In 1976, when I was a little English girl, my family came to America. We embarked upon an epic journey through my mother and father’s hard work, and because my Dad was inspired by John Denver. John’s inspiring lyricism and passionate music moved Dad so much, he was compelled to relocate his family to the country where such passion and creativity were possible… the country that was John’s muse and inspiration.
Thank you to my parents for their vision and the dramatic actions they took to relocate my brother and I and to bring us to this beautiful country.
I am deeply grateful for the blessings America affords me– and now my own children. I am thankful to have a marriage founded in love and equality, that together we can raise our children with little fear of violence or persecution. I am grateful for the opportunity to create a sacred business, and to experience the beauty of this sacred and abundant land.
I am so so so blessed. And I am so so so grateful. As I think of our country’s history, I am aware I have incurred debts I shall never be able to repay.
In honor of the New America’s birthday weekend, here is a music video and lyrics to John Denver’s “The Eagle and the Hawk”.
Let’s never forget that we all can fly, and that each of us has the power and the potential to be greater–more loving–more kind–more giving–more healing–than we are.
The Eagle and the Hawk by John Denver (lyrics)
“I am the eagle, I live in high country in rocky cathedrals that reach to the sky.
I am the hawk, and there’s blood on my feathers.
But time is still turning, they soon will be dry.
And all those who see me, and all who believe in me
share in the freedom I feel when I fly.
Come dance with the west wind and touch on the mountain tops.
Sail o’er the canyons and up to the stars.
And reach for the heavens and hope for the future
and all that we can be, and not what we are. ” ~John Denver