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A pile of feathers and bones …

The eagle (our bird symbol of freedom) has two wings – the right wing and the left wing. These wings are designed to keep the body of freedom flying high, on the straight and narrow, with a keen eye on the rats and venomous snakes. So it was – in the beginning.



Through the decades the left wing got lazy, wanted to be relaxed, enjoy the view and be hand-fed by man. At one point the right wing grew bigger and stronger because of the hard work caused by the left wing’s pleasures.




Mankind on Turtle Island always admired the eagle soaring, but soon noticed it flying lower, in a zig-zag pattern. Soon the eagle began flying in circles and the man grew tired and bored, no longer observing the magnificent bird flying in circles, going nowhere and losing altitude.

By this time man had to keep his eyes pointed down because the land became infested with rats and snakes. The snake smites the heel of man – and the rats have a feast of man – and the snakes have a banquet of rats. Soon the day is here when the eagle has fallen and all that remains is a pile of feathers and bones.

My point? The moral to my story? You need to figure that out for yourself …

S. J. Alger

Grass Valley


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