Thou Art With Me / Friday: Shakespeare On Campus

In every moment we seek the truth, we find beauty. - William C. Anderson

“When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.” 
– Isaiah 43:2

Unfathomable Beauty and Strength
We find in Psalm 23,
Often referred to as,
“The Lord is My Shepherd”.
It is the most well known of all the psalms,
And is revered by Christians and Jews alike.

We are so happy to have Sia with us again. Welcome back.

We are so happy to have Sia with us again. Welcome back. We Love you!

These comforting words
do not mean
That fear or evil
will not come.
They mean
that we choose
not to fear,
Because God
Is ALWAYS with us.
He is the protector.

“He lets me rest
in green meadows;

He leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength.”

These insightful words from our Lord
Tell us that He is far greater
Than whatever comes against us.
He is larger than fear,
And fear does not come from Him.
His always abiding Love
Comes from Him.

Cole has his hand full with scholarly pursuits and Lexi.

Cole has his hands full with scholarly pursuits and Lexi.

My dear friends,
Give your fears to God,
Through Prayer,
And you shall discover that
Evil must then come through Him
Before it can harm you!

Over and over again God confirms His Word:

“Yea, though I walk
Through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear NO evil:
For Thou art with me.”

 Yes, there is unspeakable evil
In this world we live in.
Evil so overwhelming
That it literally takes your breath away.
You need but study the history of mankind
To know this.

But my friends,
God is with us.
He resides within you,
Within your heart.

The Earth, in Psalm 23, is likened to a valley,
For the consciousness of humans is limited.
Our Earth is considered by higher realms
To be a valley of shadows and illusions.

We can be comforted to know that even
Death is an illusion.
Death is crossing over
From one state of consciousness to another.
It is the connection back to the Spiritual Body,
That is the soul.
It is actually Life.

The past few weeks have been trying times.
But I have learned during this difficult period.
And what I have learned is this:
Love will prevail,
Love will see us through,
Love is all there is.

Lila is laid back and ready for academic pursuits.

Lila is laid back and ready for academic pursuits. OK! She’s just laid back.

The trials of life in our time,
And the ability to persevere,
Prepare us for the Next challenges in life.
And there are so very many.
But the Grace of God has given all of us
An inner strength,
The awareness of His Love,
For the journeys
That lie ahead.

Our trials are a heavy burden to bear.
But they can bring to us Spiritual Awareness.
God bring us out of the trials and struggles in our lives.
Our Father moves us into our destinies.
He calms us and brings us peace.
He strengthens us,
When are hearts and minds
Are most in need of His Love.

Sunset 7

“As we believe, so shall it be”

My friends,
On this Earth evil exists.
It is a reality.
But one thing we can come to understand,
Is that when one walks with God,
When you feel His Presence,
When He
Hears your voice
In Prayer,
Evil can no longer
Be feared.

Our consciousness,
Though the Love of our Lord,
Transcends the appearance of evil,
And reveals it to be illusion.
There is no longer a need
To fear.
Our Love for each other and
The Everlasting, Beautiful Love of God
Is the only thing that is real.

Our reality,
Through the power of Love,
Our Love,
And the Love of our Creator,
Will remove all anxiety and fear.
It cannot be manifest,
My friends,
Within a heart
At peace with,
And trusting in
Our Loving God.Samuria Warrior Exhibit 007

“The LORD is my light and my salvation.
Whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life –
Of whom shall I be afraid?”
– Psalm 27:1

There is no fear in love,
None.
For perfect love, the Love of our Creator,
Casts out fear,

If we are perfected in love,
We can have humble confidence.
Perfect love drives out all fear.

Be not filled with anxiety about any ill intent.
Be not consumed with fear that is not realistic
And supposes that something bad is going to happen.
My friends, your loving spirit surrounds us.
You are an Angelic Being.
We will always trust in you,
And trust in the Love of God.
Neither will ever leave our side.

Director, George Rodriguez, begins in earnest directing Scarborough Renaissance Festival (Drama Competition is "Twelfth Night")

Director, George Rodriguez, begins in earnest directing Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” this Friday.

Jesus said
“As we believe, so shall it be”.

In this life we see things in others that,
If we thought about it,
Expose what we really don’t like in ourselves.
But a willingness to punish the innocent,
Sometimes overrules our senses as we judge.
It is a harsh reality.
It is sad to say,
But some people never see the Light of Day,
Until the day they die.

And as for evil doers,
Those that act with injured hearts,
And then choose to share their pain
With those around them:

“Do not be deceived,
God is not mocked;
For whatever a man sows
he will also reap.”  
Galatians 6:7

IMPORTANT  DATES:
Jan. 9 No Trip Planned This Week (Inclement weather expected)
We will spend time with our wonderful
Director of Shakespeare,  George Rodriguez
Jan. 19 (Monday) Dr. Martin L. King Holiday
Jan. 23 Fort Worth Stock Show
Feb. 16 (Monday) President’s Day Holiday
Mar. 9-13 Spring Break Holidays
April 3 & 6 (Fri. & Mon.) Easter Holidays
April 28 Scarborough Renaissance Festival (Drama Competition is “Twelfth Night”)

"Be Prepared? - George Rodriguez

“Be Prepared”
– George Rodriguez

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Swords Into Plow Shares With the Power of Love / Miniature Golf

In every moment we seek the truth, we find beauty. - William C. Anderson

“In every moment we seek beauty, we find truth.”                                                                    – William C. Anderson

“Truth is beauty;
even when it is sad or disturbing.
We live in an intrusive society;
and must wake up to this fact
or fall victim to its control.”

– Matthew Schwartz (Spadecaller)

I invite you to explore the remarkable artistic work of “Spadecaller”(http://www.spadecaller.net/). His acrylic paintings focus on themes that depict the inhumanity of war, political oppression, and the emancipation of the individual living in a militaristic nation.

Schwartz’s art not only honors the memory of the holocaust, it painstakingly celebrates the emancipation of the oppressed living today. And as I reflect upon the thoughtful, insightful art of Schwartz, I am reminded of an observation bestowed upon us by John F. Kennedy:

“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him. We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth.”

We enjoyed the Samurai Warrior Exhibit Warrior

We enjoyed the Samurai Warrior Exhibit Warrior at the Kimbell Art Museum.

I recently purchased a new work of art – a pen, during our visit to Indian Festival & Market. This writing implement was fabricated from a thirty caliber shell. And it reminded me of the work of this phenomenally gifted artist Matthew Schwartz, a. k. a. “Spadecaller”. I handed it to one of our older students with the comment, “From swords to plowshares! Can you think of a better use of this ammunition?” He studied it carefully, and as he hand it back to me, softly and thoughtfully said, “No. I cannot.”

Swords to plowshares is a concept in which military weapons are converted for peaceful applications.
The phrase originates from the Book of Isaiah:

The cuisine was exceptional!

The cuisine was exceptional!

” – And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”        – Isaiah 2:3-4

The plow share is often used to symbolize tools that benefit mankind, as opposed to destructive tools of war, symbolized by the sword, a similar sharp metal tool with an opposite use.

The Kimbell gift shop was delightful!

The Kimbell gift shop was delightful!

Ongoing examples include the dismantling of nuclear weapons and the use of their contents as fuel in civilian electric power stations, the Megatons to Megawatts Program. Nuclear fission development, originally accelerated for World War II weapons needs, has been applied to many civilian purposes since its use at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, including electricity and radiopharmaceutical production. The use of nuclear fusion in weapons designs, supplied the ability to create new elements, such as einsteinium.

Our Shakespeare production is progressing under the direction of George Rodriguez and planned for May 12 & 13.

Our Shakespeare production is progressing under the direction of noted Actor & Director, George Rodriguez and planned for May 12 & 13.

Established nuclear-weapons policies are unlikely to change. Mistrust is prevalent within the entire international community, so change is slow. Policies today are rooted in fear, insecurity and strong self-interest.

The number of nuclear weapons held by the biggest possessors, the US and Russia, have been reduced dramatically. South Africa dismantled its nuclear-weapons capability in 1991. South Korea, Argentina and Brazil moved away from nuclear weapons development. To date, Iran has not taken the decision to develop a nuclear weapon. The Non-Proliferation Treaty continues to play a central role, maintaining dialogue between the countries, and sustaining a common objective: to prevent the further spread of nuclear weapons. But we are far from being out of danger.

Help! It's a puppy!

Help! It’s a puppy?

In fact, my friends, we are out of time. The destructive capacity of our weapons we cannot even comprehend. Today, not tomorrow, we must teach our children to love one another, to see truth in the beauty in everyone and to find compassion, so often hidden within the dimensions of indifference.

In the wink of an eye, the sand of this earth can turn to glass, in a fiery furnace of hatred, intolerance and indifference. And the glass eye that was life on this earth, will see no more.

Let Us Beat Swords into Plowshares, a sculpture by Russian artist, Evgeniy Vuchetich, in the United Nations Art Collection

The anvil upon which the sword of our transgressions can be shaped into peace, is the human heart.

???????????????????????????????But my great fear is that the lessons of love are too late for the learning. In the wink of an eye every soul can be burning. In our hands, my friends, lies the fragile truth that may never blossom into beauty. Tomorrow, this giant rock upon which we reside, may simply rotate without us and without the most beautiful expression of our love, our children.

We cannot remain –
indifferent to love.

Our docent was wonderful.

Our docent was wonderful.

There is an invisible strength in you. And it is more powerful than any force you have imagined. In fact, you must engage your imagination in order to truly feel its presence. It is the power of Love.

If the bountiful beauty of the love that resides in your heart does not blossom in the hearts and minds of your children, well, then there will be no trace left behind. None of us will remain. A sad truth will still be here, but unfettered by the beauty of our being. No one will be left alive to tell the story of our lives. No one will be here to remember. No one. No child. No grandchild. No one!

“Indifference, to me, is the epitome of evil.”
  – Elie Wiesel

Samuria Warrior Exhibit 052My friends, there is no work of art more beautiful or more powerful than the love you feel in your heart. But the canvass that is this earth may become barren, as if the beautiful brushstrokes of your love never caressed this earth. I know that the story of your life was read by someone, in the light of this day. And, that story need never end, if the brilliance of your love, sought so desperately by your children, is found reflected in loving eyes that search so longingly for your smile. Hope for mankind needs the warmth of your embrace at the end of each day saying, “I Love You”.

The story of love begins and ends with you. Yes, you are the story of all life to be. In every moment we seek beauty, we find truth. The beautiful love that you set free in the next moment of your life, may liberate mankind forever.

Will there be not a trace left behind?

If Love is a lesson too late for the learning, will there be not a trace left behind?

Friday April 11, 2014 we will meet at 10:00 a.m. at Hidden Valley Miniature Golf at 8621 Jacksboro Highway, Lakeside, Tx Telephone: 817-237-5463. Please ask for a map if you would like to have one.

There is a balance in nature.

There is a balance in nature.

Emergency Telephone 682-777-1908

We will dine at CiCi’s and then shop for books at Half Price Books. Pick up is at 2:30 p.m. at Half-Price Books, located at 475 Sherry Lane, north of Ridgmar Mall –Telephone: 817-732-4111.

Children really don't need technology to be entertained.

Children really don’t need technology to be entertained.

Students are NOT to leave Hidden Valley or the restaurant
or bookstore without the approval of Dr. or Mrs. Anderson.

FINANCIAL: $6.00 per game please pay Hidden Valley.

OTHER: Please bring funds for lunch & a book.

Uniform pants with a belt & red monogrammed school shirts are required. PARENTS / FRIENDS / NEIGHBORS, are always invited to participate on our trips. Bring the Family!

Alex Grubbs

Anderson graduate Alex Grubbs will soon graduate from the United States Air Force Academy. Congratulations!

Hidden Valley is Rated #1 miniature golf facility by Ft. Worth Star Telegram, 18 hole course – one of the areas largest courses, spread out over more than an acre of pristine astroturf, Hidden Valley’s 18-hole course turns tee time into a game of family-friendly one-upmanship.

Multilevel greens offer putters varying vantage points to navigate the windmills, water hazards, and other renewable energy obstacles as they begin their hunt for the hole. A lighthouse is in the center of the course and the calming fountains and waterfalls help players summon their zen.

IMPORTANT DATES
April 18 & 21 (Fri. & Mon.) Easter Holidays
April 25 (Friday) Flight Deck
April 29 (Tuesday) Scarborough Renaissance Festival
May 1 Tuition Due for 2014-15
May 12 & 13 (Mon. & Tues.) Shakespeare Production
May 16 (Friday) Main Event

Accept things and people as they are,
and your heart will begin to open
.

Anderson School Campus

Somewhere beneath all the majestic beauty is the Anderson Private School.