The River is WIDE / Common Sense Solutions To Beat Depression / Friday Trip: Museum of Science & History and Omni Theater

“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

              A new world somewhere.

Stargazers,
are the very
few,

those walking hand in hand.
But they are the ones
who come to understand,
just how wide
the River of Life
truly is,
that the Water of Life
is Love.

This precious River
can overflow

the banks of time
and nourish Life,
as the tide
subsides.

And the Beautiful Melody
of its flow,
can open your Heart
and touch your very
Soul.

                   If you will hold my hand.

“The river is wide.
I cannot see.

Nor do I have light wings to fly.
There’ll be a boat that can carry TWO,
and both shall row,
my Love and I.”
James Taylor

Only
someone who Loves

discovers real Freedom,
and knows
it is born only in the eyes

of another.
When
you liberate feelings
of Compassion and Love
in the precious Life
of someone near you,
your Sight
no longer turns inside yourself,
to see only the lonely,
and how empty
Life can be.

                      To see only the lonely.

My Friends,
our road leads
to nowhere,
or
we glimpse

Eternity.

One path
lies through the closed
and very narrow
vexations of the mind,
the other,
through a Loving
Heart,
an open door.

What a Beautiful Journey
Life
can be,
when we take it
together,
hand in hand.

Yes,
you can live
in night forever,
never even knowing
you do not
see.

“A Life
without Love
is worse than
death.”
Padre Pio

.
How soon Life

flies,
and all is
gone,
as the Seasons drift by
one by one,

and Life
is quickly done.
But the Human Heart,
YOUR Heart,

is always
young.

If you build
your World
around someone
other,
YOU
come to discover
that you truly
exist.
YOU
finally know
the meaning of
Life.

Love
must be shared,
or it and you,
simply

do not exist.

Goodnight.

“Holding your hand
And standing by to catch you
when you fall,

Seeing you through
In everything you do.

Let me be there in your Morning.
Let me be there in your night.
Let me change whatever is wrong,
and make it right.

Let me take you through
that Wonderland

that only
TWO can share.

All I ask you
is let me be there.”

John Rostill

Low-cost, common sense solutions
to beat depression at its own game.
by

 1. Get a General Health Check
“A true diagnosis is half the cure”
– wise saying.

In some cases, depressive symptoms can be caused by an illness, vitamin defenciency, drug side effect or withdrawal. Common medical causes include underactive thyroid, heart disease, cancer, certain blood pressure medications and even birth control pills.

By getting to the root cause of your depression, you can figure out the best way to treat it and beat it.

Common Sense Tip: Get a general medical checkup and if you are taking any prescription drugs, investigate if depression is a possible side affect.

 2. Eating Right
“Let food be thy medicine
and medicine be thy food”
Hippocrates

Let us not underestimate the power of food to affect mood. Medical studies have linked vitamin deficiencies, such as in Vitamin D and B12, to depression. And that’s just for starters.

Many sufferers of bio-chemical/biological depression may find they also suffer from sugar sensitivities or allergies. In that case, diet can play a vital role in beating depression.

Common Sense Tip: Take notice of how you feel after eating certain foods. Keep a food diary.

 3. Getting Enough Sleep
“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man
healthy wealthy and wise.”
– Benjamin Franklin

 A successful psychologist once said that post-partum depression may in fact be another label for sleep deprivation. While it may not be that simple, sleep and depression are closely related.

Lack of sleep has been shown to precipitate psychotic episodes, for example. But does lack of sleep cause depression or does depression cause the inability to sleep? Whatever it is, by getting more sleep, you can start making inroads to improvement.

Common Sense Tip: Go to bed early. If you suffer from insomnia, explore gentle methods of promoting rest like meditation, yoga and massage.

 4. Get your Blood Pumping
Exercise, exercise, exercise.

It took me 3 years after having my youngest child and suffering a bad spout of post-partum depression to make an exercise move. That was the most liberating step I took in all those 3 years, literally. And I saw the results immediately.

Exercise gets your heart rate up, serotonin kicking in and blood sugar cravings, which cause mood swings, down. Oh and I recommend doing it in fresh air with some deep breathing. There’s nothing like nature and some life-energy pulsating through your veins.

Common Sense Tip: Put on your jogging shoes right now and take a walk or run outside. Make a realistic exercise schedule that you can keep up weekly.

 5. The Right Support
“I get by with a little help from my friends
The Beatles

Because depression sufferers tend to socially withdraw or hide their true feelings, it can be a bit of a catch twenty two.

Finding the right person to talk to about how you’re really feeling is a great start to fighting those blue feelings. Whether it’s a trusted friend, psychologist or life-coach – a little step in the right direction can do wonders. Getting out the house, when you’re about to sink into another lazy, self affair episode, is another way to beat depression at its own game.

 Common Sense Tip: Even if you don’t feel like it, go out and socialize with your friends on the weekend.

Open your Heart and touch your very Soul.

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

 

Doyle

      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.

sun

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.

Rose

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.

sunlight

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.

Mike-Adams

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.)

It Is Worth Remembering / Healthy Fish to Eat and Fish to Avoid / The Countdown is ON to Sept. 8

Dedicated to my wonderful friend
Rev Donald Graves
Tucson Center for Spiritual Living

Don and I grew up together
and had so very many
wonderful adventures in
Boy Scout Troop 17.

Thanks for the memories.
You are deeply admired
and loved.

Graves, Don

“You are the Beloved.
Be sure to treat yourself that way.”
—   —   —

“To live
is the rarest thing in the world.

Most people exist,
that is all.”

– Oscar Wilde

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How many times
Have hearts strayed
From the beautiful path
On which once
They would play?

So often we wander
Down alluring pathways of life,
Hearts and minds
Together,
Wanting to be
Forever in Love
With life,
Wanting to stay.

The crystal mirror
Of our memory,
With painful longing,
Invites us to return,
To never leave again
The beauty of Love
Lost along the way,
Never fully knowing
That this moment,
And the last,
Are one.

“Time present and time past
are both perhaps present
in time future
and time future
contained in time past.”
– T.S. Eliot

reflection

The crystal mirror of our memory invites us to return.

The Human Heart
Will never know
It is not still in Love.
It feels not
The time
Apart from the moment
It awakened
In Love with a dream.

Our heart can never forget,
Never truly rest,
Never
Not remember,
All the Love
That gave it Life,
Birth.

It is
Worth remembering,
Love is the Mother

Of all Life on Earth.

sunrise

Love is a living, breathing thing.

To stay,
To be,
In Love
For all time,
Is not a dream,
My Friend.

For Love
Is a living, breathing thing.
Over and over again
It is reborn,
Brought back to Life,
In our memories,
In our thoughts,
Our fragile hearts,
And
In our very beautiful dreams.

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Time stands still and forever is mine.

My Dear Friends,
There is a texture
To Life.
You can feel it
When you laugh out loud,
When you cry so hard
You taste the salt
Of which you are made
In your precious tears,
When you see your reflection
In the sparkle
Of someone’s eyes,
And come to know
You
Are truly alive.

Unequal Balance

      There is a texture to Life.

When someone,
Anyone,
Smiles
And lifts your Spirit off the ground,
And you
Are no longer you,
You belong to
A different moment,
And now belong
To someone
Who is not other,
But a Sister,
A Brother,
And you are together
On a beautiful
Pathway of Life.

You are one.

“What sunshine is to flowers,
smiles are to humanity.
These are but trifles, to be sure;
but scattered along life’s pathway,
the good they do is inconceivable.”
– Joseph Addison

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The Love that gave you Life can give it back again.

Such is Love in life
When Spirits blend,
And you and your friend
Can longer stay,
For in this one moment
Time stands still,
And forever is mine.

Love opens this door,
Shows us this way,
Lights a Lamp,
Calls us
By name.

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The glorious sun that God sets in your Heart.

Without tasting life,
One withers and dies,
Is deprived of the flavors
Upon which life dines.

Life, my friends,
When viewed
Through the Lens of Love,
Shows us
Love and Life
Are the same.
The joy of living
May be found
In the eyes of another,
In soothing a heart
Filled with pain,

In feeling the Sacred rain
Of grateful tears,

In the calming sounds
Of the night bird’s songs,
In the glorious Sun that God
Sets in your Heart
,
In the healing forgiveness
That greets the dawn
Of Life born again.

sunset

The joy of living may be found in the glorious Sun that God sets in your Heart.

The Love
That gave you life
Can give it back
Again.
For life is more
Than a game.
Life and Love
Are truly the same.
Your Love
Was made to be born
In the Human Heart
Again,
And again,
And again.

“There’s a new world somewhere
they call the promised land,
And I’ll be there someday
if you will hold my hand.”
– from “I’ll never find another you”
by Tom Springfield
listen here

Seek not to find
That which is within,
For the Heart that beats
For another,
Has already found
Its way Home.

Invite it
To come in.

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Healing forgiveness greets the dawn of Life born again.

The water is wide, I cannot get o’er,
Neither have I, the wings to fly
Give me a boat that can carry two,
And both shall row, my love and I.”
“There is a Ship”

by Yarrow, Peter / Stookey, Noel Paul /
Travers,
Mary Allin / Okun, Milton T
listen here

                               Fish to Eat & Fish to Avoid

Fish can provide an excellent low-calorie protein source without the fat and cholesterol of red meats. However, some varieties such as shark and mackerel are very high in mercury. Mercury is a known carcinogen and a pollutant of the habitats for many fish, including farmed fish, according to the Washington State Department of Health. The USDA recommends eating at least eight ounces of healthy, low-mercury fish per week.

Crab

This family of fish falls into the shellfish group and includes king, blue and snow crab. Crab is an excellent source of many nutrients including protein, vitamin B12, and vitamin C, and it has only 82 calories per three-ounce serving. Crab is readily available at grocery stores and seafood marts, but avoid the canned or artificial versions. These can have excess sodium, which is hard on the kidneys and heart.

Catfish

When enjoying catfish, choose the American kind – raised, procured and sold as an American product. Imported catfish may contain high levels of cancer-causing toxins. Broiled or grilled catfish is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for heart and brain health, and selenium, which is important for cell metabolism.

Scallops

Scallops are a small mussel and safe to eat two to three times weekly. Low in toxins and high in protein, these mussels are delicious alone or on a salad. Scallops come in a variety of sizes, including the large Atlantic version and tiny bay scallops.

Salmon

Salmon is a heart-healthy food that is rich in omega-3 acids. The larger and older the fish, the more mercury it might contain. Therefore, limit farm-raised or Atlantic salmon to one serving every two months, but enjoy canned Pacific salmon two times a week, according to the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals.

Trout

Perhaps a neighbor just returned from a weekend fishing trip and has some trout to spare. Freshwater trout is best and can be enjoyed biweekly, according to the Washington State Department of Health. This fish is rich in omega-3 fats, which are good for the heart.

Tuna

Canned tuna is a popular pantry staple for good reason. It is a quick, cheap source of low-fat protein and is rich in vitamins B12 and D, calcium and iron. However, albacore tuna contains almost three times as much mercury as skipjack tuna, according to the Environmental Defense Fund. Therefore, pregnant women and young children should focus on consuming primarily skipjack, or light varieties of tuna. Furthermore, canned tuna can be high in sodium, so look for low-sodium versions if you’re watching your salt intake.

Oysters

Raw or steamed, oysters are a rich source of protein and omega-3 fats. The Washington State Department of Health states that oysters are low in mercury and can be enjoyed two to three times weekly. Those with health conditions, however, such as immunodeficiency disorders like AIDS or cancer, should avoid oyster consumption due to their potential bacteria containment.

Crayfish

About 3 inches in length, crayfish are similar to tiny lobsters that turn bright red when cooked and contain juicy white meat. Sometimes referred to as crawdads, crayfish are a healthy fish to eat, but only the American kind that is farmed mostly in Louisiana and the Mississippi.

Shrimp

Rich in iodine, shrimp is a low-fat, low-calorie shellfish that can be enjoyed weekly, according to the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals. Shrimp can be boiled, grilled, sauteed or added to a salad while still retaining the same delicious taste.

Sardines

The smaller the fish, the less mercury it contains. Older, larger fish eat the small fish and therefore absorb their mercury and toxins. Sardines, such as herring, are small fish that are low in mercury and high in essential omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, vitamin D and several B-vitamins. They are sometimes enjoyed plain on crackers or out of a can. Because many canned versions are high in sodium, consume them in moderation or look for low-sodium canned versions if you are controlling your sodium intake.

The FDA advises that pregnant women, nursing mothers, and young children to avoid eating swordfish, shark, king mackerel, and tilefish.

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And for your information:
The causes of death
NOW
and
one hundred fifteen years ago.

My dear friends,
It is NOT normal to die from cancer, heart disease
or suffer from diabetes, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, etc.
These diseases only exist because of
they way we live our lives
and a lack of knowledge,

Cancer and Heart Disease
and Diabetes
have INCREASED due to
Corporate (profit) driven
pollution of the food chain.

My friends,
please study this chart from
the New England Journal of Medicine.
It is quite revealing.
And MOST important
share this knowledge with
you precious children.
They NEED to know.
Please discuss it with them.
This chart will make for GREAT
nightly reading.
A serious discussion
will enable them to have
many more nights
available to read.

Many.

May God always abide with you
as you cherish and protect
each precious child.

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The Countdown is ON to Sept. 8
Mrs. A is jumping for JOY!
We are excited to see you again.
Please bring some new jokes.
I have shared everything I know with R.J.
And now he is looking very funny
At me.

Yes, I am worried.
He is forcing me to watch old re-runs of
Lassie and Rin Tin Tin!

Help!

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Seek not to find that which is within.