One of the things I loved about mom was her innate gift for hospitality. Anyone, including stray dogs, were always welcome in her home. After her death, I decided to learn more about our Irish roots and realized how much her sense of welcome and love for conversation were a vital part of our Celtic heritage.
Fáilte in Dreams
Shortly before reopening Monkey Bridge Arts in the States, I had a dream in which I was going through immigration, asking for permission to stay. As I handed a page from my novel to a variety of officials each one placed an invisible stamp on the page. Finally, when I reached the last counter, a man in a dark blue uniform held up the page to a black light to reveal the word Fáilte. Now, for those of you who don’t know me personally, it’s important to note here that I’ve spent the bulk of my adult life abroad, mainly in Japan, where I seldom spoke English. This word was totally foreign and incomprehensible to me. So I just noted it in my dream journal and promptly forgot about it, until later that day.
In the afternoon, I went to the Minnesota Historical Society for a class on genealogy and saw a table at the back of the room with a green banner on it bearing the word Fáilte again. I was delighted to learn that Fáilte is Irish for Welcome!
Fáilte and Dream Salons
To honor this dream, and the memory of Rosie’s generous, heartfelt hospitality, I welcome dreamers from all backgrounds to a dream salon once a month. These salons are open to the public and free. Donations are welcome but not necessary. Tomorrow night (January 9) from 7 – 9 PM, I will be leading participants through the creation of a Hatsuyume (New Year’s) dream stew. We will take images from the first remembered dreams of the new year to brew up a collective dream to be worked by all. If you are interested in coming, please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 952-412-4786.