Las Madres '80 East

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2nd     Michael Pfefferlen
3rd     Michael D'Agosta
           Matthew Pfefferlen
10th    Betty Verhoeven
15th    Christian Corral
19th    Rob Verhoeven
27th    Leah Laughton
           David Gerlinger
28th    Brett Nevoli
           Kurt Roessler

Month of May
Saturday Coffees

9 am
LeBou at San Felipe/Yerba Buena
Contact: Janis
May 28
Monthly Meeting
7:30 pm
Dream Dinners Taste Party
Contact: Sue Butler
May 18
Coffee Field Trip

9:00 am
Orchard Valley Coffee Company
Contact: Janis
May 31-June 2
Ladies Spring Trip

Marin County
RSVP: Randi
May 31-June 2
Los Padres Golf

Forest Meadows
Contact: Lou
July ? - August ?
September 21
New Brighton Beach Breakfast
September 27-29?
Colorado Ladies Trip

May Meeting
When: Tuesday, May 28, 7:30 pm
Where: Camden Park Dream Dinners
What: Dream Dinners Taste Party

It tentatively looks like those that respoded to the email can make it on this date and time.
Keep watching your email for further details and confirmation of this even.

April Meeting Abstract - with guest, Linda Mastrangelo

Thank you all who could attend.
    There is wisdom in our dreams.  If only we could remember !!!!  That was the subject of the conversation during the April meeting, all about our dreams.  Those who attended shared some of their dreams and our quest speaker, Linda, was informative (she had the left brain/right brain data and explained a bit of dream study), and enlightening (she explained possible interpretations of each of our dreams).   
    Of course the first part of learning about dreams is to recall them.  Some people don't think they dream at all because they don't remember.  On average, we dream 5 dreams in a full nights sleep. Linda listed some helpful techniques to improve dream recall.  First, think about dreaming.  Mindful intention helps.  Shirley emailed me the next morning and said "Well, I guess Linda was right.  She said since I was thinking about dreams I would have and remember more.  I can tell you about 4 dreams I had last night because I woke up briefly and tried to put them in  my mind.  All  were happy, 3 of the 4 were about or included something about food.   Hmm.  A pattern!  S"
    Linda shared her own journal, and in order to share and help you learn your best interpretations, she really encouraged everyone to write down your dreams in a journal.  Keep the journal by your bedside.  Write down the dream as soon as you awake, or at least record the details in your mind.  It seems this could be in the middle of the night as that is when a lot of us are awake.  If it helps me get back to sleep, I'm trying it.  Other suggestions are: Lie still and remain in the same position when you first wake up.  Recall your dream before you get out of bed.  Write any detail if you can't remember them all, as one detail will most likely lead to another, and then another, and then all.  Avoid alcohol before bedtime, Linda noted sometimes it hinders dream recall. She did stress your journal is yours to preserve, not an essay to be graded.  Describe the dream in whatever manner works best for you.  If images explain, draw them, and write details of everything: setting, (light or dark or color and size), characters (people, animals,) actions and emotions felt (from all in dream). Write down what stays the same and what changes in recurring dreams.  Write in outline or paragraph or draw or whatever comes to you.  You don't need to worry about getting everything at first.  At 5 dreams a night, there's a lot of opportunities.  Linda says "Relax, practice, it gets easier."  I guess after we record them  we get to learn how to figure them out.  Another brain enhancer .
    Linda asserted, "Dreams reflect what is going on in our lives."   Similar topics might be different for each dreamer because we all have personal associations.  We all should analyze our own dreams because they apply to our own lives.  As we shared we heard some similar dream topics.  I asked about flying for Kathy.  Linda's comment was, flying in our dreams might be because (1) we want to see things from a different perspective (2) we want to see the big picture (3) or maybe we want to get away.  This is where you personalize your dream.  What was happening in your life that any of these representations might apply?  Another dream theme many of us asked about is being unprepared for a test, unable to find a classroom, or feeling no one will help. This might express a time in our life when (1) we feel we are not in control of a situation or (2) we feel as though we don't have the correct tools to make correct decisions.  Made sense to me !!  
    Linda mentioned several different types of dreams. Reflective dreams, visitation dreams, preparation dreams, life changing dreams, nightmare dreams, and recurring dreams were the ones I wrote down in my notes.  Lots of stuff to talk about!   Our dreams can be fun and useful, I hope all who are interested will enjoy researching them all.

Sweet Dreams.

Respectfully submitted,
~ Sharon

PS:  Linda left handouts with additional info.  I am happy to send copies to anyone who requests.

Ladies Spring Trip
We are going on May 31-June 2 (same weekend as the guys' golf trip) up to Marin County.  We are staying at the Embassy Suites in San Rafael with 3 people to a suite.   The cost is approximate depending on how many people are going.  The suites are about $225 per night per room if there are 3 (less if there are 2).
This includes their great buffet breakfasts and happy hour libations and treats.  If their is an odd number we will work it out and divide the total cost of the rooms by the total number of people( a good math exercise!).  Some thoughts about what to do are open... Sally has looked into going out to Angel Island to the detention museum (I did this tour and it was great!)
Sausalito is also a place to go to.  Other ideas are welcome.  Let me know ASAP if you plan on going (even if you told me at Robin's house please!).  Thanks!  Randi

Our Condolences
Our condolences to Jim Cuneo and his family on the recent passing of his father.

Saturday Coffee Clatches Continue
We meet every Saturday morning at 9 am at Le Boulanger at San Felipe and Yerba Buena.  There is a Starbucks across from it if you need something "special" to go with your bagel or pastry.   Away coffee this month will be on May 18th to the Orchard Valley Coffee Company in Campbell.  That is the weekend of Boogie on the Bayou so we can walk down through the booths after coffee.

e-Mail Tidbit

4 Worms In Church

Four worms and a lesson to be learned!!!!

A minister decided that a visual demonstration would add emphasis to his Sunday sermon.

Four worms were placed into four separate jars.

The first worm was put into a container of alcohol.

The second worm was put into a container of cigarette smoke.

The third worm was put into a container of chocolate syrup.

The fourth worm was put into a container of good clean soil.

At the conclusion of the sermon, the Minister reported the following results:

The first worm in alcohol . . . Dead.
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The second worm in cigarette smoke . . . Dead.
cigarette smoke
The third worm was put into a container of chocolate syrup.
Fourth worm in good clean soil . . . Alive …
So the Minister asked the congregation,

"What did you learn from this demonstration?"

Maxine was sitting in the back, quickly raised her hand and said . . .
"As long as you drink, smoke and eat chocolate, you won't have worms!"

That pretty much ended the service!

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Train Your Brain

(Pop the bubbles in virtual bubble wrap)

President -
Sally Brooks-Schulke
Treasurer - Sue Ballard
Newsletter & Webmaster - Ginny Gomez
Coffee Coordinator - Janis Gerlinger
Executive Committee - Randi Heinrichsen,
Merrilee Claverie, and Tina Cuneo