Well, we did it!

The Benefit Party for my daughter, Catherine Galasso, came off without a hitch and a good time was had by all!  And we raised our goal of $2500 towards her matching grant of $10,000.  The day after the party, contributions continued and we were up to to $3000! 🙂

Catherine is receiving a $10000 matching grant from the San Francisco Foundation.  The grant, and it’s match, will provide $20000 towards Catherine’s new production, “Bring on the Lumiere!” which will premiere at the ODC Theater in San Francisco.  The theater is another sponsor of the production and Catherine has been artist in residence there since 2009.

I’m very excited for her.  It was a beautiful evening of dinner and entertainment.  The Lumiere Brothers, about whom the production is about, invented the first film camera.  Catherine showed some of their early films, beautiful vignettes of life in the early 1900’s.  She then showed clips from her earlier productions and talked about her work.  Cath is inspired by stories, biographies of eccentric personalities, which she embellishes artfully with dance, theater and film.  Check out her website: www.catherinegalasso.com

I’ll keep you posted as the money is raised.  We’re half way there!

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The Dream Machine Revs UP

It’s night.  It’s quiet.  I’m in one of my favorite places.  The tipi.  I arrived on the land after dark and the sky was one of the most beautiful I’ve ever known.  I should have guessed it would be special.  I saw a rainbow on the way up.  And then a bear.

Home away from home–tipi in the Catskills.

What did I say?  A rainbow, a bear, and the night sky lighted by more stars than I’ve ever seen before all within the same few hours?

What kind of blessing is this?

I’m glad I thought to bring my winter jacket.  It was 90 degrees all week, but I just thought as I was leaving, “Bring the jacket.”  I have both a sweater and the jacket on and it’s quite comfortable.  I have a pile of blankets on top of 2 sleeping bags.  It’s chilly, which is why the night sky is so clear, exposing every star ever made.

I was just saying to my friends, “I want to go to Africa, to safari, and see the wild animals.”  Then a few minutes later, I’m in my car and a bear runs across the road in front of me.

How’s that for a quick response from the Universe?

I stopped the car and peered into the woods where the bear had gone.  He stood there and turned to look at me.  We studied each other.  I began to think maybe I’d better move along, in case he decided to come back.  But we just looked until he turned and began to step slowly deeper into the woods.  When I could no longer see him, I drove on.

The view looking up

11 years I’ve been coming here and I’ve never seen that bear before.  I’m taking it as a sign.  Things will be happening faster now.  The Dream Machine is picking up speed.  More about this later.  Good night.  I won’t be able to post this until tomorrow.  No internet in the tipi.

Estelle

You know, I don’t exactly know how energy therapies work.  All I know is, I’ve witnessed some amazing things. For instance, I work for Hospice.  I work there in the capacity of a massage therapist and when people are dying, I go in on their request and make them more comfortable
with a massage.  I use the more energetic therapies with them because the light touch is very soothing and seems to work better for them.

There was this one time when I went to see a woman about 80 years old who was dying of cancer.  (more…)

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