“Bald Eagle” sculpture by David Turner, Newport University, Newport News, VA, Author Tony Alter (CC BY-SA 2.0 Generic)
Eagles are powerful birds, capable of flying to heights of 15,000 feet or more. They can achieve speeds of 30-35 mph in flight. Adults have a seven foot wingspan. Fierce and strong, eagles are not afraid to share rising thermals with hang gliders.
The bald eagle was selected as the emblem of the United States in 1782 when the Great Seal was adopted. That a great nation would choose such a symbol is understandable. How we — who struggle with daily trials, large and small — might gain wings like those of eagles is more difficult to comprehend.
The car refuses to start the morning of a badly needed job interview. The children have outgrown their shoes again. Desperate for help, she sits on hold for an hour with some agency. He…
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