/john-muir

John “Oh, these vast,
calm measureless mountain days,
inciting at once to work and rest!
Days in whose light
every thing seems equally Divine,
opening a thousand windows
to show us God.”
– John Muir

I want you to also read
a truly inspired work:
With Beauty Before Me

by Joseph Cornell

You will never regret
being inspired by those
who found the way
to inner peace,
who show us
the way Home.

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To find the beautiful, we must carry it with us.                – Ralph Waldo Emerson

My Dear Friends,
God
Whispers in our dreams.
He tells us
Many things,
Of the Majesty
Of Being,
Of the depth
Of His Love
For you,
For me,
For everyone,
Everything.

“There is an emotional . . .
component in the beauty
of the intellect,
just as there is in the
beauty of perception.”
– Michael Popejoy

Read more

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“If you love it enough, anything will talk with you.”     – George Washington Carver

While we dream,
We do not know
We dream.

While awake,
We dream
Much of the day
Away.
And still
Do not know.

“Restless thoughts
keep us from experiencing
life more deeply.”
Li Po

If we could but see
That God dreams,
And the beauty
Of His dreams
May be found
In you,
And all around
You.

“Indeed God speaks once,
Or twice, yet no one notices it.
“In a dream, a vision of the night,
When sound sleep falls on men,
While they slumber in their beds,
– Job 33:15 

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You are a Dream within a Dream.

Unconscious for a third
Of our lives,
The life inside our Dreams
We never fully realize.
And much like our Dreams,
In life
So many know what they want,
The life they have never lived,
And may never live.

We walk in the footsteps
Of others.
We learn about life
From someone,
Someone other
Than the One
Who Loved us enough
To give us
His Very Own
Breath of Life.

Awakening begins with
Hope and Prayer,
And remembering
We are His Dream,
And His Dreamer.

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One fancies a heart like our own must be beating in every crystal and cell. No wonder when we consider that we all have the same Father and Mother.        – John Muir

Every human being
Has been created
In the Image of God,
In a Dream.

Perhaps
One day,
We could live the life
He wants,
And become
His Dream
Come true.

“This universe
is God’s dream.”
– Paramahansa Yogananda

You are
The perfection
Of His Desire,
His Child,
His Dream.

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His Beautiful Child also Dreams.

  The dreams that
Set fire to your Soul,
Saturate your Heart
With joy,
May not belong
To you.

God
In His Infinite Love
For all you are,
And all you were Created to be,
Comes to you,
And through you,
In Dreams.

“We are a dream of God.
– The Toltec
a pre-Colombian culture

For you are a Dream
Within a Dream.
You are His Precious Imagining,
His Sacred Vision,
His Beautiful Child,
Who, like our Father,
Also Dreams.

From our days
In Goodness spent,
With thoughts Serenely Pure,
When our Hearts that beat
Are innocent,
What Blessings He will bring.
God will speak to us
Through the Music
Of the Night,
And listen
To our lonely hearts
Sing.

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“When the solution is simple, God is answering.”                       – Albert Einstein

“Words are jewels to our ears.”
– Erick Querci

My friends,
these words are
truly beautiful jewels:

“So many hearts I find
broke like yours and mine
Torn by what we’ve done
and can’t undo.

I just want to hold you.
Come on let me hold you
like Bernadette would do.

We’ve been around, we fall, we fly.
We mostly fall, we mostly run
And every now and then we try
to mend the damage
that we’ve done.

Tonight, tonight I just can’t rest
I’ve got this joy
here inside my breast.”
listen here

– from The Song Of Bernadette
Music by Jennifer Warnes, Bill Elliottby
Lyrics by Jennifer Warnes, Leonard Cohen

To Love another person, is to see the Face of God. - Alain Boublil

To Love another person is to see the Face of God.                   – Alain Boublil

My Dear Friends,
There is a Love
That is Divine,
And it is yours,
And it is mine.

When you awake,
When you are finally awake,
From this life,
This Dream,
You will find
You are His Dream
Come true.
And you shall be
In the Warm Embrace of God,
In the Arms of Love Everlasting,
In the Heavens Above.

You will be
Home.

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Love is not just the universal language. It is the only language.
– Wm. C. Anderson (Photograph by Wm. C. Anderson)

From our friend Ray Kurzweil
KurzweilAI Newsletter
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How to reprogram cancer cells
back to normal.

Restoring normal miRNA levels
may potentially stop cancer growth,
Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered.
(August 25, 2015)
A way to potentially reprogram cancer cells
back to normalcy has been discovered
by researchers on Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus.

The finding, published in Nature Cell Biology,
represents “an unexpected new biology
that provides the code,
the software for turning off cancer,”
says the study’s senior investigator,
Panos Anastasiadis, Ph.D.,
chair of the Department of Cancer Biology
on Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus.
read more here

New Study:
Cellphones Really Are Giving You
Cancer

Multiple studies have revealed
that cell phone radiation can cause cancer.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer
classified radio frequency fields ,
including those from cell phones,
as a possible carcinogen in 2011? (source)

The dangers of cell phone use
gained credibility in 2011
when the World Health Organization
admitted that cell phone radiation
may cause cancer.

The statement was made by 31 scientists,
from 14 different countries,
after reviewing evidence.
read more  HERE.
A child’s brain absorbs much more radiation
than that of an adult.

Studies like this serve one major purpose:
to remind us that we should be using
common sense and knowledge
to better protect ourselves
and our precious children
each day.

Now,
Let’s learn another way to spell
Deadly.
You may want to take notes.

And please, I beg of you,
show this information to your children.
They are much more intelligent
than we think.
Well,
at least before their fragile brains
are exposed to excessive radiation.

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My dear friends,
if you do not now act,
you may cry later.

Top 20 Highest Radiation Cell Phones
(maximum possible SAR “specific absorption rate”
level from phones)

The SAR can be misleading as it measures the maximum radiation a cellphone emits and does not reflect the average amount of radiation it emits. There is accumulating evidence that cellphones that operate on GSM networks emit significantly more radiation than do cellphones operating on CDMA networks.

CDMA, or Code Division Multiple Access, is the type of cellular network used by the phone companies Verizon and Sprint. GSM, or Global System for Mobile Communications, is the type used by AT&T and T-Mobile.

The radiation spikes at the beginning of GSM phone calls means that they emit, overall, up to 28 times more radiation than CDMA phones. read more

I have placed the SAR level in bright red

1. Motorola Droid Maxx 1.54 Verizon
1a. Motorola Droid Ultra 1.54 Verizon
3. Alcatel One Touch Evolve 1.49 T-Mobile
3a. Huawei Vitria 1.49 Metro PCS
5. Kyocera Hydro Edge 1.48 Sprint
6. Kyocera Kona 1.45 Sprint
7. Kyocera Hydro XTRM 1.44 Metro PCS
8. BlackBerry Z10 1.42 Verizon
9. BlackBerry Z30 1.41 Verizon
9a. ZTE Source 1.41 Cricket
9b. ZTE Warp 4G 1.41 Boost
12. Nokia Lumia 925 1.4 T-Mobile
12a. Nokia Lumia 928 1.4 Verizon
14. Sonim XP Strike 1.39 Sprint
14a. Kyocera Hydro Elite 1.39 Verizon
16. T-Mobile Prism 2 1.385 T-Mobile
17. Virgin Mobile Supreme 1.38 Virgin
17a. Sprint Vital 1.38 Sprint
19. Sprint Force 1.37 Sprint
20. Huawei Pal 1.33 Metro PCS

Top 20 Lowest Radiation Cell Phones
(maximum possible SAR level from phone)

1. Verkool Vortext RS90 0.18 Unlocked
2. Samsung Galaxy Note 0.19 T-Mobile
(My son, Alex, loved me enough to research this and purchase the Samsung Galaxy for me. Thank you! I Love you too.)
3. ZTE Nubia 5 0.225 Unlocked
4. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 0.28 Verizon
5. Samsung Galaxy Mega 0.321 AT&T
6. Kyocera Dura XT 0.328 Sprint
7. Pantech Discover 0.35 AT&T
8. Samsung Galaxy Beam 0.36 Unlocked
9. Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II 0.37 Verizon
10. Pantech Swift 0.386 AT&T
11. Samsung Jitterbug Plus 0.4 Great Call
11a. Jitterbug Plus 0.4 Great Call
13. LG Exalt 0.43 Verizon
13a. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 0.43 Sprint
15. HTC One V 0.455 US Cellular
16. LG Optimus Vu 0.462 Unlocked
17. Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G 0.47 T-Mobile
17a. Samsung Rugby 3 0.47 AT&T
19. HTC One Max 0.5 Sprint
20. LG G2 0.51 T-Mobile

Source: Lynn La and Kent German, “Cell Phone Radiation Levels,” http://www.reviews.cnet.com, Jan. 16, 2014

Given their popularity, I have also provided the SAR levels for the Apple iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S.

Model / SAR Level
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 1.16
Apple iPhone 4S 1.19
Samsung Galaxy S6 1.25
Apple iPhone 6 1.14
Apple iPhone 4 (GSM) 1.11
Samsung Galaxy S5 1.47
Apple iPhone 5 1.18
Apple iPhone 4 (CDMA) 0.87
Samsung Galaxy S4 1.18
Apple iPhone 5c 1.18
Apple iPhone 3GS 0.67
Samsung Galaxy S3 0.82

Sources:
Apple.com, “RF Exposure,” (July 24, 2015)
Samsung.com, “SAR Information,” (July 24, 2015)

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And the song, from beginning to end, I found again in the heart of a friend.                                                       – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

And what is Love?

The Love you feel for your child
is Divine Love.
It is the Love God feels for you.
It gives you the strength
to give your child the guidance
needed to thrive and survive.
Remember to always be strong.
This strength is called Love.    

– Wm. C. Anderson

The Gift of Single-mindedness / Our Dragonflies are Grateful for the Pesticide Free Campus

Getting children to think is easy,
If you think about it.
But don’t think too much.

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“Do everything in moderation,
including moderation.” 
– Benjamin Franklin
Inventor of many things, including
The United States of America

Moderation is the best advise
I have encountered.
The violation of this admonition
Is why a few of us
Are driving a Tesla.
This poor man,
Who changed the way the whole world lives,
Did not heed this gentle warning.

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     Emerson

“The sanity of society
is a balance of a thousand insanities.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nikola Tesla, according to Life Magazine’s
Special issue of September, 1997,
Is among the 100 most famous people
Of the last 1,000 years.
He did not become insane,
As we may be able to define it,
At the end of his life,
For he was like that his entire life.
The line between insanity and genius
Is thin
And often does not exist.

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There is no great genius
without some touch of madness.
                       – Seneca

This assumption is reasonable within
The levels of intelligence he demonstrated.
Thinking far too much
Contributed to his lonely, withdrawn existence.
He died without ever getting married
Or having the joy of children
To drive him insane.
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 “When we remember that we are all mad,
the mysteries disappear
and life stands explained.”

– Mark Twain

NIKOLA TESLA

NIKOLA TESLA

WE ARE OF SINGLE MIND

My friends,
The awareness of
Our ability, or disability,
As some may view it,
To think of one,
And ONLY one,
Thing at a time,
Can become a gift of Life.

But this phenomenon can become
A deadly exercise in poor judgement,
If you think you can text while driving.
Not fully knowing that the human brain
Simply switches rapidly back and forth
From one thought to another,
Has cost much needless suffering
And many lives.

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You, and I, are capable of thinking
About only ONE thing at a time.
Research (read more) has proven this
Time after time.
Oh, there are exceptions,
Very few,
But these exceptions are not me,
And they are not you.

 The myth of multitasking has never been stronger.
But researchers prove it is a myth
And they have the data to prove it.

As we discussed in my class in
Philosophy, The Art of Wondering,
Humans don’t do things simultaneously.
Instead, we switch our attention from task to task
Extremely fast,
Or, if you are like me,
A little slower.

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And, if you are like me,
Drink another fruit smoothie
And think only about
Getting the very last drop.
Staring into the bottom of the cup
Is a deep enough thought,
When you stop thinking about it.
For those of you who referred to me
As an old smoothie,
You were about 40% right.
The rest is made up of water
Three brain cells
And one nerve ending.
I keep asking my students
Not to step on that.

“In order to act,
you must be somewhat insane.
A reasonably sensible man
is satisfied with thinking.”
– Georges Clemenceau

Optical illusions

According to Meyer, Evans and Rubinstein,
“Multitasking may seem efficient on the surface
But may actually take more time in the end
And involves more error.
Mental blocks created by shifting between tasks
Can cost as much as 40 percent of
Someone’s productive time.”
(This explains texting and auto accidents.)
read more

“The brain is very good
at deluding itself.”

– neuroscientist Earl Miller

But there is unbelievable beauty
In our awareness
Of ourselves.

This inability (to multitask)
Like so very, very many things,
Should be recognized as a Gift,
A singular ability,
A Blessing,
If you think about it,
But not too much.
Remember, moderation in everything
Including moderation.

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But what exactly does that mean?
What is a moderate, moderate.
I think we keep looking for that being
To elect to public office –
A moderate, moderate.
But since I do not know
What this is,
I do not know
Who this is
To vote for.

 We humans may eventually evolve
Into beings that can think
More than ONE thought
At a time,
Perhaps, even thinking about
EVERYTHING at once,
Much like the quantum computers
We are now creating.
(read more here to blow your mind out of calm waters)

Such a God like quality
May bring us
“Nearer My God to Thee”,
But so far,
Our single-mindedness has brought us
The internet,
Fruit smoothies (Thank you Lord!) and
The Atomic Bomb.

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I Pray
That enabling even more capability,
Doesn’t also blow up
In our hands.

But my dear Friends,
Hidden very deep within the folds
Of our SINGULAR ability
To think one thought at a time,
Lies a secret to a happy life.
Knowing that you can think about
One, and only ONE thing
At a time
Is a truly precious insight.

It is your awareness
Of this
That is of value,
Not the knowing itself,
Not the thing you know you can
Or cannot do.

Hang in there.
I am swimming to
The shallow end of the pool,
Running out of air,
Breathing deep and
Taking in more water.
This is where more children my age go
To have fun.

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Knowing that your mind can harbor
Only ONE thought at a time –
Being fully aware of this –
Can place you in control
Of the next moment,
The next hour,
In control of your life.

If in THIS moment
You are sad, regretful or depressed,
Quickly,
Do something else,
Something you may call distracting,
That you know would not be unpleasant, painful,
Something that would be, in fact, pleasurable,
Anything, including just jumping into the pool.
Hey, try it with all your clothes on –
Then you’ll have something to remember!
That will really take your mind off your miseries.
You will laugh so hard
You may not be able to get out of the pool
By yourself, without help.
So, pull the helper
Into the water with you!
That will make your day,
And his.

Life need NOT
Be uneventful.

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I pushed my sweet LeVonna
Into a swimming pool fully clothed.
She never strolled by another pool
Standing close to me again.
It still makes my day
Just thinking about it.

Are you getting the picture yet?
Hey, (west Texan for, Hey)
You can be fully in control
Of this moment,
Of your mind,
Of your mood.

By the way,
Pushing her into the pool
Was the last moment
I felt any kind of control of her.
What boggles my mind is,
She then said “Yes”,
And were married shortly thereafter.
Crazy pays.

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Try other distracting things:
To putting on a favorite movie,
To calling a good friend
(that’s what they are for, silly),
To taking a nice, warm (or ice cold) bath,
To opening a really good book,
To cuddling with the dog or cat,
To saying something funny,
Or preparing something great to eat
Or eating that great something,
Or shopping
(great therapy, just ask the Ladies)
Or best yet:
Totally immersing yourself in
Helping someone else in need.

You get the idea.

You are in charge, in control
In command of the very next moment,
The next hour
The rest of the beautiful day,
A beautiful Life.
You are so singular in your ability
To think,
That you have nothing more
To be responsible for
Than the next thought
About the next moment.

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WE cannot think two thoughts
At the same moment,
(Thank you Lord),
So take control of the only thing
You need to control
Or can control.
And keep on controlling.

Remember,
You simply cannot worry
About tomorrow
While you are on a high speed roller coaster,
(Isn’t that right, Ian?)
In a hot air balloon,
Or full of hot air, like me,
Or right after
You were stung by a honey bee
(It happens when your trying to help them.
We house these beautiful creations
behind our house.)

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Life, my friend,
Is a SERIES
Of small pleasures,
Distractions,
Moments
YOU make.

So stay in motion.

Make every “momentous” decision
One for Joy.
Don’t leave room in your mind,
Or your precious Heart,
For even one second of sadness.
God has empowered you
To think,
To do,
To act,
And to Love life.
He Loved you enough
To give you Life.
And He will Love you
Long after.

Yes,
God has empowered you
To Love your life,
To Love every person you meet,
To Love every turtle crossing the street
(they are now ALL endangered species),
Every cricket keeping you awake,
Every river you cross,
Every thought
That flows into the Eternal Sea.

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Never stop acting,
Deciding, moving your mind
To do the things that
Bring joy into life.
It is
Your decision.
And it always has been,
And always will be.

Get out of your chair,
Kick open the front door,
And run –
Toward anything or anyone
That has ever made you happy,
That will bring you pure Joy
Again and again and again.

Life,
Is a SERIES
Of small pleasures.

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My dear friends,
It is no longer necessary
For you to be unhappy,
To live without Joy
In your life.

Being aware
Of the Love of God
For you,
Of your awareness of life,
It’s limitations,
It’s opportunities
And your ability to
Command the next moment of
Your presence on this Beautiful Earth,
Can free your mind,
And your precious Heart,
From all fear,
Despair, boredom
And hopelessness.

Take time
To contemplate
The rare beauty of your existence,
Of this awesome moment,
That is the true Treasure
Of your brief time.

Capture the next moment in time
Take command of what you do,
And then, share your story.
So many others need help along the way.

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My Precious Friend,
You are Morning,
Before Tomorrow comes the night,
And Blessed are the moments
In which you take the time
To sing your song,
To Blossom in God’s Spring,
To bring warmth to Hearts in need,
And feel the Sacred Rain,
That ever so gently falls
In tears,
From all the Joy
You bring.

May the Joy of our Lord
Always abide
In your
Very Precious Heart.

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Our school has a large number of
Beautiful Dragon Flies.
In twenty years
I have never been bitten by a mosquito at school.
I don’t know of any other place
Where one can make the same claim.

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Dragonflies also feed on other insects like flies.
Once hatched, the larva of the Dragonfly
Becomes an aquatic predator,
Feeding on other aquatic insects,
Including mosquito eggs and larvae.
The mosquito is the deadliest
Creature on planet Earth.
They are the deadliest,
because they spread so much disease.
Mosquitoes are responsible
For the deaths of many hundreds of thousands
Of people every year.
Estimates are difficult to come by.

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Maintaining a pesticide free environment
Pays huge dividends.
Not only for the safety of our precious children,
But for so many of God’s other
Stunningly beautiful Creations.
And since Humans are
The number two killer on the planet,
I recommend
Hate Free Environments.
Now there’s an idea
Worth thinking about.
But we haven’t thought about that much,
Have we?

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if you are installing a bug zapper to fight mosquitoes,
And have a Dragonfly population,
Turn it off.
It zaps the beautiful dragonflies, too.

ROSIE

My precious Rosie shared countless small moments of pure joy with me for 18 years and one month. She still resides deeply embedded in my heart. Life, is a SERIES Of small pleasures. And I cannot count the number she gave to me. Sometimes, the greatest Gifts are very small indeed. God Blesses us in ways we are not always fully aware of.

Morning Has Broken / Our Adventure Trip Was Fun / Photos Are Here!

“Knowing what is real,
Can never be compared
To what may be.
– Wm. C. Anderson

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Every day is an opportunity for the Celebration of Life.

My Dear Friends,
Our children are alive,
And they are truly celebrating life.
What you are observing in the actions,
In the motion of your child,
Is called JOY.

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Ian and Jack prepare for our new adventure. Little do they know just how exciting it will be.

And if you have forgotten what it is,
Calm yourself down,
Have another cup of coffee,
And just observe your child at play.
And remember, you and they,
Need do ABSOLUTELY nothing to be joyful.
You are born with joy in your heart.
And joy still resides within.

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Just observe your child at play.

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‘I shut my eyes
in order to see.’

                  – Paul Gamarin

Now, take three deep breaths,
More may be required if you are my age.
Close your eyes
And think back to a time
When joy filled your heart.

‘My eyes make pictures,
when they are shut.’

– Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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The child you were is the child you are.

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“Love will abide, take things in its stride. Sounds like good advice.”   – Rod McKuen

Yes, you can remember.
It may take longer now that you are older.
Do not think about the people
That caused you to be so miserable.
They do not know what they do.
Forgive them, and stay away from them,
Do not think about money,
The stress of your job,
Or troubling misadventures,
They may have created the person you are.
Just think about you as a child,
How happy you were,
How joyful you could be.

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You are born with joy in your heart.

“To be joyful is the basic nature of life.
Joy is the spiritual dimension of happiness,
in which one begins to understand
one’s intrinsic value and place in the universe.
Accepting joy is a decision
To “go with the flow,”
To be grateful to be alive.”
                     – Osho

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Just think – how joyful you could be.

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Our children are alive, and they are truly celebrating life.

Keep your eyes closed.
And know that the child you were
Is the child you are,
The child you can be again.
Joy has been living in the basement of your heart.
And as long as you are alive,
It will always reside within,
Impatiently waiting for you,
Longing to be free,
Desperate to be the driving force
In your life again,
Longing to dance you
To end of Love.

“It’s the heart afraid of breaking
That never learns to dance.”
              – Bette Midler

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It is the morning of your life.

So what are you waiting for?
Forgive everyone of everything.
Become a child of God again.
Joy is one heartbeat away,
It lies on the other side of opening your eyes.
It is and always has been
The dream afraid of waking,
In the dark awaiting the dawn,
In the silence before the song.

‘Many eyes go through the meadow,
but few see the flowers in it.’
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The motion of your child, Is called JOY.

Now open your eyes,
They have been closed in many ways
Far too long.
Open your heart and sing your song.
Look around you,
It is the morning of your life.
And like the beautiful and loved Christian hymn,
Morning Has Broken,
gently reminds us:

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       God’s recreation of the new day.

Morning has broken like the first morning,
Blackbird has spoken like the first bird.
Praise for the singing,
Praise for the morning,
Praise for them springing fresh from the world.

Sweet the rain’s new fall, sunlit from heaven,
Like the first dew fall on the first grass.
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden,
Sprung in completeness where his feet pass.

Mine is the sunlight,
Mine is the morning,
Born of the one light Eden saw play.
Praise with elation, praise every morning,
God’s recreation of the new day.

Yes, Morning has broken
Of the new day.

Songwriter: Mark Stevens

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     Success has a price!

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Happy to be in the moment.

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        In love with life.

Recently, I quietly observed a child
Literally dancing, by himself, thinking he was all alone.
I have seen such joy in the actions of a child many times.
With his hands in the air, he was almost in a trance,
Being magically transformed into a life-force
Fascinated by the essence of being, of existence,
Of being in love with life.

It was a beautiful moment to again realize
That someone on this Earth was so joyful, so blissful,
So very, very happy at simply being,
Being in the here and now of being alive.
I cannot describe the joy it brought to my heart.
For a few moments, I too, was celebrating existence,
Happy to be in the moment.

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  Joy still resides within.

Much of what we construe to be
Overly active children at play,
Is simply a beautiful
Celebration of Life.

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We enjoyed the swimming pool.

We may think this is a matter of perspective, point of view.
No.
It is ontologically significant.
It is a matter of knowing what is REAL.

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We toured the National Museum of the Pacific War.

It is disturbing to me, and many of you,
To discover so little understanding
About our children.
Those that are highly active
Are NOT in need of harmful and addictive,
Cancer causing chemical substances, like Ritalin,
To make them appear compliant, docile and almost comatose.
Why would you want to pour some chemical substance,
That you know next to absolutely nothing about,
On the Fire of their precious Life?

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Lady Diana is looking for new experiences including the sinking of an enemy ship.

ritalinSome 40 years after the drug was first marketed,
carcinogenicity tests were conducted by
The National Toxicology Program,
The results of which were published in 1995.
Adult mice were fed Ritalin over a two-year period
At dosages close to those prescribed to children.
The mice developed a statistically significant incidence
Of liver abnormalities and tumors,
Including highly aggressive rare cancers
Known as hepatoblastomas.

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How do I know Riley is going to make a great Daddy?

These findings are particularly disturbing
As the tests were conducted on adult,
Rather than young mice which would be expected
To be much more sensitive to carcinogenic effects.
The National Toxicology Program concluded that Ritalin
Is a “possible human carcinogen,”
The Food and Drug Administration admitted
That these findings signal “carcinogenic potential,”.
Well, the F. D. A. did
Keep Thalidomide off the market in this country.

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Mrs. A has what is called, “High Expectations”!

Another study at the University of Texas Medical Branch
At Galveston found that every one of a dozen children
Treated for attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder
With methylphenidate (RITALIN)
Experienced a threefold increase
In levels of chromosome abnormalities
Occurrences associated with increased risks of cancer.

“Do the levels of chromosome abnormalities go back to normal?”
“We don’t know.”
Said Randa A. El-Zein, M.D., Ph.D.,
Assistant professor of epidemiology
At M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. read more

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Hang in there, it’s not going to get easier!

There is also suggestive evidence that Ritalin
Induces genetic damage in the blood cells
Of Ritalin-treated children.
A study published in Biological Psychiatry 
(Biol Psychiatry 60:1121�1130, 2006. Wang L., et al.)
Suggests that exposure of Ritalin in youth
May later disrupt development of brain cells.

There are ALSO concerns regarding
The higher rates of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder,
As well as increased severity of these disorders in individuals
with a history of stimulant use for ADHD in childhood.

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           Thalidomide resulted in horrendous and heartbreaking results. Be careful what you take and what you give to your precious children.

Folks, are you getting the picture?
Well, just type Ritalin and Cancer
Into a search engine.
Be prepared to get physically ill,
As you discover that MILLIONS
Of our precious children have been recklessly
Exposed to this horrible substance.

It reminds me of the Thalidomide tragedy,
(Photos above and below)
a drug first marketed
As an over-the-counter sedative:
It came to be used by pregnant women
In many countries during the late 1950s and early 1960s
To get a good night’s rest and
As a treatment for morning sickness. read more

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Yes, Mother slept very well, and never got another good night’s sleep after the baby was born.

I cannot even begin to tell you of the horrendous and heartbreaking results of taking this best selling sleeping pill.
see more here

My dear friends,
If you possess a substance prescribed for your precious child
in order to change what is really normal behavior,
I beg you to return it to the pharmacist.

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We toured the Nation Museum of the Pacific War.

Hand it back to that person and ask him or her
If they would be willing to take this drug long term.
The look you see on their face should have been
Yours,
When you refused to purchase it.
Now, ask that person to dispose of it properly,
In your presence,
So that it is not sold to some other uninformed parent.
And ask him or her to give you your money back.
This step is very important
Because MONEY is the driving force
Behind pushing these dangerous substances
(just as it was for the sale of Thalidomide).

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I just thought I would drop in and see how you are doing.

Common Side Effects of Ritalin include:
Addiction
Nervousness including agitation, anxiety and irritability
Trouble sleeping (insomnia)
Decreased appetite
Headache
Stomach ache
Nausea
Dizziness
Heart palpitations

Other Serious Side Effects Include:
Slowing of growth (height and weight) in children
Seizures, mainly in patients with a history of seizures
Eyesight changes or blurred vision

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These nameless students are in the Cave Without a Name.

Other Side Effects include (Hey, the list just goes on, and on):
High blood pressure
Rapid pulse rate (and other heart problems)
Tolerance (constant need to raise the dose)
Feelings of suspicion and paranoia
Visual hallucinations (seeing things that are not there,
probably including having a future!
)
Depression
Cocaine craving
Dermatoses (infected or diseased skin)
Urinary tract infection
Infection or viral infection
Elevated ALT enzyme levels in the blood
(signaling liver damage) read more

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Next time we will try something difficult!

ADVENTURE TRIP

We had a great time.
Our sincere gratitude to Gina Moreland
for planning this awesome, adventuresome trip.
Thank you again!

And my gratitude to Alexander Anderson for his,
as ever, kind assistance.

And my appreciation to Bruce Rodgers
For helping in so many ways.

And thanks to Riley Smelley
for your many efforts at assisting us.

And thank you students and parents,
One and all,
For the many acts of
Kindness and patience and compassion.

You are all deeply Loved and sincerely appreciated.

The Stories of Our Lives / Vaccine Debate Misses Target / Trip – Main Event

“It isnt what you have,
or who you are,
or where you are,
or what you are doing
that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.

~ Dale Carnegie

R. J. get his first Love Letter - from Ian.

R. J. get his first Love Letter – from Ian.

The stories of our lives need to be told. These tales, after our lives are over, may be all that is left of life. They may become our life, in the hearts and minds of those we leave behind. And a beautiful story will tell of a beautiful life. Please take the time to share your stories. They will be appreciated. They will be needed. They will be you.

Rosie Junior a few days after enrolling.

Rosie Junior first fell in Love with his Tiger.

Allow me to share
another one with you.

This story is not really about dogs. Oh, there are cherished canine friends in this one. But, it is really a story about Love, a Love so vibrant, so real, that it brings tears to my eyes even to this day. And I feel that I must share it with you. Not for what it says, but for what it made me feel. For Love is not a story about Life. It is Life. Or it is nothing at all.

He gave his typically warm greeting to him every day.

He gave a typically warm greeting to him every day.

Love is not in the details. For Life, if it is fully lived, is a vibrant and beautiful Love story, written for you, with your permission, by the very Hand of God.

So very many Blessings have come my way, that I cannot adequately begin to express my gratitude. But allow me to try.

One thing always leads to another. And the Love I felt in my heart, when I was in the third grade, for a stunningly gorgeous Collie dog that wandered onto the school playground, has led to so very many Blessings. This Love, I believe, was an expression of the Love of God for a lonely little boy in need of Love. Allow me to explain.

In a few months the Tiger was a bit overwhelmed.

In a few months the Tiger was a bit overwhelmed.

At this time in my life, my Mother and I lived in a small, two story Apartment, just across the street from the Fire Department (thank God) and the County Courthouse. I remember being told later, that the rent was one dollar per day. We lived on the second floor, facing all the action of the Fire trucks. I privately felt happy about our location, because everyone in this small complex smoked constantly.

R. J. cannot write back but the look says it all. Is this the look of Love or hunger?

R. J. cannot write back but the look says it all. Is this the look of Love or hunger?

The one room we lived in was about twelve feet by ten. There was one single bed for both of us and, believe it or not, we shared a bathroom with the man next door.

We also shared a giant white refrigerator, at first a real ICE box, with everyone on the second floor. Everyone! One pay telephone was available on the first floor – 5 cents per call.

Lets bounce this idea off of you

Let me bounce this idea off of you.

I remember, as a child, observing that the men living there, and there were nothing but other older, single, lonely men, would remove their cigarets just long enough to drink more beer. And in between these rhythms, they would utter a few syllables, usually in greeting, agreeing, disagreeing or departing. And they always had a big warm smile.

These were remarkable men. There was absolutely nothing they would not do for me or my Mother or for each other. My first lessons in compassion came from these hard working, lonely guys who drank alcohol in excess to alleviate the misery of a meager existence.

Our annual Chess tournament is underway.

Our annual Chess tournament is underway.

I remember listening on the radio to many exciting adventures about Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. And since this medium engaged the fertile soil of imagination, I was truly entertained. No, we did not yet own a television. I do not know where we would have put it. My Mother warmed up food on a small, single hot plate, since there was not even room for a stove. But we had room for a small radio and a small cage for my wonderful friend, a parakeet named Pee Wee.

I also had one, and only one, toy – a plastic train made of small cubes with little animals inside. I keep it in my office to show our students what little it takes to be truly happy. And was I happy? Oh my God! These were the best days of my life. I was so joyful that I cannot remember ever having a sad moment. I felt like I was in Heaven on earth. And, I was.

Did Dr. A really buy a Flag larger than the school?

Did Dr. A really buy a Flag larger than the school?

My young life taught me many important lessons. And one of them was this: what you do not have is far more important than what you do have. And the Blessings in life do not come from things – not from any thing. Things can come to possess you. Blessings do come from the hugs and laughter and warm smiles and precious time spent sharing and caring. I found out that Heaven is within you, and can from time to time, fit neatly within the space between you and someone you love.

I remember visiting a man named Joe each day. I would go to his corner room and always find the door open. Inside was a man who had little to share, but he always gave me an Almond Joy bar and a very warm greeting. I cannot purchase one of these today because I would start to cry. You see, it does not take much to convey your love to someone else. And those precious moments of sharing and caring stay with you forever. Love never dies.

Well, back to my story. I spotted a really beautiful Collie dog on the playground at school. It had no collar, so I supplied one made of twine. And yep! I took her home.

Kylee jumped head over heals at Flight Deck.

Kylee jumped head over heals with joy at Flight Deck.

She was larger than I was. But she quickly became the Love of my life. And you can just imagine the expression on the face of my Mother. There was, of course, no place to put her. So I solved that problem. I tied her to a telephone pole just outside of our room so I could keep an eye on her. Ever few minutes I would run downstairs to love on her and give her snacks. She was full of Almond Joys. I think Joe thought that I ate all of those.

Three days later a smartly dressed cowboy showed up to claim his prize cow dog. He had been looking for him since he disappeared. After he explained his ownership and his need and love for my new friend, my Mother, pictured through my tears, gave him back to this man. But in parting, he said something profound. He pointed to me and softly told my Mother, “The boy needs a dog. And a yard to keep it in”.

Fun and games!

        Fun and games!

I remember moving shortly after that, to a real house I have treasured in my memory. In the yard my Mother kept twenty three Geese (they were the greatest watch dogs ever. Trust me, when someone arrived you knew about it during the process of losing some of your hearing! And no one opened the gate or they would have died from Goose bite. No one. Even the postman made an appointment.)

Alden is on an island of cubes.

Alden had fun squared. Or, was it cubed?

It was in this house that we got our very first television set – a black and white Curtis Mathis. And we received ONE channel (9) from Abilene. And was I happy? Well, just ask Superman or the Lone Ranger. I never missed a show. Today I can get hundreds of channels and I am no longer happy. Most of my time is spent selecting something to watch or watch again for the thirty third time. What you do not have is truly more important than what you do have. The Buddhists (and Alex) were right – Less is More.

My friends, if your child needs to change a behavior, or two, please do not force feed some dangerous chemical substance you know nothing about, like good old carcinogenic Ritalin, down his throat. There is no real need for harsh discipline either. You do not need to raise your voice and get angry. Then you will need pills for high blood pressure, depression, constipation, etc., etc., etc., ad nauseam.

Diana

Diana enjoyed a break.

Just smile! Relax. And hand him a puppy. And then leave. Quietly leave and keep your dignity intact. You will leave a legacy of a tail wagging and Love everlasting.

No. You will not really need to say a thing. The puppy will speak volumes for you and convey a depth of warmth and compassion that you could never say. The new puppy will direct your child’s emotions like a maestro conducting an orchestra, only better. And all of the songs will be Love songs.

Yes. To a child the word Love begins with the letter P and ends with its tail wagging. So fess up, stop fussing and enjoy the laughter, the endless play and the joyful barking.

The end of my story about the beautiful Collie dog was, actually, the beginning of one of the greatest chapters in my life. Giving up my new found friend resulted in finding a new home, with a large yard, and being given a truly great Love of my life – a new puppy I named Ginger.

Sia was on top of the world.

Sia was on top of the world.

I was told that she was a Chinese Terrier, but I could never find any record that such a breed existed.

My Mother never really spanked me that much. But, I was a little (maybe a BIG) rascal and deserved far, far more than I got. But all that suddenly changed one day.

I built a Tree House, with the help of my friends, in the back yard. It was a platform with steps (boards) hammered into the trunk. Well, one day I deserved a spanking. And, you guessed it, I scampered up the tree and into the tree house. My Mother could not get to me! At last I found the secret to avoiding justice. And as I stared down from on high, I discovered that “Judge” Mom had alternative methods to deal with an unruly boy.

She looked down on the ground and spotted my dog, Ginger, picked her up and spanked her. And my heart was broken. I remember actually feeling each stroke. Now, don’t get me wrong, my Mother spanked Ginger lightly and only a couple of swats. And then she said, “If you cannot be man enough to take your spanking, I will spank your dog.”

A good time was had by all.

                     A good time was had by all.

Oh my God! This could not be. My poor little dog, Ginger, having to take my punishment. What a horrible miscarriage of justice. Where was the Supreme Court when you needed them?

So guess what I did? Such injustice simply could not prevail, so I trained Ginger to get into a bucket, tied to a rope, and stay in the bucket while I hauled her up into the tree house to be with me. Ginger was very smart and in many ways, smarter than me (although she did get a spanking).

During training, I gently set her in the bucket and then scampered up the tree and pulled her up. Well, guess what happened? I needed another predictable spanking! But I was prepared. Justice denied was justice delayed.

I well remember the screen door slamming behind me as my Mother raced to catch me. God only knows what horrible deed was done. But I do remember deserving a good spanking. After all, I was American, spoiled and an only child (what a combination!).

And the race was on. . . . .

Up the tree I scampered. And when I had ascended to the height of my ego and my imagination, I called down below . . . . “Ginger!  Ginger!  Get in the bucket! Get in the bucket!” And she did.

Angry Al is introduced by Gavin and Wyatt's dad, Nick.

Angry Al is introduced by Gavin and Wyatt’s dad, Nick. (We enrolled him in anger management class)

At the very moment she obeyed, the screen door slammed behind my Mother as she approached me with menacing eyes and a determined look. And that is when a miracle happened. Yes, such moments as this made me believe in God. My Mother witnessed my little dog, Ginger, being hoisted up to the tree house, where I posed with pride and glee. Ginger actually stayed in the basket until I pulled her all the way up and then she flew into my arms. I was overjoyed. I felt better than the boys who escaped from Alcatraz.

I peered down over the side of my tree house, to enjoy the full effect of my victory on the face of the Angel of Injustice. And what I saw stunned and astonished me. My Mother was laughing so hard that she fell on the ground. I think she laughed for several minutes. Later, she would exclaim, I was now too old to spank and she could never catch me anyway.

We embraced when I came down and she apologized for spanking

Jack said he fell in love with two hot chicks. And here they are!

Jack said he fell in love with two hot chicks. And here they are!

Ginger. And I vowed, a west Texas vow, never to misbehave again.

And Ginger, she became a Folk Hero. Not only for this act, but my Mother came to love her as no other. You see, when a large (I mean, really BIG) rattle snake cornered my Mother, by surprise, in the Kitchen after it snuck in when the door was propped open, it was little Ginger that placed herself between the snake and Mom and me. Ginger barked and growled and kept her little body between the snake and us, as it kept recoiling and striking but missing my little dog. Believe it or not, my Mother swept the snake out the door with a broom. Ah, these west Texas women! You never want to get them really mad!

Yes, Ginger became a life saving heroine and was literally worshiped by both of us. She ate with us, slept on the bed with us, traveled everywhere with us and loved us until the day she disappeared. As I recall, it was the day Richard Nixon was given the oath of office as President (perhaps an omen). And I looked for my Rosie, non-stop, for three full days.

We had moved to Abilene so that I could attend Hardin-Simmons University (my Mother was an H.S.U. graduate). So the territory was unfamiliar to Ginger or me. I feel like she went “mooching” because almost every neighbor we had in our previous neighborhood fed her. She made the rounds every morning. The whole neighborhood loved Ginger. Our love expressed itself, after so many years, in the shape of a very large, rotund, small dog. Sometimes, Love reveals itself that way.

Love can also be found in a bucket on its way to Heaven above, surrounded by uncontrollable laughter, tears of joy, treasured memories and a Mother’s great sense of humor and deep and abiding love.

You know, we never had much. And I could not have asked for more.

“While the word is yet unspoken,
you are master of it;
when once it is spoken
it is master of you.”
~ Arab Proverb

Vaccine Debate Misses Target

vaccine

My friends, the debate over vaccines has totally missed the target. Yes, we need to (virtually) all be vaccinated. And yes, deaths and horrible disabilities have resulted from being vaccinated. But let’s take a close look at EXACTLY what our targets should be.

One thing you can do is space vaccines out to prevent problems. Many physicians recommend spacing ALL vaccinations (for individual diseases) out at least two months apart to give our very fragile and very biological organs and the neurological systems time to absorb the impact of these chemicals.

Multi-dose formulations are highly suspect in damaging our delicate neurological systems / brain. Rather than getting in a convenience mode (you know, the good Doctor want to spend less time and just get it over), take the time to research this important topic and then take the time necessary to reduce the very real and serious risk to your child’s health, happiness and future. Space vaccines out.

Please take a look at The Vaccine Book by Dr. Robert W. Sears prior to giving big round of vaccinations to your child.

Dr. Sears never says that vaccinations are dangerous. He is cautious about the effects of giving small children aggressive dosages of medicine. He recommends spacing out the vaccinations instead of giving them all at once. If your Doctor seems unwilling to do so, find another physician!

The most contentious ingredient in vaccinations is aluminum. The FDA requires the aluminum content of IV feeding solutions be limited to 25 micrograms per liter. That is a small amount. Especially when you consider that the HIB vaccine alone has 225 micrograms of aluminum. Further FDA studies show that a 22-pound baby can safely handle 50 micrograms if they have healthy kidneys.

The typical baby would not be getting 25 or even 225 micrograms of aluminum per day but if he got the full cocktail of vaccines today, he would have received approximately 1,225 micrograms of aluminum. That is a lot for a baby or you! By the way, these vaccines also contain trace amounts of mercury, formaldehyde, and MSG.

There is a book about it called “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children’s Vaccinations”, by Stephanie Cave, M.D., F.A.A.F.P and Deborah Mitchell.

Please recognize that you and I are alive today because of the miraculous discovery that we can be vaccinated against horrible diseases. Numerous plagues and other scourges have ravaged mankind for thousands of years. All of you know individuals who have died or suffered from such diseases as Polio, Small Pox and many others.

The debate that rages should not place one extreme point of view against the other. Both are actually correct to a degree. Now, let’s look at what we should be focused upon.

Some vaccine manufacturers are producing 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccines and others in single-dose units, which do not require the use of thimerosal as a preservative. In addition, the live-attenuated version of the vaccine, which is administered intranasally (through the nose), is produced in single-units and does not contain thimerosal.

People have a right to expect the vaccines they receive are safe and effective. CDC and FDA also hold vaccines to the highest standards of safety. That is why they continually evaluate new scientific information about the safety of vaccines. Since 2001, no new vaccine licensed by FDA for use in children has contained thimerosal as a preservative (Why?), and all vaccines routinely recommended by CDC for children under six years of age have been thimerosal-free, or contain only trace amounts, except for multi-dose formulations of influenza vaccine.

Since seasonal influenza vaccine is produced in large quantities for annual immunization campaigns, some of the vaccine is produced in multi-dose vials, and contains thimerosal.

Many families have alleged that vaccines have caused their children to become autistic. I personally know of one (the son of my wonderful cousin, Jim). Since 1999, almost 5000 families have filed claims with the government alleging their children developed autism as a result of routine vaccinations.

The most popular theory is that this preservative called thimerosal is to blame. Several scientific studies have found no association between autism and vaccines containing thimerosal. But parents respond that their children’s symptoms did not show up until after the vaccinations required by many schools. If these families win, the families will be entitled to compensation from a multi billion-dollar trust fund. read more here

I think something is wrong in giving these vaccinations all at once. What brilliant scientist decided to employ a toxic substance such as mercury to use in millions of doses of  required vaccines for our fragile children.

Thimerosal was taken out of childhood vaccines in 2001. Why?

More than 500,000 children suffer from autism, and pediatricians diagnose more than 40,000 new cases every year. The disease was unknown until 1943, when autism was identified and diagnosed among 11 children born in the months after thimerosal was first added to baby vaccines in 1931.

Do all flu vaccines contain thimerosal?

Influenza (flu) vaccines are currently available in both thimerosal-containing and thimerosal-free versions. The total amount of flu vaccine without thimerosal as a preservative at times has been limited, but availability will increase as vaccine manufacturing capabilities are expanded. Take the time to locate thimerosal-free vaccine.

By the way, a clinical trial led by Mitsuyoshi Urashima and conducted by the Division of Molecular Epidemiology in the the Department of Pediatrics at the Jikei University School of Medicine Minato-ku in Tokyo found that vitamin D was extremely effective at halting influenza infections in children. The trial appears in the March, 2010 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Am J Clin Nutr (March 10, 2010). Learn more

Vitamin D could save billions of dollars in reduced health care costs. But no one can patent vitamin D, so it’s not being aggressively promoted. It is readily available to everyone for mere pennies a day. It is also FREE. Sunshine will synthesis vitamin D, so go for a walk! Your body is designed to get the vitamin D it needs by producing it when your bare skin is exposed to sunlight. The part of the sun’s rays that is important is ultraviolet B (UVB).

Vitamin D also significantly reduced asthma in children.

Another fascinating result from the trial is that if you remove those children from the study who were already being given vitamin D by their parents, so that you are only looking at children who started out with no vitamin D supplementation before the trial began, the results look even better as vitamin D reduced relative infection risk by nearly two-thirds.

More news on vitamin D

How can I find out if thimerosal is in a vaccine?

For a complete list of vaccines and their thimerosal content level, you may visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Additionally, you may ask your health care provider or pharmacist for a copy of the vaccine package insert. It lists ingredients in the vaccine and discusses any known adverse reactions.

Allow me to tell you of one of my Heroes: author Mike Adams (aka the “Health Ranger“) is the founding editor of NaturalNews.com, the internet’s No. 1 natural health news website, reaching 7 million readers a month.

In 2013, Adams launched the Natural News Forensic Food Lab, where he conducts atomic spectroscopy research into food contaminants using high-end ICP-MS instrumentation. With this research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products to low levels by July 1, 2015.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center, an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Click here to see some of the success stories.

 “All I have seen
teaches me to trust the Creator
for all I have not see.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

 FRIDAY TRIP INFORMATION
For Friday Feb. 13, 2015
By popular demand we will visit Main Event, 4801 City Lake Blvd. East (817-292-5555) at 10:45 a.m.
Pick-up will be at 2:30 p.m.
At 10:45 a.m. we will spend a few minutes getting our bowling shoes and socks on and getting ready for one hour of bowling (starting at 11:00 a.m.)
Our youth group special also includes lunch (2 slices of pizza and a medium soft drink), 1 hour of bowling, one game of Laser Tag & $10.00 video game card & tax. Please pay $17.00 to Dr. A.
Uniform pants with a belt & red monogrammed school shirts and polished shoes are required. PARENTS/GUARDIANS are always invited to participate on our study/fun trips. Students without shirts
tucked in, polished shoes, and belts on will not be allowed to participate.

Students are NOT to leave the MAIN EVENT at any time for any reason, including the need to secure a ride, without the knowledge and approval of Dr. or Mrs. Anderson. Students are required to let Dr. Anderson know when your ride has arrived and with whom you are leaving. Please ask your child if this has been done. ALL STUDENTS & PARENTS/GUARDIANS/FRIENDS/GUESTS are always invited to participate on our trips.

Pick-up will be at the Main Event at 2:30 p.m. If you arrive late, we will have departed with your child(ren) and will return to school. Please Do NOT drop your child(ren) off early or without Dr. and Mrs. Anderson present. Please let us know if you will be late. If you have questions, call 817-448-8484.

IMPORTANT DATES:

Feb. 1 Tuition Deposits were Due for 2015-16
Feb. 16 (Monday) President’s Day Holiday
Mar. 9-13 Spring Break Holidays
April 3 & 6 (Fri. & Mon.) Easter Holidays
April 28 Scarborough Renaissance Festival (Drama Competition is “Twelfth Night”)
May 4 & 5 (Mon. & Tues.) Anderson School Theatrical Production “Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare” at Stage West Theater

View trip details on William’s Weblog at andersonschool.net for trip details (posted each Wed. at 6:00 p.m.).
“Nothing is more dishonorable
than an old man,
heavy with years,
who has no other evidence
of having lived long
except his age.”
                             – Seneca