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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.

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. 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.

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.

Alicia Merlady

New Moon October 8, 2010

October 8, 2010

New Moon, October 8, 2010

Moving from Oh Sha Na
Harvest time is upon the mountaintop. Gathering comfrey and mint, tomatoes and squash, potatoes and kale. This is also the harvest of Whitewolf’s time here. The land has been talking to him saying it is time for him to move on. Time for him to teach -to share his knowledge to co create the traveling ministry with me. We envision a 26 ft. trailerable sailboat for now. I still hold the vision of the sea/land community and a share in a 45 ft. catamaran. So we are packing things up and taking them to Whitewolf’s other piece of land near Clearlake Oaks. Here we will regroup, store things and create what is next.

Full Moon/Equinox
Another heartwarming gathering at Medicine Creek with 3 Crows and Grandmother White Deer. Along with the turning of the seasons, we also enacted the water blessing ceremony that White Deer has been given from spirit to share with others. All present were empowered to pass this on.
This ceremony wed the fire and the water. A special one for me as I feel I am the water and Whitewolf is the fire element. We were both present for this ceremony and felt the power and magic of ancient ones reawakening to bless and guide us through a long day of ceremonies.

Tantrum Therapy
Whitewolf and I continue to strive for harmony in our relationship. We have adopted a new therapy that came to us during the influence of the equinox. When we are together and one of us is rising in anger, anxiety or frustration we are choosing to take a time out with tantrum therapy. The one who is frustrated turns away with saying” tantrum” and then proceeds to have one to the max. Yelling and kicking and punching the air we shake and jump until the energy is gone. The sight of one of us acting so out of control usually erupts the other into fits of laughter. The one throwing the tantrum when done also starts to see the great cosmic joke and starts to laugh too. Then we can calmly, and centeredly go back to what we were discussing with more compassion, humor and love. So far it is working and it is good.

Found Doggies
I believe I have found my dogs. Oh my yes that is plural. My search for small dogs brought me to the Milo foundation, a no kill sanctuary outside of Willits, Ca that 89 dogs and 100 cats a horse and 3 goats call home while awaiting forever homes. Some of those animals have too many behavior issues to be adopted so they will stay and live out their livers at the shelter.
The place is run down but the spirit of kindness to animals is healthy and strong. Two little dogs caught my eye, a 3 year old male Chihuahua and a year old Chihuahua/terrier mix. They have lived together in shelters for over a year together and are bonded. I am excited and so is Whitewolf. We hope to have Tierra Buena ready to receive them by the middle of October.

LA Memorial for Cousin Luce
October 2 at 11:30 AM in the Valley in LA gathered those who were touched by the life of Lucille Botte-Castaldi to celebrate her life. About 40 folks came to share stories and luncheon in her memory including her Italian husband and sister and brother in law from Hawaii. I feel particularly close to my first cousin as she died the night before my wedding on Jan 16, 2010. I believe that Lucille is a guardian angel for my marriage to Whitewolf and is assisting us to grow in love, harmony and balance together. I played an Italian tarantella, a lively musical piece on the ukulele, to imagine us dancing with her in the streets of the Italy she loved. We all will miss the bright shining light of joy, encouragement, and beauty that she brought to us all. Lucia, you will live in our hearts forevermore. Thankyou for reminding me to cherish each day of my life.

Channel Island Dolphins
While in La, I had the good fortune to stay with Whitewolf’s massage colleague in Ventura. After looking at a map I realized that the Channel islands were just a mere 12 miles offshore. Whitewolf encouraged me to go see them and so I did. The ferry ride to the closest island, Anacapa was exhilarating. Aah to be on the water again filled my soul. We were blessed to have a pod of over 200 common dolphins intersect our boat. We slowed down for them and I hung over the bow watching about 7 of them riding our bow waves. They would turn their bodies and look at me. I sang to them. They sent me waves of joy. I sang some more. On the way back we met up with a pod of 50 bottlenose dolphins with sealions in groups of 4 or 5 swimming along with them. The island was a rocky thin outcropping with hundreds of cormorants, and sea lions. In older days this was an outpost fishing stop for the Chumash Indians. I was told that the blue, grey and humpback whales also frequent this crossing though we didn’t spot any on this trip.

I do hope that your life is shifting, changing and growing into the life you want. May this cycle of the moon move you closer to your hearts desires.

Alicia Merlady