Currently we have six lovely little birds (often referred to as “The Girls,” “Our Ladies,” and “The Tiny Dinosaurs”), all rescues in one way or another. We do not live on a farm, but in a modest city home in Youngstown – you don’t need that much room to have a few birds of your own, just a bit of planning.

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While living in a small apartment in NYC, I decided I wanted chickens. At the time, chickens were absolutely not an option, but I was dreaming of a house with a garden and a yard and chickens scampering about. So I started reading about chickens, checking out urban farming blogs, and signing up for poultry newsletters. When I moved back to Ohio chickens were on the list, but it took a few years to build a coop and get ready to make the leap.

IMG 0278Our first four hens were rescued from a commercial laying facility. They were friendly red hens that laid brown eggs and could run like the dickens on the rare occasions they escaped. Sadly, rescued layers have a short lifespan and last year we were on the lookout for a few new girls. We ended up adopting four Araucana (a breed of chicken that lays light blue eggs) from a couple out in the country whose flock had been attacked by foxes. They weren’t willing to build a shelter strong enough to protect their remaining girls and we were happy to have them!

These new girls are more feisty than our first flock and will mob you if they think you have treats. “Back, back Tiny Dinosaurs!” I yell as I bring food and water to the coop (a handful of oatmeal tossed in the corner helps clear the way and keeps them from pecking at my shoes).

Recently we added two more chickens to the coup and our newest Ladies came to us in an odd way. Our friend Melanie phoned saying, “A flock of chickens just moved into our yard. Do you want them?” While her street is quiet and residential, she lives just a few blocks from a shopping mall and a very busy part of town. Needless to say, this was very odd. We ended up catching and bringing home two of these strays and we are introducing them to our flock. They are very mellow, red hens – much like our first girls.

BlueEggsAs we look at what we want Great Conjunction Spiritual Center to become and evolve into, we know that there will always be room for a few chickens. These thrifty and charming Ladies bring a life and vibrancy to our little urban “farm” that I didn’t even know was missing.

Make sure you meet our Tiny Dinosaurs some day and enjoy the special energy they share!

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Great Conjunction has a lot more to offer you over the coming months and years, we are thrilled that this new upgrade will make this easier!

IMG 1495Growing up I was extremely lucky to attend an amazing number of lectures and workshops. My parents took me with them to workshops and lectures across the country. We attended past life regressions, healing services, channeled messages and more lectures on Edgar Cayce than you could imagine. I was exposed to amazing messages and brilliant ideas; and I wish I could say that every single one was transformative to my young mind. Sadly no.

Many were too boring, or weird or over my young head to entertain even the most precocious pre-teen. I had no idea how much was making its way into my head (probably by osmosis) as I stared into space. What I gained though was an understanding of how big and amazing the world is and how much there is to learn and explore. For many of my peers, the world was small and understandable, they could talk confidently about what they were going to be when they grew up and firmly (often loudly) repeated their parents’ opinions on religion, politics, and sports. I may not have understood Lemuria, but I did understand that the world was bigger than I could comprehend.

As I got older more and more of these lectures and workshops started to make sense to me and I began to understand the thirst of knowledge that had convinced my parents to sit on uncomfortable chairs in stuffy rooms to learn about ancient Egypt, Mayan prophecies, Atlantis, divination, miracles and a myriad of other topics that ranged from thrilling to bone dry – each topic someone’s passion or life’s work.

When Joe and I set about creating Great Conjunction we knew we wanted it to be a place where people could share their passions and ideas. A place where learning and expanding horizons was the cornerstone of our work. That is why we are so very proud of our lecture series and how it has grown. All those talks and lectures opened my mind to an amazing universe of thought. Join us and see what new ideas and passions can take root and flourish in your soul.

We have some amazing events and programs to share with you in the coming months.
See you soon,
John Michael Thornton, Co-Founder of Great Conjunction Spiritual Center

otterman07cut 01We would like to take a moment to remember Robert (Bob) J. Otterman. He was a dedicated teacher, public servant and statesman who's dedication to helping make this a better, more progressive state was an inspiration. A number of local newspapers wrote lovely tributes to him, but the one on Ohio.comis special because they show a picture of Bob with his wife Barbara (Joe's aunt).
Thank you for all your hard work, you will be missed.