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I wish to incite all Christians to rise up and take back the United States of America with all of God's manifold blessings. We want the free allowance of the Bible and prayers allowed again in schools, halls of justice, and all governing bodies. We don't seek a theocracy until Jesus returns to earth because all men are weak and power corrupts the very best of them.
We want to be a kinder and gentler people without slavery or condescension to any.

The world seems to be in a time of discontent among the populace. Christians should not fear. God is Love, shown best through Jesus Christ. God is still in control. All Glory to our Creator and to our God!

A favorite quote from my good friend, Jack Plymale, which I appreciate:

"Wars are planned by old men,in council rooms apart. They plan for greater armament, they map the battle chart, but: where sightless eyes stare out, beyond life's vanished joys, I've noticed,somehow, all the dead and mamed are hardly more than boys(Grantland Rice per our mutual friend, Sarah Rapp)."

Thanks Jack!

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Freedom, the Eagle and Jeff ... Thx Paul C!

This is the kind of story you need when it seems like the world is spiraling out of control. 
Not many people get a picture of this proud bird snuggled up next to them! 

Freedom and Jeff 
Freedom and I have been together 11 years this summer. 
She came in as a baby in 1998 with two broken wings. 
Her left wing doesn't open all the way even after surgery, 
it was broken in 4 places.  She's my baby. 

When Freedom came in, she could not stand and both wings were broken. 

She was emaciated and covered in lice. 
We made the decision to give her a chance at life, so I took her to the vet's office. 
From then on, I was always around her. 
We had her in a huge dog carrier with the top off, and it was loaded 
up with shredded newspaper for her to lay in. 

I used to sit and talk to her, urging her to live, to fight; 

and she would lay there looking at me with those big brown eyes. 
We also had to tube feed her for weeks. 
This went on for 4-6 weeks, and by then she still couldn't stand. 
It got to the point where the decision was made to euthanize 
her if she couldn't stand in a week. 
You know you don't want to cross that line between 
torture and rehab, and it looked like death was winning. 

She was going to be put down that Friday, and I was 

supposed to come in on that Thursdayafternoon. 
I didn't want to go to the center that Thursday
because I couldn't bear the thought of her being euthanized; 
but I went anyway, and when I walked in everyone was grinning from ear to ear. 
I went immediately back to her cage; 
and there she was, standing on her own, 
a big beautiful eagle. She was ready to live. 
I was just about in tears by then. 

That was a very good day. We knew she could never fly, 

so the director asked me to glove train her. 
I got her used to the glove, and then to jesses, 
and we started doing education programs for schools in western Washington. 
We wound up in the newspapers, radio (believe it or not) and some TV. 
Miracle Pets even did a show about us. 

In the spring of 2000, I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. 

I had stage 3, which is not good (one major organ plus everywhere), 
so I wound up doing 8 months of chemo. 
Lost the hair - the whole bit. I missed a lot of work. 

When I felt good enough, I would go to Sarvey 

and take Freedom out for walks. Freedom would also come to me 
in my dreams and help me fight the cancer. 
This happened time and time again. 

Fast forward to November 2000. The day after Thanksgiving, 

I went in for my last checkup. I was told that if the cancer 
was not all gone after 8 rounds of chemo, 
then my last option was a stem cell transplant. 
Anyway, they did the tests; and I had to come back 
Monday for the results. I went in Monday
and I was told that all the cancer was gone.

So the first thing I did was get up to Sarvey and take the big girl out for a walk. 
It was misty and cold. I went to her flight and jessed her up, 
and we went out front to the top of the hill. 
I hadn't said a word to Freedom, but somehow she knew. 
She looked at me and wrapped both her wings around me 
to where I could feel them pressing in on my back 
(I was engulfed in eagle wings), and she touched my nose with her beak 
and stared into my eyes, and we just stood there like that for I don't know how long. 

That was a magic moment. We have been soul mates ever 

since she came in. This is a very special bird. 

On a side note:  I have had people who were sick come 

up to us when we are out, and Freedom has some kind of hold on them. 
I once had a guy who was terminal come up to us and I let him hold her. 
His knees just about buckled and he swore he could feel 
her power course through his body. I have so many stories like that. 

I never forget the honor I have of being so close to such a magnificent spirit as Freedom!! 

Hope you enjoyed this! 


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