Freedom and Jeff

Skip your eye drops this morning and read this instead.

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

Returned Favour…

All eyes were on the radiant bride as her father escorted her down
the aisle. They reached the altar and the waiting groom.

The bride kissed her father and placed something in his hand.

The guests in the front pews responded with ripples of laughter.

Even the priest smiled broadly.     As her father gave her away in
marriage, the bride gave him back his credit card.

Jean’s “Down to Earth” feature in GreenSpirit

GreenSpirit Winter 2016 (article featuring Jean Francis)

An article by OneSpirit minister Jean Francis, featured in the Winter edition of GreenSpirit magazine 2016, highlights the benefits of planning one’s funeral well in advance. It includes the moving case study of a man who planned his own funeral to reflect his love of Nature, Goddess spirituality and Native American culture. Read the full article here or click the images (Acrobat PDF format, 4MB).Green Spirit Winter Edition

A Ceremony to Honour Later Life in Horsham District

Horsham Circle of Life Festival, Opening Celebration -May 28th

It was at a meeting at the Drill Hall last autumn that the then, chairman of Age UK Horsham, Denis Cummins asked the question: ‘Has anyone got any ideas as to how we can ‘Celebrate Later Life in Horsham District?’ I put my hand up and the opening ceremony for Horsham Circle of Life Festival was the result. The week-long Festival was opened by Cllr. Kate Rowbottom and the afternoon included music, song and story-telling to feed the soul, also the following ceremony, led by Jean Francis – OneSpirit Interfaith minister.

‘Today, we are gathered, to honour and acknowledge ‘Later Life in Horsham District.’ I would like to recall some of the pearls of wisdom that have been shared with me, while collecting ideas for this ceremony.

 

I Googled:  ‘What is an elder’ and the answer came up: ‘An elder is someone who has earned respect from their community for their wisdom and knowledge.’

 

‘Most elders within our community will have experienced Continue reading

A Wedding Blessing that includes a Water Ritual

 

It was my privilege recently to officiate at a wedding blessing ceremony for a young couple. I have know Sally, the bride since she was a little girl, now here she was a beautiful young woman.

 

Sally and Tim were married in Santorini, with views of the caldera, the Mediterranean Sea and the setting sun, surrounded by loved ones. On their return the couple held a party for their relatives and many friends. Continue reading

Rock ‘n’ Roll Cream Tea

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Scones and Cream

Saturday June 4th
3 pm – 5.30 pm

Horsham Circle of Life, closing celebration, includes a healing ceremony led by Anthea Ballam, with Judith Silver and the harmonious tones of Companion Voices. An opportunity for those touched by loss, to remember loved ones during a candle lighting ceremony and celebrate LIFE.
The week-long Festival culminates on a high with a pop / rock set as Chilli Custard presents Razia and Friends.
Proceeds from the raffle will be donated to Cancer Research UK.

Venue: The Drill Hall, Denne Road, Horsham, RH12 1JF.
Tickets: £12.50 available at the door – includes tea, scones, jam and cream.

Kid’s Green Play and Display

Friday June 3rd.

A fun filled afternoon for children, led by BBC Community Heroes 2015 award winner Carrie Cort from Sussex Green Living, which aims to educate and inspire children about the value of waste resources. Activities include:

  • Guinness Book of Records challenge
  • Meet recycled robots: Landfill Larry, Ronny the Recycled Robot.
  • Do the recycling race – Battle of the Eco Warriors!
  • Children and adults will have fun with a fashion display of upcycled clothes, accessories and bags made out of what some people call rubbish!
  • Bring unwanted DVDs, CDs and books to our Swap Shop, bring one and take one
  • Ron from the WSCC Waste Prevention team will play his guitar and sing ‘rubbish songs’.
  • Lyn Baylis will lead a short ceremony
  • Bring along a picnic and make an afternoon of it.
  • Children must be accompanied

Venue: Human Nature Garden, Horsham Park RH12 1RL or Park Barn if wet.

FREE half term entertainment for the family!

Horsham Circle of Life Festival 2016

In and around Horsham: Saturday May 28 – Saturday June 4

The Healing Power of Sound

Thursday 2nd June – 7 pm – 8.30 pm

Sound has many healing properties. Join us to experience the benefits and delight in listening to music on a deep and healing level with Christopher Snelling.

Be bathed by the unique combination of sounds played by Gillian Ellis, on crystal bowls, gongs and a selection of musical instruments.

Listen and feel the resonance of organ music and complete the experience to further demonstrate the value and beauty of sound, embodied in this empowering way.

Venue: Unitarian & Free Christian Church, Worthing Rd, Horsham RH12 1SL

Tea and Coffee

Donations towards costs appreciated.

Life Beyond Death

There is no death ~ only Life!) –Workshop with Martin Nathanael

Thursday 2nd June 2016 –10.30 am – 3.30 pm

The Near-Death Experience

Martin draws on is his own personal near-death encounters as well as presenting some of the findings of recent research. These confirm the validity of ancient teachings about the soul’s journey into wholeness.

 The Stages of Transition from this world into the subtle dimensions of life.

 The Stages in Taking Birth influences which govern the circumstances

into which we are born

Three bodies – physical, subtle and spiritual.

Most people are only ever aware of their physical body

 Meditation – enables us to access our undying nature, the eternal Self,

which is not born and does not die.

Horsham Park Barn, Horsham RH12 1RH

Tea and coffee provided (Please bring a packed lunch

or eat at the Conservatory Café, which is next door).

Donations towards cost of the hall hire appreciated.

Horsham Circle of Life Festival 2016    In and around Horsham: Saturday May 28 – Saturday June 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Half term entertainment for teenagers

Wednesday June 1st2 pm 4 pm

Teenage Textile Creations – Upcycling Workshop

This workshop is a great opportunity for teenagers to exercise their imagination and creative skills whilst learning the art of textile upcycling. During the session we will discover the power of our own uniqueness and dispel the myth that beauty is purchased through fashion. This workshop is run by Carrie from Sussex Green Living and helpers.

Venue: Park Barn, North Street, Horsham RH12 1LR.

Tickets are limited: £5.00 –  to book or enquire  email Carrie: cort@sussexgreenliving.co.uk.

Horsham Circle of Life Festival 2016    In and around Horsham: Saturday May 28 – Saturday June 4