Odyssey of the 8th Fire is the true tale
of an epic pilgrimage for the Earth
across North America

by people of all colors and faiths.

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© - 2007 by Steven McFadden

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“Heroes in moments of crisis are said to hear ‘angel voices’ telling them what to do next. The whole of the Odyssey is a marvelous tug of war between Athene whispering in Odysseus’s ear, ‘Yes, you’ll make it,” and Poseidon roaring, ‘No, you won’t.”  

- Bruce Chatwin

Day 127 - Friday, October 27, 1995 - This is an errand day for me. I must pull many threads together before I hop on a plane tomorrow and fly to Oklahoma to re-join the walk.

I've many places to go, including a drive through the southwest corner of New Hampshire to the outskirts of Peterborough to visit with Tom’s wife, Naoko Haga and her three children. They are staying in a country home near the base of Mount Monadnock.

Sacred Mountain - Mount Monadnock in southwestern New Hampshire. Naoko Haga and her children stayed in Peterborough, a town at the base of the mountain. They are thinking about rejoining the Sunbow 5 walk.

Naoko told me she is still sick, still weak. She has not been strong or at peace since she left Tom and the walk back in July. Tom was difficult, very heated then. It was hard for her and the children. She is still shaken.

Whirling Rainbow - Sunbow

We talked and shared tea. Naoko said she still believed in the vision of the Sunbow, the vision that she had originally shared with her late husband, Hiroshi Haga, the father of her three children. Hiroshi died of a heart attack in 1993, while serving as President of New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire.

It is the same sunbow vision she now shares with Tom and the other walkers and Grandfather.

Despite everything, Naoko said, she still holds strong to the vision and was thinking about re-joining the walk. She said she wanted to wait for the right time.


The walkers in Oklahoma City sent a large group out on the road today. They make steps into the metropolis, up to Wiley Post Park.

Grandfather William Commanda - discusses the route of the Sunbow 5 walk with Rita Sebastian. Author photo, 1995.


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