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Linda WilcoxYour very welcome Ce, was quite the experience!! Lol12 hours ago
Dorothy MolesNice video, I enjoy seeing the flickers, I haven't had any trouble of them pecking on my house but they have some holes under edge of a big rock in my yard looking for bugs.11 hours ago
Diane McPhersonMaybe doing a mating thing.10 hours ago
Trudy Jean BrooksCute, They come in to the yard and make large holes looking for bugs too.9 hours ago
Barbara Mae McCombLooked like a little mating dance. Very cute.9 hours ago
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Lenora MillerVery pretty! Thank you3 hours ago

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Can you positively identify this beautiful raptor? Check out the video and let us know what you think: www.daysatdunrovin.com/2015/01/25/birds-who-is-this-beautiful-raptor/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Carrie LabenHere's a hint - this one is an accipiter - check out the eye.1 day ago   ·  2
SuzAnne MillerSo Carrie Laben You would say that it is a sharp shinned hawk?1 day ago
Gail BowlerI was guessing Sharp Shinned from your close ups the other day....According to AAB the Sharp has thinner legs and less defined neck.......http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Sharp-shinned_Hawk/id1 day ago   ·  1
Melinda ThemmSeems more sharp-shinned to me....did not get a good look at the tail.1 day ago
Mary Williamswith the white markings on the back and the pattern on the front with the lighter area above the eye, I think Sharp-shinned Hawk1 day ago
Sandra Alexander-GrimesSharp-shinned?1 day ago
Billy TurnerI vote for sharp-shinned. Let me know who mins.:-)1 day ago

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Barbara Mae McCombClimb up, fly down.2 days ago   ·  1
Hope MayerAwesome!2 days ago

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Meet the Guests: Shigeko Sasamori

Posted on December 21, 2014 by DunrovinSuzAnne in Community, People
Sasmori with Steve-Teal

Surviving

Written by Danielle Lattuga

The simple act of running one’s fingers through one’s hair rarely prompts a person to reflect on their purpose in life. It’s not about being an insensitive person, but more about the relatively unconscious acts that accompany us, as we tackle seemingly “larger” and more challenging tasks. Even if we are new to horseback riding, we are less likely to think about how a reign feels in our fingers and more about how we are going to stay on the horse. But, we notice the blue sky and that beauty is reflected in the expression of our faces when we comment on it to our friends, co-workers, or even strangers.

Shigeko Sasamori was 13 years old when she went to work as a student cleaning and “fire-scaping” the streets in Hiroshima City, Japan. She remembers the beautiful blue sky, on her first morning, and the shining silver plane flying overhead. Then there were “white things coming down” and a tremendous pressure that knocked her to the ground.

She came to, in pitch black and silence, “It was just like a dead city,” she has said.

She’d survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, by the sheer luck of the draw. Her mother had given her a new pair of pants to wear for work, and she was wearing them under her old pair, to protect them. The pants ended up protecting her, by providing enough layers to prevent her legs from being severely burned by the heat ray of the bomb. All around her, there were people with no clothing, just skin hanging off, and their hair had been burned to ash.

“I’ve never been to hell, but if there is a hell, (it is) probably like that.”

Slowly, her senses returned to her, and she heard a baby crying, and felt pain and euphoria, intermittently, as her body went through the shock. For five days in the searing hot summer of Japan, she survived with no food and water, speaking her name and address over and over, and asking for water, whenever someone was near. Finally, someone heard her, went to the vicinity of her home, and helped to reunite her with her parents. They repeatedly rubbed her burned body with cooking oil, and she survived.

Ten years later, she was chosen as one of 25 “Hiroshima Maidens,” who were brought to the United States for reconstructive surgery. Because her legs had not been burned, she had healthy skin to use for skin grafts on her upper body and face.

Shigeko does not show expression in her face the way most people do, and her hands were damaged enough that she has limited mobility in her fingers. Yet, she is able to convey the power of singular moments with great emotion and clarity. She describes the world on very sensual terms and in a vivacious manner, even when she is narrating the tragedy that defined so much of her life and that of others around her.

Shigeko Sasamori visited Montana in August of 2008. She was part of a group of atomic bomb survivors touring the United States with Steven Leeper, the first non-Japanese head of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation. The foundation administers a museum that explains the consequences and horrors of atomic and nuclear weapons. Leeper also lobbies for an international ban on all nukes called the Hiroshima-Hiroshima Protocol. Sasamori serves as the C.E.O. of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Peace Projects, L.L.C. She gave a talk to a capacity crowd at the University of Montana Student Center.

Then, she went for a horseback ride. Leeper and his wife Elizabeth were staying with his brother and sister-in-law, Sterling and SuzAnne Miller, during the group’s visit to Missoula. When Shigeko got wind of the fact that they were staying at Dunrovin Equestrian Ranch, she told Steve that she had always wanted to ride a horse. She was 78 at the time.

Miller willingly saddled up her pony, Cool Dude, because his size and demeanor would best suit an elderly petite woman, who wouldn’t be able to grasp the reigns very well. Then she gently walked the pony around the ring. Shigeko’s eyes smiled with a brilliance that Miller remembers vividly.

After several trips around the arena, Sasamori exclaimed, “Faster, I want to go faster!”

Miller began to run, with Cool Dude and Shigeko in tow, but still, it wasn’t fast enough. Sasamori repeated herself, “Faster, I want to go faster!”

Miller told her, “My legs can’t keep up. You will have to ride on your own.”

“After a few short instructions, I twined the reins through her deformed hands, and told her to give him a gentle kick. Off she went at a trot, then a soft canter. She was in heaven. We had to pry her off the horse, because we were going to be late for a dinner engagement with city dignitaries. She dismounted and when I showed her our garden, she said to me, “I love to cook vegetables. I am a good Japanese cook. I come cook for you and ride horses.””

Miller was moved by Sasamori’s spiritedness, “I could not help but think about what those eyes had seen in her remarkable life and how she chose to find joy and happiness in life, in spite of all that she had been through. Her experiences did not harden her to the world – but seemed to make everything sweeter for her.”

Sasamori continues to work towards a world free of atomic threats. SuzAnne Miller continues to bring horses into the lives of those who need it most. And perhaps there is one more person in the world, who savors the feeling of soft hair between their fingers and blue sky overhead, with grander passion and greater intent.
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Melissa AdamsYou have to read the whole story....but I warn you...have some kleenex handy....3 days ago
Bálintné UgraiYou read it. Very touching story. And instructive. Thank you!3 days ago
Sandra Alexander-GrimesNice story.2 days ago
Debbie Davis HurstIncredible!!2 days ago

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Bálintné UgraiBeautiful. I'd like that. place to live. Horses. field, river, forest, freedom. This is a miracle.3 days ago   ·  1
Linda Kamalani McIntyreI lived there once only it was called Montana. :-)2 days ago   ·  2
Peggy Bravoawesome!!!2 days ago   ·  1
Lenora MillerLove this so much I have to share!Thank you....I wish I knew the words of the song!2 days ago   ·  2

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Sandra Alexander-GrimesAmazing closeup.3 days ago

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Celia Ospreywowwow!!!3 days ago
Linda WilcoxStunning!!3 days ago
Janet BrashLook at those feet...3 days ago
Bálintné UgraiVery nice.3 days ago

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our maryb is a kingfisher lover, she shared this today :D
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Cheri Gainescute :)4 days ago

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what a totally good bird talk tonight!! we learned so much about owls and especially the barred owl and a few other things along the way here is a video of a barred owlet 'branching'. they do not fly for another month after leaving the nest youtu.be/hUQoRyZSxOQ ... See MoreSee Less

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Sandra Alexander-GrimesWonderful.4 days ago
Celia Ospreythank you suz, i forget to check over there4 days ago

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We heard a new bird trill during this morning's beautiful sunrise. Can you identify the bird? www.facebook.com/groups/daysatdunrovin/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Sandra Alexander-GrimesBeautiful pic.4 days ago

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Bálintné UgraiThis video is really like. I do not get tired. It's so sweet.4 days ago   ·  1
Celia Ospreyand mama can count! patient lady! thanks linda love it!!4 days ago   ·  2
Pat AlamI would have helped them. That's just me!4 days ago   ·  2
Sandra Alexander-GrimesMama waited for all.4 days ago   ·  1

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todays bird chat is OWLS ,presented by our biology professor. 5:30 montana time :D ... See MoreSee Less

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Just RomieSuper - thanks for the reminder!5 days ago   ·  1
Christina WolfeThanks ce. I'll be there.5 days ago   ·  1
Bálintné UgraiI look at it when you can see.5 days ago   ·  1
Celia Ospreyi will help you ancsa :)4 days ago   ·  1
Bálintné Ugraithank you4 days ago
Bálintné UgraiI can not wait for the dawn of time .Magyar three parties. I'm sorry but I'm tired .Good show you.4 days ago   ·  1
Bálintné UgraiThe sooner bad translation. Maybe it's better. HERE IS THE 5 .30 = 2.30 dawn: Ancsa tired. Have fun.4 days ago
Celia Ospreyoh,no!! that is so late for you :(4 days ago   ·  1

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earlier today we had a coopers hawk visit. then this afternoon a merlin (2 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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Today the chatters spoke of owls - and here is a great video about our owls in Montana! ... See MoreSee Less

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Celia Ospreyoh,very nice,suz!!!5 days ago
Bálintné UgraiThank you for this great video Suze4 days ago   ·  1
Sandra Alexander-GrimesGreat video.4 days ago
Gaye KellyThanks for sharing, Suzanne.4 days ago

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This is some footage from the feeders by the river....you will see two deer back behind the bushes and then a squirrell on the feeder...

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Bálintné UgraiLove it, thank you5 days ago
Celia Ospreygood eye,melissa!!5 days ago

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Dorothy MolesSo cute, a very determined puppy.5 days ago   ·  1
Sandra Alexander-GrimesStubborn little pooch.3 days ago   ·  1

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One Response to “Welcome to the Dunrovin Osprey Nest”

  1. Hi SuzAnne and Sterling,

    You are wonderful, kind and caring souls to share your life at your ranch with us. Thank you with all my heart! I had such happiness watching our sweet little Osprey family Ozzie and Harriet, Percy, Hope and Dilly, and viewing your beautiful horses. I felt part of your family then and even more so now since I am a member of your Dunrovin Ranch family. I learned so much about Ospreys and now learning about horses and ranch life. Thank you for giving of yourselves, I feel you are such beautiful and spiritual people for doing this. Blessings and goodness will come to you for making so many people happy! SuzAnne, I love your beautiful singing voice in your videos, it comes straight from within your heart and soul, I can feel it!

    Thank you and goodness and happiness to you,

    Nancy Acanfora

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