* JEFF AND FREEDOM: A Circle of Healing – by Lois W. Stern

Freedom and Jeff have been together for over 13 years. She entered The Sarvey Wildlife Center as a tiny eaglet in 1998. Both her wings were broken, her left one in four places. Even after surgery, it didn’t open all the way and never healed completely. She’s Jeff’s baby.

When Freedom arrived, she could not stand, was emaciated and covered in lice. The Center staff made the decision to give her a chance at life, so Jeff took her to the vet’s office. From then on, they were a twosome, always together. They placed her in a huge dog carrier minus the top, loaded with shredded newspaper for her to lay in. Jeff used to sit and talk to her, urging her to live, to fight; and she would lay there looking up at him with those big brown eyes.

Freedom had to be fed by tube for the first 4-6 weeks, and even after that she still couldn’t stand. It got to the point where they made a decision: If she couldn’t stand in the next week, they would euthanize her. “You know you don’t want to cross that line between torture and rehab, and it looked like death was winning”, explained Jeff.

She was going to be put down that Friday, and Jeff was scheduled to come in to the Center  that prior afternoon. He found it difficult to push himself to make that dreaded trip to the Center on Thursday because he couldn’t bear the thought of her being euthanized. But he went anyway, and when he walked in, to his surprise everyone was grinning from ear to ear. He dashed back to Freedom’s cage; and there she was, . . .

This story continues in the Tales2Inspire ™


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Lois W. Stern is the author of two award winning books about different aspects of aesthetics (physical beauty): Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery and Tick Tock, Stop the Clock ~ Getting Pretty on Your Lunch Hour. Beyond those topics, Lois is committed to writing short stories to touch the soul – stories that she calls her inner beauty “tales”. Suspecting that many writers who don’t have a enough inspiring stories for an entire book, might  have one fabulous “tale”  to share, she set out to find out . By initiating the TALES2INSPIRE contest as an “authors helping authors” project, Lois hopes to provide authors with a platform for building their own fan base, with the opportunity to have their work published in a short story anthology.

Lois invites all  interested in either cutting edge physical beauty news and tips, her energy renewing, spirit uplifting stories, or both to visit her Facebook Page If you like what you see there, become a fan by clicking on the LIKE button at the top of the screen.

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About loiswstern

I was in education for just over 20 years when I unexpectedly pursued another passion and entered the world of authors and journalists. I have since published two non-fiction, full length books on different aspects of beauty, but also avidly endorse the confluence of Inner and Outer beauty. I have written feature articles for Long Island Beauty Guide and LI Woman, and have served as Editor-at-large for MakeMeHeal.com, the largest Internet site for plastic surgery and beauty needs. I enjoy researching what's new in the world of aesthetics & anti-aging and devote one of my blogs: www.FabulousBeautyBlog.wordpress.com to sharing cutting edge, hype-free information. I devote my second blog to my other passion: writing, collecting and sharing stories to warm the spirit and inspire the soul. To this end, I have created an 'Authors Helping Authors' project/contest, to create books for inspiration, the first of which is titled: Tales 2 Inspire ~ Beyond Coincidence. It is a jewel of a book, filled with inspiring stories and full color original photos and/or drawings. If you're a talented writer with one inspiring story to share, visit www.tales2inspire.com to learn how to participate. FREE to enter. All you need is the talent and perseverance to do so. Lots of positive platform building opportunities for the winners. Learn more at: www.tales2inspire.com.

Posted on March 6, 2012, in "Tales2Inspire Writer's Contest", Tales2Inspire, Tales2Inspire Contest, TALES2INSPIRE WRTERS CONTEST, Words to Inspire and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. A beautiful story! Barbara

  2. Brought tears to my eyes, thanks for sharing.

  3. Thank you Barbara. It touched me to so naturally, when I heard about it, I had to write this story.


  4. Christopher Joslyn

    Awesome story! I loved that second picture too. The whole thing was wonderful, just wonderful.


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