New Moon March 15, 2010

July 4, 2010

New Moon, March 15, 2010
60th Birthday
In the last cycle of the moon I turned into a new decade. I am 60 years young now. It a actually doesnʼt feel much different than another day older or
younger. I had a quiet day, March 10, on the island of Pangumotu, off the main island group of Tongatapu in the kingdom of Tonga. I was blessed to snorkel not once but twice in the warm clear
waters watching yellow bug eyed and blue striped trigger fish chasing me, orange clown fish curiously looking at me through their long stringy like sea home, long slender skinny silver trumpetfish change colors from green to silver to black and white in an instant. It was a sunny quiet day..hot and humid..a day
to languish and contemplate. a day to give thanks for this gift of life. Whitewolf made me a beautiful rose colored flower flying heart when i came out of the sea. We even celebrated with a small chocolate cake brought in by my dear friend and Tongan sister Melaia.

Late Departure to South Pacific
Yes Whitewolf and I are in Tonga after a 2nd honeymoon in Fiji. We got delayed leaving for the the South Pacific as in LAX waiting 12 hours for the plane out we managed to miss it. It seems that TSA, the USA checkpoint closed earlier than expected and almost all the rest of the passengers knew
to go thru early. Though we were disappointed, we were gifted with an extra 36 hours in LA which we used to sleep and sleep and more sleep.

Fiji 2nd honeymoon
In Fiji, we met my friend John who had arranged for us to stay at the nabua lodge in the northern Yasawa islands off the main island of Fiji. We stayed in our own bure, a small thatched roof simple sandy floored cottage right on the ocean where the sounds of the waves lulled us to sleep at night. We climbed the grassy green hills and sat on rock outcroppings feeling as birds must overlooking the land. We partook in a local kava ceremony at which i joined the band of guitar and uke with my banjo as we sang a song then drank a brown dishwater brew which leaves a numbness in the tongue and a relaxation in the body. And of course many wonderful kayak and snorkeling adventures.

Yasawa Fiji Cave Adventure
The one adventure that stands out was a trip to the cave which we got to by a half hour boat trip. There rising out of the water as we approached was a green and rocky mountain island..impressive just to look at it. We landed and walked up a stairway to the inside of the cave which was full of a salty/fresh water mixture. The cathedral ceiling was impressive to behold. Even more amazing was the second cave that we dove under a stone shelf to reach. Inside here after our eyes adjusted to the dark we were treated to 4 to 5 swimmable water chambers. The light reflecting off the walls and the myriad stone shapes like ancient sea creatures gave a primordial feeling of timelessness to the experience. The best part was the echo acoustics in thechambers. Whitewolf and I stayed in when everyone else left to chant and sing to the elemental spirits whose presence we felt.I played with the echo to create multiple pitches and sounds as we awoke the crickets to sing with us. Truly an experience that could have been any time upon the earth.

Happy Fijians
Our time in Fiji seemed too short and we hope to return here one day to explore more of the Yasawas and
other islands and places of these friendly happy people. Oh yes, i revisted my friend Buma her family and
her tea shop which is thriving near the lodge we stayed.Her yummy homemade banana and coconut cakes with tea or coffee is a delightful way to spend an afternoon esp when the stomach rumbles before dinner. I brought with me pictures I had taken the year before to leave with her and we laughed and hoped to connect again in the coming years.

Tonga
Whitewolf and I are here now in Tonga until the next new moon.We are at present in a typhoon watch, Thomas, as the rain pours down and the winds rise and fall as the coconuts off the trees. A good day to stay indoors. We hope that you as we are having some great adventures in your life. Until we check in again, may your days be full of joy and your nights of sweet dreams.
Blessings, Alicia Merlady aka Mrs. Wolfe

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New Moon January 15, 2010

July 4, 2010

New Moon, January 15, 2010

Wedding of Alicia Merlady and Grandfather Whitewolf

Ok so this sacred union occurred on Jan 17…hey we are in the influence of this new moon so I had to include it here. What a fantastic, lovely, beautiful ecstatic time was had by all. We were so blessed to have a clearing lovely sunny warm 70 degree gentle wind day at Sacred lands in St. Petersburg, Florida where we had the ceremony on the intercostal waterway…a place that signified the union of the land and the sea.
Whitewolf and I after 5 years of hanging out decided to deepen our relationship and unite the sea and the land in ourselves. My parents who are 94 and 92 reside in Florida during the winter so we had the ceremony there to have the honor of their presence at the ceremony.

Before the Day
Whitewolf and I wanted a simple ceremony. We invited about 40 folks..family and friends. Even with that in mind there were many details to attend to including flowers, cake, band, food, clothes etc. About one week before the day we looked at each other and knew why folks want to elope. We found the perfect Thai flower shop which imported orchids from Thailand and had the most wonderful store complete with fountains and altars to honor their ancestors.From them we ordered leis, corsages and flowers to make our own table decorations.
The band was a country/bluegrass flavor by 2 older couples. I had seen them preform at Sacred lands coffee house night and enjoyed the positive, happy spirit the group Something Special evoked in the listeners. The cake store we found driving around and seeing a sign off the road. This was family establishment who were happy to cater to our request of a whipped cream frosting , almond top cake and lower chocolate marble cake. Whitewolf, I sent shopping for a hawaiian shirt after viewing the outfit he wanted to wear.

Day Before
Whitewolf and I arrived at Sacred Lands the day before to clean, set up and decorate. We were so blessed to have a team of 4 others assisting us in the task. Whitewolf, being the impeccable warrior announced he was taking Richard and washing down the floor with salt water and then a sage rinse. At the time i couldn’t believe my ears, yet as the sage wash permeated thru the air before using for a rinse I was glad that he had insisted on cleaning the energies. Meanwhile I and the ladies, made table decorations,
set up the linens, wrapped tulle around the head table, set up the room, covered things with colored Mexican blankets, created sitting areas, and generally fung shuied the area. Last but not least we blew up 50 colored balloons to liven up the stage where the band would perform. We sat down around 5 pm admiring our work which had been supervised by Snuggles the black cat and scurried off to our respective evening ceremonies.

Night Before
The two weeks before the date the weather was cold…colder than recorded here where plants were freezing and crops and fish dying from the cold. The night before was the grandmother/father of all thunderstorms with howling winds and great flashes of light and sound. Whitewolf related to us that in Hawaiian mythology the Gods and Goddesses were making love..and a great time they were having too. Our respective
ladies and mens gatherings the evening before the union were especially special to the folks who attended. Whitewolf and Eric one of the custodians of sacred lands as well as our caterer enjoyed watching natures show as they had a pipe ceremony to honor Whitewolf’s passage as a lone wolf.

Women’s Ceremony
I was blessed to have my dear friend Rev. Zenup from Turkey honor me with an adaption of a traditional Turkish women’s night before wedding ceremony. Four other sisters and I gathered to sing and chant blessings into the lovely jewelry that i was to wear the next day. We joyously and with lots of giggling wrapped belly dancing scarves of myriad colors of reds, blues, yellows, pinks, greens and purples around our hips and breasts so that when we swung our bodies a happy jingling sound erupted over the flashes of thunder and lightening. I wore over my head a red translucent long scarf as the women danced and whirled around me to the sounds of middle eastern drumbeats and singing. Afterwards we collapsed in joy on the sofa and picked cards from a Goddess deck asking each one of us present to embody a Goddess at the Wedding. Celtic Brigidt and Isolt, Egyptian Hathor,Greek Aphrodite, and Abundantia came forth.
Of course we feasted on delicious goodies afterward.

Wedding Day-Ceremony
We arrived at 10 the next morning to supervise the last minute details. We had the ceremony itself outside in the beautiful gardens overlooking the intercostal waterway by the dolphin stage and the reception inside the greenhouse that we had decorated the evening before. As Eric predicted by noon the skies cleared and the sun came out to shine blessings upon us. At a quarter to one I was still in jeans as the guests began to arrive. So everyone got to wait for an hour for me to MerGoddess myself up for the ceremony to begin. I do admit I looked the part of the Goddess meeting her God and everyone said it was worth the wait.
The ceremony which Whitewolf and I cocreated with Doris, Eric’s partner and co guardian of Sacred lands was a combination of Native American, Sufi, Christian and Celtic traditions.
There was much humor and laughing as we both did things as tossed a coin to see who would go first in saying our vows.. We had a lovely fairy flower girl and Prince of Bubbles to joyfully announce our entrance. We chose to enter together to greet our guests instead of the ritual giving away of the bride. I sang a song i wrote for Whitewolf and he recited a poem to musical accompaniment that he had written for me.
We passed a mic and a wedding blanket for everyone to bless and then ritually had it tied around us as we had the big kiss and exited to the throwing of rose petals.

Wedding Day- Reception
We invited our guests to join in a circle and sing a song of blessing for the feast of salmon, chicken, salad, vegies, bread, twice baked potatoes that Eric had put together for us. Something Special sang very special fun lively music for us to digest by. My Dad led off the toasts with an eloquent and humorous offering. Richard, the best brother friend sang us a special song. Rev. Zeynup led us all in a few fun line dances which led us to the cake. There we cut the cake and ate every last bit to the delight of all. Bubbles were blown to the dancing of our dance with much laughter and fun. The kids ran through and under the tables to spread the joy of love which surrounded us that day.
At sundown about half the group went to the water to thank Creator for a wonderful day and to send a pulse around the world -something that i do every sundown and that day was even more special. As folks left we heard lots of good hearted cheer echoing in our ears. We cleaned up and then sat by the fire at night to celebrate and congradulate ourselves on a wedding well done.


OK so this month was all about the wedding. That’s it folks. next new moon we move onto the new phase of my life.

Blessings, Alicia merlady

New Moon August 2009

July 3, 2010

Aloha Beloveds,

Serenity Beaches-Tonga


Merlady and Bella form New
Zealand

I am in the midst of resorting my life now that the Whale Watching Business is truly in the past.
I am doing healing sessions, eating papayas being a clown nanny. i also am kayaking with the whales which is quite an experience. The most magnificent was the other day when i spotted some blows and kayaked out. There was a mama and baby hanging together in the water. i slipped in quietly and didn’t wait long before the curious baby came by. She was so big circling me eye to eye that her tail was way longer than the kayak i kept between us. Mama came closer to make sure i wasn’t being a bad influence on her baby and the escort swam under me to make sure all was well. Oh my we hung in the water checking each other out for about 15 glorious minutes. Then mama decided to move on. WOW

I had this built and live in it till I leave Serenity Beaches. If I can't live on a boat, this is next best.

S/V Taiko fruit for the journey

snorkling and clowning on S/V Taiko

Back to the USA
I am going back to the USA to take care of my folks in Indiana and Florida for the fall and early winter.
I am also considering marrying Whitewolf who has been such a loyal supporter for the last 5 years. He wrote me a letter saying he couldn’t live without me no mo (is that a song?)and he is willing to spend 6 months a year by/on the sea.
hmmmmmmmm…OK blessings and hugs, alicia merlady

New Moon June 12, 2010

June 16, 2010

New Moon June 12, 2010

Oh Sha Na
Another cycle of the moon passes by. I am on land now with my beloved Whitewolf after celebrating my 60th birthday in Hawaii.(see last new moon)
We are on a ridge 6 miles up a mountain outside of Laytonville, northern California about 4 hours north of San Francisco. Here on the land at Oh Sha Na which means a peaceful place to be, the raven fly, the bears roam, the bobcat hunts and the trees sway to the wind. Life is pioneer days and rustic. It is full of the beauty of life as the fog enters the valleys which we overlook and we seem to be on a huge ship of trees and rock surrounded by the grey and white sea of clouds. At night the expanse of the milky way covers the sky with seeming millions of star The medicinal plants as diakon, motherswort, comfrey, mugwort, white sage, toboacco have a home that Whitewolf has nutured for 6 years.

Questions for Spirit
Here amongst this heart beat of the mother,we set aside 4 days to tune in to each other, the land and the times. We had two questions for spirit and our higher selves to answer: “Why are we together?” and “What’s next?”

After being and praying at the medicine wheel, the grandmothers circle, the sacred fire for the sweat, we were given some glimpses of the journey to make together. The first question was answered by reminding us that together we can create much more in service to ourselves, the world and our community than we can alone. We are also together to assist healing each other as we are twin souls and flames. So many times we look at each other to see the mirror of our lives.

The second question comes in installments…Whitewolf to downsize, let go of some property perhaps even this land he loves so…..learn to sail..(me too)
Teach, travel, heal…a traveling ministry..

Still the goal of a home together somewhere in the world is yet to be revealed. Arcata,N Ca, or Hawaii? Florida? Are possible areas. I look for a place to swim in warm waters….to live on a boat for 6 months of the year..He wants a place to putter on the land…keep his connection with Wilbur hot springs….ah “Can’t Hurry the Goddess”

New Moon Sweat at Medicine Creek
My new friends and family , 3 Crows and Grandmother White Deer at Medicine Creek, their home and sanctuary, invited us to pray and sweat with them on the New Moon. Lovely, balanced harmonious surroundings of cedar, pine trees which encircle a tipee and sweat lodge. I remember the power, strength and purification of sweating in the lodge. The primal feeling of other times..the spirits of the land blessing. guiding, speaking to us all through the fire, rock, earth and water. Watching the red glow of the fire beings as we welcome them thru the rock people into our lodge to assist us in harmonizing and balancing. Allowing myself to open to the land spirit of the native woman in the red shawl who came thru me and danced moonwise around the outside of the lodge with her red shawl and wing feather fan when I sat out the 3rd round.

Water Blessing Ceremony
Grandmother White Deer aka Tonya, swept me up in her enthusiasm for the waters of our planet and whisked me off to a water blessings ceremony .We journeyed on this spontaneous ladies trip to become carriers of a water blessing prayer, we traveled past the sea lions and the redwoods to my former home of Ashland, Oregon. I was so happy to learn that she and Rain(Whitewolf’s sister) started the sisterhood of the planetary Water rites right here in Laytonville. http://waterblessings.org I who have been blessing the waters wherever I have been in the world am so delighted to have found a group of likeminded folks who hold the water in as much reverence as I do. Of course I am now a full fledged member and feel the power of the group whenever I do my own whale water blessings as well as incorporate the other forms of water blessings that have come through various members. Although mostly women, there are a few men.

Swimming on the Land
For now I am swimming on the land. I still feel the warm salt waters surrounding me when I meditate. It is a strange feeling to be on the land breathing air and in the sea energy at the same time.

Big hugs and blessings to you all,
Alicia Merlady

New Moon, July 18, 2009

July 22, 2009

New Moon July 18, 2009

Maloaleilei from Tonga,
The whales are spouting and being sighted and seen in the waters in and around the islands of Vava’u. I am waiting to see them myself though I feel them moving in my dreams.
Vava'u Beauty, Tonga
Moonlit Sail
I was blessed to hop aboard the S/V Moonglow from Serenity Beaches in the Ha’apai islands and sail on a full moon evening up to the Vava'u group. Oh My I was in bliss with the rosy glow on the water at sundown on the port and the silvery beauty of the full moon rising on the starboard. The night was a magnificent blanket of stars in a humid warm atmosphere of calm rolling seas.

Tongan Princess Visit

Tongan Family celebrating a weddingA festive feeling floated through the air in aniticipation of the visit of the King’s sister to Vava'u. For a week before, folks put up homemade white and red triangle flags in streamers along the roadways. The police car would go thru with a loudspeaker and ask people to corral their loose pigs of which there are many of all sizes ,varieties running freely in the yards and streets. The day before, folks got out their tapa cloths, white lacy curtains and colored cloth to decorate the hedges and fronts of their homes. Artificial flowers in pinks, reds, whites and blues were put in pots along the sides of the houses as well as shiny silver and blue tinsel.
The Tongan Ladies sing to welcome the Princess
On the day of her arrival, Sola, Inyat and I got dressed up in the local traditional garb. I had a kiki of colored straws hanging off my long skirt. We waved at the Princess as she went by then hopped in the car with some Tongan lady neighbors and joined the parade that went thru all the villages of Vavau celebrating her visit.
Sola and I jumped onto a bright canary yellow flatbed truck full of Tongan singing ladies beating sticks on tin containers of crackers for percussion. Much laughter and happiness radiated everyone’s mood. The villages had a contest for the best decorated. We saw teddy bears perched on sticks, lots of colored red and white balloons, a few over the road signs even a decorated baby cow. As the parade went thru different villages more trucks and cars honking joined the parade. Simple floats mainly women dressed in their finest singing and laughing filled the air. There was even 4 ladies standing up in a truck in red long skirts with Obama t-shirts with leis on.

Sufi Friends

Sola and Inayat Since I have been here in Vavau I have been so blessed to stay with my sufi friends Sola and Inayat who have moved here from the states. They went to New Zealand and got a containers of goodies to settle in here. I am watching their upstairs apartment overlooking the ocean transform with a stove, refrigerator, running water in the sink, painting, the shower going in etc. It is quite an affirmation of what we can all do. They have a wonderful relationship with the Tongan family they leased the land from and are totally guided by spirit to be here. We feel there is some connection between us all. I feel so lucky to be here in their presence.

I am still waiting for the next door to open up for me. This waiting periodAlicia with her water wings is a lesson in patience. In the meantime, we have had some great adventures launching their big dingy type boat, the Nancy 111, in the surrounding small islands. Glorious sunny days of blue skies, crystal azure waters, snorkeling delights and picnics on remote low tide beaches. I spied a new fish-flourescent blue flat like a damsel fish with black markings and a bright canary yellow tail and fins. I followed it around watching it eat and swim amongst the coral beds. We also constructed the 75th flying heart out of huge clam shells and living green vines for the wings on a remote tiny island that Sola and Inyat have eyes to go back and camp on overnight. There are also eight 2 week puppies to play with, yummy.

Alicia at Sola and Inayat's home with Bambi and her puppies

Alicia at Sola and Inayat's home with Bambi and her puppies


Serenity Beaches
I plan to return to Serenity Beaches by the end of the month where a Tongan falleTongan falle is being built for me. Patti and I look forward to putting our creative juices together to offer events, practises and programs to the guests.

Women’s New Moon Guide
The book of new moon ceremony is coming back from the printer and I am so excited. You can go to www.aliciabonnet.com for how to order the book and companion CD. I know you have been hearing about this for months…aaah can’t Hurry the Goddess..

Big hugs and blessings to each one of you. I do hope that your lives are bringing great blessings and joy to you….

Merlady

New Moon, June 22, 2009

June 24, 2009

Aloha beautiful family,
Greetings from Tonga

Serenity Beaches, Uoleva, Ha'apai, Tonga

Serenity Beaches, Uoleva, Ha'apai, Tonga


May this turning time on the earth find you all in great health, peace of mind and joyous life. Not only is this the new moon, it is the solstice –summer in the northern hemisphere and the winter here in the south as well as my mother’s 92nd birthday. I realize again how we carry inside of us what is time. My body carries the summer solstice yet where I am it is winter here in Tonga. Hmmmm

Changes in Whale Watching

Life is such a mystery isn’t it? Just when we believe we have it all figured out coyote throws in a curve ball and we get to reconfigure. I got to Tonga all ready to start on the whale business and found that Capt. Jim had reprioritized. So I took the night ferry to Serenity Beaches where Patti, Semi and Yoda the new puppy
Yoda and Spot romping

Yoda and Spot romping

have graciously opened their hearts and home to me. We are finding ways to absorb the equipment I had shipped here and exploring options to do the biz in a different way. I admit that I was in a state of surprise with the news and disappointed that my home is not a boat now but a land base.
Merlady falle(guest house) land base

Merlady falle(guest house) land base

Yet what a lovely land base surrounded by gorgeous azure blue waters, 2 beaches, abundant fresh food and amazing loving folks. Do check out www.serenitybeaches.com perhaps a Tongan vacation? Patti, Semi and I hold the vision of the sea/land community and are holding the image of a catamaran sailing into the bay with the perfect captain who wants to also become part of this community and my home on the sea. So I invite you all to assist this manifestation by lighting a candle on this the winter/summer solstice.

Guiding Programs at Serenity Beaches

Medicine Wheel at Serenity Beaches

Medicine Wheel at Serenity Beaches

While at Serenity Beaches,I have made a medicine wheel out of large coral pieces to balance the land and the 73rd flying heart art piece out of coconuts and wood. When I tune in I feel the connection of all these medicine wheels and flying hearts in the web I have created around the world. Patti and I hold similar visions for activities and programs here. I have begun to guide morning movement, a combination of yoga, energy medicine and various other movement practices. There is also the opportunity for me to keep guiding new and full moon gatherings and peace fires as well as living a simpler life off the grid with all the challenges that awake my lower chakras. This experience is a way to trust in the perfection of spirit to know that when one door closes another will open. The transition time in between doors is my challenge right now to keep positive, happy and energetic.

Bubbles joins the parade

Bubbles the Clown marching with the school kids Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Bubbles the Clown marching with the school kids Nuku'alofa, Tonga

I put on my red nose and funny blue jester hat so that Bubbles could join in the all day parade on the opening day of the Tongan Parliament. This parade is made up of hundreds of school children from grade school through high school in splashes of their uniform colors of orange and white, blue and white, red and white and maroon and white. All of the school bands were very professional sounding and each one had amazing complicated walking patterns as they played familiar western tunes. Bubbles had a great time miming, blowing bubbles and marching with the kids. As some of the tunes played were ragtime , Bubbles sweated and danced with the mothers and teachers marching alongside their school. It felt like a July 4th parade with crowded bystanders cheering on their kids. The atmosphere was light, fun and full of laughter. It is amazing how many people saw me that day. Even now weeks later I hear about the clown who joined the parade.

Sharing with the youth of Tonga
Joining the parade inspired me to seek out sharing my talents of music, juggling and clowning with the youth of Tonga. I am meeting with the youth council here this week and spirit has led a few teachers to me. There is a tradition in Tonga for juggling though interest has been lost due to video and computers which take up more of the youth time than in prior days. Most of the juggling here is solo to see how many balls one can put into the air. This is an opportunity for me to teach the more cooperative type of juggling in which 2 folks do tricks together and pass balls back and forth. I will also be sharing my knowledge of music-banjo playing is rare here so I am as usual an eccentric.

May the winds of change blow gracefully in your life uplifting you to greater opportunities.
Hugs and blessings, Alicia Merlady

New Moon May 24,2009

June 20, 2009

New Moon May 24, 2009

Greetings from Fiji,

Alicia on the hill overlooking Nabua Lodge, Yasawas, Fiji

Alicia on the hill overlooking Nabua Lodge, Yasawas, Fiji

I am so blessed to be in this warm, green, friendly group of islands. I got to have a much needed rest, rejuvenation time here in the Yasawa islands off one of the main islands of Fiji. Definitely jewels in the pacific. This is a very friendly alternative travelers paradise with crystal clear waters, easy transportation, yummy food and lots of folks from all over the world.

Back in the Water
To my delight a very tiny orange and black fish stayed with me for an hour in front of my mask as I got my first taste of warm Fijian waters with deep purple, lime green, salmon, white and sand colored coral all below me. The reefs are shallow and so great for snorkeling. I am in paradise. Lots of lime green and bright blue chromos fish, the orange clown fish(like Nemo), long silver slithering trumpet fish, fluorescent blue spotted damsel fish greeted my eyes. To my utter fascination I viewed a lion fish for the first time in the water. These fish are shy and solitary. When swimming they look stunning with their long red, grey, and black feathery side fins that look like Lakota eagle bonnets on their sides and tops. Their faces really do look like lions with fullness of gills puffing out around their faces. What a treat. My body feels stronger every day as I swim for 1 to 2 hours.

Kava

Kava ceremony, singing and drinking

Kava ceremony, singing and drinking

My banjo was a curious addition to the guitar and uke playing which accompanies the kava ceremony. I was honored to participate in 4 different ceremonies. Kava is a root which is pounded to a fine brown powder then put inside a cotton bag which is rinsed many times with water. A song is sung and then the kava is passed about to all participants. There is a tradition to clap your hands once before drinking with everyone clapping 3 times back to you. Then after drinking you clap your hands three times. No one seems to know how this tradition started. I do know kava is a favored drink in Tonga as well though the clapping number is different. After 6 or 7 cups of a watery brown herby flavored drink served in a coconut shell, I started to feel my eyes droop,my mind mellow and my tongue tingle. The songs were mellow,had beautiful harmonies and very haunting. All were played in the key of D to make thinking about anything unimportant.

Mother’s Day
As in Tonga, the Fijian people are very tuned to their Christian services on Sunday singing beautiful 4 part harmonies. I was honored to attend a Sunday service in the nearby village near Nabua Resort where I was staying where Buma, the local tea shop lady was presiding in her long sleeved purple dress. I went to her home before and borrowed a lime green dress to be perfectly dressed covering my knees and shoulders. Afterward she invited me to a typical Fijian feast to celebrate with her family Mother’s Day. Very unceremoniously we put down a large blue tarp with a strip of pink fabric to act as the table. Then bowels of steaming pork in a yellow sauce,spicy BBQed pork, a coconut spinach like dish were served along with huge amounts of cassava, sweet potato and tapioca. All of this cooked in the outdoor kitchen or in an underground oven. There were the elderly parents as well as the youngest, a toddler were all served a bowel of pork sausage noodle vegie soup .A pink colored cool aid type drink was served also. I added a sung grace to the grace said and we all commenced to feast. Afterwards a bowel of water was passed around to wash your hands as the roots and some of the pork was eaten with your hands. Though I enjoyed the feast I do hunger for the green salads that I love so much.

Fijian feast

Fijian feast

Fijian anniversary
Back from the islands, John and his partner Baba invited me to her parents 54th anniversary Indian style. Fiji is made up of approximately 50% Indians. The whole family turned out to help mom and dad celebrate with chicken and duck curry, rice, dahl and a tasty mint chutney. I got my banjo out and a few percussion instruments to add to the festivities. What a welcoming back to the main island.

Tonga Bound
OK also have a look at the whale sail Tonga in the website. I am off to Tonga soon to join Captain James and focus on the next adventure…guiding folks with the humpbacks. We have lots to do including obtaining that license. Know that these relaxing days will fuel my next surge of activity.

Blessings to you all..may your dreams blossom and grow up strong and healthy….
Merlady

New Moon April 24, 2009

June 20, 2009

 
Preparing to Jump
May this new moon find you all springing with joy as the earth brings forth her green treasures. I am preparing to jump off the mainland for a south seas adventure. Yes the south pacific is calling me and I am getting all the last minute things together like batteries, buffalo jerky, good hair conditioner and a traveling computer speaker. seals at my favorite harbor Crescent City, Nothern CA

CD is birthed
I am so delighted to announce the New Moon Journey CD birthed at our new moon gathering with our theme of “success blessings”. We are such a creative bunch and we had a fun empowering and blessing all of our collective projects. By next new moon I will be able to let you know how you can have your very own copy of not only the CD but it’s companion piece, Women’s New Moon Guide as well. I have been pushing myself with all the myriad details to get both of these projects out before I leave the country. Figure I can sleep in Fiji or Tonga.

Northern California Coast
The ocean is calling to me. I had a lovely time talking to the seals and listening to the waves break on the shore. I am so looking forward to snorkeling in the warm waters and looking at all the ocean fishes, coral and seaweeds. I hope you get as much of a chuckle as I did from photographing this costal Goddess on a picnic table in Crescent City, CA.

Ashland new moon Sister Circle April 24, 2009

Ashland new moon Sister Circle April 24, 200 Spending my last days here unpacking and packing..something I do quite a bit of. I am so grateful to all of my friends who encourage and support me in this vagabond life spreading the love and joy through the music and laughter as I go. An especially great hug and thankx to Whitewolf, my twin flame whose support steadies me and gives me the courage to keep exploring my path on the ocean.

Until next new moon….may the springtime spring up with many flowers in your heart…
Blessings merlady

New Moon March 24, 2009

April 27, 2009

alicia merlady feasting on her birthday

alicia merlady feasting on her birthday

New Moon March 24, 2009
My oh may how the time flies. I imagine for you all also. I trust that this springing energy is growing itself up and out of your being to bring forth lots of new ideas and places within and without.
My Parents
Whitewolf and I traveled with my folks in January to Florida where we got them settled into their own lives again. My dad is slowly recovering. Hey at 93 he is doing fantastically well. His humor and love of life shines forth with jokes and perseverance to push that walker around to go where he will. My mom was relieved to get back to doing her “thing”. They are both amazing models of active plus seniors. In Florida they are back to bridge, movies and endless doctor appointments.
Snow in California
I returned in January with Whitewolf to Ohshana his land on top of the mountain. There we got snowed in for a week. We were cozy and warm watching the snow get higher and higher..up to 18 inches outside. Glad I had my winter boots and coat there. We got to heat water on the stove and wash up like the pioneers did in a wash tub in the kitchen.
Tongan Buying Spree
Captain James and I went on a buying spree for the Tongan whale biz with buying masks, fins, snorkels, a hydrophone, Bose speakers, and heaps of Costco food. All the things like walnuts, olive oil, tuna, spices, rice noodles and buffalo jerky to stock up for the season there. Intention needed a TLC overhaul after 20 years so she will be ready to take on passengers comfortably.
New Moon CD/Book
The New Moon Journey CD and Women’s New Moon Guide is getting closer and closer to being sent to the printers as well as the revised website. Do hope all that will be up and running by mid April. As a friend said to me when things get 90% done then there is 50% more to do. I imagine that by next new moon I will be able to direct you to the revised website to order your own personal copy to sing along with.
Gathering Sage
In March I joined Grandfather Whitewolf on a sage gathering trip to southern California. We found patches of sage thriving between power lines and housing developments. I would get my new buffalo traveling drum out and sing to the land and the plants as Whitewolf gathered. A new chant was given to me by the land and the hawks flew overhead as we became in tune with the land. I got to meet some of his southern family and felt very welcomed and embraced by them all. As usual when we are together ceremonies sprang into being  as a spontaneous spring equinox and we co created many beautiful, wonderful moments thanking spirit for life and the opportunity to live on this amazing planet. I had a birthday in southern california and enjoyed my favorite-lobster dinner..yummy
Blessings
I am so grateful to smell the daffodils, the green grass, pick the miner’s lettuce and chickweed here in springtime..my first in a few years on the west coast.  I have pet oh so many dogs, cats and horses of my friends. Met new folks in the heart and embraced my old ones. As the girl scout round I  learned so long ago says…”make new friends but keep the old one is silver and the other’s gold.” To all of you my silver and gold friends happy springing in the joy of your heart.
Blessings,   merlady