We met a new friend on the plane from Sacramento to Seattle. Harry Reese is a concert photographer from Shiner, Texas. Much of his work is with the band, Shinedown, and he shared that some of the most innovative music at the moment is coming out of Christian rock. Harry described the competition that can flare up between photographers at events, but he’s not interested in that sort of negativity. Harry doesn’t even watermark his photos—to the chagrin of the other photographers in his field. Our conversation with Harry was one of open-hearted sharing, as he described the tremendous support and encouragement he receives from his wife and the home they have built together. We were able to describe the work that we are doing out of anthroposophy, and Harry met us with interest and understanding.
Harry shared how he was born to beautiful parents who were both born deaf. His father was the president of the National Association of the Deaf, and when people would turn to look at their family of five coming through the restaurant doors, he was sure it was because they were famous like the Beatles: his father being President and all!
As the conversation continued, it took an interesting turn towards an illness he is now living with out of the work he did with steel machines for about 15 years. Doctors were not able to find what it was that was ailing him, but his wife did not give up! She was the one who kept digging while the doctors were confounded. Little by little she followed the clues to find that it was nickel that had infiltrated into his system, a process which was directly tied to this work in the machine shop.
He shared how sick he had been for the last few years and just was besides himself with how to move forward. He decided to go on this concert journey once more after a few years away as he just felt the need to do what he loved. It was such a difficult journey with one fellow photographer who put up a little bit of a road block for his backstage pass and with this illness and the future before him and loved ones uncomfortable with his decision to make this journey to the concert venues. He shared how when back stage with one of the little noticed bands on the tour, a Christian rock band, the lead singer asked if he could pray with him for a healing. A deeply touching moment.
Dottie and he shared that they both were faced with pivotal choices as she encountered a shocking issue that took place on Monday morning upon arriving in Sacramento, the first leg of this part of the journey on the way to Dornach. She was not sure, and was pretty positive there was no way she would be able to continue without putting the cafe in the most direst of positions as well as the co workers. It took the whole first half of the day to work through the issue that was still left up in the air and had caused us to miss our interviews with Dennis K. and Brian G.
While the conversation turned towards Elizabeth and Dottie’s choice to stay the course and trust a way would be found Harry himself too sensed the link that brought the three of us together. We shared about anthroposophical medicine as well as Elizabeth mentioning an Eastern medical practitioner who is noted as a deeply connected healer and who happens to work very close to where our friend Harry lives! How amazing and beautiful and so happy it made us all three!
We have such great hope that he shall meet the healing so he can keep sharing his beautiful heart with others as easily as he had shared with us and in truth a healing took place for all three as we sought our way forward.
Harry had been delayed 24 hours in the airport to catch this flight. We all agreed that destiny was at work here. So beautiful to meet a fellow striver on our journey with no time for the negative, life is too short! And he even agreed to stand with our threefold flag. The angels were at work in this seating arrangement!