When our dear friend Roselyn was visiting from Australia in December, 2008, I decided to take her for a visit to our old property in Peria Valley, 20 minutes from the beach where we live today. Between 1998 and 2002 we had developed this productive and fruitful (avocadoes, citrus, tamarillos, casimiroas and perhaps 30 other kinds of fruiting trees) 2 acres into a health center we called Angels’ Way Retreat. We offered workshops and classes and had two retreat huts in addition to our home. Somewhat reluctantly we sold that property to finance an open-ended overseas trip that culminated with our family living in the Netherlands until 2004.

United We Sing is a poem that came through me one night in 2003 at the time we were recording a few of my peace songs in Hoorn in Noord Holland. I believe it should appeal to anyone wishing for peace in the world. Acting collectively we can bring about a transformation in human consciousness and recognize the inevitability of World Peace. As I ask in the movie, do we want it now or do we want it later? It’s up to us. The poem is found in the epilogue of my book, In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives. To read the complete epilogue visit here.

Incidentally, Angel’s Way Retreat was purchased by people who own an ashram in New Plymouth and they’ve turned it into another ashram visited by people from all over New Zealand. It warms my heart to see this special property being appreciated in this way.

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A recent guest on Voices from the North was Far North native Kaye Dragicevich. Kaye is passionate about the local history of the Far North. As she says, it has really gripped her. She feels compelled to interview elderly people and capture in print their family stories. These stories deserve to be shared. In our relatively affluent world of today it easy to take for granted the huge efforts made by those who have come before.

 

Kaye also works with John Edmonds, who is a descendant of the Northwood family. www.farnorthphotonz.co.nz is John Edmonds’ website where you can view the outstanding Northwood photos from the 1890s to 1950 that John has restored. The original photos were made on glass plates. www.willowcreekgallerynz.com is Kaye’s website. Kaye is busy writing a book to commemorate the upcoming reunion of the Matthews clan on April 10, 11 and 12, 2009. Reverend Joseph and Marianne Matthews and William Gilbert Puckey and his wife established a mission station in Kaitaia in 1833 and potentially 1000 descendants of Reverend Joseph and Marianne Matthews could get together in April, 2009.

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“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

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Ray Woolf has been in the music business for between 46 and 50 years, depending on when you begin counting. He speaks of his early days in England where he lived until he was 17. Early inspirations for him included sciffle music, Frank Sinatra and Elvis. For those of you that don’t know (and I must admit that I didn’t) sciffle music was the first mainstream music said to come from England and was a mixture of country and blues.

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Ray Woolf sang pop rock music in the 60s and 70s. Ray was awarded the Entertainer of the Year Award in 1975, best T.V. light entertainer awards in 1977, 1978, 1979, and 1980 and the variety artists’ BENNY Award in October, 2008. Ray also received recognition of his services to entertainment by way of a Queen’s service medal in the New Year of 2008.

The music we spotlight during our Voices from the North interview represents a return for Ray to the Frank Sinatra-type American standards that he grew up with. Frankly, I think he sounds a lot like Sammy Davis Junior. Most of the songs are backed up by the very talented Rodger Fox Big Band, a group of young performers, mostly from Auckland.

Speaking of Sammy Davis Junior, Ray and John talk about Sammy and his extremely inspiring book Yes I Can. Sammy Davis paved the way for young black entertainers that followed and even Barrack Obama’s success today.

Ray speaks of his experience with Type One diabetes, which he has had to deal with for 20 years. A lot of his charity work is related to diabetes, as well as Star Jam for handicapped folks. Ray and his wife grow a lot of their own food, organically. He strongly advises anyone getting going on their own garden. I find it refreshing to hear this well known character speaking so passionately about growing their own food. The diabetes has forced Ray to make a lot of changes. He’s not a vegetarian but he sometimes goes a long time without meat. He stopped smoking and dramatically reduced his drinking. He’s 64 today, looking great and still going strong.

The songs featured include Where or When, Goody Goody, The Day My Heart Caught Fire (first time ever played on the radio), Birth of the Blues and Feel So Young.

Ray’s advice for a young person wanting to break into the business—really want it. Don’t let anything stop you. He has learned to never say no to opportunities. You don’t know what can come out of experiences. The things that come along unexpectedly can represent defining moments in your life. Ray is a passionate man and really likes the breadth of music that is available today.

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Radio host, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives, a startlingly poignant and inspiring real-life endorsement of the power of thought, belief and synchronicity in one’s life.

“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews