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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, March 25, 2015 13B Brian Shul signs copies of his top secret SR-71, the fastest, Photo by Ann Powers limited edition book about the highest-flying jet in the world. SHUL, from page 1B "Eagles are the real flyers in life," he said. "When you see them in action, you can understand why (human beings) wanted to fly in the first place." He's also authored five books after his military service. The first two are about flying the SR-71 Blackbird, also known as the Sled. "Scores of significant aircraft have been produced in the 100 years of flight," noted Shul, "But the SR-71 stands alone as a significant contributor to Cold War victory. As the fastest plane ever, only 93 Air Force pilots have steered the Sled." The SR-71 served six presidents and flew over North Vietnam, Red China, North Korea, the Middle East, South Africa, Cuba, Nicaragua, Iran, Libya and the Falkland Islands. On a weekly basis, the SR-71 kept watch over every Soviet nuclear submarine and mobile_missUe site, according to Sh~. "I am proud to say I flew about 500 hours in this aircraft," he said. "I knew her well. She gave way to no plane, proudly dragging her sonic boom through enemy backyards with great impunity." Shul's third and fourth books focus on America's air demonstration teams, the Air Force Thunderbirds and the Navy Blue Angels. His fifth book is a limited edition remake of his original SR-71 manuscript, entitled "Sled Driver." "I loved that jet," he said. And Graeagle audience members loved his presentation. "It totally epitomizes having invincible faith through adversity," said Marlene Nelson. Event organizers said there was no advertising involved in drawing the standing-room-only crowd. "We wanted to open it up to the public and it was strictly word-of-mouth," said Dave Karau. "I thought it was fantastic -- very, very dynamic." For others, it brought back poignant memories. "It's nostalgic for me," said Pastor Mike Preston, who was an Air Force Vietnamese linguist in Okinawa. "I used to watch the (SR-71) take off." Currently, Shul owns a photo studio in MarysviUe. He divides his time between writing, photography, public speaking and backpacking in the High Sierra. For more information about Shul and his appearances, go to SledDriver.com, or call 888-777-8383. After mastering aerial photography from sophisticated military aircraft, retired Air Force Major Brian Shul now enjoys photographing nature. His work can be found at his studio, Gallery One, in Marysville. Photo by Brian Shul "1 was going down, my whole life flashed before me and I remember thinking it's all over. At the last moment a very great calm came over me and I thought f would be going to heaven." Brian Shul Motivational Speaker Retired U.S, Air Force Fighter Pilot A huge crowd packs Force veteran Brian Photo by Ann Powers the Graeagle Community Church for Air Shul's keynote presentation March 14. Coming together in an emergency requires taking a first step spending time in the Bay Area always makes me a bit uneasy. Yes, there are many things to do, places to go and experiences to have. The ballet, the symphony, museums, galleries, restaurants all call to my senses, luring me here and there. But ultimately, there is just too much traffic and too many people to make me want to stay. So whenever I am in the Bay Area, I always look for ways to find nature and wildscapes again. As I have family there I need to visit and attend to certain things. And I am always relieved as I ascend the mountain and back into our little community. The relief I feel when returning to the mountains sometimes accompanies other feelings of contemplating the chaos that would ensue in a large population, if some catastrophe such as an earthquake or other emergency occurred. I know I have spoken of "preparedness" before. We have had gatherings and workshops locally that deal with different aspects of being prepared for any emergency. And folks in our community are used to experiencing temporary reminders, such as losing electricity during the winter. But what I am thinking about this week is how would we really come together as a community in a major emergency. Would we support one another? Would we fend for ourselves, excluding all others? Would we become negative? Would we call upon that greater part of ourselves that understands that "we are all in thi together"? I am hoping that we would elect to come together in solidarity, taking care of one another. If we chose another path. the imagined scenarios could be not only sad, but terrifying. After contemplating these scenarios I come to the conclusion that our only hope for surviving any type of disaster natural or otherwise is to consider, not just ourselves, but our entire community as "one." Many religions and spiritual practices speak of thinking of oneself as the "other." Putting others in the same mind frame as oneself helps to ensure that COMMUNITY GREEN PAMELA NOEL the cooperative energy one hopes for is felt. A wise person I once knew told me that "all behavior breeds itself." Thus, what we put out returns to us at one time or another, whether you call it the golden rule, or karma, or any other name. It goes without saying that it is also better to be prepared for some emergency situation before it happens. Another person said to me that "it's better to be prepared for an emergency that doesn't happen, than to have an emergency happen and not be prepared." So what can we do, other than have our batteries, water and flashlights at the ready? We can talk to our neighbors, building a cooperative structure that is in place before it is needed. This not only helps with community building now.., it can establish relationships that can withstand the strain of that emergency when the going gets tough. The "neighborhood watch" program, administered through the Sheriffs Office, could be one piece of the puzzle. But beyond this, talking to your neighbors, taking an inventory of skills and resources is a solid way to begin this preparedness. Who has a water filter? Who has short-wave radio capabilities? Who has medical training? The resources we need are probably as close as the end of the street, housed among our neighbors. So with any plan, there needs to be a first step. I always like a first step that involves food, so coming together around the sharing of a meal is my "go-to" plan to begin anything. In any emergency, the strength of a plan is only as strong as the people who make it. And we are stronger together than we are separately. So start the potlucks happening and thank our lucky stars that we live where we do. 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