Nothing is Separate from Anything Else / Truths About Living In an Illusion / Shakespeare – Thursday and Friday

To be In the warm embrace
of a Loving Heart,

and feel God’s Love
all around,
is as near
to Heaven
as one can be

on this Earth.

“When you live
from the Heart,

you begin to touch into
the Universal experience of Love.

LOVE is the source of everything
the fabric which makes up
our very existence.”
Dr. Gail Brenner

The existence of a
Universal Consciousness,
tells us
that nothing is separate
from anything else.

Universal Consciousness
is intelligent, Loving,
all knowing, all powerful, creative
and omnipresent across all dimensions
of space and time.
And so, it is also present
in you
– or more accurately,
it is YOU.

There is no separation between your mind
and the Universal Mind,
or the Unified Field, God, Source, Creator,
the One, Universal Consciousness
or the many names that Humans give
to things we are trying to understand.

Universal Consciousness
is an Infinite, Eternal
ocean of intelligent energy.
The nature of
Universal Consciousness
is your nature.
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loveorabove.com

Everything
and everyone around you,
in it’s essence,
is you.
And we find
this to be true
in studying the DNA
of all living things.

Ever since researchers
sequenced the chimp genome in 2005,
they have known that humans
share about 99% of our DNA with chimpanzees,
making them our closest living relatives.
read more in sciencemag.org
Ann Gibbons

My Dear Friends,
there aren’t two different people
on Earth,
just Life unfolding.

From the
DNA Learning Center,
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory:

All
living organisms store genetic information
using the same molecules
DNA and RNA.
Written in the genetic code of these molecules
is compelling evidence
of the shared ancestry
of all living things.”

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Mice,
breed quickly and ALSO share about
99% of their genes with Humans,
so they have become the animal
model of choice
for large-scale functional studies.

Nothing is separate from anything else.

Only NOW
are we coming to realize,
that we are far, far more
than just Brothers and Sisters.

We truly are
ONE.

And now
we are free,
to let our very Human Hearts
overflow with compassion.
How can you hurt others
when they are
YOU?

Goodnight.

       How can you hurt others when they are YOU?

“Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly.
All your life
You were only waiting
for this moment to arise.
Black bird singing in the dead of night.
Take these sunken eyes
and learn to see
all your life
you were only waiting
for this moment
to be free.”
Paul McCartney, John Lennon

                             Truths About Living In an Illusion

                                           by Vernon Layne

Here are common truths
that you’re living in an
ILLUSION:

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1. You see the present through your past. Your past plays an important role in your life.  It’s there to teach you what you could have done differently or what you need to continue doing. THAT’S ALL.  It’s not there for wallowing in or condemnation. We fall short of His Glory so it’s important you learn to give yourself a break.
Let go of your past and not become its prisoner then it will be easier for you to put things in its proper perspective.

2. You believe you can control things that are uncontrollable.  Stop trying to control people and situations. One of life’s most important lessons is learning to give up the illusion of control. You may wonder how you suppose to give that up, but the fact is you were never in control. The moment you think you’re in control is the moment you’re out of control.

3. You only see the bad in yourself and others. If you ask someone to list things about themselves most will list liabilities. People have a hard time seeing the good within themselves.  Not finding the good in you makes it impossible to see the good in others.

man living an illusion

4. You believe everything you feel and think. Imagine being judged inaccurately by two people who don’t know you. Believing everything you feel and think is just like listening to two people gossip. Your feelings aren’t facts. Don’t believe everything you think and feel because they can influence you to make unwise decisions. Learn to make decisions from facts and not feeling.

5. You search for fulfillment through things. The only person you can’t run away from is yourself. There’s nothing wrong with trying to get things in life but don’t lose yourself in the process by not understanding why you’re doing it. When the chase for things becomes more important than your family and your health, then it’s a destructive rush that’s causing harm. Most of the time you’re trying to fill a void or block a feeling when you’re searching for fulfillment in things.

6. Your self-worth comes from social media. All your life you wanted to belong and fit in, so you spend a lot of time on social media– yet never quite measuring up. The more likes you get the better you feel. The reality you need to hear and afraid to admit is when you’re not getting those likes you think you should be getting, you feel down almost depressed. Depending on social media to feel relevant is an illusion many people believe.

7. You think your happiness is your mate’s responsibility. It’s not fair to your mate when you expect them to be responsible for your happiness. They’re there to add to your happiness. It’s your responsibility to see that you’re happy. It’s not healthy and it doesn’t work when one partner isn’t responsible for his own feeling, thoughts and actions.  A healthy relationship is when a couple can grow in unity while at the same time growing as individuals, so take ownership of your own happiness.

8. You’re convinced everything supposed to go your way. Self-centeredness is at the core of self-deception. It can create an illusion that you’re right and the world is wrong base on a feeling or an idea. You began to see yourself as a victim. Understand that everyone experiences life challenges and that you’re not the only one. To see things clearly bring your attitude in line with reality.

9.  You think you don’t need help. Most people, myself included, believed at some point in their life that they could do it all by themselves. This kind of thinking doesn’t work very well. The only guarantee you will get is being frustrated and exhausted.

We are here to help and support one another. Your life will be enhanced when you’re able to see people as a gift from God. Take the time and get to know the gifts God have given you by learning to trust others, reaching out to others, and admitting your need for others.

10. You believe you can’t change. It’s important to examine this false belief because it may not be yours. You could have picked it up from your parents. I know this may sound a little harsh but some parents tell their children self-defeating things. Not all illusions come from you. Some are created by others.

11. You think your success is because of the work you’ve done. Don’t become a legend in your own mind. As you begin to experience success in life it’s important to give credit where credit is due. Selfishly claiming what belongs to God is the quickness way to lose it all. Pride usually comes before the fall so give the Glory to God.

12. You feel you’re alone. I call this the ultimate illusion. The next time you’re by yourself look around you. Feel the air. Go outside and watch the squirrels chase each other. Look up and see the clouds move gracefully. God’s presence is all around you. You are never alone.

“Foolish dreamers
live in a world of illusion;
wise realist plant their feet
on the ground

Proverbs 14:18

Important Dates
Dec. 4, 5 & 6 (Mon.-Wed.)    Inservice (No school)
Dec. 7 & 8 Thurs. & Friday  Shakespeare at school
Dec. 22 Friday                      Last Day of Fall Semester
Dec. 23 – Jan. 8                    Christmas Holidays
Jan. 9 (TUESDAY)                Second Semester Begins
Jan. 15 (Monday)                 Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Holiday
Feb. 19 (Monday)                 President’s Day Holiday
March 12 – 19                       Spring Break Holiday
April 13 & 16 (Fri. & Mon.)  Good Friday and Easter Holidays
May 22- 25                            Adventure Trip
May 25                                  Last Day of Semester

Trip Details are posted each Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.: William’s Weblog at andersonschool.net

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Every Flower That Is Unfolding / Life Hacks to Help You Lose Weight / Friday: Half Price Books and a Movie (Wonder)

The innate intelligence
of Nature
is far more powerful
and Beautiful

than we can ever
imagine.

Flowers
lift the Spirits
of the Earth.
They sustain Life
with all their
Splendor.

                        They sustain Life.

We can see
every Flower
that is unfolding
as it says
to every Living Thing,
“I Love You”.

And,
as the wind gently whistles
a pale blue sigh
though the lonely leaves
of all the trees,

it plays the music
of Life.

If we listen carefully
we can hear
the wishes of all

Creation
coming True.

          To every Living Thing: “I Love You”.

Beauty
is far more than
what it seems.
The constant
motion of Love,
Beauty begins.
And it never really
changes
its meaning.

Life never really wants
more
than Love asks.
And what does Love
ask?
That you care,
that you share,
that
when you are needed,
you are there.

“Yes,
How many times
must a man look up

before he can see the sky?”
Bob Dylan

As the fingers
of our questions
reach
deep into the pockets
of our minds,
we may find
what we are truly
searching for:
our Love
for
every living thing,
and the Love
of God
in
every living thing,
and in us.

Nothing more
could we ask.

“But ask now the Beasts,
and they shall teach Thee;
and the Fowls of the air,
and they shall tell thee:
Or speak to the Earth,
and it shall teach thee:
and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto Thee.
Who knoweth not in all these
that the Hand of the LORD hath wrought this?
In whose Hand is the Soul
of every living thing,
and the breath of all Mankind.
– Job 12:10

                                 What does Love ask?

Watch the Sun
rise in the
eyes
of one you tell
of all the Love
in your Heart.

Yes,
there is Magic
in the moments
we marry,
that are divorced
of time.

We become
so blind
to the deeper
realities of Life.
The Beautiful Creation
you are
is more surprising
and Mysterious
than the feeble mind
of Mankind can
imagine.

Our transitory existence
goes far beyond
the surface dimensions
of Life.

             God’s Truth is always joined with Love.

My Dear Friends,
Forgiveness,
Compassion
and Hope
can unleash Mysterious
and powerful forces
within.

Yes,
imperfection
is part of
the very fabric
of Human Life.

But,
Divine Perfection
may be found
in the abundance
of God’s Beauty
and Love.
And it is offered
to us in
each
precious moment
we are on
this Earth.

Knowledge
of God’s Truth
is always
joined
with Love.

Divine Perfection is found in the abundance of God’s Beauty.

The energy in Nature
is never lost,
never destroyed,
only transformed.
And
God’s Love
integrates Eternity.
Nothing
is ever lost,
no tear
is ever forgotten,
and no death
is ever
meaningless.

God
is neither beyond us
or outside of us.
He is
within us.
Each one of us
is a Child
of God.

“Do you not know that
YOU

are a Temple of God
and that the Spirit of God
dwells in you?”
1 Corinthians 3:16

Regardless
of fate’s fearless frown,
God’s Light
pours down.

Ultimate reality
is always Mysterious
and unfathomable.
God’s presence
everywhere
and in all things
is beyond
Human comprehension.
God’s Spiritual Presence
is deep within
the World of matter,
which He
created.

Discover
the Beauty,
the meaning
and the Joy
of your existence.

In the cold and lonely moments
of uncertainty,
the Words of our Lord
will warm your Heart
and free your Loving mind.

When shadows pale
the horizon of your Being,
the place to be
is behind your Loving smile,
and deep in your Faith,
trusting in
the patient Love
of your Creator.

Goodnight.

               Beauty is far more than what it seems.

” I come to the Garden alone
While the dew is still on the Roses.
And the Voice I hear falling on my ear,
The Son of God discloses.

And He walks with me,
and He talks with me
,
And He tells me
I am His own.

And the Joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

He speaks,
and the Sound of His Voice

Is so sweet that the birds hush their singing.
And the Melody that He gave to me,
Within my Heart is ringing.

And He walks with me,
and He talks with me
,
And He tells me
I am His own.

And the Joy we share as we tarry there,
None other
has ever known.”
Brad Paisley

“If you want to learn to Love better,
you should start with a friend
who you hate.”

– Nikka  (age 6)

Life Hacks to Help You Lose Weight

By Jeffrey Kopman        read more

Several simple life hacks can make a huge difference. Changing your diet and getting regular exercise will always be the best way to get healthy, but these tricks can help too, and won’t take much time or effort.

Most people make many little mistakes throughout the day that can add up to form really unhealthy habits. What are some simple ways to correct these problems?

* Lack of exposure to a varied temperature, whole populations may be prone to develop diseases like obesity,” researchers at Maastricht University Medical Center in The Netherlands wrote in a study published in Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism earlier this year.

The researchers suggested that regular exposure to mild cold could be a simple way to help people lose weight.

*  You should be drinking lots of water. But the best way to do this and lose weight is to replace other drinks with water.

This cheap and effective trick will eliminate sugary and high calorie drinks and replace them with a healthier alternative, according to a study presented at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society.

“People should drink more water and less sugary, high calorie drinks. It’s a simple way to facilitate weight management,” Brenda Davy, Ph.D., senior author on the study said in a press release. “We found that over the course of 12 weeks, dieters who drank water before meals, three times per day, lost about 5 pounds more than dieters who did not increase their water intake.”

*  People who were given pedometers were more likely to participate in physical activity than those who did not, according to research from The International Association of Applied Psychology.

These devices make it easier to track how much exercise you’re getting and how many more steps you should be taking. Reaching your goals can be made with small adjustments throughout your day, something a pedometer will highlight — instantly.

 *  Using a standing desk for three hours a day will help you burn an extra 144 calories per day, according to a study from the University of Chester in the United Kingdom.

“This is the perfect way for any office-bound worker to achieve the typical New Year’s resolution of wanting to lose weight without changing anything else — how easy is that?” said Dr. John Buckley, Reader of Applied Exercise Science in Health and lead Lecturer for the University’s MSc in Cardiovascular Rehabilitation, in a press release.

* One major cause of the obesity epidemic in America is an inability to control portion sizes. But this easy life hack can help you lose weight without even realizing it.

To make sure your portions are in control, use smaller plates, bowls or glasses. Research shows that people perceive the amount of food they’re eating differently based on the plate size they use.

One cup of food on a small plate looks like more than the same amount of food on a large plate, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

* In addition to changing the size of the plate you eat off of, consider switching the color of the plate as well.

Yes, even the color can affect how much food you’re eating, and either encourage or discourage overeating.

A Cornell University study found that eating food off a plate of contrasting color would help people reduce the amount they are eating. The study called this mind-over-matter practice “critical” for some people’s portion control.

* Here’s one to try right away: Slow down!

 No, don’t slow down your exercise — slow down your eating. When you stuff your face full of food in mere moments, you’re not giving your body a chance to feel full until all the food is gone.

Similar to eating off of smaller plates, slowing down your pace will help you feel full without overeating. Eating too quickly leaves you full of more food than necessary.

Recently, researchers found that eating slowly led to increased fullness ratings in both normal-weight and overweight/obese participants, according to a study from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

 * It’s easy to get in the habit of paying for everything with a debit or credit card, just like it’s easy to get in the habit of eating and ordering too much food.

Paying with cash will serve as a psychological trick to keep your wallet full and your stomach just full enough.

People who pay with cards spent far more at Fast Food Restaurants ($4.50 compared to $7.00) than those who paid with cash, according to data from NerdWallet.

Similarly, people who paid with cash at grocery stores made smarter food choices, partially because they didn’t impulse buy junk food, according to a study published in the Journal of Consumer Research.

Important Dates
Dec. 1 Friday                        Half Price Books & Rave Motion Pictures
Dec. 4, 5 & 6 (Mon.-Wed.)    Inservice (No school)
Dec. 22 Friday                      Last Day of Fall Semester
Dec. 23 – Jan. 8                    Christmas Holidays
Jan. 9 (TUESDAY)                Second Semester Begins
Jan. 15 (Monday)                 Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Holiday
Feb. 19 (Monday)                 President’s Day Holiday
March 12 – 19                       Spring Break Holiday
April 13 & 16 (Fri. & Mon.)  Good Friday and Easter Holidays
May 22- 25                            Adventure Trip
May 25                                  Last Day of Semester

Trip Details are posted each Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.: William’s Weblog at andersonschool.net

                                                    Friday Trip:

On Friday, December 1,  we will meet at Half Price Books (817-732-4111, 475 Sherry Lane, North of Ridgmar Mall, at 10:00 a.m. 

At approximately 12:00 p.m. we will travel to Ridgmar Mall, 2300 Green Oaks Road, to enjoy lunch at the Food Court and a movie at Rave Motions Pictures“Wonder” at 1:20 p.m.

Pick up will be at 3:15 p.m. at Rave Motion Pictures inside the Mall.

Please provide funds for a book, lunch and the movie.

On Dec. 4, 5 & 6 (Mon.-Wed.)  We will have Inservice and there will be No school.

Genre

Drama

Cast

Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson, Mandy Patinkin, Daveed Diggs, Noah Jupe, Bryce Gheisar, Izabela Vidovic, Danielle Rose Russell, Millie Davis, Elle McKinnon, Sonia Braga

Synopsis

Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie Pullman becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to discover their compassion and acceptance, Auggie’s extraordinary journey will unite them and prove you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

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With Every Breath I Took / Folk Art Nativities at Museum of the Americas

“If you want your children
to be intelligent,

read them Fairy Tales.
If you want them to be more intelligent,
read them more
Fairy Tales.”
Albert Einstein

 My eyes were open,
but
might just as well

have been closed.
The air was humming,
lilting with the music
of Laughter,
as the day
seemingly flew away,
and I,
in quiet contemplation
could not deny,
someone laughed and smiled and cried
and their anger died,
it just
passed away.

Then I laughed
and cried.
And in my tears
of Joy
I came to realize,
with every Joyful breath
we take,
we come back to
Life.

                          Back to Life.

Death
does not require
us
to die.
So many
have lived devoid
of feeling alive.
It is a sad reality
we cannot deny.
But,
we knew that,
you and I.

“The summers die
One by one
How soon they fly
On and on
And I am old
And will be gone.”
Herbert Kretzmer from Les Miserables

To be truly alive,
we must live in
another
Life.
WE
must come to live
with the beat
of another

Heart.

   a wondrous moment that takes your          breath away. . .

Living is not
just taking a breath.
It is
a sigh,
  a wondrous
moment that
takes your breath
away.
It is,
in many ways,

tomorrow
lived
today.

“I don’t believe people are looking
for the meaning of Life
as much as they are looking
for the experience
of being alive.”
– Joseph Campbell

The past
is not in front
of you.
And tomorrow
never comes,
if what
remains of you,

is only
you.

“Let us celebrate Life and living,
for it is sacrilegious
to be ungrateful.
Let us play and be playful,
for it is sacrilegious
to be serious.
Let us celebrate imperfections
and make existence
proud of us,
for tomorrow is
death,
and this is an ode to life.
The anthem of the world.”
Kamand Kojouri

Our memories
dance ever gracefully,
as the Heart
remembers in December
how Love
kept us safe and warm,
when someone held you
tightly

during a Spring
storm.
.
Yes,
the reflection of

Life
is the mirror
of the mind,
but also
the echo

of a Heartbeat.
.
Our Sacred Memories
can bring us
back to Life,
so we can truly
reflect
upon that which
was,
and come to
better understand
what should be.
.
Laughter
is a delicious
Fruit of Love,
exposing
the Light of Life
to
parallel worlds
of logic,
and what is illogical
from the humorous
illusions of Living,
making the Truth
easier to forgive,
easier to see,
and as vibrant and alive
as you
or me.
.

“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.”

Marilyn & Alan Bergman, Michel Legrand
.

If what is behind us,
is in front,
then the truth
of what could be

is never
seen.

“Life is fleeting,
like a passing mist.

        It is like trying to catch hold of a breath;
    All vanishes like a vapor;
everything is a great vanity.”
– Ecclesiastes 1:2

Life,
My Dear Friend,
is indeed fleeting,
like the tiny Humming Bird,
hovering briefly,

and then
– the moment flew away.

As you travel
this narrow path,
tread lightly,
and truly live,
Love,
and laugh.

Goodnight.

Our Lives demand that we give a Hoot!

Oscar Wilde “Humanity takes itself
too seriously.

It is the world’s original sin.
If the cave-man had known how to laugh,
History would have been different.”
Oscar Wilde

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Important Dates
Dec. 4, 5 & 6                         Inservice (No school)
Dec. 22 Friday                      Last Day of Fall Semester
Dec. 23 – Jan. 8                    Christmas Holidays
Jan. 9 (TUESDAY)                Second Semester Begins
Jan. 15 (Monday)                 Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Holiday
Feb. 19 (Monday)                 President’s Day Holiday
March 12 – 19                       Spring Break Holiday
April 13 & 16 (Fri. & Mon.)  Good Friday and Easter Holidays
May 22- 25                            Adventure Trip
May 25                                  Last Day of Semester

Trip Details are posted each Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.: William’s Weblog at andersonschool.net

                  Let us play and be playful.

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Your Prism, Not Your Prison / Coming to a War Zone / Classes Resume Tuesday Sept. 5

The colors of every
RAINBOW
are left behind
in the canyons of the
mind,
for your Heart
to own.
Such colors add flavor
the favor of God,
of your Transcendent Being,
like the fragrance
of a Flower
that follows you
into a dream.

In the currency
of reality,
your dreams
can buy you
anything.

                               For your Heart to own.

Moments such as these
allow us to see
that God resides
in everything,
even in the pain
of loss
and suffering,
which guide us to see
that every Blessing
is truly
a Blessing,
that the shade
of a good tree
lets you know
you are worthy
of more
than just the heat
of the Sun.

      God resides in everything.

“Those who have seen
the darkest of nights

truly appreciate
the full Glory of Dawn.”

Lydia Dawn

To go
where Life leads you
and know
that you belong,
that you will
be strong,
that dreams
really do come true
and that sorrow
will not hurt
you,
is not just
a dream.
It is
God’s Wish for
YOU.

“I wish above all things
that thou may prosper
and be in health,
even as thy Soul prosper.”
3 John 2

Just as
the Dawn
of day
hides the dark of night
away,
your sins
disappear,
at the beginning
of every Prayer
to be forgiven.

“This then is the message
which we have heard of Him,
and declare unto you,
that God is Light,
and in Him is NO darkness
at all.”

1 John 1:5

   Each precious moment is a Lifetime.

My Dear Friends,
because
there is no such thing
as time,
a lifetime
can be lived
in a moment,
and each precious moment
is a Lifetime
in Song.

Your smiles
become a Sunrise
in the Hearts
they survey.
Miles and miles
of smiles
will take YOU Home,
to the place
where you
long to be,
to the Heart
of someone to
LOVE.

This planet
is not your prison.
It is your
Prism.

Don’t look back
to what once
was a Heart.

Worlds
of awareness
are waiting for this
moment to be,
waiting with eyes
that are always
longing to see.
They look
for the Love
in you
and me.

These Worlds
are the Children
all around
you see,
and the Child
in YOU
and me.

They look
for something to
Believe in.
They are weary
of the worry
of Worldly ways
and means.
They tire
of looking through eyes
raining tears,
and hearing
cries.

If the song
you’ve been singing,
echoes
through canyons
of doubt,
do not in silence
shout.
Close your eyes
and open your
Heart
and find
you are no longer
blind
standing in the Light
of the Love
of God.

Enchanting
and hauntingly Beautiful
are YOU,
a Creation of God.

Open
you Heart.
and let the World
see you.

Goodnight.

I’m coming
to a war zone
hidden in the wind.

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53,000 early deaths per year attributed
to exhaust from the tailpipes
of cars and trucks.

Please,
buy an all Electric
vehicle.

I did.

It simplified my
Life.
And made me
Happy
again.

Join me.
On the road
to Happiness!

How Can We Triumphant Be?

Sunset

Dedicated to our much loved Professor of Classics
and Classical Languages –
Professor Harry H. Lacey.
A man dedicated to God, and you and me.
We thank the Lord for the Precious Gift of your Life.
And we thank you for the Gift of your Love.

Thank you Prof Lacey for telling us the Story of our Life. We love you!

How can we triumphant be?
My friends, we are.
The color of your dreams
Is the shade of your child’s eyes.
The highest aspiration of your every dream,

Comes gently from a child of your own,
That surrenders so many smiles,
In sweet and tender sighs.

Sunset 2You are in the Warm Embrace of God,
In the child you have
,
In the child you are.

You are the Prayer, the Promise.
You are all the joy
Of life’s longing to be.

You are the messenger.
You are the message.
Yes, you are all that God
Wants you to be.

CloudsWe of imperfect perfection
Cannot of greater Glory be.
With the Breath of God
To fill our lungs,
And by His Sight,
Able to see.

Yes, the Heart of Heaven
Beats with every tender sigh.
Now we can Triumphant be,
Thank God Almighty
At last we see.
His Heart beats within
Every heart around me,
And my mind is set free.

His Breath, the Fire
Of your very own voice.
His Touch, the Tender Grace
Of your hands,
To
lift those in need
From their knees.

Sunset 4His Embrace, the warmth you feel
In every eye you greet.
His Love, Blessings countless
From Heaven Above.

His Forgiveness, passing through you,
To everyone you meet.
His Joy, born within you,
Discovered on the day of your birth,
That has always been with you.
Sunset 7 As all about we hear

The sound of children’s laughter,
A song in perfect harmony.
With One Breath,

Our life,
His Love bestow.

Sunset 6For those who seek Truth,
Which we cannot define,
Save Words
From what we know Divine.

We children of God
Have been given the right
To neither live or die in vain.
The last breath of another Child,
Gave us His Grace.
And Everlasting,
It shall remain.

How can we Triumphant be?
My friends, we are.

Sunset 7

 

Shakespeare & Great Wolf Lodge

Student behavior? NO PROBLEM!

Student behavior?       NO PROBLEM!

Mahatma Gandhi

“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

Our plan for FRIDAY, is to rehearse for our play.

All students will meet at the school for rehearsal on FRIDAY morning at 8:30 a.m. We will spend the entire day in preparation for our upcoming production of “As You Like It”. PICKUP Friday will be at 3:15 p.m.

Theatrical performances will be this Monday, May 12 & Tuesday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m.

Our sincere gratitude goes to Dana Schultes, Actress, Director and Producer at Stage West Theater, for her kind and compassionate assistance. Without Dana, our performance of Shakespeare’s, “As You Like It” would not be possible. Thank you Dana and Stage West Theater! Be sure to visit stagewest.org to view their outstanding lineup of live theater coming to the stage, which includes: Thursday, May 15, 2014 to Sunday, June 15, 2014 / The UnmentionablesBruce Norris

Thursday, July 10, 2014 to Sunday, August 10, 2014 / HeroesGerald Sibleyras translated by Tom Stoppard
Thursday, August 21, 2014 to Sunday, September 28, 2014 / Beyond TherapyChristopher Durang

TICKETS for our play, Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” on Tuesday night are $20.00 each and may be purchased at the door. Tickets are $10.00, at the door, for the Preview Performance on Monday night. Food will be provided for the audience of our Tuesday night production. Additional contributions made to help fund our production are needed and sincerely appreciated.

“We think by feeling. What is there to know?
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.”
– Theodore Roethke, The Collected Poems

Thank you for loving me!

Thank you for loving me!

MONDAY and TUESDAY:

On MONDAY we will meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Swiss Pastry Shop located at 3936 West Vickery Blvd. in Fort Worth (817.732.5661) for early lunch. Following lunch, we will caravan to the Stage West Theater located at 821/823 West Vickery Blvd, Fort Worth, for rehearsal (Monday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

Thank you for loving all of us.

Thank you for loving                all of us.

On TUESDAY we will meet at the theater at 9:00 a.m. and remain until 5:00 p.m. We will break for dinner at 5:00 p.m. each day and then meet again at 6:30 p.m. at the Theater for evening performances which begin at 7:30 p.m.

Thank you Philippe for all the LOVE!

Thank you Philippe for all the LOVE! We love you too.

Please provide funds for LUNCH and DINNER ($5.00 – $10,00 each). Students may not leave the theater without the permission of Dr. or Mrs. Anderson. Do not just disappear as Dr. A’s heart is weak from lack of exercise and over exposure to children over many eons (yes, many!)

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

Thank you Prof Lacey for telling us the Story of our Life. We love you!

Thank you Prof. Lacey for telling us the Story of our Life. We love you!

Dr. Anderson may be reached at 682-777-1908 (EMERGENCY, RUMORS, ALIEN ABDUCTION STORIES, EXAGGERATIONS, ETC. – a fine art learned from his west Texas childhood.)

“Live simply.
Deepest joy is like a flower….beautiful in essence.”
― Tony Samara

IMPORTANT DATES:
May 1 Tuition Due for 2014-15
May 12 & 13 (Monday & Tues.)
Rehearsal & Performances at Stage West Theater (All day)
May 19 & 20 No School (Preparation days for our trip as Dr. A looks for the courage to, once again, survive the ordeal of having way too much fun.)
May 21-23 (Wed.-Friday.) Adventure Trip to Great Wolf Lodge.

“You are an explorer, and you represent our species, and the greatest good you can do is to bring back a new idea, because our world is endangered by the absence of good ideas. Our world is in crisis because of the absence of consciousness.”
― Terence McKenna

For our Spring Adventure Trip we are headed to GRAPEVINE, TEXAS and will stay at the GREAT WOLF LODGE. Great Wolf is located in the heart of Grapevine, Texas. This hotel / entertainment complex holds 605 guest rooms. There are 5 restaurants, an 80,000 square foot waterpark, and a full service spa on the property. The Lodge is about 25 minutes from Fort Worth. Address: 100 Great Wolf Drive (very original name), Grapevine, TX 76051, Telephone: 817-448-6510

Great Wolf is a year-round family resort, Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine defies the weather outside with an indoor water park experience that has young and old soaking in the fun. It is always a balmy 84 degrees (cooler than the hot water Dr. A gets into, rather constantly!) inside Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine’s mammoth 80,000-square-foot indoor waterpark. The state-of-the-art facility features nine waterslides, six pools and a four-story tree house water fort. Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine offers rustic charm with kid-friendly amenities like cave-themed suites with Nintendo. Great Wolf has 80,000-square-foot waterpark.

I don't know. I'm suspicious. Just look at that eyebrow!

I don’t know. I’m suspicious. Just look at that eyebrow!

Kids will have a great time staying in one of Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine’s spacious family-style suites, which fit groups from four to eight. Cave and log cabin-themed decor makes each room uniquely fun. Grownups will appreciate the king- and queen-sized beds, separate sleeping quarters for kids, wet bar, refrigerator, microwave and more.
The Great Wolf Lodge Garpevine’s water park has proven to be an ideal escape for many of our parents and kids, offering kid-friendly fun that gives parents time to relax with children in sight. The 80,000 indoor park includes nine water slides, a four-story water fort and much more. In the huge eight-story lobby, the Great Clock Tower comes to life three times daily, entertaining guests with animation and song.

Don't mess with Texas or ME!

Don’t mess with Texas or ME!

Great Wolf Lodge also features a large video arcade and fitness center and: Indoor pool, Fitness center or spa, Jacuzzi & Children’s activities, Game room, Maid service, Guest laundromat & Express checkout, ATM/Cash machine, Security Wake-up service, Barber shop, Gift shop, Copy service & Audio visual equipment.

Parking: Free parking

Rooms: Television with cable & Radio & Safe & Telephone & AM/FM alarm clock & Free newspaper, Hairdryer in room, In room movies, Electronic door locks, Iron & Ironing board
Sprinklers in rooms, Bath tub, door knobs on doors (OK. I made that up.)

The key? Uh, I don't know!

The key? Uh, I don’t know!

We plan to let our students relax and have fun and let the worries of the world pass them by and in comfort. They have worked hard all year, and it is now time to celebrate.

FINANCIAL: The total amount due for this trip is $250.00 for each student and parent guest or other guest. If you require a separate room for your family, the cost will, necessarily, be greatly increased. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are not included. Please provide funds for meals, shopping and other special activities not on our itinerary. Please pay the trip fee by this Friday, May 9.

We will gather at the school on TUESDAY, May 20, between 5:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m., to load suitcases, backpacks, etc. into the vehicles making this trip (and confabulate, sign forms, reminisce about past adventures, tell jokes (please bring some really good ones) etc. Please come on Tuesday (unless you are driving directly to Great Wolf & have submitted all paperwork).

Natalie & Townes greet a new visitor.

Natalie & Townes greet a new visitor.

We will meet at the McDonald’s on Clifford Street at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21 to caravan to Great Wolf. PLEASE BE ON TIME! We plan to depart and return home at 12:00 p.m. following lunch on FRIDAY. * Please check with Dr. Anderson to be sure he has ALL current telephone numbers to reach you. It is CRITICAL that we be able to contact you in case of an emergency.

Ian's buddy is a beauty!

Ian’s buddy is a beauty!

Adventure trips are an integral part of the curriculum, and
ALL students are expected to participate and join in the fun.

 “While analytical intellect may well be called the most precious fruit of the Modern Age, it must not be allowed to rule supreme in matters of cognition. If science is to bring happiness and real progress to the world, it needs the warmth of man’s heart just as much as the cold inquisitiveness of his brain.”
― Franz Winkler

It is imperative that we have the following no later than Tuesday, May 20 at 6:00 p.m.

1) A signed & witnessed Release from Claims and Liabilities.

2) A signed Authorization for Emergency Medical Attention.Around School 5-5-14 002

3) A signed Medication Authorization Form. We recommend you give written approval, under special instructions, for us to provide medication, with your authorization over the telephone. Otherwise, we will not be able to help your child. Please call Dr. A if you need help with this.

PLEASE NOTE: The Anderson Private School, its staff, administration or chaperones do not assume responsibility and are NOT responsible for the administration of medication to any student. Also, students are responsible for their own hygiene (taking showers, etc.) and their behavior.

4) A verification (copy) of Health Insurance for your child(ren), if available. This will assist in getting medical/emergency care for your child if needed.

Participants/parents/guardians/ and other guests are responsible for any & all damages to property owned by Great Wolf, the Anderson School, other establishments, or other persons.

* NO PARENT MAY DISCIPLINE ANY CHILD OTHER THAN THEIR OWN. Parents may report disciplinary concerns to Dr. or Mrs. Anderson.

NO ONE may enter a swimming area without ADULT supervision and the knowledge and approval of Dr. or Mrs. Anderson. NO exceptions!

Forms MUST be signed and witnessed no later than TUESDAY, May 20. Do not ask us to take care of this on Wednesday morning – our minds will be on departing, consuming gallons of coffee, etc.

NOTE: There will be opportunities for shopping and other entertainment Please bring additional funds with you, if you wish to participate in other additional events that are not on the itinerary. Additional activities require the permission of Mrs. Anderson. (Dr. A is probably napping! Do not disturb him as he is dreaming of not being disturbed.)

Reminder: TUITION for 2014-2015 was DUE on May 1.

Thank You !
Bill & LeVonna

“One does not become enlightened
by imagining figures of light,
but by making the darkness conscious.”
― C.G. Jung

Smiles Wider Than a Mile at Scarbrough Renaissance Festival

Mary Alice Oliver with her Father, Wes, and Mrs. Anderson

Mary Alice Oliver is pictured with her proud Father, Wes, and equally proud Mrs. Anderson

UPDATE:   Two FIRST PLACE medals were won by Anderson scholars in the Scarborough Renaissance Festival Drama Competition. We are proud of all of our students. And today we express our pride in the accomplishments of Natalie Raulerson and Mary Alice Oliver.

Both young ladies won FIRST place awards. Natalie won the High School competition in Prose and Poetry with her interpretation of a work of William Shakespeare. Mary Alice won the Middle School category also with a performance from Shakespeare.

Derek Cook also loves the beautiful works of William Shakespeare.

Derek Cook also loves the beautiful works of William Shakespeare.

We are also very proud of Derek Cook, who was remarkable in his preparation for the competition, but could not perform due to technical difficulties. Thank you Derek for a job, as always, well done. Derek prepared for this Shakespeare performance at the same time he studied for a major role in our Shakespeare play to be presented at Stage West Theater on May 12 and 13. We are always very proud of this remarkably talented young man.

Natalie Raulerson

Natalie Raulerson

We will shortly, with the kind assistance of Alexander Anderson, place these outstanding performances on our website for your enjoyment.

My special gratitude goes to our outstanding and talented Director of Shakespeare productions, George Rodriguez. We are truly blessed having George as a member of our school family. Once again, this remarkably gifted actor and director, and wonderful friend, has empowered our children to blossom like flowers in the wind.

Director of Shakespeare George Rodriguez

Director of Shakespeare George Rodriguez

He enables each child to not only understand the remarkable and powerful works of Shakespeare, but to come to truly cherish the many gifts he conveys over the centuries. It is so inspiring to see children, of all ages, come to love the beautiful language, imagery, poetic beauty and convivial spirit of this most treasured writer of the English language.

Thank you George for all you do. What you accomplish with children is nothing short of miraculous. You life is an inspiration for every child and to me. The many insights you provide of Shakespeare and his time are both refreshing and breathtaking.

But the most wondrous gift you give is the love you impart to everyone. To observe a child become passionate about the intricate and powerful literature of William Shakespeare imparts a feeling that cannot even be described. It is a resurrection of the spirit, like the blossoming of a beautiful flower of Spring in the wind.

Thank You!

For TUESDAY 4-29-14

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RJ acts out too, but not while sleeping wrapped around a nice warm foot.

We will visit King Henry VIII’s England! Student Day at Scarborough Renaissance Festival is exclusively for students and is this Tuesday, April 29, from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Natalie with Director, George Rodriguez

Natalie Raulerson with Director, George Rodriguez in a scene from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”

Three Anderson scholars will be competing in the annual Shakespeare Competition at the Festival: Mary Alice Oliver, Natalie Raulerson and Derek Cook. All three are veteran Shakespeare performers and have participated in Anderson School productions. We wish them the best and will update you on this weblog on their achievements.

We are invited to enter the realm of England’s legendary King Henry VIII and experience the intellectual, cultural, and artistic splendor of the Renaissance first hand and will experience a full day of demonstrations, shows, and educational interactions. The Royal Court and villagers welcome, and in fact relish, discussions about daily life in the Renaissance.

Mary Alice with Lucas Short

Mary Alice with Lucas Short in rehearsal

We will meet at the school on TUESDAY morning at 8:00 a.m. to caravan to Waxahachie to enjoy the day at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival. Please Do not be late. We will spend the entire day having fun. PICKUP will be at school at APPROXIMATELY 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. We may CALL you on our way back and let you know more precisely when to pick up your child(ren), but we MUST have a current telephone number that you will answer on Tuesday afternoon or Dr. A will act very sick.

Student ENTRY is $7.25. Adults: $15.00 Lunch is available at the Festival.

 

Derek Cook

Derek Cook

Festival Facts: Began in 1981. The Festival runs 8 consecutive weekends and Memorial Day Monday each spring. Scarborough Renaissance Festival is a Renaissance-themed festival based on the year 1533, during the reign of England’s King Henry VIII. Scarborough Festival is a 35 acre ‘village’ (larger than most area shopping malls) within a 167 acre site. The festival employs more than 2,000 performers, artisans, and staff.

Entertainment: 21 stages & 200 performances daily. 3 Full Combat Jousts take place each day. 150 volunteer members of the Scarborough Academy of Performing Arts make up the performing company that become the “characters” of Scarborough including our very own King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn. Daily Falconry demonstrations are conducted.

Shoppes & Artisan Demonstrations: 200 permanent shoppes feature

Natalie in famous scene with Noah Thompson

Natalie in a now famous scene with Noah Thompson

unique handmade wares made by artisans from around the country. Artisans demonstrate ancient arts such as Glassblowing, Blacksmithing, Candlemaking, Printing on a Guttenberg Press, leather crafting, broomaking, Armor making, Coin minting, & much more.

Hearty Food: More than 20 tons of the Festival’s famous Giant Turkey Legs are devoured annually. Hand made pastas, seafood, stir fry, steak-on-a-stick, Scott’s eggs, Italian Ice, etouffee, empanadas, fajitas, meatball sandwiches, baklava, quiche, pastries, and more than 60 other hearty foods make up the culinary adventure at Scarborough Renaissance Festival. Five Food Court Areas (kitchens) are located throughout the festival.

Another famous scene from The Tempest with Mary Alice & Lucas

Another famous scene from The Tempest with Mary Alice & Lucas

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

PARENTS / GUARDIANS / FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS are always invited. Dr. Anderson may be reached at (1) 972-777-1908 (EMERGENCY).

IMPORTANT DATES
May 1Tuition Due for 2014-15
May 12 & 13 (Mon. & Tues.) Shakespeare Production at Stage West Theater
May 16 (Friday) Main Event
May 21-23 Adventure Trip
May 24 Dr. A admitted to hospital to recover from trip! (tired everything syndrome, effort bypass surgery, removing foot from mouth, etc.

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                           Actors one and all!

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