Full Moon in April, 2006
According to the Mayan calendar, this "pink" moon is the beginning of 20 empowering days of "enlightment".
||It’s 3a.m. and the moon is full. The breeze is making beautiful music through the giant cathedral-like wind chimes, accompanied by funny little snores from my 5 pound Pomeranian, Makana.
||At sunset Captain Kilo embarked on a moonlight cruise with our Japanese guests in his double-hulled canoe. The sea plankton under the paddles were luminescent in the moon light making the journey ever so magical as the dolphins accompanied the canoe. Chimiko, artist/poet of Japan, said this made her very “happy.” Her drawing shows it. She captured her first experience with the dolphins as they played the leaf game.
||She graciously agreed to share her playful artwork with all of us.
|Etsuko, our resident goddess from Japan, told me that according to the Mayan 13 month calendar, this is a propitious 20 days of enlightenment. A good time to write to all my Dragonflyers about our most exciting news: the Dragonfly Ranch has the honor of involving the United States in the second annual festival celebrating the earth.
SECOND ANNUAL WORLDWIDE EARTH FESTIVAL
Not long ago, French Canadian guest, Suzanne Moussette, told me about the second annual Worldwide Earth Festival originating in France, happening all over the world during the week of June 19th to the 25th. Suzanne told me that the United States did not participate in the first Festival last year.
“Why not?” I asked.
“No one came forth,” was her reply. “Canada would not have been involved if I had not offered to organize the effort there.” Suzanne encouraged me to spearhead the United States involvement. She didn't have to twist my arm.
Seeing this as an opportunity to DO something to promote worldwide cooperation in caring for our planet, an issue near and dear to my heart--I immediately contacted the French TERRALLIANCE association. Offering to notify interested Americans across the United States about this celebration of Gaia.
This year, the theme is WATER ON THE PLANET. How perfect! There is one day for children, one day for artists, one day for peace, etc. Those of us who are interested in global interconnectedness/harmony can get our communities to participate. We use our imaginations based on the guidelines they suggest. Isn't it time to come together peacefully, to celebrate our united effort to care for our Mother Earth? I hope some of you will want to step forth as organizers for your hometown “hood” and allow inspiration to activate you as leaders, inviting your community to participate.
What I particularly love about this program is that it is a CELEBRATION!
A coordinated international festival honoring our planet and her waterways; a positive affirmation of sharing the planet..
Picture considerate people all over the world from June 19th through June 25th, affirming locally, in creative ways, that we cooperate in the effort to make the earth a safe and healthy place to live and love, with clean water for everyone.
For more information on this festival and ways in which you can participate please visit the Worldwide Earth Festival website at www.festivaldelaterre.org.
On the welcome page select Festival 2005. It leads to the English translation of the website
Also, there is presently a need of a French to English translator. Anyone willing to take on this important role? If so, please contact Pierre immediately.
contact: Pierre Laronde
Earth Worldwide Festival
<http://www.festivaldelaterre.org/festival.php?page=accueil> (last year's English translation. You might need to click on the British Flag in the upper right corner.)
I'm sure all of you will agree that it is time for us, as citizens of the world, to unite and work together cooperatively.
Let’s celebrate being a peace-loving
OHANA (family) OF THE WORLD!
THE ORIGINATION OF MOTHER’S DAY IN 1870—A CALL FOR PEACE
The first Mother’s Day in the United States began during the Civil War
with Julia Ward Howe’s inspirational 1870 Proclamation against the carnage of the Civil War:
Arise then...women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!…
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country,
Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.
From the voice of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with our own. It says: "Disarm! Disarm!
HAVE 3 WEEKS FLOWN BY SINCE I BEGAN THIS NEWSLETTER
May 8, 2006
These past 20 days, as predicted by the Mayan calendar, have been amazing.
HAWAII LEGISLATURE TAKES STEPS TO END WAR
The Hawaii State Senate has passed a resolution "CALLING UPON THE GOVERNOR OF HAWAII TO TAKE STEPS TO WITHDRAW THE HAWAII ARMY AND AIR NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS FROM IRAQ." The resolution, a thing of beauty, has been mailed to the Governor and the President, and can be read at: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/sessioncurrent/bills/SR128_.pdf
Wherever you live, might you want to initiate this same legislation in your state?
NEIL YOUNG CREATES AN ANTI-WAR CD IN 2 WEEKS
A man who was in favor of the Patriot Act has changed his tune and offered it freely on the internet: click here to listen to the FULL album
Mother's Day 24 hour vigil at the
Cindy Sheehan's "Declare Peace for Mother's Day" letter.
Let's send our prayers to the 2430 mothers who lost their children in this war, along with the untold numbers of mothers of innocent Iraqi children.
CINDY SHEEHAN SPEAKS OUT IN KONA
This soft-spoken yet powerful woman, whose son died in the Iraq war, inspired those of us who heard her speak. Last August as a result of a “brain fart” she camped at the president’s vacation home in Texas, wishing to ask the question, “For what noble reason did my son die?”
I have edited here what a friend, Jack Kelly, wrote of his reaction to her talk in Kona:
April 26, 2006
Sheehan Visit A Call To Action; Tell Congressmen, No More War
The event, sponsored by local working group A.L.O.H.A. (All Loved Ones Home Alive) arranged this speech on Sheehan's whirlwind tour of the islands. Her presentation was impressive. Her sense of humor shone through the obvious pain of the subject matter and the utter exhaustion of the lifestyle she’s come to lead ever since she made the decision to go down to Crawford Texas and give Bush a piece of her mind.
She took all questions and pulled no punches.
..." Remember Pearl Harbor and now we have Stryker and more submarines and an aircraft carrier and God knows what. But that’s all in the name of national defense, right?" Not according to Sheehan. The central goal of the American military is to “make the world safe for our oil companies”.
...Sheehan continually joked about Bush’s ability to govern or even conduct any kind of critical thinking. “I'm going to write him a note with crayons and use real small words so he'll understand.”
The stage was set up with the backdrop for the play Steel Magnolias that is running at the theater. After speaking for a good 30 or 40 minutes she pulled up one of the couches from the set and asked for questions. In a unique format that just came about off the cuff, questioners came up and sat on the couch with her and discussed their question. She remained fun and lighthearted throughout which we thought just reflected her strength.
Her strength through it all left a lasting impression.
There was a segment where she was asked about her arrests and she spoke of the increasing violence perpetrated against her by police officials in Washington and New York recently. She expressed a concern about where that was going to go. “I started out on an anti-war crusade and now I'm on a first amendment crusade as well. We need to take our country back.”
“Where are all the people?” she asked, “Where are our leaders? We all know we've been lied to about this war, Bush has admitted violating the law. We need impeachment now; we can't wait until after November.”
She decried the lack of activist outcry over the war but noted that Bush’s approval ratings have dropped into the thirties and she hopes they will continue to drop. ( N.B. as of May 12th his approval rating has dropped below 30%)
In the end, she put it on our doorstep. Why are we the people allowing this to happen to our country? Where is the anger and commitment?
So I went away knowing that like many Americans I have ignored or felt helpless to deal with the take over and despoiling of our country by the neo-conservative regime of the Bush administration. I had to ask myself if I'd become that jaded by death and destruction that I just took it as part of the daily news... If Cindy Sheehan accomplished anything on Monday night, I think she caused many of us in the crowd to stop and think about the effort we could be making, should be making.
...We think it’s high time Congress pull the reins in on Bush and his Halliburton crowd.
While Americans pay out billions to fight these wars, contractors like Halliburton and other giants of industry make massive amounts of money off of the death and destruction. While our infrastructure, schools, and environment suffer at home we are paying out billions to conduct these wars. It’s killing our country, and it’s got to stop.
... It’s time that the people of the United States call on our government to conduct a foreign policy of peaceful coexistence with all nations and all ideologies.
You can learn more about the campaign for an open Iraq debate by visiting
When the talk was over, I personally invited Cindy to return and do “On the Couch with Cindy Sheehan” from the Dragonfly, broadcasting over the internet worldwide with streaming video. I also suggested she run for president to get her opinions aired. Unfortunately, timing with this idea, at the end of 4 talks in 3 days on 3 islands, was not the best.
KEEP THE INTERNET FREE
Congress is now pushing a law that would end the free and open Internet as we know it--and they don't think the public is paying attention to this issue. Let's show them we care - please sign this petition today. click here to learn more. - click here to sign the petition.
WAR WITH IRAN?
Using our free Internet to discuss Bush's "intelligence" information regarding weapons in Iran (sound familiar?), my friend wrote:
"Bush and intelligence are two words that don't belong in the same sentence. The looming war with Iran is what worries me. How can diplomacy work if Bush is refusing to dialogue with the President of Iran?"
When asked if I could quote this friend, he/she said:
"Only if you identify me as a source who wishes to remain anonymous because he/she is afraid of reprisals by his/her government.”
PETITION TO STOP THE TORTURE
My non-politically active brother sent me this email link to sign, asking the US to take protective measures to disallow the torture we Americans have been imagining was not possible. click here to sign.
VANCOUVER WORLD PEACE FORUM
June 23 - 28
Cindy Sheehan, Jodie Evans, Medea Benjamin, the Vancouver peace community and peace-makers from around the world are participating in a week of dialogue and workshops--building peace in the world. click here for more.
BUILDING PEACE IS OUR RESPONSE ABILITY
It seems like individuals around the planet are deciding it is time to make peace a priority. Maybe it took having Bush push us into a war before awakening to the pressing need to take an active role in politics. It seems like we all rolled over and played dead since the disheartening Kennedy assassinations.
It is unlike me to get involved to this extent. But it feels like the time has come to
Please look over the International Worldwide Festival information and see if there is anything that interests you such as children, artists, peace, clean earth, etc.
Pierre Laronde writes:
EARTH WORLDWIDE FESTIVAL
2nd Year (from 19th to June 25, 2006)
"The Earth Worldwide Festival is a call for the mobilization of people, locally and worldwide in favor of the planet. Each country is invited to take part in this planetary event which gathers schools, universities, associations, foundations, communities and companies all over the world in the same spirit of solidarity."
COLORFUL LABYRINTH PEACE WALK at Dragonfly JUNE 21
Dragonfly Ranch is hosting a Labyrinth Peace Walk on summer solstice, June 21 as we connect to the festival’s day of Celebration for Peace and Music. We are presently brainstorming how we can connect and inspire individuals in our community to come together to actively promote understanding and peace in our personal lives, in our community, in our country and on the planet. I can picture us singing the moving song I heard when I visited Israel: “Let There Be Peace on Earth” and let it begin with me. Music is a part of the plan for this day celebrating Peace.
WILL YOU, DEAR DRAGONFLYER, DO SOMETHING IN YOUR COMMUNITY?
I invite you to know that by actually doing something to bring about world harmony, we can planetarily realize that we are the OHANA OF THE WORLD, working, playing, praying, caretaking our mother Earth together.
Just as I am about ready to send this newsletter out to thousands of you “Dragonflyers” in cyberspace, I get a call from Antoinette Alapai—a beautiful Hawaiian woman I met two years ago at a Lomilomi Conference. Her husband, Allen Alapai, was the featured guest speaker at the event. He presented a down-home eloquent speech about the importance of Ho’oponopono (to set things right). At the end of his beautiful talk, he said that when the 911 tragedy happened, a song of great unity came to him one morning--a dream-like gift. The title of his song? OHANA OF THE WORLD. His beautiful rendering of this amazing song touched my heart deeply. I told them at that time I also had a dream of uniting the world with the concept of Ohana of the World.
I ask, why is it that I haven’t spoken to these people in 2 years and now, I get this call today? It is to accentuate the importance of bringing in the Hawaiian influence to insure lasting PEACE to this war-torn planet.
Allen is the perfect teacher of this simple yet profound centuries-old method of creating harmony—starting with our families and expanding out to the community and world.
Allen and Antoinette are teaching “Ho’oponopono Lomilomi” (to set things right with ancient Hawaiian healing treatments). We spoke of their coming here to teach at the Dragonfly! Stay tuned. Their website is: www.allenalapai.com
In Unity and with my warmest Aloha, I invite you to call me if you have any questions regarding the information in this Dragonflyer.
Love and PEACE,
p.s. I'll be sending my more typical fun, fanciful and informative Dragonflyer News soon. Thank you for understanding my need to share the current world-wide movement for Peace.
Barbara Ann “Kenonilani” Moore