What would you name this Eagle?

Yep, name this Eagle and win a prize package.  A few weeks ago I realized that the massive cedar tree closest to my barn office was not turning green and was clearly “dead.”   My landscape advisor confirmed that while we have no idea what happened, it was definitely never going to turn green and thrive again.  I was blown away at the loss of this stately feature here on our property.

But how often does the “death” of one thing give birth to another?  Have you ever had a dream die only to discover that in redirecting your thinking and efforts you released something even better?  I have walked with people through the death of many jobs and businesses where together we have uncovered new opportunities that would have never been seen if the old position would have continued.

I love the challenge of turning trash, disappointment or disaster into something great.  The result is often surprising and the beginning of a new season in life.

I had contacted Terry Brasher (http://carvingsforchrist.com/) to come out and put her unique artistic skills in motion.  She agreed with me that there was an eagle just waiting to be released in this old “dead” stump.  What you see here is the result of three days of her amazing talent using chain saws and chisels.  The color you see is 100% natural – nothing added.  The wings were the first two lowest branches on the tree.  The stones the eagle is resting on were another set of protruding branches.  The “dead” tree is now a beautiful addition to our country Sanctuary.

This is such a spectacular feature and representation of a valuable life process that I want a name for this Eagle.  You may have a word that somehow captures the symbolism of the transition from death to life – or of birthing something wonderful.  Or something that reminds us of the majestic qualities of the eagle.  You may know Latin or Italian or some other language that has an appropriate name for what we’ve always used as part of the 48Days logo.  Just use your imagination and creativity.

Here are my prize packages:

  • 1st place – $50 credit toward any 48 Days product, $100 discount on any 48 Days event this year, lunch with Dan & Joanne (you have to get here) and a personal tour of the Eagle
  • 4th place — Autographed copies of 48 Days and No More Dreaded Mondays
  • 5th place — Autographed copies of 48 Days and No More Dreaded Mondays

I claim no objectivity for this process.  I will simply choose what strikes me as unique and meaningful.  If the same selections are suggested, we will go with the earliest submission.  Send your suggestion to eagle@48Days.com.  Last date for submissions – May 10th.  I’ll announce the winning suggestions in the May 18th newsletter.

Incidentally I’m standing beside the tree simply to give you a perspective on the size of this carving.  And yes, people have already made reference to the “bald eagle” next to the tree so you can skip that.

So let your creativity begin: Send your suggestion to eagle@48Days.com.

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18 Responses to “What would you name this Eagle?”

  1. Janet Says:

    Éirí Amach

    Googles translation of the English word, rising, as in rising from death, to Irish.

    and translated it as Celšanās, in Latvian.

  2. lol Says:

    “And yes, people have already made reference to the “bald eagle” next to the tree so you can skip that.”

    how about those white legs? 🙂

    thanks for your inspiration Dan.

  3. Parker Says:

    Phoenix- The bird that rises from the dust and ashes.

  4. Carmen Says:

    Glory. good name for an eagle

  5. Tyrone Says:

    When I read the story behind this eagle and your love of turning trash into something great, I thought of Isaiah 61:3,4.
    These scriptures talk about turning something that is dead or destroyed, into something of beauty.

    PLeazse call the eagle ‘ISAIAH’


  6. Billie Wells Says:

    Hi Dan,

    How about Cumi Joy! Pronounced (Q my) It comes from Mark 5:41. Cumi means Arise. When Jesus comes to see the 12-year old girl who has died, he says “Cumi.” And she arises from the dead! It means Arise. So how about Arise Joy or Cumi Joy! Cumi is an old mountain name from Western North Carolina that we don’t hear much any more but I like it!

    So Arise Joy and see the grand world and all its glory!

  7. Ralph Says:

    Wow! What creativity and talent in carving that. How bout naming the eagle “Volare” Italian for to fly or soar. Pronounced Vol-r-day. Just go to you-tube and listen to Dean Martins famous song “Volare.” The lyrics saying, “let’s fly up to the clouds”, “Lets leave all this illusion and confusion behind.” You also got to check out a cute little Italion version of the song by Connie Frances , “Volare”, also on the tube. I will be officially submitting on the submision form.

  8. therealmotherlode Says:

    How about “Fred?”

    Caleb suggests, “Eddie.”

    I know, I know…the talent that runs in this family….

  9. therealmotherlode Says:

    PS Molly says, “Baldy.”

    I hear you cry “uncle.” I’ll stop now.

  10. Gina Says:

    I like Ransom, from the Thesaurus:

    Definition: save, rescue
    Synonyms: deliver, get back, glean, ransom, reclaim, recover, redeem, regain, restore, retrieve, salve

  11. Parker Says:

    PS- I highly recommend using a preservative on your sculpture- something like Superdeck or Messmers UV Plus. The wood that you have is a real cool color now, but UV will turn it grey. You can use “Natural” color that has little pigment in it if you want to change the color of “Phoenix” hardly at all. In my vocation in construction materials sales, it’s my job to know about wood. Hope this helps. (Sorry- I couldn’t help making a pitch for my name nomination) Cheers.

  12. Kay Says:



    Main Entry: master
    Part of Speech: noun
    Definition: expert, skilled person, female or male
    Synonyms: ace*, adept, artist, artiste, authority, buff*, champion, connoisseur, conqueror, doctor, doyen, doyenne, genius, guru, maestro, maven, old hand, old pro, past master, prima donna, pro, professional, proficient, pundit, real pro, sage, savant, scientist, shark, victor, virtuoso, whiz*, whiz-bang, winner, wizard

    Main Entry: senior
    Part of Speech: noun
    Definition: older person
    Synonyms: ancient, doyen, doyenne, elder, elderly person, first-born, golden-ager, grandfather, grandmother, head, matriarch, old folk, old-timer, patriarch, senior citizen

    Also, maybe you could attach a small plaque with this on it:

    Isaiah 40:31 (New International Version/From Biblegateway.com)

    but those who hope in the LORD
    will renew their strength.
    They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.

  13. anita Says:

    Did I read that right? …she created that in three days???
    Can you imagine what Terry Brasher might do with 48 days? lol!

  14. Janet Says:

    I was thinking of Sam the Eagle, the mascot for the ’84 Olympics. He might have inspired people to believe in our team members, I don’t know. 😉

  15. Doug Cole Says:

    Dear Dan,

    I would like to be considered for the “name the eagle” contest.

    The name I have selected in Aquila Koinonia
    nick name might be AK or Aquila Ko, or just Aquila

    Aquila is the genus of true eagles, and The Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) is one of the best known birds of prey in the Northern Hemisphere.
    These birds are dark brown, with lighter golden-brown plumage on their heads and necks. Their wingspan averages over (7 ft) and their length (3 ft). (very much like the sculpture you have).
    Golden eagle pairs maintain territories that may be as large as 60 square miles. They are monogamous and may remain with their mate for several years or possibly for life. Golden eagles nest in high places including cliffs, trees, or human structures such as telephone poles. They build huge nests to which they may return for several breeding years.
    Koinonia is the English spelling for a Greek word we normally translate as “fellowship” ( I John 1:7).
    Koinonia literally means, “shared life or shared ministry.” One preacher said fellowship is like ” two fellows in the same ship”; they are together, working and pulling in the same direction to get the boat to harbor. Christians are in fellowship with the Lord when we are going the same direction He is going and pulling for what He loves and calls us to do. We are in fellowship with one another when two or more people or a whole church are in fellowship with the Lord together working and pulling in the same direction for the glory of God and the purposes of the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. Being in fellowship , koinonia, with the Lord, His purposes and His people surely will be a path to peace.

    S0: Aquila Koinonia is a Great Golden Eagle, perched high above the ground, living in fellowship, with God, with Nature and having found it’s place in the “Sanctuary” and the workforce.


  16. Andrea Reynolds Says:

    Edgar…. because he is sitting on a POE-st. Get it?

    Sorry, must have been all the references to death that got to me.

  17. Dana Says:

    I missed my opportunity, having not had a chance to catch up on the podcasts until this past week. No crying over spilt milk, though.

    But that would have been my suggestion:

    “Opportunity”, as eagles don’t wait for opportunities to fall into their nest, but go out and find them…

    GB from the Madman

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