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God Saw a Butterfly A divinely inspired transformational parable
A review by Cate Cavanagh
This afternoon was cleverly planned. It required making an appointment with myself and rescheduling all others. I scan the bedroom. The pillows are cautiously situated to sit up straight for the best comfort or reading. I carefully place my tea and biscuits on the night table and my pooch, Marilyn, waits for me so she can stretch along my side. I silence the phone and reach for my afternoon treasure to unfold. I clutch the book greedily for you see in this age of technology it is so very hard to touch and smell a real book
This afternoon is different. I will read a new book written by one of my favorite authors, Theresa Chaze. Follow me as I unfold fold one of those little miracles-Theresa Chaze.
God Saw a Butterfly is a true parable for this world in which so many seek their truth.
Throughout we are drawn into a work that is a metaphor….or is it?  We become aware that life is often just a playful sound track upon which all is merely a dance of questions. But what are the answers? Answers, comfortable or not, glide amidst colorful enchantments of shimmer and love and fear. It is only through the maze of emotions can we begin to see that growth is being aware that all things are integrated, codependent and never apart from the whole of existence…and somewhere along our travels the importance of the “now” must never escape us.
As we seek to grow we must be wary of our fear factor that would alienate us from a glorious universal unity much as the second son caused his own isolation. But that side and his would lead us to deception rather than the truth and faith that is our heritage. As does Shylon we look for home yet we flit from one floor to another with home seeming to stretch beyond our grasp. Yet we must accept that constant growth will guide us through reality after reality hence comprising what is to be our lives. Shylon learns how easily we lose trust in not just ourselves, seeking for “now”, but the collection of wisdom that is our right to achieve if we only let it.
Throughout Shylon’s journey she mirrors our own search for truth but will we, like Shylon, reach a point of abandoning oneself for the illusion of truth? Hopefully our stubborn natures will not disrupt the fine threads that connect the “hither” and “yonder” or from facing the doubt that encourages failure to accept responsibility for our own errors. As Shylon presents a snapshot of her evolution so might we take to opportunity to pause to do the same.
And so the parable begins our own journey of accepting that awareness yields honor and compassion and caring for all levels of life. Herein lies the parable for our birth, life and purpose.
 
 

By Roy Sexton on September 28, 2016

Such a thoughtful and inspirational allegory. Essential reading in these fractious times. Chaze explores a sense of divine wonder, helping us see a universe of microcosms, placing the proper perspective on our petty day-to-day. Highly recommend

By PJB on September 28, 2016

What a magical and poetic read! I found this authors gentle but deeply insightful writing very moving and I feel certain that others too will enjoy this short unusual piece of enchantment!
I loved it! God saw a Butterfly was a magical and entertaining short read, that took me on a journey back to my days of childhood wonder. A charming and endearing tale.
 
 
 
God Saw a Butterfly is a transformational parable, which was very loosely inspired by the saying, where a caterpillar sees death, God sees a butterfly.

The proceeds from God Saw a Butterfly will be used to produce the TV series, Horses and Heroes. Combining Peer Support with Equine Therapy, Horses and Heroes will empower veterans to heal and reclaim their lives.

 
 
 
God saw a Butterfly is available as an Amazon Kindle and by going to the website by clicking here.
 
 
 
 

 
 

Horses and Heroes is aReality TV series, which combines the highly effective Peer Support Therapy with Equine Therapy. Unlike most in the genre, it will focus on healing and positive growth rather than endorsing bad behavior. Each season will bring together the veterans from WWII to the current conflicts. They will be sharing their challenges and supporting each other as they find new solutions. They know the talk, because they have walked the walk. They see the dodges and will be able to call each other on them. Sparks may fly. Tempers may flare, especially when they force each other to face the ghosts. But will also be laughter and fun as they rebuild the comradery. The snarkiness and practical jokes between the branches don’t simply end. There is always room for just one more. When it airs, it will reach into the homes of the veterans, who need to hear that they are not alone and give them the information as well as the permission to also heal. They will help each other find their way back to the world. Veterans can’t go back and make a brand new start; but they can start from now and make a brand new end.

<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/150133996″>Horses and Heroes: Changing Reality TV</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user2064974″>Theresa Chaze</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

 
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Until You Walk The Path, You Won’t Know Where it Goes will be chatting the Assistant Director of Counseling at Veterans Upward Bound, Dinu Skariah on May 31, 2016 at 2 pm eastern as we talk about the educational opportunities available for veterans.

Dinu Skariah began his professional career as an educator in a middle school located in Broadview, Illinois. After completing four years of service in the public school system, he made the transition to higher education. His began employment with Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) at Roosevelt University in September2005. as a counselor. His job duties include preparing veterans for the rigors of college, helping them understand financial aid options, directing them to academic and career resources, and mentoringthem to become successful in their chosen career path. He is an active member of the National Association of Veterans Upward Bound (NAVUB), and have served in NAVUB’s Executive Board in several roles including Vice President, Conference Chair, and Development Chair.

The mission of Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) is to help Illinois veterans improve their lives through free, educational/career transitional services designed to provide superior support to returning veterans. Since 1995, Roosevelt University’s VUB has been helping Chicagoland veterans “knock the rust off their academic skills” through refresher classes, one-on-one tutoring, and online instruction. Veterans are also helped in identifying the school they wish to attend, by securing GI-Bill, federal, and state financial aid, as well as through individualized career and academic counseling.

Websites:

www.vubchicago.com   (local org.)

www.navub.org  (national org.)

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Tune intohttp://www.blogtalkradio.com/theresachaze on May 31 at 2 pm eastern to learn more about how veterans can make full use of the educational opportunities avail to them.. The phone lines and chat will be available for those who wish to ask questions. The phone number is (347) 838-9927.

The interview will be available in the archives at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/theresachaze/2016/05/31/until-you-walk-the-path-you-dont-know-where-it-goes

 

Horses and Heroes is a Reality TV series, which combines the highly effective Peer Support Therapy with Equine Therapy. Unlike most in the genre, it will focus on healing and positive growth rather than endorsing bad behavior. Each season will bring together the veterans from WWII to the current conflicts. They will be sharing their challenges and supporting each other as they find new solutions. They know the talk, because they have walked the walk. They see the dodges and will be able to call each other on them. Sparks may fly. Tempers may flare, especially when they force each other to face the ghosts. When it airs, it will reach into the homes of the veterans, who need to hear that they are not alone and give them the information as well as the permission they need to also heal. They will help each other find their way back to the world. Veterans can’t go back and make a brand new start; but they can start from now and make a brand new end.

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<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/150133996″>Horses and Heroes: Changing Reality TV</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user2064974″>Theresa Chaze</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

 

Although veterans can’t go back and make a brand new start, they can start from now and make a brand new end. Horses and Heroes is a Realty TV series that will help veterans learn new coping skills, which will give them the brand new end.

Reality TV series continue to be a dominate genre in television programming. However, while most current shows promote bad behavior, establish or revive a career, and focus on selling a brand, Horses and Heroes will take the genre into a positive direction by promoting healing and empowering veterans to reclaim their lives. By combining the spontaneity of a Reality show and the informational sharing of a documentary with the in-depth personal sharing that happens during a talk show, Horses and Heroes blazes a new genre trail.

Our target audience will also include veterans and their families from the past conflicts. The veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and the first Gulf War fought different kinds of wars, yet they have much in common The comradery of service is what kept many alive during their time of service In foxholes, strangers became brothers. They watched each others’ six both in and out of battle zones. But it is also what has been lacking in many of their lives As the eight veterans help each other work through their individual challenges, they will rebuild that same kind of friendship and support system not only among themselves, but they will also awaken that spirit in the veterans in the audience. By sharing their challenges and their healing process, they will prove that no matter old the wounds it is never too late to heal them.. Although Equine Therapy will be the stage, the primary focus will be on the eight veterans as they sharing what they experienced while they served our country and how those events had a lasting effect on their lives as well as on those who love them.

 
Join our team and help our veterans rebuild their lives.
 
 
 
To learn how to get involved please visit our website.
 

horses-and-heroes-logo     We are looking for corporations, who would like to cross brand with Horses and Heroes. One sponsor would receive more promotion, but we could give each of the 12 episodes has an individual sponsor. I have formatted the show so that each episode has two 10 second billboards and one 30 second bumper at the bottom of the hour that will be dedicated the sponsor. However, instead of just playing one of their ads, we would like to make target specific by showing how the sponsor helps veterans, military personnel, and their families. Horses and Heroes will attract the 18-35 year old demographic. However, since we will be sponsoring veterans from all conflicts not just the current, the demographic will be expanded to include those over 35. If you or if you know someone, who has the means and the will to do more than give lip service to supporting our veterans, please share our information with her, him or them. Let this Memorial Day be one where you make a difference for those who risked the most.

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horses-and-heroes-logoPeople have asked me what we need for Horses and Heroes. What they are really asking is how would helping us benefit them. The answer is very simple. We are offering excellent opportunities to embed products/services in a family friendly documentary that will appeal to a very diverse audience, especially those who are in the military and their families. The paperwork was completed to grandfather H & H into Section 181 of the Jobs Act, which gives investors a K-1 tax deduction equal to what they invest. Our connection with the cable channels make potentially very profitable.

Horses and Heroes is a documentary, which will help military personnel and veterans find a new way to cope with the physical and emotional challenges brought into their lives by war. Equine Therapy doesn’t not involve drugs nor lying on a couch and spilling their guts. What it does do is help them find new ways to see and react to their emotional triggers. It helps their bodies remember how it used to work. It can’t replace what was lost, but it can give them the confidence to see that they are more than the sum of their body parts.

Although any company who has a family friendly product would make an excellent sponsor, we are offering companies like USAA and New Day USA their specific target audience. Anheuser Busch, Verizon, ManTech, CSX, and Union Pacific would also greatly benefit from supporting Horses and Heroes. But we are very innovative with our placement and will be able to find ways to promote any family friendly product.

We are offering ten second acknowledging billboards at the open and close of the show as well as three thirty second show bumpers at the half hour marks. Additionally, sponsors logos in the form of banners will appear in the background, much like at sporting events. If the sponsor has promotional material, such as jackets, hats, mugs, etc, we can arrange for them to receive positive placement within the documentary. We will also be thanking the sponsor in the credits and have an active link on our website to their site.

Horses and Heroes will be formatted for cable networks, such as the Military Channel, other Discovery networks, History Channel, AMC, and A & E. We also have a foreign television distributor interested in presenting Horses and Heroes to their European networks. Our director, Larry Wilcox, has a strong connection to a distributor, who has connections with universities, colleges, and medical facilities. However, we will also be sponsoring a very limited theatrical release, which will act as fundraisers for veterans’ organizations such as Wounded Warrior Project, Military Warriors Support Foundation, Coming Home Project, and Operation Second Chance etc. Documentaries and films, which are shown in theatres and in film festivals, receive better network leasing contracts as well as greater DVD/download sales. In addition, the expenses connected to fund raising events would be considered a donation to the non-profit group and thereby they will be tax deductible.

The package would cost approximately the same as one national ad. However, we have broken the time into five segments the three 30 second bumpers and the two the 10 second billboards to make it affordable to smaller companies.

To watch our pitch video and learn more about our team, please go to our website at http://cproduction5.wix.com/cosmos-productions-#!page3/cee5. If you would like to know more what we are offering sponsors and investors please contact Theresa Chaze at 231-943-3298.

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Animal Assisted Therapy has been extremely effective for those who are physically and emotionally challenged. It has become more widely used in cases of PTSD, especially in cases of veterans. Although almost any animal can be a healer, dogs and horses are the ones most commonly partnered with veterans. Dogs have the advantage of being accepted in both cities and rural areas. However, horses are known to better reflect the mood of the person handling them. This ability is helpful for the PSTD patient to learn how to recognize their own feelings. In this way, they learn how to retrain their mind and body reacts to stressers.

A semi-scripted documentary Horses and Heroes has hired a personable host, who has a diverse military background as well as experience working with horses. She will be chatting with the staff of Charity Hills Ranch and with some of the veterans,who have gone through the program, as they share their personal stories.

Horses and Heroes will create a greater awareness of Animal Assisted Therapy for civilians, military personnel, veterans, and their families. The the documentary will create an understanding of how and why the therapy works, thereby giving those suffering from PTSD another therapeutic option.

We are not offering any perks for the donations. Offering perks would force us to raise the extra funds to pay for them. We want to be able to use all the funds raised for development. We are also asking that you go to http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/horses-and-heroes/x/94403 to donate what you can and share our information with your friends, family and on you social networking sites. If you know of someone who has the means and the will to help us, please send them our campaign with your endorsement. Every little bit helps

We are also looking for investment partners. For more information, please call Theresa Chaze at 231-943-3298

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