Sunshine Things Far More Than Real / What an Adventuresome Trip / Thank You

“A million Tomorrows
shall all pass away

Ere I forget all the Joy
that is mine,
Today.”

– Randy Sparks

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          We live in two Worlds.

The Song your Life
is singing,
can become
like a Beautiful Prayer.
Such is the music
that gives meaning
to Life,
and everything else
there.

“There will be another
song for me,

For I will sing it.
There will be another
dream for me,

Someone will bring it.”
Jimmy Webb

My Dear Friends,
no one can take
what lives within,
for your dreams
are Sunshine Things.
They do not melt
in the dark.
Tomorrow appears
when we close our eyes
and see with Hope
in our Heart,
and not with what lies
brilliantly lit by the Sun
in disguise.

“What life does to me
is not the same thing
as who I am.”
– Michael Brown

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The dawn of things far more than real.

We live
in two Worlds:
one is the Dawn,
the other mirrors the Dawn
of things far more than real,
that we so very deeply
Love
we breathe
Life into them,
that we cherish
above all things
and carry forever
in our Hearts,
that we create
and no one can take apart,
that we Believe in
and celebrate
in song,
as we so joyfully
sing along
all night long
in dreams waking
to the wonder
of who we are.

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     Dreams are sunshine things.

The reflections of our thoughts
and our dreams
look through us
and into the future,
to see what eyes
cannot see
and open the gate
to a tomorrow
no longer held in the arms
of the past.

My Friends,
the mirror
is doing the
looking.

The world of our
imagination
is where we truly Live,
where we
belong.
Far more than figment,
it is the light bearer
of tomorrow,
the touchstone of reality,
without which
we shall not thrive,
and never survive.

“Not only is the universe
stranger than we imagine,

it is stranger
than we can imagine.”

Sir Arthur Eddington

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No one can take what lives within.

Imagination is far more real than reality.
It is more important
than knowledge,
which is very limited
to what we now know and
think we understand.

Imagination embraces Worlds
unknown,
and perhaps unknowable,
without nuturing an environment
where dreams really do
come true.

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Reality is a projection of what we IMAGINE.

And far more importantly,
through a child’s eyes,
JOY and wonder
are what imagination brings.
For without JOY,
why dream and wonder
at all?

“Reality is merely an illusion,
albeit a very persistent one.”
– Albert Einstein

Albert reportedly
may have more properly said,
“To make an apple pie
first you must invent
a Universe.”

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Without JOY, why dream and wonder at all?

We live in a beautiful Universe.
But it is a Universe
of our own making,
created within the infinite depths
of the Human mind
and the Human Heart.
It is a projection
of what we believe,
what we want,
what we need,
what we IMAGINE.

And WHAT fires
the Human mind
to create such unfathomable Beauty
as may be found
all around
and in our tomorrow?

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The mirror is doing the looking.

“Imagination is born
when LOVE‘S alive,
a Spirit creating a place
for you and I.
Together let’s ride away
to find the Universe,
and let our dreams
live our lives.”
– Earth, Wind and Fire

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We live in an Unfathomable Universe of OUR OWN MAKING.

Sleep well my Friends,
and Pray
for what truly matters:
all the Love in your Heart
to give to another,
the words
in your Song
to sing
until Dawn,
the time to spend
Loving others,
the Joy you refine
and define,
as we live
and come alive again
to share the happiness
you give,
and give,
and give.

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One is the Dawn, the other mirrors the Dawn of things far more than real.

The real Dawn
is in your dreams,
in your Spirit Divine
that lives within.
It lights the path
for those who follow
and have never seen.
The children of tomorrow
live between
the Loving Thoughts
of God
and your very beautiful
dreams.

“Neither death, nor life, nor angels,
nor principalities, nor powers,
nor things present,

nor things to come, nor height, nor depth,
nor any other creature,
shall be able to separate us
from the Love of God.”
– Romans viii.38, 39.

God still breathes
His Life
into every fiber
of your Being.

Yes,
you can live your Life
again,
and when you
awake,
become what you
dream.

Goodnight.

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God Be with You Till We Meet Again in the Sunshine of Your Dreams.

“Take me to the breaking
of a beautiful dawn.

Take me to the place
where we come from.

Take me to the end
so I can see the start.”

The Wailin’ Jennys

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The Dawn is in your dreams.

“I’ll catch the sun
And never give it back again.
I’ll catch the sun
And keep it for my own.
Perhaps, in time

I’ll even share my sun
With that new anyone
To whom I gave my hand.”
– Rod McKuen

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    The beautiful Old Mill

What an Adventure

On our adventuresome trip to Little Rock last week
we learned about Central High School’s place
in the civil rights movement,
explored the Clinton Presidential Center,
toured the Old Mill (a real work of art and Dr. A’s favorite)
and imagined a world free of hunger
and poverty at the Heifer Village.

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                                      Heifer Village

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    USS Razorback

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Sometimes you just need to get up and stretch.

We also enjoyed
the historical bus tour of
Little Rock,
enjoyed the interactive and informative
displays at the Museum of Discovery,
shopped at the Farmer’s Market,
explored the Maritime Museum, holding a collection from the Arkansas River Historical Society featuring the history of the Arkansas River,
and experienced the sights, sounds, and smells
of submarine service when we stepped
aboard the historic submarine
USS Razorback.
This fabulous Museum hosts exhibits dedicated to America’s rich naval history.

What a marvelous tour of the World War II Submarine.

DSC05501Favorite among many students
were the nine hour rides on the
Amtrak Train.
What a relaxing
and memorable time!

The observation car was truly
delightful. Just ask Dr. A.
He may still be there.

My very sincere gratitude goes to Gina Moreland for planning yet another wonderful and adventuresome trip. You are awesome!

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          Observation car

And thank you to all the beautiful parents who are always so helpful and generous with their time and their precious Love to all our students and staff. You are deeply appreciated and Loved.

And kids, you are unbelievable and terrific!
Thank you for all truly beautiful memories. Watching you grow in mind and Love and Spirit is more beautiful and precious than any unforgettable Sunset or any Flower sent by God from Heaven Above. Keep laughing. Keep smiling. This is your moment. This is your story. We know you by the Songs that your precious Hearts Sing.

And my most sincere gratitude to LeVonna Anderson for putting up with me for thirty four years. What courage! What fortitude! What Love a Heart can bring. What a beautiful Song a Heart can Sing.

What a truly marvelous Lady!

What a privilege and an Honor to be with you.

Thank you.

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                          Clinton Presidential Center

More photographs next week.

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Brilliantly lit by the Sun in disguise.

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Miles From Tomorrow / Health Benefits of Coffee and Ginger Tea / Friday: F. W. Nature Center

 

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      Doyle

“How sweet the morning air is!
See how that one little cloud floats
like a pink feather from some gigantic flamingo.
Now the red rim
of the sun pushes itself

over the London cloud-bank.
It shines on a good many folk,
but on none, I dare bet,
who are on a stranger errand
than you and I.

How small we feel
with our petty ambitions and strivings
in the presence
of
the great elemental forces
of Nature!”

–  Arthur Conan Doyle

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               When breaks the dawn.

The Sun
Gives rise to the Morning.
And its loss
At end of day,
Manifests mourning,
As Flowers close
Their blossoms to Pray
For yet another brief encounter,
Another precious moment
To dance in the wind
And play,
While shadows
Of what we were
Refuse to stay,
And moonlight
Caresses our memory,
And kisses the Night
Away.

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Such beauty abounds in precious Hearts all around.

When breaks the Dawn,
I feel the Warmth
Of God’s Love
In the Rays of His Sun.

Deep within,
I feel the Glow
Of such Splendor
And ravishing color
Rush into my waking Heart.

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How Resplendent is God’s Promise.

When breaks your Dawn
Of awaking and awareness,
Such Beauty
As is in you,
Arises like the morning Sun
To meet
The promise of Tomorrow,
In the Glory of this Day.

And the waves of your Heart
Are pounding,
As the hands of time
Unwind,
And the sorrows of what is past
Fade gray into black,
For they need not last
When forward you look,
Not back.

sunlight

Fade gray into black.

Then can your fragile Heart
Venture forth to
See through what is gone,
As now you dare ask,
“Is Love in the air?”
And your Heart
Turns pure, crystal clear,
For by Grace of God
Someone is near,
And here
To stay.

And in Thanksgiving,
Your Life
Blesses
So many others,
Unknowing and unaware,
That such Beauty abounds
In precious Hearts
All around.

For one can never depart
From knowing and sharing
The Love of God,
Who answers our Prayer.
No.
Your Heart
Will linger,
Your Heart
Will stay,
Your Heart
Will once again,
Pray.

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The promise of tomorrow in the Glory of this day.

“There’s a new world somewhere
they call the Promised Land,
And I’ll be there someday
if you will hold my hand.”
– Tom Springfield

And as you hold
Someone you Love,
The drum beat of your Heart
Pounds out the time,
Revealing God’s Love
Hidden deep inside.

Rapturous and Radiant,
You feel once again
The warmth
Of His Sun rising,
And the waves
Of your Heart crashing
Upon the very shores
You lost sight of,
That now are your
Salvation.

“All other things,john-donne
to their destruction draw,

Only our love hath, nor decay;
This, no tomorrow hath,
nor yesterday,

Running it never runs
from us away,

But truly keeps his first, last, everlasting day.”
– John Donne

And in the Morrow,
We
Are rejoicing
In the discovery
Of a new world
Found
In each other.

The Warmth of God’s Love
Rushing through you,
Is always from another,
Another Heart,
One who needs you,
And belongs to the One
Who Loves
You
Both.

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Miles from tomorrow are the tears of today.

And in celebratory motion,
The Sunrise
Begs of alluring Beauty
And Heralds such
A radiant new day,
That we cannot find
The words to say
How Resplendent
Is God’s Promise,
His Glorious Gift,
His Love Fulfilled,
To grant us
Each and every one,
Another chance,
Another precious moment,
Another stunningly beautiful day,
In which to say,
“Thank You”.

Miles from tomorrow
Are the tears of today.
They may be shed
In sorrow,
Or in steadfast Joy,
From all the Love
Shared
In such brief encounter,
A precious moment,
That was
This beautiful
Day,
The one
That took your breath,
And your precious, lonely Heart,
Away.

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Splendor and ravishing color rush into my waking heart.

“Do you not know
that your bodies
are temples
of the Holy Spirit,

who is in you,
whom you have received from God?
You are not
your own.”
1 Corinthians 6:19-29

.
The Holy Spirit
Dwells within us.
Your precious being
Is the Temple of your Body,
Which can a Cathedral be,
Spiraling your Faith
And Hope and Love
To the Heavens
Above,
Affirming God’s Dignity.

Glorify Him in your Body,
In your mind
And in your Spirit,
Which are His.

violetAnd let the
Moonlight kiss the Violets
Of your Everlasting Love,
And put them to bed
With a Prayer
Of Thanksgiving
For all the Bountiful,
Beautiful,
Blessings
From Above.

Goodnight.

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I feel the glow of such Splendor.           

“I’ll catch the sun
And never give it back again
I’ll catch the sun
And keep it for my own.

And in a world where no one understands,
I’ll take my outstretched hand
And offer it to anyone
Who comes along and tells me
He’s in need of Love
In need of Hope
Or maybe just a Friend”
– Rod McKuen

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   Rod McKuen        

                     Health Benefits of Coffee  (read more)

If you’re a confirmed coffee drinker, like me, especially if you’re a woman, you will be heartened by the recent finding that drinking coffee may stave off depression. A study of some 50,000 female nurses in the US over a period of ten years suggests that women who drank 2 or 3 cups of coffee a day reduced their risk of depression by 15%.

That’s not the only health benefit of drinking coffee. Various scientific research studies have shown that drinking coffee can help relieve asthma and headaches, can protect your teeth from cavities and can alleviate a whole lot of serious illnesses. Being a regular coffee drinker will cut your risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease or cirrhosis of the liver by an astounding 80%.

It can reduce your risk of developing dementia by up to 65%. Other risk reductions include diabetes (60%), gallstones (50%) and heart disease in women (25%).  More research is looking at the effects of coffee consumption on risk reduction for skin and other types of cancerCoffee mannans may one day soon help people lose weight.

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Mike Adams

And, from our friends at NaturalNews.com:

Some of the most powerful medicine in the world is affordable, safe and readily found in common grocery items like ginger, garlic, onions and blueberries.

Today, we learn that ginger tea kills cancer cells and works better than chemotherapy in many cases (without all the toxic, deadly side effects of chemo).  read more

sun ri“If you want to be reminded
of the love of the Lord,
just watch the sunrise.”
–  Jeannette Walls

On Friday, Feb. 19, 2016
we will visit the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, an Urban Wilderness with a mission to enhance the quality of life by enrolling and educating our community in the preservation & protection of natural areas.

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

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

The center is located on the northwest side of Fort Worth, four miles west of I-820 on the Jacksboro Hwy. (TX Hwy 199). We plan to hike the trails and get some sunshine and fresh air.

FOLLOWING LUNCH WE WILL RETURN TO SCHOOL TO WORK ON WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S “HAMLET” with our marvelous Director, George X Rodriguez.

* * * We will need HELP with TRANSPORTATION from the Nature Center to Lunch and back to School. * * * Please let us know if you can help.

Drop off will be at the Nature Center at 10:00 a.m.
Pick up will be at the School at 3:15 p.m.

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

LUNCH: We will dine at Ci Ci’s Pizza on the way back to school.
GIFT SHOP: Yes!

Uniform pants with a belt & red monogrammed school shirts are required.

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

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

IMPORTANT DATES
Feb. 19 (Friday) Deposit for Adventure Trip due.
March 4 (1:00 PM) Stolen Shakespeare Guild Monologue and Scene Competition at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center (we have several young ladies competing in the finals)
March 14-18 Spring Break Holiday
March 25 & 28 (Fri. & Mon.) 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)
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 6:00 p.m.)

The Beautiful Way Life Was Intended / Bergamot Benefits / Friday: Rollerland West and Shakespeare

“When one realizes
one is asleep,
at that moment
one is already half-awake.”
– P. D. Ouspensky

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Experience life in the beautiful way it was intended.

Deep, powerful knowledge
Is the key
To inspired thinking
and
Finding intelligent solutions
To problems.

And inspired awareness
Is the key
To a beautiful way
Of Life.

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A richness in the texture of living.

Each of us,
In a very unique way,
Possess a pathway
For higher awareness
Of Love
And of living,
To experience our life
In the beautiful way
It was intended,
To change this life
And create new possibilities,
And revolutionize the way
We comprehend the complex
and mysterious place that is
The Galaxy
Of our Heart.

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        The beauty waiting within.

Shrouded by the dust of living,
We are able to be
Liberated through a view
Of Love.
We can remove the things if life
That block our vision
To the awareness of
Love’s presence.

For Love
Is your natural,
God given inheritance,
And it is there
For you to see,
It is there
For you
to
Let it be.

“Your arms reach out to me
and my heart is free

From all care,
for it knows
there are no gloomy skies

When seen through the eyes
of those who are blessed
with love.”

– Max Steiner

There is no need
To let sorrow abound,
To enter your life
And go
Around and around,
From beginning to beginning,
In a perpetual motion
That you keep
Spinning.

“Like a circle in a spiral,
like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending or beginning
on an ever spinning reel
As the images unwind,
like the circles that you find in
The windmills of your mind!”
– M.Bergman, M. Legrand, A. Bergman

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Faith, and the mountain, are within.

To truly harvest life,
Search for the intensity
Of Human Kindness,
Which reflects our humanity,
And creates the Loving forces
Which go beyond this moment,
Beyond what we think and imagine,
Beyond things as they are,
To what they can be,
To the beauty waiting
Within.

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             Create new possibility.

To see all things
Are truly possible,
Reveals
Facets of meaning
And a richness in the texture
Of being,
Of Loving
And of living.

“When all is come to pass
The storm has breathed it’s last
And the rain
Has washed our fears away,
Love will fall on us all
And we can smile again.”
– Hayley Westenra

The Miraculous application of Love
Is a balm on every wound.
And as we begin to understand
More deeply
Why love is such a necessary element
In the healing of the world,
We need do no more
Than trust
In what the Gospel
says.

“God is Love,
and all who live in Love
live in God,
and God lives in them.”
– 1 John 4:16

Jesus says
Something remarkable
In Matthew 17:20:

“If your Faith were the size
Of even the smallest of seeds,
The mustard bush,
We would be able to
Move Mountains.”

Your faith
Can move a mountain.
How?

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Revolutionize the way we understand our Hearts.

My Dear Friends,
Faith,
And the mountain,
Are within.

“You are given
the gifts of the Gods,

you create your reality.”
– Jane Roberts

We are beings
Of a very fragile
And a very human
Dimension and degree,
But with a Faith
That can move mountains.
Faith
Can also move us
To
Love one another.

We not only have the strength,
Through Faith,
To Love each other,
We have the Commandment:
‘You shall love your neighbor
as yourself.’ 
– Mark 12:28-31

I have always felt
That Love was misunderstood.
Love is not
An unusual, abnormal,
Infrequent state of being.

Love
Created us.
It is who we are,
What we are doing
And where we are going.
It
Is our destiny.

I felt
So deeply Loved
As a child.
I cannot remember feeling
Anything but Love,
In the presence of
My precious Mother,
Marie.

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     Anton Chekhov

Love
Births Love.
Tis the way
It was,
And shall always
Be.

“Perhaps the feelings
that we experience

when we are in love
represent a normal state.
Being in love
shows a person
who he should be.”
– Anton Chekhov

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        Go beyond the moment.

“It doesn’t matter who you love,
or how you love,
but that you love”
– Rod McKuen

We have, essentially,
Three types of understanding,
Empirical, philosophical and
Spiritual.

Yes,
Mankind has entertained in his mind
A philosophical
And an empirical beginning.
But the beginning
Of beginning,
Was a Spiritual Birth.

My Dear Friends,
The question is NOT:

“Who am I?”
but rather,
“Whom do I have
the freedom to be?”
– Philip J. Mancuso

God fosters the Spirit of freedom.
He knows that the Human Spirit
Requires freedom
.

And the more disciplined we are,
The more freedom we have.

Sin limits our future choices.
Drugs and alcohol and tobacco
Quickly become addictions.
They become the master
And we, the unaware slave.

Abuse of your precious freedom
Will paralyze your life,
And remove tomorrow
From the landscape
Of your every
Desire,
Your every dream.

“If freedom of speech is taken away,
then dumb and silent we may be,
led like sheep to the slaughter.”
  – George Washington

Yes,
Every day we make choices

That determine our destiny.
Each day
God gives us
A most beautiful gift
,
A God like quality:
Freedom,
To think,
To choose,
To be.

“But to every man there openeth,
A high way and a low,
And every mind decideth,
The way his soul shall go.

One ship sails East,
And another West,
By the self-same winds that blow,
‘Tis the set of the sails
And not the gales,
That tells the way we go.”
– Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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            Truly harvest life.

God gave us Life
And Love,
To you and to me.
And it is a Life
And Love so
Beautiful,
And so powerful,
It is,
My Friends,
Beyond
Belief.

” Go more deeply into your heart
and feel yourself expand.
Get as large as the universe.
Feel your connection to all things.
Let that connection hold you and Love you.
Become the Universe.”

Bergamot

               Bergamot

2 Bergamot Benefits:
Raise the
HDL “Good” Cholesterol and
Relieve Anxiety Naturally
by Kathleen Jade, N.D.
Natural Health Advisory Institute
read more

Bergamot is a small, pear-shaped citrus fruit
that grows on small trees that are cultivated
almost exclusively in coastal regions of southern Italy.
Bergamot essential oil, made mainly from the peels,
is very aromatic and commonly used in
aromatherapy and perfumery.

Is bergamot becoming
an alternative to statin drugs?

Researchers conducted a study using
a higher dose of bergamot extract
as a substitute for statins in 32 patients
who could not tolerate statins due to the side effects
of these drugs.

After stopping statins for 2 months,
they took 500 mg of bergamot extract in capsule form
three times a day for a total of 1500 mg per day.
After 30 days, the average reduction in total cholesterol
was 25%, with an average 27.6% reduction in LDL cholesterol.
There was no re-appearance of side effects.

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“So take my hand and walk this land with me
And walk this lovely land with me
Though I am just a man, when you are by my side
With the help of God, I know I can be strong.”
– Pat Boone

For Friday Feb. 12, 2016

Due to popular demand, we will meet at 10:00 a.m. at ROLLERLAND WEST, located at 7325 Calmont Avenue  – Telephone: 817-244-8290. At approximately 11:15 a.m. will we will travel to La Madeleine Country French Cafe, 6140 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth, (817) 654-0471  to enjoy lunch. Following lunch we will travel to the Anderson School to work on our Shakespeare Production, Hamlet, with our wonderful Director, George X Rodriguez.

Skating time is from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. If you arrive late you will not be able to skate for a full hour. Pickup will be at 3:15 at school.

If you arrive late, we shall have departed with your child(ren) and will return to school. Please call and let us know if you will be late.

Students are NOT to leave Rollerland, or the restaurant without the approval of Dr. or Mrs. Anderson.

FINANCIAL: Rollerskating $10.00 (Please pay Dr. A.) and lunch. Refreshments available: Yes!

Uniform pants with a belt & red monogrammed school shirts are required.

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

IMPORTANT DATES
Feb. 15 (MONDAY) President’s Day Holiday
March 4 (1:00 PM) Stolen Shakespeare Guild Monologue and Scene Competition at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center (we have three young ladies competing in the finals)
March 14-18 Spring Break Holiday
March 25 & 28 (Fri. & Mon.) 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)
May 15 (SUNDAY) Preparation for Adventure Trip
May 16-20 Adventure Trip: Little Rock, Ark.
May 20 Last Day of School
Weekly trip details are posted each Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.:
William’s Weblog at andersonschool.net

Anderson
Where precocious children are nurtured, appreciated
& from time to time, roller skate!

The Story of Love Begins and Ends With You.

The price of inaction
is far greater
than the cost of making a mistake.
                         – Meister Eckhart

Another beautiful creation found at the school.

Another beautiful creation found at the school.

Raising a child today is an overwhelming and seemingly, at many times for so many parents, impossible undertaking. Supporting the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of a child from infancy to adulthood is today much, much more precarious and difficult than in any other generation. The prospect makes you feel worried about your ability to be successful.

All right! Who invited these clowns to lunch?

All right! Who invited these clowns to lunch?

This is becoming much more apparent as evidenced by so many children unable to survive what is rapidly evolving into an overly complex and incomprehensible future. Drop-out, drug and alcohol addiction and suicide rates are unbelievably high and accelerating.

My friends, by the millions our children are not surviving. But can we really place the blame on our overworked and stressed parents? I think not. What I do think is this: for answers, perhaps we have been looking in all the wrong places. We want to compete with other nations, and yet we already spend more to protect ourselves than all other nations on earth, combined.

Franklin Roosevelt was so right. The only thing we have to fear, is fear. And fear is running rampant. It is taking us so far down into a hole,

It was me!

          It was me!

that we cannot see the light above.

Natalie & Stoney were great friends.

Natalie & Stoney were great friends.

We place so much emphasis upon competition with other nations, that common sense and logic no longer reside in our neighborhood. We get so enamored with it, that our leaders forget the fact that human needs and desires can become insatiable. Our fears can override our capacity to employ common sense.

Moderation in all things” is a line from Andria, written in the second century B.C. by the Roman playwright Terence. And it echoes the “Golden Mean” emphasized two centuries earlier by Aristotle. The word ALL is employed in this concept with tremendous wisdom.

Competition with other nations, can become satiated with fear. And in overreacting, we suddenly find test scores and so called standards becoming our whole focus in education. I have witnessed the wholesale elimination of fundamental educational components such as vocational education classes (yes, entire programs), fine arts programs and (if it can even be believed) recess. And parents were asking, “Recess? Really, Recess? Are the members of the school board NUTS?”

Perhaps. They may need to hear the recording of Franklin Roosevelt reminding us that fear is what we need to fear. They may need to have it explained to them. Or better yet, just vote for board members who are more in control of such things as emotions and common sense . You know, there was a time when a person elected to such an office brought prestige to the board. Today, more often than not, they run for a place on the board to gain prestige for themselves. How sad.

My friends, in such an emotionally charged climate, we forget that what children truly want and need is very simple. The want love. They want us to know that how they feel is far more important than any other thing on earth. They could truly care less about a number on a piece of paper. And I must agree. Please throw away the paper and do not throw away your child for what is printed upon it. The ink on the paper will fade with the passing of time. But the love embedded in the heart of your child, can also fade. Poor judgement may become a tragic lesson too late for the learning.

So  express in words and deeds to your precious children just how much you truly care for them. Let them know of the depth of your love. And in the wink of an eye, your heart will be turning. You will feel two hearts beat as one. And you will come to know just what this life is really all about. In that moment, a great truth will be revealed.

Walking Stick on Door

The walking stick – among the most intriguing of insects – has raised camouflage, mimicry and defense to a veritable art form. I’m trying to teach this one to read.

The story of love begins and ends with you. The veil of all fear will disintegrate in the presence of your love. Your life will become focused, if you look through the lens of your heart. For, my friends, nothing else matters. Not to your children, not to you and not to me.

If you die today, will your child ever know the true depth of your love? Why don’t you turn off your computer, now, and quietly go to him or her and ask, “May I speak with you for a moment?” And when you do, search in their eyes for the soul of the child you once were, and tell them the truth – that your life begins and ends with them, that nothing else in this life, or the next, matters. Without the shadow of their smile cast upon the landscape of your life, the sun will never shine.

Can you believe this tiny beauty. He was gently placed back where he was found.

Can you believe this tiny beauty. He was gently placed back where he was found.

As Rod McKuen so beautifully intoned in music :

“I’ll catch the sun and never give it back again.
I’ll catch the sun and keep it for my own.
And in a world where no one understands,
I’ll take my outstretched hand,
and offer it to anyone
who comes along and tells me,
he’s in need of love,
in need of hope
or maybe just a friend.”

It is so good to need love.

Our precious Natalie passed away.

Natalie

Natalie

I fondly recall seeing her about 14 years ago. She was at the top of the hill just east of the school. Natalie was beside the road where someone had dropped her off. She anxiously awaited her “loyal” master and looked longingly into each passing vehicle. She was the most beautiful dog I ever saw.

I felt very sad for her and took food and water to her side for four days. Finally, I drove up the hill, placed her in my car and into my heart and brought her home. And what a blessing she has been for so many years.

NATALIE

Our beloved Natalie truly loved everyone she met.

Why her owner left her along that road, God only knows. But that person left behind a lesson in true loving. He left out in the cold a real friend that warmed the hearts of many.

And now, as I listen to the lilting lyrics of another song by McKuen, I reflect upon the many years with my friend and companion, Natalie. When he sings that, “Love’s Been Good To Me”, I can embrace, with deep gratitude, the music of Natalie’s life. Yes, love’s been good to me. And Natalie was there to give as much love as her small heart could.

Natalie attended the service for Rosie.

Natalie attended the service for Rosie. She felt the loss as much as I did.

You know, I could never be alone, because Natalie had a home. And I was there to share it with her, along with countless children here at school. I know our students, past and present, will be saddened by her loss for she made her home in our hearts.

Reflection upon such gifts as God bestows, sometimes gives us the wisdom to be grateful.  So as you go along life’s brief journey, it’s a good thing to remember that it is filled with remarkable gifts.

When, in the eye of time,  my dear friend Robert “Stoney” Burke and I said a heartfelt and tearful goodbye, my prayer was one of thanksgiving. What a beautiful gift the life and love of Natalie was to me, to Stoney and everyone. What a Blessing.

Here we find a rare display of color.

Here we find a rare display of color in one of our friends.

Thank you.

Like the Sound of Salvation

Farrah, Kylee and Ian enjoy Mrs. Wendi's Class

Farrah, Kylee and Ian enjoy Mrs. Wendi’s Class

As our lives spin faster and faster out of control, we cannot help feeling that, perhaps, it is simply too much to cope with. And we are not alone in feeling this. In fact, it is shared by countless others.

Were you aware that suicide is the third leading cause of death for our young people age15-24 years. (1st = accidents, 2nd = homicide).

And I must ask, “Why?”  Why is it a cause of death at all?

Kylee loves bringing Lucky to school

Kylee loves bringing Lucky to school

My friends, let us chart the hidden boundary of our lives. What truly exists is mostly hidden in dimensions unexplored. It is uncharted. And the pathways to our awareness lay on virgin soil.

As Rod McKuen has intoned with such insight and compassion, “And Love, Love is full of flaws. Who knows the cause? Living in a memory, of a Love that never was”.

Professor Lacey and Instructor Wendi Williams delight in watching Farrah, age 3, learn Latin

Professor Lacey and Instructor Wendi Williams delight in watching Farrah, age 3, learn Latin

And that, my friends, is what others have privately shared with me. There simply was, for them, no loving memory. Despite appearances, they felt abandoned and truly all alone. There was no one to share their deepest feelings with. No one cared enough to spend even a few moments to listen, just listen. And in listening, do so without judging.

Kylee enjoyed feeding our Turkeys, Chickens & Guineas

Kylee enjoys feeding our Turkeys, Chickens & Guineas

What our children, of all ages, are needing is to discover that someone, perhaps you, simply cares. You may assume that someone cares for everyone. But, by the millions, it not true.

You may be as shocked as I am to learn that suicide is the fifth leading cause of death for our very young children age 5-14 years. I found this to be unbelievable. After all, we are referring to young kids fourteen years of age and under.

Director, George Rodriguez, discusses William Shakespeare (one play will be selected by students to perform in the Spring)

Director, George Rodriguez, discusses William Shakespeare (one play will be selected by students to perform in the Spring)

And this unfathomable tragedy is compounded knowing that destroying yourself is the second leading cause of death among college students.

I cannot tell you how many times students and strangers and friends shared with me a deeply sincere thank you for caring enough to take a few moments and listen, just listen. Sometimes, after listening, I must wait until I get home to wash with my tears .

And I must confess that today I am happy. As Rod would intone, “The reason is you see, once in while along the way, Love was good to me.”

To begin a journey of hope for someone, anyone, you must open up the heart a little, just a little to begin with. After all, it is a fragile pathway. It is lined with memories of the sorrows and the joy, the happy and the pain and the deep longings, some with unforgettable regret.

Ein love feeding the birds (and himself)

Ian loves feeding the wild birds (and himself)

But holding back the tears, after all the years, will never let them wash away loves wounds unseen. There is  a blessing in knowing that those who hurt you are people you never really knew. And, you discover, they never knew themselves.

I am reminded of the simple but powerful lyrics to the song,
“What a Wonderful World” –
The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
They’re really saying I love you.

Yes, we tell others we love them in the simple things we do – with a warm smile, a happy greeting or a sincere expression of concern.

But it is more than love we convey. It is so much more. In that brief moment of joy, with a sparkle in your eyes, in the heartfelt warmth of your words or in a timeless moment of thoughtful concern, we plant a deep seed of hope for someone living in quiet desperation. And everyone is in need of hope.

To stop in mid-stride of a bustling and busy day to say, “You are in my prayers” or “I pray that God abides with you on this Blessed Day” can change the course of mighty river of despair that flows unimpeded through the seemingly hopeless life of someone in need.

You are, my friend, like an island in the sea. The sea is the silence that pervades the lives of desperation all around you. It is the gulf, and many millions have been lost at sea. Yes, the island is your voice in the void, much like one in the wilderness, much like a beacon in the frightening dark of night, like the sound of salvation.

Our Savior did not give His life for you in vain. His Sacrifice gives us the strength to help one another.

The next person you meet is far more fragile than you can ever know. That beautiful person is truly a reflection of all the love and all the joy that resides deep within you.

If you want to come alive, breathe life into someone else, anyone. The hope you give will spring forth by simply looking deeply into the eyes of a friend, a neighbor or a stranger and igniting a desire to more fully live this life, by knowing that someone, somewhere, simply cares – that they are loved, loved by you.

Love profound is eternal. And your love will live beyond your being. It will dwell within every heart you meet and echo throughout eternity with every lonely person you warmly greet.

We are made in His Image. Can you not already hear the voice of God? The one you spoke to in a loving manner can.

William Shakespeare – Friday

Our plan for this FRIDAY is to continue to REVIEW 5 SHAKESPEARE PLAYS and prepare to vote to select one for performance in the Spring. All students will meet at the school on FRIDAY morning at 9:00 a.m. We will spend the entire day getting introduced to William Shakespeare and five of his plays that we have not previously performed on stage.

PICKUP will be at the school at 3:00 p.m.

William Shakespeare was a highly respected man of dramatic arts who authored plays and acted in some of them in the 16th and early 17th centuries. His reputation as a dramatic genius wasn’t fully recognized until the last century.

Beginning in the early 1800s and continuing through the Victorian period, acclaim for William Shakespeare and his work reached its peak. In the last century new interest in performance has been rediscovered.

His plays today are popular and reverently studied and interpreted in performances with diverse cultures. The genius of Shakespeare presents real human beings in a range of emotions and that transcend their origins in England. He is now recognized as the greatest playwright in western civilization.

William Shakespeare (26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616)

IMPORTANT DATES:
Oct. 14 Columbus Day Holiday
Oct. 18 Ripley’s Believe It or Not & Wax Museum
Oct. 25 Fossilmania in Glenrose (Dr. A is NOT for sale!)
Nov. 25-29 Thanksgiving/Fall Break
Dec. 5-6 Texas Assn. for Gifted & Talented Conf. (No school)
Dec. 20 Last Day of Fall Semester
Dec. 23 – Jan. 7 Winter Break Holidays

YOU are invited to be with us and observe, but PLEASE do NOT interfere with our preparations for in-depth study of these five plays or Dr. A munching down of a delicious pizza (he is not supposed to have this, but please do not tell Mrs. A.).

Dr. Anderson may be reached at 682-777-1908 (EMERGENCY & RUMORS, ALIEN ABDUCTION STORIES (one of his favorite subjects), EXAGGERATIONS (he can relate), ETC.)