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Home Built Ultralight To Be Displayed At Wings & Wheels Fly-In

Home Built Ultralight To Be Displayed At Wings & Wheels Fly-In from Ashley Coffey on Vimeo. On June 11, 2016 Hensley Airpark in Chuckey, Tennessee will be hosting a “Wings & Wheels Fly-In.” The event will be showcasing airplanes, antique cars, and Mazda Miatas. There will be wine tastings, music, and food.   Tom Tschantz will be showcasing his homemade Model 3 Kitfox Tweety Bird ultralight airplane at the event. Tschantz has built three ultralights up to this point. “It’s a joy to fly, I’m telling you. It just jumps off the ground,” says Tschantz.   The event starts at 8:00am and will be open to the public.
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Veteran Volunteers To Defeat ISIS

Veteran Volunteers To Defeat ISIS from Ashley Coffey on Vimeo. Erwin Stran is an Iraq War veteran who went back to Iraq this past year in 2015, only this time it was on his own dime and on his own terms. He served in the Army National Guard prior to this past year when he decided that he wanted to volunteer to help defeat ISIS. He and a small group of volunteering men joined Peshmerga, which is the Iraqi-Kurdish military. Stran fought in Iraq for six months and in Syria for five months. Stran was never paid for his efforts, nor did he have the protection of the American military. After he came back from his first deployment and left the military he always wanted to go back. He struggled transitioning back into civilian life. Volunteering gave him the ability to go wherever he was needed in order to keep ISIS from taking innocent lives. There were no orders given to him, he would go wherever ISIS was located. Now it is not so easy for Americans to do what Erwin Stran did. The people who volunteer do not have the benefits that the military give to those who are enlisted. Any injury would be paid out of pocket. Those who do choose to volunteer have a sense of American pride that is demonstrated through their willingness to put themselves in harms way. Stran is currently writing a book about his experiences while in Syria and Iraq.
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Animal Reiki: Open Your Heart

“In Reiki there isn’t a dialogue… Reiki is about unification of hearts, there is no dialog, no words, there is just an opening of the heart and the animal joins you in that space.” - Kathleen Prasad

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The connection between animals and humans is an innate relationship that has existed since the beginning of creation. Humans have an opportunity to connect with animals on a compassionate level. Human beings have learned that animals can benefit from their own therapeutic energy. Reiki is a practice that opens up a space for compassion that leads to the benefits of healing energy that promotes natural restoration. Animal Reiki is the practice of essentially doing meditation with an animal and facilitating a compassionate space. Kathleen Prasad is an expert on the topic of animal Reiki. She has dedicated that last seventeen years of her life to the practice of Reiki, she had the opportunity to study with Frans Stiene, who is an expert in origins of Reiki, and is a living proof of the benefits of practicing Reiki. Prasad has written many articles and several books on the practice of animal Reiki. She has been featured on radio talk shows and Healing Quest that aired on PBS. Prasad says, Reiki teaches the most ultimate healing power we have is through compassion. True compassion is when we don’t judge; we don’t try to fix something that is wrong, we don’t define the animal by its problems or issues; we look deeper and see the animal as a bright light.”

The practice of animal Reiki has shown to have multiple healing capabilities through the openness and awareness that it promotes. Animals are able to release pent up energy and open up an avenue where healing can occur. These interactions of physical touch or distance healing can promote Reiki with animals that are suffering in finding balance or a healing space. “Even when you may sense things about the animal, about the energy, the goal in Reiki is that you let it go. So, you hold everything with an open hand,” says Prasad. She says that it is best to allow the animal to open up its own heart and feel the safety surrounding the connection between human and animal, “the best space for you to be in a Reiki treatment is quiet, and so when thoughts come up, you let them go.” FullSizeRender

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When animals recognize a human who practices a lifestyle that reflects Reiki, they are drawn to the human and want to connect on the level that the human is acting upon. The cat in the photos above has been known to hide from anyone other than her one constant human. Once her human started meditating with her she has become much more outgoing and friendly towards visitors, and now even sleeps with her owner. This compassionate connection between animal and human creates a healing environment for both participants. “Healing is about becoming whole its not about curing a physical or emotional problem its about a wholeness on a spiritual level,” says Kathleen. She says, “We can access that (healing) through meditation and animals are very sensitive so when we are in that space of meditation, openness, compassion, they feel it, so they come and they sit with us.” When asked about how humans are capable of promoting healing Prasad says, “It is more like we facilitate the animals to find their own strength through our compassion.” She goes on to say, “Reiki itself is a spiritual practice it has healing benefits but that’s not the purpose. The purpose is to open up that inner compassion you have, your true self. When we invite animals into this space, they help us go deeper because of who they are and they are healing all around.” Animal Reiki benefits both the human and animal involved by creating a space for love, light, and compassion. Through practice and an open heart, animal Reiki brings together two species that walk this earth together and share a common ground of understanding, compassion, and a safe place to find healing.
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Steve Fisher: The Man Who’s World Is In His Hangar

He could easily be described as the man who could never have enough airplanes. Once he builds one airplane he is already designing the next one. He was born on June 27, 1949 in Moline, Illinois. “I was happiest as a kid so I wanted to grow up doing nothing and playing” said Fisher. He worked for a company that constructed products used by NASA and the United States Air Force. As an engineer, he spent most of his life studying. In college, he was an aerospace engineering student. A professor that he looked up to with the most respect guided him towards furthering his dream, “I had an instructor, and he taught drafting classes. He instilled engineering in me.” His life has been guided by his love for physics and his obsession with engines and propulsion. “I don’t know that I specifically wanted to be a pilot when I was young, but I was always interested in building airplanes. As I got a little older that went over to wanting to be an engineer,” said Fisher. “I always worked with mechanical stuff when I was a kid. I was always interested in mechanisms and motors and cars and motorcycles.” Fisher lives in a small, gated community in Chuckey, Tennessee where a paved runway runs through the subdivision and airplanes are seen taxing down driveways and into the streets. FullSizeRender Along with Fisher’s love for airplanes and propulsion he treasures his family life. Paula, Steve’s wife, met him when he was 16, “We started talking, you know, how high school kids do, and I did give him my phone number.” She smiles and looks at Steve, “We just hit off. I finally met someone who looked pretty interesting. Plus, he was a lot of fun. We kind of looked at each other and knew.” Over the next several years they moved from place to place for his job. While he worked on engines used by NASA, they both continued building a family together. Steve reminisces while mentioning his father, “My dad, when I was young, I remember him building a couple model airplanes. I got into building model airplanes from then on for the rest of my life,” as Fisher glances towards his airplane that is currently being designed and crafted. “He was a contractor and to me he could build anything. If you wanted it he could build it. I was always amazed at how he could build stuff.” He puts a great amount of emphasis on continuous learning, trial and error, and community involvement – shared knowledge of learned experiences. FullSizeRender “I have played with some neat toys,” said Fisher. The East Tennessee community is lucky to have such a brilliant man flying over them in his home made airplanes.
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Kris Carlson plays live music for local nonprofit coffee shop

It felt like a big sing along with a bunch of friends.” - Angela Bride IMG_1005 January 22nd, 2016 - Kris Carlson is the worship leader at First Christian Church in Greeneville, Tennessee. Carlson said, “…I kind of ran from ministry, but in the end, God reached into my heart. I decided to use my gifts for worship ministry.” He was recently inspired to create an event where people from the community could come together to fellowship and enjoy live music. His mission for the event was to create an atmosphere where people would enjoy their Friday evening with friends and family. Attendees would also have the opportunity to indulge in freshly brewed coffee and scrumptious deserts provided by the nonprofit establishment started by First Christian Church, Catalyst Coffee Company. Attendees were invited to put in their own musical requests.   Catalyst Coffee Company is where Carlson performed his live musical appearance. He has done multiple performances at Catalyst. This time, he took requests from the people who came to listen, which built an atmosphere of connectivity between Carlson and his audience. An attendee, Angela Bride said, “A lot of the songs he had never performed before. He performed them on the spot. He is a musical genius when it comes to that kind of stuff.” In total, which Carlson blames mostly on the snowy conditions, 14 people were in attendance to see his performance. “I’ve been to a lot of concerts before at Catalyst but this one was very different because of the snow… We didn’t have a lot of people, but we eventually ended up with quite a few people there.” Carlson said, “The thing about Catalyst is that it is a ministry of our church, and the reason I did that [performance] the other night is because I knew there wasn’t a lot going on in town, people were snowed in… So, I took requests for two hours.” Not only did his performance distract people from the snowy weather, his music also boosted business for the café. IMG_1006 "All of it was cotemporary. He sang Billy Joel, James Taylor, basically anything anybody requested… He did a Michael Buble song. We would just come up with artists," said Bride. Photos by: Kris Carlson
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Make It Your Mission

Rachel Brathen, a world traveling yoga instructor, author, and spiritual mentor, is on a mission to raise money and spread awareness about what can be done to aid in the water crisis in the Playa Gigante community of Nicaragua. Right now a third of the population lives without the ability to have safe water to drink. She is making it her mission to breathe life into the relief effort that will bring clean drinking water to the region. She has invited people from around the world to join in on her mission and to make it their own. Throughout the mission trip, there will be time to explore and connect with people who have come together for the same purpose. Time will be spent meditating, practicing yoga, and working towards bringing clean water to the community. This memorable experience will lead to networking and broadening horizons for those who are leading a hand to the cause. Rachel Brathen and 109 World are partners in bringing this mission trip into existence. April 2, 2016 – April 7, 2016 will be the dates for the trip to Nicaragua. A cost of $2,950 includes daily meals and activities, housing, and round trip tickets. The experiences that come with this mission are priceless and will drive your passion to seek out ways to help mankind. “We believe that you have the power to change the world… The 109-day campaign peaks with a social mission trip where we bring people to the area in need to explore the culture, get insight into the problem the community is facing and also do hands-on work to actively make a change.” – Rachel Brathen For further information visit http://www.109world.com/water/ and contact info@109world.com.
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Wellbeing and Jewelry

Wearing jewelry is like a confidence boost that can be bought, comparable to tattoos in a certain respect. Rings, necklaces, bracelets carry a sense of commitment when wearing a piece. Although jewelry is minor to the commitment of tattoos, it can display a statement about what one thinks about their appearance and body image as a whole. It also can say a lot about what they think about, and how they cherish their health. Someone who covers their body in tattoos that are full of meaning and purpose, breathe life into their skin. A person who wears jewelry for the benefit of healthful practice displays a lifestyle of care for oneself. Specific types of stones and metals have been known for housing beneficial vibrations that are meant to heal the wearer; depending on the specific type of stone or metal. This webpage will display information regarding diverse ways of wearing jewelry that is beneficial to wellbeing.