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On The Wings of that Angel

Updated on May 15, 2019
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

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Wings are Great

I am thinking about this. I understand the wind beneath my wings. And I get poor folks who fly too high and melt their wings. Perhaps I understand the notion of rise and fall but maybe not in the sense here. I have a buddy Bill that talks about helping writers spread their wings and fly. It helps me but maybe I just really like the guy so I look at what he tells me in a good light.

There is another folk I like. He refers to the Lantern of love in many ways. I call him Manatita as I think that is what he likes. He gives me some “light” under my wings. (double entendre meant) I have this cool guy I call Sean he lifts my wings up in encouragement. And I get spiritual nourishment from my sister Linda (again double entendre meant)

This love fest is not an accident. It is a result of all the love I get.

Years ago my first wife and I took in children. Family or strays. She was just that way. Still is, bless her soul. My bride of over a decade and a half does the same with workers she knows. We buy new kid’s stuff constantly as she give so much away. Why was my closet full yesterday and near empty today and I took those two closed bags to the charity place? My loved ones play tricks on me in order to lift others up. They take so much from me. They rob me. And they make me so much in love with giving.

My mom or dad never set me down and explained how wings and love work. But I think maybe, heck for sure my children and wives have. Maybe seeing a nest in a tree with parents caring for the babies did too. Maybe dogs and cats taught me about it too. As you know, we do not make abstract opines here. All I ever have known what to do is write facts. And hopefully tell a story or two that rings/wrings true with us together. Questions I write about are musings of a near old man. Perhaps I am well weathered with you.

Wind and wings? Angels wings and Eagle’s wings. Nope, sometimes I just do not know the difference. I would like to think that somehow, you do and can fill me in.

Just Kickyy Back and Get Into It

Party Time Dierker Style

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Hard to tell on those "toenails" claws.
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My Wife Really Lets Me Have So Much Fun

Just in January last I tracked a pair of owls. Generally they fall in love and mate for life. They actually cuddle with each other and their babes. A strange Genius or 20. They actually do like humans and “make love” as a sign of loving. We ain’t so unique.

But you track an owl by two things. Likely nest spots and their scat. Do not freak out. The study of animal scatology is a way of life in the wilderness. A coyote’s may tell us where edible berries are and the Owls “pellets” will tell you where the owl has been, meaning where food sources are. OK don’t freak out. Although quite alright for food in certain ways. I do not eat poop. As a general rule.

Did you know that in order to sneak up on a critter – even a Moose or Polar bear you need to eat pretty close to what they eat? Like in Asia if you want to sneak up on an enemy you had best eat rice and fish sauce and bathe in a canal. Meat eaters odor can be smelled miles away. Who would even think of such stuff except a weirdo like me? Crawling ten feet in one hour is a trip of meditation and oneness with earth.

Now we think of the wind. Yes the wind carries your odor. But the earth carries only so far as your body. Or should we say that the wind carries you high above and the earth grounds you. You get to think about such stuff covered with dirt tracking a snake. Surely too much information. When will Eric get home for dinner? Maybe after we have gone to bed son.

Once again back to the wind beneath our wings. Sometimes just a small dust devil, filled with earth and constant movement. Nothing you can catch but back again to tracking. It erases odor.

My wonderful lady which is beyond my imagination of love is the wind underneath my wings. Trouble is I rely on the updraft. When she is down I fall to the earth which is not where I do well. “Earth maybe” but not the world. I need the wind to stay afloat on currents of air that lift me up. I cannot soar without wind underneath my wings. Not my call of right or wrong. I hope you decide for yourself.

Mount Helena comes to mind. Do not ask me why. The Columbia Gorge comes to mind. Get understanding elsewhere and hopefully from within.

Yuk. But Now I Love Them and My Boy Says "Oh Boy".

Startting Summer Garden Yesterday - Hooray
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So Lock Me Up I Was First Chair and Love Orchestras

My Elder Brother Said - Boy You Ain't Going Nowhere

I just love rambling but here in the hand I must plant my feet on solid ground. My son and I hug every day. We do a touchy feely love thing. About my half of cup of coffee and his groggy just brushed his teeth. We just sway back and forth. We are tethered to the earth and to each other. And yet when it gets us grounded it also lifts us up with wind beneath our wings for hopefully our full day.

Maybe we should talk about that. Or maybe we should not. Since about ’95 I tend to the side of “shut up Eric”. I hope a tiny nudge may open some dialogue. “Shoot the ball boy”. We have a mile to walk home today. I wonder what wind my son will put beneath my wings.

Please just carry me home son.

We were wondering about “raising”, good idea. Thank you. No not for me or mine except in some ways they are mine I do figure. There is something in the wind here. We feel love from all over. When you lift up another you lift up the Dierkers even if we do not know about it. Or maybe inside we do.

May I digress for a wonderful moment. Sure it may be just fine that you read my stuff at your leisure. I think we like each other. But slow a bit and think about how it would be to live with such a man. No there are practical things that just fly like a hawk over my head. Such as matters as a mud clod on the floor and I do not “disturb” it. My magnifying glass show life. That cannot be right but I am trying to move such things safely outside. In the here and now I cause more aggravation than is appropriate.

So my good lady turns to my good elder son. And we work through it so I can be a better man. Neigh on I am twice the age, yet he keeps teaching me and reminds me to love more and think less. What wind beneath my wings and how precious my wife cares enough to reach out in a positive manner.

Can you even imagine living with a husband with cancer? How about one who reads scripture for hours a day and cross pollinates plants by hand. The lady goes to sleep at night and wakes up in the morn. Sorry not me.

The only thing that keeps me sailing are those that blow the wind under my sails and wings. God bless to all of you.

If Ya'll Can't whistle, Drop By My Boy and I For Lessons.


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Tim I am in queer tears this morning. I can lift my wife all the way up with my right hand. We had a row last night. And this morn she interrupted my work and told me to lift her up as she giggled and rubbed her eyes awake.

      God is crazy. Why so much love?!

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      Tim Truzy 

      2 years ago from U.S.A.


      You provide a loving wind that allows us to spread our wings and fly like jets delivering the message of love. You are a gentle breeze, an uplifting draft of air for us who want to be servants of love. Truly, you carry His Word in your heart because it comes through in your writing.

      Respect and admiration,


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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sean we are having a tough one here. Go support that son or go support that one. Bike riding or a huge Table Tennis tournament. The pro or the one to be.

      Love gives us options unimaginable. Right on -- the tickles and giggles and football tonight is going to be great.

      Mom will have hands on hips and ice to cure.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      2 years ago from Greece, Almyros

      You are a wind of Love under our wings, for many of us, my dear brother! You give Light and Light is coming back to you, because that's the way the Universe works! Gratitude!

      I am blessed growing in Love with you!


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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks much Jason -- I have a lot of fun activities but that is my favorite.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Chitrangada, Thank you. Boost really is a good word here. In fact a booster rocket is perfect here. (hey that analogy maybe worth a whole article)

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      Jason Behm 

      2 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      You are truly an ambassador of love!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby I must have read your comment wrong. You suggested I was "strange sometimes". Gabe told me last night that I was totally strange. Why? Because you think you know everything and you kind of do. See I can trick the smartest of children.

      Your way of relating your pain and loss touches my heart. I could palpably feel it. You are very special to me.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Those pictures of the kids are adorable.

      A wonderful article, as always. My family and friends provide me the much needed boost, whenever I need it the most. I might call it the wings, as you say.

      Thanks for sharing another of your wonderful article.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      You know Eric, I used to cry every time I heard 'Wind Beneath My Wings' because of my sister Bea. She was the wind beneath my wings. She practically raised me and she had a son my age. When she died it hurt so bad and still does. I love the picture you took of the family. Gabe is so cute, no wonder you love teaching him, and I love reading your thoughts, strange at times, but that's you and I wouldn't have it any other way....

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda, i am just so pleased that you "go after it". I am shivering. Two warm towels. It was raining hard so I strapped on my boots. Got to climbing a nearby hill. We must train with pack in muck and wind and cold. (don't tell my doc. I am supposedly still on easy rest ;-)

      But for my world going after that "nasty" weather is how we get prepared for it. Facing a bold wind is everything when we love God.

      Thanks so much but I have to take a hot shower hihihi

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana it is raining down this desert way. I just got off the phone with my law partner of the '80's, he is now a high Superior Court Judge. An administer of Justice. "Dierker I am sick of this S..... " Me "ya buddy me too" Him "what the heck are you tired of? You just run around talking to God and chasing butterflies". Me "I have to put up with normal people like you".

      Just a laugh and sharing lifted us both up. Maybe he can now make a better ruling. I know he reminded me to make a better rule for my day.

      I pick up that phone :-)

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mary you make me "puff up my chest" in a pride in loving and knowing you. You remind me to not just talk the talk but to walk the walk. You are not just peace's, peace is yours.

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      Linda Lum 

      2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, here's something to think about. Actually I'm going to turn your thesis upside down and inside out. Birds do not fly with the wind. They are lifted by a gentle breeze, an almost imperceptible movement.

      And that is how I feel about God's love and the love we share with one another. It's not a dramatic storm. Do you remember this story about Elijah in the Bible?

      “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

      God speaks to us in a whisper, a gentle breeze. Why? Because He is near, just a step away. He is close to us, and we are all close in heart to each other.

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      Dana Tate 

      2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      When we go through something we recognize who are the true --Wind beneath our wings-- Those who lift us up when we don't have the energy to lift ourselves.

      I don't think I ever loved my family more when I couldn't hold myself up and they did it for me.


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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      2 years ago from Washington DC

      That's what I enjoy most about being here on Hubpages, Eric, all of the wind that lifts me up by my wings. Our, yours and my, arguments lifts me because it require deep inner searching for an answer to reply with. Any cause for me to seek within puts wind beneath my wings.

      Thanks for sharing it.

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      Mary Norton 

      2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Eric, I just went through living with my husband who had cancer. With love, nothing is difficult.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill this is going to sound really weird but when I was diagnosed in the mid '90's with stage 4 it freed me up. Does just the right this or that matter anymore?

      Only love!

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I have a writer friend in Florida....Patti...her family has been, and is being decimated, by cancer...young and old...ugliness personified....and she ends every note to me by sending love and hugs on the wings of an angel. It is a timeless gift and it touches me greatly each time.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.


      John Hansen just wrote a piece - wonderful. It referenced a candle. It reminded me that a candle needs some air flow to burn right. But too much and it is blown out.

      Butterflies are a great reference. Our migration of Monarchs is happening now and it is so great to see.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Pamela. We are going through a rough patch around here. So I double up on spiritual.

      2 Cor 6:4 We are not defeated by adversity but strengthened by it. No the verse doe not say that but that is my takeaway for today.

      So God sends you to me. Enough said.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Venkatachari. I was thinking about you just the other day. My mind/feelings work somehow.

      I hope all is well it was uneasy.

      Your kindness and wisdom always lift me up.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      2 years ago from Dubai

      Wings are great but without the wind we are rooted to the ground unable to fly. The unconditional love of near and dear ones is the one strong wind beneath my wings. Great photos, the little ones all look so cute and adorable.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      God bless you Eric for giving us so much to think about. Friends and family can give you the wind beneath your wings, but also the Lord gives us that wind. You read scripture daily, and you said "love more and think less." I surely agree. I might also apply that to listen more and talk less. Hug more to love more also. I really enjoyed reading this article my friend.

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      Venkatachari M 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Many good things here to know from you, Eric. I like your style of narrating all these feelings and activities from your day-to-day lives. You mentioned some lovely friends of us providing the wings and light needed for our lives. Wish you more happiness and love to share with us.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John you are the best. I fell down this morning but got up for a great water fight including get some six gun from cheap store. I won, OK he won.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Gondwana Land

      Eric, you mentioned some other great people here who provide the wind beneath your wings and lift you up. Well you do that for the rest of us. Your family and yourself provide so many important life lessons that we do well to heed. You did almost lose me a couple of times jumping between “the wind beneath our wings” and tracking critters by their poop lol, but I enjoyed the hike. Say hi to Gabe for me. P.s. those Summer veggies look great, and could taste even bettter.


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