The Beautiful Shared Ancestry of ALL Living Things / What Really Causes Heart Disease / Sept. 1 First Day of School

 

Dedicated
to our wonderful friend
Dr. Bruce Rodgers.
What an Honor
to recognize the dedication
and sacrifice
to our Nation
of Dr. Rodgers.
He is
a man much to be
admired.
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We Thank You
and
Love You.

Today
is tomorrow,
yesterday.
Welcome
to the Future!

I am part
of ALL
that I see.
I am part
of every Leaf
on every Tree.
I am cousin
to the Hawk
and the beautiful Butterfly,
and the tiny Honey Bee.
Everything
that I touch
and taste
and smell
and hear,
becomes me.
I am
ALL
that I survey,
and see.

I am Truly
Blessed
beyond Belief. 

And when
I think on all the other
precious Living Things,
I come to know
that part of them
is some of me,
that you and I
are the sum
of  WE,
that God
Lives in Everything
that is Today
or ever will be,
and I am Truly
Blessed
beyond Belief.

“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.”
DNA from the Beginning
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Yes,
YOU and I
are part and sum,
of what is now
and ever has been,
what is
to be.

I am part of ALL that I see.

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From MIT Technology Review:
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“Particles can be linked
by the strange quantum property
of entanglement.
Entanglement occurs
when two particles are so deeply linked
that they share the same
EXISTENCE.”

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We are
Miracle
and Miraculous,
the telling
and the told,
the young
and the old.

“A study of DNA replication
proves that there is only ONE Life
and all Living things
share in that Life.”
http://www.onelife.com

      We are Living a Truth.

We all
come to Live,
to come alive
and to give
more than we know,
more than we are,
to be
and become
Loved
and in Love,
with someone
and everyone,
and the ONE
Who is Everything.

We are ever searching
and never reaching
the end.
We are Living
a Truth
that is Beauty
beyond what we can
imagine,
if
we but open the eyes
of our very Human
Hearts.

   You and I are the sum of WE.

Yes,
“I am you,
you are me,

I am part of all I see.”
This Truth is such an important one
to teach to today’s Sacred Children,
because we are getting more and more
disconnected
due to social media, electronic devices
and video games.
Yet scientists teach us that it is
connection
that will provide us with lasting
Happiness.

Dr. Emma Seppala
from Stanford’s Center
for Compassion & Altruism Research & Education,
says that when connection with others is present,
it can boost mental and physical health,
and even increase immunity and longevity.
Connection to our Family, community and
especially to Nature
is vitally important
for Children today.
YogaKids Momma Marsha

Connection.

“A philosophy of ALL Life,
is needed,
not of the Human alone.

It is not that the Human
needs to take care of all other Life
as a Moral obligation,
though that is certainly true,
it is that the Human is a small part of Life,
but one which possesses a characteristic
(intelligence)
which is valuable to the survival
and well being of all Life.
It was Life which developed that intelligence,
not the Human,
therefore its service is for all Life,
not merely the Human.
The Human is, in that sense,
a servant to Life,
a caretaker in the service of Life,

the good Shepherd
for ALL of Life.”
onelife.com
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My Friend,
the only
One
who can heal you
and wash away the dust
of every sin,
is listening
to hear
your precious voice.

Because
He Loves you,
far more
than you can wish.
Just as YOU
long to hear
the voice of your
precious Child,
your Father
in Heaven Above,
also Prays
to hear the voice
of His precious Child,
YOU.

“I am the Day,
soon to be born

I am the Light soon to begin
I am the new Hope in the morning
I am the darkness soon to be Light
I am the rising and the falling,
I am the Alpha and Omega

The night and day,
the first and last.”
Libera

Based on the current state of
physics:

“The Universe is inevitable.
The Universe is impossible.”
Arkani-Hamed
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Unbelievably,
both declarations are true,
and because they are mutually
contradictory statements,
they could be true
in a multiple Universe scenario.
But, there is no way to absolutely prove,
today,
that multiple Universes exist.

None,
except
that the only alternative
is that the Universe was actually
DESIGNED.
Belief in the multiverse among cosmologists
amounts to a surrender
in the war over design.

Yes
the alternative to multiple Universes,
is intelligent design,
which is not the same
as a belief in God.

“To posit the existence
of a Creator

requires only reason.
To posit the existence of a good God requires
FAITH.”
Dennis Prager

Those who admit
that the Universe must be intelligently designed
can discover exactly who that Designer is,
in the Holy Bible.

The God of the Bible
told us the Story of our Creation:
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  “All things were made by Him;
and without Him
was not anything made
that was made.

John 1:3
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My Dear Friends,
the Holy Bible
told us the story
of our Creation.
God has always existed.
And the Universe began
when He created it.

“For by Him
were ALL things created,
that are in Heaven,
and that are in Earth,
visible and invisible.”
Colossians 1:16-17

Those Scriptures
do not contradict
observable science.
Please share
with your precious Children
the Truth.

The Truth
is far more precious
than pure gold,
more valuable
than anything on
Earth.

Truth
is simply telling it
like it is;
it is the way things really are,
and any other viewpoint is not Truth.
A foundational principle of Philosophy
is being able to discern between
Truth and error,
or as Thomas Aquinas observed,

“It is the task of the philosopher
to make distinctions.”

And the greatest Philosopher
your child will ever meet
is YOU.

“If you look deeply into the palm of your hand,
you will see your parents
and all generations of your ancestors.
All of them are alive in this moment.
Each is present in your body.
You are the continuation of each of these people.

    Reality is reality.
It transcends every concept.
There is no concept which can adequately describe it,
not even the concept of interdependence.

    Drink your tea slowly and reverently,
as if it is the axis on which the whole Earth revolves –
slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.
Live the actual moment.
Only this actual moment is Life.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

You and your child
are truly ONE:
Biologically,
Spiritually,
and in every other
WAY.

Share
with your Child.
Show
the WAY.
And the pathway
to Truth,
and ultimate Truth,
which is LOVE,
is through your
precious Heart.

“Train up a Child
in the way he should go:
and when he is old,
he will not depart from it.”
Proverbs 22:6

What a Joyful
Adventure
awaits you.

Goodnight.

The pathway is through your Heart.

“O world-ignorance,
Although You have shackled my feet,
I am free.
Although You have chained my hands,
I am free.
Although You have enslaved my body,
I am free.
I am free because I am not of the body.
I am free because I am the Soul-bird
That flies in Infinity-Sky.
I am the Soul-Child that dreams
On the Lap of the Immortal King Supreme.”
by Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007)
Spiritual teacher, artist, poet and student of peace

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What Really Causes Heart Disease
by Dr. Dwight Lundell, past Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery at Banner Heart Hospital , Mesa , AZ.
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World Renown Heart Surgeon Speaks Out On What Really Causes Heart Disease

We physicians with all our training, knowledge and authority often acquire a rather large ego that tends to make it difficult to admit we are wrong. So, here it is. I freely admit to being wrong.. As a heart surgeon with 25 years experience, having performed over 5,000 open-heart surgeries, today is my day to right the wrong
with medical and scientific fact.

I trained for many years with other prominent physicians labelled “opinion makers.”  Bombarded with scientific literature, continually attending education seminars, we opinion makers insisted heart disease resulted from the simple fact of elevated blood cholesterol.

The only accepted therapy was prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and a diet that severely restricted fat intake. The latter of course we insisted would lower cholesterol and heart disease. Deviations from these recommendations were considered heresy and could quite possibly result in malpractice.

It Is Not Working!

These recommendations are no longer scientifically or Morally defensible. The discovery a few years ago that inflammation in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease is slowly leading to a paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments will be treated.

The long-established dietary recommendations have created epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the consequences of which dwarf any historical plague in terms of mortality, human suffering and dire economic consequences.

Despite the fact that 25% of the population takes expensive statin medications and despite the fact we have reduced the fat content of our diets, more Americans will die this year of heart disease than ever before.

Statistics from the American Heart Association show that 75 million Americans currently suffer from heart disease, 20 million have diabetes and 57 million have pre-diabetes. These disorders are affecting younger and younger people in greater numbers every year.

Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel and cause heart disease and strokes. Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.

Inflammation is not complicated – it is quite simply your body’s natural defense to a foreign invader such as a bacteria, toxin or virus. The cycle of inflammation is perfect in how it protects your body from these bacterial and viral invaders. However, if we chronically expose the body to injury by toxins or foods the human body was never designed to process, a condition occurs called chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is just as harmful as acute inflammation is helpful.

What thoughtful person would willfully expose himself repeatedly to foods or other substances that are known to cause injury to the body?  Well, smokers perhaps, but at least they made that choice willfully.

The rest of us have simply followed the recommended mainstream diet that is low in fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates, not knowing we were causing repeated injury to our blood vessels. This repeated injury creates chronic inflammation leading to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity.

Let me repeat that: The injury and inflammation in our blood vessels is caused by the low fat diet recommended for years by mainstream medicine.

What are the biggest culprits of chronic inflammation? Quite simply, they are the overload of simple, highly processed carbohydrates (sugar, flour and all the products made from them) and the excess consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn and sunflower that are found in many processed foods.

Regardless of where the inflammatory process occurs, externally or internally, it is the same. I have peered inside thousands upon thousands of arteries. A diseased artery looks as if someone took a brush and scrubbed repeatedly against its wall. Several times a day, every day, the foods we eat create small injuries compounding into more injuries, causing the body to respond continuously and appropriately with inflammation.

While we savor the tantalizing taste of a sweet roll, our bodies respond alarmingly as if a foreign invader arrived declaring war. Foods loaded with sugars and simple carbohydrates, or processed with omega-6 oils for long shelf life have been the mainstay of the American diet for six decades. These foods have been slowly poisoning everyone.

How does eating a simple sweet roll create a cascade of inflammation to make you sick?

Imagine spilling syrup on your keyboard and you have a visual of what occurs inside the cell. When we consume simple carbohydrates such as sugar, blood sugar rises rapidly. In response, your pancreas secretes insulin whose primary purpose is to drive sugar into each cell where it is stored for energy. If the cell is full and does not need glucose, it is rejected to avoid extra sugar gumming up the works.

When your full cells reject the extra glucose,
blood sugar rises producing more insulin
and the glucose converts to stored fat.

What does all this have to do with inflammation? Blood sugar is controlled in a very narrow range. Extra sugar molecules attach to a variety of proteins that in turn injure the blood vessel wall. This repeated injury to the blood vessel wall sets off inflammation. When you spike your blood sugar level several times a day, every day, it is exactly like taking sandpaper to the inside of your delicate blood vessels.

While you may not be able to see it, rest assured it is there. I saw it in over 5,000 surgical patients spanning 25 years who all shared one common denominator — inflammation in their arteries.

Let’s get back to the sweet roll. That innocent looking goody not only contains sugars, it is baked in one of many omega-6 oils such as soybean. Chips and fries are soaked in soybean oil; processed foods are manufactured with omega-6 oils for longer shelf life. While omega-6’s are essential – they are part of every cell membrane controlling what goes in and out of the cell – they must be in the correct balance with omega-3’s.

If the balance shifts by consuming excessive omega-6, the cell membrane produces chemicals called cytokines that directly cause inflammation.

Today’s mainstream American diet has produced an extreme imbalance of these two fats. The ratio of imbalance ranges from 15:1 to as high as 30:1 in favor of omega-6. That’s a tremendous amount of cytokines causing inflammation. In today’s food environment, a 3:1 ratio would be optimal and healthy.

To make matters worse, the excess weight you are carrying from eating these foods creates overloaded fat cells that pour out large quantities of pro-inflammatory chemicals that add to the injury caused by having high blood sugar. The process that began with a sweet roll turns into a vicious cycle over time that creates heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and finally, Alzheimer’s disease, as the inflammatory process continues unabated.

There is no escaping the fact that the more we consume prepared and processed foods, the more we trip the inflammation switch little by little each day. The human body cannot process, nor was it designed to consume, foods packed with sugars and soaked in omega-6 oils.

There is but one answer to quieting inflammation, and that is returning to foods closer to their natural state. To build muscle, eat more protein. Choose carbohydrates that are very complex such as colorful fruits and vegetables. Cut down on or eliminate inflammation- causing omega-6 fats like corn and soybean oil and the processed foods that are made from them.

One tablespoon of corn oil contains 7,280 mg of omega-6;
soybean contains 6,940 mg.
Instead, use olive oil or butter from grass-fed beef.

Animal fats contain less than 20% omega-6 and are much less likely to cause inflammation than the supposedly healthy oils labelled polyunsaturated. Forget the “science” that has been drummed into your head for decades. The science that saturated fat alone causes heart disease is non-existent. The science that saturated fat raises blood cholesterol is also very weak. Since we now know that cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, the concern about saturated fat is even more absurd today.

The cholesterol theory led to the no-fat, low-fat recommendations that in turn created the very foods now causing an epidemic of inflammation. Mainstream medicine made a terrible mistake when it advised people to avoid saturated fat in favor of foods high in omega-6 fats. We now have an epidemic of arterial inflammation leading to heart disease and other silent killers.

What you can do is choose whole foods your grandmother served and not those your mom turned to as grocery store aisles filled with manufactured foods. By eliminating inflammatory foods and adding essential nutrients from fresh unprocessed food, you will reverse years of damage in your arteries and throughout your body from consuming the typical American diet.

Dr. Dwight Lundell is the past Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery at Banner Heart Hospital , Mesa , AZ.

 

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The Game of Life / Chemicals for ADHD? – NO! / Sept. 4 is near

sunset

A Glorious Day

As our lives
spill into each other,
they mirror
the deeper meanings
of shallow moments.
Our masks of clay
cast shadows
over moments at play,
darkening the Sunrise
of a glorious Day.

To never know
the taste of defeat,
forgive the ignorance
we meet,
and let your Heart
greet
all the Joy it desires,
and the Love
it inspires.

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Our lives spill into each other.

Knowing yourself
is Victory
beyond Belief.

To truly Love
others,
give them
the lingering Sunset
of your Smiles,
the desire to walk
many, many miles,
in the shadow
of your fascination
with Life.

What is truly
real,
is every moment
we feel
Love
is in the air,
Love is
everywhere,
and here
and now
and there.

In the shadow of your fascination with Life.

True Love
is playing the
Game of Life
with no one
keeping score,
as the rhythms of Life
we feel,
and the rest
we ignore.

There are moments
when we fade into
what may seem
like the rewind
of yesterday,
our of sync
with time,
and not on
a scale we deem
real.

The Rhythms of Life

But
the ravaged places
of past spaces,
is a future of
hand-me-downs.
So Live
in the unmissable montage
of the melodies
of this moment.
Each Life,
lived with dedication
to be
in the now,
cries out loud
with disbelief
at all the Beauty
in its Being.

My Dear Friends,
don’t
just leave your
precious Children
in your will,
leave them
the will,
to truly live
and always Love
everyone,
and every Living Thing.

The unmissable montage of the melodies of this moment.

Those in Love
with Life
are never apart
from the Love
of God.

We fade into what may seem like the rewind of yesterday.

Chemicals for ADD and ADHD?

Something is wrong,
but not with your precious child.
God, in His Wisdom, has never created a child
He did not deeply Love.
The concern you express for your child
is part of that abiding Love.

Please consult with your physician
and ask him or her to remove your child
from all the harmful chemicals
that will create more and more issues as time passes.
The research that is readily available
has led to the conclusion that
no child should be subjected to the long term effects
of these substances.
And very few longitudinal studies
have been conducted.

Please type the name of your child’s prescription(s)
combined with two more words,
“____   and cancer“,
and read the results.
Yes,
you will be horrified.

The Drug Enforcement Administration
has classified Methylphenidate (Ritalin)
as a Schedule II drug, comparable to
Cocaine.

Methylphenidate
is also one of the top ten abused prescription drugs.
Ritalin causes constriction of veins and arteries,
causing the heart to work overtime
and inevitably leading to damage to the organ itself.

It is a violation of parent’s rights
when they are not told of the unscientific nature
of so-called disorders such as ADHD
or the risks of the treatments involving drugs
like Ritalin.

Did you know that by labeling your child with ADHD,
you are actually labeling them with a mental illness?

Did you know that a child taking a psycho-tropic,
psycho-stimulant drugs like Ritalin
after the age of 12
is ineligible for military service?

Why?
What do they know that we do not know?

Did you know
that the subjective checklists that are being used
as criteria for diagnosis are very similar
to the checklists used to determine
Gifted and Talented Children?

These two checklists are almost
identical.

My Dear Friends,
bright children are not passive players
in the game of life.
They are active.
Such activity is a NATURAL by-product
of high intelligence.

Get on your knees and Thank God
you have NORMAL, intelligent and yes,
ACTIVE children.
What a Blessing!

Did you know that there are studies,
such as the Berkeley Study,
that contend that Ritalin and other stimulants
further raise the risk of drug abuse?
Ritalin makes the brain more susceptible
to the addictive power of cocaine
and doubles the risk of abuse.

Children are dying from ADHD Drugs

Sadly, the deaths of many children
has remained unexposed and suppressed for so long
because there is a tremendous amount
of money and profit at stake for so many.

Between 1990 and 2000 there were 186 deaths
from methylphenidate reported
to the FDA MedWatch program,
a voluntary reporting scheme,
the numbers of which represent no more
than 10 to 20% of the actual incidence.

We need to expose the health risks, dangers, deaths
and suicides
that are a direct result of administering Ritalin
and other psychiatric drugs to children.
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Does Ritalin Increase Cancer Risk in Children?

Research is raising concerns about the drug Ritalin,
suggesting that children who take it
may have an increased risk of cancer.

All 12 of the children included in a University of Texas study
experienced an increase in chromosome abnormalities
just three months after starting Ritalin.
Chromosome damage has been linked
to heightened cancer risk
and to other health problems.

Lead researcher Randa A. El-Zein, MD, PhD, and colleagues
found a THREEFOLD increase
in the level of chromosomal damage
in the samples taken after the children were started
on Ritalin.
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Several animal studies have also suggested
a link between Ritalin use
and cancer.

         Come on Folks!
Wake UP!

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What needs to change
is the academic environment.
It needs to allow for normal active children.
Hyperactive children simply do not exist.
Most boys are highly active
and for a good reason.
It relates to the survival of the species.
Think about it!

And common LOGIC dictates what is so apparent:
WE ARE A PART OF NATURE
NOT APART FROM NATURE.

Your child is acting normal!
Put him or her outside in the fresh air
with God’s bountiful sunshine
and allow for activity.

Take advantage
of the high activity level
and enroll your child in a great sports program.
Wear him or her out on the soccer field
or playing a ball game like baseball
or camping out with a Scout Troop, etc., etc. etc.
Instead of drugging up your kid,
set him up for recognition for his athletic ability.
Take advantage of the GIFT
of being a healthy active
HUMAN being.

Don’t bury your loved one in an early grave
because you lack the courage to say NO.
Don’t just say it,
shout  “NO”!

There is Beauty in courage.
There is no need to water the flowers
you place on the grave
of your precious child with your tears.
Tears should be shed only for
Joy.

INVITE the dim wit who insisted
your child become a lab rat
to take the drug instead.
Yes,
insist they go on the drug first.
Look into their horrified eyes
when they scream,
“What?”

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If you are not a strong advocate for your child,
NO ONE WILL BE.
That is why God gave you HIS child –
to shelter the deeply loved from the storms of Life,
to protect, to Honor, to serve, and LOVE
above all things on this Earth.
And Love my Friend,
is courage.

Please take the time to research these substances
and have your precious son or daughter
removed from them.
I would also change my physician.
If he or she has taken the convenient,
and profitable way,
to medically treat your family,
then he or she needs to be
removed from service.

Obviously,
the good Doctor has not researched the topic
to the degree enough to reach a compassionate,
reliably informed and reasonable conclusion.

The qualifications of physicians also follow,
like everything else in Life,
the bell-shaped curve of probability.
Some are at the lower end of expectations
relative to the awareness of what they do.
Some will write a prescription for anything.
Just be sure to pay the bill on your way out.

Motor vehicle deaths as recently as 2013 totaled
32,719.
But, in recent years,
there has been an annual average
|of about 400,000 drug related deaths
and serious injuries in a hospital
that could have been prevented
(those we know about).
Which leads me to conclude
that the most dangerous place in this country
is not on America’s highways,
but in the doctor’s waiting room.

Like Jesus said,
“Forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
They truly do not know.

Your instinctive and abiding Love for your child
allows for insight into what is happening.
Please follow your instincts.
God has given them to you for a reason.
And that reason always points to His abundant Love
for you and your child.

Your child is perfection,
as are all of God’s children.

Please remove your children from all substances
that tarnish the Will of God.
What is truly needed
is the abundant Love of our Lord
that flows through you.
That is all your children
will ever need.

tree

“The point,
is for Beauty.
Simplistic, joyous Beauty;
complicated, twisted Beauty
– the Beauty of courage,
the Beauty of loss.
For if there is a Something Else out there,
it is surely hidden
among the Beauty of this World.”

– Isabella Rogge

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2018-19 Anderson School Calendar

First Semester

September 4 – December 21   2018

Sept. 4 (Tuesday)                              First Day of First Semester

Oct 8 (Monday)                                 Columbus Day Holiday

Nov. 19 – 23                                       Thanksgiving / Fall Break

T. B. A.                                              Texas A.G.T. Conference (no school)

Dec. 21 (Friday)                                 Last Day of Fall Semester

Dec. 24 – Jan. 7                                  Winter Break Holidays

Second Semester

January 8 – May 24   2019

Jan. 8 (Tuesday)                                 Second Semester begins

Jan. 21 (Monday)                               Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Holiday

Feb. 18 (Monday)                               President’s Day Holiday

Mar. 11 -15                                         Spring Break Holidays

April 19 & 22 (Fri. & Mon.)                 Good Friday & Easter Holidays

May 20                                                Prep. Day for Adventure Trip     (no school)

May 21 – 24                                        Adventure Trip

May 24                                                Last Day of Semester

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

    The School Calendar is subject to change.
There are no make-up days
if school is closed due to
 inclement weather.

Inclement Weather Policy:
the school will close if Fort Worth I. S. D. is closed.

(Calendar 2018-2019 / approved 7-29-18)

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Joy Keeps Us Alive

“All truth passes through three stages.
First, it is ridiculed.
Second,
it is violently opposed.

                   Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”     
– Arthur Schopenhauer

Have you noticed how the good spirits of happy people affects others. You can actually observe the anxious and overly stressed visibly thaw in the presence of those with joy in their hearts.

One insight that is necessary in understanding the nature of joy: It is contagious. And it not only spreads, but changes people who come in contact with it. If you garnish life with happiness, if you bring your joy to work you, the glow of your being truly touches others.

And what Is Joy? It is a powerful force in human nature. More powerful than you can ever imagine. It literally draws us toward the highest purpose of our existence, and becomes the most complete expression of our love.

I enjoy the writings of and listening to His Holiness, The Dalai Lama [click here for link] (meaning “Ocean of Wisdom”). And in a favorite quote of mine he states, “I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness.” So let us explore the deeper meanings of our lives and seek the guidance of those, like the Dalai Lama, who can help.

The Art and Science of Joy

Becoming successful in our search for happiness is not just pleasant – it is essential. It is required for life to exist. Without joy, our motivation to continue with our lives is absent.

And there are countless millions who made a decision not to exist without it. They were left with no hope of ever rediscovering the most essential ingredient in the formula of life. They were never told that joy and love were the same – that happiness creates a love of life and a reason for living.

No, it is not money or success and accomplishment that truly matters. The search for true happiness has far more value than these. It has a higher purpose. Joy naturally flows and branches out like a mighty river, when we generously share everything we possess and the happiness we have known. And all those things we think we possess, we can covet for a very brief time on this earth. We cannot really own anything. We are merely the very temporary custodian of things.

In our voyage of discovery I believe we need to look to poetry, which is at its essence, philosophy, crafted and adorned with a love of beautiful expression. I recommend you read the works of the great poets and prophets of happiness. And start with Kahlil Gibran [click here to link]. You will love the majesty and beauty of the language with which he clothed his beautiful thoughts and remarkable insights.

In “The Prophet”, he unveils an essential truth of life and living: “Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears. And how else can it be? Joy and sorrow are inseparable. . . together they come and when one sits alone with you . . . remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.”

Gibran’s deep and abiding insights can help to bring about a clearer understanding of the nature of being, and the nature of being human.

He states, “When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”

Kahlil is telling us we have much to be thankful for – even the sorrow that brings us pain, which is the mirror of all the joy we have been so blessed with. And he reminds us of so many other things that we typically do not reflect upon. But these can, once again, become pathways to happiness:

“And in the sweetness of friendship, let there be laughter and the sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed. And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”

Another fountain of joyful knowledge you can find in the writings of Cat Thompson, who writes regularly for Experience Life. You can learn more about her work at http://www.emotionaltechnologies.com. She reminds us that we too carry mysterious worlds deep within our subconscious and can commit to personal joy as a life process.

In so doing she recommends that we forget about money. In any decision-making process involving money, take money out of the picture and see if your decision would be the same. The path toward material wealth is one of the most time-consuming, joy detours imaginable.

She knows that joyful people want everyone to be joyful. And that may be the biggest reason of all for us to commit to our own happiness – because we affect everyone around us. Joy is so contagious.

Missy spends the day at school

Missy spends the day at school

TRIP PLANNED FOR FRIDAY

We will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Half-Price Books, located at 475 Sherry Lane, north of Ridgmar Mall –Telephone: 817-732-4111. At approximately 10:45 a.m. we will travel to the FOOD COURT in the Ridgmar Mall to enjoy lunch. Following (burp) lunch we will walk to the RAVE 13 THEATER, located in the Mall at 2300 Green Oaks Road, telephone (817) 566-0025, to enjoy the highly acclaimed new movie Captain Phillips, rated PG13  Younger students may view another film to be selected with the blessing of Mrs. A. PICK UP will be at the Rave Theater at 2:30 p.m.

Kylee finds a keeper at Fossilmania

Kylee finds a keeper at Fossilmania

Plot & Details:

‘Captain Phillips’ is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It is through director Paul Greengrass’s distinctive lens – simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller, and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two time Academy Award-winner Tom Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage. Phillips and Muse are set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips’ unarmed ship; in the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.

Rylee studies the fossil record

Rylee studies the fossil record. She found Dr. A on page 3.

MPAA Rating: PG-13, Genre: Drama, Run Time: 134 min., Director(s): Paul Greengrass, Starring: Tom Hanks , Max Martini , Catherine Keener , Michael Chernus , Corey Johnson, Themes: Daring Rescues,Hostage Situations, Pirates, Hijackings, Tone:Claustrophobic,Menacing,Tense, Atmospheric, Forceful, Intimate,

The starting time may change, please be patient. Dr. A may become anxious but popcorn always helps.

Our new wild turkey enjoys company

Our new wild turkey enjoys company

Emergency Telephone 682-777-1908

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 the bookstore, food court or theater without the approval of Dr. A (wake him gently with the smell of warm popcorn if necessary) or Mrs. Anderson.

Everyone enjoyed shopping at the Fossil Show

Everyone enjoyed shopping at the Fossil Show

FINANCIAL: We have been told Tickets are $5.00 but this may be incorrect – please pay at the Box Office Please provide funds for a good book and funds for lunch.
Refreshments: Yes!
Uniform pants with a belt & red monogrammed school shirts are required.PARENTS / FRIENDS / NEIGHBORS, are invited to participate on our trips.

IMPORTANT DATES:

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
Jan. 24                 Fort Worth Stock Show

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Where precocious children are nurtured, appreciated
& eat a lot of popcorn!