Share what you are celebrating! You are invited to a special celebration here in sanctuary this Saturday evening. We’re celebrating that we’re approaching the one year mark of Sherry being down in oncology for surgery, and the concert here this Saturday is in many ways a celebration of life (if that expression can kindly lend itself to this phrasing). This time last year, in the days leading up to surgery, and in the healing months after, Sherry set up a private sanctuary for herself within sanctuary here — and whenever I’d go check on her, the album “Spirit Songs” was playing by @mapstonemusic . Beautiful, gentle songs about eternal life, enduring love, growing spirit and journeying home. Songs of Earth, family, peace, and gratitude. These songs come to life this Saturday, here in sanctuary at Piebird.
For those of you who have been to the Piebird Picnic in recent years, or who danced with us on the lawn Parliament Hill this Summer, you’re familiar with the soul-enriching, roots-dancing music of Mapstone. The rest of the band is already back home in Australia after a cross-Canada tour, and before Chris departs he’s coming up to play a small intimate show here at Piebird, solo, playing songs off a different album than maybe you’ve heard here before, playing “Spirit Songs.” A ceremony of song. Filling the Piebird house with the loving grace of these songs live will be a magical experience for all. The breath of life itself.
In this picture, Sherry is doing her sunrise recovery stretches this morning with Laura. Laura is named after Dr.Laura, the loving health-care healer who was Sherry’s surgeon. While down in her recovery bed Sherry was still running so much of the sanctuary and lined up Laura’s liberation the day before her turkey-peers went off. I remember bringing juice up to Sherry a few days into her recovery and she asked, “do you think you could handle a new intake on your own?” I drove to the farm early one morning and returned with turkey-friend Laura, listening to Chris Mapstone’s “Spirit Songs” the whole way — the chorus, "life sweet life, won’t you come share it with me,” echoing so much more than I can put words to words. (Continued in comments)