Posts Tagged ‘FREEDOM’

Before you read, please have a look at these three photo links. They are photos of Freedom and Jeff:

1. Affection of Freedom and Jeff by catsbow on flickr.

Freedom and Jeff By —=.O.=— n777jc —=.O.=— on flickr.

Jeff and Freedom by artistgal on flickr.

The Story of Freedom and Jeff

Freedom is a female American Bald Eagle that came to the Sarvey Wildlife Center in Arlington, Washington in 1998 as a baby. Jeff was working at the center when she arrived. She was unable to stand, with both wings broken, covered in lice, and emaciated.

Jeff took her to a vet in a converted dog carrier. She had surgery on one wing, that was broken in four places. She cannot extend that wing, and could not be released back into the wild. Jeff was always around her. He says:

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.

After more than a month of tube feedings, Freedom still could not stand, and the center made a decision to euthanize her if she could not stand in a week. Jeff did not want to go to work on the Thursday before they would euthanize her on Friday, but he went anyway. The center was all grins. Jeff went immediately to Freedom’s cage, and she was standing. She had decided to fight.

The center director asked Jeff to glove train Freedom and to get her used to the jesses used in falconry. They began to do educational sessions and appeared on TV and radio shows.

In the Spring of 2000, Jeff was diagnosed with stage 3 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He went through eight months of chemo and lost his hair. During this time, he visited Sarvey, to take Freedom for walks. He says,

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.

In November of that year, Jeff was told that if the blood cancer was not gone after eight rounds of chemo, the last resort would be stem cell transplant. They did the tests, and they notified Jeff on a Monday that the cancer was gone. The first thing he did was to visit Freedom at Sarvey:

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.

Jeff explains that when he is out with Freedom they are sometimes approached by people who are sick, and she has a powerful healing “hold” on them. A man who was terminal held her and his knees nearly buckled.The man swore to feel her power course through his body. Jeff and Freedom have had many similar experiences.

Jeff says, “I never forget the honor I have of being so close
to such a magnificent spirit as

Jeff and Freedom have been together all these years, and if you look at the beautiful photos, you can see that they are bonded together emotionally and spiritually.

This post is written by Masoninblue. I took the photos.

(h/t to Wendy Davis for her idea to use Janis Joplin’s outstanding version of Me and Bobby McGee by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster)

Crane-Station and I went scrappin’ this Sunday morning. We pulled up and parked next to a longbox in a small neighborhood shopping center where several men were tearing down the interior of a former store, now shuttered. The longbox was almost full of ripped out drywall, heating and cooling ducts, and lots of metal, most of it buried. We were going to have to work hard to liberate it.

Mason investigates.
Mason Investigates Looking For Clues

Drywall on Metal
Mason Finds Clues

We asked the men if we could get in the longbox and take the metal. The apparent foreman said, “Sure, we’ve been letting scrappers take it. Makes our job easier. Help yourself.”
So, we did.

Our first find was a section of chain-link fencing with three posts partially encased in concrete footings. As we struggled to lift the posts and the fencing out of the longbox, one of the men suddenly appeared with an electric band saw and cut the posts above the footings.

“This ought to make it easier,” he said.

He was right.

About an hour later when the temperature started heating up and we were pouring sweat trying to free a large heating duct, he suddenly peaked over the top of the longbox.

“Thought you might be getting thirsty, so I brought you some water.”

He produced two bottles of chilled water that we gratefully accepted.

That was the sweetest water we have tasted in a long time.

The crew stopped and said goodbye a little later.

He was a stranger and did not have to do anything to help us.

I have given up everything of value that I had and now that I have nothing, I find that I have everything I need.

I love the freedom that comes from not having stuff.

I enjoy the peace of not wanting.

Life is about being a part of something bigger, not about winning or losing a competition.

Life is about knowing who you are in relation to the One and to the universe the One created.

Life is about knowing your fundamental values and principles and living those values and principles every day.

Life is about respecting, protecting, and healing Gaia and all that she is.

Life is about empathizing and caring about others.

Life is about lending a hand.

The load
The load in the back of our truck.

Love is the most powerful force in the universe because it does not take anything from others or diminish them in any respect. Unconditional love is giving for the sake of giving without any expectation of receiving anything in return.

Selfishness, on the other hand, is a black hole that gathers everything unto itself and never gives away anything without strings attached. Selfishness creates resentment and a desire to get even or hurt others.

Love creates a desire to be of service to others and to love others. It creates joy and inspires love in return. Like ripples on the surface of a pond, it will travel to the end of the universe and back.

Selfishness can never triumph completely over love because the joy and happiness of loving and being loved unconditionally by others always surpasses the misery and loneliness that selfishness invariably produces.

Free yourself from the obligations of property and the expectations of others.


In the same way when you see a flower in a field, it’s really the whole field that is flowering because the flower could not exist in that particular place without the special surroundings in the field that it has. You only find flowers in surroundings that will support them. So, in the same way you only find human beings on a planet of this kind with an atmosphere of this kind, with a temperature of this kind supplied by a convenient neighboring star.

Alan Watts

(h/t to Edger for providing the Alan Watts video where I got the quote)

Cross-Posted at my blog and the Smirking Chimp.