LIFE Can Be Immortal / Nine Foods You Should Never Eat Again / John Cogan Paintings Ready to View / Sept. 5 First Day of Semester

“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.
Man was made for Joy and Woe;
And when this we rightly know
Thro’ the World we safely go.”
– William Blake


Life,

ageless and immortal.

We stand
on the threshold
of a truly unbelievable
tomorrow.

The Human mind,
endowed with a wealth
of unlimited,
God given,
curiosity and creativity,
is now precipiced upon
a surreal landscape.

Today,
with the technology available,
biological immortality
is possible within
a few DECADES.
Life,
together with its progenitor,
Love,
can truly become immortal.

                                                 .
We are standing on the brink of
immortality.
Ray Kurzwell (The Age of
Spiritual Machines
)
and Terry Grossman, M.D.,
argue that if you can make it through
the next 50 years,
you might be able to live forever.
Citing recent discoveries in genomics, biotechnology, and nanotechnology,
they explain how these
rapid breakthroughs in knowledge
will translate into medical advances
that will ultimately prolong human life
indefinitely.

Now,
we need to imagine
if the span of our lives
were to expand
to 200 years,
or 1,000,
or 10,000 years,
or more,
more than you can dream of,
more than you may want,
more than you may be able
to endure.

Will we continue
marriage
until a death
that does not occur?
Can we enter
Heaven,
if we never depart this Life?
How will society,
if it exists,
change?

Oh, NO!

Will those that believe
in reincarnation
be disappointed?
There are philosophical implications
that we cannot even
imagine.

      A truly unbelievable tomorrow.

My Dear Friends,
do we possess
the depth of compassion
and understanding
needed to survive
such enabling technology?
We can’t seem
to get along with each other
with the relatively short
life span we now have.

Were you aware that
America Has Been At War
93% of the Time
– 222 Out of 239 Years –
Since 1776.
The United States
has only been at peace
for 21 years
since its birth.
read more

Pick any year since 1776 and there is about a 91% chance that America was involved in some war during that calendar year.

It is interesting
that at the same time
we anticipate such longevity,
we are reaching
for the stars.
Our search for new
habitats
exactly meets
an unconscious anticipation
for the need.

We will need PLACES
to put many, many
REALLY old people.
And there are
TRILLIONS
of Galaxies
with Hundreds of Millions
of Stars.
The nursing homes
of the future
will have a different
appeal.

Thank God
there are conceivably
an infinite number of galaxies with stars and planets
to house an infinite number of people
living an infinite number of years.
Funny how the numbers
match up!

Stephen Hawking,
speaking at Oxford University,
said our best chance for survival as a species
is to leave the only home we’ve ever known
and establish colonies on other planets.

And the pace of space exploration is ramping up.
NASA is very busy in its search for
planets in the goldilocks zones –
not to near or far from their star –
planets that might be able
to sustain Human life.
And Space X CEO Elon Musk
has already laid out his plans to colonize Mars
within the next century.
Are we being
guided
by Sacred Forces,
a collective conscience,
unknown to our individual
conscious mind?
Is our search
of the Heavens
propelled by
an act of unawareness
called Love?

Tomorrow,
the deepest concerns
with achieving immortality
will not relate to
the given of technology.
Tomorrow
will cast deep and abiding
shadows
upon serious philosophical implications.

Will our utopian dreams
lead us to be abandoned
by a lack
of Love
for one another?

             ONLY THEN, will there be Hope.

My Friends,
we must prepare
our children
for a future unimaginable.
If
what we are capable
of doing,
is not accompanied
by our capacity
to be compassionate
for one another,
dimensions of forever
simply will not matter.

But,
If we teach our children
to Love one another,
to indeed
Love their neighbors
as themselves,
then
AND ONLY THEN,
will there be
Hope.

With Life,
ageless and immortal,
we can forever experience
a growing depth
of Love and Joy.

Goodnight.

“And so here am I
Open arms and ready to stand,
I’ve got the world in my hands.
And it feels like my turn to fly.

Though I may not know the answers
I can finally say I am free.
And if the questions led me here
Then I am who I was born to be.”
– Audra Mae, grandniece of Judy Garland

Nine foods you should never eat again.

A few months back, a website called Trueactivist.com (a sort of news aggregator with an activist flavor) published a list of nine foods you should never eat again if you care at all about your long-term health. Each of the nine foods mentioned ranged from the somewhat surprising to the “I stopped eating that crap years ago” category. Here is what was on that list:

White Bread, Refined Flours
Conventional Frozen Meals
White Rice
Microwaveable Popcorn
Cured Meat Products with Nitrates
Most Conventional Protein Bars
Margarine
Soy Milk and Soy-Based Meat Substitutes
Diet Anything
(For example: Diet sodas and the chemically derived artificial sweeteners they contain (especially aspartame) may act as neurotoxins and have been linked to headaches, memory problems, anxiety, brain fog, depression, skin irritations, menstrual problems, fibromyalgia, joint pain and more.

Each of these listed above were accompanied by a paragraph explaining how toxic they are, or how nutritionally vacant they may be. But this got me thinking – only nine foods?Off the top of my head I could think of at least ten more, including Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino (along with just about anything that costs more than $2. But beyond such specifics, I wanted to add an additional eleven to make an even-numbered list of 20 forbidden foods. These were all selected on account that they are bad for your health and offer little in return. I skipped over items that were just poorly managed, unsustainable, or just plain bad for the environment (that could easily be another list of fifty or more). So here goes:

Conventionally Grown Berries (due to the abundance of pesticides used)
Deep Fried Foods (due to the fact that they are loaded with saturated fat)
Conventional Fruit-Flavored Yogurt (loaded with more sugar than many sodas)
Pop Tarts (loaded with fat and sugar)
Vitamin Water (also loaded with tons of sugar)
Mayonnaise (just too much fat)
Store-Bought Muffins (loaded with fat and sugar)
White Pasta (lacking any real nutrition)
Canned Tomatoes or Tomato Sauce (the acid of the tomatoes leaches BPA from the can)
Artificial Sweeteners (They can increase your appetite and create severely adverse health effects)
Conventionally Produced Meat (too many reasons to list)

And there is a lot more where that came from. What else can or would you add to this list? Is there anything you think has been unfairly demonized?

Related:
8 of the Worst Foods for Your Body
Top 10 Riskiest Foods
Essential Reasons to Eat Organic Food

IMPORTANT  DATE:
Sept. 5 (TUESDAY)    First Day of Fall Semester

                      John Cogan

Please Note: Paintings from the Artist-in-Residence of my friend John Cogan may now be viewed at http://www.johncogan.com/page1.html  click here to view

                     John Cogan

Copyright Disclaimer – Section 107 – Copyright Act 1976,
allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship,and research. Fair use is permitted by copyright statute. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of “fair use”.

Lyrics/song texts/paintings are property and copyright of their owners and provided for educational purposes.

                                       by John Cogan

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Tranquility / Depression and Diet / Friday: Civil War Museum

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Reality in the beautiful shape of Love.

 Love’s wounds never heal,
unless inflicted.
And Love
cannot seal
fate,
until your Love
you reveal.
Love,
My Friend,
is revealed
when the mind
no longer will conceal
what lies buried deep
within our very Human
Heart.

We carry
a reminder
of things that are not
and never were.
Why
do we remember
things that never were?

“You look at things
and ask why,

but I dream of things
that never were

and ask why not”
– George Bernard Shaw

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   A strong vision of the future.

And when the dream is over,
will Love find you there,
wherever you are?
Or will you
still be waiting
with empty memories?

Our dreams
pull reality
from the Heart.
Hope
made manifest.
Prayer
answered.

  “Hope deferred
makes the Heart sick,

    but a dream fulfilled
is a Tree of Life.”
Proverbs 13:12

Each splendid evening,
through the lens
of your Heart,
you can see through all the years,
Life looking back,
through the laughter,
through the tears.
But you see
with a clarity
only imagined,
of what could be.

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Through the lens of your Heart.

The willow weeps for me,
as I lay
beneath the tree.

I sat beneath a willow tree,
Where water falls and calls;
While fancies upon fancies solaced me,
Some true,
and some were false.
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Christina Rossetti

All things are vain
that wax and wane,
for which we waste our breath;
Love only doth not wane
and is not vain,
Love only
outlives death.”

Christina Rossetti
In the Willow Shade

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A dream fulfilled is a Tree of Life.

And I humbly ask,
“Where have all the Leaves
and Flowers
Gone?

To the floor
of the Forest
and back into being –
into the Beautiful Trees
from whence they came:
Flowering Perfection,
Resurrection,
in language never understood.

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              Back into being.

 Visions
of a journey back home,
of Hope sustaining,
Life remaining,
a wistful window onto the very Soul
of what was and is,
of what will be.

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    Language never understood

Yes,
God is neigh,
nearer to Thee
than we can ever see.
So near,
He is far away.
Your Father is always with you,
and within,
whispering Love,
whispering Hope
forever and ever,
Amen.

“The Word is nigh Thee,
even in thy mouth,
and in thy Heart.
Romans 10:8

Yes,
Life begins again.
And Love,
only Love,
shows the
way.

“Why is it l-lee-d
that people who seem to have
so much less,

seem so much more Happy?”
L Lee

.
Side by side,
My Friend,
we come alive.

But dense and hallucinatory,
the World we have created
in our anger
and our shame,
gives little chance
for our children
to mend.

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Dreams pull reality from the Heart.

The faint winds of memory
sweep by,
and the chill
is to the bone.

The path of time
circles round,
to find us
at last bound
for home.
Black and white moments
colored
by Grace
and time,
and soothed
by our Artist’s
Loving Hand.

“Fading light dims the sight
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright
From afar, drawing near
Falls the night.

Thanks and praise for our days
Neath the sun, neath the stars, neath the sky
As we go, this we know
God is nigh.”
Rukard Hurd

Bewilderment, meaningless,
the final denouement,
the awaiting resolution,
of yet
another twist of fate,
another day.

And what
does it really mean?

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     Lindsey Stirling

“You know,
I’ve realized that
a lot of times
I failed
to see the Beauty

that is in the moments
and the people
that surround me
every single day.

[This] reminds me
of a time
when I honestly felt
like no one
could see the Beauty
in me.
And maybe,
that’s something you
relate to,
because you think that
no one sees
the Beauty in you.
Please know
that there is a Gift
inside of YOU.”
Lindsey Stirling

With a strong Belief,
and
our Trust in God,
Prayers become Visions
that bear a remarkable semblance
of impending Salvation,
creating unshakeable Faith
that transforms Reality
in the beautiful shape
of Love,
and into dreams
that come true.

“Now the years are rolling by me.
They are rockin’ evenly.
I am older than I once was
And younger than I’ll be.
But that’s not unusual.
No, it isn’t strange.
After changes upon changes
We are more or less the same.”
Paul Simon

We pay dearly
for news
that is neigh.
Endless
are the string of indignities.

Never quiet, eerie,
at once charming,
but disarming,
our fears come to
delude us.
We think,
rather than feel.
Our minds imagine,
but only the Heart,
My Friend,
will reveal.

And in reading
the Sacred Scripture of God,
we find beautiful
Floral Arrangements,
in form of words
that sparkle with the delight of
Hope,
and the zest
of a red, red Rose,

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Empowered
through Prayer
by the Holy Spirit,
with a strong vision of the future,
we can be made
whole again.

Here’s to the night
that births the
Dawn,
to moments
that birth delight,
to Love everlasting,
Love within sight,
giving birth
to song
we listen to
all through the night.

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The horizon of your dreams will finally be seen.

And here’s to the weariness
of day,
to make our rest
truly felt,
a memory
to stay.

Fluid visions
dancing through altered dimensions,
dreams mixing sweet
with tender direction,
as God guides we wistful
wanderers.

Such is
the power of
Prayer.

“How can the light
that burned so brightly
Suddenly burn so pale?
Is it a kind of shadow

Reaching into the night,
Wandering over the hills unseen.
Or is it a dream?

There’s a high wind in the trees,
A cold sound in the air,
And nobody ever knows when you go,
And where do you start?
Oh,
into the dark?

– Mike Batt

My Precious Friend,
the desolation
of Life
can end.
No languid thing of Beauty
is Tranquility.
It shines within
through the years.
And in that moment,
in the Beauty of the hour you Believe,
in that Tranquil moment,
the horizon of your dreams
will finally be seen.

Goodnight.

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“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.”
William Blake

From our friends at the Underground Health Reporter:
Is Your Diet Causing Your Depression?

If you suffer from depression or anxiety or other mental illness, it may help to look closely at your diet. link between diet and mental health is just as strong as the link between diet and physical health. “There’s a very strong link between quality of diet and risk of common mental disorders like depression and anxiety,” Felice Jacka, associate professor, psychiatric epidemiologist, and director of the Food and Mood Centre at Deakin University in Australia, told HuffPost Australia.

Plant-Based Wellness

This new field of research investigating the link between nutrition and mental health offers completely new methods of treating and preventing mental illness. The mainstays of psychiatric treatments—pharmacological drugs – have achieved only modest benefits. Compelling evidence indicates that nutrition could be a crucial factor in combating increased prevalence of mental health issues around the globe. Clear findings are already emerging as to which foods hurt the most, and which foods help the most.

Jacka and her team analyze how different dietary patterns support or undermine mental well being. One clear connection the team has identified so far is between rates of depression and intake of processed foods that contain high concentrations of…

     Fat
          Sugar
               Carbohydrates
                    Emulsifiers
                         Artificial flavors

Similarly, there is a relation between incidences of depression and low intake of healthful foods, for instance…

     Vegetables
          Fruits
               Legumes
                    Fish
                         Lean red meat

“Even if you’re eating good food, if you’re also eating a lot of junk food, it can be a problem,” Jacka said. On the other hand, even if you eat little or no junk food, you can off-balance your mental health by not eating enough fruits and vegetables.

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                                            On Friday, 11-18-16
we will meet at the Texas Civil War Museum (817-246-2323) 760 Jim Wright Freeway (Loop 820).

Drop-off will be at the Museum at 10:00 a.m.

Pick up will be at the ANDERSON SCHOOL at 3:15 p.m.

FINANCIAL:   $8.00 for students & $10.00 adults. This fee funds our docent program on Leadership, slush fund for confederates      re-enacting the war and not accepting of Robert E. Lee’s surrender, and entrance to the museum.                Please pay Dr. A.

 The MUSEUM STAFF is Battle tested & ready to teach. Note the steady gaze looking for ANY sign of misbehavior.

LUNCH: Following our museum tour we will return to school and enjoy a Thanksgiving Dinner.

GIFT SHOP: Yes! They have a GREAT gift shop with items related to the war we have not necessarily lost!

Uniform pants with a belt & red monogrammed school shirt are required. Unpolish your shoes, the rebels are recruiting this week. This fabulous museum can be enjoyed by the entire family,

Students are NOT to leave the Museum or restaurant at any time for any reason, including the need to secure a ride, go off to war & whip the Yankees (which also requires a uniform,  powder, good teeth to open the powder and gun) or use the restroom, without the approval of Dr. or Mrs. Anderson.
 
MUSEUM RULES *  No loud talking, running, or jumping or one of the Museum staff will get you. (They ALL look like ex-school principals.)
*  Stay with your chaperone at all times. If Dr. A seems jittery, he has had enough! Just offer him coffee with extra cream.
His motto is: “One cup per kid!”
*  Use clipboards for worksheets. Do not lean or write on exhibit display cases or walls.
*  No food, drink, candy, or gum is allowed inside. Give these items to Dr. A., he knows (burp!) what to do with them.
*  The museum has video surveillance & alarms so don’t be alarmed and return the muskets.
*  They reserve the right to refuse service and rough up those who do not wish to follow the rules of conduct. Now, there are exceptions and one of them is Dr. A. He is a good guy and won’t remember the rules, and he already looks roughed up.      

sun-filtering                                                  IMPORTANT  DATES
Nov. 21-25  (Monday-Friday) Thanksgiving / Fall Break  NO SCHOOL NEXT WEEK

Dec. 1-2      Texas A.G.T. Conference (no school)

Dec. 22 (Thur, – changed from Dec. 20)  Last Day of Fall Semester

Dec. 23 – Jan. 4                      Winter Break Holiday

Jan. 5 (Thursday)                     Second Semester begins

Jan. 16 (Monday)                      Rev. Dr. Martin L. King Holiday

Jan. 20                                       Fort Worth Stock Show

Feb. 20 (Monday)                      President’s Day Holiday

Mar. 13-17                                  Spring Break Holidays

April 14  & 17 (Fri. & Mon.)      Good Friday & Easter

April 28                                     Scarborough Renaissance Festival

May 22-26                                 Adventure Trip

May 26                                      Last Day of Semester

May 27                                     Dr. A admitted for therapy (you understand)

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   Anderson Private School

       FOR THE GIFTED, TALENTED
& LOVERS of HISTORY & HERSTORY

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A Deepening Sea, Widening Sky / List of Human Carcinogens (Knowledge for Life)

“Parents often talk about
the younger generation
as if they
didn’t have anything
to do with it.”

Dr. Haim Ginott

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We stand on the edge of a deepening sea, widening sky.

Deep and abiding reflection
can become the beginning
of a conversation
with someone
you may have never met,
someone
you thought
you really knew,
a person
you did not know
was you.

My Dear Friends,
we stand on the very edge
of a deepening sea, widening sky,
as our precious Hearts whisper,
longing to send
an Infinite message of Life and Love,
to paint a Rainbow
without any end.

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The boundary between
what is real
and what we dream,
what we can imagine,
is more porous
than it may seem.

The science fiction,
the fantasy
of what WE now can create,
will ask no less of us
than to suspend Belief
in ourselves and in each other,
in the future of Life
condemned to be brief.

“Somewhat ironically, science,
having set out to know
the ultimate nature of reality,

is discovering that,
not only is this world

beyond any direct experience,
it may also be inherently
unknowable.”

– Peter Russell

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All probabilities may ALL exist at once.

Strange discoveries,
fantastical worlds of imagination,
will force the question
of basic Beliefs
about Life,
about Love,
about our Blessings
from Above.

Scientists at NASA have substantiated thatsmall_web
matter can indeed be in two places at once.
Quantum entanglement enables
particles millions of light-years apart
to be connected without physical contact.
Space-time can now be controlled;
teleportation is becoming a reality;
and virtual science has led us
closer to realizing
hyper-dimensional existence.
If you think
these are God like qualities,
you are right.
And they are being contemplated
by Children of God.

a-webBut,
no matter how far apart we are,
Hearts have always known
they are connected
in a very real way.

“I’d bring out my guitar
and a lot of those things
that made you feel apart
or distant,
disappeared.”
– John Denver

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“You call all the stars by their names, O Lord, and yet you care for me.”                     – Betty H. Butler

But, the implausible,
the improbable,
the unbelievable,
can bring Life
to an end.

What once was purely
Philosophical,
lurks darkly in a new book
of Revelations,
of quantum research.

All probabilities
may ALL exist
at once,
buried in the same reality,
until measured or observed.
Mathematicians can prove it.
But,
My Dear Friends,
so can our
Love,
which can become truly
immeasurable,
like the Love
of God.

Out of nowhere
I heard a voice saying,
“Because I Love you”.
Lene Jeanette Taralrud

Like clouds
flying across the sky,
shadows of insight and awareness
can shade the reality
in your eyes.
What the mind of man
can imagine,
he can now make.
But what is
the Human cost?
What will it
take?

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    A Rainbow without any end.

We possess the art of engineering
the science of quantum change
and of physical reality itself,
to make the unreal
as real,
to bring Life
to the very edge
of never asking why,
to the bottom
of an infinitely deep sea,
or an ever widening
Sky.
It is up to you
and I,
and the question
we need to ask:

Why?

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The mind of man
can climb any mountain
of Everestian heights,
cross any ocean
of uncharted depths,
redefine what we see,
what may
or may not be,
which is you
and me.

While triumphant we may feel,
believing in something implausible,
something unreal made real,
we may cause blades of grass
to encircle virtually unreal
pure white stones,
grass ever green
that grows beneath
names never made known.
And no one will ever knell
at the foot
of these graves
to extol the virtues
of those extant,
who belied Belief
in proclamations of proclivities
to do what became wrong,
diverse and strong,
simply because we could.
No one will shout
from any mountain top
“Once we
were here,
and now
we are ALL
gone.”

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       We miss you Brix.

Down the mountain side
we will fall
into a valley hushed
and white with snow.
No one will be here
in sunshine to tell
of our journey upward,
with sweeter songs
that accompanied us.
For what was unknown
became real,
and what then was real
became, with us,
unknown:
a potential existence
that stilled every voice
that sang every song.

“But of the tree of the knowledge
of good and EVIL,
thou shalt not eat of it:
for in the day that thou eatest thereof,
thou shalt surely
die.”

– Genesis 2:17

Life
without the deep and abiding
reflection of Love,
simply
cannot exist,
cannot prevail.

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The deep and abiding reflection of Love.

Unknowing
becomes known
because you exist.
But you are here
because of the
Love
that also existed.

Time is not
a natural feature
of our universe.
It is a concept
invented by us,
we so human in being.

There is no past behind us,
or physical future waiting
in the wings.

Nature
does not defend
the right to cry.
But cry we do
late into our night.
For the reality
of being
resides within each
Heart.
And so it was,
and always has
been.

Cherish the mind
that has a Heart.

Goodnight.

“Little Fly,
Thy summer’s play
My thoughtless hand
Has brushed away.
Am I not like thee?
Or art not thou A man like Me?
For I dance and drink and sing,
Till some blind hand
Shall brush my wing.”
– William Blake

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The very edge of never asking why.

My Precious Friends,
I wish to share with you
an unbelievably LENGTHY list of
KNOWN and POSSIBLE
things that cause CANCER.
Please take the time to study this list!
We are at war with ourselves.
Yes,
the enemy is us.
Our lifestyle and
our society
and corporate greed
have caused this
horrendous condition.

We can look down
on the pathetic depths
to which corporate America
has led us in order to
make money.

But enough
is enough.

Millions of our Loved ones,
neighbors,
and fellow citizens
have perished in misery.

Please ARM yourself
with the knowledge
you and your precious children
NEED to survive.

Compare these two lists
with the labels on the products
you wear, drive with, eat,
sleep and sit on, breathe, live and work with,
allow into your home, on your yard or
in your car –
anywhere in your presence.

When you find items made with
these horrible products
THROW  THEM  AWAY!

There is NO need to die a
miserable and painful death.

To avoid a future far worse
than you can imagine,
get smart, get educated, get busy, get involved and
read ALL the labels.
You have the strength and wisdom
to get rid of the garbage
polluting your life
and the very precious
life of your child.

With every moment you take
to read every line below
you are saying:
I LOVE YOU.

You cannot Love someone more
than when you save that person’s
Life.

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From Danica Collins with the Underground Health Reporter:  read more
The 17th Century Ushered in Cancer. It wasn’t until the 17th century that the first reports of cancer appeared in scientific literature – such as cancer of the scrotum (found in chimney sweeps in 1775, caused by soot particles); and nasal cancer found in users of snuff (finely ground tobacco) in 1761.

The University of Manchester study indicates that cancer-causing factors exist only in modern, industrialized societies—and cancer is fueled by the excesses of modern life.

The food you eat … the air you breathe … the clothes you wear … the water you drink … the personal care products you use … the medications you take … the water you bathe in … virtually everything you consume, and everything you do – or are exposed to – causes cancer these days!
Here are Just a Few Factors Present in  Modern Life That Cause Cancer:

Tobacco (including second-hand and third-hand smoke)
Genetically modified food
Most laundry detergents
Commercial hair dyes
Air pollution (including carbon monoxide, methylene
chloride, and acrolein)
Granite countertops (which emit radon)
Rancid peanuts and seeds
Canola oil
Canned tomatoes
Food laced with pesticides
Chemicals from aerosol cans
Mammograms
X-Rays
Food microwaved in plastic containers (including
plastic wrap, the plastic trays that come with frozen
TV dinners, and even plastic baby bottles)
Environmental pollutants (such as asbestos, benzene, and
formaldehyde)

Professor Rosalie David, at the Faculty of Life Sciences, said:
“There is Nothing in the Natural Environment That Can Cause Cancer … So It Has to Be a Man-Made Disease.”

National Toxicology Program (NTP) is formed from parts of several different US government agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The NTP updates its Report on Carcinogens (RoC) every few years.

The Report on Carcinogens identifies 2 groups of agents:

  1. Known to be human carcinogens”
    2. “Reasonably anticipated to be human carcinogens”
    The current version of the RoC lists about 240 substances and exposures:Known human carcinogens
    International Agency for Research on CancerGroup 1: Carcinogenic to humans

    Acetaldehyde (from consuming alcoholic beverages)
    Acheson process, occupational exposure associated with
    Acid mists, strong inorganic
    Aflatoxins
    Alcoholic beverages
    Aluminum production
    4-Aminobiphenyl
    Areca nut
    Aristolochic acid (and plants containing it)
    Arsenic and inorganic arsenic compounds
    Asbestos (all forms) and mineral substances (such as TALC or vermiculite) that contain asbestos
    Auramine production
    Azathioprine
    Benzene
    Benzidine and dyes metabolized to benzidine
    Benzo[a]pyrene
    Beryllium and beryllium compounds
    Betel quid, with or without tobacco
    Bis(chloromethyl)ether and chloromethyl methyl ether (technical-grade)
    Busulfan
    1,3-Butadiene
    Cadmium and cadmium compounds
    Chlorambucil
    Chlornaphazine
    Chromium (VI) compounds
    Clonorchis sinensis (infection with), also known as the Chinese liver fluke
    Coal, indoor emissions from household combustion
    Coal gasification
    Coal-tar distillation
    Coal-tar pitch
    Coke production
    Cyclophosphamide
    Cyclosporine
    1,2-Dichloropropane
    Diethylstilbestrol
    Engine exhaust, diesel
    Epstein-Barr virus (infection with)
    Erionite
    Estrogen postmenopausal therapy
    Estrogen-progestogen postmenopausal therapy (combined)
    Estrogen-progestogen oral contraceptives (combined) (Note: There is also convincing evidence in humans that these agents confer a protective effect against cancer in the endometrium and ovary)
    Ethanol in alcoholic beverages
    Ethylene oxide
    Etoposide
    Etoposide in combination with cisplatin and bleomycin
    Fission products, including strontium-90
    Fluoro-edenite fibrous amphibole
    Formaldehyde
    Haematite mining (underground)
    Helicobacter pylori (infection with)
    Hepatitis B virus (chronic infection with)
    Hepatitis C virus (chronic infection with)
    Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) (infection with)
    Human papilloma virus (HPV) types 16, 18, 31, 33, 35, 39, 45, 51, 52, 56, 58, 59 (infection with) (Note: The HPV types that have been classified as carcinogenic to humans can differ by an order of magnitude in risk for cervical cancer)
    Human T-cell lymphotropic virus type I (HTLV-1) (infection with)
    Ionizing radiation (all types)
    Iron and steel founding (workplace exposure)
    Isopropyl alcohol manufacture using strong acids
    Kaposi sarcoma herpes virus (KSHV), also known as human herpesvirus 8 (HHV-8) (infection with)
    Leather dust
    Lindane
    Magenta production
    Melphalan
    Methoxsalen (8-methoxypsoralen) plus ultraviolet A radiation, also known as PUVA
    4,4′-Methylenebis(chloroaniline) (MOCA)
    Mineral oils, untreated or mildly treated
    MOPP and other combined chemotherapy including alkylating agents
    2-Naphthylamine
    Neutron radiation
    Nickel compounds
    N’-Nitrosonornicotine (NNN) and 4-(N-Nitrosomethylamino)-1-(3-pyridyl)-1-butanone (NNK)
    Opisthorchis viverrini (infection with), also known as the Southeast Asian liver fluke
    Outdoor air pollution (and the particulate matter in it)
    Painter (workplace exposure as a)
    3,4,5,3′,4′-Pentachlorobiphenyl (PCB-126)
    2,3,4,7,8-Pentachlorodibenzofuran
    Phenacetin (and mixtures containing it)
    Phosphorus-32, as phosphate
    Plutonium
    Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), dioxin-like, with a Toxicity Equivalency Factor according to WHO (PCBs 77, 81, 105, 114, 118, 123, 126, 156, 157, 167, 169, 189)
    Processed meat (consumption of)
    Radioiodines, including iodine-131
    Radionuclides, alpha-particle-emitting, internally deposited (Note: Specific radionuclides for which there is sufficient evidence for carcinogenicity to humans are also listed individually as Group 1 agents)
    Radionuclides, beta-particle-emitting, internally deposited (Note: Specific radionuclides for which there is sufficient evidence for carcinogenicity to humans are also listed individually as Group 1 agents)
    Radium-224 and its decay products
    Radium-226 and its decay products
    Radium-228 and its decay products
    Radon-222 and its decay products
    Rubber manufacturing industry
    Salted fish (Chinese-style)
    Schistosoma haematobium (infection with)
    Semustine (methyl-CCNU)
    Shale oils
    Silica dust, crystalline, in the form of quartz or cristobalite
    Solar radiation
    Soot (as found in workplace exposure of chimney sweeps)
    Sulfur mustard
    Tamoxifen (Note: There is also conclusive evidence that tamoxifen reduces the risk of contralateral breast cancer in breast cancer patients)
    2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-para-dioxin
    Thiotepa
    Thorium-232 and its decay products
    Tobacco, smokeless
    Tobacco smoke, secondhand
    Tobacco smoking
    ortho-Toluidine
    Treosulfan
    Trichloroethylene
    Ultraviolet (UV) radiation, including UVA, UVB, and UVC rays
    Ultraviolet-emitting tanning devices
    Vinyl chloride
    Wood dust
    X– and Gamma – radiation Probably carcinogenic to Humans
    Acrylamide
    Adriamycin (doxorubicin)
    Androgenic (anabolic) steroids
    Art glass, glass containers, and press ware (manufacture of)
    Azacitidine
    Biomass fuel (primarily wood), emissions from household combustion
    Bischloroethyl nitrosourea (BCNU), also known as carmustine
    Captafol
    Carbon electrode manufacture
    Chloral
    Chloral hydrate
    Chloramphenicol
    alpha-Chlorinated toluenes (benzal chloride, benzotrichloride, benzyl chloride) and benzoyl chloride (combined exposures)
    1-(2-Chloroethyl)-3-cyclohexyl-1-nitrosourea (CCNU)
    4-Chloro-ortho-toluidine
    Chlorozotocin
    Cisplatin
    Cobalt metal with tungsten carbide
    Creosotes
    Cyclopenta[cd]pyrene
    DDT (4,4′-Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane)
    Diazinon
    Dibenz[a,j]acridine
    Dibenz[a,h]anthracene
    Dibenzo[a,l]pyrene
    Dichloromethane (methylene chloride)
    Diethyl sulfate
    Dimethylcarbamoyl chloride
    1,2-Dimethylhydrazine
    Dimethyl sulfate
    Epichlorohydrin
    Ethyl carbamate (urethane)
    Ethylene dibromide
    N-Ethyl-N-nitrosourea
    Frying, emissions from high-temperature
    Glycidol
    Glyphosate
    Hairdresser or barber (workplace exposure as)
    Human papillomavirus (HPV) type 68 (infection with)
    Indium phosphide
    IQ (2-Amino-3-methylimidazo[4,5-f]quinoline)
    Lead compounds, inorganic
    Malaria (caused by infection with Plasmodium falciparum)
    Malathion
    Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCV)
    5-Methoxypsoralen
    Methyl methanesulfonate
    N-Methyl-N´-nitro-N-nitrosoguanidine (MNNG)
    N-Methyl-N-nitrosourea
    Nitrate or nitrite (ingested) under conditions that result in endogenous nitrosation
    6-Nitrochrysene
    Nitrogen mustard
    1-Nitropyrene
    N-Nitrosodiethylamine
    N-Nitrosodimethylamine
    2-Nitrotoluene
    Non-arsenical insecticides (workplace exposures in spraying and application of)
    Petroleum refining (workplace exposures in)
    Pioglitazone
    Polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs)
    Procarbazine hydrochloride
    1,3-Propane sultone
    Red meat (consumption of)
    Shiftwork that involves circadian disruption
    Silicon carbide whiskers
    Styrene-7,8-oxide
    Teniposide
    Tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene)
    Tetrafluoroethylene
    Trichloroethylene
    1,2,3-Trichloropropane
    Tris(2,3-dibromopropyl) phosphate
    VERY  HOT  BEVERAGES
    Vinyl bromide (Note: For practical purposes, vinyl bromide should be considered to act similarly to the human carcinogen vinyl chloride.)
    Vinyl fluoride (Note: For practical purposes, vinyl fluoride should be considered to act similarly to the human carcinogen vinyl chloride.)
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Thank you Sonny and Nancy for this wonderful photo!

Never Again Lock This Door / Shiitake Mushrooms / Philippe Henri Arrighi

Neuroscientists believe
that hearing another person laugh
triggers mirror neurons in a region of the brain
that makes listeners feel as though
they are actually laughing themselves.

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           To shine a Light of Hope.

As we inhabit our Spheres
dimly lit or unaware,
each of us reflects
from time rare
to forgotten,

upon our purpose
far or near,

for the deeper meaning of Life,
the reason we are here.

You,
birdalone,
among all the precious
living things in the
Universe,
possess the singular ability
to save the Life
of someone known
but to God above,
and desperately in need
of His Love.

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    You and I are here for Love.

To instill Hope
in the Life of another,
is to raise from the dead
a Life lost
in the horrible abyss of
apathy.

God
endowed each of us
with precious and amazing Gifts
to deeply touch
the Hearts and minds
of others.

Yes,
you are here
for a reason:
to shine a Light
of Hope,
to shower all those around you
with the Blessings
of God’s abundant Love,
reflected and refracted through the prism
of your beautiful personality.

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May your unfolding be like that of God’s beautiful Flowers.

My Dear Friends,
the reason you are here
has nothing
to do with
you.

You and I
are here for
Love.

We are in this small space,
on this tiny planet,
in this one sliver of time,
to open our Hearts
and let the Infinite Love
of God
flow through us,
the Love
that sparkles in your eyes,
the Love shared
with your warm smiles,
charitable thoughts
and forgiving ways.

Blake“If the doors of perception
were cleansed,
everything would appear to man
as it is,
Infinite.”
– William Blake

You
are the greatest Gift
God can bestow
upon someone
in need of His Love.
To open your Heart
is to unwrap
this magical, mystical gift
of Spirit
from Above.

“Nobody on earth jiddu
can give you
either the key

or the door to open,
except yourself.”
– Jiddu Krishnamurti

The door
to your Heart
gives entrance
to the Divine Itself.

For we dwell
in the Divine,
and the Divine dwells in us.
This Truth is the central
awareness of life.

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is a Divinity in disguise,

a God
playing the fool.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

May the unfolding
of your Sacred Heart
be like that
of God’s beautiful Flowers.

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    The real reason we are here.

Your precious Life
touches everything
and everyone.

“He Who Saves Just One Life
Saves The World Entire”
– Talmud 

My Dear Friends,
the center of the
Universe
is in the middle
of your Heart.
And your Heart
is Home
to everyone
to whom you open
the door.
It is Home
to everything God
desires for you.
It is the question
and the answer.
It is the now
of forever.
It is the pathway
forward.
It is
who you are,
and what God
desires for you.
It is
the Universal language
and the end of all war,
the answer to Prayer
and Salvation
ever after.

It is
Heaven’s Gate.

Look for the
Key,
and never again
lock this door.

Goodnight.

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Only Love turns darkness into Light.

“How often we turn our bodies
into prisons

as we carry our hearts around
like inmates.

We hold back our love
until we feel it’s deserved;

we want to be assured
we’re loved in return.

Why are we so selfish
with something of endless supply?

We can turn our bodies into prisms
allowing our sunshine

to cast rainbows
on the world.

Like a rainbow,
love bends, radiates, and stretches,

giving hope to all it reaches.
Love penetrates the darkness
and catches the World on fire.”
Suzi Cate

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You alone possess the singular ability.

“As a teacher,
I possess a tremendous power
to make a child’s life miserable or joyous.
I can be a tool of torture
or an instrument of inspiration.
I can humiliate or humor,
hurt or heal.
In all situations,
it is my response that decides
whether a crisis will be escalated
or de-escalated
and a child humanized
or de-humanized.”
Dr Haim Ginott
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Important Dates
Sept. 6  First Day of Fall Semester
(OK, wake up Dr. A!)
Oct. 10    Columbus Day Holiday
Nov. 19-25     Fall Break Holiday
Dec. 20 – Jan. 4  Christmas Holiday
Jan. 5    First Day of Spring Semester
February 20  Presidents Day Holiday
March 13-17   Spring Break Holiday
April 14 & 17   Good Friday & Easter Monday Holidays
May 22 – 26      Adventure Trip (All Aboard!)
May 26             Last Day of Spring Semester
(OK.  Go back to sleep)

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                Little Rock was a beautiful experience.

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From our friends at NaturalNews.com:

Shiitake mushrooms  are native to various parts of Asia. They have been cultivated and prized for thousands of years and are sold both fresh and dried and can be considered a staple of much Asian cuisine.

Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center has studied the shiitake mushroom and managed to isolate one of its active compounds, a substance called lentinan, a form of beta-glucan, a class of molecules with a proven track record of anti-cancer benefits. Lentinan helps to strengthen the body’s natural immunity and that, in turn, helps to stimulate immune cells that can help fight off pathogens, including cancerous and precancerous or mutated cells.

One of the reasons shiitake mushrooms may be so effective at treating cancer is that they are incredibly high in selenium, a mineral needed by the body in small amounts that also has powerful antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are known to reduce oxidative stress to the cells as the body ages and this is significant, since this stress is thought by many to be one of the underlying causes for cancer.

Researchers believe that shiitake mushrooms help prevent cancer by simply promoting and supporting the overall health of the body. Several compounds in shiitakes have cardio-protective properties, helping to lower cholesterol and normalize blood pressure levels. It can also help treat obesity, which is a major risk factor for many different forms of cancer. These mushrooms are copper-rich also which helps support good circulation of the blood and oxygenation of the cells. Cancer cells are known to thrive in low-oxygen environments.

Shiitake mushrooms are delicious delicacies and their active compounds have been shown to have definite anti-carcinogenic effects and might help to prevent the development of this serious disease.
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Philippe (French teacher)

  Philippe

Who is that handsome man?french
He is the Great, Great, Great
Grandson of Toussaint Arrighi
A General of the Army under Napoleon
(generaux de Napoleon 1778-1853)
and our beloved Teacher of French
Language, Culture & History
Philippe Henri Arrighi
We LOVE YOU Philippe!

see: Nouveau Petit Larousse Illustre

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            View from the Anderson School.

“To the pain of the past
We don’t have to feel it anymore!
Love is an open door!
Life can be so much more!
– Robert Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez
from the movie, Frozen
(Thank you to my friend Ian
for introducing me
to this beautiful Movie.)

The Plural of Infinity / Spring Adventure Trip / Twelfth Night Photos

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Unbridled Love

          Dedicated to the memory of
          Oskar and Emilie Schindler

Oskar and Emilie saved upwards of 1,200 Jewish men, women and children from the gas chambers of Auschwitz and Gross-Rosen during the Holocaust. Today there are more than 8,000 descendents – the precious children and grandchildren.

Emilie Schlindler

Pure Grace

The story of their lives bears witness to a rare purity of goodness, love and compassion. Together they were truly inspiring evidence of courage and human decency during the evil of the Holocaust.

They spent millions to feed, protect and save people. It was everything they possessed and Oskar died penniless. But their existence on this Earth became something of the Eternal. Their Love transcended space and time in ways we shall never understand. Today they are remembered for real courage and rare compassion in a world of unbelievable brutality and evil. And their legacy is simple and powerful and pure. It is Love. And only Love is real.

My Dear Friends,

You, too, are a Savior.
And you are more than One,
The many of One,
The Plural of Infinity,
The Divide of None.

“Whoever saves one life,
saves the world entire.”
– the Talmud

One is the Gift
God benevolently bestowed in you.
But silent and unseen,
The Gift of your being,
Is Infinite in Virtue.
Far, far more than you think you are,
Not apparent to eye or mind,
Your Love outshines the brightest Star.

“Silent and unseen God comes,
but with infinite power and love –
with a love for you
beyond your comprehension.”
– Mother Teresa

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The Savior and the Saved

You are here and everywhere,
Now and Forever,
The Savior and the Saved,
Treasure more than precious,
Forgiver and Forgiven,
An Infinite Trace
In the Sacred space
Of Heart and Mind,
Creation of Pure Grace,
Child of Perfection,
Beloved, Embraced.

Your unbridled Love
Harbors the Fleet of all Nations,
When wide the gate is open,
And One Heart
That beats for another,
Goes forth with courage to save
One,
One who is other,
And makes many of One,
Sister and Brother.

“To see a world in a grain of sand,
and heaven in a wild flower;
to hold infinity in the palm of your hand
and eternity in an hour.”
– William Blake

Schindlers

Sacred above all others

For you are
The Plural of Infinity,
The Divide of None,
Everlasting to Everlasting
In Love,
Sacred above all others,
Below
Or Above.

Yes,
You harbor the Fleet of all Nations,
In the Infinite Space
Of a Heart filled with Love,
And Abundant with Grace.

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What a Paradise Love is

To Love and be so Loved
And never be let go,
Is to know
What a Paradise Love is,
Cradled by the warmth of Two hearts aglow.

In your heart so afraid of waking,
In Soulful yearnings yet undreamed of,
Reach for the warm Embrace of God
In the arms of One
You Love.

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You harbor the fleet of all Nations.

And as two hearts beat as One,
In the Infinite endlessness You feel,
You will
Come to know,
Only Love
Is real.

.
.

“Learn to see,
and then you’ll know
there is no end
to the new worlds of our vision.”
– Carlos Castaneda

Hill Country, here we come!

Trip 1

It is time for our Spring Adventure Trip, and we are headed to the TAPATIO SPRINGS RESORT (read more) nestled in the heart of Hill Country on 220 acres. We will breathe in the fresh country air, get inspired by big skies, swim, ride horses and perfect our golf swing. It’s all about fun and making memories. Tapatio Springs has awe – inspiring views, and experiences we have been craving.

trip 2

The itinerary is susceptible to change. Lunch and dinner will be additional expenses, but we ask all students to order from the children’s menu, which is reasonably priced.

We will gather at the school on MONDAY, May 18, between 5:00 and 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 good ones), etc.

Departure for the resort is at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19, from the McDonald’s Restaurant, at the corner of White Settlement Road & Clifford Street. Those planning to have breakfast should arrive early.

trip 3

We plan to return between 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Friday. We will call parents/guardians approximately 1-2 hours prior to our anticipated arrival. 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.

Our sincere gratitude to Gina Moreland for planning this wonderful experience. Thank you!

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

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Photos from the Anderson School production of
Twelfth Night
by William Shakespeare
performed at
Stage West Theater
and Directed by George X Rodriguez
May 4 & 5
2015

My sincere gratitude to Alexander Anderson for his kind assistance in filming and assisting with photographs and so many other needs. And my appreciation to Nick Meagher for video taping the play. Thanks to your efforts it will be made available for everyone to view soon. More still photos may be viewed next week on this weblog. And thank you Amy Oliver, kind as ever, for sharing the beautiful photos. We will continue to place these on this weblog.

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