The Lighter Side of Life / We Are ALL a Modern Work of Art / Sept. 1 We Begin Again

Dedicated to my Wonderful Friend
Rev. Donald Graves
Tucson Center for Spiritual Living

Don and I grew up together
and had so very many
wonderful adventures in
Boy Scout Troop 17.
What
a Truly Wonderful
Friend.

Thank You
for the Beautiful memories.
You are deeply admired
and Loved.

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“You are the Beloved.
Be sure to treat yourself that way.”
– Rev. Donald Graves

I was recently joking around
with one of our very young students,
something I am wont to do,
(do frequently)
saying:
“Well, you know,
because I”m lazy, fat and ugly.”
At which point he looked intently into my eyes
and quietly said,
“Your not fat.”

I laughed so hard
I lost two pounds.

My Dear Friends,
we need to laugh
at the confusion that prevails
in Life
and in living.
.
It is hilarious!

“Eventually all things fall into place. 
Until then, laugh at the confusion, live for the moment,
and know everything happens for a reason.” 

Albert Schweitzer

The illogical, superficial,
and unbelievable things we do,
collectively and as individuals
of unbelievable perfunctory indifference
toward the nature of our reality,
can be truly funny.
.

So why not enjoy it?

“Do not take Life too seriously.
You will never get out of it alive.”
Elbert Hubbard

According to Alison Bonds Shapiro,
one kind of humor is based on Love
celebrating the general Joy and goofiness
that comes with being Human.
This is laughing with someone.
read more

.Patrick Allmond tells us
that Children laugh on average 200 times a day
and adults only 26 times a day.
And he states, “How many times a day
do you experience the rich joy of laughter?
If we want to be happier, healthier, and more productive
we seriously need to make time to laugh.”
click here to read more

“Unless you change
and become like little children,
you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”
(Matthew 18:3)

sun light passing through green leafed tree

                       Where is the average person?

If we can laugh at our mistakes,
and I do mean,
out loud,
we can, in a more positive manner,
effectively take some credit for them,
(here is where you take a bow)
and allow for them to become acceptable
lessons learned on this all too difficult
path of Life.

And you get three guesses
as to who made it so difficult,
and the first two
don’t count!

We are so perfectly and Beautifully
imperfect,
that the result is:
there is simply no one
we can call normal
or average.
(Thank God!)

“Normal
is a setting
on a washing machine.”
author obviously not normal and unknown

silhouette photography of person

I counsel with others,
especially children,
to make at least one mistake
on purpose,
daily.

This creates a highly controlled
learning opportunity.
It admits to our Humanity.
It opens the window
of our awareness.

Children, of all ages,
view it as time for a
great practical joke.

It causes one to
pause to reflect upon
what is really going on.
And ultimately
we learn over the years,
not to take Life so seriously.
Supercilious serious attitudes
lead to stress, strokes,
and striking out.

The lighter side of Life
is also a great adventure
and a broad avenue of opportunity
that may lead to
being on Comedy Central,
finding a new friend,
falling deeply in Love,
or stumbling up to the Altar
and muttering, “I did”
instead of, “I do”.

boat on body of water near rock mountains

Creating us
proves to some of us
that God
has a sense of humor.

Perhaps the best indication
is that He created man in His image (Genesis 1:27),
and people are able to perceive
and express humor.

When you think of someone
who has a great sense of humor,
you will usually find this person laughs a lot.
Laughter and a good sense of humor go hand in hand.
And our ability to laugh
comes from God.
It is a great
Gift
.

Abraham Lincoln
used to quip that God had to have a sense of humor
to make us all as we are.

Our God has an absolutely delightful
sense of humor.

“He who sits in the Heavens laughs;
He holds them in derision.”
(Psalm 2:4).

My Dear Friends,
we almost always act like
we are going to survive
this very brief existence.
And the Truth is:
we are precariously
and very briefly perched
upon this Beautiful planet.

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              It opens the window of our awareness.

Live in the moment.

One of my very favorite expressions is:

“Now remember,
We are just a nice normal family”.

You know,
I am always wondering,
where is this normal family?
Where is the average person?

“Normal”
Is Also a Dryer Setting.

We go through Life thinking
I am too short,
Too tall,
Too fat? Too whatever?
Ever get stuck
in a comparison cycle,
pursuing the
unattainable?

Yes we have!

My Friends,
I have news for you:
A NORMAL child
simply does not exist.
That is an illusion.
If not,
please introduce to me to one.
One will be sufficient!
(Now, don’t drag your child up here!
He or she will embarrass you
in a highly abnormal manner.)

“Only ONE person in 6,500
could be credited with achieving true
averageness in every measurable respect.
That person having molded himself into
the nicest, dullest and most proper
freak of normalcy”
for miles around.”

Guy Murchie

Our exceptionality is but one
of one of the things
that make us,
and our lives,
so very interesting
and very, very Beautiful.

We are all a
Modern work of art,
you know,
expensive,
different,
museum quality
and something
no one understands.

.

But can you imagine how dull,
how terminally boring
would Life be
surrounded by a plethora
of normal, average Human beings.
What would we ever talk about?

My Dear Friends,
stop worrying, wondering, and doubting.
Have Faith
that things will work out.
And if they don’t,
well, my fellow Humanoid,
celebrate!
You now have something to talk about,
something to laugh at
and something to think about.
.

“No one knows enough
to be a pessimist.”
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

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                                 We all live for Love.

“A hundred years from now
it will not matter
what my bank account was,

the sort of house I lived in,
or the kind of car I drove,
but the world may be different
because I was important
in the Life of a child.”
Forest E. Witcraft

The past,
if left undenied,
can become a thief.
Don’t let the past steal Today.
Today is your property,
your beautiful Gift from God.

You’ve got to Love this life.
If not,
you are probably
going to hate it.

And how do you Love it?

Well,
it’s actually quite simple:
quit thinking so much about it.
And stop thinking about yourself.
Think about someone else!
That’s called Love.
And when you Love others,
they Love you back.
And Life, my friend,
is good to Live
again.

We all live
for Love.

And if you think deeply about it,
Love is the only thing
worth living for.

Yes,
it is that simple.

Now,
go to bed
in a really dark bedroom.
Your body needs to produce
melatonin
to fight cancer!
read more

And tomorrow,
wake up and do more good
than you ever thought possible
for someone else.
And tomorrow night,
you will sleep well,
and wake up the next day
deeply Loved
by someone else,
and
Happy.

“We know
that for those who Love God
all things work together for good,
for those who are called
according to his purpose.”
Romans 8:28

Remember,
turn out all the lights,
It needs to totally dark
when you are asleep
to prevent cancer.

Sleeping while exposed to light at night
causes a dramatic drop
in blood melatonin levels,
setting the stage
for growth and proliferation
of breast cancer cells
and other cancer cells.

I Love You.

Goodnight.

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                                    Anderson Private School
                                            School Calendar

                                                 2020-2021
.
Sept. 1                         First Day of Semester
Other days to be scheduled.
.
Dr. & Mrs. Anderson may schedule 2-5 additional days
(to be announced later) for In-service Training.
Visit our website at
http://www.andersonschool.net
for updated information.

One Heartbeat Away / Rear-View Mirror Thinking / No School The Week

Dedicated
with my deep admiration
and sincere appreciation to
Richard Fletcher.
While in Boy Scout Troop 17
many years ago,
Richard gave countless hours
of patient counseling and friendship
to this very lost young man
at the time in Life
when it was most needed.
.
He encouraged, guided and enabled me to
continue the struggle with Life
and later
enter broadcasting.
.
I become host of the
Bill Anderson Music Show at KSTB radio
and later, Announcer and News Director at KWKC radio,
Co-Host of the Curtis Stone Soul Show,
(I will share more on this eye opening/awakening chapter later)
and Staff Announcer and Host of the
On The Line” talk show simulcast over
KFMN-FM, KACC and KBLE in Abilene.
These positions in broadcasting
enabled me to work my way through College.

How well I remember
listening to Richard report on the
assassination of President John Kennedy
while tearfully sitting in the High School Library.
His compassionate reporting
inspired me enter the broadcasting profession.

And
when the precious Mother of Don and Billy Graves
asked that I become the Scoutmaster of Troop 57 in Abilene,
since no one was available,
I requested my friend Richard to serve in that capacity until
I became old enough to qualify.
Richard, with me as his Assistant, gladly did so.
Don and Billy continued their Scouting experience
along with many, many others.

And today,
I am very proud of Rev. Donald Graves,
of the Center for Spiritual Living in Tucson,
who delivers powerful messages in dynamic ways:
.

“God is all there is,
so we are by Nature a part of God,
filled with and surrounded by God.”
.

click here to read more

Thank You
Richard!

May God always
abide with you.
.
Your Life
is truly
a Blessing.

Love,
my friends,
ripples through
time.
It never dies.

You
are one Heartbeat away
from the next moment
in someone’s
Life.

And
the Violin
of your Heart
can play
for an Eternity,
if only
you let it be.

My Dear Friends,
the clutter, noise and superficial busyness
of our Life today
can rob us of enjoyment and the Wonder
of the Beautiful World around us.

Please
take the time
to simplify Living
and reconnect with each other.

Each one of us
possesses the innate desire
to see the Beauty
that surrounds us
more clearly

.A telephone call
to an old friend,
to someone in need
of hearing a caring voice,
offers you a brief vacation.
It offers a new perspective
on what is truly important.

It can unplug you
from the illusions of the moment
and recharge your Heart
in a Beautiful way.

Our way of Life,
our values,
and the Gifts we have been given,
can only be sustained
and passed on to countless
generations,
if we are
giving.

The atmosphere
we create around us
brings out the Beauty of our Being,
with genuine smiles and Loving experience.
Each moment we are gifted
is a precious Pearl
that can be made
truly memorable.

Goodnight.

Rear-View Mirror Thinking
by Carl Phillips

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“It’s not the daily increase
but daily decrease.
Hack away at the unessential”
Bruce Lee
.

My name is Carl Phillips.

After a period of reflection several years ago, I realized I was accumulating more in my life.

More things that didn’t matter.

More commitments I wasn’t truly passionate about keeping.

More friction!

So, I started to take some action.  That action has meant:

In short, the quality of my Life has improved. 

I have concerned myself a whole lot less with the need to keep up.  I march (or relax) to my own drum.  I feel happier and like I am on a path of my own setting.  

Many of us spend a large part of our lives looking back.

Thinking about how things once were. How fewer lines we had on our faces yesterday.

What we could do, that we no longer can. What we could have done differently, if given time over again.

Choices made, we would like to unmake. How we could have dealt with a situation better. How we could have changed an outcome.

Whilst time for reflection, learning our lessons and trying not to repeat our mistakes are all to be applauded, too much time spent looking to the past means we start to miss where we are now. This rear-view mirror bias will eventually catch up to us.

Regret is never likely to fuel our best selves but can become a constant companion, if we always look back. And all too often, when we look back, we do so with a rose tinted view. Glorifying the past at the expense of today.

The inconvenient truth, yesterday is gone. Last week and last year are even further gone. We’ll never get them back. Moments in time that have now passed.

We can make peace with that or we can fight it. What we cannot do is alter the fact.

Making Peace with Time
What if we focused our energy on the now instead? What if we committed to learn our lessons but worked on making today the best it can be?

What if we let go of the shackles of the past and concentrated on the present? Investing ourselves fully in this moment.

What if we made peace with time?

What if we let go of our rear-view mirror bias?

                                    Anderson Private School
                                            School Calendar

                                                 2019-2020
.
Second Semester  Jan. 7 – May 22
Until at least April 6                   No school by order of the Governor
April 10 & 13 (Friday & Mon.)    Good Friday and Easter (No school)
April 28 (Tuesday)                    Trip to Scarborough Renaissance Festival (If school is in session)
May 4 & 5 (Mon. & Tues.)         Shakespeare Play (at school if in session)
May 18 (Monday)                      Preparation Day for Adventure Trip
May 19 – 22                              Adventure Trip
May 22                                      Last Day of Semester

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

 

This Beautiful Gift of Life / Tomorrow for Home / Sept. 3 (Tuesday) is the First Day of Fall Semester

“Thank you”
men and women of God,
especially our
Pastors, Priests, Reverends, Rabbis and Ministers,
such as the much admired Rev. Donald Graves.
His precious Life
is Healing so many people in Tucson.
His Science of Mind community
brings Light to darkness.

The men and women of God
have given their Lives
to spread the Precious Word of Salvation.
We salute the courage, humility, Love and dedication
of these men and women
who keep alive
Hope.

You have
our sincere appreciation
and Love.

Thank you.

To grasp the full significance
of the wondrous Gift of Life,
is to add value
to it.
For this Beautiful Gift
of Life,
is the Gift
of Love.

And although it is
difficult to comprehend
what Love is,
we know it
when we feel
nothing else.
Love
happens anywhere,
at any time,
and
when we least
expect it.

Where there is Love,
there is
Life.

My Dear Friends,
we have reasons
to be here.
One,
is to learn
who we really are,
and to grow
Spiritually
from knowing.

Another,
is to evolve
toward the understanding
that we are all
one.

God
has given us
the Gift of
each other.
And our Life
at its best,
is a daily unwrapping
of His Present
to each of us.

“The water is wide,
I can’t cross over.

And neither have I
wings to fly.

Give me a boat,
that can carry two.

And boat shall row,
my Love and I.”
James Taylor, D. Grolnick

………    The Gift of each other.

Our Children
quicken to Life
for so short
a Time.
And,
if we are open
and accepting
to all that Life
with them
has to offer,
our Youth
is renewed.

When
we are in Love
with Life,
we are open
to all
it has to offer,
with acceptance
and excitement
and a passion
for Living.

                    A passion for Living.

If you
want to know
the secret
to a happy Life,
watch your Children
at play.
And then,
play with them.
They know
far, far more
about Life
and Living
than we will ever
know.
They will give you
a reason to Live
and a reason to Live happily,
IF
you let them.

What we do
has little real value.
And we
are not even
aware.

What
are you Living for?
Yourself?
And how miserable
has that made you?

Our Journey of Life
can have
a much, much more
fulfilling purpose.

Life
can be simple,
happy
and filled with
Love –
Love so right,
you forget
you are Home.

The Precious Gift
of Life,
is a Gift,
a Gift of
Love.
.

Open it.

Goodnight.

…………………….Open it.

Tomorrow for Home

Our children are born of America’s Freedom.
They are the birthright of Liberty’s Hope.
Our family harbors the fleet of our Nation,
With ships set to sail for Destiny’s Home.

As we hoist sail on the mast of our Dreaming,
And steer our course toward keeping us free,
With no oar in the water or sail bent skyward,
Shall we cross over the deepening sea?

Can we stay the course of our country’s freedom,
If we cannot keep our sight on the shore?
The sea of Tomorrow will billow and swallow
The Nations of people who can do no more.

Without the Vision to cherish our children
Having no courage their cause to put forth,
The Captain won’t sail the ship of our Nation;
He shall never steer us to destiny’s port.

With sails unfurled for the Winds our yearning,
With no greater Love than we show our own,
The Captain won’t cut the ship from her mooring;
He shall never sail her Tomorrow for Home.

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words & music by
Wm. C. Anderson
& Annie A. Anderson
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2019-20 Anderson School Calendar

First Semester

Sept. 3 – Dec. 20   2019

Sept. 3 (Tuesday)                              First Day of Semester
Final Calendar dates: To Be Arranged.

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

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if school is closed due to
 inclement weather.

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the school will close if Fort Worth I. S. D. is closed.

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Our Dreams Have Wings / Thank You Richard Fletcher / Important Dates

Dedicated
with my deep admiration
and sincere appreciation to
Richard Fletcher.
While in Boy Scout Troop 17
many years ago,
Richard gave countless hours
of patient counseling and friendship
to this very lost young man
at the time in life
when it was most needed.
He encouraged, guided and enabled me to
enter broadcasting and I become host of the
Bill Anderson Music Show at KSTB radio
and Announcer and News Director at KWKC radio,
Co-Host of the Curtis Stone Soul Show,
(I will share more on this eye opening/awakening chapter later)
and Announcer and Host of the
On The Line” talk show simulcast over
KFMN-FM, KACC and KBLE in Abilene.
These positions in broadcasting
enabled me to work my way through College.

How well I remember
listening to Richard report on the
assassination of President John Kennedy
while tearfully sitting in the High School Library.
His compassionate reporting
inspired me enter the broadcasting profession.

And
when the precious Mother of Don and Billy Graves
asked that I become the Scoutmaster of Troop 57 in Abilene,
since no one was available,
I requested my friend Richard to serve in that capacity until
I became old enough to qualify.
Richard, with me as his Assistant, gladly did so.
Don and Billy continued their Scouting experience
along with many, many others.

And today,
I am very proud of the Rev. Donald Graves,
of the Center for Spiritual Living in Tucson,
who delivers powerful messages in dynamic ways:
“God is all there is,
so we are by nature a part of God,
filled with and surrounded by God.”
read more

Thank You Richard!

May God always
abide with you.
Your Life
is truly
a Blessing.

Love,
my friends,
ripples through
time.
It never dies.

feather b

      Our Dreams Have Wings.

There comes a precious moment
in the brevity of Life,
when Love
for all those around you
is like the breathing of your Soul.
Your whole being is somehow transformed
into Love.
And you suddenly know,
you are Love,
and your Love
is something of the
Eternal.

Love waits patiently
for you,
my Friend,
for somewhere
to go.
In one beat
of your fragile Heart,
you can
open its Sacred Door
and give Love
a home,
and no one you know
will be lonely
anymore.

hands

        Open its Sacred Door.

My Dear Friends,
let us live Life
in such a manner
as to instill Joy and Hope,
even among the afflicted
who know not Joy,
who have lost
all Hope.

Perhaps,
there lies the deeper meaning of Life.
Perhaps, there is a reason why
our brief and precious lives
need not suffer so much
anymore.

peonies 2

     The beautiful gifts of Life

One day,
I patiently studied
the breathtaking beauty
of but a single Flower.
And, as my mind turned to reflect
upon the beautiful gifts of Life,
it became clear to me,
such beauty shows us
the way.

In your restless dreams
you can wake
with a Flower of Love in your hand,
and come to know
you are not alone.

sun spray b

    Beauty shows us the way.

“To hear never-heard sounds,
To see never-seen colors and shapes,
To try to understand the imperceptible
power pervading the world;

To fly and find pure ethereal substances
That are not of matter
But of that invisible soul pervading reality.
To hear another soul and to whisper to another soul;
To be a lantern in the darkness
Or an umbrella in a stormy day;
To feel much more than know.

To be the eyes of an eagle,
slope of a mountain;

To be a wave understanding
the influence of the moon;

To be a tree
and read the memory of the leaves

Dejan Stojanovic

sun

            Such Warm Embrace

Within the fragile petals
of a Flower unfolding
its beautiful Gift from Above,
you can discover God’s Love
that holds you
in such Warm Embrace.

There are Promises made
in the Spring of Life,
blossoming, fragrant,
in the look
in your eyes,
in your Heart
where God Lives,
where He Loves,
where He will stay.
And His vow to you
with every beautiful Spring:
His Love
has just begun.

“Learn to see,
and then you’ll know
there is no end
to the new worlds
of our vision.”

– Carlos Castaneda

beach b

                       Learn to see.

If you quietly listen
with your Heart,
you can hear God whispering
in the leaves of the trees,
in the waves pounding
upon the shores
of your Soul,
in the rhythm
of the falling rain,
in the song
every bird sings:
“I wish you had known
just how much
I Love you.”

 Our dreams
have wings.

sp;iral

   See the space that surrounds.

And now,
for my students
in Philosophy,
past and future.
Let me know
what you think,
and that you are
thinking:

Look into the mirror
of this Life
to see the space
that surrounds
what is both real
and not.

The space
in which we live
is not what you think.
It is the slope of a mountain
you climb
to reach whatever
your Heart is desiring,
it is your laughter
illuminated by the sunshine
of your smiles,
it is the pillow
upon which you lay
your dreams.

moon

        The horizon of destiny.

But there is no house
in which we dwell,
only the mirror
of our mind,
a place-less place,
reflecting the warm smiles
of what was,
the faceless Face
of God
whose Loving
Heart
keeps beating
and will never part.

I’m with you
in singing skies and dancing waters
laughing children growing old
And in the heart and in the spirit
And in the truth when it is told.
– John Denver

The space you see,
which appears to form
the horizon
of destiny,
in the wink of an eye
will be turning.
The singular moment
in which we live,
in which we dwell,
is adrift
in a vast Ocean
of Love.

As we experience Life
seeping from the veins
of our awareness,
we may come to know
that we do not live
in a void,
but in the illusion of shades
of darkening and light.

Our lives are
a form of shadow
that give me visibility
to see myself,
enabling me
to see me,
there,
where I am not.

canyon

Looking back
is looking through,
a forward view
into the mist
of a new Morning.
And what is facing
you,
is looking too.

The seeming constancy of being
images Earthly reality,
a vibrant gaze
into the illusions
we see we are,
and are not.

But,
there are Sacred
places,
Elsewhere Spaces,
hidden presence,
the heartfelt homeless
deny.

“Dance me to your beauty
with a burning violin.

Dance me through the panic
’til I’m gathered safely in.

Lift me like an olive branch
and be my Homeward Dove.

Dance me to the end of love.
– Leonard Cohen

My Dear Children,
we live
in the Hope
of Tomorrow.
We live in the Joy
we have known,
in places
of the Heart,
as we finally
come to know,
the Love of God
never passes
away,
it will never
depart.

Goodnight.

sunset 2

      We see we are, and are not.

“How do I love thee?
Let me count the ways.

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints,
– I love thee with the breath,

Smiles, tears, of all my life!
– and, if God choose,

I shall but love thee better after death.
– Elizabeth Barrett Browning

scape

We live in the Joy we have known.

Important Dates
Sept. 6  First Day of Fall Semester
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