Best wishes to all of you living in these exciting and challenging times. In this Dragonflyer, I'm including a few of my favorite inspirational talks as well as some very funny videos to make you laugh out loud. Humor is our best defense to counteract lugubriosity!
I don't know about you, but at times I feel hopeless, and at other times, I feel…even more hopeless. Yet, as Yann Arthus Bertrand put it in his TED talk, “It's too late to be pessimistic. We are all a part of the solution.” His movie, called "HOME", is available for free in HD on youtube.com.
"We are living in exceptional times. Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth's climate. The stakes are high for us and our children. Everyone should take part in the effort, and HOME has been conceived to take a message of mobilization out to every human being. For this purpose, HOME needs to be free. A patron, the PPR Group, made this possible. EuropaCorp, the distributor, also pledged not to make any profit because Home is a non-profit film. HOME has been made for you : share it! And act for the planet."
~Yann Arthus-Bertrand, GoodPlanet Foundation President
Another exciting TED talk you might enjoy watching--which seems like a good way to spend any spare time--by anthropologist/ethnobotanist, Wade Davis. In this video, National Geographic Explorer Wade Davis celebrates the extraordinary diversity of the world's indigenous cultures, which are disappearing from the planet at an alarming rate. Do you really want to live in a world where everyone is the same?
Another Hawaiian Sunset framed by bamboo from the lSunset Lanai of the Dragonfly Ranch
One of the most significant additions to my blog recently was this inspirational Commencement Address by Paul Hawkins. This visionary was asked to give a speech that was "direct, naked, taut, honest, passionate, lean, shivering, startling and graceful." The result was all that and more. It made my spirits soar and gave me longed-for hope for the future. His address is among the most eloquent and inspiring of our time. I recommend reading it and sharing it--especially with your children and young friends. It is even worth re-reading a few times!
GREETINGS FROM OUR GERMAN FRIENDS
Another heart-warming lift came from our friend, German sound healer, Christian Bollmann. He and Jutta Reichardt, MD, sang a fun-filled Rockin' Wave goodbye to me at the airport after their two week January 2009 workshop. http://overtones.ning.com/video/rocked-by-the-waves
Here is a lovely song Christian turned into music from words written by a workshop attendee in honor of the Dragonfly Ranch: A-Dragonfly-Ranch-Song.mp3
This video gives a feeling for the January workshop:
Christian and Jutta are planning to lead another 2 week sound healing retreat in January of 2010. If you love music, sound healing and fun, you might want to join this group. Write to us or call if you are interested in attending. (workshop summary)
Christian Bollmann in his studio
YES YOU CAN!
If you can watch this without wetting your face with happy tears, you will be the first.
As a medium, Troy passes on the messages from the other side revealing that death does not prevail and our loved ones do live on in spirit. As Hawaiians say, only bodies die--not people. These touching messages have inspired hundreds of lives and have provided closure to many. Troy’s reading for me was profound and I get more from it each time I listen to it. Bridge To The Afterlife, like Troy, is delightfully inspirational.
I just got a surpise call from my dear old (almost completing 87 spins around the planet!) reclusive friend, Sim Wenner. She informed me that she has written a new book called Catching Snow Flakes. Knowing her as I do--since 1971--it will be an aha! fun read. I feel grateful to have had Sim as a mentor to me.
DON'T BELIEVE IN WOO WOO STUFF?
This video will make you a believer in reincarnation--if you aren't already.
At our healing expo this year, I learned about negative ion clothing. I have been experimenting with it and have found it to be not only pleasant to wear but also highly beneficial. I just talked to my friend, who said she wore the long underwear for the first time on a walk this morning and felt like she came back with “two new legs!” Give me a holler (808-328-2159) if you are interested in knowing more about this fabric that free radicals glom on to and makes you feel better!
Dr. Mercola (link) claims that it takes our Vit. D from the sun between 24 to 48 hours to be absorded through our skin. Most people wash it off when they bathe with soap. I suggest using the negative ion washcloth instead. It is anti-microbial, anti-bacterial. Besides, it doubles for a scarf. I wear it around my neck most of the time now--for the sake of reversing my supposed thyroid condition (that I feel confident will never become a problem).
IS YOUR SUNSCREEN HARMING YOU?
Does your sunscreen work? Surprisingly, 3 of 5 brand-name sunscreens either don’t protect skin from sun damage or contain hazardous chemicals — or both. An Environmental Working Group investigation of 1,599 sunscreens rates the season’s best — and worst.
Kiki appeared to be disengaging from life over a period of the last few months when I was giving her medication prescribed by a veteranarian for her enlarged heart. When I thought Kiki was leaving us a couple of weeks ago, I decided to contact my friend, Dr. Ihor Basko of Kauai, world renowned naturopathic veterinarian. He recommended taking her off the medication that was causing compounding heart and lung issues, and instead suggested Kiki be given several supplements (like CoQ 10 and fish oil) to “support her heart health”.
Kikers is doing very well now! As a matter of fact, I'm also doing better as a result of taking better care of the Kiks--and myself. We are both eating fresh veggies from our organic garden, organic protein including raw eggs (Yes—I love to drink raw organic local eggs!), and quinoa, that I prepare for us fresh daily. We also walk the labyrinth once or twice a day now. Taking care of Kiki has inspired me to get busy writing "Healthy Food for Two--Your Dog and You."
WORLD RENOWNED VETERINARIAN PLANS WORKSHOP
AT DRAGONFLY MARCH 2010
Dr. Basko wants to teach a workshop at Dragonfly in early March of 2010.
We are expecting to have 10 to 20 forward thinking veterinarians sign up to attend. Have your vet check out our workshop page to see if he/she is interested in learning how to take better care of your pet while enjoying a tax-deductible Hawai'i vacation at the Dragonfly!
35th ANNIVERSARY CONTEST--HOW MANY DRAGONFLY IMAGES?
In honor of the 35th anniversary of the Dragonfly Ranch (that's right, I've been here 35 years!), I'm having a contest. Guess the number of dragonfly images on the walls and around the house. Whoever comes closest to the right number will win a week's stay at the Dragonfly Ranch -- worth up to $2000! Contest ends Nov. 1st (because it will take us that long to count the dragonflies around here!). Send your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to Bibi Jordon for this photo, from her visit to
the Dragonfly, posted on her blog flashnomad.com.
9/11—COULD THE UNTHINKABLE BE POSSIBLE?
My European guests have been amazed at how unaware we are of the “facts” that they have been privy to ever since 3 buildings went down on 9/11. Did you hear that the Danish broke the story a few months ago about the “smoking gun”, dust that proves it was a highly orchestrated and controlled demolition. http://dragonflyranch.com/blog/2009/03/25/911-smoking-gun/
KMPH Fox 26 in Fresno, CA,
(link) interviewing the architect representing scientists who want an investigation, the dam of mis-information is starting to crack. My Dutch friend, GJ, has begged me to make available to Dragonflyers the information that Europeans have unearthed.
http://www.wanttoknow.info/ The WantToKnow.info team "presents this information as an opportunity for you to educate yourself and others, and to inspire us to strengthen democracy and to work together for the good of all."
On another note, (from Phoenix) this quote from Abraham Lincoln is particularly fitting in light of the housing debacle, Bernard Madoff (and his ilk), the AIG meltdown, the $750 billion rescue package (how much is a billion?, who will be getting that money? The same corporations?) and all other outrageous corporate thefts not to mention the howling abyss of the war debt!
"The money powers prey upon the nation in times of peace and conspire against it in times of adversity. The banking powers are more despotic than a monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. They denounce as public enemies all who question their methods or throw light upon their crimes. I have two great enemies, the Southern Army in front of me and the bankers in the rear. Of the two, the one at my rear is my greatest foe. [As a most undesirable consequence of the war...] Corporations have been enthroned, and an era of corruption in high places will follow. The money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in the hands of a few, and the Republic is destroyed." - Abraham Lincoln
Please feel free to ignore this information if you wish to stay uninformed and remain undisturbed.
OPEN HEART RETREAT
Award winning yoga teacher, Diane Cline of Kauai, is teaching 4 days of “Open Heart Connect” yoga at the Dragonfly starting July 17. Want to learn more yoga? There are still openings! www.yogainspirations.com
ARE YOU FEELING TOO CHIPPER?
You may need this new medication for the overly cheerful. An extremely well-done ad!
The good news is, there is a place on the web where you can order almonds that have been steam pasteurized instead of poisoned with toxins which are not allowed in other countries. www.justalmonds.com
MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE RANCH...
IMPROVEMENTS, ALL THE TIME IMPROVEMENTS
Phoenix hung a new dragonfly lamp and reorganized the living room--to my delight!
Sunny, Phoenix and I all worked together with pieces of stained-glass to create a mosaic for the Dolphin Room sink/shower--which was fun! We are proud of the results.Phoenix and Sunny have been doing a fantastic job maintaining the rooms and the garden while making improvements to the house.
Phoenix is leaving for the summer (journeying to Peru again) and we are looking for two more WONDERFUL people to round out our Dragonfly Ohana Team. Actually, it takes 3 people to replace Phoenix! http://dragonflyranch.com/join_us.html
Photo of our recent team—From left to right: with Elliot on the counter, me with Liliokalani,
Phoenix and Iolani, Anna and Makana and Tammy with Kiki. When our ohana
photographing friend, Tracy Holzman, told us about Elliot's naughty banana, we all laughed.
DRAGONFLY GARDEN PARTY HAPPENING SUNDAY JULY 12
Dragonfly is hosting a community Garden Party with internationally famous soil expert and neighbor, Jon Billoon. He is going to do a hands-on training in how to make nutrient-rich soil in order to grow food with rich nutritional value. Local kupuna (elders) are invited to share their knowledge about gardening with us. Join us if you can! The garden lesson will be followed by a pot luck meal. We will talk about organizing the Sustainable South Kona Alliance, an important community effort to help one another during these difficult economic times, hedging our bets about the future need to be self-sufficient while going in the direction of developing food sovereignty.
VISIT FROM AN OWL
After Sunny and Phoenix refurbished the sauna area, and I redecorated with my owl collection, who should appear but an owl!
Unfortunately, this owl had trichomonas and was dying. We found a wildlife sanctuary on the island ( http://www.threeringranch.org/ ) and they told us how to capture the owl. Phoenix drove the owl down right away. However, the disease had progressed too far and this magnificent creature had to be put down. If you feel inclined, please support the Three Ring Ranch Exotic Animal Sanctuary. If you're in Hawai'i you can visit them. Ann Goody, Director/Curator loves what she does and loves to share her knowledge and animals with all who are interested. Highly recommended.
Don't forget to keep laughing. (I laugh out loud everytime I think about that cake delivery!)
MY SPECIAL THANKS
My special thanks to my dear friend since 7th grade, Jim Moore, for his eagle-eye proof reading of my Dragonflyer Newsletters.
Also a HUGE mahalo to the Indefatigable Phoenix, my ”brother”/friend, always setting an example of the prototype Dragonfly ohana team player who cheerfully does what needs to be done when it needs doing. Along with his determination to be uniquely true to himself and of service to others and the planet, Phoenix has not only been reliably “there” for me, other Dragonfly ohana and guests, but also, over the past 8 years, he has consistently poured his love into caring for this 2 acre parcel of paradise.
Phoenix adeptly surfs the internet for the most valuable information available, co-creating this Dragonflyer for you to enjoy.
I wish to acknowledge Phoenix for his superior sense of humor (he makes me laugh a lot) as well as his astute computer and writing talents. I appreciate his editing, refining and making sense of my bits and pieces, adding his discoveries to mine, making Dragonflyer Newsletters as authentic, beautiful, fun and educational as possible. In addition to being invaluable in all these ways, he gives me sage advice—all the while putting up with numerous editing changes along with my particular set of eccentricities.
Hoping those of you reading this newsletter will savor it over time, gradually tasting all the links, enjoying reading it as much as we have enjoyed creating it for you.
Malama Pono (Good Health)
Barbara Ann “Kenonilani” Moore
We cannot hope to end violence against each other until we end our violence against the earth. ~ Wendell Berry