Archive for November, 2010

New Moon, November 6, 2010

November 11, 2010

New Moon, November 6, 2010
Sailing
Whitewolf and I got the pail and soap sponges and got the hose to clean out the Catalina 14 sailboat to get her ready to go out on Clear Lake before the rains came. We had fun squirting each other and finally did get the boat clean, Optimistically we set out to put her in the water. As we got to the boat launch on Clear Lake it began to rain and the wind came up onshore to about 20 knots. Even though i have been sailing onboard 40 ft mas o menos sailboats in the Caribbean, exico and the South Pacific, I felt unsure and hesitant to go out that day. Whitewolf wanted to go so in putting up the mast he dropped the cotter pin which held the mast upright. I took that as a definite sign to stay out esp since the winds continued to rise and the rain came down heavier. So we rolled her out and decided to look into taking a sailing class this winter in Florida.

Beautifying Spring Valley
OH my Goddess…I tune to the wisdom, protection and shelter of the grandmother Oak tree under which is the white wolf statue that was given to Whtewolf……she is home to many beings.She holds the land…
She assists me as I unpack a box of treasures and run thru the house and put up a Tibetan temple hanging or the celtic flag with the red dragon on it and Cymbrie, Welsh for Wales. It’s uncanny how much Whtewolf and i mirror each others lives…..we are both unpacking boxes of treasures, kitchen stuff, books we haven’t seen for over 5 years…so maybe i ought to just let it all go…it is tempting to open each box and sort and amaze at all the suff I have collected from all over the world…hmmmm we’ll see what I end up doing with it all…

Handfasting ll
Whitewolf and I ,soaking in the warm waters of Sierra Hot Springs, renewed the second of 3 Handfasting Bondings in the Celtic tradition for a couple. Yummmmmmmm…hmmmmmmmmm
This year has been different than the others before we were married. We did fall into the pitfall no no more dates…and I am happy to say that we have a date nights now. Lots of lessons of how to live with another being who also has wants, needs, desires, …and guess what? sometimes his are different than mine? hmmmm we have butted heads as well as soared to the heights…and everything I believe in between. Thank the Goddess for other sisters who share with me their experience with their mates…Thank you Spirit for sisters who share, care and dare …..

The Dogs-Rosie and Little Deer

Yes, you read that right. Picked them up November 3 on a Wednesday.The dogs….Rosie, a 6 lb. black squiggly, joyful bundle with a white left paw and a painting of white on her chest and cousin of the taco bell chihuahua..what was the cute saying he said? Yet totally a quiet, shy, fearful guy who just wants your lap to sit in. I am excited and “what have i done?”feelings. reading lots of dog books.
even though this is dog number 8 and 9..There are all these new ways of being with dogs by understanding their point of view.. From there creating a balanced environment together where we can enjoy each other’s species.
Ceaszar Millan who encourages you to commit to walking/bicycling, skating with your dog at least 2 hours a day in the AM and PM..then feed your dog..then play train etc…check his website out..i like it also Dr. Pictarin on dog nutrition..making healthy dog powder out of kelp, brewer’s yeast, bone meal, lecithen…worrying that they aren’t eating or drinking much yet..

Inner Life
Being here at Spring Valley, Tierra Buena, is a great opportunity for me to go within and heal those parts of me that take things personally, that erupt into anger, that feel useless and unproductive to society and myself…Wow yeah the Dali Llama sits on my right shoulder with words of encouragement. I do believe we pisces are forever absorbed in who we are or are not…hmmmm Then there are the days when the tree clearly speaks to me, that I have the clarity of what is next, that I feel the spirits of the native ancestors who walk the hills..that i dance around the house singing..and the beauty is Whitewolf he know those places also. It is our strongest link.


Blessings and many hugs, Alicia Merlady

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New Moon September 8, 2010

November 9, 2010

New Moon September 8, 2010

Visit My Folks in Indiana
Whitewolf and I flew to Chicago and hopped on a bus to arrive at my folks home in Indiana. My mom turned 93 on the summer solstice and my dad is still 94. They are amazing. With the help of the neighbors, Wes and Arleene, they are able to live by themselves and offer a sterling example of the human spirit and will to live. We had some lovely dinners together and many doctors appointments. Seems when you get to be an ancient elder, a lot of your social time is spent with nurses and doctors. We had an exciting game of gin rummy where Whitewolf took the high points for the game. We had some honest talks and sharings about life and death. My mom reintroduced me to a book about hugs that I had given her in the 80’s. We reinstated giving all kinds of hugs, cheek to cheek, docking, hand hugs, long distance hugs, close hugs and A frame hugs. I am an official hug therapist now so I can share those with you when I hug you.

Beaver Island
Whitewolf wanted to visit the place of his late grandmothers in northern Michigan and visit his extended family who caretake an ancient stone circle on Beaver island way way north in Michigan. My folks were gracious to let us borrow a car and off we went thru the fields of Michigan’s plenty fruit and veggies stands. We stopped at the local stands to bring supplies for our visit to Beaver Island.

We boarded the ferry and I was amazed how BIG lake Michigan is. As we rode across I was reminded of the expanse of the ocean dotted with islands as the same vista unfolded before me there on Lake Michigan. Limping Snow Wolf and his partner White Bird met us and took us meandering thoughout the island culminating with the ancient stone circle that many believe to have been made over 2000 years ago by the star people. As we sat and moved through its weed choked expanse we could feel tingles in our bodies and shivers on our skin. Whitewolf had a powerful and extraordinary experience envolving one of his spirit guides. We experimented and the second time Whitewolf entered the circle he went alone as I went kayaking on the Lake which looks like the ocean and we linked our hearts together. That was amazing as we both did what we loved yet created ceremony on the etheric. This married experience is truly beyond the physical form.

Whitewolf is 69 at Sufi Camp
On September 3 in Pamplin Grove at Sufi Camp in the redwoods near Arcata, CA Whitewolf had his 69th birthday. I revived the birthday fairy and presented him with a silly and ridiculous singing telegram at the opening dinner for the camp. We set up a camp with friends who came from Mt. Shasta, Eureka and Arcata. We splashed in the creek, sat among the giant trees, sang songs, did sufi practices and meditations,played with the kids and had a relaxing and enjoyable time. All nine of us camping together sang a silly version of the chant “I want to thankyou for having the courage to be yourself” adding silly hats and goofy costumes for the Sunday night talent show. It was a fine addition to the other wonderful acts as a rap to Ganessha, the elephant God of the Hindus, or thoughtprovoking poetry or a reading of a Hans Christian Anderson story. Everyone laughed, cried, hooped and hollered and sang till we were droopy with sleep. Memorable times.

Dogs
I am feeling closer to getting a dog. I haven’t had one for 5 years now and I miss them. I almost got a cute black cocker spaniel in Indiana. I am wanting a small dog who I can fly on Southwest to Florida this winter to be with my folks. I see in my minds eye my dad with a little dog on his lap as he listens to his stories on tape. I have been reading Ceaser Millan’s book, Dennis Hill’s Dog Sense and other folks training and dog nutrition books.
So much has changed since I last got a dog. Pooper scooping, dog parks,
Positive training. The next one is coming closer…I feel him/her.

Peace and Love
Many blessings to you in this cycle of the moon. May peace and love fill your heart and compassion ooze from your being.

Blessings and hugs,
Alicia Merlady

New Moon August 10, 2010

November 9, 2010

New Moon August 10, 2010

Camping on the Oregon Coast
My merlady soul got filled by camping near the ocean and listening to her gentle roar at night. We left Country Faire and drove to Florence where we found an idyllic spot to camp and explore the sand dunes, the beaches and the little lakes which dot this area. By the way if you are 62 or older you can purchase for $10 a lifetime senior pass for all national parks and anything that is federal. This gets you into all national campgrounds half price and all daytime areas free. It can be gotten at any national park visitors info center.
It is well worth the effort to get one.

Our First Boat
Ok so it is not a 40 ft catameran..yet it will go into very shallow places and easy to pack on top of the Emerald Goddess, the dowager suburu. Have you guessed? Yes I found on Craig’s List a 10 ft inflatable kayak. We picked it up in Florence and then had fun putting in on many small lakes. I watched a salamander swimming around the lilies finding food and just being well a salamander. Lying in the boat and watching the trees sway on shore is another favorite activity. Oh yes we also have Whitewolf’s 14 ft. Catalina which we still haven’t cleaned up to take out on Clear Lake. Later this summer we hope?

Good Medicine Gathering
The second gathering on our list for this summer took us to southern Oregon in the applegate valley for a sacred, musicians gathering of about 200 folks at Good medicine. This land home to Windsong and Ohana has been a place for me throughout the years where I go to play, pray and praise. Here I reawakened my musicianship with the new ukulele learning a Moldavian piece. Do you know where Moldavia is? We sweat, shared music, danced and blessed the waters of the land and the world . There was also a sacred fire that was continuously burning for the 3 days of the event. Here Whitewolf and I again shared the mugwort giveaway with the children and I played with the kids as Bubbles the Mugwort Fairy.

Here I remembered the power of the sisterhood by reconnecting with women I haven’t seen for a few years. One women friend particularly reminded me how affirming it is to have a sister I can bare my soul to without judgment. She shared with me her stories of power struggles with her husband which gave me much strength and hope to continue the journey Whitewolf and I have together. I am missing the New moon Circle which membership in inspired the newest CD and book I have created. http://aliciabonnet.com I’m inspired to somehow have the new moon circle of sisters wherever I am whether I celebrate alone and link to others or invite some sisters over to sing and pray.

Hugs
Here’s a big hug with my flying heart for each of you hoping that your summer is full of fun, laughter, love and nature.

Blessings,
Alicia Merlady